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 ...
... hard line Islamic regime had said that the Anglicans were spies. The Iranian Republican Guard put the Anglicans under surveillance and noted that their church was frequently visited by the British Ambassador and other British Dignitaries. The Republican Guard interpreted this as proof
that the Anglicans were in fact spying. Terry Waite explained to them that the British were just going to church as they themselves might attend a mosque should they be in Britain. The hostages ...
... travels that we have been pickpocketed! We noticed right after it happened in the Aswan souk but it was too late. The little ******* made off with $20. It could have been much worse, but man was he good. He had mad pickpocketing skills. More than once we had to walk out of a restaurant or raise a fuss when taxi drivers or restaurant owners were ganging up on us to charge us double or triple the price. And I’m proud to say that Panu, in one very particular instance, yelled at a ...
... port holes in his room. It was so weird to see his bathtub in the bathroom, totally untouched! Imagine: there’s the captain’s tub, in his room, on this ship that now lies on the ocean floor. Weird! The tub was Lindsey’s favorite part.
We got lucky on our dives today as there was hardly a crowd. On any given day there could easily be ten or twelve boats at the site, each with three or more groups ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Ghazala Gardens Sharm El-Sheikh
Winterurlaub im Ghazza Gardens
Hi, war ebenfalls im Januar in diesem Hotel. Es gibt einen kleinen, beheizten Pool, was im Winter ausreichend ist. Der Privatstrand wird mit dem Schwesterhotel geteilt, der ist einfach fabelhaft. Das Hotel kann sich nur verbessern, wenn es ein besseres abendliches Unterhaltungsprogramm bestellt, da das jetzige schrecklich ist. Jeden Abend derselbe Sänger, der immer die gleichen Lieder herunterleierte. Das Hotel hat aber eine fabelhafte Lage.
Viaje de invierno en el Ghazala Gardens
Yo también visité este hotel en enero, hay una pequeña piscina climatizada que es buena en el invierno, pero la playa privada que se comparte con el hotel hermano es fabulosa. Bucear en el mar es maravilloso. La única manera en que el hotel puede perfeccionarse es mejorando su entretenimiento de noche, que es horrible, el mismo cantante cada noche que cantaba las mismas canciones pero, aparte de eso, es un hotel fabuloso en una ubicación fantástica.
Just returned 14 Jan. The weather was fantastic we hardly saw a cloud all week, but the days are short and when the sun goes down at 4 o'clock it does get quite chilly. The hotel is beautiful and the service is excellent, the food was ok but nothing fantastic, I've had a lot worse. The pool area is the best I've seen in any hotel and ideal for people who like to spend their days sunbathing. If you didn't want to eat in the restaurant at lunch time there are a couple of poolside bars where you can get homemade chicken and beefburgers, chips, pizzas, pasta,salad, fresh friut etc. Our room was nice, the beds were lovely and comfortable and there was a fridge, we were given a free bottle of water when required by the room cleaners who are all men, they would come and knock every afternoon to see if everything was ok. Now the minus point for this hotel is the all inclusive drinks. If you like spirits then you will be dissappointed they were all awful and you were given tiny amounts. The beer and wines were ok but the service in the all inclusive bar at night was terrible with only one bar staff serving half glasses of beer and long queues. One night we were given beer in wine, brandy, champagne glasses and eventually in coffee mugs. After complaining to the manager the following evening things were much better, we were given proper glasses with full measures. Sharm itself is quite nice if a bit dirty , the nightlife is practically non existent for our age group (forties)unless you like shisha pipes because thats all there is really. We found one English type bar called the tavern which has karaoke some nights, that was ok. The worst thing about the holiday was the hassle from the locals which was really bad you could not walk down the street without been pestered and most of them dont accept no as an answer. I would return to this hotel for another winter break as the weather and the hotel was lovely .
Hotel Ghazala Gardens
Ich war gerade im Ghazala Gardens Hotel und muss zugeben, dass mir die ganzen Kritiken hier ein wenig Sorgen bereitet hatten. Die waren aber völlig unbegründet, denn das Hotel war fantastisch und das Personal nicht von dieser Welt. Die Angestellten waren übrigens alles Männer! Es war sehr sauber dort, nichts war dem Personal zu viel Mühe, wir wurden dort wirklich verwöhnt! Der Poolbereich war super, selbst der kleine Strand am Pool. Die 4+ Sterne hat es sich redlich verdient. Die Sicherheit war erstklassig, insgesamt ein Urlaub, der uns noch lange in Erinnerung bleiben wird. Nicht so toll war nur eine Familie aus England, die sich die ganze Zeit über die Ausländer gestöhnt hat! Ich habe mich als Engländer schämen müssen! Ich glaube, dass ihnen nicht eine Minute bewusst war, dass sie die Ausländer sind und dass sie Gast in einem anderen Land sind und dass sie sich ausgesucht haben, wohin sie gehen wollen! Wir werden definitiv wieder hier Urlaub machen, beim nächsten Mal dann aber zwei Wochen. Ich hoffe, dass uns der Urlaub dann nicht durch solch rücksichtslose Menschen ruiniert wird, das wäre nämlich zu schade!
Wundervolle Zeit im Ghazala Gardens
Wir kamen die Woche vor Weihnachten gut erholt nach Großbritannien zurück, nach einer wundervoll entspannenden Woche im Ghazala Gardens Hotel. Es hatte eine hohen Standard, eine ideale Lage in der Nähe des Strands und des Zentrums Namma Bays. Wir würden wieder in diesem Hotel Urlaub machen und haben es unseren Freunden bereits empfohlen.
Ghazala Gardens is absolutley fantastic! The location is great, the hotel is great, and the staff cannot do enough for you! They are at your beck and call for the whole of your stay! By the end of the week, you are on first name terms with most of them!!
Na'ama bay is 2 minutes away, so if you like the nightlife, its not a trek - but your far enough away to not hear the noise from it! Its absolulty buzzing on an evening, and i deffo reccomend going in at least once during your stay!
I really can't praise it enough!!! the rooms are beautiful, and vey spacious, and they ll have fab views either over mountains, or the swimming pool and rest of hotel.
I would recommened going all inclusive at this hotel/ There is 4 places to eat at lunchtime,and 2 places to eat at dinnertime (evening meal) and it is all a buffet. Every evening a different type of meat is cooked fresh right there in front you! it's fab!!
The swimming pool is a bit chilly in the winter (the sea is warmer!!) but i imagine that in the summer is lovely and refreshing!! there is a heated pool - but we were happy enough walking 2 mins across the road to the private beach shared with it's sister hotel - Gahala Beach hotel.
Snorkelling is fab - there is a mini coral reef almost walking distance away and there are some amazing fish there!!
We are definatly going to go back - we have already started saving!! would definatly reccommened it!!!
Wonderful time at Ghazala Gardens
We returned to UK a week before Christmas rested and restored having spent a wonderful relaxing week at Ghazala Gardens. Hotel was of a very high standard, ideal location near to beach and centre of Namma Bay. We would visit this hotel again and have recommended it to friends already.
Lo pasamos muy bien en el Ghazala Gardens
Regresamos al Reino Unido una semana antes de Navidad, relajados y contentos, después de haber pasado una semana relajante y maravillosa en el Ghazala Gardens. El hotel era de muy alta calidad, ubicación ideal cerca de la playa y del centro de la Bahía Namma. Regresaríamos a este hotel de nuevo y ya lo hemos recomendado a nuestros amigos.
Gazala garden hotel
I have just come back from staying at the Gazala garden hotel, admittedly i was a little worried from all the reports i had read.
I had no need, the hotel was fantastic, the staff were out of this world, all run by men may i had! the cleanliness was outstanding nothing was too much trouble we were spoilt rotten! the pool surrounding it was amazing, even our own little beach by the pool. well worth the 4+ stars, security was spot on, all in all a holiday not to forget.
The only downside were a family from England moaning how foreigners are! well i felt embarrassed to be English!, don't think they thought for one minute that it was them who were the foreigners, and it was them that was in a different country and it was them who chose to go there!
We will definitely be going there again, but for two weeks next time, just hope it doesnt get ruined by careless people staying there, that would be such a shame!
Stayed here from 16th-30th June 2005 all inclusive package via Direct Holidays.
Egypt tourist board gives this hotel 4 star Direct holidays gives it 3 star plus. I think 3 star is appropriate.
The hotel is only 4 years old but built to mirror its sister hotel across the road which is a lot older therefore it appears dated even though its not. It does look a little shabby and the bedrooms are painted pea green which does nothing for its image! you have a full bathroom, hairdryer and large mirror and marble all functional. Safe in reception free of charge.TV and mini bar but empty! Furnished balcony with clothes drying apparatus provided.
Good position just across the road from the Ghazala and Movenpick Jolie Ville so 5 minutes walk from Naama bay you just take your life in your hands crossing the main road !!
Food was Ok eatable but nothing special - drinks served by the glass only which caused a lot of problems whilst we were there. The hotel had only just changed over to all inclusive 4 weeks before and they had no idea how to cater for the English as the hotel is / was predominantly Italian including the entertainment team! The Italians spoiled the hotel for us as they are very loud and dictated the activities.
After a few choice words at the pool bar we were served beer by the bottle after a glass at a time ! Also no diet drinks anywhere. Plenty of fruit juices in cartons. Although a lot of clients drank the local spirits - I would not recommend anything other than vodka!
The food at the pool bar served at lunch until 5 ish- was mainly luke warm chips, pizza, burgers and hotdogs. The main restaurant always served a fish dish, chicken in some disguise and steak. Plenty of pasta, salads and bread and even english cheddar so if all else failed, you can makeup some little rolls. Bread and sweets were good and beautiful focaccia bread at lunch served warm. No cold meats or tuna etc just salami.
The pool area is nice plenty of comfy sunbeds but all gone by 9 am due to needing the shade in the 46C we endured! Pool towels were warm and fresh every day never ran out either! Pool was big and not really very deep. Sunbathing in the 'waterfall area' was the only way to keep cool!
Private beach is across the road through the sister hotel again towels provided.
For what we paid for the holiday, we normally pay for B&B in Egypt so we could not really complain but as the hotel is changing to all guests being all inclusive from November 2005, they need to get their act together really quickly on the drinks. Also many of the advertised eating areas were being changed so facilities reduced somewhat and the Airtours rep was constantly in demand to deal with disgruntled guests especially those flying with Atlanta air whose Gatwick and Manchester flights were delayed overnight ! Not funny when you miss the first day of your holiday- not so bad for the ones in the resort !
The hotel is clean and quite well maintained and the staff very friendly - sometimes a bit too friendly if you are 2 females on your own!
I will not return to the hotel which is a shame as it is in a good position nice rooms etc but the managemnt need to sort out the beverages and quickly. Summer in Egypt you need to drink plenty and even water was served by the glass or plastic cup !!
If you want somewhere cheap and cheerful then it is ideal but thank god you can walk into town for some supplementary food and alcohol at the Hard Rock Cafe!