Regency Plaza Aqua Park & Spa Resort
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Not as bad as reviewed - The Regency Plaza
Just returned last night from 1 week at the Regency. We had read the reports and went with a great deal of doubt but what we found out weighed the negitive comments. Yes there is building work on going, blocks E,F and G are still not finished, we were in block A which was right on the beech which was a bonus. We did not once hear any building noise or get bothered by any dust, but the whole of Sharm is in the same state so we were not bothered, the unfinished blocks are all painted white to fit in and other than the boarded up windows and doors you would not know. The staff are really friendly, a small tip each night gets you great service in the resturant and bars and the food is good although became a little repetitive come the end but there was always a good wide choice. The landscaping is not quite finished but again this will take time. All and all we went for a week in the sun and thats what we got, it is not on par with a uk standard 5 star hotel but conforms to european standards, we would certainly go again. One tip would be to try and pre book the airport hotel as we were charged ?25 which we wer told was the norm for a ride in a heap, the hotel charged ?8 for the same in a 'limosine' which was much more comfy an clean. Although on the final day the all inclusive bands were removed from us we were given late check out cards and had free access to resturant qand bars until we left. Happy holidays
Great location right on beach
We have just returned from a two week stay at the Regency Plaza and were so delighted with the overall location, friendly service and cleanliness of the rooms and site, we have booked another week in December. This hotel is in its infancy as it wasn't built until June 2006 therefore there is still a building being completed but this in no way infringed on the rest of the site which is charming and beautifully laid out. The gardens are newly planted obviously so it will be a few years until they are mature.
The food was excellent and offered a good choice for every nationality of the world.
We heard there had been a number of complaints from visitors about the food and couldn't really understand why. If people from the UK are expecting bacon in a muslim country they need to look at an alternative location i.e. Spain where good old English food is served!
Visitors should also take note that with such a virgin hotel obviously building will continue as it does in most of the hotels being developed along the desert and beach.
The hotel itself is right on the beach which is very safe - our room was approximately 40 metres to the sea - so we could go out in the morning and go straight in if we liked - the pools were clean and warm as well. The most impressive thing about the whole holiday was the friendliness of the staff and their devotion to giving good service - they only earn a small amount of money a month for very, very long hours and rely on tips of course which we appreciate. Can't wait for December to get back in that warm sea!
We returned yesterday from a week in the Regency Plaza. i must admit i was dreading it because of the negative reveiws i had read, but the place is amazing. i would not have any problems reccommending this hotel to anyone, it is lovely. The place took my breath away when we first arrived it is in a stunning setting, our room was next to the beach, when we woke in the mornig the first thing we saw was the beach - fab! The rooms and grounds are spotlessly clean, and tidy. The food was really nice with plenty of choice all clearly labeled. Breakfast had a huge choice, of hot or cold, freshly cooked pancakes and omelettes, fruit, cereal etc etc. The dining room staff we found to be helpful and attentive, some of the younger girls attracted some unwelcome attention though. Lunch and dinner were delicious too, with a wide choice and the puddings were spectacular. The snack bar on the beach was popular for pizza, burgers and sandwiches if we didnt fancy 3 courses in the restaurant.
Our 12 year old enjoyed the daytime activities including volleyball, water polo, darts, table tennis and the animation crew were great. Nighttime entertainment was on the terrace, there were 2 Egyption nights a week and a live band every night. A shuttle bus from the hotel to Naama Bay was available, we used this service. The pool areas are very nice, fresh towells are provided every day for each guest so no need to take any towells with you. A pharmacy is just nearby, but we didnt meet anyone on our trip who had needed to go for stomach upsets.
A couple of downsides, constantly being hassled on the beach and around the pool to buy stuff ie henna tattoos, massage, facials, camel rides etc etc. The second being that there were some things that were not included in All inclusive package which i feel should have been included ie ice creams, wine in the bar. We went on the day trip to Cairo which was fantastic and also the Quad Biking in the desert which was good too. i hope this helps to put a few minds at rest. Enjoy!
Never Seen 5 Star, Would Never Go Again
Me and my partner had a weekat this hotel from 21st to 28th of Sep 2006, it was supposed to be a relaxing week away from all the stress of normal life. When we arrived the hotel took my breath away, it was stunning, we sat down and we got a nice drink and then shown to our rooms, the hotel guy showing us to our room never pointed anything out so basically you have to find everything yourself, don't expect to be shown anything because it won't happen. The main things we didn't like were the staff in the dining room, for starters none of the dishes are labelled so you don't hae a clue what your eating, if you get there a bit late all the alright stuff has gone anyway, i was just thankful they had bread otherwise my strapping fella would have starved!. So the staff in the dining room, supposed to get you a drink, sit you down all that kind of thing, oh no not here, they would rather play a joke on you, like what happened to me, you go and get yourself a drink because there too busy farting around doing nothing and when you come back your dinner has gone........because they have hiden it for a joke, ha ha how funny, NOT! I was so angry at them because i practically had to beg for my dinner back, then if your having a deep conversation with your loved one and then all of a sudden your plate is snatched away because the waiter thought it was empty, you just get annoyed, i got to the point where i didn't want to go in, if it wasn't the food or theie service it was the waiters constant staring at you, winking, blowing kisses, just completely unprofessional. They also claim to have a wonderful gym (never open) jacuzzi and steam room ( don't know how to book it and it costs extra) crazy golf (basically concrete slabs with holes in, no one ever used it, it was a joke!)
Pool (outside lobby bar, no balls anywhere, no signs, so can't use!). The all inclusive part is a joke, they try to make you buy all the time, eg The wine in the dining room at mealtimes is served by the glass, free but when you finished your dinner and went to the lobby bar you can't have a glass of wine you have to buy it by the bottle? at an extra cost? same for smoothies, cocktails, annoying when you have paid for all inclusive, don't ask the managament anything either because there useless. We decided to et a taxi to the airport on the day of leaving so they called us one, and charged us a whopping 90 egyptian pounds, the hotel is only 10mins from airport! They said the car would be a limo and it wasn't. The driver was scary and wouldn't let us out of his taxi until we ave him another 5 english pounds, we tried telling him that we had already paid the hotel but he didn't care, that was the last straw for me, i just wanted out of there and had never felt better getting on that plane to Manchester!
Met a lovely couple from Liverpool, they were a laugh, gave us good advice about the hotel! Other than that it was not nice so if you are going to Sharm El sheikh, please go to another hotel, a well established one preferably!
Just returned from a great holiday at an excellant hotel. Can't relate to other feedback complaining about this hotel. Don't be put off, go there and have a great time. All aspects are good and spotless.
It was great!
There are a lot of bad reviews about this hotel, but to be fair i think they are written by people who go out of their way to find faults while on holiday! So to put your minds at ease, the Regency Plaza is a great place. Some areas still look a little bare because the plants are not fully grown yet and there is still building work, but i didn't hear any noise from it once and it is also on the opposite side of the resort. The food is great. Breakfast was the best serving you a wide selection inc pancakes and omelettes cooked fresh infront of you. Lunch and dinner were similar offering you a wide selection of different hot and cold foods. This could get boring if you stayed for 2 weeks. There is a seafood restaurant on site but you cant use your all inclusive there, but i would advise you to go anyway. We bought two different fish dishes which inc rice, chips, salad, bread and dips and it cost £5.50 for the both of us! Also this restaurant is open in the day (where you can use your all inclusive) to provide burger and chips, hot dogs and toasties. The rooms are large with great air con. The cleaners are very tidy and fold up any of your clothes lying around and even put your smellies in nice neat rows everywhere! The reps are great and provide many excursions. I would advise the boat trip (you snorkel at 3 different corals), quad biking in the desert and climbing mount Sinai! I will warn you that on your last day they will cut your all inclusive wrist band off at 12pm when you check out. We weren't happy at all about this and so i'd advise you to have a word with them when you first check in! The 3 pools at the hotels are very clean and you can play sports with the animation teams in them like water polo and volleyball and aqua aerobics for the ladies! There are shops at the hotel and cigs and booze are still really cheap there but you will find them cheaper in Naama bay. The beach is great but the sea is knee height for about 1/2 mile before it gets deep. There is a ship wreck on this beach also which you can walk up to and see coral and lots of fish. Do not walk out without foot ware though! This hotel is great but go with an open mind as i would say it is more 4 star then 5 but i'm sure you will have a great time.
Not a building site!
Due to the lack of reviews on this hotel and the fact that it could be a potential building site, we were a bit worried! No need to be at all though, true the hotel is only 6/7 months old and there is building work going on, it is right over the other side to the finished hotel rooms and you can't hear it at all (in fact unless you went right up to it and explored, you wouldn't know). The rooms were lovely, really big, air con and very very clean, as was the whole hotel. Food was good, lunch and breakfast being the best as huge selection - dinner was pretty much the same as lunch, so I guess it could get a bit samey if you stay for 2 weeks! Hotel has buses and taxis to take you to Naama Bay (about £4 return for 2 people if you go in the evening, free during the day) and lots of excursions you can book. Pools are fantastic and animation team do their best to get you in the water for volleyball etc! We had a great time, perfect weather all the time, very relaxing and very safe - make sure your transfer times are correct going back to the airport though, that was the hardest thing to confirm!!
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we have just returned from Iberotel in Sharm which we changed to after reading about our original hotel the elegant Regency Plaza, there is work going on at the Iberotel but it does not realy affect you if you stay away from it, the snorkeling is out of this world and the rooms are clean and tidy, the food does get a bit repititious but a small price to pay if you want to snorkel on some of the best reefs going.
Has anyone just returned from the Regency and if so can they let me know how it went and if it was finished as i had to pay an extra £250 to Imperial Travel to switch hotels and i am in the process of trying to recover it from them.
By far the worst holiday i have ever had... Regency RUBBISH plaza sums this hotel up. A 1 star hotel advertised as a 5 star. total waste of money an time cant believe i had to spend two weeks on this half built building site.
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