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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 ...
... so I guess we disappointed them.
We wondered the length of the beach looking for the "public" beach area. On the way, we found a sign for "Happy Hour" from noon to 1pm. After more wandering we found the "public" beach. But by that time it was noon....so we went back to our first find - HAPPY Hour - and had some Egyptian beers with some ...
... travelers and enjoy getting to know them better. We are travelling with some amazing people, and I will always be grateful for the blessing of meeting these new friends.
We get cleaned up and head to dinner (which includes the yummiest hand-made pita/tortilla things), and then hit the shops next to our hotel. One shopkeeper offers a free cup of hibiscus tea (an Egyptian specialty). My friend Carrie had already tried it and hadn't died, so I figure it's safe. ...
... were supposed to have that morning, we still had to endure a tender trip back to the ship. We arrived on board about 11:00 PM. At 5:00 AM the next morning we had to get up to go on our tour to St. Catherine's Monastery. We had sailed overnight to Sharm El-Sheikh, a resort town on the very tip of the Sinai Peninsula. This was another non-stop 3 1/2 hour trip through mountainous desert. The scenery this time was absolutely spectacular though! Many times it looked like fjords, ...
... shot up 15 metres to the surface not once but twice and started bleeding from his nose...mask full of blood...didn't look good. The divemaster had to look for 3 divers all over the place and lost track so ended the dive...he got scared and was really ******.
Our 2nd day of diving was much better and we had 2 spectacular dives...we came back with huge grins on our faces which told the story.
Off to Cairo next, finally!
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Grand hotel not much to do at night!
just got back from sharm 2 days ago stayed at laguna vista what an absolutley stunning hotel but not much to do at night! stayed there for two weeks, the weather was really hot during the day but really cold at night (take coats or jerseys if going in december) the hotel is mainly catered for italians and russians and are very ignorant people.
the staff are very nice but try to crack so many unfunny jokes.
the pool is also freezing never saw anybody in it for the time we were there but the sea is lovely, the entertainment at night is not upto much they do a show for about an hour then put the disco on and you can here it from all over the hotel. the food is nice not fantastic but they do have a large selection that changes every day, if you want to eat or drink in the other restaurants you have to pay(rip off 3 uk pounds for red bull) the shops inside the hotel are also expensive go in to naama bay 25 mins in courtesy bus for items half price, its also got a lot of nice shisha bars and restaurants inc: hard rock, mcds, kfc, pizza hut, pacha. i also recomend the quad biking in the desert what an experience but shop around for prices on all trips as certain tour companys are very expensive.
all in all had a good time got a nice tan i would go back to sharm but probably in summer time.
Nice place, friendly staff, shame about the noise...
Stayed in one of the cottages (having been given a free upgrade) at the Laguna Vista during October half-term. The hotel was very nice, the food and drink was fine, and the staff were very friendly and great with the kids. We had no problems with the Italians or any of the other nationalites (lots of East Europeans and Russians there as well as the usual French, Germans, Brits, etc) there apart from a large party of loud, rude Belgians and their obnoxious kids. Apart from that the downsides were the incessant piped music which plays throughout the hotel grounds all day from 7am, and the VERY loud disco in the evening which carried on into the small hours of the morning. We had a speaker for the piped music outside our door and despite being promised it would be switch off nothing ever happened. We also had to leave our aircon on at night to drown out the noise of the disco (which apparently few people actually attended...). The other thing is that if you want to do some snorkelling it's a long walk out to sea to do it. On the other hand if you're there for the diving there is a dive centre (Aqua Active) on the beach and they can arrange dive trips for you. I completed a PADI referral dive course and went on to do the Advanced course with them. The instructor was very good and the diving in the Red Sea was fantastic. If you don't want to swim in the sea then the hotel has several pools and a lazy river, which were all clean and appeared to be well maintained. The hotel is about 20 minutes drive from Naama Bay (free transport from hotel at certain times of day or you can take a taxi, which is quite cheap) which has shops and night life and the Hard Rock Cafe there is very cheap compared to UK prices (as are most other things too). Overall we had a great time and would certainly go back to Sharm-el-Sheikh and to the Laguna Vista too (if we could have a room in a quieter location!).
Five star plus
Just returned 28/10 my family and i have had a great holiday and cant wait to return as well as many others who we talked to. The staff were superb especially the bottom pool. OK food not brilliant at night but that was the only downside well the italians were as mannerable as pigs.
Laguna Vista Review
Hotel was great, clean no insects, beautiful, wife got ill for a few days, stomach cramps, injection from Dr £30 put her right, but me and the kids were fine. Coach trips not easy up to Cairo, but well worth it
Great. Pity about the Italians
Went with a party of 20 and had a great time. Food excellent though two members of our party were ill, but that could have been the heat as the rest of us were o k. The staff were hard worked and always charming. two waiters approached me about helping them to get a job in england.
The lager was very palatable. Go in Jan or Feb when it is not too hot. Do your homework and find out where the best snorkelling bays are as Laguna Vista doesnt have any coral. Our only complaint was about the Entertainment team - all arrogant mostly rude and all Italian. All entertainment is in Italian. they played loud music round the pool, containing yrics containing four letter words. We protested but they did not cease so we called the Manager who asked them to apologise, which they did, but they carried on playing the the same songs the next day. Apparently the hotel is subsidised by the Italian Government, which is ok by me, but they madew no attempt to provide entertainment for an international audience.
Laguna Vista - best vacation
Just returned from a 2 week stay. Weather fantastic, hotel great. Excellent service and very pleasant staff, Can't wait to return!
This holiday - June 2004 - was as close to paradise as I have ever come. Cost like Lanzarote, felt like the carribean. Did snorkelling for the 1st time which was wonderful. Food was varied and all very good. Entertainment was in Italian and was the only thing I would have liked to be better. Got very bad stomachs after 4 days, but visited the local pharmacy - very good, professional and helpful. Told us it was the heat and put us right! Am trying to persuade my partner we should go again for a week in June 2005.
ps. It is very, very hot there (phew) - 40+ celcius every day!
stay at this hotel at your peril!
i stayed last year and very nearly died from the experience. because of the lask of hygene in the kitchens i contracted a severe case of salmonella and dysentry. after 1 year i am still suffering. be warned.
Did't want to come home
My husband and I have just returned from a wonderful holiday!!! We haven't stopped telling family and friends just how great it really was.
We found the hotel Laguna Vista to be VERY well presented. The grounds, pool areas, staff, location... all perfect for us and met some lovely people there as well.
We walked to reefs from our room (would advise for you to get come scuba shoes as might cut your feet on the rocks - you can get them from the shop on site), took a day trip to Cairo (would recommend), and went to a theme night with our reps!
Neither of us or anyone we met there wanted to come home and all agreed next time we would go for 3 week instead of 2!
The weather was fab - during the day it reached about 49 degrees and at night still about 35 - very hot but you would never have guessed it that high. There was no stickyness like in the med - just a nice breeze - you might need a hat though!
The Itallian food was wonderful, and we did not get the chance to visit the Seafood. The main buffet was ok and there was something for almost everyones taste.
If you visit the town be ready for the shop keepers - they will try to get you into there shops but we found if you are polite to them they are fine.
Tipping, though the staff never asked, where we found approp. they were very grateful and remember to out £1 it's about 10 egyptian.
I hope this review has helped you but if you have any questions please email me and I will be happy to help (if I can).
We have been twice now, September/October 2003 and May 2004. We spent 2 wonderful weeks there, on each visit.
The grounds, rooms, pools just fantastic. People great, food maybe just 3 star but never went hungry, breakfasts and lunches were very good.
We ate in the Italian Restaurant on site and that was superb, great food, fantastic service and a beach view.
We went on the Jewel of the Nile trip, that was out of this world. The Hotel we stayed in fantastic and our room had a view of the Pyramids, the food was 100%. Our guide and policeman great.
Last year we flew to Luxor, that was good, I did 2 snorkel trips, undercurrants strong, but still enjoyed it.
We did the Aqua Sub, that was good, and we ate in the Hard Rock Cafe twice the first time and 4 this time. The food was very good and the dancers great.
We just loved it all and had a fantastic time, we will go again and go back to Cairo.
The weather was oh so hot, take lots of Sun Lotion and of cours a hat.
Hope this helps you, but if you have any questions feel free to email me.