My husband, two daughters (22 and 18) and I returned yesterday from a wonderful week at this hotel. From the minute we entered the hotel to the minute we left it we were really impressed though you'll notice we had some (very) minor quibbles.
First the good things. As many, many others have said the hotel is immaculately clean and the grounds are lovely. The staff are wonderful - in particular Omar who works in the poolside and Italian restaurants is the best waiter I have seen in many a year. There are many working in the world's finest establishments who could learn a lot from this friendly, humourous, courteous, very hard-working, totally professional young man. Similarly, Mohammed who works in the pool bar could give many a world-class cocktail barman a run for their money and he was hugely entertaining. Thank you to both of them - you really made this holiday one to remember. Also the manager of the Egyptian restaurant (I'm sorry I didn't catch his name) - once I showed an interest in the food being served he gave me a full explanation of the ingredients of the dishes and how to prepare them. His knowledge was stunning and all my family (not all of whom are as interested in cookery as I am) found him really interesting. Though those three were the shining stars, all staff were really friendly and tried really hard to help all the customers enjoy their time.
The beach and reef outside the hotel are stunning. I don't swim but could easily see (and photograph) dozens of amazing fish. My husband said that the snorkelling was great too, though the area at the end of the jetty could be very busy at points throughout the day and he did get a nasty reaction on his arm to something in the sea water (possibly jellyfish but we really don't know). No matter what time of day, there were plenty of beach beds all with room to get as much sun and/or shade as you liked.
The pool was beautiful and there were usually plenty of beds (often a difficulty when there are four of you - two sun lovers, two shade lovers). My only slight complaint was that, as a non-swimmer, there were limited ways to enter the pool especially when the resort got busier at the start of the school holidays and the younger children completely took over the obviously easy entrance to the pool. The other three loved the quieter, deeper end however. Ice-cold towels were handed around every day around noon. We were approached daily by several people wanting to sell their newspapers, spa treatments, watersports and beauty treatments. One of the men trying to sell the spa treatments did become tiresome, the rest (including others offering spa treatments) left you alone once you gave a a friendly but firm "No thanks". We didn't really use the sea water pool on the mezzanine so I can't comment on that.
The restaurants were all good - though being there on bed and breakfast we found the buffet restaurant - to which we were directed by staff at reception on our first night (unnecessarily we later found out) was very expensive.
There are a variety of bars all of which had their own special something. The pool bar had limited seating but Mohammed was there which made it worth visiting in the evening. The Billiard bar was fun - again largely down to the guy who worked there (and, again, sorry I don't remember his name). The Niche bar is very comfortable though sophisticated and we were served with beautiful cocktails though they were rather expensive. A minor complaint with the Niche bar (and the Lobby bar) is that they use coasters which are embroidered in the middle. They look very pretty but are not particularly useful for keeping a glass upright!
The rooms are about the best we've ever seen in a beachside resort. We had very young children in the rooms either side of ours and they were either the best behaved children in the world or the soundproofing was as perfect as it is possible to get. The airconditioning in the "oldies" (ie mine and my husband's room) was good. It was not so good in our daughters' room and they had to sleep with the fan on which disturbed them often throughout the nights (they didn't tell us that until the end of the holiday so we don't know how the hotel staff would have reacted had we told them). There was a nice seating area in each room. Somewhat limited choice of TV channels but we weren't there to watch TV - a good film channel might have been nice though.
All told, we would definitely consider the Baron Resort if we were to go to Sharm el Sheikh again - and I strongly suspect we will.
Just a final word on what people have been saying about the "swine flu" testing. We flew into Sharm el Sheikh airport. We had to fill in a form stating where we were staying etc. but we were not knowingly tested for body temperature.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Here, the color of turquoise is made more striking against stretches of pure golden sand. This is a simple description of what you should expect at our five-star luxury hotel. Over 600 meters of private sandy beach, 80,000 square meters of landscape and the exotic Tiran Island few kilometers from its front scene declaring an unforgettable memory of sunset, come together to embrace the charm of Baron Resort making it ‘A Haven for Pleasure.’ This award-winning hotel combines state-of-the-art facilities, quality services and welcoming staff to cater to needs of families and couples seeking an informal ambiance. ... more less
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