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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 ...
... so I guess we disappointed them.
We wondered the length of the beach looking for the "public" beach area. On the way, we found a sign for "Happy Hour" from noon to 1pm. After more wandering we found the "public" beach. But by that time it was noon....so we went back to our first find - HAPPY Hour - and had some Egyptian beers with some ...
... offering massages, haircuts, pedicures, and brow waxing. One guy actually starts ripping out Bruce's eyebrows, promising to make Bruce "more beautiful." We figure the only place to hide from these guys is underwater, so we head to the little dive shop, take a quick refresher course, and go SCUBA diving. And wow! The fish and coral in the Red Sea come in so many shapes, sizes, and colors. And they're all beautiful!
After our dive, we lounge on the beach with ...
... fish, some blue spotted rays (including a mother and a baby) clown fishes (including Nemo), tuna, snapper, and much, much more (forgive me, my knowledge of fish is far from expert level and doesn't extend far beyond Disney movies and dinner menus, I just enjoy looking at them). After an hour or so between dives in which lunch was served and the people doing a certificate had time to study (and I had time to be ...
... br> out. Win for Aeriol! Keep my dignity.
the egg thing dubiously and decided after about an hour to give it a
go. I will say this. I doubt it could be better as it was from
Pieminster. However. This will go down in the book as something done
out of curiosity and not enjoyment. I did finish it as that is my
rule with new things. See it through. (I have regretted this before
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This was our first trip to Egypt and we were looking forward to getting away and relaxing, our first impression of the Coral Sea Resort was very impressive, looked clean and tidy, we were presented on arrival with a mixed fruit drink and a very welcome 'Hello and Welcome to Coral Sea Resort'. Checked in OK then were directed to our room, well I now know why it is called the Coral Sea Resort, the walk way to the room lead from one to the other obviously we got lost a couple of time but finally reached our room, there is ramps that will get you to each level but I would think disabled people would find it a little difficult to get around, there are no lifts, got in our room with a little struggle but finally got in, nice big clean room with a view overlooking the apartments next door and a small sea view, wasn't too bothered about this as I hadn't come on holiday to look out of the window.
Our first day at the Coral we thought right get sorted out and go and check out the pool's well we went to the big pool I cannot remember the name of it now but it was freezing, not just cold but really cold, the other pool was heated or should I say suppose to be heated, anyway we stayed in the freezing pool on the Tuesday and had a couple of drinks at the pool bar, the reviews that I had read about the Coral Sea Resort were correct about the drinks they were horrible, the gin & tonic was ok. The other things that I didn't agree with was they charged you for the mini bar, but on the other hand you could go and get bottles of water from the restaurant free of charge when the restaurant was in use.
We couldn't wait for the daytime activities to start as we read they were pretty good, well whoever wrote that was very very wrong, the activities consisted of giant snakes & ladders, speed pool, and a lunch time competition, now why would I go all the way to Egypt to play these? Also they played the same cd over and over again! Also the pool bar (heated pool) got very busy Aziz worked by himself so on one occasion I asked Nick the First Choice rep if he could get me a drink he replied 'I'm the Entertainment's Officer not a Bar Man' in my eyes he should of become a Bar Man as his entertainment skills were rubbish, even the pool boys who were Egyptian said we cannot laugh too much with the people who come here as the Reps don't like it, First Choice should consider using the Egyptian Lads to be the Reps who know about their country, they work very hard so why not have fun while you work.
On one night we were subjected to Derek Jones who is he I hear you ask that is what we thought, apparently he is an entertainer from Liverpool, when he was there the Reps were following him around like the bloody pied piper, was not impressed with the entertainment AT ALL! There was no entertainment for the kids apart from a disco which no kids went to, think this had something to do with the 'Entertainment Officer' when anyone was leaving the reps would be very nice come and talk to you etc just thinking we would tick those precious boxes,
We were very disappointed with the décor of the Coral Sea considering it hasn't been open 12 months there is paint coming off the walls the shower water is brown when it first comes out of the hose, but there was guys working all day long in the gardens and cleaning the rooms, we were also disappointed with the First Choice Reps all they were concerned was don't forget to tick the excellent boxes.
We were impressed with the cleanliness of the rooms they changed the sheets everyday and put in clean towels, the pharmacy Guy was also very helpful, the food was nice and the resort was a step away from the beach which didn't get very busy, all in all our holiday was ok but I don't think I will be making a return trip
Be very careful of what you eat.
Just returned from the Coral Sea Resort in Sharm El Sheikh, after spending one week there with my girlfriend. I'll start by saying that most of the reviews we read on here before leaving were very accurate and the first part of our holiday was excellent.
My girlfriend and I arrived in the evening and were very impressed with the hotel. The garden and the pool area were decorated with lights....it looked stunning. As mentioned elsewhere the rooms were large and nicely furnished. The balcony had a great view of the gardens and the sea and was perfect for sunbathing. The sun here was bliss, it was always hot. The whole resort is spotless and cleaned to a very high standard. The cleaners were really friendly. The reception area was pretty and the desk staff were always helpful and friendly.
Unfortunately, during the last few days we couldn't leave the hotel room due to sickness. The first choice rep Jen was great and could not have been more helpful. As we were on an all inclusive basis and due to the sudden nature of the illness, we feel it could only something from the hotel restaurant. Just seen my personal doctor who thinks it was food poisoning. We were never told if anyone else in the hotel was ill, everyone we spoke to never had any problems. For days we had sickness and diahorrea. The situation was made worse, in that water was only available in bottles at meal times....so we paid £2.20 a bottle from the mini-bar.
It's probable that we were just unlucky and that had we been alright, this review would have been very positive. However, there are a few other things worth a mention
Sharm El Shiekh Airport is a nightmare. This is not entirely surprising given that it is a military airport. As only Egyptian National are allowed inside the airport, the arrival is completely chaotic. The staff there speak very little English and consequently nothing is explained. The welcome into Egypt is very unfriendly and curt. The fact is you do NOT need a visa if you stay within Sinai. Without a visa you can still travel around the area, go on day trips, snorkelling etc. You will only need a visa if you plan to travel within Egypt. However, you do still need to queue at the visa counter to get a stamp before you go to passport arrivals. Also expect everyone to ask you for a tip for doing nothing...just ignore them.
A few points to consider:
Firstly the hotel is in the middle of no-where.
The night-time entertainment was very old, just like it used to be in Spain 15yr ago.
The Irish bar was depressing. On St Patrick's Day when we were there they did absolutely nothing!!! It didn't even get a mention. There is no decoration in that place at all. Yet this is the only place to go at night. The bar staff in there were both rude and always seemed to be trying to touch up the women. (not nice). The Egyptian lager tastes fine...no problem. However, it's served in half pint measures with a large head.....so you'll constantly be at the bar.
It's guaranteed that you have a problem with the lock on your room door.
It's very windy here.
The hotel has a metal detector which everyone just walks around.
Had a generator outside our balcony which was annoying 24/7.
Ok what can i say. from landing with First Choice and getting to our Hotel was less than 45 mins! Rooms were very spacious clean tidy and well equiped, this hotel is family orientated so all you couples who moan should have read before you booked, (familys).
the temperature of the pools..one was like bath water the other was cold, why cold you may ask? it was in the mid 8o's and thats winter god knows what summer will get to. pleople were friendly the food was well presented no complaints, did not bother with alacarte posin for pizza's as many did made us laugh. a good trip down to Narm bay and for the snorkal and scuba lot a must is Sharks bay. a couple of quid and you are enetring another world under the water.Aquariuous padi centre in the hotel is first class, i have dived around the world and can only say the safety structure which they set in place makes you all feel at home .. well done..One little moan is the depth of the sea! you can walk out (please take some sea shoes with you)over 100yds aor more to get to knee depth but its worth the effort of the jetty to swim etc.will be comin back loved it no English yobs etc. safe as house's.
If you go you wont be disapointed. anohter quick note No snakes, no spiders beetles etc etc in Sharm seen ... lol.
Bi Grogan Fam..........
Get some elevators
Just returned from the coral sea where i found the staff to be the best i have ever encountered.An absolute credit to Eygpt.
However an hotel without any lifts in totally unacceptable. This resort was full of elderly people and watching them trying to negotiate a marble staircase was just too much I myself had a baby and a buggy and it was a complete pain. Also everywhere they have placed wooden bridges for effect which proved dangerous and not suitable for elderly or children. So my advise anyone who doesn't like climbing don't book this hotel.
The entertainment or lack of was dreadful along with the reps who thought they were running a hi de hi camp.They certinly need to be retrained and we as guests do not want to hear their live stories, painful to watch...
Kids club had no facilities although Marianne a romanian lady who runs it was exceptional.
In general hotel was average. They had silly rules about drinks i.e water could only be obtained at certain times and from certain places. Coffee available only after 11 o clock when really we want it first thing as the breakfast was a no no. Although to be fair the other meals were of a good standard.
The hotel was spotless and had a lovely beach but the whole experience lacked something. Didn't find it relaxing what with the endless stairs so would not return. Would rate this as a 3.5 star and not value for money.
We stayed in this hotel 02/02/06 - 09/02/06 and found it fine. Plenty of options for food - though did have a problem trying to get the chef that was cooking pasta to understand that I wanted him to use a clean pan as the one he had, had meat in it (I'm a vegetarian), but one of his colleagues explained and everything was fine. Room was very spacious (we had a select room which included dvd player, bathrobes, slippers etc.). Pool areas looked very nice, though we didn't use them preferring to be on the beach which was kept very clean and tidy. We were all inclusive and perhaps this was wasted on us as we are not big eaters or drinkers and spent 3 out of the 7 days away from the resort. All in all we enjoyed our holiday but largely due to the snorkelling and a couple of days in Cairo (which we arranged ourselves in the UK), but again, would not fault the hotel and think it is an ideal place for family holidays.
Could go into great detail about his hotel, but theres already lost of posts up so i thought id just be quick.
Basically its a lovely hotel in a really nice setting, and the people are even better. Everyone inside the hotel (staff i mean) were incredably friendly and helpful. The food was pretty good, not a huge choice but what was there was very good quality and even tastier (similar standards of many 4/5* hotel in the carribean). As someone else said, the pictures in the brochers do not do it justice at all, there is a huge garden and two very good size pools (although in feb one was absolutly freezing!!) The room was very nice and modern, and there was plenty enough room for three of us.
My only concern about the hotel is although when i went it was very comfortable as it was no where near full, in the hight of summer i dont know how the reasonably small restaurant would cope. Also, the entertainment didnt seem brilliant, but i couldnt really comment as i didnt take part in much of it. There are plenty of other things (e.g. diving, or just wading out in the shallow waters full of fish) to keep yourself occupied.
I really would go back to this hotel as soon as possible, and only wish i was there longer (a week isnt enougth!!)
An enjoyable holiday
We went to Coral sea in September & were amazed by how huge the hotel actually is (brochure picture soesn't do it any justice!) The hotel itself is really smart & really clean everywhere.
We had a normal room which was more that big enough for the two of us. Beware the minibar though (apart from cooling your own water from mealtimes in! :-)
Food was generally as you'd expect from this kind of AI hotel, but the pastries at breakfast were amazing & you can request eggs how you like the in the morning too. In the evenings they have a different theme everyday,but, the food is a bit repetative anyway.
The staff there work really, really hard & make such an effort with you, same goes for the bar staff, a really friendly bunch.
I didn't personally go snorkelling (cant swim ;) But my other half was out there every day & took some amazing pictures of amazing looking fish! You do need sea shoes to walk out though, but, we got these from the shop in the hotel for about a fiver I think.
This is definatly a chill out kind of a holiday, we never made it into Nama bay so can't speak for that but the hotel atmosphere is pretty relaxed.
They did put a couple of local shows on in the Irish bar (the only place really to go in the evenings) which were cool but, the rest of the time it was rep based entertainment, which don't get me wrong, it was fun (& the first choice reps do work really hard & got a lot of flack over the entertainments)but personally its just not my cup of tea, as they say! The only downsides I'd say was the airport (tried to bully me into buying a visa that I did not want or need!) and then outside everyone asking for english money is a bit daunting! Also the room boy at our hotel was a bit pushy & keen for tips. He did keep it nice & would have tipped anyway but felt a bit hassled like he just expected it. Both had a dodgy tum for a couple of days but a trip to the chemist next door soon sorted us out!
Over all was a really good, value for money holiday. Beach & Sun were fab, & you'd certainly never go thirsty or hungry whilst staying there! The staff are nice & go out of their way to help & the little cakes & pastries are AMAZING! ;-)
Positives & Negatives. Suit families rather than couples
On the positive side the Coral Sea Resort hotel is a good basic hotel. Beautiful marble lobby where you can have a drink in the evenings, a good Irish bar, also Internet access, and games (eg pool & snooker) Rooms are spacious and comfortable. The beds are somewhat firm, but we still slept well. The staff are very friendly. The local drinks are of reasonable quality and the sun beds are very comfortable. One pool is heated, the pool areas and sea area is uncrowded and the beach is only 100 Mts from the hotel lobby. Food is plentiful, and if you have children, there is plenty for them to do. In fact it's a great destination for families..
The nearest shopping area is Naama bay, which is a touristy shopping area with plenty of restaurants and some good shops. The hotel provide a very good bus service for €1.6 each way. Branded Nike, Reebok etc are about 30% cheaper there and the only products with a price tag as they are regulated. Be careful with everything else. Food is very very cheap. A meal for two in the Hard Rock Café is about €25 (which is as good a London's at less than one third the normal price).
Unfortunately there is a downside. Falcon & First Choice say this is a four star plus hotel, 15 minutes from Sharm El Sheikh. Neither is true. The hotel aspires to be a four star and achieves that with some of the facilities above but it fails in some areas: Here's what the brochure won't tell you....
1.The brochure will tell you that it's 15 minutes from Sharm El Sheikh.. It's actually a 30 minute bus ride to Naama Bay (a touristy shopping and restaurant area) and a further 5 - 10 minutes by taxi to the old town of Sharm El Sheikh.
2.The hotel is in the middle of No Where. Nabq bay is a hive of new building works. New hotel sites stretch for miles both sides of the hotel (though there is no intrusive building noises). The local Egyptians told me that they will be building a new shopping and nightlife zone which is scheduled for completion by 2009. It's also on the airport flight path so for a few minutes a few times a day you will not be able to speak or hear with the noise of jet engines. I expect this will be worse in high season. (It's not that bad but worth a mention)
3.There is no waiter service in the hotel, if you want a drink or a snack you get it yourself. (3 star not 4 star!!)
4.Though clean, the bathrooms are not very well finished and look rough. The bath is tiny..
5.Room cleaning is not particularly good and the cleaners did not sweep every day. Which was a problem for us as it was windy and debris blew under the door.
6.Wind.. We had a terrible experience with a cold 26 mph wind for three days. There are no windbreakers near the pool so everyone built breakers by piling sun beds one on top of the other.
7.It was cold at night and the rooms were icy. There is no heating. So before you go either make sure that the evenings are warm or get a room facing west where the sun can heat it. I'm not kidding!! I tried to buy a heater without success. The hotel staff were unprepared and unhelpful and the temperatures went down to 7 degrees C..
8.The shower in the room gave us some problems and took three days to resolve.. The delay might be in part due to me as I assumed that they would fix it during the day. But the maintenance policy is that you must wait in your room to meet the maintenance man.. very odd and not 4 star..
9.The food, as I said, is plentiful & passable. But the skill of the chefs needs to be improved. It's not very well prepared and not up to European or US standards.
10.Staff are friendly but very inexperienced. I think it will take time and discerning clients before it will improve. They lag far behind their neighbours in Israel or Tunisia..
11.Finally and most importantly, avoid being ripped off on the tours. A tour to Ciaro or Luxor will cost you £189 sterling per person per trip if you book it in the hotel from you tour operator. If you book THE SAME TRIP, in the Naama Bay shopping centre ,with the same pickups, bus & flight etc..it will cost you £111 (a saving of £78 per person).
Unforgettable for all the right reasons
Coral Beach resort Tiran is one of the best holidays we have ever had. The staff were very polite helpful always ready to help with a smile( I am disabled and had a degree of difficulty at mealtimes regarding carrying my plate of food back to the table.) There was a great choice of food, the buns and bread were delicious, you would need to be extremely fussy not to find something to please.
Anyone planning to go to to Egypt buy your duty free spirits on the way out as there is limited choice of known brands and what choice they do have comes at a price.
Money:- take sterling or dollars. Travellers cheques are more bother than they're worth. If you have Egyptian dollars use that for tipping.
Stayed here from 5th jan -19th Jan 06,It def has the wow factor,rooms are of an excellent standard,very large with beautiful furnishings,and cleaned to an extremely high standard,the hotel grounds are extensive and marvellously maintained,the beach is brill and the sea life is out of this world,the food in the hotel is good with lots of different tastes,the deserts are to die for,i have never tasted anything like them before,on arrival at the hotel we were so impressed its absolutely georgous,the staff are so friendly and helpful they are very willing to please nothing is to much trouble for them.The only down side to the complex is the entertainment and the variety of alcohol included in the A/I.Entertainment : not brill,not a lot of it happening you get a couple of reps shows which being fair to the reps isnt their fault as they do try,but first choice really need to supply costumes for their shows,you get an egyptian spinning man which is ok he spins fast for 20 mins[takes some doing]but makes you so dizzy,belly dancers are ok,the first choice entertainers do quiz's and bingo in the evening but thats about it,but they do really try hard with little facilities,the othr down side being the alchohol,all that is available in the all inclusive is 4 alcoholic cocktails 3 of them being dire,bacardi,rum and vodka,and then of course beer and wine which the white wine isnt nice but the red passable.other than this we had an amazing holiday which we really enjoyed.