We booked a family holiday for Christmas last minute and we were not disappointed.
The hotel is spotlessly clean with a good variety of food.The kids were probably not so keen but saying that there were always freshly made pizza and pasta cooked to order at the lunches and dinners, or failing that burger and chips and ice creams served at the beach bar from 3pm.
The staff were fantastic and always helpful and polite, I would say the Egyptians have great customer service, though more could be said for the Thomsons on flight staff who did their job but were not especially cheerful having to work Christmas day!(Not even a merry Christmas) They have a lot to learn from the Egyptians customer service.
The hotel put on a magnificent Christmas eve gala and there was even an santa on a camel giving gifts to the kids Christmas day, so I would definitely recommend as a Christmas or New year break.
The weather is about 22-24 degrees at this time of year, though the first few days there was a cold breeze so I would recommend bringing a warm fleece or top .The pools were a little cool and not all were heated, which is ok as there are pool everywhere, though the kids did get a little chilly at the water slide pools the first few days until the breeze went down.
We went on the safari trip and the scuba diving which was a great day out, though I would probably not bother again with the safari trip as it was a little boring. There are lots of touts selling quad trips at the hotel, which we found you could go direct to the quad owners down the beach and get it for a little cheaper deal.
Hotel tips; no need to bring beach towels as these are given out with a card system but don't lose them as it will need to be paid for at the end of your holiday if you do. If booking rooms with small children do make sure you book interconnecting rooms or you could get rooms next to each other with separate entrance doors.(Though I did find this resort extremely safe and secure with kids). There are hand sanitisers in the dining area which ,are a little hidden behind doors for sterilising your hands before eating.Also last piece of advice, Egypt is a tipping culture so yes its a all inclusive hotel but by tipping as little as £1(Egyptian money) your drinks will be refilled a lot quicker and without asking!!
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