I can't recommend Egypt highly enough for anyone wanting a winter shot of guaranteed sunshine at great value and convenience. Yes it's a five hour flight to Sharm El Sheik from the UK and Ireland but our hotel, the Radisson Blu, was just 15 mins from the airport and we were on the beach enjoying 24degrees of sunshine the same day we left a rain soaked Ireland.
We had booked a room with a sea view for about an extra €100. I think all the rooms here are good so it made no difference to me but it pleased the wife that when we awoke each morning we could both hear and see the sea less than 100 metres away or head for one of a number of swimming pools which was barely 50 metres from the foot of our bed.the beach by the way has its own pier which takes you to a lovely coral reef, home to some beautiful looking fish. We snorkelled the reef for a good hour without feeling at all cold.
The service at the hotel is exceptionally good. Granted there is the feeling that its done in the hope of a tip but then what's a few bucks here and there to be thoroughly spoilt and why not do your bit to help a few Egyptians where you can in this crisis torn country?
The rooms are good. They're very clean and comfortable. They have patchy wifi available all day too! If you're English you've a limited choice of TV viewing between the highly repetitive Euronews and the marginally less repetitive BBC World.
The hotel runs an evening bus service to Naama Bay which costs €6 return leaving at 4.30pm and 7.30pm returning 3.5 hours later.This has all the souvenirs you can wish for and some fairly decent cafes and restaurants. From there you can take a taxi costing about 3 dollars to Leila Va Leila a mock Arabian style palace often stuffed full of different entertainment. If you're here to do lots of tours then talk to your holiday rep. We weren't but those we spoke to who tried a guided tour or the trip out to the desert all reported good value experiences.
The food at the hotel is not great but always good and occasionally very good bearing in mind how much we paid for the whole holiday. For the veggies it could be easily improved if they labelled better the dishes severed buffet style every day. They tend to name the main item in each dish such as "fish" or "white beans" but that doesn't mean you won't find a piece of chicken or prawns kicking about somewhere too. There's a great variety of foods on offer including lots of locally grown fruits and vegetables a few of which I'd never encountered before.
When we stayed the hotel consisted off about 10% Egyptians, 10% Brits and the rest were Russians. I have to say I like the Russians. First because I'm married to one and second because they largely keep themselves to themselves and respect other people's space.
The entertainment crew do a reasonable job but for a hotel this size I would expect the occasional visit from outside artists to provide true quality entertainment.
If its a cheap winter break you're after with guaranteed sunshine of 24 degrees plus then this hotel is hard to beat.
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- Radisson Blu Resort, Sharm El Sheikh Hotel Sharm El Sheikh
- Sharm El Sheikh Radisson
- Radisson Sas Sharm El Sheikh
- Radisson Sharm El-Sheikh
- Radisson Sas Egypt
- Radisson Blu Resort, Sharm El Sheikh Egypt - Nabq Bay