Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh
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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 ...
11/11/2013 - Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt
We took the taxi(or limo) to Na'ama Bay. The limo service dropped us off at a "friends" store so that we could have a place to call when we wanted to go back to the ship. Of course, they wanted us to spend our money at the store on knock-off t-shirts of the Hard Rock Cafe, or oils/perfumes , or whatever. We did ...
... is it safe, it's delicious! The shopkeeper makes a cup for me and we chat in English. When a Russian lady walks in, he chats with her in what sounds to me like fluent Russian. These vendors and shopkeepers really are impressive linguists.
When it's time for bed, I'm ready for sleep and hoping for a softer mattress. But I'm also sad that our Egyptian adventure is ending. What a beautiful country filled with beautiful people. I hope to come back some day. Now on to ...
... A.K.A. an inflatable air mattress) why not go to Saudi the same way.
I have forded the Kali Kandaki River, in Nepal with a full backpack in the rainy season, although that didn't go as easily as planned . Now I'm older, more experienced, and well the this bed is so comfortable maybe not today. I drifted off into the underwater world of Lion fish, Arabian Angelfish, Clown fish, and Mosaic ...
... lethal sea life...it's enough to make me never enter the ocean... Sam never formally learned how to swim... So we both had our initial hesitation, but hey, peer pressure is a powerful thing... The first one consisted of me trying to get up the courage to swim over the reef by baby snorkelling in the shallow bit, then having a close encounter with a lion fish (a painful one to touch) and then I panicked and headed the other ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsFour Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh Sharm El-Sheikh
Beautiful location, villa's, private pools, etc
Gorgeous place. amazing beach.
They were supposed to pick me up from the airport. My plane landed at 5:45. They got there at 4:50 and waited 15 minutes.
I had to take a cab.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh Sharm El-Sheikh
Great place, expensive prices
Recently returned April 14th 2005 from 7 days at the Four Seasons.
Beautiful hotel, great suite with a private plunge pool ( we were upgraded when we arrived) superb service.
Beware the prices for alcolholic drinks. £48 +tax for a bottle of French Chardonnay (this was the cheapest non Egyptian wine available),£6 for a Gin and Tonic etc.
Restaurants were OK, good breakfast in the Arabesque restaurant, OK buffet nights although too expensive, Italian OK but not that authentic.
Naama Bay is horrible, touristy, full of restaurants and bars, all competing with each other so none stood out for great food or service. Worth a visit for 1 night.
Couldn't fault the Four seasons
We have just returned from staying here for one week and it was excellent. We had booked two adjacent rooms as we have three children and they upgraded us to a two bedded apartment as the rooms were not adjacent - free of charge.we stayed on a BB basis and had dinner one evening in the hotel - it was the only disappointment as it was an Indian buffet and we thought it was limited and a little bland. Everything else was excellent and the service was great - totally attentive but also unobtrusive. The facilities were also great and we felt that it was not overly expensive for extras considering the level of service.We would definitely go back if there were not so many other countries in our future travel plans!!
A Beautiful Oasis
We just returned from the Four Seasons yesterday - and what can we say?? It's the best hotel we have ever stayed at. Forget about those who say the Hyatt is fantastic. On the one night we went there, about 6 coachloads of tourists turned up. You stay at the Four Seasons to avoid the rabble and the package tour operators. Everything you read about the service, the staff, the food, the resort etc is true. It truly is better than any other resort including many in Hawaii. Forget about the main town, if you just want to relax and be pampered, this is the place for you. Every room is lovely, the staff are the best ever and prepare yourself for a fantastic experience!!
I travel a lot on business throughout the world, and this is one of the nicest hotels I have ever stayed in.
We had a week here in a Deluxe sea view room fro 13th March, and it was wonderful. The room was outstanding, with a superb bathroom. Facilities in the hotel are wonderful also. The Italian restaurant was outstanding, but very difficult to get a reservation for. We had to book days in advance or eat after 10.30 at night. This restaurant really needs a waiting lounge though, as our table wasnt ready twice at the reserved time and the staff seem to be at a loss over what to do with you.
The other two restaurants arent anywhere near as good though. The Arabesque is poor for the price to be honest. I have a nut allergy and we informed them on entry. They then served me with a nut filled starter after assuring me it was nut free. Not good at all. Also, the ambiance and quality of the food isnt up to the price charged in this restaurant. The Reef Grill is better and has a better location, by the sea. Still thought it was a little expensive, for what it was. The Italian is by far the best bet.
The Pool is outstanding, and the pool boys are out of this world. Excellent service here all day long. The gardens and beach (small) are also amazing.
The Spa and fitness centre are excellent, with a good gym. The decision to intall Sauna's into the locker rooms, make them very hot though.
Drinks prices are crazy ! You expect to pay over the odds for drinks in a resort like this, but the Four Seasons have gone to new levels ! £7 ($14) for a bottle of Bud. A basic standard bottle of Champagne £200 ($380) is just silly. Needless to say didnt see anyone drinking champagne the whole week, which is rather surprising in a hotel full of wealthy people. No one likes getting ripped off I guess. The local beer Stella is actually ok, and reasonable at £3.50 ($6)
Naama Bay is pretty tacky as a town. Think Tenerife with an arab twist and your not far off. Very cheap restaurants though. Meal for two with wine £15 ($30)
All in all, really enjoyed Four Seasons and would recommend it highly for a winter sun break. Top class Resort, and great service.
Beautiful hotel - the management couldn't do enough for us and where incredibly polite and accomodating to our every wish. The only downside was an inconsiderate guest smoking a sheesha in the restaurant but the management dealt with this individual immediately.
The ultimate relaxing and tranquil oasis.
Fantastic hotel, perfect
stayed in four seasons in beginning of dec, and cant fault the hotel at all. by far the best hotel in sharm.
the main thing which sets it apart from the also rans, is the service. fantastic. the pool boys will find you a sunbed, supply fresh towels, provide bar service, so you never have to leave your chair, and even wipe your sunglasses! service in the restaurant was also excellent.
rooms were very spacious, with large bed, immaculate marble bathroom, with powerful shower, and sitting area, with large balcony. the cleanliness was unsurpassed.
sharm itself is ok to see for a few hours.
if you want sheer luxury then this is the place for you, it was expensive, but in comparasson with comparable hotels in the carribean i works out cheaper. food prices were reasonable, except alcoholic drinks which are expensive in egypt. its worth paying that bit extra than the other 5 star hotels in sharm, for that bit better service, and relaxing experience, and is mainly independant tourists
First & last stay in this hotel
The place, decoration & scenary r beautiful. I've taken a Villa with my family for a week in Dec. 2004.
But the MANAGEMENT is the problem. After a beautiful dinner (second night), the waiter by gesture brought a sheehsa to me & while i was enjoying it, the restaurant manager shouted on my waiter infront of me that "sheesha" should be kept outside the restraurant. ( & made it a big deal..... this hotel is meant for people who seek quiteness & relaxation away from the crowd).
This manager had reuined our night by his behaviour & I decided 2 move to Hyatt (but didnt move to bother us with packing), & wrote a letter to GM explaining this & my move. I received a reply from the GM by the bellman (without even a flower with it), saying "we wish you a pleasant stay, for any assistance please don't hesitate to call".
I think by a simple request to the guest appologizing about the waiter's mistake that night wouldn't have revealed the attitude & carelesss of the higher management in a top 5 star hotel. (NEVER stay in fourseasons again)
A perfect resort with wondeful diving
This place is perfect. With a gorgeous design, incredible service, a terrific location, beautiful rooms and great food, this is one of the finest of 20+ Four Seasons Hotels that I have stayed in. I am an incredibly demanding traveler, and this place met or exceeded all of my high expectations.
The resort's rooms are clustered in villas that climb up a gentle hillside with the main resort building at the top along with all the family suites (there are about 60 of them). Don't want to do the five minute walk up the hill (yes, I timed it)? Just take the resort funicular from the lower level up to the main resort building with stops along the way for the various groupings of rooms.
A main pool is located towards the bottom of the complex, another is among the family suites at the top with a third (a lap pool for adults only) alongside the well-equipped gym. A kiddy pool is alongside the main pool. Tired of paying 5-star prices and still having to rise at 6 AM to put a battered paperback novels on pool chairs to save a place? This place has chairs and cabanas in abundance, with your choice of chair and cabena locations at all hours (the hotel was at 70% occupancy when I was there). Service staff appears the moment you approach the pool or beach to accompany you to your chair, open the umbrella (if you want) and lay out as many towels as you want. Staff comes around about once an hour to offer free chilled water, smoothies and fruit slices. Beverage and food service is available instantaneously.
The pools are all beautiful, the beach is good sized but access to the ocean is over a pier -- typical at Sharm where coral fringes the coastline and you can not (and should not) walk over it. Beach sand has been imported and ends abruptly at the coral shore. The coral does provide for beautiful snorkeling opportunities (and the hotel has a good dive shop on site for those wanting to take advantage of Sharm's world-class diving). The pools have mini-cabanas (no extra charge) as well as plenty of umbrellas. Staff will make you comfortable and arrange all the furniture.
The regular rooms are great and the regular suites are really nice. The family suites have a terrific design -- two bedrooms, a living area, a kitchenette with micro and stove, and two full baths. But some of the family suites only offer views of the pool area rather than the beautiful ocean -- somewhat of a shame for those who like to watch the big ships (and numerous dive boats) pass through the Straight of Tiran. Try to request one with an ocean view. While only about 7-10 minutes away, the family suites are the rooms furthest away fromthe main pool and the beach. Family suites also tend to be more sparsely decorated than some of the other suites.
The gym has an excellent variety of fitness machines (lifecycles, several treadmills, free weights, weight machines, elliptical trainers), sauna and steam. A spa provides the usual services. As always at the Four Seasons, everything works, is spotless and service is there to provide towels, water, etc.
The restaurants are excellent, with a terrific breakfast buffet that will probably carry you through to dinner. Service is 5 star. Occassional theme nights provide a wide variety of tasty dishes (although the theme nights are a bit pricey relative to the regular menu). Every night there is even a special kids buffet with the usual favorites. Don't like what you see? Just ask, and the chef will cook something up for you. The resort has a main restaurant, an Italian specialty restaurant, two poolside restaurants and an oceanside restaurant -- all this for about 140 rooms and 60 suites. Room service, of course, is available 24/7.
This is a phenomenal resort and a good value for both rooms and food. The manager, who I met, runs a phenomenal place and his restaurant and other assistant managers uphold high standards. I even got a sneak peak behind the scenes at the "back of the house" and it was as spotless and well run as the public side of the resort.
For the price of a mediocre to good resort in the Caribbean, you get top class service, beautiful facilites and a beautiful room. The only thing missing is a beautiful sandy beach extending in to the water (but you will not find that anywhere at Sharm given the coral formations). Now my only dream is a non stop flight to Sharm from New York.
Amazing, fantastic, wonderful
The four seasons sharm must be one of the best kept holiday secrets around. Beautiful hotel, stunning location, perfect hot sunny weather and brilliant staff who cannot do enough for you.
For a 6 star holiday at very reasonable rates - look no further. If you scuba dive, the school is friendly and expertly run and the diving is fantasitc for experinced and novice divers alike.
For a week unwinding and doing very little it does not get any better than this! Have just booked to go again- our fifth trip in three years!
Those who say Egypt is not safe are really missing out, security is tight but low key and just not an issue.
The best hotel I've ever stayed in
I have just come back (June ) from a week at the Four Seasons, Sharm El Sheik, and I think it may be the best hotel I have ever stayed in (and I have stayed in many). The hotel is immaculate, but the service is what makes it stand out. The staff cannot do enough to help you ,and are completely charming. All rooms are suites, the difference in price being the view. We upgraded to a panoramic sea view on one of the higher levels and it was well worth the extra. The view to Tiran Island was stunning. If you are a diving enthusiast, there is great snorkelling and scuba with a world renowned coral reef. We, however stayed on the beach and by the pool and were thoroughly spoiled.Nice touches like lemon scented water sprayed on you if you get too hot, fresh fruit granitas brought round every day, a waiter available within seconds whenever you needed one, excellent food in at least 3 restaurants, a great spa with health and beauty services. The rooms are all large with sitting area and terrace or balcony, and are very clean and well maintained. I believe this hotel was voted the best 4 Seasons in the world last year, and from our experince it was well deserved. Highly recommended. A small note, the hotel is on many levels down to the beach and even though there are golf carts and a 'train', it may not be suitable for the elderly.