Myself and a friend have recently returned from Egypt where we stayed at the Royal Grand Azure. We were very pleased that we chose this hotel out of the others we had looked at. On arrival to the hotel we were greeted by the recption staff who were very pleasant and there english was acceptable and understandable. The people (mainly British) who complain about foreign people having poor english at hotels are rediculous as this is there country and they can communicate very well with you considering there main language is Arabic. (I would like to see a British person attempting pleasantries in Arabic!)
After checking into the hotel we were issued with our All Inclusive wrist bands and welcome packs, we gave a staff member our room number and he then arranged for our luggage to be dropped off to our room via a golf buggy so no need to drag your case around the massive complex.
The rooms at this hotel are very clean and the decor is bright and modern. (This was a winning factor in me booking to stay here as I like a nice bedroom) We had two small double beds,they seemed a little hard but we never had any trouble sleeping on them. The bathroom was a large size but the main winner for me was the size on the wardrobe it was HUGE! There was plenty of space for two girls to stash all their clothes, shoes and bags for a weeks stay. The rooms were cleaned daily with new towels and bedding, water in the fridge was also replenished daily too which was very nice.
The only negative I would have is that the AC unit in the room was loud but because it wasn't to warm in the nights we didnt really use it often throughout our stay.
This hotel currently has 5 restuarants and they are also renovating another, so there is plenty of choice here. The main buffet restaurant is where most meals are provided. The restaurant was to a good size with an outside seating area too. The food was lovely, there was plenty to choose from at all meal times. Yes the food is more continental with eggs and pastries supplied at breakfast so if you cant live without a fry up I wouldn't really recommend holidaying outside of spain.
I ate everything from meat, salad and deserts and did not suffer from an upset stomach all week. The staff in the buffet restuarant were very friendly and efficient, they were always ensuring the guests tables were cleared once they had finished their food. Drinks were served to your table so no need to queue at the bar area. The plus for myself was also that the restuarant managers would spend their time going round the guests asking how they were etc, this was a very nice touch. A big mention to Zaher, Hossam and Osamma who are great guys who do an amazing job of ensuring everything was running smoothly in their restaurants.
During our stay we ate at two of the Al a Carte restaurants which was the Italian and Indian.The food was amazing and so was the wine lol. Reservations need to be made for these. We did originally have the Chinese booked instead of the Italian because it was fully booked for our stay, you do need to be fast in getting a booking here as its a very popular restuarant. Anyways after speaking to the restaurant manager Osamma he arranged it so that we could eat here which was very nice of him :)
The pools throughout the hotel were lovely, staff were always cleaning them on a daily basis. The water was very cold so on many occassions I had to just jump in before I chickened out. However there is a heated pool towards the back of the complex, this was very nice, it felt like a bath tub. There were staff attending each pool area, they also sorted out towels and sunloungers for you too.
The poolside bar at the main lagoon pool was great and the staff were very friendly, they were always there with a smile and a chat for you. This bar had a swim up side and they also provided snacks in the afternoon if you didn't want to go to the restaurant.
The animation team at this hotel are good at what they do. They had activities going on throughout the day from yoga, football, water aerobics etc. The guys were always wandering the resort interacting with the guests. The entertainment is a little quiet in the night but this is typical across Sharm and the clientele at this hotel is a little older (dont let this be a negative because were were two young females who had a great time staying here). Big mention to Rico, Nana and Dan who were always there to get people up danicng in the lobby area at an evening time, they also do a trip to a local night club called the Black House. This is an All Inclusive night out where you pay around £23 which is a bus there and back and all your drinks for the evening.
The staff at the hotel are all very friendly and courteous. They wait on you in the lobby and bar area during the evenings. They all work extremely hard and are always smiling too. We made great friends and had banter with everyone which was fun.
We had a massage at the hotel provided by the spa staff. What can I say this was just so fantastic! We paid around £30 each for an hours all over body massage. Well worth it and was a great treat.
They take great pride in keeping the resort immaculate with staff cleaning the pool areas and staff tending the garden areas, weeding and planting flowers.
The hotel during our stay was quiet with about a third of it occupied but this was proberly due to the recent events in the country. I preferred it this way and also there weren't many russians staying here so there wasn't any problems with queue jumping etc.
I would highly recommend this hotel to people of ages, its a fantastic resort with brilliant staff.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Royal Grand Azure Hotel Nabq Bay
- Rixos Sharm El Sheikh Egypt - Nabq Bay