I returned last night from a super 4 nights at the Hyatt Regency and felt immediately moved to write a review as the whole experience outstripped my expectations. I travelled with a friend and we had been to Sharm before. The previous experience did not rate particularly highly with poor food and appalling service at the Ritz Carlton so we had lowered our expectations as we know that Egyptian 5 start does not necessary compare favourably with other parts of the world.
I think it is fair to say that tourists go to Sharm either for the diving or the sun. This being the case, the Hyatt is geared up accordingly.
The property is extremely well laid out - from the moment you are driven up the long drive you get the impression that they didn't skimp on the area of land when purchasing the site. The fact that the hotel is built into the hillside means that there are lovely views from just about everywhere!
Service on arrival was swift and efficient and we were upgraded to a beach view room. We had room 3107 which was on the first floor and looked out across manicured lawns to the sea. The rooms beneath us were being renovated so would be a good choice for future bookings! The room was clean, well appointed, serviced twice a day and had a lovely comfy bed and good quality bedlinen and pillows.
We particularly loved the heated pool with the lazy river and after trying the beach and the pools lower down - we plumped for this as our favourite. The pool service was excellent as was Cascades, the poolside restaurant. Staff were just excellent!
We chose to eat in The Souk. Personally, we liked the idea of the coins to 'buy' whatever type of food took our fancy - The Wok was our particular favourite. The entertainment on the evenings we were there was varied - from fire dancers to the man in the large 'hoop' dress who amazingly could go round and round for over 20 mins without any dizzy effects!!
We found that all the staff to be attentive and quick to put anything right that was not quite up to scratch and they always had a lovely smile whilst doing so. Admittedly with hotel was probably only 30% capacity.
A couple of 'could do betters'...... WiFi is only available in the reception area and is painfully slow. This should be upgraded to the more usual 5 star system of giving you an access code when you arrive so that you can get it anywhere on the property. The breakfast was good but being a fruit lover - I was disappointed with the fruit salad which consisted of red apples and green apples only!! The eggs and omelettes were fab though!
At the end of the long drive (a very pleasant walk) there are a couple of supermarkets, pharmacy's and a McDonalds. A short taxi ride away is Na'ma Bay and Soho Square. It is apparent a both of these that tourism is way down and they are desperate to sell!
All in all we had a most enjoyable 4 days - just chilling by the pool, reading lots of books and eating and sleeping! The sun shone and the sky was blue - what more could you ask!
Well done to the Hyatt - it cant be easy keeping up standards in the current climate but you have really first class staff and they should be congratulated.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tipped as Egypt’s most lavish hospitality resort, Hyatt Regency Sharm El Sheikh combines ultimate luxury and exotic style on the edge of an aqua oasis in South Sinai. Three beach coves lead to one of the most spectacular diving sites, the Gardens Bay. The rooms are large and comfortable, with stunning sea views and all the comforts of modern living presented at the highest standards. Hyatt Regency Sharm El Sheikh’s many and various in-house facilities offer something for everyone; the array of bars and restaurants will satisfy the most discriminating gourmand, the Kid’s Club will keep the younger guests entertained while Club Olympus houses a fully equipped gym and aerobics studio and its Moorish style spa area offers sauna, steam bath, whirlpool and plunge pools. ... more less
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