Baron Resort Sharm El Sheikh
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TravelPod Member ReviewsBaron Resort Sharm El Sheikh Sharm El-Sheikh
Arrive to 2 drummers outside the main entrance. Presume they are welcoming us to the hotel. Either that or the hotel has the worlds worst Phil Collins impersonator. Perhaps one is Phil and the other is Colin
Two single beds - so not the honeymoon suite this time.
Arrived after tea time, so wash, unpack and off to find the Main Restaurant. Unusually you go downstairs out of the hotel to go to the restaurant. It is connected to the main building, but accessed from outside. Go in and every table is candlelit. Look up and there are some spotlights, so it's for ambience not cos the power's cut off. However it is dark and makes it difficult to see. The glasses on the table feel dirty. However if there was proper lighting I would see they were a mottled design and not badly washed.
After dinner we wander around the outer part of the hotel find the pool the Seafood and Indian restaurants and what we assume is the beach/seafront. It's too dark to do a full recky.
In the morning we pull back the curtains and our educated guesses were right. Across the immaculate gardens is the beach with Tiran island on the horizon.
Off to breakfast. The restaurant looks very different in the light. Usual duties - June does the toasting, I find the fruit juice & butter and order tea/coffee. Which brings the question "Why is the butter NEVER any where near where the bread/toaster is situated?"
Breakfast over, its time to get the towels and do recognisance as to where the best spot is for sun worship. After a few trial locations a spot by the pool is chosen. The pool depth varies from 1.65m to 2metres. Which isn't great for my 1.6m non-swimming wife. However doesn't stop us venturing in later to cool down.
At 11 we go to the rep welcome meeting.
Mahmoud is very jovial and his Egypt/English is good and he has a sense of humour too. Good advice about
* paying in Egyptian £ not GBP ( better exchange rate);
* not getting involved in photos with camels as they can turn into abduction/extortion scams;
* not putting air con on Cold setting -" if you take food out of oven, then put in fridge, then oven, then fridge you would not be surprised if you had tummy trouble. So why do same on holiday? and get Egyptian curse!"
* two words which help when out and about "Shokrun" (no thanks) and "Phil-mish-mish" (not interested)
* overland excursions and even jeep safaris are all off in case of terrorism. There has been a big conference on in Sharm with Presidents, Kings and Emirates attending so Security is heightened. Last week the Security forces were patrolling the seas and plain clothes armed body guards accompanied some VIPs in the hotel.
Met Joyce and Colin from Newcastle. Joyce reminds me of the Oracle's P.A. (mum) in the TV show "Benidorm".
Find ourselves doing comparisons between this hotel and the Sunrise Arabian Beach hotel and the Arabian wins mostly.
The pool area, the bar areas, the A'la Carte restaurants, WI-FI and the Animation team at AB win hands down.
At the Baron the MAIN bar is hidden behind a staircase and the seating is very limited.
The pool is a quarter of the frontage at the baron, with immaculate gardens making up the rest. The gardens could be reduced and another pool could be accommodated or the bar area moved down stairs and extended.
There are 5 A la Cartes at the Baron (Italian, Indian, BBQ, Seafood and Egyptian). To book you need to be in a queue at 8:30 for the 9:00am start of the booking. You can go as often as you like but it had to be booked each time. It's a crazy process that happens each day. No longer are the holidaymakers getting up early for sunbeds. Now it's a race to get an evening meal. Some getting up a few hours after getting in. Really is silly system, especially as the restaurants are not 100% full. If the main restaurant was more appealing then there wouldn't be such a demand to eat in the A la Carte places every night
It was 4 days before we saw the Animation team asking people to join in. Seems they stay on the beach mainly. The evening shows are the very tired formats - belly dancing, karaoke, etc and held in outdoor amphitheater, where the audience look they are only there as there was no room at the bar.
In comparison the Arabian Beach ...
There are several pools leading down to the sea. This lends itself to having activities in one and peaceful times at the others. The pool bar has a swim up and also walk up. The waiters patrol the pool areas regularly topping you up (this only seemed to happen on the beach at the Baron).
Churchill bar area at AB is huge by comparison with outdoor overlooking the whole complex and plenty of seating in the indoor area too (either in bar or back of reception) daily new Cocktails seved by Boula
The A la Carte at AB are predominantly in one main area and the booking process is simpler.
WI-FI at the Baron comes without the "W" as in it's " IFI" Connection to Baron Resort Lobby is almost impossible in the Lobby and forget trying to get any connection anywhere else. How they can run business conferences with almost nonexistent WI-FI is beyond me.
Whereas at the AB you get a signal at the pool, as well as in the main areas
As for animation there is no comparison. Paola is exceptional and even taking this into account the AB wins. The team help the guests to mingle regardless of nationality and show REAL interest in their guests. Taking time out for a chat
When booking the restaurant today in the queue behind a little rotund man in an Iron Maiden T shirt. Turns out he is an Irish chap with a knowledge of the area and beyond " Naama Bay - Shithole; Soho Square - shithole" and "If you want to see fountains go to the Ballagio in Vegas" is his recommendation ... not very practical from Sharm!
Turns out K**** is a Drummer Technician (roadie) for Iron Maiden and others (Thunder ) so has seen the world or at least it's airports, arenas and mainly 1 star hotels ("the group stay in 5 star, the crew don't !") He tells me about various parts of the world tours - India: hot and a f'ing bamboo stage; South America: hot no f'ing air; Australia: too f'ing long a flight. The trick to long haul apparently is plenty of Ganja the night before. Other bits I 'learned' from K**** ...
Never missed a days work thru drink ever. whereas cant say same for other crew members
Air con plays havoc with his busted nasal passage (rugby injury)
Food needs to be very spicy or he cannot taste it
Retiring to his place in Cyprus in 5 years.
Two clever ideas at the Baron
1) Red "Do not Disturb" signs on small boards that you hang from your parasol on the beach which the hawkers pay respect too. So you don't have to keep knocking back boat trips, spa treatments or the guy selling daily British papers - which include the Sunday Mirror every day except Sunday.
The guy selling Spa treatments calls all the guys "George Clooney" and the ladies are all "princesses" and "shine like a diamond". So with his poor vision anyone he signs up will probably get their treatment at the local SPAR supermarket.
2) Free laundry each week, so get clothes washed on the penultimate day and can pack CLEAN clothes
Yet again I tan in patches. My torso looks like a poor game of Tetris with odd shapes red, next to a white patch.
Egyptian - looked like a converted shop. Appetisers tasty, then 45min wait for soup
Italian - looks like a smaller version of the restaurant used on Gordon Ramsey in Hells Kitchen
Seafood/BBQ - aka the pool bar. Dimly lit and needed to borrow a torch of a fellow guest to read the menu. Only given BBQ menu - despite booking for fish. Kebabs & chops. When they returned with menus to select the sweet course, the menus had small lights attached. Strangely they were removed before being given to us. Earlier guests had left so borrow mobile phone off next table to view the options
Indian- on the beachside. Building is a cross between an old Rail eating room and a Queenslander house.
2 Keema naan good, 4 plain naan (2 burned, 1 thin and crispy, 1 ok)
Jal Frezi and Rogan Josh
all served and eaten in under 20 mins
Beach bar quiet even though not windy. A bar with the appropriate amount of seating. So why isn't this the case in the main bar ?
Got a well suntanned (burnt) chin, result look like a ventriloquist dummy. Have to grow a beard
My inability to keep my eyes open when June takes snaps in Indian Restaurant means I look like Confuscious. Oh well makes a change from looking like Budha. My body is a temple ... a larger than average temple.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
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