We went to Sharm el Sheik on 28th January for one week’s holiday with First Choice Travel Agency staying at one of their Hotels/ Holiday Villages, the Holiday Village Red Sea Resort. Not to be confused with the Coral Sea Hotel a few doors along the road!
We usually source our holidays on the Internet but found that, in this instance, it was competitively priced.
The Holiday Village was huge and mainly aimed at Families, because they offer free child places. In fact the Guest Liaison lady told us there were over 200 school-aged children staying in the Hotel that week, even though it was not during a school holiday time!! The children were well catered for with their own eating area and food in the main buffet restaurant and lots of First Choice staff running clubs for three different age groups of kids. The kids (and Staff) always seemed happy and to be having fun.
We hadn’t stayed at a “Holiday Village” before and it took us a couple of days to be certain of where we were going, it was so big! There was a huge pool near the beach but as this was cold water, not many people actually swam in it. However, we spent part of every day lazing there and the bar was open by the pool. There was another pool which was heated, and it was designated a “Quiet Pool”. However, as everyone was using that pool, because it was more children friendly being a heated one, it was a very noisy area! There were lovely manicured gardens and plants, 3 al a Carte restaurants as well as the main buffet one, a number of pools and the beach. There was some accommodation, which had “swim up” pools, which could only be used by the residents in these apartments. However, as the water was all rather cold we did not see anyone using these areas the whole time we were there, so the expensive premium paid for these rooms would have been wasted at this time of year.
The hotel had a nice large beach and a jetty reaching about half a mile out (they call it a pontoon). Unlike the other nearby hotels our jetty was available to all, so there were often people sunbathing and congregated at the end who were not residents of our Hotel. The other jetties have notices saying only their own hotel guests can us them, so ours was a free for all. It was marvellous for a walk and then a snorkel off the end. We found lots of fish there – a gurnard type of fish, angelfish, puffer fish, a very large Sea urchin and lots of coral. So we didn’t need to take a diving trip, and didn’t see any sharks!
We were very impressed with the constant availability of food. Also the fact that there were three al Carte restaurants, which you could visit once, each restaurant each week of your stay included in the “all inclusive” format. One was a Chinese, one an Indian and the other specialised in Fish dishes. The other thing was that the one that specialised in the fish dishes was also open during the mornings for “Adult only” breakfast. This was very relaxing, with all the same food available as in the large main buffet restaurant.
The only problem we had was with our accommodation. We were put in Block 14, which is the largest block with 129 rooms over three floors. The design of the building being made of concrete and tiled floors means that every sound echoes loudly. A lot of the people staying in this, the cheapest accommodation, appeared to be young people who were out at night. They would return from clubs and discos anytime from 12.30am up to 5.30am. There would be shouting, crying, laughing and always doors banging! For the first three nights we had very little sleep. We ended up complaining because the girls in the room next to ours insisted on having loud music playing with extremely loud base and would sing (shout) along to it. When they found out we had complained (how did they find this out?) they threatened to kill us, so we asked to move rooms. We were then given another room in block 10, which still were noisy with 87 rooms in that block.
So when we go again, we will save up and book a room in a smaller block. The cleaner (was there one?) in our second block was terrible. All the toiletries in the bathroom were empty containers; he only gave us one bottle of water a day, instead of two and the cleaning was not done. Even glasses of water were left beside our bed for three days. Nothing was dusted or wiped. Even three light bulbs were out! I do feel rooms should be thoroughly checked when guests move out, doesn’t take long to turn a light switch on & off!
So a bit of a mixed review.
But one VERY good thing to mention is how switched on they are with diets. I am Coeliac and First Choice had informed the Hotel of this. On our second day we were invited to a meeting with the head chef. We didn’t do this, as by that time I was very happy with the whole eating thing. In the main buffet restaurant there was always an area well signed with a selection of Wheat Free food, including at least two main dishes, Bread rolls and two deserts. When we booked the Al Carte restaurants, the chef came out and told me exactly what items on the Menu I could eat. Amazing! Why can’t the UK be so well informed?
However, we would like to go back again to this complex. At this time of year too. We will just be more aware of which blocks we stay in and perhaps have to pay a bit more for that!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Offering the unsurpassed panoramic views of the Red Sea, Coral Sea Holiday Village Resort presents a comprehensive under-one-roof concept that meets the need of every discerning leisure traveler. This 5-star resort houses: 484 elegant guest rooms with modern amenities, superbly-designed facilities and 13 exciting dining and lifestyle choices for a multi-dimensional experience. It is our privilege to enchant our guests with courteous and attentive service that is the hallmark of Coral Sea Holiday Village Resort; we deliver only the best! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Coral Sea Holiday Village Hotel Sharm El Sheikh