Ok, so as usual we researched this hotel and the prices on here, with comparison sites and the norm, and after we had booked we had a few concerns as you do when you see reviews slating the place and saying to avoid it.... Having booked with Easy jet, we got this hotel for a song.... through the likes of TC and Thomson it would have cost more than double what we paid, so you should defo look at using Easy jet.... it was hassle free check in, 20kgs per person of checked in luggage, plus unlimited weight but only one piece of hand luggage that fits into the little metal thingy.... but to be honest those small cabin cases are perfect and they easily pass the test!! So once checked in, flew from Stansted where you can now also take onto the plane one carrier bag, so all the duty free, snacks etc can be in there!!! We only went for one week, but with this luggage allowance we could easily have stayed for 3!!!!
On arrival at Sharm airport we had booked a private taxi transfer for £18, absolutely worth the money. was with A2B travel, and totally brilliant, from landing to getting into our room it was 40 minutes!!!!
The hotel, well where to start, am not going to write a sage, but just to say that we had booked the club, but had been put into the park as the club was closed for refurb I think.... anyway... reception.... brilliant, check in .... brilliant.... the room, amazing.... clean, roomy, airy, pool view, mini fridge, kettle, soft drinks, tea and coffee.... my only warning is to say that if you drink from the mini bar before you read the stuff they give you... it's not free!!! We ended up paying for 2 soft drinks as they were from the fridge, but other than that we stuck to the bottles and the bars!!! The safe works, and the cleaning staff with their towel art were great. It was my partners birthday an he had a cake brought to the room on the day!!!
The restaurants were fantastic, always something to eat, and drink, and the food was always hot... no matter what time we went there was choice and what was cooked was edible and hot.... the snack bars cooked to order and were great too. The bars were clean and you could find something to drink.
The pools were clean, and tidy, plenty of beds and clean towels, the water in the pool was FREEZING, but quite nice after about 5 minutes!! The beach was lovely too.... clean, you didn't get hassled unless you indicated that you wanted to buy something or take a photo of the camels!!! The security staff were very vigilant so no dramas as described with things being stolen or tampered with.
The only down side if you can call it that was how much hassle we got when we left the complex to have a look around Nabq bay.... We only went for a walk and got talked into " please just come in and get my business card.... and what can you buy" a few times, but in the end we got quite firm and either ignored people or just firmly told them no.... It was horrible as we got cornered into going in as we are both quite nice and generous people but after spending £20 on a painting we didn't want as the man had written our names in Arabic on it we kind of toughened up a bit!!! If you do want any really nice paintings at a really good price go and see John Sharm who is near the Regency Plaza hotel, on the same side of the road as the Mirabel hotels.... he is lovely, has some amazing paintings that give a different painting when the lights are off, and was just genuinely a nice fella!!!
So all in all, if you are looking for a peaceful, relaxing, easy going holiday for some winter sun, ( or in the summer if you can stand the heat.... it was 40 degrees in Nov/ December!!) and you don't mind furniture that is a little dated, but actually is comfortable, works and does all that you need it too, then I would highly recommend this complex. Of the three, I think the park is the middle sized one, and the entertainment team were great as they left you alone, but always asked if you wanted to join in.... The beach was a much bigger hotel that we walked through a few times to go to the beach and down to the shops.... it was lovely, but the park was perfect for us... Not far to the pool or restaurant, and quiet enough to be able to sit and eat wherever and whenever we wanted to.
We did take our thermo mugs with us and some of the bar staff did have a bit of an issue with filling them for us, but when they saw that we only went to the bar a few times each day, they did fill them... the guys at the beach didn't have a problem with them!!!
If there is anything you want to know then feel free to email me, am happy to give you my honest opinion!!! But we would happily go back again, and my neighbour is already booked in for next year!!!
- Also Known As:
- Jaz Mirabel Park Hotel Sharm El Sheikh
- Jaz Mirabel Park Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt - Nabq Bay