Royal Albatros Moderna Sharm El-Sheikh
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First day at the pool. The husband is out diving and I have a day to myself. Don't have to think about anything, just bliss. I can listen to my favourite arabic music and am enjoying a good book. I can't remember the last time I read a good book. I have lots of time to finish a ...
... one who felt how I did when I first got here. It's nice to know also that the time is going quickly. I've been here for nearly 3 weeks and it doesn't feel like that at all. Though I'm not completely enthusiastic about going back home to a job and the debt which I have to pay off, I'm still hoping that the rest of my time here goes as quickly as the first few weeks. Missing you all and will update on the lads ...
... on that dive and I still enjoyed it - even when I was sitting in a hoodie wearing arm warmers and holding a cup of coffee after we got out in a desperate attempt to get the feeling back in my fingers!
My second dive was much better though - it wasn't any warmer and you couldn't see any further but within 5 minutes we'd found a Spanish Dancer (an awesome, large red nudibranch for anyone who doesn't know). A ...
... but Ruben was insistent that we should go out for a coffee. After a short rest, we left the house, although I wasn't sure why he was so keen to go into town.
An hour later when we got home, it all became clear! He'd given our friend Eida his keys and she'd come in while we were out with a huge cake, biscuits, crisps, balloons, candles and other decorations to give me a "surprise party".
It really was a surprise and even when we came home to find Eida in our garden, ...
... and this our guide tells us is for irrigating the marijuana that is quietly grown around the valleys here. Finally we come out into a wide sandy plateau- mountains surround us and the floor of the valley alternates between rock and sand dunes.
We drive to a cave that goes all the way through the rock and had a huge sand dune up one side from the wind constantly blowing sand through the cave. The rock and the cave actually looks like a dinosaur laying in the sand- ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Royal Albatros Moderna Sharm El-Sheikh Nabq
I booked the hotel based on a some of the reviews I saw on this site. I was so glad I did. The place might not be 4 star but its a very good 3 star. The rooms were big and clean. The place itself was massive. The staff were a joy. The food was good despite what some people say I think you cant go too much wrong giving the place a go. At the end of the day you get what you pay for and for what I paid you I got more then I could ask for ! Going all inc is a big plus. If want a nice break were you can have a bit of fun with the staff and take in the sun then this is the place to go. I have no doubt there are much better places to stay in sharm but you have to pay the difference but overall it gets the thumps up from me!
You can't judge a book by it's cover....
You need to read the whole of this review, as there is important info througout. Believe me, you'll thank me later.
The Calimera Royal Moderna is a beautiful hotel. We arrived and the lobby is breathtaking and the initail service was great. They have 2 huge pools and 1 smaller pool which is heated. There are lots of shops and things to do in the hotel and it's just a short drive from Naama Bay. The rooms are big, Air conditioned and all have mini bars. Entertainment every evening, and just off of a great snorkelling cove. We were loving it.
However the food is ropey at best. Advice for holiday makers: Carry a bog roll at all times....else you may regret it. Also, depending on where your room is, the hotel is not very good for elderly or disabled people as there are mountains of stairs that need to be climbed. The shop keepers accost you at every available opportunity and the entertainment was dire to the extreme. Also, the shish pipes in the hotel were the worst we had anywhere...and we had plenty belive me. I felt that the hotel was more suited to Europeans (Alot of germans and itallians) and it is not at all a place I would reccomend for kids. However it is a beautiful hotel. And a very relaxing holiday. A mixed bag i'm afraid. Simon Says...think twice before booking.
Loved the Royal Albatros Moderna Hotel
We had a fabulous time at this Hotel.
I was truly surprised how any Hotel could be so immaculate. When we left at 4.30a.m., the staff had already started the cleaning process. I made the comment that you could eat your dinner from the floor.
As a 'picky' vegetarian, I was really impressed by the standard and variation of the food. It was fantastic every day with the choice of several dishes. The pecan pie was a particular high for us and I was only gutted that they stopped serving this on Day 5 and left us with only the 'measly' choice of 20 other puddings!
The staff, without exception, were helpful, friendly and so polite - something you would not get from most hotels in the UK.
I stay in 4* hotels around the UK (and the world) all the time as part of my job and I can honestly say this Hotel rates among the best I've stayed in. I would highly recommend this Hotel from every aspect.
When encouraged to write some sort of criticism by the Hotel staff when checking out, all I could think of to write was that fresh mango would be nice to add to the enormous fresh exotic fruit collection!
Immaculate hotel, great food, fantastic holiday
Just got back after a fantastic week at the Calimera.
The room was great-there were two beds, a sitting area, mini bar (which was filled with a bottle of water and two soft drinks a day), tv( no english channels but do have European MTV)and spacious bathroom.
The hotel itself was very big with 3 pools (one of which is heated but is very small). There are plenty of sun beds and we never struggled to find one even if we went to the pool slightly later on. The hotel grounds were spotless and the staff worked very hard to keep it that way.
The staff were very friendly and went out of their way to help you. There are no female staff working at the hotel except two girls who work in the health club purely to do massages. (Had a massage which was very good but do not expect luxurious surroundings.)Both me and my friend are female and we did not feel as though the staff were being letcherous in any way unlike the Egyptian men outside the hotel.
The beach was spotless and again there were plenty of sunbeds. There is a pontoon that you can walk down and go snorkelling at the end but you need to wear shoes as the coral is sharp.There is another beach about 10 minutes walk away to the left of the hotel beach which was fantastic. There are no sunbeds there but the snorkelling was great.
We ate at the Red Sea restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The food was of a very high standard and there was plenty of choice. We did not eat the same thing twice despite one of us being vegetarian. Neither of us got Egyptian Belly or heard of anyone else having got it.
We didn't leave the hotel in the evening but if you want lively night life you will need to go out. The hotel is about a 20 minute taxi ride away from the central areas. There is the Titanic Disco but we only saw some salsa classes and a kids disco there.
We left the hotel twice while we were there.
The first time was to go swimming with dolphins. Highly recommend this although it is quite expensive £60 for 30 mins. You cannot take pictures with your own camera and have to buy them. The DVD is £25 and pictures are £7 each.
We also went scuba diving which was fantastic but we got no end of hassle and a few marriage proposals from the boat crew. It got very annoying after a while as they would not leave us alone.
Although we went all inclusive, make sure you take cash with you(euros, sterling or egyptian pounds will do) as you cannot charge things to the room and there is no cash point at the hotel. The nearest cash point was about 5 minutes in a taxi. Even when you check out and settle the bill, they are reluctant to take cards.
Overall this was a fantastic holiday that I cannot fault and would recomend this hotel to anyone!
Not as it seems
i agree with the other reviews in a way but the food at this hotel is not good. was talking to a couple who had stayed here last year and they said the standards had definately dropped. there where 3 nights that i couldn't eat the food at all and had bread rolls and tomatoes for my dinner. on complaining to management the food improved slightly. this wouldn't be a problem except that the hotel really is in the middle of nowhere and you can't just nip out for something to eat. you can't walk around outside the complex or the police/security turn you back. all trips into the desert had been cancelled for your own safety!! there is a major building site going on next door and it does have diggers, earth movers and tipper lorries working from early morning and believe me their air horns are loud at 7am!! on on particular day the big earth mover trundled along the beach past the sunbeds!! all the drinks are served by the glass which wouldn't be a problem except the glasses are filthy!! the hotel and grounds are spotless though and the staff all work very hard and are really friendly. everyone took tummy bugs when we where there - really it's not surprising as the food and drink is not really that good. a german friend even had to go get tablets from the doctor because she was so ill. my advice is if you want a really quiet holiday by the pool (you can't swim off the beach the water is very shallow and if the tide is out it is quite dirty) and if you don't want to do any trips much and don't mind staying in the hotel for a fortnight go here but we had a much better time in the cleopatra in february and i don't think we'll ever go back to this hotel. we will however return to the cleopatra.
WOW - AMAZING - BEST HOTEL EVER STAYED IN
What can I say - this hotel is amazing - so enormous, extremely clean and well kept in every department, from your room to the gardens. The staff take so much pride in their work!!
We felt very secure as the security was TOP! Checks on vehicles entering the driveway and leaving the hotel, security outside the entrance, tourism police made regular visits checking everything was ok. Never once did I feel afraid. Even in the evening security patrolled the pools and the walkways past your rooms.
Our rooms were lovely and spacious with adequate towels and even an hairdryer, 2 small double beds and air conditioning. There's also a small fridge which had a large bottle of water and 2 bottles of coke/orange/7 up put in each day. Balcony not massive but big enough.
We stayed in the rooms overlooking the non-active pool which was fantastic, only downside to this side is that there's no snack bar, just a bar serving drinks. Mohammed El Nashar was the main waiter on this side and he was truly delightful - he couldn't do enough for us. He knew us all by name within a couple of days and would bring drinks to us whenever he knew we were by the pool. He even took offence if when we went to the bar and said we'd take them ourselves.
The food was delicious, plenty of variety for all meals. We did try the Toscani restaurant and although once again I thoroughly enjoyed my meal, the other 3 didn't rate it as high as the Red Sea Restaurant.
We went snorkelling a couple of times, the first time we went to the beach and turned left, walked for about 20 mins, round the bend and found loads of people here. The fish were amazing - lets hope my underwater camera worked, we should have some fantastic pictures. The second time we went snorkelling we just walked to the end of the jetty and although saw lots of fish, it wasn't as good as the other place.
The hotel was mainly full of German tourists and therefore most of the entertainment was geared towards them. During the day we didn't stay round the active pool but did see that they put on lots of games, pool volleyball/basketball, aqua arobics, quizzes, even bingo I believe. In the evening we went to the ampitheatre and again most of it was in German although it was translated into English and other languages.
The weather was extremely hot, ensure you use a high factor cream and you'll be fine, putting extra on if going in the sea, this was the only time we burnt. In the evening the temperature was still around the 39C mark - hot!
All in all this was truly a wonderful relaxing holiday. All the staff go out of their way to help you. I'd definitely recommend this hotel to anyone and would definitely return again.
Hopefully I'll get my piccies downloaded onto pc soon so should anyone want to see the ones of the hotel just drop me a line.
Had a Wonderful Holiday - Calimera Royal Moderna
Myself and 9 friends travelled to Egypt on June 16th 2005 flying with Excel Airways. The flight had a 2 hour delay, which was fine, and the flight was spacious and food lovely!
When we arrived in Sharm airport, the Med Hotels rep was very helpful and showed us where we needed to go. We queued for our visas, which we all decided to get because we were planning to do some tripes while we were there...it cost £12 or 160LE (definately cheaper to purchase in English £)
After about 30mins on the bus we got to the hotel (we were the last stop)...our first impression was WOW. We had booked 5 rooms in total, although 1 was an add on to the original booking and this caused a litlle bit of hassle checking into the hotel, they put 4 rooms together and 1 quite a way away, but after explaining the situation, they couldn't do enough to get them moved closer to the rest of us.
We were shown to our rooms and our bags followed shortly. The rooms are clean, with 2 small double beds, built in wardrobe, chest of drawers and dressing table, tv. The bathroom was large, with shower and bath and WC...all tiled and very clean! The verander overlooked the play area and amphitheatre...and had table and chairs.
We had a nose around the hotel, and I must say, this is one of the largest and CLEANEST hotels I have ever stayed in. The cleaners and gardeners and all of the staff work very hard all day and they are all very pleasant and always say hello.
The entertainment staff are german, but they make a real effort (or at least they did with us) to get us involved....but to be fair to them....we are the "lazy girls" (thats what they called us by the end of the holiday) as we just wanted to sunbathe and dunk in the very large pool when we felt like it (which was a nice temp and not too chloriney)...
The food was ok, I'm a very fussy eater, but managed to find something to eat. The Pizza from the Beach bar is to die for. totally home made...although you do get bothered by the flies...
We spent a day at the beach, and snorkelled at the end of the 400 mtr bridge that you can walk on, the fish are amazing. I used an underwater camera and took lots of photos, but unfortunately, I ran out of film when I found the sea snake (it's not big..!!)
The weather was absolutely georgous, but even if you tan nicely, I recommend using a high factor sun cream to start with!
If you're travelling this year, you will have a wonderful time. The reps (maxx, mac, mark, and Delia etc are all fantastic and Mario from the beach and amphitheatre bar makes the most delicious cocktails (both alcholic and non alcholic!)
The shops on the hotel are extortionatly priced, but if you jump into a taxi, which can be booked from the front of the hotel, and go to the Golden Shopping centre at the Laguna Vista hotel, you will find much cheaper things to buy...2 taxis including them waiting for us for an hour cost £11 return...which I though was great....
All in all, I would be very surprised if you don't have a great time.
I have some wonderful pics of the hotel and area, let me know if you would like to see any of them.
The road to nowhere
This hotel is lovely, clean and well maintained.
The staff are very well trained, helpful, and friendly.
Food of a decent standard well presented and varied.
On the downside most people seem to pick up some sort of stomach bug, from where ? I dont know.
As it is the last hotel on the "Strip" you have absoulutely no where to go unless you jump on the hotel bus (free) or take a taxi to Namma Bay or the sister hotel.
The entertainment crew is German but they try to make everyone welcome.
a British crew would be making some sort of effort to dance, sing, etc, but not here, everything is done to backing tapes, so don't go here looking to be entertained.
If your looking for a very quiet holiday then this is the place for you.
Very Very good
The Royal Moderna is like a palace and the staff treat you like royalty. There is nothing they wouldn't do for you and many of the staff recognised your face after just serving you the once. (Admittedly they are even more helpful if you're blond and English!) Food was excellent with a wide variety choice na dplaces to eat including a fantastic beach bar.
Only down-side was that my partner and myself both got dodgy stomach for about 3 days and the onsite doctor was very unhelpful and charged extremely high prices for a few pills. We were not ill because of the food, it was due to the very hot weather (quite a few degrees warmer than England!)