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Sea Gardens
Ranked #14 of 32 Hotels in Nabq Bay
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“Nice place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2010

A good 4 star hotel, we enjoyed our one week stay.

Location: Sea Garden is one on the three Sea Group hotels situated together not far from Sharm El Sheikh airport. It is the smallest and the quietest of the three. Sea beach is a short walk away (Sea Life and Sea Club are seaside hotels while Sea Garden is not). Outside the hotels, there's only desert - no shops or other entertainment close by. Unlike in Naama Bay or Nabq Bay, you can't just walk out of hotel to have fun.

Rooms: Suites are very spacious and well-maintained. Living room has one large (though not a king-size) bed and a small TV. Also, there is an antechamber with two smaller beds. Room safe and a real refrigerator are also nice to have. Bathroom is large, but lighting there could be better. Doors have old-style keys, not keycards.

Pool: Hotel has one large pool with two areas - smaller for kids and large with 5'-something depth for adults. Sunbeds are typically available, though best ones are always taken early. Note that you can go to any of the other two hotels' pools. Towel card system, fresh towels may not be available in late afternoons.

Sea/Beach: Available at Sea Life/Sea Garden hotels, it’s about 5 minute walk from Sea Garden. Plenty of sunbeds. The beach is a mix of stone, sand and corals, it’s better if you have your aquashoes on. At the beach, the sea is very shallow, but very calm and water can get real hot, like a bathtub. 50-100 meters away is the reef, and the sea depth drops to some 8-10 meters right after the reef. There is one jetty, at the Sea Life side, and it was always busy. Snorkeling was not as good as I expected – the current was strong, and most people were just hanging around the bottom of jetty’s platform. The situation there I can describe as "human soup". If you are strong swimmer, try getting away from the pack, or get fins, or, better yet, go to snorkeling boat trip.

Restaurant: You can go to any of the three hotels’ restaurants. Food is similar between all of them, but the variety is the best at 5-star Sea Life. At the Sea Garden, food was decent, but not really outstanding. Funny thing – when we went to Petra trip, which starts at 3AM, hotel prepared a boxed breakfast for us. Boxes had bread rolls, butter and spreads, but absolutely nothing to pick these spreads with.

Staff: Staff at the hotel is very friendly and helpful. Mostly, the do not solicit tips and do what is expected without them. Shortly, it’s much better than in other places in Sharm El Sheikh, almost as good as in El Gouna.


Pros: Nice, friendly, quiet, amenities of 3 hotels for the price of 1.

Cons: Mosquitos!!! Sea is a bit far away and not so comfortable for swimming.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Cheshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2010

The Sea Garden Resort is the smaller of the three Hotels.
The other two are The Sea Life and Sea Club Hotels. You can use them all. They are all in the same grounds a short distance apart.
The Hotels are literally 10 mins from the airport which personally i think is great.
My type of Holiday is relaxation with good food and drink. I'm not interested in travelling all over the place.

The Hotel is a three star hotel. It is spotless, the rooms are fully air conditioned and clean. We had a suite which had two very large rooms, two Tv's, mini fridge, safe etc.
You can find faults if you look but go with an open mind.

The restaurants are none smoking thankfully and sometimes you have to queue to get in but don't be put off by this.
The food is the usual Eqyptian fare which is different everynight and of a very good standard.

The Gym Facility is good and you must have the massages, i paid £100 English for six.
The Dawn quad biking is also great i paid £55 English for two double bikes for the four of us.

The Pool is great, early start for the beds though, 6.30am at the latest.
Entertainment is a laugh, all Russian, Ukraine and Italian. Not a lot for the English.
Amongst all the foreign Italian and Russian posers though i beat them all and won Mr Sea Club 2010 !

The beach is not soft sand. It is a bit like gravel but you must go to the end of the Jetty to snorkle it's really good and having paid for snorkling trips in the past it's better at the jetty and free. ( Don't feed the fish Nathans pack lunch though, Paul from the steel works ! )

Top tips for Eqytian Holidays:

1) Eat the yoghurt. Trust me, even if you do not like it eat some every day. Yoghurt contains natural GOOD bacteria, Egyptian bacteria that is and that will counteract the BAD Egyptian bacteria result, no bad stomach ! I have never suffered a bad stomach in Egypt when others around me were dropping like flies. Even those with bad stomaches once i told them to eat yoghurt they did and hey presto they were fine after a day or so.

2) Smile, believe me this goes a long way as the other nationalities dont know how to. Call the staff by their name, it's on their badge and shake hands, engage conversation. Simple English manners that go a long way with the staff.

3) Find your way around the Hotels first first and when you find a bar or restaurant you like tip all staff. If you are a large party go to the front of the qeue and tell the staff member at the restaurant door. They will seat you almost straight away avoiding the queue.
Tip £20 Egyptian, £2.20p and watch the results. We barely had to ask for a drink. It got to the stage were Atab ( the waiter) would reserve a table for us.
Tip the room cleaner the same and watch the results.

4) This particular Hotel has a bank so there is no need to take any Egyptian money. The exchange rate is better over there and they prefer English money anyway when booking or paying for anything.

All in all a great relaxing holiday we met some great people, special hello to David (used car salesman from Scunthorpe) and family a great bunch and Scouse Neil and Family and also Paul and family who got us all bit by the fish whilst feeding them.

I would definatey consider returning to this hotel and would recommend this group of hotels to all.
I've been to Egypt five times now but still nothing compares to the LTI Garnd Azzure in Sharm.
Have a good holiday.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
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Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2010

just got back from the sea garden resort where i have just spent 10 days wich my family
i have to say on the whole the complex is very nice.it is part of a chain of three sea club sea life and sea gardens they are all very nice but sea gardens been the smaller but you get exactly the same.the bedrooms are very large and clean,pool area spotless do get up early for beds for best location,food excellent and they have theme nights every night which alternate between the 3 hotels you can go to any at no extra charge,on a negative i would say the drinks are pretty poor,dont get caught out with the fresh orange juice at breakfast they dont explain the extra charge.
on the whole we had a great holiday and would recommend this hotel to all but good for families as bedrooms are large dont be put off by other reviews.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
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nireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2010

13th Aug 10.

My wife and 2 children have just returned from a weeks holiday at Sea Garden. We arrived after 14 hours travelling at 11.02pm and when we asked for a drink we were told AI (all incl) ends at 11PM. So paid premium price for 4 drinks , but it was badly needed ! We were not told by tour operator nor is it on the website that AI starts at 10am and ends 11PM, !

Anyway , the whole complex is kept immaculate and all public areas are continuously being cleaned. It is true that you can eat in any of the 3 hotels , but the food is v similar and after 1-2 days becomes v boring. Local drinks are un-recognisable as vodka , gin etc as we know it and really un- drinkable. Beer is probably non -alcoholic or very low.

Surpriseingly , ice cream is NOT available as AI , not even as a pudding at the buffets. Pity for the kids. You can buy a limited selection , but its expensive.

Rooms are fine, cleaned everyday.

Food is plentiful and OK , but again after several days of the basically the same , it becomes a non event. Evening entertainment is OK , you are quite far from anything , so its get a taxi or bed.

Overall , it is a relaxing week , staff could not be more friendly and helpful.

if you are not a big eater and enjoy a social drink or two , a hotel of a higher standard on a B+B basis would be a better option , leaving you the choice of restaurants to choose from in the evenings. Where AI certainly means that the bulk of spending is taken care of before your holiday , it is factored in to the overall cost .There are several a la carte restaurants , french . lebanese, tapannaiki , ,which we used on the final 3 nights, which are very nice , but again expensive , considering you have already paid one , but it is an option.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2010

The hotel pool and private beach (short walk) were great. Great snorkeling, ideal when the tide is in for learner swimmers / snorkelers as you see many tropical fish in the shallow waters.
Food was excellent, we always went to the sea garden main restaurant, although you can use any of the main all inclusive restaurants (and facilities) in the sea group hotel complex. (3 hotels huddled altogether). For lunch we went to the il pescador restaurant (sea club) as it was by the beach. All inclusive meant all inclusive - except special services, ice creams and freshly made fruit juices and non-local alcholic drinks. All inclusive Egyptian beer and red wine was great. Best to take sterling cash and change it over there (rate was much better than in UK and commission free).
Staff always very helpful and very friendly. A/C Rooms were spacious clean with large balconies and nice views. Don't forget to give the occassional tip as it is much appreciated.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
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Ljubljana
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2010

Great hotel. You can use all restaurants and bars in the Sea resort, but the best are in Sea Garden. This part of resort is small and it gives everything a personal touch. The people are friendly and everything is clean. Food is prepared fresh and is very good for an All-Inclusive hotel. All-Inclusive does not include fresh juices, International cocktails.

I would WARN others who would like to try water pipe and their SPA with massage. Those services are rented out and they are very UNFRIENDLY and THEY CHEAT, so think twice before going there.

Apart from negative experience in those services my family and I had a great vacation.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2010

from the minute we walked in to reception at sea gardens we were welcomed like V.I.P. every second of our stay was made special! The staf bent over backwards to ensure our holiday was as a great one, from the cleaners to the bar and restaurant guys! Sammy being our favourite barman in the world! The grounds are breathtaking and the cleanliness was outstanding! our room was huge and had a wonderfull pool view! with all the restaurants, shops, beach and animation team we had no need for anything else! itook my 5 year old son with me and he enjoyed every minute! tey made such a fuss of him and we felt completely safe and looked after, so much so that we went back again for xmas and new year and plan returning again in september!

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled with friends
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Property: Sea Gardens
Address: Nabq Bay, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
Region: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > South Sinai > Sharm El Sheikh > Nabq Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Nabq Bay
#7 Family Hotel in Nabq Bay
#10 Top resorts Hotel in Nabq Bay
#13 Spa Hotel in Nabq Bay
#14 Luxury Hotel in Nabq Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Sea Gardens 5*
Number of rooms: 180
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