Shores Amphoras Resort

Address: Om El Seid Cliff, Sharm El-Sheikh, South Sinai, Red Sea and Sinai, Egypt | 4 star hotel
 
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This 4 star hotel, located on Om El Seid Cliff, Sharm El-Sheikh, is near Ras Mohamed National Park, Poseidon Divers, Reef 2000, and Fantasea Dive Center.
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      Historical Traveler Reviews Shores Amphoras Resort Sharm El-Sheikh

      Not For Us

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      Todays date 19/10/07. Just got back from here last night and dont know where to begin. I have a funny feeling i wont be the only person rating this hotel. First of all the only thing 5 star about this place was the weather and the staff,food was the worst i've eating in my life and we all like a drink especially on holiday but this was a total joke,when you went to one bar and we all know which one if you were there the barman looked at you as if it was coming out of his pocket and we were meant to be all inclusive. What am i talking about when we got there they didnt even have a room for us but they found one unlucky for us. Will be back to Sharm el Sheikh but not to the Amphoras.

      Excellent Holiday

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      This resort is huge. I have just stayed at Hotel Amphoras for two weeks with my wife and two children 7&5. The hotel itself is nothing like I've ever seen, it's endless. The most impressive thing has to be the number of swimming pools (6) and the ability to jump off the jetty on the beach to be swimming on one of the most amazing coral reefs I've ever seen!

      Positive points - The rooms and general cleanliness are very good. All the staff are very friendly. The sun ALWAYS shines.

      Points to watch - The food is fine but quite bland, it's gets pretty boring after two weeks. If you don't travel into Narma Bay the resort evening entertainment is not the best so you have to make do with the bars that are there.

      Lessons learnt - If you are travelling to Hotel Amphoras then go 'all inclusive'. We didn't but everyone else there was!

      Taking all of the above into account we had an excellent time, this is definitely a favourite hotel for Italians but we met plenty of other nationalities who were friendly to us.

      Best holiday ever!!!!

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      Me and my bofriend have just come back from the greatest two weeks ever in egypt. We stayed for two weeks in the amphoras holiday resort hotel in sharm el sheikh, i thought i would write a review as there isn't many reviews that give this hotel justice.

      Firstly i would like to say that the negative reviews on this site are a load of rubbish!!!! Before i traveled to egypt i read these reviews and became very worried about the accomadation that we were about to stay in, that soon changed when we actually arrived in eygpt.

      When we first arrived at the resort the hotel looked like an average hotel, having just dropped off other guests at there hotel first. As soon as we arrived at reception the staff were very friendly and insisted we should have a good room. ( i think its because they especially love english tourists). Our view from the room looked over the pool and sea so we were very happy. Rooms were very spacious, clean and in good condition. Air conditioning was brilliant!!.The hotel its self caters for all kinds of nationalitys, dont be put off by all the italians, most of them are very friendly and we had no trouble regarding them. There are not many english people as up until two weeks ago the hotel only catered all inclusive for italian guests. The italians have there own animation team called eden village and the rest of the nationalitys have another animation team. The animation team made our holiday complete. They were very firendly and would always give you the time of day, we even went on some nights out to namma bay with them which was so much fun.

      The swimming pools are gorgeous, all set in natural rock. There are so many to choose from that they never get crowded. Theres some really quiet pools for guests who want to relax and other pools that have more activities going on for you to join in with. All are very clean, there was always someone cleaning the pools or mainting the gardens around the pools. The beach is very clean and excellent for snorkling. The fish in the coral are unlike any other fish you have ever seen, its a must do as its hard to find this experience anywhere else.!!

      The food was fine. There was always a variation of choice with a few places to choose from to eat. Although after the two weeks you will be glad to get home and eat some real food (typical english.) My bofriend did feel a bit ill after the first couple of days but this is expected as the use different oil to us. We had the same trouble in the carribean. He got back to normal after a day or two to adjust. There are 2 theamed nights a week and this includes egyption night which has the most amazing food and i would definetly recommend!!

      There isnt much going on at night in the hotel, we went to namma bay alot which isnt too far from the hotel. Its best to go after 7 o'clock at night, you can eat,drink and shop til 4 in the morning, its unreal!! There are so many shops and bars around this area, you will never be bored. It is so cheap, dont pay anymore that 25le in a taxi from the hotel to namma bay, this works out at about £2.20. The only thing i would advise you about is the amount of people who try and drag you in to there shop, just ignore them and walk away....what ever you do DONT start talking, even if they seem friendly, you will be pushed in to buying something you really dont want which happened to us on one occasion.

      I would definatly advise taking some money for excursions, we went to visit the pyrimids which was totally amazing. We went at four in the morning and arrived back at the hotel at 10 at night, It works out at £140 per person which includeds flights to cario. The day was much better than we could have imagined.

      Well i think thats everything you need to know, if you have any questions dont hesitate to email me.

      Absolutely loved it....

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      My friends and I stayed at the Amphoras Holiday Resort during the first 2 weeks of July this year and we loved it. A fantastic holiday. We're three girls - aged 21-22.

      The hotel itself is massive... the rooms/apartments run all the way around the well maintained grounds, and even though there are a lot of them they look lovely from both the inside and out. We had an apartment between us which contained a big double bedroom, a living room with double sofa bed, TV and seating area, a kitchen and a bathroom. Loads of space for the 3 of us, well furnished, fantastic AC, and cleaned daily by the very friendly housekeeping staff who left us some fantastic towel displays (swans, flowers etc) while we were there. There was also a safe in the room (no charge) that we kept all passports etc in. Even though we were all inclusive you had to pay for bottled water (20 LE for 1.5litres - about £2 rip off!) at the bars, so we bought one on the first day then refilled them with water we bought from one of the hotel shops by reception (15LE for 6litres) and kept them in the kitchen fridge. And you will need water all day - it's boiling hot - day and night!!!! It was mid/later 40s during the day the whole time we were there, and I spotted a thermometer at 1am one night and couldn't believe it when it said 32 degrees at that time of night. Cool clothing is a must.

      There are plenty of pools to choose from around the hotel all very warm, and even though it was very busy we didn't have too much trouble finding sunbeds because there are so many places to go! You are given towel cards when you check in which you can change daily at the pools or beach - they're very big so don't bother packing your own like we did. There's also the beach (private) - again plenty of sunbeds - it is sand but it's not the usual stuff you'd expect because I think the beach is man made, so the sand is a bit gritty, but you can definitely walk on it. There's a jetty to enter the sea at the deeper area. A must. I'm not a big fan of the sea but the fish and coral in the Red Sea are fanastic and it's amazing to go snorkelling or scuba diving in. There are things to do during the day at the hotel - volleyball, sports, aqua gym, darts, the usual holiday stuff - we wanted a relaxing holiday so we didn't take part in much during the day (lazy English!) The animation team will try their hardest to get you doing stuff though!

      All inclusive - this is the only part we had a few niggles with! We booked AI with Olympic Holidays and got a good deal so it wasn't too much of a bother BUT we only found out when we got there that AI drinks are only until 11pm, only at certain bars, and no bottled drinks - only beer, local spirits and wine, fizzy drinks and glasses of water. If you want anything bottled or anything after 11pm you have to pay - prices are pretty reasonable. The Bedouin tent is a nice relaxing area in the evening for drinks or a shisha. Entertainment wise you've got a few choices - there's the animation team for the Amphoras who do nightly entertainment in Coco Loco the disco (if you embrace the cheesiness of it you'll learn to love it!) followed by the disco til about 2am. Or there's the Eden Village entertainment. Made by, for and spoken in Italian! The vast vast majority of the hotel is made up of Italian guests and so it is very much geared up for them and they have their own Eden Village club, animation team, theatre and area in the restaurant. We just chose to ignore all that and stick to the Amphoras stuff and making our own fun! They're aren't that many English guests in the hotel because the big travel agents don't go there, but we still made friends with quite a few people and it wasn't a problem. Quite a few Egyptians and Polish too. We went into Naama Bay a few nights - make sure you don't pay more than about 15LE for a taxi - if you like clubbing then Pacha is a good night (Foam party on a Thursday - take your bikinis it's really fun!) and we also went to a Beach Party at Fanar about 10 minutes from the hotel. Can't really say much about the other bars because we didn't go... didn't take a lot of spending money with being all inclusive!

      Restaurant - the food was OK in the restaurant, a bit repetitive but we were there for 2 weeks so it couldn't be helped really. All presented very nicely buffet style. Best thing to do is have a look what's on the barbeque outside the restaurant each night and it's extra yummy out there... we discovered it a few nights in and never looked back. The food is especially nice on a Wednesday night - all Egyptian themed. The desserts were all REALLY nice too - I never usually like desserts when I go abroad but these actually had a lot of flavour and variety for once!

      The staff at the hotel are lovely, they seem to really like English people (probably because there aren't that many of us!!). Very helpful and chatty... We were sorry to say goodbye to a few of the staff as they really made our stay memorable!

      All in all a great holiday, I'd say it was great for families and couples primarily. But as three young girls on our own we still had a great time. If you want a holiday with great nightlife then the hotel is a really good base as it's not too far from Naama Bay, but if you want a quieter holiday it's also great because it is lovely and comfortable with enough to do.

      It's fairly accessible for wheelchair users in that there are lifts and ramps so you could avoid the steps that are scattered around the place.

      If you can cope with the All Inclusive drinks finishing at 11pm then I'd definitely recommend it! I'm missing it now, I'd go back tomorrow if only to escape this English weather! Message or email me if anyone has any questions. Thought I'd write a fairly long review because there don't seem to be that many on here!!

      Bellissimo villaggio

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      7.5 - 14.5.2007

      VILLAGGIO

      Il villaggio è enorme, può ospitare potenzialmente fino a 1300 persone ma è talmente grande che non ti sembra che ci possa essere così tanta gente. Eppure gli assistenti Eden ci hanno confermato che questa settimana c'erano circa 500 clienti italiani a cui aggiungere circa 200 stranieri. Dal ristorante principale (posto sotto alla reception) fino al mare sono circa 5 minuti a piedi, noi avevamo una camera nel blocco 5000 vicino al ristorante e non c'è assolutamente mai pesato camminare fino in spiaggia, anzi la cosa è carina perché passi in mezzo a dei giardini dove c'è un fiume con delle cascate artificiali.

      Il villaggio è molto ben curato, pulitissimo, ci sono decine di inservienti tra bagnini, camerieri e giardinieri che lavorano senza sosta a ogni ora del giorno.

      La clientela è principalmente italiana. In questa settimana eravamo un 70% italiani, 20% dell'est (russi, ucraini e polacchi) e il resto inglesi o altro. Comunque il villaggio ha un'impronta decisamente italiana.

      In tutto il villaggio ci sono 8 piscine di cui 1 idromassaggio. Mai affollate, in alcune c'erano si e no 10 persone nelle ore di punta...

      Il villaggio dispone inoltre di un bel centro benessere con sauna, jacuzzi, idromassaggio ecc.... noi abbiamo fatto un massaggio zen rilassante (puoi scegliere liberamente se fartelo fare da un uomo o da una donna) di 1 ora per 38€.

      RISTORANTE

      Eravamo un pò preoccupati prima di partire invece abbiamo mangiato benissimo!

      Il ristorante principale è diviso in 2 aree gemelle, una per i clienti Eden e una per la clientela internazionale.

      Il buffet è veramente ampio e si può scegliere tra 6 o 7 tipi di primi, altrettanti secondi e contorni, c'è il buffet delle verdure, l'angolo della pasta (preparata al momento dal cuoco italiano, Danilo di Brescia) e un fantastico buffet di dolci con almeno 10 tipi di torte a ogni pasto più numerosi pasticcini.

      Come per tutta la giornata, anche al ristorante le bevande incluse sono: coca cola, coca cola light, fanta, sprite, acqua gasata e naturale, tè, caffè, succo di mirtilli e d'arancia.

      Ogni sera a cena fuori dal ristorante veniva allestito un angolo dove grigliavano del pesce o della carne.

      Si può mangiare sia dentro che fuori, no problem.

      Non abbiamo mai avuto alcun problema per trovare posto al ristorante, dentro c'erano sempre a qualsiasi ora dei tavoli liberi, fuori (forse x il caldo) erano quasi sempre liberi. Abbiamo mangiato a qualsiasi ora e c'era sempre posto. Idem al buffet... essendo molto grande non c'era mai calca e mi stupisce leggere il contrario nel commento poco sopra.

      A pranzo è possibile mangiare (compreso nell'all inclusive) anche al ristorante della spiaggia. A cena invece questo è a pagamento.

      ALL INCLUSIVE EDEN VILLAGE

      L'all inclusive della Eden prevede:

      8-10 colazione

      11.30-12.30 pizza time in spiaggia

      13-15 pranzo

      17-18.30 tè e pasticcini al bar della spiaggia

      19-22 cena

      24 pizzette in discoteca o spaghettata in spiaggia

      Le bevande comprese sono quelle che ho elencato sopra e si possono prendere in tutti i bar del villaggio.

      CAMERE

      Noi eravamo nel blocco 5000, la camera era a letti separati (come, purtroppo, quasi tutte nel villaggio tranne le suites), comunque entrambi i letti erano a una piazza e mezza.

      Camera molto grande, tutte con balconcino con sedie e tavolino.

      Bagno adeguato con doccia e phon.

      Frigo e cassetta di sicurezza presenti in camera, tv con 5 canali italiani (rai1,rai2,rai3,can5,rete4) anziché gli 8 dichiarati sul catalogo ma si spera che uno non vada in egitto per guardare la tv.... comunque in alcuni casi dovete sintonizzare voi i canali col telecomando, canale 5 l'ho cercato io perché non era salvato nella numerazione.

      La pulizia della camera sempre impeccabile.

      ANIMAZIONE

      Non impazzisco per l'animazione in generale ma i ragazzi della Eden sono veramente fantastici e coinvolgenti.

      La maggior parte sono arrivati ad aprile e ripartiranno a ottobre. Sempre sorridenti e mai invadenti, alla sera organizzavano degli spettacoli molto ben fatti e mai volgari. Una sera hanno fatto venire un fachiro egiziano per un gioco di fuoco, vetro e chiodi.

      Le famiglie con cui abbiamo scambiato due parole che avevano figli si sono dette felicissime del baby club e le due ragazze del baby club sprizzavano buonumore da tutti i pori.

      In spiaggia ogni tanto sentivi i ragazzi gridare l'attività che stavano per iniziare e chi voleva parteciparvi si alzava dal lettino e li raggiungeva. Niente di invadente ma vi consiglio di partecipare perché se lo meritano.

      Al mattino risveglio muscolare, beach tennis, beach volley, ping pong, bocce e freccette, al pomeriggio balli di gruppo e ancora sport. Per i vincitori dei tornei premi che vanno dalle magliette alle sedute al centro benessere del villaggio.

      Alla sera alle 21:30 in anfiteatro esibizione dei bambini del baby club e alle 22:00 lo spettacolo, le 3 sere che non siamo usciti (a proposito, fate un salto oltre che a Naama Bay anche a Fantasia) gli spettacoli che hanno organizzato erano coinvolgenti e mai noiosi o volgari.

      Visto che sarà lì fino ad autunno faccio i miei complimenti al capo animazione, Simone.

      L'animazione durante il giorno è solo in spiaggia. Se volete il relax estremo senza alcun caos le 8 piscine non sono toccate dai ragazzi dell'animazione.

      Riguardo infine alla musica in spiaggia. La musica in spiaggia c'è dalle 10 alle 13 e dalle 16 alle 18 ma la spiaggia è talmente larga che se dà fastidio basta spostarsi un pò per non sentirla più (infatti il box del dj è all'estrema sinistra della spiaggia).

      ASSISTENZA

      Anche qui devo contraddire il commento che ho letto sopra, le 3 ragazze dell'assistenza sono state con noi sempre disponibili e gentili nel darci le informazioni di cui avevamo bisogno. Poi è chiaro che vengono bombardate sempre delle stesse domande dalla mattina alla sera, alcune delle quali davvero idiote e che metterebbero a dura prova la pazienza di chiunque ma se sarete gentili loro lo saranno anche con voi.

      In particolare molto carina e sempre disponibile Mariella.

      ESCURSIONI

      Delle escursioni proposte dalla Eden abbiamo fatto solo Ras Mohamed in bus, escursione molto bella che ci ha permesso di fare 2 snorkelate in bellissime spiagge.

      Costo: 25€ a persona. Guida egiziana ma della Eden, si chiama Rami ed è gentilissimo.

      Nel 2003 feci un paio di escursioni con agenzie locali contattate a Naama Bay trovandomi altrettanto bene ma questa volta non ho visto grosse differenze di prezzo e la comodità di partire dall'hotel anziché fare levatacce per partire da Naama c'ha fatto optare per l'escursione by Eden.

      SPIAGGIA E MARE

      La costa in quel punto è molto rocciosa ma ci sono 3 calette dov'è possibile entrare in acqua o stare sul bagnasciuga. Non è possibile superare la barriera partendo da riva perché si rischia di rovinare il corallo.

      Il pontile è in legno e ti permette di calarti con una scaletta aldilà della barriera. Purtroppo in tutta Sharm la barriera ormai è un pò rovinata per colpa dei turisti ma si vedono comunque centinaia di pesci. Consiglio di fare due bracciate e spingersi verso il villaggio accanto, l'Aloha. A metà tra il pontile dell'Amphoras e dell'Aloha è il punto dove la barriera è più bella!

      Il posto in spiaggia c'è sempre. chiaramente i posti migliori vanno via verso le 8 ma noi arrivavamo in spiaggia alle 10 e c'erano sempre molti ombrelloni liberi.

      Insieme alla tessera per entrare in camera vi vengono consegnate delle card per i teli mare che si possono ritirare presso tutte le piscine e possono essere portati anche in spiaggia. Alla sera quando riconsegnate i teli vi ridanno indietro le card.

      TAXI E SPOSTAMENTI

      Il villaggio mette a disposizione delle navette gratuite per Naama Bay al mattino e al pomeriggio.

      Alla sera invece potete usare il servizio taxi del villaggio oppure i taxi ufficiali.

      I prezzi sono gli stessi, l'unica differenza è che quelli del villaggio sono auto moderne, quelli ufficiali invece scassoni degli anni 60 ma molto particolari e tipici da prendere!

      Per Naama Bay contrattate 25/35 lire egiziane, per Fantasia non più di 15, per Sharm Vecchia 20/25.

      Stabilite il prezzo SEMPRE prima di salire.

      Brilliant holiday 10 out of 10

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      First of all may I say that Ive looked for reviews on this holiday and only found the negitives ones. Unfortunately these must have been written by somebody who is extremely fussy and not familiar with foreign travel (typical brits abroad). Brilliant hotel and very well presented and maintained, immaculate gardens and rooms. Foods was all inclusive and lots of it to cater for all tastes (even brits).. Beach was reported to be not sand but it is, just a bit corser than english beaches. Lots of different nationalities in the hotel, many Russian and Italian, but when your abroad what do you expect, its another country!!. All in all we had the best holiday ever and would not hesitate to recommend to other. Good value with a 5 star service.

      Good value

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      We went to Sharm last November for a cheap 1 week break. We booked the Amphoras Holiday Resort half board on the internet and our flights seperately.

      The room was good - a twin bedded room with en-suite and balcony - very clean and the funiture was in good condition.

      The restaurants were split into ground floor for All Inclusive and upstairs for half board. We did not realise for a couple of days that the All inclusive was booked only by the Italian holiday companies and not available to the uk - unless you pay per day extra at the hotel. We were glad we were not All Inclusive as the food was not great {but ok} and the manners of the Italians meant we were glad we did not have to eat with them!

      The beach is not really accessable for sun bathing as in the usual sense, due to the Eden Village group {Italians} playing organised sports on it, but there is a courtesy bus from the hotel to Naama Bay where for the price of a drink there is access to good beaches at the back of the bars. Also there is a very good taxi service based at the hotel and all the drivers were in decent cars and very reliable.

      The swimming pools were very clean with plenty of sun beds and pool towels and an attendant at each pool - unusual for Egypt!

      The reception staff were very helpful and spoke good English. The cleaning staff worked very hard and did a good job cleaning our room every day and a 5LE (50p) tip every other day was gratefully received.

      I am going back with a friend in June 07 and have booked the trip the same way as last time. The 10 day holiday is costing flights and half board accomodation £350 each, which I think is excellent value.

      If you can manage being in the hotel with only a few other English guests and can make your own entertainment or are happy to take a taxi to Naama bay or Fantasia in the evening if you want to be entertained then this is a good deal.

      Not for English tourists

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      Hotel in a really nice setting very clean and well kept. In total were approx 16 english people in the entire hotel 11 being in our party, all signs relating to entertainment etc were all in italian. food poor standard very rarely warm, pasta every meal resulted in us eating out quite alot during the two weeks. All inclusive option very limited which is not stated in the brouchure. can only get a drink in specified areas at specified times, had to sign your name for every single drink obtained from the bar two signatures required for one drink if the glass was slightly larger. complained to odessey representative who didnt advise hotel of our complaint. two days before coming home resturant manager became aware that we were not happy and advised hotel manager who i have to say was very very helpful and very sorry that the rep had not informed him earlier in order for him to try to correct the food issue earlier in the holiday. The hotel manager was very customer focused and asked our opinion on improving the hotel which we did let him know for the benefit of future guests. He did send drinks and fruit baskets to all our rooms in an atempt to try to resolve the issue as best he could at the late stage of the holiday which was appreciated. The hotel staff are very friendly and the cleaning staff work extremely hard every day. If this hotel wants to attract english guests then alot of changes need to be made. Fortunately we were in a large party of friends and family and made our own entertainment however if Id have travelled in a small party I would have requested to be flown home early. We planned an All Inclusive holiday and spent as much as if we had gone self catering 11 english people will not return to Amphoras holdiay resort in the future.

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