Where to start...This was my second time in Egypt. First time I went to Urghada with a friend in July. This time I have travelled with my mum (56) in February (from 20 Feb until 2 March 2014). I am 26. For two people, all inclusive, flights, 20kg luggage, Monarch flights with extra leg room seats, 10 nights, insurance and four stop transfer I have paid £920 through lowcostholiday.com (where ever I go, I book through them). Out of the £920 only £150 went to the hotel for the 10 nights, 11 days of food and clean room and great pool and beach on the door step. So well worth it. The rest was flights mainly. My mum has leg problems and the extra legroom seats were pricey (£17.50 per person one way!). The luggage isn't cheap either. Right, that was the overall.
Airport - nothing to do with the hotel but if you are arriving at the old terminal, brace yourself! OMG! The chaos. My mother was very apprehencive leaving UK, travelling for 5 hours in the plane to arrive at a place where there was just chaos! She wanted to turn on her heel and go home! Not the best welcome. Anyway, we have survived until we met with our transfer people.
Transfer to hotel - OMG again! The driver had no idea where our hotel was. Scary or what?
Transfer from the hotel - what a fab experience. I did not even mind that it wasn't a four stop pick. The guy accompanying the driver must have been a guide. Very entertaining. Explained to us what 'Sharm El Sheikh' actually means.
Hotel - very close to the Old Market which is again very scary. On the beach (just across the road). Personaly I wasn't a big fan of the beach and only dipped my feet in. I found the sea too dirty and swamped with jelly fish. The boats are docked there. Not for me. So we spended all our free time at the pool. Great pool. It was fairly quiet during Feb so the pool bar staff was there only when called for. Great loungers and you get towels too (at the entrance to the beach but can be used at the pool). Drinks were served in small plastic glasses but that didn't bother me. I prefered bottled water anyway. Our room was overlooking the pool. Can get quiet noise in the evening when the entertainment starts. Spacious twin on 1st floor with very hadr beds which you will get used to. The bathroom was clean (well, the shower drain keep getting blocked - it looked like that part was never cleaned). Other than a bit of dust on table legs the room was very tidy. TV in the room (arabic, russian, english, german channels). Balcony with a table and two chairs. Aircon. Food was ok. Breakfast very bland. Same things every day but managed to eat something. All buns seemed sweet and when you wanted butter you had to ask for it. Couple of lunches were on the beach which was nice but you had to tag to other people cause tables went fast. Lunches and dinners were very nice. Some chefs had no idea what they were serving, mixing liver with beef. They should really use cards standing by every dish to say what it is (veg, pork, beef, etc) at least. And desserts. I struggled. Ended up eating fruit mainly (again, not much choice). Everything had coconut in it. My mum had to test the dessert for me first as I am allergic to coconut. I know that a lot of people get sick in Egypt but we were fine. No stomach problems at all. Staff was fantastic. Top marks. From reception to cleaners. The enterteinment team was ok but not for us.
The local shop is quiet pricey. Before you buy anything check other shops (cigarettes especialy - arpoirt was a lot cheaper). Changing money is better in Egypt. Better exchange rate. There is a bank nearby where you can change UK notes for Egyptian.
The thing I did not like on the hotel was that you can see into the pool area from the road. Very annoying. People kept staring (road workers mainly). The surrounding road walls could be a bit higher.
Resort - we really didn't leave the hotel due to the unrests in other parts of Egypt. We just needed a break from work and UK weather. Only went to old market twice which was scary enough. A lot of haggling and dragging you into the shops. You got to be very firm with them. And the ennoying taxis!
Overall it was a great holiday. We might be back in a few years time.
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