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Hyatt Regency Sharm El Sheikh Resort
Ranked #59 of 231 Hotels in Sharm El Sheikh
Jakarta, Indonesia
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“Goregous hotel, but "extras" VERY pricey!”
Reviewed 12 April 2009

We stayed at this hotel both with and without kids. There are three pools at the hotel (one is an "adult only" pool which is great for those who want a break from the kids). The upper pool is 105 cm deep, and was great for our 4 1/2 year old who is learning to swim. It has a "lazy river" which is a lot of fun for kids. The pool is a bit "worn" and could stand to be renovated. The middle pool is where the water slide exits and it is 145 cm deep. The water slide is fantastic (very tastefully hidden in the landscaping), and is fun for kids and adults.
The landscaping is well maintained.
The beach is lovely and diving from the hotel is fantastic. You can rent wet suits and all necessary gear for diving on site.
The souk (outdoor eating area) is open for dinner and nightly entertainment (including belly dancers) is provided. Unless you are on half board, lunch and dinner can be VERY pricey! A cheese pizza will run you 50 Egyptian pounds/$9 USD, and other entrees will run as much as 180 Egyptian pounds/$32 USD. Beverages are also expensive, so we made a trip into town (on the free shuttle provided by the hotel), and stocked up on water and soft drinks to put in our minibar fridge).
Breakfast offers a lot of choices (omelettes, waffles/pancakes, fresh fruit, pastries/bread, veggies, cereal, fresh juices, etc.) and is of excellent quality.
Room service ended up being one of the most affordable eating options.
The staff is very friendly and helpful.
The Oasis Kids Club is wonderful. Childcare is FREE! They are open from 9am to 6pm daily and will also do babysitting in the evening for a fee. They have a schedule of activities for kids, and also have a shallow pool on site.
Spa services are very expensive (massages are about $100), and the beauty salon is very mediocre, and also pricey (they charged me 300 EGP/$55 for a 30 minute pedicure.
The hotel is close to the airport (7 minutes).
Guests during our stay were from the UK, Russia and Italy.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled with family
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 April 2009

Though our trip was last year, this was our second visit to this hotel and it didn't disappoint us again. The only inconvenience was, that unbeknown to us, unfortunately George W Bush was staying there for a couple of nights at the same time - due to an international summit that was taking place in Sharm. So obviously there really was heightened security and, yes there were restrictions within the hotel, but it still didn't stop us both really chilling out and enjoying ourselves. Overall the hotel is stunning and very clean, our room was in an excellent position and we had views over the gardens and sea. I just love the way the gardens are landscaped and the different pool areas, it really is very pretty. Mostly I go for the snorkelling ,as you really do just step into the sea and swim with the fish and there are so many different varieties. Eating in can be expensive and sometimes room service is a cheaper option, but if like us you don't really fancy going into N'aama Bay then you've got 4/5 eating options, depending on what nights they were open, and we really enjoyed the Thai restaurant and the one by the pool - though this was quite expensive. This time we took a day trip to Luxor and though it was extremely tiring and a bit drawn out, it really was worth going and seeing 'Tut' and the Valley of the Kings and Karnac, it was nice to have some culture after lazing on a beach all day. We also did the trip into the desert and had food with the nomads and watched the stars and this also was entertaining and something different to do in the evenings. Even though there are alot of other resorts opening up in Egypt, I think we would still come back here as we know what standards to expect.

  • Stayed April 2008, travelled as a couple
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derbyshire
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Reviewed 7 April 2009

We went to the Hyatt Regency for my 30th, and had a brilliant time. I ama vegetarian, and going to somewhere like Egypt for the first time I was a little apprehensive of what I would be able to eat, but I needn't have worried. It was the best food I have ever eaten on a holiday before. Everything was so fresh, and well stocked, i would happily go again next year.
The rooms were great, the pools were great, the beach was great, the snorkelling was amazing on the prvate beach, so amazing the boat trips come right outside to bring the divers. I was snorkelling over the people who did a dive, it was spectacular, and the fish were so beautiful.
On my birthday I booked a massage and a body wrap in the spa, and it was again....amazing!
We both loved every second of this trip, and would happily go again. The canaries are no longer on my list for a winter destination. When we were there, the weather was a perfect 25 degrees every day, and although it cooled at night time, it was OK so long as your arms were covered.
The Souk restaurant entertainment was bit of a let down, and was the same every night, but you don't have to put yourself through that every night as you can eat in any of the 4 restaurants.
The staff are all great, very attentive. You don't need a towel, the pool butlers will sort out your every need. All staff were attentive but not in your face or over the top. Always polite and courteous.
The only down side to the holiday was the price of the drinks, the cheapest bottle of wine was 200 egyptian pounds and there local beer Sakara was 35 egyptian pounds, but we only went for a week, so it didn't bother us really, I wasn't going to sacrifice my wine with my dinner for anyone!
A trip to the town in the shuttle bus sorted us out, as we stocked up on a few drinks in the duty free shops. Heineken was 8 egyptian pounds in there, and wine a fraction of the hotel price.
I think it was worth every penny of the money spent on the holiday, not a cheap one, but it did keep away the riff raff all you can eat and drink buffet lover loud mouths! LOL! So, go there, you won't regret it.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Wirral, England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2009

The hotel is absoltley fantastic,set in wonderful grounds with beautiful views out to sea. We were treated like royalty from the moment we walked in to the momment we left. The staff are excellent, very polite and cannot do enough for you. We spent a lot of time at the pools and were pampered by the pool butlers who tended to our every need. They really made the experience, even putting out our towles in the place we liked to sit before we arrived after breakfast. Breakfast was fantastic, such a wide choice from cereal, fully cooked breakfast, pacakes, waffles, bread cakes the lot!

The pools are fantastic, as is the beach. We really couldnt recommend this hotel highly enough. THe only negative was the price of food and drink. I dont mind paying for quality but some of the prices were extortionate. £50-60 for a basic bottle of wine, £10 for a pina colada, £50 for a steak in the Cascades of an evening. The cheapest meal was around a £10 in the souk for a basic spag bol. We went in Namma Bay half of the time which has some nice places to eat if you know where to go (we'd been to Naama before) There is a Tandoori resteraunt in the Camel hotel which is the best Indian food we've ever had, highly recommed you go there. You can walk into Naama if you fancy it, it takes about 40mins. Taxi costs about 30egyptian but they always ask for 50. A great tip is to get dropped at the hilton or marriot so you can walk though the hotels to the resteraunts on the strip without being hassled by street sellers in the side streets.

Overall, this was a brilliant hotel and holiday. We aslo had our 1 year old daughter with us. She had a great time and was continually fussedover by the hotel staff. The pools were great for her as was the beach. Great place for kids!

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 April 2009

The resort itself is located about 15 minutes from the airport on the edge of Naam Bay, with a fantastic reef to snorkel in within the Hyatt's private beach.

The rooms are looking a little tired, cracked floor tiles, corners of shower and bath areas were dirty, drawers didn't shut properly and upholstery was very worn in places. Overall they did the job, and we didn't spend much time in the room anyway!

The beach was clean with plenty of loungers, both at the beach and round the many pools which meant you could always find somewhere to relax throughout the day.

Snorkelling was great, sea was much colder than anticipated, but you could hire wetsuits, which made all the difference! The range of fish we saw was brilliant and it was great to be able to snorkel whenever you wanted rather than pay to go on boat trips.

The main problem with the resort was the cost of food and drink once you were there. We were on a bed and breakfast rate, and were spending approximately £100 GBP per day eating lunch and dinner. Wine was very expensive (minimum £55 GBP per bottle), Cocktails were between £10 and £15 each and Beer was over £5 per glass. Lunch and dinner was also expensive. Main courses were on average £30 each, although you could eat cheaper at the Souk, which was a range of stalls where you selected what you wanted to eat and paid accordingly. Pizzas at the Souk started from £10 GBP which was the cheapest main course in the resort.
Other items were also expensive - sun cream was £17.50 per bottle for an unknown branded product!

Overall the weather was great and the snorkelling was amazing. The cost of being on the resort will mean we'll think twice before returning, as it brings the total cost of the holiday in line with better places to go for snorkelling and sunshine!

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Seaham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 March 2009

Anyone who has faulted this hotel must be mad. we have just returned from a two week stay at the Hyatt and spoke to many people who have stayed there several times. We asked for a quiet room with a sea view and that is what we were allocated. All the staff are polite and very good and you do not have to tip all the time, we were very surprised when one evening I lost my purse and contents and the next day the Souke manager handed this to the lost and found dept. We found the food to be very good and varied and as we were on half board dined in all the restaurants and the allowance was more than adequate. We did however find the entertainment to be dreadful but you do not need to rely on this for a good evening. The price of drink was rather expensive,but there was no problem when we stocked up in the supermarket and took this back to the hotel.
We found the Spa to have excellent facilites and this was trully 5*.
LIke many other travellers who have visited this hotel, We will return.

Hyatt fans Ray & Christine

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
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berskhire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2009

We have just come back from spending a lovely week at the hyatt. Overall we had a lovely time considering it is quite an expensive resort but there were a few niggles that I thought could of been improved.

FOOD & DRINKS:
We were half board which meant we had £35 each per night to spend in any of the restaurants. This was more than enough as you could easily get a three course meal in the sala thai. There were four places you could for dinner; the souk - which had a great variety of food, sheesha and great atmosphere. The entertainment was abit naff but it was all good fun! Sala thai - which had a great thai menu. Tip: if you are half board and do not like the menu, they are happy to substitute it with something different to suit your taste. Buffet - this changed every night and I thought the variety and salads are tasty and fresh. Cascades - we did not try this for dinner but its lunch menu was great. The beach house by the beach also had a nice lunch menu but this was not included in the half board basis. The breakfast was ok. They had a good selection of pasteries and breads and fresh pancakes and eggs but the fruit was terrible!! Only apples, melon, dates and oranges. I expected more fresh fruit but this may be the same in all hotels in sharm. The juice was also out of a carton and not very fresh! My biggest niggle on the holiday was the price of the drinks. £10 for a cocktail and they weren't even that good and £40 for a bottle of average wine and £6 a pint for the local beer. Absolute rip off!! The stars music bar had a nice atmosphere though and we thought the singer was very good.

THE ROOM:
Even though our room said sea view, all I could see was lots of hedges. No sea view at all. We asked to be changed but they put us into an interconnecting room with another couple so we asked to change back, which created abit of hassel. Tip: if you want to change rooms, check the room they move you too as it might be worse! The bathroom was abit dated and the bath was tiny but the good points were that the room was nice and big with a very comfortable bed. The TV channels were great so on a couple of night we went back to our room to enjoy one the films.

THE BEACH:
The snorkeling was fantastic at the Hyatt. The jetty was great with a very friendly lifeguard so we always felt safe. The water was very cold though but we can hire wet suits for 6 euros a day. There are plenty of sunloungers and the staff on the beach are very friendly and efficient.

THE SERVICE:
We found this a little overwhelming! Our rep had told us that tipping is expected so my boyfriend felt the need to tip everybody as everyone went out of their way to be extra nice to us. We were not sure if this was specific to egypt but I personally felt that this service is in all 5 star resorts so there was no need to tip every single person, including the pool man! Our housekeeper was abit cheeky though, as he knocked on our door twice the night before we left (after 9pm) and then again twice the morning after (before 9am) just to check if we were ok. We later realised it was because he wanted a tip!

NAAMA BAY:
We only went into naama bay once to buy snorkels and drinks for our room. Beware of all the hassel you get from everybody trying to get you into their shops. Make sure you agree on a price before you get into a taxi. We walked to naama bay tho, which only takes about 30-40 mins and then took the taxi back. Its a very easy walk and you get a bit of exercise and sun at the same time.

EXCURSIONS:
We went on two. One with longwood: the star gazer and another with the hyatt travel agency located in the resort: safari and snorkeling in dahab. Both were good value for money and very enjoyable. Snorkeling in dahab (we were taken to the blue hole and canyon) was fantastic and the guide was very knowledgeable. I would highly recommend this excursion!

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hyatt Regency Sharm El Sheikh Resort
Address: Gardens Bay, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
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Region: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > South Sinai > Sharm El Sheikh
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#15 Romantic Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh
#32 Family Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh
#36 Top resorts Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh
#44 Spa Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh
#53 On the Beach Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh
#59 Luxury Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:5 star — Hyatt Regency Sharm El Sheikh Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 432
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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