Grand Rotana Resort & Spa
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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 ...
... from the UK. When we returned to the "public" beach we found that it cost $2 Euro each to use the 30 foot wide access to the beach....with only about that much space at the beach front. Other beachs cost closer to $12 Euro each...so we did like our find.
There were two little Egyptian boys playing and we got a kick out of them and their families.
... however, generally lifts my spirits, and thankfully there's plenty of it at the huge breakfast buffet at the hotel. I'm thankful for a full belly as we begin our drive northward across the Sinai peninsula. What a barren, treacherous terrain. No wonder the Israelites, whilst wandering in this area, said, "hey, Moses. You know, life as pharaoh's slaves really isn't so bad. Whaddya say we head back?"
In my current mood, I'm ready to head back to the greenery ...
... no president (he is only a puppet) and that they wish Mubarak was back in power. We’ll always remember the Red Sea as our first (hopefully of many) dive spot—a really high bar to beat. If I ever hear the following four phrases I will always think of our time here:
Welcome to Egypt!
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Highly recommended travel destination. Now is a good time to come while all the flights and deals are so ...
... in Sharm El Sheik and what a gorgeious sight to wake up to.
The terrain is like what the moon must really look like. Sharp peaked mountains in multi colors surround us, white sand below us and dramatic deep blue seas are every where the eye can see. We disembarked to find Sunshine Scuba waiting with a sign at the port gate for us. We drove out through black top covered brand new four lane roadways. Palm trees dotted the roadside and many ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Grand Rotana Resort & Spa Sharm El-Sheikh
Best Hotel Ever
Have just come back from grand rotana. We were very unsure about going to Egypt but can't rate it highly enough. Have stayed in lots of hotels but have to say this one was amazing. Staff could not do enough for you. The hotel is new and very clean in a lovely setting a few minutes out from namma bay. The food was wonderful in all resturants with a nice selection of resturants. We brought two children with us and found them to be very child frendly. The swimming pool was huge with plenty of space for sunloungers around to be nice and spread out. Can not fault the hotel in any way. Would love to go back. Highly recommended.**
Fantastic, relaxing, highly recommended
We stayed there for a week and had the most relaxing time. The room was very clean, the staff were very attentive and friendly and couldn't do enough for you. The pool is huge with a swim up bar and special childrens areas. The beach area is beautifully landscaped with plenty of sunbeds and umbrellas, it's perfect! You can snorkel off a jetty, and the waiters on the beach are ready to bring you a drink whenever you want it. It's heaven!
There is a shuttle bus to take you into Naama if you want to, or you can stay in this fabulous hotel and forget about the rest of the world. There was a small, but usuable gym with a few machines as they are still building the fitness centre. There were 2 restaurants as the 3rd is not open yet. You could also eat on the beach too which is perfect for lunch.
Overall we had a fantastic time and came home completely recharged and very brown!
Great New Hotel
Just spent a week here and couldn't fault it at all in general. Execellent rooms, location and staff could not do enough to help. As this hotel is new it is very quiet but for me that was an added bonus. Not all facilities are fully open Spa and another new restaurant about to open. One critiscism is the choice of food limited, quality have had better and would expect better for a 5 star deluxe hotel also the cost is expensive in comparrison to restaurants in Namma Bay (Close enough to get to and far enough away to feel secluded) I only hope this hotel goes from strength to strength and I hope to return one day!
We stayed here at the end of Jan and it was a very amazing experience. The room was excellent with a king size bed and tastefully decorated. The entrance is a sight to see at night with the hundreds of palm trees all lit up it looked fantastic. The resort is absolutely huge and it took a ride on the hotel buggy to see the whole resort. Staff were very friendly and the General Manager was always at hand to sort out any problem (not that i had many) even if small. Food was good and vegetarians were well catered for. The Jacuzzi was nice and warm and you could just sit there for hours overlooking the sea and having a cocktail or ten.....
Prices are reasonable at the resort for drinks and food. Sharm has also invested heavily on security and you can walk around Naama Bay with ease and till late. Hubbly Bubbly's are very nice and cheap too.....
All in all it was a very good Holiday and would recommend all to stay here.....
Fun in the sun (but couldn't dip a toe in the pool)
We spent a package holiday week here and have to say we were impressed. The most outstanding thing about the hotel is its setting; the private solitude felt sitting on the rocks just above the water was mesmirising. Most of the other hotels look out on other monstrosities of hotels. The hundreds of palm trees also make for a more tropical landscape which in a desert, is very refreshing. Rooms are lovely; simple and stylish with bathrooms to match. The hotel design and architecture are outstanding for such a vast hotel. In complete contrast to the rooms, the interior of the lobby (hideous plastic sofas in primary colours) and communal areas is not on par; which is fine if you're not a hotel snob! Breakfast was to an excellent standard; especially the Egyptian breakfast and as a vegetarian, the staff were very accommodating, and even made me some Egyptian dishes that I'd wanted to try. Some of the meal prices were extortionate though. A lobster would set you back £55 which I cannot get my head round since that particular beach restaurant was seconds from the water. Stick to chips (£1.50, enough for 2). The pool is stunning but we couldn't go in as it was ice cold. There was however a heated pool for children and a heated infinity pool from which the views are stunning. Snorkelling from the jetty was fantastic despite the water temperature. The shuttle to Naama Bay was well organised and always prompt. The staff were all friendly and helpful (especially the restaurant staff) although the reception staff were inflexible. All in all a beauftiful hotel, well designed for pure relaxation.
Great hotel, great staff, great holiday
We spent Christmas and New Year at the Grand Rotana, and overall had a fantastic time.
I think its very important to remember where you are on a trip like this and what you want from your holiday.
The extent of work that has gone into making sharm's luxury resorts for us western tourists, is incomparable.
Sharm el Sheikh is essentially the desert -everything from the water for hotel sanitation through to fruit & veg, has to be transported by trucks into town!
Yes, we a had a minor problem with the water in our room, but the staff were very apologetic and changed our room immediately with no fuss.
Ask yourself - is low water pressure for 10 minutes of the day really that important? These guys get paid £40 a month - we pay this for one bottle of wine on our holiday! I think if you are polite in asking then you get the same in return.
Towels are renewed daily if you leave them on the floor and sheets get changed throughout the week - the last review is perhaps a little unrealistic... do we change our bedding at home daily? And lets think about all the use of water and detergents to clean our rooms. This waste ultimately goes into the ocean destroying the very things we've gone to see!
The Hotel decor was amazing, beautiful use of colours and rich materials, we couldn't fault it. Landscaping was fabulous, it really was the height of luxury.
There was a great selection of food in all the restaurants, although the Egyptian food was our favourite and seemed to be the freshest choice.
We would definitely recommend you take a boat trip from Naama bay to go diving or snorkelling to see the coral and fish in their natural state, rather than at the various resort pontoons - I think the fish get fed to keep them hanging around and this is actually illegal as it creates a false eco-system.
Also Egypt has seasons too... 'freezing water' is a bit dramatic - perhaps the temperature is due to the fact that its December! I swam several times in the ocean, in a bikini and found it to be very mild.
Also Egypt is a Muslim country and whilst things are much more relaxed on the Sinai Penninsula due to tourism its always worth respecting this fact and not prancing around semi-naked... leave that for Europe!
All in all we had a great stay - its what you make it isn't it? If you want to be babysat like rich, greedy westerners then I would suggest going to the Four Seasons in Singapore. If however you want an attractive resort, with dedicated staff and more than enough comforts then I would certainly recommend the Grand Rotana.
Nightmare at Grandl Rotana Resort and Spa
We did NOT have a 5 star experience here. When our room had multiple problems,they moved us to another room then the troubles really began.
The room they moved us to was full of strong poisonous fumes. They had just sprayed for bugs! I became suddenly very ill and needed medical help immediately. Good thing I had no medical conditions or the outcome of this accident with the bug poison could have been different. If I were old, had medical problems, or was pregnant what could have happened? The young staff member with me also became overcome and quite ill from the fumes. That took days of our holiday to recover. The staff did not show me concern. We were given a bottle of local wine for my poisoning. Thank-you.
The rooms were not cleaned! Only the bed made with the SAME sheets. Only new towels given daily, so we quit tipping after the 3rd/4th day. We really needed a daily sweeping with all the dust and sand. Our TV was broken almost our whole stay. This is what I would expect from a budget hotel.
NO HOT WATER! No water pressure to flush the toilet. Odors were quite unpleasant.
Only 2 staff members, one waiter and one beach man, went out of their way to make our stay pleasant. Most of the staff were rude! The staff in general were very unkind to one group of travellers, ignoring them, not filling their order, setting the food on the counter for 15 minutes then serving the food cold.
We recieved a phone call from the staff at midnight. Was that our wake-up call? They were 6 hours early. Then failed to call us at at 6am.
Look out for the towel police! Loose your towel or towel card and pay 10 Euros. The towel police by the pool keep you watching your towel while you swim in the freezing waters. I watched them toss aside peoples bags and glasses to scoop up a towel. It was impossible to relax at this BAD LUCK Rotana RESORT there were so many problems here. Try another Resort!
We have just arrived back from a 2 week stay at the Grand Rotana. To say that the hotel is stunning is an understatement. This is true 5* luxury. Staff cannot do enough for you and are genuinely very friendly and approachable.
The reception is lovely, all marble flooring and massive multi coloured glass chandeliers and velvet and silk sofas.
To get from reception you have to travel down 4 sets of escalators, and this brings you down to the pool. The pool is HUGE! There are loads of palm trees all around the hotel and pool. The sun loungers are great, they are comfy, not nasty plastic ones. Also, scattered around the pool area are little marquees, which you can choose to sunbath under. The pool has a swim up bar which you can also access by bridge.
As there were not many people in the hotel as it is fairly new, some days there would only be the two of us in the pool, it was great.
Our room was upgraded to sea view deluxe, it was a bit further from the reception but this did not bother us. The room was quite large and very nice.
Restaurant - The main one is called Ramses, we were full board. The breakfast was nice, so much choice.
Lunch and evening dinner was also really nice, you had a lot of choice and variety every day, and we did not get bored of the food in 2 weeks.
Mezzaluna - The Italian. We only had pizza here and it was delicious. We saw the menu and the food looked nice but we didn't try anything here.
Silk - This is due to open soon.
Sky Lounge - Open air, did not try the snacks, just drinks.
Isis - Snacks and drinks, again, did not eat here, it is in the main lobby by reception.
Cleopatra nightclub, dive centre and spa due to open within 6 months. We only saw the builders three or four times, it was not noisy or disruptive at all.
Beach - pebbles and granite sand, had to keep shoes on, but it is a lovely area. Loads of sunbeds and a beach bar. You can have massages on the beach, we both had one and would reccommend it!
Naama Bay isn't too far away, you can get a free shuttle bus at certain times provided by the hotel. Evening entertainment is not provided but a nightclub will be open next month.
Great time at this hotel, would go back, it will be even better when fully completed.
Fantastic Week In True 5 Star Luxury!
Visited Sharm for the Diving in Nov '05. Agent we travelled with 'key2', has a deal with the Camel Dive Centre (A fantastic company to dive with) which means you get 15% off the price of your dives/courses.
The hotel is still new and not all of the restaurants were open so ate in Naama Bay every night, which is only a 10 minute cab ride away.
The Beach area is fantastic with 2 good quality jettys which take you to the edge of a coral shelf, Snorkelling here we saw crockodile fish, box fish, parrot fish and a number of other red sea treats. Just make sure you don't loose your towel, they'll charge you if you don't return it.
We were upgraded to a beach front room which was fantstic although because the hotel is so big it was a bit of a treck to get to breakfast on time... of which there was a huge choice of local or western foods.
Would thoroughly reccomend the hotel to anyone, it will be even better once more of the restaurants are open.
One night in Heaven
Had an un scheduled night at this hotel on the back of a delayed flight and can only speak as you find Stunning!.A new hotel from all accounts and the style can only be described as class.Like being in a modern Egyptian Palace.The two meals we had were excellent and it looked as if the locals had a British Head chef in charge.The room was not large but very tasteful in design it seemed a lot of thought had gone into the whole complex .After only one night we would definately look for this as our first option if we decide on Sharm again.
PS i was in a good mood having found out Villa had beaten Bham the previous week.