Our first time in Egypt, travelling all- inclusive with teenage daughter. First impressions of the hotel wee good, with a fantastic air conditioned, marbelled reception lobby. Rooms have good air con., spacious and clean and the very large site is generally well maintained.
Staff (with one or two exceptions) were polite, friendly and eager to please.
Beach is sandy and clean, with good beach bars but no swimming in the sea unless you walk out through the shallow water for for 20 minutes to reach the surf, where there is excellent snorkelling opportunities.
Next door hotel has a jetty, although they charge an extortionate £4 a go to walk out.
Food at the two main restaurants was ok but nothing special and although they try to vary the menu with theme nights, a lot of the same stuff still turned up each evening.
At peak times quite a queue developed waiting for tables to be cleared, which was probably due to shortage of staff rather than lack of effort.
We were warned about the 'pharoh's revenge' and avoided the tap water, no ice in drinks and washed our hands after handling money but we still each managed to come down with it. As we were only staying for a week, it really spoilt the holiday.
Be warned - most of the people we spoke to got some sort of stomach upset during their stay and although the reps said it was due to the hot weather and dehydration, I can't help thinking there may be some other underlying cause.
The pharmacy sold Antinal which seemed to help but he happily charged EL50 a go, knowing full well people would pay whatever.
The shopping both at the hotel market and down the road is a nightmare. The shopkeepers vary from annoying to downright aggressive if you don't buy and haggling for everything (even in the supermarket) becomes very tedious. They will rip you off at every opportunity. My 17 year old daughter hated going into the shops because of unwanted attention from the men, who constantly pestered her for her phone number and on two occasions physically grabbed her for "kisses" - I had to drag her away from one seller who wouldn't let her go.
As you walk along the road, taxis constantly draw up beside and pester you, so you can't just go out for a peaceful stroll around the shops.
The entertainment at the hotel is poor, especially in the evening, which was usually just someone singing to recorded backing tracks. The animation team did a few things during the day but no shows or decent entertainment otherwise.
One disturbing event on the Sunday during our stay was a series of sudden massive explosions which rocked the whole hotel grounds.
Given Egypt's history with tourist terrorism, people were obviously concerned what this was all about. Depending who you spoke to or which rumour you heard, it was either workmen blasting holes for swimming pools at a nearby building site, quarrying, or the Egyptian army clearing old anti tank mines left over from the Sinai wars.
There was no warning or official announcement from the hotel management or tour reps. to explain the situation or calm peoples worries, which I thought was extremely poor.
On the subject of building, the whole area is being developed with new hotels and apartment blocks. As you travel from the airport, there is nothing else to see along the main road, which is why I can't really see the attraction of Sharm. There is the sea, hotels and desert, that's it. No scenery, mountains, trees or village communities like you find say in Turkey, where we would much rather return to.
Would also not recommend going in July - far too hot, >42C every day.
However, if baking by the swimming pool is your thing and you are prepared for the odd stomach upset and don't mind haggling with the Pharmacist for your overpriced medicine then Jaz Mirabel is just fine.
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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