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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 ...
... is it safe, it's delicious! The shopkeeper makes a cup for me and we chat in English. When a Russian lady walks in, he chats with her in what sounds to me like fluent Russian. These vendors and shopkeepers really are impressive linguists.
When it's time for bed, I'm ready for sleep and hoping for a softer mattress. But I'm also sad that our Egyptian adventure is ending. What a beautiful country filled with beautiful people. I hope to come back some day. Now on to ...
So today I'm up early to get ready and enjoy a full day scuba diving. The Red Sea is like Mecca for divers so I'm really excited about diving in in one of the best diving spots in the world. So we drive out in a mini bus to pick up people from all the different hotels. There many different nationalities here, everyone from Sweden, Italy, England, to German, Russian, Siberia and Turkmenistan. Everyone's friendly and keen to know where you ...
From Amman, we flew back to Sharm el Sheikh (via Cairo). Sharm is a very resort-oriented place, and reminds me a lot of Cabo in Mexico. Though I wasn't incredibly impressed with the city's charm, it was really nice to just relax on the beach after running all over Jordan the previous few days. On our first day, we did just that: I met the girls at their hotel beach, and we stayed there for the remainder of the day. It was a lot of fun, and the Red ...
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Hatte meine Augen bereits bei der Ankunft am Sharm Flughafen weit geöffnet und wurde deshalb wahrscheinlich nicht, wie der Rest der Touristen, von 'Thomas cook' einkassiert um beim Visa Nepp über den Tisch gezogen zu werden. Dafür habe ich mir für £10 selbst mein Visum bei einer unabhängigen Bank gekauft. Der Flughafen ist ein einziges Chaos, also sehen Sie es einfach gelassen und es wird alles ok. Als ich im Hotel ankam war ich hellauf begeistert. Sehr gut in die Landschaft integriert, freundlich, große saubere und gemütliche Zimmer, einem großen beheizten Pool, und einem wunderschönen Strand mit vorgelagertem Korallenriff. Die Angestellten waren alle freundlich und schienen zufrieden zu sein. Das Essen war erstklassig und es war für jeden etwas dabei, allerdings könnte es nach einer Woche schon mal langweilig werden. Der einzige Nachteil für mich, nicht für meinen Mann, war das Wetter. Heiß, sonnig und windig, aber sobald die Sonne um 16 Uhr unterging, wurde es kalt. Das Meer war auch ziemlich kühl und obwohl das schnorcheln klasse war, musste man, selbst mit kurzem Neoprenanzug, schon nach kurzer Zeit wieder aus dem Wasser! Mein Mann hingegen meint, dass die Tauchreviere hier sogar besser sind, als auf den Malediven!!?? Am Abend muss man auf jeden Fall eine Strickjacke anziehen und es ist nicht ideal um sich bei Nacht die Sterne anzuschauen. Das bedeutete, dass sich die Abende immer im Hotel um eine Bar herum konzentrierten, wo man sicherlich sehr bemüht war, die Gäste zu unterhalten, aber es war trotzdem nicht unbedingt mein Fall!! Das Ressort/Hotel war erstklassig für uns, da wir uns im Urlaub gerne ausspannen, wenn Sie allerdings mehr als das suchen, dann sind Sie hier falsch. Wir würden wieder hinfahren, vielleicht im März.
Toller Service, gutes Essen, tolles Riff vor dem Hotel!
Wir hatten 10 Übernachtungen im Melia Sinai und müssen Ihnen einfach nur mitteilen, was für eine tolle Zeit wir hatten. Als wir ankamen waren wir etwas von der Rezeptionshalle entäuscht, diese war nicht gerade so pompös, wie man es vom Hyatt gewohnt ist. Dies war allerdings unsere einzige Enttäuschung während unsres Aufenthaltes!! Die Zimmer waren von einem sehr hohem Standard und die Angestellten waren freundlich und hilfsbereit. Das Essen war ausgezeichnet und bot genügend Auswahl. Das Korallenriff war atemberaubend, so hat man also alles, was man für einen tollen Urlaub braucht! Verstehen Sie mich jetzt bitte nicht falsch. Das Hotel ist nicht für jedermann geeignet, wenn Sie im Zentrum allen Geschehens sein möchten (der Naama Bay). Sie sollten aber auch nicht vergessen, dass dieses Hotel eine eigene Tauchschule hat und man hier auch zu allen Exkursionen abgeholt wird. - wir wollten uns einfach nur ausruhen und haben deshalb keinen Wert auf die Nähe zur Naama Bay gelegt. Es werden 2 Busse pro Tag zur Verfügung gestellt, aber die Ausflüge dauern nie mehr als 2 ½ Stunden und man war dort nicht gerade freundlich - ein Hin und Rückfahrtticket kostete 2 EUR. Wenn Sie also unberührte Natur erwarten, sollten Sie sich diese Touren lieber sparen. Dieses Hotel schenkt dem Detail zwar keine besonders große Aufmerksamkeit, wie das Hyatt, es kostet aber nur den Bruchteil des Preises und ich wüsste ganz genau, für welches ich mich entscheiden würde!
3rd visit to Sharm and the Best Holiday of All!!!!
Just come back from two excellent weeks at the Melia Sinai. Many thanks to the other reviewer's on this site who recommended the hotel and helped us choose it for our holiday. This was out third visit to the Red Sea and by far the nicest hotel out of the three. Although the other two hotels were rated as higher than the Melia Sinai they really didn't compare. Melia has a lovely location right on the beach with an excellent reef for snorkelling and diving along with an excellent dive school. Every day many of the diving & snorkelling boat were out on the reef in front of the hotel and we found the reef excellent.
The Melia is not a large hotel which we liked. The staff are extremely friendly and helpful, the rooms are well appointed and comfortable, the pools are very nice and the food is excellent. There is a good gym, plenty of sun beds available on the beach and around the pools and the usual health club facilities. On previous visits to Sharm we have suffered the usual stomach problems from the food but not on this occasion. We went on a half board basis and wished we had gone full board as the food was so good. Many of the other guests we spoke to were return guests and we will defiantly be returning in the future. It is an excellent hotel for those looking for a quieter relaxing holiday. As it is in Sharks bay it is not centrally located for the night life of narma bay and the entertainment in the hotel is ok but not for those looking for a party club atmosphere as it is a bit more relaxed and low key. The hotel runs a shuttle bus to narma bay and old sharm for a small charge. There is a couple of shops in the hotel but it doesn't have a pharmacy or bank etc. This is not a major problem as the Baron Resort is a 10 walk away along the beach and has all of these facilities. Great choice of hotel for couples and families. As it is bases only 10 minutes from the hotel it is cheap and easy to get too and not worth getting a transfer.
Loved the Melia
This was our second visit to Sharm, our first having been to the Renaissance Golden View (currently ranked #1 on Trip Adviser), so we were prepared to be disappointed. No such thing, however. We booked flight and hotel separately so our first concern was the transfer but I arranged a pick up with the hotel which was fantastic. Amazingly, within 1 hour of touchdown we were unpacking our bags.
We continued to be not disappointed the whole week. Our room was lovely with a fab sea view. Waleed our room attendant did great origami with the towels, and the staff throughout the hotel were most concerned with making our stay memorable. The restaurant terrace is a lovely place to enjoy your meals with great views, the food is varied on a different theme every night, and the salads and desserts (not to mention the fabulous breads) are worth a special mention. We loved the infinity pool and the snorkelling off the jetty was magical.
This is a lovely hotel, small with only 197 rooms, and quite intimate. You are able to get to know the staff and they really look after you. It will not suit everone though as it has a quiet atmosphere (apart from the aquagym session - a good laugh) and not a lot of organised activity, but it has a fabulous house reef for snorkelling and scuba diving, lovely pools and gardens and a well equipped health club. We'd definitely stay here again. Great value.
we stayed at the melia from 27th april to 7th may. The hotel is 10 mins from the airport and approx. 18mins from naama bay. There is a shuttle service twice a day at a cost of 2eurs each.
We had a fantastic time staying at the melia. The staff were all very helpful and friendly and they always remedy any problems you may experience straight away. The management were also very good and alwys made time for their guests.
The food was tasty and varied. Every night they would have a theme which can be berbecue to seafood.mmmmm. Be warned you will gain weight!
There are a few swimming pools and a gym as well as hairdresser who coloured my hair lovely!
Beware of the diving school which is based in the hotel. They are overpriced and not very transparent about their price. We were chrged seperately for the medical (£25 each) which they led us to believ was in the price but when checking out we had to pay.
All in all our stay in the melia was a very special and memorable one.We travelled with two under sevens and they really enjoyed themselves. Especially the kids disco and evening entertainment. The dj waleed is lovely. Just watchout for the kids slide it is splintered and my son got a few splinters and scratches.There is a kids club which is well run but could do with doing more sports and varied activities.
We would most definately return to the melia purely because we were looked after so well. We wanted a relaxing and restful holiday with amazing views and that is exactly what we got.
Great service, great food, great house reef!
Stayed at the Melia Sinai for 10 nights and have to say what a wonderful time we had. On arrival our we were disappointed by the reception area - it wasn't grand like what you might expect of say the Hyatt. However, this was the only disappointment during our stay at the hotel!!! The rooms were of a very high standard and the staff were all friendly and helpful. Add to this the fact that the food was varied and of a high standard and the coral reef was amazing and you have the recipe for a great holiday! Don't get me wrong, this hotel is not for everyone. Steer clear if you want to be near the happening local place (which is Naama Bay) but bear in mind this hotel has an onsite diving school and if you book excursions you get picked up - we just wanted a chilled out holiday so being near Naama Bay was not key. They do lay on buses twice a day but the trips last no more than 2.5 hours and they're not courtesy - 2 euros for a return ticket. Also steer clear if you expect everthing pristine. This isn't a hotel with the attention to detail of the Hyatt but at a fraction of the price I know which one i would choose!
Melia sinai un vero paradiso
un villaggio davvero stupendo,una barriera tra le più belle di sharm,personale efficiente e simpatico,camere spaziose,pulite e curate,il cibo buono,ogni giorno un cuoco cucina pasta al momento con i condimenti che preferisci,tante attività da poter fare,una buona animazione,un ambiente unico che ti fa dimenticare il tuo tram tram quotidiano,siamo tornati da 2 giorni ma ci tenevo a lasciare un commento su questo villaggio.spero di tornarci presto!
This was our third visit to Sharm and we fancied a change of hotel. We booked hotel and flight seperately with 'On the beach'. (Were determined not to fly with Thomas Cook/JMC as leg room is pretty non existant). Taxi from airport to hotel was as we expected - expensive!
Melia Sinai was far better than expected. Although only 3 or 4 miles from the airport we heard no aircraft. With less than 200 rooms it's not too spread out and all the rooms are ground or first floor. Our room was ideal, very spacious and right next to the beach. Bit of a problem with hot water at first but very quickly remedied by the management. The pool was the warmest pool I'd ever been in. Gardens were lovely, and I noticed there were ramps by all the steps so disabled access was very good. The beach had the usual pontoon going out over the coral and the snorkelling was fantastic. I noticed the dive boats anchored a little further up which confirmed it was great place for underwater life.
We went half-board. Meals could be taken inside the restaurent or out on the terrace looking out over the sea. The food was all buffet and we couldn't fault it. Each evening was a different theme, one night seafood with a grill outside doing huge shrimp and calamari etc, the next night oriental, then all sorts of others. The desserts were out of this world!! We'd anticipated eating out a lot, especially at the Sinai Star, but the food was so good we only got to the Sinai Star on our last night.
A slight disadvantage was that we had to take a ten minute walk to the hotel next door to change travellers cheques but that was no hardship and I imagine that'll be sorted out soon anyway. Also, they had their own taxi service which was a little pricier than the blue and white cabs but a lot more comfortable.
I'd recommend a massage by Zizo. We both had the anti-stress one.
Evening entertainment seemed to consist of line-dancing but I imagine when the season gets busier there'll be more going on if you want it.
Arrived at Sharm airport with eyes wide open, didn't get herded into 'Thomas cook' visa buying scam, but bought £10 visa from independant banker booth. Airport is total chaos but this is to be expected, just chill and all will be fine!!
Arrived at the hotel and were totally impressed. Well set out, friendly, large clean comfy rooms, excellent dive centre, large heated swimming pool, beautiful beach and coral reef. The staff were all attentive and happy with it. Food was excellent, something for everyone, i could imagine it becoming a little boring after 1 week thou. The only down side for me, not my husband was the weather. Most days were hot but windy and the sun began setting at about 4pm and it very quickly became cold. The sea was also quite chilling, snorkelling was fabbie but this did shorten the stay in the water, even wearing a shortie! but my husband said that the diving is excellent (better than the Maldives!!??) The evenings are most definately cardigan climate and not for sitting outside looking at the stars. This meant that the evenings around the hotel were based around one bar, where they desparately tried to entertain the guest, not my cuppa tea!! The resort/hotel was excellent for us as we just like to go on holiday and chill, but if you're looking for more then you have to go find it. Would go again, but perhaps at the end of March.