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Only a 4 1/2 hour flight, arrive earlier than normal so a couple of hours sunlight left. Interesting journey via taxi to the hotel, which included having to get out of it as we got grounded on a sleeping policeman! Hotel is very spread out, nice gardens. First rooms not to good but the girls manage secure new ...
... All we want them to do is keep us alive.
Anyway, we now have 8 cans of Coke, and none of our American comrades want any. Apparently they're all Coke Zero devotees. We continue on our drive until we come around the bend in the highway and lo and behold! The Red Sea!
Despite its name, the Red Sea is actually an incredible, deep aqua color. It is breathtakingly beautiful, and the area really should be filled with resorts. There are plenty of ...
... of the afternoon I took a taxi into town. The wifi at the hotel still wasn't working and I really needed to check a few things out (and let people know I was still alive). The taxi dropped me off in Naama Bay, Sharm's lively tourist centre. At least, that's what it is known as. When I arrived however, things were pretty quiet. Must be the time of day, I thought. I found an internet cafe in a mall with the help of a security guard, and spent an hour or so ...
... and to foreigners, it is called Gate of God and this way is to help cater to both. The gate is a few towering rocks that make up a gate. It is clear the rocks were somewhat carved at some point, but it still made for a good entry way into the park. From here, we did a snorkel trip that took about an hour. It was roughly the same kind of fish we saw yesterday near Tiran ...
... 150LE, should have been 20LE really, ****ers). On top of this, the resorts prices had increased by 950% (slap on wrist for you Lonely Planet), you can tell the place has been done up recently so it’s kind of justified..... :S.
They weren’t kidding when they said Sharm is expensive. I was told by a local Egyptian in Hurghada that Sharm purely exists for tourists. There are no average Egyptians living there, everything has ...
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What a fantastic hotel. We stayed in August 2004 and have booked to go back again. The hotel is spotless and the staff extremely friendly. Food out of this world and the pools are brilliant. The Staff at the pool bar are second to none. For a quieter pool go accross the road to the sports complex run by the hotel. The pool is about 10 mins walk but has a waterslide and is deserted all day.you can get lunch over there as well. Dont tell all your friends as it will become too popular and we wont be able to get in again! :D
I have just had one of the best holidays of my life
This was my first time in Egypt and will definately not be the last. The Concorde is a fantastic hotel with excellent and friendly staff. We have had great food and no tummy upsets and the best snorkelling ever!
To be honest it has been a little too hot at this time of year when we left it was 42C.
I am going to book again but I would like to go at a time when it is in the mid to late 20C's, could someone let me know which month would be best,
I have heard November is a good time but would appreciate any help on this.
Eleven of us have just returned from this hotel. We had a fantastic time. The complex is clean and well maintained with numerous facilities for young and old. The quality of the food and service was unbeatable ( no upset tummies). The staff were always friendly and keen to help. Tipping was not expected but we gave all of the people who regularly served us a tip at the end which was very gratefully recieved (they only earn £60 a month). Nowhere likes their own currency but prefer dollars, euros and english pounds - you get a better price everywhere using these. We went on a boat trip for diving and snorkling which was excellent and the Quad biking in the hills is also to be highly recommended. Watch out though for the young girls who appear from nowhere tying bracelets on your wrist and then try to charge you a fortune. They also film you as you go along and sell that £20 we bought one which we have then copied. If you don't fancy the boat trip the submarine trip is the best we have ever been on as there is plenty worth seeing. The hotel also has its own coral reef and the fish there were absolutely stunning so you could see them without getting wet however even if you are nervous I would recommend putting on a mask and hanging onto the steps and looking under the water. It is unbelievable.
We have just returned from sharm and all i can say is it was fantastic. The hotel was excellent. The staff were very friendly and couldn't do enough for you. The hotel was clean and had everything you could possibly need. The weather was brilliant, if a bit windy, but not a cloud in the sky. As for the food, it was first class. So much choice and good quality. In fact, we cannot find anything bad to say about this hotel. Can't wait to go back next year. Its pure heaven.
Well where do I start I could write a book about this fabulous place. We stayed at the Concorde El Salam 10th - 24th March 2005, and I have to say it is one of the very best holidays I have ever had (I have travelled to many places including Bali, Mexico, Thailand, Venezuela, America and all over Europe). This stunning hotel is second to none. The rooms are spotless and spacious with good sized bathrooms. The food is excellent and plentiful and the drinks....well as somebody has already said the wine, especially the red is gorgeous, however beware, 14 days of this and you will need your teeth whitened!! The staff in the hotel were among the friendliest I have ever met and could not do enough to make sure we had a wonderful holiday. As regards tipping, yes we did tip as many of them and as often as we could and they are so grateful, apparantly the reps told us they earn £40-£50 per month so you can understand how tips help. Most of them live on the premises but hail from Cairo, where they go home for 1-2 weeks hols to see their families. Towels are provided at the pool or beach but beds can be tricky to find if you are in a group (we were a party of 6) so look for Hany a tall, thin, adult Harry Potter lookalike who had our beds and towels ready every morning. For this we gave him 20 Egyptian pounds a day between 6 of us - equivalent to only 30p each but boosting his monthly salary considerably. They absolutely love the Brits but beware of the Russians! They are not liked too much as they never seem to smile and can be rude and arrogant at times and have the biggest appetites ever, but we did manage to meet 2 nice ones!! The snorkelling is amazing and just at the end of the jetty, the most stunning fish I have ever seen. The trips we tried were very good value, particularly the quad bikes - this is a must, such good fun. We booked with Omar (very handsome girls!), who works for Marina Divers and paid £25 for a double (me & my hubby on 1 bike)and you can swap around. We also booked with Omar to Tiran island - a boat trip with lunch and snorkelling gear included for £20 each. Also look for Shaggy(Hishmat) who we made great friends with. He works for BOBOS (rivals of Marina divers but they all get on) He made our holiday with his funny quips and never ending smile. We went to Naama bay which is quite busy and a bit too much like Blackpool for us and Old Sharm where you do get really hassled but found the shops at the front of the hotel to be cheaper for gifts etc. All in all a fantastic hols and we`re hoping to go back for a week in October.
Fantastic hotel, fantastic holiday
We arrived back home on 4 March 2005. This hotel is wonderful. Excellent food, excellent staff and incredibly clean. The offshore snorkelling is out of this world and scuba diving is well worth doing.
A well organised free shuttle bus takes you into Naama Bay and brings you back again.
I can't rate the hotel highly enough. We hope definately to return soon.
Forget the flight, forget the airport. When you get to the Concorde it is out of this world. I got back home on 10 Feb 2005 and want to go back.
It is the first time that I have been to Sharm El Sheik and I desperately want to go back already The hotel Concorde El Salam is absolutely first class - the staff are incredibly friendly and nothing is a problem for them. We found that if you give them a tip at the beginning of the holiday you are very well looked after. My husband tipped one of the waiters at the beginning and every time we walked into the lobby the waiter was preparing our drinks. i have also never seen anywhere so clean! The only downside to the hotel was that we had a twin room with 2 double beds in, as we were travelling with my 13 year old son too, and the beds are not really big enough for two people!!! The waiters in the buffet restaurant were a great laugh especially Ebbit! The food was really food there was a hughe variety at every meal time. The swimmming pools look very inviting but i have never ever been in a swimming pool that is so cold - most people opted for the indoor one when they wanted a swim. Overall I had the most enjoyable christmas ever thanks to staying in a wonderful hotel with wonderful staff! Thank you Concorde El Salam - I'll be back!!!