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Coral Sea Holiday Village
Ranked #23 of 230 Hotels in Sharm El Sheikh
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Reviewed 3 July 2010

We are a family of 2 adults and three children ages 5,8 & 10. This hotel was just perfect for our needs. The interconnecting rooms we had were huge! Always clean and tidy. Surrounding areas are well maintained by friendly staff. My Husband and I have stayed in 5* Hotels in Dubai so I wouldn't really rate this as a couples hotel in comparison. Saying that, I wouldn't hesitate in bringing my family back here. The children had something different to do every day. From zip wires to circus school!!! We also booked some swimming lessons for our youngest. I was amazed how well she came on in just a week. The food was fine and always hot. As far as drinks are concerned we stuck to beer (stella) and the odd vodka and coke. Plenty of soft drinks for the children and free bottled water in the room every day which you could refill at one of the many cold water dispensers. The beach is fabulous along with the snorkelling - take your own coral shoes and snorkel kit! We stayed between the 22nd and 29th June and the pool was only closed once because of a poo problem (this is not the fault of the hotel). Tip the pool boy £10 GBP on the first day and this will ensure you get a great sunbed every day without the need to get up at silly o clock!! Have a good hunt around for the different bars and snack stations and don't be afraid to venture out into the nearby shops. Just be prepared to have a little light hearted banter with the locals. Please don't be put off by bad reviews. We have high expectations as a family and for the price we paid, I really can't complain. We will more than likely book again for next year.

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Reviewed 2 July 2010

We arrived home yesterday and want to go straight back. We had an 11yr old and a 2yr old who both loved it. Great value for money. Great Service. Ignore the negative reviews and GO!! Also we met lots of really nice people there and look forward to keeping in touch.
• Rooms
We were pleasantly surprised by our room. Block 13 overlooking the quiet pool. It was very big in every way. Large bathroom/toilet, a hall area bigger than our box room at home, the bed was huge (3pillows wide). There was ample room for the camp bed for our 11yr old and the cot for our 2 yr old with room to spare for a 3 seater sofa and coffee table! Plenty of TV stations and spotlessly maintained. The only negative was that it was a bit of a trek to the main pool/beach.
• Food and Drink
The main buffet restaurant was big with plenty of tables. We were a party of 7 most days and never had a problem getting a table. I read one review here giving out that there was no table service – IT’S A BUFFET! The same review gave out about no Egyptian food – there was a whole dedicated section for Egyptian Cuisine! A great variety of food to suit all tastes. Yes a little bit of queuing involved but nothing major.
The A La Carte restaurants were lovely and never too busy even though it’s difficult to get a booking when you want one. We did have one negative experience in the Mediterranean restaurant because the a/c wasn’t working and it was 40+ degrees outside!
The drink was more than acceptable for an all-inclusive resort. My wife drank vodka which she liked and I drank beers or whiskey – no complaints.
• Pools
OK a negative here – the main pool was closed several times because someone was pooing in the pool! Obviously this is the guest’s fault. Seriously if you can’t afford swim nappies you shouldn’t be booking a holiday. Each time meant the pool was closed for approx 2 hours while they cleaned and treated it. Apart from these unpleasant incidents the pools are all lovely (5 in all). Difficult enough to get a sun bed but once again you can chalk that up to the guests – reserving beds early and then heading off for the day!
• Entertainment / Activities
Enough to keep anyone going for the day adult or child. Zip wire, Fan jump, Quizzes, Pool party, Bingo, Karaoke to mention but a few. One small criticism – the evening entertainment for the kids was in the amphitheatre which was like a furnace as one day it hit 47 degrees while a big air conditioned room with a stage sat idle. I’m sure if they moved it there would be people with the opposite argument however.
• Staff
You couldn’t say a bad word about the staff. They work bloody hard and long hours. They do NOT hassle you for tips but are very grateful if you do tip them. We arrived after midnight and I got confused with exchange rates and tipped the concierge L.E.£1 which is about 12p – very embarrassing! Very good with the kids – always smiling and joking.
• Diving
We went Scuba Diving with the Aquarius lads – highly recommended. Stg£70 for a boat trip including all drinks, lunch and 2 dives. They will even give you £20 back if you don’t go down for the 2nd dive. The instructors are excellent and had our 11 yr old and her 10 yr old friend down at 12metres no probs. Wonderful experience. Congratulations to the couple who got engaged down in the water if you are reading this!

Feel free to contact us with any queries / questions!!

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled with family
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leeds
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Reviewed 2 July 2010

We booked CS HV based largely on some excellent Trip Advisor reviews and a ranking of 5th best hotel within Sharm el Sheikh (at time of booking). Having read some of the latest reviews this place clearly divides opinion but for me was hugely disappointing when compared to previous resourts we have stayed at .

The positives are the location as the complex is situated right on the beach next to the beutiful red sea. The complex is also spacious, clean & well kept. The a la carte restaurants are good serving authentic food in each of the indian, chinese & meditteranean eateries. The biggest plus point is the holiday clubs for children of all ages with a small army of holiday reps employed to keep the kids busy from dawn until dusk. However this for me is also the biggest problem as the resort predominently attracts families and was completely overrun with children (even though we travelled outside of school holidays) giving the place the feel of a holiday camp. This is probably great if you are travelling with a family which no doubt explains some of the better reviews but not so good for couples seeking a relaxing break.

The negatives were that both pools were crowded and very noisy. The majority of sunbeds were reserved early via a variety of towels and inflatables despite hotel notices prohibiting this practice. The smaller pool is described as a quiet pool but is just as manic as the main pool. Bizarrely the holiday reps also conducted a daily pub quiz at lunchtime every day which seemed an odd concept for the quiet pool !! One further point to note is that the pools had to be closed several times during our stay due to excrement - nice !!

As previously stated the a la cartes are good but the main buffet restaurant is complete mayhem. Collecting your food & returning to your table with everthing still in tact can only be compared to an episode of total wipeout !! There is no waiter service so having run the gauntlet you then need to take up the challenge once again to obtain a drink. The whole place just gave me the feel of school dinners (possibly again due to the number of small children charging around) & was a very unenjoyable experience. The food on the whole was average. Initially it felt as though there was a decent selection but this became very repetitve & seemed to consist largely of chips, pizza, pasta, sauage and sea bass. There are several alternate eateries for lunch but we quickly learned there was no differention as they all served the same stuff. I can't help feeling that the hotel were trying too hard to please the brits by serving food such as toad in the hole, shepards pie, fish and chips & lasagne. In my view this is never as good as home cooked food & the hotel would be better served offering more local cuisines. One final point on the buffet was that the juices served tasted like orange squash. I spotted some fresh orange at the breakfast buffet one day but was informed there was a charge of 20 egyptian pounds (approx £2.50 per glass) - again this is unacceptable in my view for an all inclusive resort as i don't regard orange juice as a luxury item when parting with my hard earned cash to book a holiday.

The choice of drinks available at the various bars was very limited. The beer was ok in my view but the usual array of cocktails was sadly lacking with only 7 or 8 concoctions available & none of the classics you would normally expect. Also because the main ingredient to most of these drinks was dilute orange or dilute pineapple juice they generally tasted foul. One further criticism of the bars was lack of ice !! This was very hit and miss with none being available for the first few days of our stay which for me is unacceptable with temparatures touching 50 degrees.

The rooms are spacious but the air conditoning in our initial room was extremly noisy preventing a decent nights sleep for the first few days of our holiday. My biggest issue with the room was that the electrics (inc air con) which were controlled by the key card so everything was deactivated when you left your room. Again i feel this unacceptable in such tempertatures although when we changed rooms this problem was resolved & the air con remained on all day keepong the room nice & cool.

Aside from the guy who cleaned our room i can't recall any examples of good service or even a friendly greeting / conversation with the staff who seemed to prefer not to engage in conversation wherever possible.

We booked excursions to Cairo, Luxor & a Red Sea cruise each of which were excellent. Upgrading to the relative peace of a swim up room rescued the holiday but i find it annoying that i had to incur this extra expense to enjoy some relaxation.

This place is worth considering for families but hopeless for couples. I won't be returning with or without a family !!

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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midlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2010

Some people must have stayed at a different hotel. We found it clean, our room was big and comfortable, staff helpful and considering the number of people they had to cater for the restaurant was efficient and the food more than acceptable with pizza counter, pasta counter, & BBQ etc in addition to the regular offerings, plus three visits to the gourmet restaurants - the Indian in particular was great. Drinks were plentiful and the beer was fine.
The pools were crowded but the superb private beach was empty, with plenty of free sun beds and warm sea with beach bar to hand. Some people it seems see no further than the pool. Yes at times it could seem like Blackpool, but that was due to some of the Brits staying there more than the hotel.
If you want culture don't go to Sharm El Sheik - it's only 30 years old. But it's great for beach and diving/snorkeling. If you want to see a bit of culture take the day trip to Cairo as we did - tiring and hectic but worth it.
It's aimed at children, but there's also the quiet bar for adults only which we spent several nights at with only about half a dozen other people there and free table service.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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surrey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2010

We have just returned from our 3rd stay at this hotel and we had a brilliant time. How people can moan about this place beats me they must be very fussy people.

All the staff work so hard and in regards to tips we didn't give any tips until we left and we had great service from everyone.

This is a brilliant place to take children although it was very hot when we were there( in the 50s). Plent of things to keep the kids entertained.

The food was great, loads of different things why some people moan about having chips all day the answer is simple DON'T EAT THEM.

Brilliant snorkelling off the jetty,lots of beautiful fish.
Another wonderful holiday for us, to all the people that moan you must of been staying in a different hotel to us.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled with family
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Kent
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Reviewed 30 June 2010

Just returned from our second holiday in Egypt, our first being in the Coral Sea Resort two years ago just up from the Holiday Village. We were recommended the H.V. and we were so looking forward to it and i cannot say how disappointed I am.
Pros - The hotel itself is huge. We stayed in Block 11 above a swim up room and this room too was huge. It was cleaned to a good standard. The gardens are immaculate and are attended to all day. Reception staff are very friendly and accomodating.Huge main pool and great little kids pool.The First Choice staff and Kids Clubs were fantastic and they worked like troopers.............especially in the heatwave (51 degrees) we had!! The facilities within the hotel are great.

Cons - During our stay, the main pool was closed approx 6 times. This was due to POO/VOMIT in the pool!!!!!! I spoke to other holidaymakers and the pool had been closed three days prior to our arrival as well due to excrement in the pool !
I have to agree with another review..............the place is like Butlins with sun! It just appeared to be overrun with foul mouthed kids/parents! The restaurant resembled a cattle market at times. The staff weren't a patch on the Coral Sea Resort we had before. Don't dare to put your knife and fork down as your plate is swifted away!!!!! The food ....OMG! How many sauces can you have wth sea bass?? It got to a point when we would rather go outside the complex and pay for food rather than eat in the hotel. In fact we spent more money on food than on anything else! Most families we spoke to had stomach cramps or the sharm shuffle!!!! Be prepared to get up by 06:00 to reserve a bed by the pool, but even that doesn't guarantee you the beds as we witnessed a confrontation between families.

Overall, apart from the food, we can't really fault the hotel itself, but needless to say we won't be returning!!

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled with family
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 June 2010

The good points - beautiful gardens, large rooms.
The bad points - everything else. Food - horrific unless of course you like sea bass (boiled, roasted, fried, steamed) etc. and chips.
the place wasn't clean - I'm not fussy and often there was nothing edible.
Drinks were watered down.
They tried to charge us nearly £50 for drinks we hadn't had from the mini bar and were very nasty on reception with what we guessed were profanities in Arabic.
If you go outside the village you take your life in your hands and we certainly didn't feel safe.
First Choice run this place like a holiday camp with a real couldn't care less attitude - the quiet pool was heaving with screaming kids and ignorant parents. I do have my own children but the behaviour was appauling.
The arab men are rude to women and make you feel very uncomfortable.
Never again - in fact, the next hotel we went to in Turkey which I've also reviewed on here was also First Choice so probably we were foolish travelling with them again.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Coral Sea Holiday Village
Address: Nabq Bay, Sharm El Sheikh 317, Egypt
Region: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > South Sinai > Sharm El Sheikh
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#14 Top resorts Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh
#15 Spa Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh
#22 On the Beach Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh
#22 Family Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh
#23 Luxury Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh
#39 Romantic Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Coral Sea Holiday Village 4*
Number of rooms: 484
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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