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The reason I love Sharm el-Sheikh so much is it's a holiday mecca! The place - a gorgeous sea view beach setting - has everything you need for a relaxing holiday. Yes it's nice to see the locals and culture on holidays, but here you don't experience the down sides of this. From clubbing to quading in the desert, diving to fine food, this place has everything for an enjoyable ...
... shark. In other news, while chatting with a fellow diver who's a radiologist, I asked her what's the oddest thing she's seen inside the human body. In one case, a man stuffed a USB wire (just the wire, not the insulation) up his penis to his bladder. In another, a woman stuffed a CD into her vagina. The CD apparently broke (human body 1, CD 0). The radiology department in this hospital keeps a file documenting these interesting cases. I bet it would make an amazing coffee table ...
... and the hostages were released. The next story concerned the Beirut Hostages of which there were many. As last time Terry Waite took us to the point where he was about to get into a car with the hostage takers and then said, ‘sorry times up, you’ll have to wait till next time!’ This was predictable but very funny.
The next lecture concerns his 5 years in solitary confinement and how he coped. The final ‘session of enrichment for the morning’ was ...
... of the Sinai Peninsula next to the Red Sea, and surrounded by desert Its population is approximately 35,000, and is made up of about 7000 km of land.
We stayed at the Marriot Hotel. Our Hotel was on the mountainside and the better half was on the beach side. Crossing to the beach meant a 5 minute walk over a busy highway with traffic police slowing down the traffic to allow tourists to cross.
... We dove at Shark Reef, and although we didn’t see any sharks, we saw plenty of other cool stuff. For starters, we saw a big turtle, which was really great, and we saw the biggest Moray eels. They were scary big, easily as big as Lindsey. We have both decided we think they are really ugly. Of course there were beautifully colored fish, crocodile fish, and more, all set among beautiful hard and soft corals. We first ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHalomy Hotel Sharm El-Sheikh
Good location, great beach for snorkelling, nice pool, nice staff, breakfast good, highly recommended (for price!)
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Historical Traveler Reviews Halomy Hotel Sharm El-Sheikh
A Fantastic Holiday
We have just got back from a week at the Halomy and what a fantastic time we had. Our room was lovely and spacious for 3 adults and overlooked the bay and mountains. It was very clean and the towel art each day made us smile! We were all inclusive and it was well worth the money. The food was plentiful and a good selection, and as I am vegetetarian was very pleased with the variety available, we were never hungry!!!! It was all well presented and very clean and no danger of an upset tummy. The food at the beach terrace was good too, it was great to sunbathe and have a beer from the bar! All the staff could not do enough to help you and were very friendly and kept my teenage daughter amused for hours chatting and showing her tricks to do. We went to the egyptian night at the hotel which was great fun, although my daughter hated getting picked several times to help star in it!! The beach terrace at the hotel was excellent and the variety and amount of fish to see snorkelling off the jetty was amazing. Had a great trip to Tiran island and went with the company at the foot of the steps to the halomy which wre very good. If you want to see lots of lionfish walk to the lit up up jetty at the Sharm Lido hotel at the bottom of the Halomy steps, there are dozens of them and you could sit and watch them for forever! We did the trip to Mt Sinai at night to see the sunrise, tiring but worth it, although getting trampled by a camel going up was not appreciated. All in all our stay at the Halomy was excellent and would recommend it, would definitely go back and everyone we spoke to staying there said the same, several people had been there before. Looking at the other big hotels along the beachfront I think we made an excellent choice.
Well worth a visit!
We've just got back from our holiday, the weather was great, only 2 cloudy days in the 2 weeks we were there (not bad considering it's winter in Egypt!).
I would recommend the Halomy, but not for children. My 2 are 14 and 12 and they were bored at times - other than sunbathing and snorkelling there's little else to do (not that I was complaining!) The pool was too cold to go in too often, it could do with heating in Winter, if only by a few degrees.
The staff were lovely - in particular Tota, Ibrahim, Mustafa and Mohammed. The guy who cleaned our room every day was a star - anything left around was neatly folded and put away (we tried not to be too messy!)
The rooms are nice and spacious, having their own entrance (ours had a stunning view over the bay) but a bit basic - the hotel is supposed to be only 14 years old, but you would think it was nearer 30. An overhaul is overdue!
The food was a bit variable - sometimes it was lovely, other times we would have gone hungry if it weren't for the lovely soft fresh bread rolls available at every meal. Breakfasts were the worst - don't expect an English style fry up! There's a guy who makes fresh omelettes and pancakes every morning - we soon got into the habit of having a fried egg in a roll, yummy!
The only major reservation I have with the Halomy is safety. The grounds, although lovely, are very uneven and not lit up very well at night. I tripped and fell the first night we were there and ended up with 2 badly bruised and swollen knees. The hotel isn't suitable for those with walking difficulties - I didn't have any problems with mobility before I got there.....
The hotel beach is a stunning place - I don't like swimming in the sea as I'm not very confident in water, but you couldn't get me out of the sea there! There's a jetty going into the water with steps at the end down into the sea - 2 strokes out and you're in 15ft deep crystal clear water - the snorkelling is out of this world! Take an underwater camera with you - you'll be amazed what you see!
If you're on a budget, try the Halomy - if your expectations aren't too high (it's nowhere near a 4 star hotel) you won't be disappointed.
Stayed in the halomy over xmas!! Was set in a lovley place looking right over the sea ,only a 5 minue walk into naama bay. Very beautiful!! The grounds were nice although the gardener did come out watering his plants with manure in the evening (Mr poo!!) was a bit of a shock but soon got used to it. The pool was nice and clean although nobody was ever in it as its not heated therefore like an ice bath!! In my opinion Halomy would be ideal in the summer..the pool would be warm and you are out of the hussle and bussle of the centre. Staff are very friendly although got a bit over powering towards the end of the holiday.They are very much like children always wanting to play! The rooms were immaculate with lovely towels always in patterns on the bed.The food was ok,although very repetitive..Chicken, beef, rice pasta, potatoes and vegetables! Very cheap to go out in naama bay and the chinese is well worth a visit. Overall a pleasant stay with good company! i wouldnt visit Halomy again in the winter but would consider it for the summer deffinately! The beach is lovely and the fish and amazing although the coral is sharp,water shoes or flippers and reccomended!The massage on the beach was well worth having!
The white village on the mountain top
Just come back from lovely break in Sharm el Sheik. Enjoyed our week so much - we'd love to come back.
Super service, and nice clean rooms!!!!!
Only a short walk from Nama Bay center, with all its restaurants, bars, shops,diving centers (the list could go on and on), but high enough up the hill, so the noises and music does not bother you in the evening/night.
The most amazing patio - with a view over nama bay - a perfect place to enjoy a quiet drink and watch the sun as it sets.
The hotel has it's own little beach, with restaurant and a lovely reef,with the whole cast of "Nemo" swimming around you as you cool down from the sun.
The only "non perfect" experience our group had, was a massage at the hotel. Hope it improves for future guests!!
Dont go All inclusive
Just got back from the Halomy which I spent over the xmas period, and I can agree with most people on here about the hotel but none of these must have gone all inclusive because you do get ignored by most of the staff when you want service...but according to the manager this is what goes on in sharm in general by all the hotels that do Ai and H/board....If you do go, dont book All inclusive.The hotel is ok, the food is ok and the rooms are again ,just ok. The staff are good providing you pay for your drinks/food ect,but the one thing hotel has going for it..is the coral at the bottom of about 50 steps(not counted)becuase the sea life there is brilliant.. all types of fish not a couple of species but hundreds...as you can see I was more excited about fish than the hotel.The Ai is 11am-11pm which is woeful, and the worst I have ever had,the halfboard people seemed to enjoy it and as long as they flashed the cash they got the service which I had paid for upfront but that seems to be forgotten here. So to round off ,Go ..if you dont want any luxury and definately Dont go All inclusive...Ps. It only boasts one bar with seating for max 20 people so inevitably everyone goes down to Naama bay, says it all....
I checked on here before we booked our hotel. We didn't want fancy marble lobbies, and insincere staff. We wanted a bit of a home away from home at Xmas, and thats what we got. Staff are GENUINELY friendly and caring. we asked to change rooms-we got the best room in the hotel at no extra charge(the hotel was not fully booked) The owner cares about what is said about his hotel, & he mingles & asks how you are & how you are finding the Halomy. The Food is brilliant-especially for vegetarians. It is not super fancy, but perfectly cooked veg, soups, rice, sauces, deserts such as creme caramel, gateux, fresh fruit etc. Breakfasts have freshly cooked crepes (& icing sugar-Yum) scrambled eggs, or traditional with olives, veg etc. Don't worry about getting tummy bugs with the Halomy Food-its very clean, and well prepared(unless you have a very delicate stomach)The Rooms are very clean, the view is to die for if you get a sea view, and if not, the garden view is pretty too. The rooms are basic-shower, simple bed, maybe could do with a slight update, but remember this hotel is open all year round-don;t let that put you off. The Air con & heating is in with the price, and their is a mini private beach with a bar down some steps.
If you can't do steps, then maybe the Halomy is not for you. There are about 80 down to the edge of Naama bay, but they certainly are not a struggle & well worth it for the view you get at your Hotel. In High season there is also a pizzaria, and all the time the bar is open & beer & wine served. Bring your own coffee and tea if you like stronger stuff, and laugh at the music in the resturant, which I I think may be the Soviet Ice Skaters Music Greatest hits circa 1970-80.
I think we made the best choice of hotel in the whole of Naama bay. I will gladly go back
A note about safety-YOU ARE VERY SAFE in the Naama bay area,
as above,having this been our first visit to eygpt we didnt know what to expect, we arrived at hotel and were greeted by the most pleasent staff.asked for sea view and boy what a sea view i got,the room was spot on for what we needed it for,(sleeping)then onto the bar for a quick beer before evening meal as it was 9-30pm before we got to resturant they made us a selection of foods and it kept on coming we had to tell them to stop as we had enough food for henry the viii , all the food was different and i wouldnt like to see anyone complain,something for everyone,we were lucky enough to bump into a great group of brits,which all tended to mix together well.try mohameds magic drink,be careful on the coral as it can be dangerous when the sea is rough,mr harvis the general manager is a perfect gentleman.we went all inclusive well worth it,will i be back ,yes in march hopefully,cheers david and jackie
Great value and what a reef! Great family hotel!
Just got back from this hotel. We booked in January and chose this as it was easily the cheapest we could find - they allowed us to have a room for 5 and gave us two free kids places. It's always a problem as we've got the third child (ages 12,10,8).
I was a bit worried before we went as the Odyssey brochure says not suitable for children. I think not suitable for under 5s would be more accurate.
The Halomy is situated in a prime spot on the headland at the southern end of Naama bay. About a 10 minute stroll into the main town. Great views over the sea and the bay. Rooms are clean, air conditioned and well looked after. You have the use of a fridge in your room. Pool is very safe and there's a lifeguard there at all times. Food was great. Our kids loved the unlimited pancakes at breakfast and there was a good variety of dishes in the evening. We went half board and bought superb pizzas at the pool bar for 22EŁ for lunch.
There is a little shop on the site and the guy in there is very fair. Perhaps a tiny bit dearer than in Naama bay for some things but only 10% max and no hassle. If he hasn't got it he'll try to get what you want for next day.
The Halomy is laid out like a little village and you go to the restaurant for meals. Grounds are well maintained although there is the odd uneven path. Like everywhere in Naama the grounds are watered regularly and the earth seems to stink when this is done, but nothing to worry about as it's the same all over the town. (bit strange when you first smell it!).
There is a dive centre on site and although we didn't use it they seem to be well equipped and reasonably priced :Sharm-divers.
There are two things which set the Halomy apart: Firstly the staff are BRILLIANT! Extremely friendly and very helpful. Fantastic with the kids. Arif "Mr Bean" at the poolside bar was particularly helpful and they have a very professional Masseur called Mohamed. My wife is a beauty therapist and rated him very highly and very reasonable pricewise.
Secondly at the bottom of the steps the Halomy has a top quality reef with loads of fish and coral in a safe little bay. We went on a boat for a day trip but saw just as much on this reef.
The Halomy is a little tired - it could do with new sunbeds in particular - but for value and staff it is 5 star.
well here goes, staff really friendly, but im guessing that if your rude and unfriendly to them you probably get it back,,,foods ok, and the bar has superb views, its a very quiet hotel. the pool is clean with plenty of towels. My better half is a travel agent and we both enjoyed it, Now the juicy stuff.....dont excpect 5 star, there is no real beach, just a man made one set on a rock face, but its superb and i mean it, the snorkelling here is as good as australia, take your kids to play with the clown fish on the hotel reef, swim with eagle rays and enjoy yourself ,ask for lunch and drinks they get brought to you, which is good as you just walked down lots of steps, so not good for disabled! at all. Now the bad stuff.....expect a dodgy belly in egypt its everywhere if you have anti biotics at home take them with you, or get them first day at the chemists, please i beg ov you to do this..trust me! also walking into town for the women make sure you cover up as the locals there pass rude suggestive comments to you, although the local police are cracking down on them hard...which is good as my other half had to pull me away at times. overall though i would recommend this hotel but only if you are a sea person and love the sun...dont go here for great food, it aint that kind of place, however our room was superb so ask for a view.