Sharm Grand Plaza
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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 ...
... 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 ...
... of the afternoon I took a taxi into town. The wifi at the hotel still wasn't working and I really needed to check a few things out (and let people know I was still alive). The taxi dropped me off in Naama Bay, Sharm's lively tourist centre. At least, that's what it is known as. When I arrived however, things were pretty quiet. Must be the time of day, I thought. I found an internet cafe in a mall with the help of a security guard, and spent an hour or so ...
We did a day trip to Tiran Island for snorkeling from Sharm El Sheikh. The boat ride is
approximately 2 hours from Sharm and actually doesn’t go that far from the shore. The boat follows are the resorts for about an hour before turning north for an hour to get to the snorkel spots on the island. You can see Saudi Arabia from here, but obviously you can’t ...
... a brilliantly colorful reef wall that plunged into the sea below. We then swam in shallower water over equally beautiful corals. It was like being in a hot air balloon and sailing over the landscape below. It was phenomenal. Our dive was cut a little short because one of the guys in our group used up all his air, but hands down, this dive and the Thistlegorm dives were the best part of our Egypt trip. This day was easily worth the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sharm Grand Plaza Nabq
Let me start by saying, The place is gorgeous, the hotel is clean and the Housekeeping staff are great! BUT I WARN ALL OF YOU WHO ARE GOING TO BE STAYING HERE, i woke up at 4 IN THE MORNING with the worst pain in my belly, I was being sick and sitting on the loo that continued throughout my holiday(7DAYS) the food is disgusting and cold. I couldnt eat breakfast ,lunch without being sick all i ate for dinner was RICE, HARD COLD RICE! I couldnt bring myself to eat the other food and be even more ill! im still ill 3 days after returning hometo the uk.! ive never been happier to come home! the weather and hotel are great, the food people and entertainment are [--]! dont go in the blue and white taxis, UNLESS YOU HAVE THE NEED FOR SPEED!
If you chose the Grand Plaza, you are better not picky about what you eat and who you dine with.
I would not reccomend this hotel to anyone. I have read the reviews and they are spot on. It is full of Italians and Russians, that is not a problem, its great to go somewhere with a mix of people from all over hte world, and we met some nice people from other countries, but the staff, especially those at reception and the bars ignored us and other british people over Italians. It took us 20 minutes to get a coffee when we were the first in line.
I have just returned from Grand Plaza Resort Sharm this morning and what can I say. This hotel was probably one of the worst all inclusive resorts I have ever stayed in. I travelled with my 12 year old daughter who was constantly stared at by the staff, who were all male - no females at all. As mentioned in previous reviews, the resort was full of Italians but there were also Russians. There was no entertainment for the English of which there were only a handful.
State alla larga dal Grand Plaza!
Struttura bella in posizione discreta. Camere pulite e confortevoli. Spiaggia bella ma piccola in rapporto al numero di ospiti.
La nota dolente riguarda i ristoranti e i bar, sporchi e sprovvisti di tutto, il personale incompetente e indolente e il servizio in generale.
Da evitare accuratamente
Una settimana al Grand Plaza
Le tre stelline di valutazione sono la media delle cose belle e di quelle meno belle riscontrate durante il soggiorno. Il villaggio è nuovo, molto grande (si contano circa 1200 persone) e alcune parti ancora da ultimare. La posizione rispetto al mare è molto buona, le piscine e la struttura in generale sono belle. Il mare è di rara bellezza, indispensabile fare snorkelling dal pontile. Purtroppo l'organizzazione lascia un po' a desiderare, la ristorazione è di qualità sufficiente. Buona l'animazione. Un consiglio: fate molta attenzione al vostro numero di camera, infatti se siete tra quelli fortunati avrete un numero compreso tra 1000 e 3000 , per quelli con numero compreso tra 4000 e 6000
vi aspettano delle lunghe scarpinate per raggiungere la spiaggia!
I will start with the positives on this hotel
As an all inclusive guest to the Grand Plaza (which all English guests are) you would expect free drinks and food around the clock. This wasn't the case. There were 4 bars in total, free drinks were only available at 2 of these bars and these two bars were situated next to the swimming pools; hence no seating. The best bar, the Lobby bar which was in reception was by far the nicest although no free drinks were served at this bar. The hotel itself is beautiful and the rooms were flawless. But the policies implemented by the hotel management were sometimes ridiculous. Something like charging £2 extra for a fresh glass of orange juice in the morning, what do they expect us to drink, soft drinks all day? The range of food in the restaurants wasn't that good. Most of the guests are Italian (over 90%) so the food was catered for them. Since almost all the guests are Italian (Us and 3 other families were the only English) all the entertainment and activities which frankly there weren't much of anyway were done in Italian, leaving almost nothing for an English family to do at night other than drink Egyptian beer at a swimming pool bar on a stool. I would continue to rant but I just arrived home so I'm fairly tired, all I can say is I wouldn't recommend this resort for an English family. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any question.
We've just returned from the Grand Plaza in Sharm el Sheikh. This hotel is not in any brochure yet, but only Tomas Cook go there. We had a great time, but I was with my 21 year old daughter so we got very well treated by all the staff there which made a huge difference to our stay.