Came to Egypt for the first time with my boyfriend over 4 years ago....bit of a late review, I know!
I put I went in July 2012 when in fact it was July 2008 but it wouldn't let me have that option.
But I have to say I can not wait to go back!
The hotel overall was stunning and very friendly staff all round. The pool was just what you needed to cool off in the mid day sun in the middle of July and the private beach was gorgeous. The hotel room was really nice and spacious, however we did have a few problems from our air con not working (in 40 degree heat, this is a big deal) and the water electrocuting us at random times. Had we have been there for longer then a week we would have asked to move.
The other thing which made me abit uncomfortable was the harassment of people walking around the pool trying to sell day trips and excursions. As much as i wanted to explore Egypt and do the standard tourist trips, when i was by the pool, i wanted to relax and not have to feel uncomfortable every time a person walked past. They kinda crossed the line when one guy was too persistent and actually made us go back to the hotel room in disgust.
But other than that, it was a wonderful holiday and we really want to go back.
We went scuba diving, snorkeling (recommend both) day trip to Cairo and a trip to eat dinner with the dessert people.
Couple of tips for Egypt which we found useful:
Go for two weeks or more, not one, as there is just too much do as well as actually relaxing.
Shop around in the town for deals on trips, don't go with the holiday reps who over price everything. We went to Cairo for the whole day (entry to pyramids, museum, lunch and travel) for £30 each. When the holiday reps were charging £90 each.
Go all inclusive. You save so much money! Even if you are out all the time.
There are only two phrases we learnt in Egyptian. "No Thank you" and "We/I have no money" These phrases when said in Egyptian will ensure that anyone who may be harassing you to buy something to step away and let you move on. I don't want to be horrible, as I know they have a living to make, but it was just too much in the end.
Give haggling a go, we got all our souvenirs for £20.
Buy your own water, don't take it from the tap.
Don't leave any drinks in direct sunlight for too long, it will either be baking hot when you go to drink from it, or it would have evaporated away.
Ladies AND MEN take someone pool side shoes. My boyfriend didn't and he learnt the hard when when walking back to the hotel room from the pool (amusing to watch i have to say).
Ladies, make up is useless in 40/50 degree heat. Don't bother.
The choice in food in the hotel is overwhelming, from pancakes and waffles to cheese and ham in the morning to pasta, salads and tuna steaks in the evening. The restaurants on the site were also wonderful if you don't fancy the main hotel food, and my boyfriend got to try lobster for the first time which was so good. Chips, burgers, hot dogs and ice cream are on sale all day by the pool as well as ice cream although you have eat that really quickly.
Like I say over all a fantastic trip and a wonderful hotel to stay in. Really recommend this hotel for first timers in Egypt or regular visitors :) Can't wait for our next trip
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- Sharm El Sheikh Radisson
- Radisson Sas Sharm El Sheikh
- Radisson Sharm El-Sheikh
- Radisson Sas Egypt
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