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Rixos Sharm El Sheikh
Ranked #3 of 33 Hotels in Nabq Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 1 March 2011

Just returned from a fantastic stay at this a super hotel. What makes it so amazing is not just the location, the weather, the beautiful surroundings but also the amazing staff who all give 110 % to provide a wonderful service.
The food in the main restaurant was always excellent with a wide variety and not overly repetitive, on our last night they put on a gala evening (this was a first for them and hopefully they will continue) with all of the food outdoors on an extravagent barbecue theme. The restaurant manager was 'hands on' - clearing tables if necessary but always found time to talk. We ate at all of the a la cartes and would definately recommend them but book as soon as you arrive.
Look out for Mahmoud the lagoon towel guy who will put your towels out for you (that was before we tipped him!), he is a lovely man and will look after you well. Also Emad who has a wonderful smile!
The animation team were superb with our 2 daughters (16 and 14), involving them in morning stretch with Nana and Dan with the aqua gym - they both made many friends through the team.(1st day home and they're both searching for the hotels theme music)
The jetty has a deep shelf at the end which houses plenty of beautiful fish but if you want to keep a little closer to shore there is a small lagoon to the far right of the beach where the fish are just as pretty.
The staff in this hotel all work very hard to make your stay as relaxing and enjoyable as they can. We had a fantastic holiday (11 nights) and felt like we were treated individually and got to know many of the staff on close friendly terms.
The Royal Grand Azure is great for making you feel individual - a fabulous holiday experience - a big thank you and well done to everyone who works there!

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 March 2011

i went to this hotel with my two teenaged daughters they loved it they thought it was the most amazig hotel they have ever been too they were treat like princesses and i was treat like a queen . The staff are so lovley they will do anything to help you the food is lovley , there i a buffet where lunch is served which is nice, there is an italian restraunte , egyptian , chinease , indian they are all so lovley , the beach is lovley so clean , all the managers are so friendly , just be nice with the staff and they will treat you like royality , best hotel i have ever been too :)

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Reviewed 1 March 2011

Our first trip to Egypt, 21st-28th Feb. Like other recent reviewers, because of the no-fly policy of all but British and Irish governments, the number of visitors to the entire Red Sea resorts was tiny compared to normal. So when reading this review, do keep this in mind.
The resort is quite stunning with a plenty of pools to gather around and it's own very spacious beach with plenty beds and parasols. The only downside of the beach, and this is true of most of all Nabq Bay resorts, is that the coral starts almost at the waters edge and you are not allowed, even if you are daft enough to want to, to walk on it. So if you want to just swim in the sea you must walk to the end of the resorts jetty, about 100m, and swim off that into very deep water.
Food at all the various outlets was fine, pool and beach bars serve toasted sandwiches and various drinks, alcoholic and non- alcoholic. The main, Zodiac, restaurant was more than adequate for it's range on offer for breakfast (omlets and any kind of eggs made to order but NO pig products as this is a Muslim country and this is to be respected) and lunch, you would have to be a very picky person not to find something to suit you, at lunch I especially liked the fresh made burgers, pasta bolognese and pizza along with a great range of sweets. If you want a waiter to serve you hot or cold drinks, you just ASK. And as long as I am not in a wheelchair I like to help myself to tea and coffee.
I cannot comment on evening meals in the Zodiac as I never tried it but from talking to other guests, there was always a very good selection of well cooked food on offer. We dined in 3 of the al-a carte restaurants over the week, the Italian was my favourite as the service was great as was the food which was as authentic as you could expect. although I did laughably overhear one English young lady say it was nothing like an Italian as they did not even do spaghetti bolognese!! god help us all from some Brits abroad spoiling it for the rest of us. The next we tried the Indian and the food was brilliant, although they have a strange idea about when the nan bread should be served, with your starter and not main course, top tip, ask the waiter to bring the nan with the main course. The night we were at the Indian the service was a bit slow. Last up came the Egyptian and it was very good, my only concern here would be a better explanation of what was in offer but no matter what you have, you have to order the side dish of potato tagen, it's fab.
My only concern with all these restaurants is that if the resort was even 75 full you would be hard pushed to get a booking and I would have to say that this would be true of all food and drink outlets. This is something Premier Egypt Hotels, the management company will have to work on.
All in all, this resort is marketed as 5 star and bearing in mind of where it is, it is off a very high standard. I would hope all my fellow British and Irish guests would not expect waiters throwing themselves at your feet and running around as if you were all royalty.
On your visit, do go outside the resort, were right across from the entrance is a great british pub and 10 mins further up the road is a multitude od bars, restaurants and shops.
On tipping, take some £1 coins with you, give 1 to the guy that puts your cases into the bus at the airport. Give 1 to the guy that takes your bags to your room. The rest of the time, tell all other staff you will tip them at the end of your stay, then keep your eyes on which staff you consider worthy of the 50 or 100 egypt pounds you should give on your last couple of days, this keeps everyone on their toes.
On the plane coming and going, please consider everyones feelings and DO NOT put your seatback. back There is little enough room without some prat in front of you moving their seatback back towards you, I think the airlines themselves should not allow this on such tightly packed flights. I notice new Ryanair planes have immovable seats which is a welcome change.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 February 2011

On first impressions the hotel looks amazing with its little apartments nestled around the 7 swimming pools like a small Moorish village. The rooms are very spacious and as you would expect on the Red Sea, ultra clean. The bathroom is modern with plenty of hot water. One tip – to operate the shower you have to pull and twist the shower piping where it connects it with the taps. This may be obvious to some, but we had to call out guest services to work it out (blush).

Personally I cannot fault the food. The main buffet offers around 8 choices at lunch/ dinner plus pasta, steak, and chicken freshly made to order. The only thing I can complain about was the lack of fresh juice at breakfast – sickly orange squash really isn’t good enough! The 4 a-la-cartes offer additional choice with one visit to each per week included in packages. We found the Chinese and the Indian the best. You really need to book these on your first day. We stayed during the revolution when the hotel was only 10% occupied – yet still couldn’t get a reservation until the 5th day of our stay! The AI drinks menu covers a range of local fayre.

Snorkeling offers an amazing array of coloured fish and corals and is an absolute must. There is also a shallow water lagoon (nothing official – just a hollow we found 3/4 down the beach) where trainee snorkelers can play – some good views to seen here. Do pack your sea shoes too to ensure you don’t cut your feet on the corals.

So why my headline of “Good – if you haven’t been elsewhere”? As time goes by you start to notice the finishing isn’t quite what it should be. After more time you notice the bare wiring in the ceiling where a chandelier should hang and empty buildings without windows and doors. Basically the hotel isn’t finished. Also having been elsewhere the All Inclusive is what I would call “Lite”. For example, no robes in the room, mini bar only contains water. At Baron (Beach) Resort the AI includes all of this plus 1 x massage and 1 x hair cut in their basic package. Most AIs also include champagne and sparkling wine based cocktails as standard – not here. It is the night time entertainment that really lets this hotel down. I really did think a previous reviewer exaggerating saying it was like watching X Factor rejects – however I totally agree. Listening to singers over a semi-tone flat is not pleasant. Again, we may be spoilt after the full theatrical productions of west end shows at Rixos in Bodrum with a cast of 30 on stage. If Karoake is your thing then you will be happy.

Having said all this the management is desperate to please - actively seeking feedback and putting things right on a daily basis. Give this hotel another 6 months and it may be a winner!

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 27 February 2011

From the moment we entered this hotel to the moment we left, we were treated like royalty, but then there were only British holidaymakers there, due to the problems in Cairo, ALL other nationalities were advised NOT to travel to Egypt and therefore it left ONLY the BRITS and boy did we have a great time. All mealtimes were very pleasant and we didn't have to queue for anything, the pool area was easy to access as there were no EARLY towels out on sunbeds, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, but we were spoilt by the problems in Cairo, we wouldn't hesitate to return to the same hotel at a later date, but we couldn't expect the same outcome (unless we arranged upheaval in Cairo) at the time of our return.

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Reviewed 27 February 2011

Am currently lying on the beach after lunch using the hotel wide free wifi, soaking up the sun coming to the end of a fab relaxing week.

If you expect a great hotel , book here.

If you want a quiet room request block 20

Have never been to Egypt before and had booked the senatorial resort after trying senatori Mexico which is amazing, but the opening was delayed so ended up here and have not been disappointed .

While here there have been some complaints about the food, but not being obese myself and one who enjoys fresh fish cooked to order, chicken and the fresh salad bar I have no complaints, what some people need to realise is that if you want Michelin star food it comes at a much higher cost.

The staff!!!!!
AMAZING if only we had more service like this in the UK, and all this from people who work 10 hour shifts 7 days a week for around £70 per month. Mohammed Hassan at the Indian a la carte deserves a special mention as he had one aim during your meal, to make it perfect, which he managed on each occasion we ate there.

Would I return YES

If you are on your way here and are being put off by moaners , don't be as it is lovely, some people just live to moan

Finally I would like to thank my wife for making it perfect x x x

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Reviewed 22 February 2011

Just returned from RGA and couldn't believe some of the comments made on this site. We arrived on Feb 10th and yes when we walked in the hotel was very empty because all other nationalities had been told not to come so it was only the Brits, so half the staff had been sent home as well but what a great holiday. Hotel is stunning, the staff that were there were fantastic especially Mohammed Nabil at the pool bar (he made our holiday) food in the buffet was ok not much choice (not many people to feed!!) but the al al carte retaurants were fab!! esp the chinese I realise that you can't please everybody but we have been in many 5 star hotels and this one definately is one of them. The only thing that dissapointed us was that First Choice did'nt let us know that the beaches were still closed. We were actually booked in to the new Sensatori but that wasn't finished yet but this hotel more than made up for our dissapointment. The two reps Samy and Angie were brill always on hand for problems (not that we had any) and for a gab. Best holiday so far in Sharm, so please read the good reviews and ignore the bad ones lol.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Address: | Nabq Bay, Nabq Bay, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
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Region: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > South Sinai > Sharm El Sheikh > Nabq Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Nabq Bay
#2 Family Hotel in Nabq Bay
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Nabq Bay
#3 Luxury Hotel in Nabq Bay
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Nabq Bay
#3 Spa Hotel in Nabq Bay
Price Range: £165 - £343 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Rixos Sharm El Sheikh 5*
Number of rooms: 695
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
198 Superior Rooms, 290 Deluxe Rooms, 70 Family Rooms and 137 Junior Suites are spread around this beautifully designed modern resort. Several swimming pools wind there way between buildings or there is a gorgeous stretch of beach providing our guests with lots of options on where to spend their days. There are even 3 water slides to entertain the young and the young at heart. Try snorkeling from the wooden jetty or merely a stroll at sunset to see the magnificence of the underworld of the Red Sea. Dining choices include international buffet or choose from the World of Cuisines, with Chinese, Indian, Sushi, Italian, Sea Food or a taste of Egypt. ... more   less 
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Royal Grand Azure Hotel Nabq Bay
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