I stayed in the Halomy Hotel with my best friend Jane. We had a fantastic holiday and can't wait to go back. August was VERY hot averaging 45 degrees daily. One day it got up to 51 degrees.
My friend and I arrived seperatly, Jane travelling from Manchester and I travelled from Gatwick. We had booked seperate rooms and the first room they put me in was rather basic however I was moved the next day to a sea view room which was just amazing. I think I was very lucky as some of the rooms were very basic.
We made friends with lots of great people including a lovely family whose sleeping arrangements meant three in a bed. However as the girls were young it did not matter. Another group of friends I met booked two double rooms but got one room with one of the party sleeping on the sofa. Just something to check that you get what you expect.
The pool was lovely - cleaned every night. Towels available for you and if you paid the guy a bit of money he would put put towels for you on the sunbeds you wanted.
All inclusive was well worth it. I am not a big drinker myself but had access to shorts, beer and soft drinks etc. You could access this from 10am to 10pm.
We thought the food was great - I love olives, choices of stews, vegetables, chicken and the usual chips etc. Loads to eat...
The only thing was that many people in the hotel became sick. Not sure what caused this and I too got a tummy bug and had sickness and the runs quite bad. I was in bed ill for a good three days and it could only be cured by taking a drug called Antinall which you can buy from the Chemist at the bottom of the hotel steps. The drugs were for a strain of E. Coli. I am sure that the heat, change in diet, swimming pool water, sea etc did not help but I was so careful. Once I had taken the drugs I felt much better after about 6 hours. It didn't spoil the holiday and I was up again quickly.
We had two trips. The first was a boat trip where my friend Jane and I had a go at scuba diving - what an experience? AMAZING - if you are going to do anything then go scuba diving. Had one to one tuition and felt very safe and cared for. Second dive went down to 12m and it was amazing. The whole trip worked out at £42 so a bargain. Booked it throught the dive centre in the hotel.
The other trip was to Cairo to see the pryamids. We decided to fly which took 45mins. If you go by coach it takes 7 hours there and 7 hours back. Personally I think it was worth paying £20 more to travel by air. We were picked up from the hotel at 4.30am and got the 6.00am flight. Met again in Cairo and taken to the museum. Building wasn't air conditioned so very very hot. Then went to paper museum - we didn't go in as too tired so waited in the coach. Then had lunch on the Nile - not good at all - pretty disgusting.
Then the pyramids - again fantastic. SOOOOO hot and weid as the pyramids were virtually in the centre of Cairo. I thought they would be in a desert somewhere. Cost 60EP to get in but this was all included in our trip. I paid another 10EP to climb inside the smaller pyramid - glad I did it but couldn't stay in there very long as there was no air and it felt weid...
Then went to the perfume shop and then cuaght the 7.30pm flight back. Knowing what I know now I would book my own flight and then get a taxi to the pryamids. Would be much cheaper. We paid £125 for the trip but we worked out you could do it all for about 200EP which is around £25. Again enjoyed the day very much.
We went to the Hard Rock Cafe nightclub - GREAT night!!! Got a 75EP ticket outside the door which gave you a free drink. Music was fantastic and we had a great time! You can pay 125EP and get a ticket which gives you free drink all night. As I'm not a drinker it wasn't worth it for me.
Snorkling was amazing - the hotel has it's own beach and we swam there virtually every day. I wore my trainers as I cut my foot on the coral a couple of times. You can buy a snorket set for about £6 in Narma Bay.
The only other thing to report is the attention from the Egyptian men. We could handle ourselves but it did get rather tiresome. If you reject their advances they can be a little rude but I just laughed it off. I'm not really into sleeping around but if you fancy a bit of young stuff and are prepared to pay for the hotel then go for it. Make sure you go prepared though!!! Eygptian men prefer older women - less bother and have more money (or so they told me!) We really did enjoy ourselves!!!
Massages are fantastic - I had a foot one it was lovely. My friend Jane booked a course of full body massages and she really enjoyed them. We also had facials which included having hair removed by threading - quite painful but eyebrows looked great after!!!
For the money we paid we had a fantastic holiday. Really want to go back maybe next April/May time, would love to take my daughter and Granddaughter. I think it is too hot for very little children in August, thats just my view. I couldn't sit out in the sun, even in shade it was too hot. The pool was sooooo lovely so after about 10mins I would jump in to cool off.
I would recommend you go to this hotel. Steps to Narma Bay and to the beach are steep and lots of them but not a problem to us. Buggies, wheelchairs there would be a problem.
Book a sea view room only as these were the better room and go all inclusive - well worth the extra £70 for two weeks. We also got free transfers. Don't book any excusions through holiday rep. A rip off, we booked Cairo trip through massage guy.
When you arrive go straight to the chemist at the bottom of the hotel steps and get some Antinall. Take one tablet everyday and you won't ge the sickness bug. Don't let it get you first...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated at the cliff top of Naama Bay, Halomy Hotel offers panoramic views of the Tiran Island. The hotel features an outdoor swimming pool, a diving centre and a buffet restaurant. The air-conditioned rooms feature a spacious seating area with a satellite TV and a minibar. Some rooms have a balcony or a terrace overlooking the Red Sea. A hairdryer is fitted in the bathroom. The buffet restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Guests can enjoy cocktails that are served at the Beach Bar. Oriental Café serves shisha as well. Guests have a variety of activities to do on site such as table tennis and volley ball. Rejuvenating massages are also available. Sounds and light show can be enjoyed at the evening. The old market is a 10-minute drive from Halomy Hotel. Sharm El Sheikh International Airport is a 15-minute drive away. Free private parking is possible on site. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Halomy Sharm El Sheikh