This hotel was definitely one of the best I’ve ever been to. It’s huge and although there are a lot of guests, it never really felt crowded because the complex is so big. Multiple restaurants and bars inside plus a fab terrace which overlooks the pool, ideal for star-gazing with a drink in hand. There are 4 outdoor pools in total plus 2 kid’s pools. One of the larger ones is heated though to be honest the temperature wasn’t that much different to the non-heated ones – all very warm. You had to be down at the pool by around 10.30am in order to bag the best sun loungers but there were always plenty available on the beach if not. It’s worth a walk up the steps and through to the Mirabel Park which although not as large, has some slides which looked great for the kids.
The whole hotel was immaculate, very clean and modern. The bedrooms were larger than average although some of the furnishings could do with a facelift (e.g. frayed chairs and bedding). The balconies were also large with a nice outlook.
Facilities-wise, apart from the pools there was also a gym, spa and plenty of shops in the “Mirabel Market” although don’t venture down there unless you’re prepared to barter for pretty much everything – there are apparently only a few fixed price shops in the whole resort so don’t let yourself get ripped off. There are also a couple of tennis courts and hardcourt football pitch. The staff were plentiful and always very friendly if a little unorganised at times. Be prepared to wait for drinks etc if you’re in the buffet restaurants at busy time. I’d say it’s worth going all inclusive if you can as the food is great and there isn’t much choice for eating out without venturing quite far.
The complex itself is almost at the end of the strip where the hotels begin (near to the airport) so if you’re looking for somewhere that’s more in the thick of things, I’d recommend trying to book somewhere closer to Naama Bay where there’s more going on. For us though, it was ideal as it was very quiet and relaxing and we weren’t looking to venture far. We did go on one of the Seascope Submarines which was really worth it (approx £40 per person) – the tour operator ferries you to Naama Bay and the trip itself lasts about an hour and a half. Although snorkelling is good, we saw a lot more from the sub including some fabulous coral and a huge variation of fish.
Snorkelling is definitely recommended – you can either buy the gear before you go or else when you get there (bear in mind the bartering again). The sea is very warm and is no deeper than waist high for about 800 metres out. The hotel has dug out an area nearer the beach so you can have a proper swim but if for snorkelling purposes, I’d recommend walking along to the jetty (small fee payable as it belongs to next door’s hotel – only about £5 though for 2 people). The jetty goes all the way out to the edge of the reef and has steps down into the sea at various intervals. The fish tend to congregate in the shade under the wooden slats so there’s plenty to see and it also means you don’t have to avoid so many rocks and urchins as if you wade all the way out from the beach.
Entertainment-wise, there tended to be a live singer and/or dance show each night in the main bars near the lobby. Also occasionally karaoke or a quiz plus beach party one night a week. There’s a fairly large animation team organising stuff during the day for both kids and adults. They don’t pester you too much to join in like they do in some places although they will sometimes come up and ask. There are also guys on the beach who try to sell you waterboard activities but they weren’t half as pushy as in some places we’ve been.
I did succumb to a bit of Egyptian belly unfortunately. At the welcome meeting on the first day, the rep told us that it’s nothing to do with the food or water but is actually a bug that’s primarily carried on the Egyptian bank notes which tend to be very grubby. She therefore said to make sure we washed our hands/used an alcohol hand gel everytime we paid for something. Despite doing this, I still got ill and had to get some tablets from the pharmacy which cost about £12. It did put a bit of a dampener on the holiday as although I didn’t feel too ill, I had to take it easy food and drink-wise. Given that you’re told to only drink bottled water (including cleaning your teeth), it was a pain that the house-keeping didn’t supply more of this in the mini bar each day. You also couldn’t get it from the beach bars (only cups of water from a dispenser) so we had to keep going to the main bar to get bottles. I put this as a suggestion on the hotel questionnaire when we left as whenever we’ve been all inclusive before, water has been provided in the rooms.
All in all, if you’re looking for a relaxing, sun-filled holiday in Sharm, I’d definitely recommend this hotel. They even give you a leaflet when you leave asking you to write a review on Trip Advisor so they must be pretty confident of positive comments!
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- Also Known As:
- Jaz Mirabel Beach Hotel Sharm El Sheikh
- Jaz Mirabel Beach Resort
- Jaz Mirabel Beach Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt - Nabq Bay
- Mirabel Beach Resort