We stayed at the Jaz Mirabel Club from 09 June - 16 June as two female travellers, aged 24 and 46. This was a first time in Sharm for us as mother and daughter and we were nervous having seen the media attention surrounding Egypt due to the current elections taking place. However, we went with an open mind and were pleasantly suprised!
Hotel - We had a twin room at the Club on the ground floor facing the pool. Our room was clean and the beds were very comfortable. Our room was cleaned daily by the housekeeper who was very friendly. There is a TV in the room, not flat screen but we didn't watch much TV. The bathroom was nice, there was a walk in shower that worked perfectly well, the drainage also worked fine. All in all we had no complaints. We were given fresh towels everyday and our beds were made very well. The air con works very well, and the patio doors were also great.
Pool - There are 3-4 large pools in the complex, we stayed at the Club pool mainly. It was very well maintained and had lifeguards patrolling daily. The beach/pool towels that you are given are great, there is no need to bring any beach towels with you. The beach bar is great serving drinks all day. There are watersides in the complex which are great fun! There are plenty of sun beds and the pool areas are kept very clean. The marble can get quite hot throughout the day so I would advise that flip flops are worn around the pool.
Staff - what can I say, all excellent! The bar staff and restaurant staff all great. The life guards and everyone that worked at the hotel are polite and friendly. They ask you how you are, how your day has been, they can't do enough for you.
Beach - is very nice and a 10 min walk through the resort. It is not a sandy beach, it is sandy but desert sand so there are small stones in the sand. You need shoes for the beach and sea, it hurts to walk without flip flops or sea shoes, if you don't have any, you can buy them from the hotel for a very cheap price. There is a beach bar which is great, serves alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, water and the best pineapple juice we have ever tasted! The sea is warm and shallow, you can walk out very far without being in deep water. There are no waves which we were surprised at, but this didn't really matter. There are plenty of sun loungers also. Watch out for the man with the camel, they will try to charge you for a picture so be careful if they stop to talk to you.
Food - Excellent, it is buffet style. Lots of choice for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Lots of drinks and deserts also. The staff are the best part of the restaurant, so friendly and kind. Ahmed who seemed to be the manager was great and very friendly. We did not get any food poisoning, the meat is trustworthy. They do not serve pork, obviously being a muslim country and they did not cook lamb, not sure why. But there is plenty of beef and chicken on offer.
Animation team - Great fun! Very friendly, the evening entertainment is ok, I didn't think it was amazing, but they do their best to put on something. If you just want to sit and have a drink on the terrace that is also an option.
Trips - we booked 3 through ETS at the hotel, camel ride and star gazing which was amazing, quad biking and snorkelling at Ras Mohammed which was the best experience Ive ever had. We did not budget for Cairo and we regret not doing it, but it is about £160 GB pounds each to go.
Shops - There are shops at the hotel for gifts, suncream, clothes etc. You do not need to go out of the resort if you do not want to. The shop keepers are very forward and like to talk to you and get you to go into their shops, a polite no thank you does the trick, you do not need to be rude as they are very nice people.
Guests - There were a wide range of guests staying at the hotel when we were there, old, young and families, it is great for everyone. There were English people, German, Russian and Egyptian people staying there. Some of German and Russian can be loud and rude at times, but all in all the guests were pleasant.
Currency - We changed our money to Egyptian pounds before we left but we didn't know they accept dollars, Euros and english pounds there so looking back I wouldn't have changed money as we lost a few pounds with the change in currency. I would also take loose pounds so that you can tip the staff you liked at the end of the trip we gave 20 egyptian to some of the boys in the hotel and 30 to the housekeeper.
Naama Bay - We went here on the hotel shuttle, it cost about 4 English pounds each return and we booked it the day we went. Naama Bay is really something, they call it little Vegas because of the hustle and bustle and the noise. There are lots of shisha bars, shops etc. Being two women on our own we were very hassled by the shop keepers, they all try to sweet talk you and pay you compliments. We brought a few things but nothing much. I think if you have a male with you or you go in a group you will feel safer. Naama bay at night is not for children, its very loud and busy. There are lots of bars and restaurants if you want to eat out. Personally I didn't like it, I didn't feel overly safe with the men staring a lot and being approached so much. If you are of a nervous disposition or do not like loud or busy places then I wouldn't recommend it.
In conclusion, we had a great 7 days at the Club hotel, and would definitely go back. I have nothing to complain about, the hotel was great and the people are also great, they give Egyptian people a great reputation. If you are looking for somewhere that has a beach, pools, and is safe then this is the place for you, there is so much to do and they have pool activities also. If you are reading this review then all I can say is book the Club hotel its really great!!
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- Also Known As:
- Jaz Mirabel Club Hotel Sharm El Sheikh
- Jaz Mirabel Hotel
- Jaz Mirabel Resort
- Jaz Mirabel Club Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt - Nabq Bay