We have just returned from the Coral sea splash, it was a lovely week, but were glad it was just a week.
This hotel is fine, really there is nothing wrong with it, and a lot of people seem to love it. It is fantastic for children, however I found it was a little too much like a butlins holiday to suit my taste. The food was average, yes you could find something to eat, but nothing that really would entice you to rush to dinner/ lunch or breakfast.
The large pool was fairly nice but it was always crowded, and full of floaties which ment swimming was out of the question. I also noted that there were people who laid out their towels very early in the morning and then returned to bed,. We would go to the large pool at about 8 am to swim as it was quiet then, and there were people who had been up earlier and booked their beds yet they never showed up till after 11. This is not proper conduct, I think the pool boys should remove those towels. The wave pool was always quieter even though that is where all the children hang out, it still had a more serene atmosphere than the boom boom of the main pool. The Pool bar we used was at the wave pool, the drinks were served in disposable plastic cups like those out of a water cooler, I understand that plastic must be used around pools, but I think they should use those harder plastic glasses that you find at other hotels.
The slides, and the pirate ship were great, our children really enjoyed those, but after a while we were getting bored. Some parents like to just lie by the pool all day and sunbathe, but we like to keep busy . The staff were wonderful , always smiling always polite, however while it is a family hotel, I do think parents should supervise their own children at least a bit. I watched children just make some of the pool staffs life miserable. I watched one paticular group all under the age of twelve but over 9, so big enough to have manners, just constantly hang around the pool bar messing with the ice, throwing water at the barman, at first he laughed, but then he politely asked them to please leave him alone to work, they didn't and they did this for a few days.
I found the lobby bar a little like a huge waiting room, very blank and devoid of decoration and atmosphere, outside could be quite pleasant, but inside was a little dull. The sports bar was really ugly. Entertainment, they tried but it was just not great.
I found the room to be nice, our cleaner ALI was lovely he really kept our room spotless, actually he kept the whole floor spotless. He worked long hours from 8 am to 8 pm. Yet he was always happy and cheerful, and was willing to do anything we asked.
I do think to make the best of a trip to the sinai area you should leave the hotel and do some trips . We took a quad trip with sunway tours which are over near the mc donalds shop. While we had done a quad trip before our children hadn't so we just booked an evening trip. This trip was not for the faint hearted, but perfect for the thrill seekers. We rode up and down dunes, raced in the dessert, and had generally way more fun than the larger quad trips organised by the bigger companies.
We also went to sharks bay to do our snorkeling, it is a pretty area, and we just went out and hailed a taxi on the street, we haggled but we knew that fifty egyptian pounds was the actual rate, so if they ask for more don't give it.
Soho square is also worth a trip, we also just got our own taxi to this, we ate while we were there and unlike the little chef feeling in the hotel, we felt we were on holiday and it was a lovely experience.
Don't worry about being hassled in soho square, they leave you alone to decide whether to shop there or not. However outside the hotel they will ask, but you just reply no thankyou and they leave you alone. We even got a camel ride for the children, and there was no hasstle involved. The egyptians have a great sense of humour and if you just talk back to them and haggle a bit, they are happy. They love to tease people.
I also reccomend eating in the stone grill, this was lovely and the steak was beautiful. It is part of the hotel but is not covered in the all inclusive.
All in all, depending on what you want from your trip, you could do way worse than this hotel, you could also do way better, so it is middle of the road, I would give it 3 stars because it just lacked something, but I wouldn't warn people away, because they may love the things I disliked. We had been to sharm before and had our ideals, so felt this was a little too like an english holiday camp in the sun, I was waiting to see dell boy and rodney at any minute. I certainly saw a few Marlenes....
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- Feel the dynamic pulse the moment you walk into the Coral Sea Aqua Club Resort. It is home to the most prestigious aqua park resort in the fashionable Nabq area on the Red Sea. The aqua park entertains guests with: Boomerang and the Speed/Bowl slides. On top of that, you can race down the multi-laner or go for something calmer like the lazy river. But the real big boy has to be the flowrider ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Coral Sea Splash Hotel Nabq Bay
- Coral Sea Aqua Club Resort Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt - Nabq Bay