Laguna Vista Beach Resort
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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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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.
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
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.
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.
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.