Coral Beach Rotana Resort Tiran Hotel
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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 ...
... could have parted. And they've found chariot wheels in this area. The sea here is at least 10 miles wide. That crossing must have been an unimaginable experience.
After a couple hours' drive we arrive at our hotel, the Hilton Taba, which is right on the border of Egypt and Israel. It was built when the Sinai was under Israeli control, but is now in Egypt. It's a beautiful hotel and our room has the most amazing view of the Red Sea. It's peaceful and calm ...
... her presence. She is the one handing out the equipment, she gives the orders, she handles the money and by the sound of it, she berates people when things don't go according to protocol. She has got the diving centre and everyone in it running like a well-oiled machine. I was going aboard with a group of Malaysians and a french boy, a British guy doing his certificate, another French couple and a Dutch couple. We also ...
... amount of time for a little sun bake :)
We then headed back to the hotel but had a slight detour to the Old Market. This place was A LOT clamer than Naama Bay so it was nice to wonder around but not for too long as it was just too hot.
We needed the comfort that was air conditioning not to mention the all you can eat lunch buffet!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Coral Beach Rotana Resort Tiran Hotel Sharm El-Sheikh
Very nice hoel complex
We stayed at the Coral Beach Tiran in September 2003. The complex itself is first class, and the rooms were very clean and well furnished.
Buffet breakfast had a good selection, however as it was a mixed resort some of the dishes were not to my liking. There is a cafe bar inside the main reception area that offer all your snacks etc at good prices.
Taxi services from the hotel were a bit hit and miss, oftening having to barter to get a realistic fare (no more than £4 into Naama Bay).
Overall a very good hotel, slight pain if you wanted to go into to Naama Bay every night though.
Just returned from the Coral Beach Tiran - an excellent hotel with exceptional staff nothing is too much trouble for any of them. We found the food to be very good and the rooms very spacious and immaculate. I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel to anyone. Booking for next year already.
What a great place!
We have just returned from Coral Beach Tiran and would recommend it without hesitation.
The staff were the friendliest, kindest and most helpful we have ever come across. This is from the staff and management on reception through to the servers and housekeeping.
We spent our days around the Splash Pool (there are three pools to choose from) which is the pool with music and games/aerobics and I understand the other two pools were much quieter so there's a choice for everyone. I have never known cleaner, better tended pools.
Access to the sea from the hotel jetty is easy and everyone MUST do snorkelling during their time there - I insist! It was like swimming in a tropical fish tank. The clear sea, the stunning array of fish swimming in shoals around you - I couldn't believe I was really amongst them.
Of the guests, about 75% were Italian about 20% Russian and the rest English/Swiss/Polish/German and maybe more. The evenings were like an Italian fashion show, boy do they like to dress up. Great for people watching. Actually, that was about the best evening entertainment. The rest was put on by the animation team and although they did their best it wasn't terribly exciting although the children enjoyed it.
We only stayed a week and would definitely consider two weeks next time.
Weather was stunning, not a cloud in the sky and a constant sea breeze. We went on one boat trip to Tiran Island to do some snorkelling. Food was included and was surprisingly good.
We had two rooms with a connecting door. Our room had one huge bed and the kids had two singles. They were well appointed with safe and fridge. There is no bath just a (powerful) shower. Each had a lovely terrace with table and chair. Rooms are located in several low-slung 'blocks' around the hotel complex all complemented by well tended flower beds that smell beautiful in the balmy evenings.
There is no cash used within the Hotel, everything is charged to your room. We were a little unsure of this method but went along with it. It turned out to be perfect. We charged all our lunches (lunches are brought to your sunbed, no less!), all those dozens and dozens of bottles of water, all the coffees, all the kids drinks, all those cold beers etc etc etc and at the end of the week it came to a grand total of ...... £130 !!! Yippee!
Have several 10 Egyptian pound notes ready when you get there (that's £1 equivalent - not much). EVERYONE wants a tip. Don't bother using the trolley guys but the bloke that loads your suitcases on the coach, the guy that brings the cases to your room and anyone else along the way will expect a 10 Egyptian pound note!
Out of interest, you DON'T have to buy the £15 Visa per person if you aren't going out of Sharm El Sheikh. I had read that before we went and we didn't get one which saved us 60 pounds. However, if you intend to do a popular boat trip to a place called Ras Mohammed which is a National Park but is in the sea then you DO need one. The Rep told us the sea-life and snorkelling in Ras Mohammed is no better and no different to Tiran Island (no visa needed for Tiran Island). When you get to Sharm el Sheikh airport you have to fill out a short form per person for your Visa - if you don't want to pay the £15 per person write 'Only Sinai' on the back of each and they won't want any money.
We went into Naama Bay only once for the evening and ate in the Hard Rock cafe (£7 return taxi trip). The town was much bigger than we thought it would be and was quite interesting. As a guide aim for 50% of any quoted price when haggling. Start wth 25% of what they ask for and you'll end up wth 50%. I wish they'd price the things instead it makes life so much easier.
wow,me and my family went to this hotel last year and i can honestly say it was the best holiday ever! Just opening my curtains in the morning was enough, the view of the red sea was stunning,and the weather was fantastic. The staff were all very friendly and helpful, and by the end of the holiday we knew most by names.The animatition team were all down to earth, and so funny, and l even learnt how to salsa thanks to "dj Mino". The eygptians adore small children, and took time to learn their names and favorite drinks of my daughter and sisters. The food was good, quite a variety,and there is a seafood resterant on the complex too. Our rooms were cleaned daily and very comfortable. We made some good friends at this hotel, and was quite sad to leave...........no doubt l will be going back again,very soon, l would recommend this hotel to anybody,the staff made it extra special by making an effort to keep us comfortable, and happy.
A very nice place to stay in sharm el sheikh
My wife and I stayed at this hotel December 2002 and despite the weather being on the cool side, we had a great time. i can imagine during the peak season, this would have been a fabulous place to stay.
We found the staff to be very friendly and accomodating and very professional.
The location was ideal with it being a short way from the airport and a short distance from the commercial area of Naama. This was ideal for us as going into Naama rather than being in it was far better and the local taxi drivers were an experience.
The only drawbacks for me was the entertainment and to some degree the buffet food. The breakfast was rather chaotic and the choice wasn't there. it could have been organised better.
I cannot believe that this hotel was decribed as it was by the previous review. The rooms are of a good standard expected for a standard room grade. And besides, a room is a place to get ready for the evening and to sleep. the previous reviewer must have been boring and spent most of the holiday examining the toilet rolls rather than exploring the desert, snorkelling or shisha smoking. This hotel will provide a superb base!! n joy
Excellent, relaxing Hotel
We have stayed in this hotel twice during the past 2 years and it is a fantastic hotel.
Nice friendly staff, clean comfortable rooms with stunning sea views and 3 large pools.
Snorkelling off the jetty in the sea is must, the amount of fish in the sea is unbelievable as well as the variety.
I would definately recommend a boat trip to Ras Mohammed too.
An excellent hotel with friendly and helpful staff
We enjoyed the Coral Beach Tiran.
Went half board with Cosmos. Food consistently good. Evening meal, buffet-style, had sufficent choice to please vegeterians.
Room clean and comfortable.
Reef is accessible via floating jetty. For snorkelling, the best wildlife is seen off the headland to the left of the beach between Coral Beach Tiran and Shark Bay public beach. A diving boat is often anchored there. Watch out for the giant morray eel that lives at edge of the reef and free swims on the fore-reef in the early morning. Magnificent.
Fantastic hotel with absolutely amazing staff. The hotel is the biggest i have been to it will take you fourty minutes to walk around it, despite the size you will feel extremely safe, which is mainly down to the staff and security. The hotel doesn't save space by building upwards. It is seperated in to blocks and the surrounding areas are filled with plants, palm trees, beautiful lights, swimming pools, seating space, bars, restaurants and a man made waterfall. Truly this hotel looks exquisite at night. My favourite room is close to perfect, everything you need to keep you comfortable. The air conditioning was good, and the facilities in the bathroom were great. I stayed on the second tier of a block, it has a balcony, with a very good view. It isn't just that room with a view, I have travelled with a group of friends and theirs are equally as good. Opening the patio doors to a view of the breathtaking Red Sea, contrary to the name is an exotic deep blue colour; and in the distance is a red mountain, which adds to the splendor. looking below freshly mowed grass, surrounded by plants of all shapes colour and size. It is dazzling scenary fit for a prince. The staff are definately out of this world, they are ten times nicer than you are to them, really helpful, if you spend time with them and get to know them they treat you even better. The food is very tasty especially at the sharks bay restaurant, the staff there again are exemplary. On one occasion we were quite hungry, but didn't want to go out at that moment, we bumped in to the owner of sharks bay, and after a small discussion he decided to open it especially for us, legend! The hotel is a taxi ride away from the commercial and shopping centres of Naama Bay and only 8km away from the international airport. As you enter the palace-like hotel there is a beautiful fountain in the centre and a couple of shops including a shisha cafe. The reception is immaculate really and truly outstanding. Bed and Breakfast is unlike many experienced elsewhere, truly superb. I really can go on, but i won't. I will leave the rest for you to explore yourself. I decided to post this review after reading one which i totally disagree with. The hotel is given a rating of five stars on the internet and is worth every one of them.
1300 rooms? Were they all as bad as ours?
I ve been to Sharm/Naama Bay several times over the past few years and this monstrous holiday village provided, without doubt, the poorest room/facilites/value for money of any hotel I ve stayed in. It is as large and inflexible as the Albanian civil service, the food as inconsistent and poor as a 1950's Butlins, the room as grubby and electrically dangerous as a Dehli flophouse (well, nearly).
It reminded me of "The Prisoner" TV series where the hero is trapped in a confused jumble of a town, the authorities mysterious and aloof, full of pointless bizarre activities, stretch golf carts whizzing about, the simplest activity (ie enjoying ones holiday), endlessly complicated by arbitrary rules designed only for the managements convenience. By the end I was watching the sea anxiously for a large bouncing ball coming to swallow us up.
Go to the excellent Intercontinental, the pleasant Radisson, even the characterless Crowne Plaza, go to any happy go lucky 2 or 3 star, but please, dont go here.
Spent two weeks at this large complex hotel near Naama Bay in Sept 04. Large hillside resort with lots of luxury, however if you're not keen on italians the place would be best avioded, however if like myself you like getting away and don't want to be surrounded by all Brits this is the place. It is huge, three big pools, (find the quiet one near the gym with it's swim up bar) all rooms appeared to have lovely sea views, but a little hilly if you aren't into walking. Good snorkelling off the hotels private beach (it was small) but perfectly suited to lots of underwater swimming, with it's own pontoon over the reef to the edge. Burgers were excellent at pool bars, forget quarter pounders more like pounders, but the best idea is to aviod full/half board and head into the local town to sample some crazy egyptian taxi drivers and cheap, fresh seafood and local cuisine as well as the usual hard rock cafe (cool waiters). Hotel has it's own mini buses which will save you the massive £2.50 to get into Naama and you can even arrange pick up point for later in evening, just make sure you haggle and always walk away the taxi people always give in, in the end. Best avioded if you just want boozing hol, great if you love sun, snorkelling and relaxing with the odd cocktail or two!