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“Great stay at the Island View Resort”
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Island View Resort
Ranked #72 of 231 Hotels in Sharm El Sheikh
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“Great stay at the Island View Resort”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2014

We stayed at the island view resort in August 2013 and had a fantastic holiday. We were picked up from the airport on a mini bus and taken to the hotel which took around half an hour. This will be your first experience of the tipping culture in Egypt giving a £1 to the guy putting your suitcase on the roof of the minibus seems to be the norm but not mandatory. On arriving at the hotel we were checked in at reception promptly and initially very impressed as the lobby area is very large, with marble floors and staircase being a very inviting entrance to the hotel. You will be taken on a golf buggy to the room which we were lucky to have a junior suite over looking pool 2 which was being renovated at the time but will now be fully functioning. The room was very spacious with a living room with TV with a few English channels and a separate bedroom with 2 medium sized beds with air conditioning in both rooms. The room was a little dated along with the bathroom but was clean and towels changed every day. The hotel was being renovated at the time of our stay but the work should be near completion and by the look of the refurbished rooms during our stay it will now be very smart.
The all inclusive is served in a large restaurant underneath reception which overlooks the pools . The breakfast was varied from toast/pastries/fruits/yoghurts/bacon/beans/sausage/cereals fruit juices, tea and coffee. The first meal of your stay will give you a chance to tip the waiter which for only £1 or £2 will guarantee that every time you come to eat at the restaurant they will set a table for you and bring you drinks to the table and give you a very personal service which is very nice. Islam looked after us for our 2 week holiday and was a lovely young man. Lunch and dinner are also served in the restaurant buffet style and are quite varied but over the 2 weeks there is some repetition of dishes.These ranged from fish to beef and chicken. The cuisine seemed to be geared more so to a Russian palate but seen as it is 90% Russians in the hotel its not surprising. This aside, if you're not a fussy eater then you will always find something tasty to eat. At Lunchtime there is the option of going down to the private beach which serve snacks such as burgers/hotdogs and fries. Also there is the option of having a pizza made for you in Fatimas' restaurant which overlooks the beach. There were 3 BBQ nights while we were there which all the all the food was cooked in front of you outside by the pool and was all delicious!

The complex is rather large but not excessively so that every aspect of the site can be explored without much trouble. There are 4 pools to enjoy, the pool next to the restaurant having a swim up bar serving a variety of cocktails/beer/wine and sprits which are rather good. we enjoyed the company of Mohammed at the pool bar who was the most friendly and helpful person we had the pleasure of meeting during our stay. He really made our holiday great!
The private beach which you will find at the rear of the hotel down a flight of steps is very nice. There were always plenty of sunbeds and the small bar serves alcohol and soft drinks from 11a.m. To have a swim in the sea you must walk along the length of the jeti to the end of the coral where you can enjoy the crystal clear waters overlooked by a lifeguard at all times which is reassuring especially for families. There will be people on the beach offering various excursions and we decided to book onto the star gazing trip and the boat ride/snorkeling trip out which were both absolutely fantastic and would recommend them both while you're in Egypt.

The location of the hotel is good being that it is a short taxi ride away from Naama bay and Nabq bay. Naama bay is very good for souvenir shopping being a lot cheaper than the shops outside of the hotel and a good 'new town' experience if thats your thing The only drawback is the amount of people trying to get you to come into their shops or buy things which gets a little annoying but if you're not interested just say No thanks and keep walking.

There are a few bars and restaurants just outside of the hotel but they are quite expensive so if you're looking for a cheaper night out try Nabq bar or Naama.

There is a supermarket right opposite the entrance to the hotel which you can actually haggle on the price of items as most of them don't have a price on. Don't let them charge you more than you were charged the previous day!

On a night you can enjoy a drink around the pool near the restaurant, the pool near Fatimas restaurant or the Victoria Bar near reception. The pool near Fatimas had entertainment on a night including Karaoke, Artistes and traditional Egyptian Carpet spinning!

The animation team organised a variety of beach and pool games during the day if you wanted to join in and on more adult based games an evening in the amphitheater such as Mr vs Mrs competitions which were fun to watch.

Overall we really enjoyed the holiday, the staff making it even better for us, just watch out for the Russian manners and etiquette which is very different to the English way.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reda A, Quality Control Manager at Island View Resort, responded to this review, 5 September 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for trusting our resort to be your home for the duration of your stay. And many thanks for your very nice positive feedback. It is so overwhelming to know that we managed to make your holiday an enjoyable one and we trust that you will be among many of our loyal guests and you will always choose our resort for holidaying. for next visit, you can email me before arriving with any requests you will have and i will see to them.
Till we meet you gain and have the chance to be serving you again, have a fantastic time.
Reda
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2014

Just home from a 2week stay at this hotel , when we arrived we got took to our room to find it very dated the bath & toilet were disgusting there was massive dirty marks all over the bath & the pan looked although it had dent saw any cleaner for a long time , we whent to reception and told them about it & they showed us to another room which was worse we told them that so got took to a 3rd room to find the same as it was after 11at night we were feeling very stressed & tired ,I then said to reception can't you just get someone to clean the bathroom that we were in and they said yes but you need to wait till morning so that's what we did, the bed clothes was an old quilt that had all broke up and was thrown in a cover ,we also had a leak under sink that we had to report 7 times over 2 days before it was sorted staff at reception not interested in less you are Russian ,the food was very cold , so I would not recommend this hotel .

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reda A, Quality Control Manager at Island View Resort, responded to this review, 5 September 2014
Dear Guest,
Thank you for choosing our resort to spend your holiday and big thank you for your review. We just hope that all is fine with you. I also, want to assure you that your comments have been noted and we have already taken the necessary actions to tackle them. For your next visit, just drop me an email with any requests and I will make sure that they are sorted for you. we are looking forward to seeing you again in the soon future.
Till we see you again, have a very nice time.
Reda
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2014

On arrival at hotel late evening taken to room by golf buggy. Was given a suite but not anywhere near main buffet as requested. Room ok but balcony door would not lock( ground floor). Bathroom unsuitable and tired. Asked to exchange room for one closer but was informed that we would have to wait till nxt day. The next day we discovered that there was no water, only toilets on beach working. They didn't and this continued for nxt 24 hrs( not exactly what you need with D&V eh). A/C really loud too. Bar shuts at 24.00hrs but u can pay for drinks in Victoria bar which stays open. We were assuming it was 24 hrs A/I but not. No tea coffee facilities in room which it states online. We met our rep nxt day and he apologised for the room allocation and we were given another similar room nearer main buffet restaurant. Bathroom still very tired and worn. Then we were informed that the A/C was broken. Eventually after less than 24 hrs and a lot of complaining we were shown another ground floor room ( Room 501) near pool 2 and main buffet area which we accepted. The so called manager who showed us this room was very ignorant and did,nt even apologise for the inconvenience even though all of the other staff were so attentive and polite as we later discovered. We eventually unpacked and enjoyed the rest of the holiday. We all ended up having D&V for 1 day but put this down to heat, warm food and drinks. The positive points I have to mention is the location. The beach even though it's gritty is lovely. Could always get a sun bed either at any of the pools and beach. The snorkelling off the jetty was fantastic, an array of different beautiful colourful fish and corals. You didn't have to snorkel either as u can view the fish off jetty as sea is so clear. The boat trip booked on the beach is well worth the money and diving was so cheap(£40) if you wanted to dive as well as snorkel with drinks and food inc all day trip. The Italian restaurant was amazing food and service impeccable. Didn't try any of the other A la cartes as they were down near the beach and it was a long trek down although you could ask for a buggy if you wanted to. Would not recommend this hotel for anyone disabled/ wheelchair etc due to location on a cliff edge/hill. The hotel is right next to Soho Sq which has bars, shops etc if you fancy a stroll out and is quite safe too. Be aware of service/tax charge though when you order drinks. You have to haggle with everyone, even at the pharmacy. The locals love it. The hotel only had a few English people staying , there was mostly Russians, Ukranians,Polish and Egyptians who we found very ignorant most of the times. Especially during meal times, touching food items ,trying and putting back if didn't like. We felt the hotel accommodation could all do with new bathrooms/showers, the paths down to beach levelled off and around the pools easier to walk on. The food could be better with more choices. They need snacks availiable throughout the day(pizza, burgers and chips etc) at the top of resort and on the beach as we noticed there was,nt enough for families with young children and adults of course. I must say that I was impressed with porridge every morning which kept me going through till lunch time. My friends and I would like to say a big thank you to Mustafa(pool 2) Achmed and Anna in main buffet (left side inside) our animation gal Veky and Jesus( diving instructor) for making our holiday a pleasant one. We have decided though that we would recommend this hotel and we would return. Hottest holiday I've had in years and I even had to resort to laying in the shade. Not like me or my friend and we have visited most Caribean Islands when weathers been hot. That's the positive point I want to make visit Egypt and you guarantee sunny days. Namma bay is main shopping area about 20 mins away, if you like noise, Hubba bubba pipes and tat then give it a visit, if not my advice. Stay away. The airport is only 10 mins across the road but be warned it's not cheap so eat at hotel before you leave to fly home.

Room Tip: If you want to be near beach then blocks 200/300. Blocks 100 and 500 at top near pools and main buff...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Reda A, Quality Control Manager at Island View Resort, responded to this review, 5 September 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for trusting our resort to be your home for the duration of your stay. And many thanks for your very nice positive feedback. It is so overwhelming to know that we managed to make your holiday an enjoyable one and we trust that you will be among many of our loyal guests and you will always choose our resort for holidaying. for next visit, you can email me before arriving with any requests you will have and i will see to them.
Till we meet you gain and have the chance to be serving you again, have a fantastic time.
Reda
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2014 via mobile

Stayed for 1 week in july, overall hotel very good, food good with a large variety. Drinks not so great as with most egyptian hotels however can usually find something to drink! Main benefit of the hotel is its staff in particular Ali on the beach absolutely fantastic. Also Mahmoud in pool 4 always smiling and chatting with guests. The only downside with regards to staff is the maids put a lot of pressure on guests to tip on a daily basis. I feel much more comfortable tipping at the end of the holiday without any pressure. Location of hotel is also great within walking distance to soho. Would definitely return!

Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Reda A, Quality Control Manager at Island View Resort, responded to this review, 5 September 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for trusting our resort to be your home for the duration of your stay. And many thanks for your very nice positive feedback. It is so overwhelming to know that we managed to make your holiday an enjoyable one and we trust that you will be among many of our loyal guests and you will always choose our resort for holidaying. for next visit, you can email me before arriving with any requests you will have and i will see to them.
Till we meet you gain and have the chance to be serving you again, have a fantastic time.
Reda
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2014

We stayed at the Island View resort from the 24th June-1st July. We had a wonderful time from start to finish. All the staff are second to none, they will do anything to make your stay a happy one from the reception staff (Hammad Mahmoud Abo Glukagy and Mohamed too name two) the Waiters Ahmed Shobek and Mohamed Anter who are great, friendly, happy smiling people cant do enough for you and make you feel special. The foods not bad it could do with being a bit warmer for us Brits, they don't have it as hot as we do back at home. All the lads at the bar in pool one are fab, they also like to have a laugh and joke with you. Alfie from pool one also. The animation team Rasha and Vicki love them to bits, very friendly and happy and they do conjol you into joining in which is good as we wouldn't have done the Acrobics in the water, we had such fun. It is quite safe to go to Sharm, there was no trouble. We went to Cario to see the Museum and the Pyramids with our guide Gil? who was great and Rammy who took us on a tour of the Valley of the kings, it was a hard day but worth it. I am going back again and wouldn't want to stay any where else but island View. All the staff make the Holiday wonderful.
Yes i agree with the rooms could be updated but they are adaquate for your needs. Every where is very clean and you get two bottles of water in your room every day, clean towels daily if you want and a clean bed also.
There is Internet which you go to the reception for a card, about £3.00 for half an hour so you can contact home, the room to go too in where the shops in the resort are. The shop owners are also very friendly without being pushy.

Room Tip: We never heard noise and we were near the Main part which i prefer on the ground floor
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Reda A, Quality Control Manager at Island View Resort, responded to this review, 5 September 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for trusting our resort to be your home for the duration of your stay. And many thanks for your very nice positive feedback. It is so overwhelming to know that we managed to make your holiday an enjoyable one and we trust that you will be among many of our loyal guests and you will always choose our resort for holidaying. for next visit, you can email me before arriving with any requests you will have and i will see to them.
Till we meet you gain and have the chance to be serving you again, have a fantastic time.
Reda
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Hartlepool, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2014

Well what can I say another enjoyed holiday at this hotel 2nd time and will return room was clean food was good and staff brilliant once again .thanks to all the bar staff animation team and waiters far to many to name them all Lifeguards thanks to moustafa who always has smile on his face miss you but you cannot forget Ali Ali Ali oi oi oi this man is so kind and looks after you he always plays with the kids they love him to bits he's always. On the go looking after his pool keeping it clean and he's always full of fun . I have been reading the comments and I must pick up on the lady I think she called Tina who has written bad things about Ali I don't think she writing about the right person because Ali is such a gentleman and evellent at the job he does I can't imagine him doing anything to hurt anyone he treats the English and Russians as equal people that's his job so may I say island view wouldn't be the same if Ali didn't work there keep up the good work Ali Ali Ali oi oi oi

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Christine H
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Reda A, Quality Control Manager at Island View Resort, responded to this review, 5 September 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for trusting our resort to be your home for the duration of your stay. And many thanks for your very nice positive feedback. It is so overwhelming to know that we managed to make your holiday an enjoyable one and we trust that you will be among many of our loyal guests and you will always choose our resort for holidaying. for next visit, you can email me before arriving with any requests you will have and i will see to them.
Till we meet you gain and have the chance to be serving you again, have a fantastic time.
Reda
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2014

Have just returned from my holiday at island view. Alix and vicky along with the rest of the animation team made our holiday from activties during the days to shows and clubs at night and want to give them a massive thankyou and me and my friend will miss them.

The hotel was nice and accomodating but lacked the little bits such as free wifi and bottled water. As a fussy eater i found the food a little dissapointing but the chefs had no problem with cooking special requests for us which was great.

Will deffinatley be returning to sharm again soon and hopefully the hotel will be fully finished next year as it has such potential.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Reda A, Quality Control Manager at Island View Resort, responded to this review, 5 September 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for trusting our resort to be your home for the duration of your stay. And many thanks for your very nice positive feedback. It is so overwhelming to know that we managed to make your holiday an enjoyable one and we trust that you will be among many of our loyal guests and you will always choose our resort for holidaying. for next visit, you can email me before arriving with any requests you will have and i will see to them.
Till we meet you gain and have the chance to be serving you again, have a fantastic time.
Reda
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Property: Island View Resort
Address: Sharks Bay, Sharm El Sheikh 46611, Egypt
Region: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > South Sinai > Sharm El Sheikh
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#34 Family Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh
#47 Top resorts Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh
#56 Romantic Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh
#65 On the Beach Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh
#71 Luxury Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:5 star — Island View Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 492
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Directly located at the splendid Shark Bay with its own house reef you will find in this "Ultra All - Inclusive" 5 star (country category) Resort everything you wish. The four large pool areas, the splendid arranged garden, with water falls and canals, the spaciously designed rooms and junior suites are the ideal venues for your family vacation. ... more   less 
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