A mixed review:
I always try and write an honest review. We're a normal semi-detached-house family who saved all year to go on our one holiday. Yeah we all had dicky tummy for a few days but it's not food poisoning in most cases but due to water / pool/ bad hygiene - some tourists have DISGUSTING hygiene routines.
Read on for our review:
Just had a 2 week stay at the AA Amwaj in a group of 4 mature adults, 3 young adults and one 11 year old.
All in all it was a good fortnight. The hotel is in every respect very similar in standards and amenities to almost every other (alleged 4/5 star) Sharm resort. In british standards, it's an average 3 star.
The BIG downer which as e-commerce owners really got on our nerves, was the wi-fi or should i say severe lack of it. There were around 5/6 routers all over the resort but the claim of "Wi-fi in every room" is nothing short of a lie. We could sometimes connect in the Soweto bar but certainly never in the room once - and we had 4 rooms to try it in. The staff came out one day and fiddled around with the routers but i suspect that it's just a case of poor coverage with their routers and not enough bandwidth to go around if and when you did get a signal in the bar.
Food and drink: Perfectly acceptable considering the hotel when full is catering for 1200 guests. The food is varied, warm and palatable. There was always a good choice of varied dishes but one thing was missing for the kids - chips. They didn't ever seem to have them at meal times other than at the poolside snack bar.
Staff: Very hardworking. We made some great Egyptian friends. Fadel, Ismail, Hamed to name but a few. All staff worked very hard at pleasing us (not just at earning tips) and only on a few occasions did the service seem anything other than it should have been but they were really trivial instances. Not worth expanding on :)
Pool: Very good. Cleanliness is pretty good and the pool at it's deepest was shallow enough for my 11 year old to touch the bottom and therefore make me more comfortable about her wanting to go and splash on her own. No lifeguards are on duty.
Kids club: This was pretty abysmal - i'm glad my daughter didn't want to use it. It consists of 1 dilapidated shack near the beach that in all honesty i wouldn't have felt safe leaving my dog in - never mind a child. The "kids club" offered no timetable of activities and nobody ever once tried to recruit my daughter for any activities. When we asked where is was, we were just pointed to the hut. No reps told us about it.
Animation team / evening entertainment:
Oh boy do the animation team work hard and they are great young girls and guys. BUT, is it entertaining, NO. It's utter bilge - certainly in the evening anyway. It normally consisted of VERY random routines of miming to various songs in wigs. Never any actual cabaret or singing or shows of any quality, just odd mime acts that were sometimes unfathomable. DON'T go here expecting evening entertainment of any kind. The "shows" lasted maximum of an hour but there were never any acts on other than the same animation team doing mime acts. Really poor!! On the upside though, no bingo!!
All in all we had a good time, mainly thanks to the staff that went all the way to ensure our satisfaction. When we did have niggles, the staff including the reception assistant manager Ahmed, did their best to help us out BUT as we'd gone with a small child and on the basis of being able to use this advertised Wi-fi in every room and have some entertainment, we WOULDN'T return here or recommend it for anyone with small children or anyone in true need of a reliable internet connection.
A typical Sharm resort - when we went though, the English were the minority. If this bothers you, book a resort that does UK Exclusive. Personally, it didn't bother us at all - they were all good fun.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Amwaj Resort & SPA – is a 5 star luxurious Hotel & Resort, located on a sprawling 400 meters long private sandy beach that is, offering comfortable accommodation and leisure facilities with fascinating rooms and suites, all boasting magnificent sea views. Our Resort features a selection of fine Restaurants and Bars, Swimming Pools, Beach, Shopping arcade, and well equipped Health Club & Spa. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Amwaj Oyoun Hotel & Resort Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt - Nabq Bay
- Amwaj Oyoun Resort