Travel Blogs from Sharm El-Sheikh
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 ...
... did another dive on the wreckage on a turn of the 20th century commercial ship. The most recognizable part of the wreckage that remains are dozens of toilet bowls that sit at the bottom of the sea. As a result, the dive spot has been unofficially christened the toilet bowl dive. We were told to not sit on the ~114yr old toilet bowls, since fire coral and moray eels might be lurking inside them! The captain's old bmw car is also somewhere, I didn't spot it out though. One thing ...
... from the Gorilla man, Professor Harvey Mann. He told the story of how he slept out in the rain forest for 4 nights with Douhmy, female mate of Alpha Male Titus, whilst she went through the final stages of her pregnancy with the eventual delivery of a baby gorilla. Male Gorillas know to keep well out of the way at times like this! After his mother, Harvey Mann was the first individual the young gorilla made eye contact with and the moment was captured on camera. A special bond ...
... used to connect the two, an excavation that involved the demolition of many, many houses, shops and hotels. The end result will be quite fantastic, but I wonder how many people nowadays will actually make that walk in the shade-free glare of the hot Egyptian sun. We arrived at the temple of Luxor about a hour before sunset so the shadows were really dramatic. At first we were the only tour group there, but by the time the sun went down and the lights came on, the other groups ...
... houses but they won't live in them. He also told us that camel milk was a very good aphrodisiac and how they protected their children from harm from scorpion and snake bites by collecting venom and drying it, then mixing it with milk that is applied to the mother's breast at feed time. They then apparently don't have any worries about the child getting bitten or stung it acting ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Kahramana Hotel Sharm El-Sheikh
Best holiday especially in January
we went to the Kahramana hotel and had the best holiday we have ever had. It is very central but far enough away from all the noise and bustle of the main bazzar. The resort was great, and the snokeling was amazing. Egyptians were all really friendly, a wee bit cheeky too but all harmless! We even took a local bus 6 hours travel to Cairo and stayed there for a few days you can't go to Egypt without seeing the pyramids!
we will go back and especially in during the Brittish winter
Fantastic friendly relaxing holiday
Having just returned from the kahramana hotel for the christmas and new year period 18th dec - 1st jan.
You must visit this hotel, the staff alone make it 1st class, (nothing is too much trouble), we went as a party of 3, 2 adults and 1 11yr old. She was the only child for the 1st few days but Bakar and Co made her feel very special and we did not know she was with us on holiday, (which is very nice for me!) They played with her all day and even took her out onto the beach to snorkell which I might add is a very clean and tidy beach.
Some of the rooms need a little tidying now but the cleanliness of the hotel and resort was fantastic, the Christmas eve and New Years Eve banquet were fantastic,we made so many friends at the hotel we have just booked to go back this year.
Fantastic why don't you try it for youselves, Bakar and Co will give you a warm GOOD MORNING if you go!!!
I'm going back !!!
Just back from the Kahramana after spending Christmas there.Was concerned after reading some of the poor reviews but am already planning to go back next year.It's a small, friendly hotel in the centre of town. Most of the new plush hotels are a taxi ride away. Everything is on your doorstep and yet the rooms are quiet.Everywhere is spotless in the hotel and 'yes' some areas are a little tired looking but the helpfulness of the staff more than makes up for any shortfalls in the decor.The hotel is more reasonably priced than others in Sharm, so you get what you pay for. The food is adequate and plentiful.Bedrooms are clean and clean linen and towels everyday.I had a lovely relaxing holiday and can't wait until I go back again.
What a lovely hotel
went to this hotel with open minds in jan this yr stayed b&b for two weeks and what a great time we had. the room was spotless and the staff were friendly and nothing was too much bother. breakfast was so varied that you never got bored with the food recommend the crepes and omeletes cooked while you wait .it was my birthday while there and had a lovely cake and happy birthday sang to me.cleaner made some lovely things from towels etc like a boat on the waves. beach was very nice and not public as previously stated you had to have a ticket from the hotel to go on it. plenty of loungers to go round and you had them moved to where you wanted to lie.there were not two hundred loungers and you dont have to walk over them.we were so impressed we are taking our grandson who is five for his first holiday abroad in october this year to the kahramana for two weeks half board. if you are wary going to this hotel dont be the rooms are a nice size,air coditioned that you control and it is of no extra cost.they are very clean,grounds and pool spotless the staff work very hard , staff are friendly and very helpful. dont be worried go you will enjoy it. and the small coral reefs just off shore are fantastic we saw a spotted ray,lion fish, angel fish and loads we dont know the name of...all the colours you could imagine
We stayed at the Kharamana as a group of 3 adults (44,44,54) and 2 daughters (19,20) March 2004
The hotel is a small hotel which is now starting to look a bit dated and faded but what it lacked in style, was made up for by it's superb position beautiful pools and staff who were charming!
The hotel is very close to the strip (about 1 minutes walk away) and has access to a private beach in Naama bay which is about 800 metres from the hotel. You're a bit warm when you get there in the sun!! Take a hat!!Aged sunbeds but a decent bar and food available all day - waiter service too!
We stayed B & B and the breakfast were a bit of a disaster! I found it difficult to find something I liked - Very limited choice and that was if the chef could be bothered to come out and cook it !! The air con also was not put on which made the restaurant quite warm and stuffy.Fortunately the lunches which were served at the outside bar were cheap and really excellent quality,and waiter service around the clean and well maintained pool area was very good.
The bedrooms were in need of a re-vamp but they were clean, well maintained and nothing was too much trouble for the maids - all male of course!! Bathrooms- basic shower no bath but clean and functional.
The facilities here are bit limited but with being so close to all the amenities on the strip that was not a problem for us. We made the short 2 minute walk to the main restaurants the Hard Rock, Thai, Chinese,Camel, Pacha nightclub ( you can hear the music sun, thursdays, saturdays outside so good if you like 'house'& 'garage' and cheaper than paying the £25 entrance fee !! Can't hear it inside the rooms though!!)
Next to the duty free shop which you need to visit within the first 24 hours of your stay. Also a small supermarket which sells everything under the sun for next to nothing 2l bottles of water there just 20 p,Meister max 8.4% 70p and Sakkara 60p!!
The nearest dive school is situated in the Camel - but mainly staffed by nothern europeans so maybe would be better to use Oonas-english speaking - further away but English run and a far more personal service.
We had a lovely holiday at this very ordinary hotel but it was rated as a 3 star we paid 3 star prices and got what we paid for . The hotels position is one of its best assets ( adjacent to the movenpick) and the staff were fantastic ! If you want a no frills base you wont go far wrong here !
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W`eve just got back from Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt. we werent to sure about visiting and went with some reservation.It in Fact turned out to be one of the best holidays wev`e ever had. The hotel we actually booked for was substituted and we were offered the kahramana.what a superb alternative,the staff were extremely friendly and would do anything to help you. the rooms were spotless and the housekeeping first class.the hotel grounds were kept clean and tidy. there was a very generous buffet for breakfast and for the evening meal,this could get a little repetetive but there was always a good choice.if you decided not to eat at the hotel there was a vast amount of restaurants to choose from offering evertything from tex mex right the way through to pizza hut(which by the way we tried and was extremely good and cheap)all in all we couldnt have wished for a better hotel and if any of the staff read this well done 5 star service from everyone.
Go to the Kahramana! After reading the two reviews that were on this website before I went, I was expecting the worst. But when I got there, I absolutely fell in love with the place! The food was excellent, the staff were so friendly and the rooms were kept clean & were tidied etc everyday! I would definately recommend this hotel to anyone. All ages stayed at the hotel. Whilst we were there, there wasn't much entertainment on at nights in the hotel, but a 2 minute walk took you into Naama Bay centre which was full of restaurants of every kind, bars and shops! Excellent holiday, definately will be booking to go again next year!!!
A great time at the Kahramana
Just returned from a week at the Kahramana Hotel, Sharm El Sheik. We booked this Hotel just before Christmas 2004 but shortly afterwards found a very bad report about it on the Internet. After reading it we decided to still go ahead with our booking and were very pleased that we did. The location is central Naama Bay - one of the main areas in Sharm El Sheik so location was perfect for the beach, all the shops and lovely bars in the resort. We were very pleased with our room which overlooked the swimming pool. At night time it was beautifully lit up - looked so pretty. There were clean towels and sheets every day and no worries with cleanliness anywhere in the hotel, it was spot on! We only stayed b&b but there was an extremely varied selection for breakfast ranging from many different breads, fruit, salads, cheeses, hams etc and the chefs were on hand to freshly cook omlettes or crepes etc. The Which Way Restaurant in the Hotel was very good and there were good bar facilities and the pool was lovely.
The only draw back I can think of was that there were lots of stairs and no lift. To get down from the reception area to the swimming pool there were a lots of steps and then, unless you were on the ground floor (we were on the third) lots more steps back up again to the room. It was OK for us because we're fit enough to cope with it but I would imagine it's difficult if you're not very good at climbing stairs. Having said that, all the staff without exception were friendly and very helpful, in fact all together we were delighted. Sharm El Sheik is definitely to be recommended and if your staying at the Kahramana I'm sure you'll be pleased with your choice.
Situated in a side street in the centre of Naama Bay, this hotel offers the basics for the holiday maker. We were B&B but after the first day never bothered about breakfast again. There wasn't a good selection of food. The rooms were adequate and clean. The staff were...okay and the pool and facilities were just okay. Nothing really to write home about, an average hotel, nothing special.
If I was to visit Sharm again I would look for somewhere else to stay.
Here's what the website doesn't tell you.....
Karhamana Hotel is described as 4 star. Make that 2 star.
All the pictures on their website tell the truth, just not the whole truth. The rooms are grotty, the pool area cramped, the balconies too small to even put 1 chair on.
They say they have a private beach. Actually there is a beach 200 metres away that anyone can pay to go on which hotel guests can use, it is about 20 metres wide, and must have 200 sun loungers. It looks like a military field hospital, and you literally have to climb over people and sun loungers to move about.
The worst thing though is that this hotel caters for Italian 18-30 holiday guests, and for 2 and a half hours every day they have "Aqua-aerobics" in the pool. What this actually means is water polo with a DJ playing music so load you can't hear yourself shout, and anyone not interested has to make plans to leave the hotel until it's over.