Hauza Beach Resort
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The reason I love Sharm el-Sheikh so much is it's a holiday mecca! The place - a gorgeous sea view beach setting - has everything you need for a relaxing holiday. Yes it's nice to see the locals and culture on holidays, but here you don't experience the down sides of this. From clubbing to quading in the desert, diving to fine food, this place has everything for an enjoyable ...
... and complementing the taxi driver, but it didn't go so well. Dale Carnegie did not have a chapter for how to make nice with cab diver after hostile negotiations. I knew I failed when he turned on the radio to blast Arab pop music to drown me out. I whipped out google maps to check if he was going the right way, thankfully he was! Some taxi drivers have been known to drive you to the middle of nowhere and renegotiate price. (Welcome to egypt). The red sea is supposed to ...
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 ...
... br> My first snorkel spot was where I did my first SCUBA ever. It was an introductory course. Many people get afraid of this and never make it underwater. I was able to go under down to 6 meters for 15 minutes. It was a great experience and give you a different outlook of being underwater, but I was a bit disappointed that someone was dragging me around. I ...
... a guy that you dont ask for a tip, a tip is given as reward for good service, but that money grabbin **** couldnt grasp this, so i gave him sod all. I then went an hour south to Dahab, a much more lively place with better accomodation and some friendly folks. I stress the word 'some' as alot of the folks here are cocks also, the red sea is a great place to scuba dive so obviously theres gonna be alot of scuba enthusiasts here which i dont particularly care for. They seem ...
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Show some manners and you will be treated like a Pharoah
We have been to Egypt many times and will continue to do so even if this is their tourist hot spot. Service and "genuine" kindness marks this hotel out from the others. I have spoken to many other tourists and I know from them that our service was exceptional. Show a bit of interest in their culture and family life and you will have friends and service forever!
The food is hygenic and varied but as anyone knows in an all inclusive venue, they will not provide anything too adventurous because they have to cater for all nationalaties. That is why they provide a selection of spices etc. for you to add more life to your food if wanted. The place is safe and good for children with many water based activities. The beach area being most popular with everyone, for the rich and varied sea life.
Get a good deal and you will not regret your choice. It is 4 star standards but 5 star if you account for the wonderful staff! Namely Ashraf, your bar and beach host who looks like Mike Tyson. We are returning again to this hotel and We never visit the same place twice. Thank you Hauza and Ashraf!
Not as bad as reviews suggested but not 5* Luxury
I stayed at the Hauza with my wife and two friends from December, 25th to the 1st of January 2005/06. First three days were cold and windy. Had to wear my jumper and jacket. Sun was out until about 4pm and then it became very cold. The last four days it got warmer but still windy. The Hauza at first seemed an impressive place but after a few days I could understand some of the criticisms I read on this site, however many were over the top in my opinion. It's definitely not a typical 4 or 5 start hotel like the Marriot or Hyatt or Hilton or Crown Plaza. It's hard to put a star to it but if I had to it would be a low four or high three star hotel. It covers a massive area so depending on where your room is, you will have a long walk to either the restaurant or the beach. There were a lot of Russians staying at the hotel. Nothing against them but they are normally quite happy to settle for basic service and facilities. Being that these people seemed to represent 75% of the guests it seems that the staff cater mainly for them. However, everyone seemed very friendly and it was mainly a family atmosphere with lots of kids running about. There were also Italians, Germans and English. We are in our mid-thirties, no kids, but were just looking for somewhere relaxing so this place was adequate for us. The staff were really friendly and bent over backwards to help. It was impressive how some of them remembered all of our names after the first day. Really nice people and not arrogant and just trying to con you like those who worked down the market in Na'am Bay. Whoever said that the drinks served at the hotel were only local drinks was talking rubbish as there was a decent range and anyway, the local Egyptian drinks taste fine. I mean if you are in Egypt you'd might as well try what they have to offer. Yes served in plastic cups but what do you expect with small children running about. The food was nice, not great but ok and I loved the chocolate cake and other desserts. But was a basic menu (apart from New Year's Eve which was a feast!)The swimming pool was nice and clean and the pool by the sea was perfect if you have kids. The snorkelling off of the Jetti was excellent and we went on a day trip to Cairo organised through the hotel which was a great day out albeit a little bit expensive. The hotel also arranged quad biking for us which is defintely worth doing but once again it costs. Also, we liked the private beach. The rooms were really clean and every day cleaned by the staff. When I first turned on the water it was brown but then cleared after the first few minutes and was fine for a week. Some people did get ill which is normal in Egypt if you do not watch what you eat or drink. Brush your teeth with bottled water and aviod anything that may be washed in local water like salads. The only way to get to Na'am bay is by taxi which is about £7 but reasonable and safe. Volley Ball area was a bit stoney but staff did their best to organise things such as dancing, aerobics and kids football. There was a table tennis table outside but it was too windy to play! You get a towel card for pool/beach towel. Overall we had a great time and were happy with the Hauza and would even consider staying there again in the future but don't expect luxury.
After reading reviews on the Hauza Beach Resort, I was open minded before travelling.
I was absolutely amazed at the hotel not because I havnt stayed in 5* accommodation before but because of the service we were greeted with. The staff at the Hauza are brilliant and cant do enough for you.
If you decided to go to Egypt, please look at this hotel web site and make yourself known to Mohhamad Farrag the Guest Relations Manager you can email him direct ---- he made us feel like royalty, he had arranged drinks on arrival and better still greeted us at the hotel when we arrived, he arranged everything from taxis to and from and excursions to Cairo and arranged for our rooms to be next to each other. We didnt even have to check in at the reception or worry about our luggage getting to our rooms we did not lift a finger from the minute we arrived in Egypt until the minute we arrived home in England. He even took us to the dining room to meet our waiter who had the same table for us every night (there were 10 in the party).
If every hotel had a guest relations manager like Mohammed we would save precious holiday time trying to find the rep or where to go and what to see.
Also if you contact him he will save you money for booking direct at the hotel but with all the same services I cant rate him enough.
The food was lovely, and plenty of choice people who complain about it obviously will not try different cusine, the rooms were lovely and spacious had all the things you require on holiday and the Chamber person was lovely too. All the staff at this hotel were polite and friendly and nothing was too much trouble it is a jewel in the crown, I have been to many hotels around the world and also worked in hotel management for years, I always believe in reccommendation and I highly reccommend The Hauza Beach Resort and that you contact Mohammad via e.mail before you book.
I even went to work the day after I came home, after a tiring flight with a small baby and usually if I do that I am very tired but I went in as fresh as a daisy because the hotel staff look after you immpecably.
My family and friends will definately return to The Hauza sooner rather than later and the amount of people I have reccommended to it, Mohammed should be in undated with enquiries.
I hope this helps people to decide where to stay, in Sharm and puts any bad reviews of this hotel to the back of the que.
Great resort, amazing snorkelling!!!
Was not sure what to expect with the hauze beach as had read some very mixed reviews,but was very pleasantly surprised. After the initial culture shock of stepping off the plane into what felt like a tumble dryer on hot ( we went end june and it was roasting)we were transported by buses to the airport where we were swooped on by guys trying to make us pay for trolleys, being unused to tipping for everything we struggled on our own, but soon discovered that a little monry goes along way in egypt and the service you get is worth every penny!!
When we got to the hotel by coach for which we were happy to pay for as it was not part of our package. Our hotel was wonderfully cool and we received a very warm welcome and were transported to our room. Very comfortable beds, efficient air conditioning and very clean, with amazing views. The food was great and all ice cubes are mineral water also the salad is washed in bottled water. Entertainment mainly in italian, but the kids still loved it and the beach and snorkelling trips were amzing. Did get dodgy tums, think it was from the pool water as was not cleaned as often as we would have liked but cest la vie. Massage also great and very cheap, but could not call rusty old bike and rowing machine, a gym!! Tip, tip, tip is my advice, a few pounds go a long way as the wages are rubbish and do it at the beginning to get best service, bar, room cleaners, restaurant, towel guy by the pool and especially the pool bar as you will get some amazing smoothies!! It was too hot when we went to do much, but chill out so I think we'll be back again.
Lovely setting at Hauza Beach
As I had read some poor reviews, I was fairly concerned about staying at the Hauza. Luckily our holiday turned out to be lovely, and we would return to Egypt again.
The Hauza is not a 5 star resort as some updating is needed. Wasn't as luxurious as we expected, more of a 4 star.
There are lots of positive points. On the plus side it is a lovely big resort, with lots of things to do and a lovely beach and swimming pool. The rooms are good (most with sea views), beach is spacious with plenty of sunbeds. Our 18 month old baby loved the beach and both swimming pools were also a big hit. Animation team was a bit repetitive, but they didn't hassle us at all.
If you have older children, they can entertain themselves on the water slides all day or down at the beach.
We found that the beach bar was great in the day, as the staff were so friendly and they serve pizza from 10am. The beach staff were also great and used to set us up where ever we liked on the beach, without expecting a tip.
Definately recommend snorkelling from the beach, lots of fish to look at.
We enjoyed the food at the main restaurant, lots of variety and we did not get upset tummies. Don't expect English food though.
Would recommend buying swimming shoes for both pool and beach for young ones, as there are drainage gaps that little feet can get caught in around the main pool.
Shuttle bus to Naama Bay was good and always on time.
Only negative was the lack of choice for alcoholic drinks, but I think this is a general thing in Egypt.
Pity that they have a mini zoo on site, as I felt this was very run down and animals were not kept in very good conditions.
Overall, If you fancy a relaxing holiday by the sea with lovely weather, then this would suit you.
The staff are excellent, and they generally cannot do enough for you.
Oh another tip - if you go to Naama Bay (and like trying local cuisine) then the Traditional Egyptian Restaurant (above the Hard Rock Cafe) is fantastic. Fantastic service, lovely food and great views from open air terrace. Definately try this one.
Hope this review is helpful.
Hauza Beach Resort, Sharm El Sheikh, Recommended place to stay
Very nice resort. Very attentive and friendly staff. Clean room, clean resort. All you can eat and drink (best is local beer). Loads of spare sun-beds round pool and spaces on beach throughout the day. Excellent snorkelling. Handy 'limousine' service offering a good price without the need for haggling and safe driving in a car that looks like it would pass a UK MOT (a rarity in Egypt). Good food with excellent choice for us vegetarians (although nothing was labelled 'vegetarian' so we had to pick at some things to check). At least twice a day, staff came by to try and get us to take part in the activities (step aerobics or a pay-extra massage) a friendly 'no thanks' sent them on their way. This might get annoying after a week or so. No tummy upsets. No hassle. No complaints.
Some reviews mention a stench. We noticed that the water used on the gardens smelled a little bit, but wouldn't call it a stench.
We checked out at midday but were allowed to stay in the resort until 15.30 when we left for the airport. They left our wrist-bands on so we could get food etc.
·You only need a visa if you leave the resort of Sharm.
·Be prepared to haggle hard if you get local cabs.
·No real need for Egyptian pounds. Take Euros, US dollars and/or UK pounds. Only place we needed Egyptian pound was in a café but, if we'd asked, I'm sure they would have taken Western currency.
·Use bottled water for cleaning teeth.
·Make sure you snorkel off the pier at Hauza.
·Go to the quiet beach if you don't like the music in their limited CD collection (it does get a bit repetitive).
·Arriving was easy but we are very glad we allowed 2 hours to get through the airport to our plane home - they need the new, bigger terminal desperately. Queues stretched for 100m (that was just to enter the airport terminal building).
·Please don't touch or stand on the coral - it's delicate, rare and beautiful. Remember that some types give a painful sting (described as burning needles).
Brilliant holiday but hotel could have been so much better
Have just returned from a weeks stay at the Hauza Beach with my husband, parents, sister and friend, 6 adults in all. On first arriving in Egypt the first thing you realise is how chaotic the airport is, you really don't know which queue to join so it's best to ask the nearest Egyptian rep for assistance. For guidance though you don't need to buy a visa unless you intend to do the trips to Luxor or Cairo just write 'Sinai Only' on the back of your visa card you're asked to complete.
When you leave the airport you'll be surrounded by taxi drivers, if you take a taxi to Hauza don't pay anymore than LE50 (about a fiver) expect your luggage to be put on the roof and to get to your hotel in about 5 minutes flat, these guys are crazy drivers! Ours drove about 120km an hour with no headlights on, was on his mobile, smoking and talking to my husband all at the same time!!
Once you arrive at the hotel you'll be disappointed with the reception area, not very luxurious for a 5* hotel, it could be so much better though. If they moved the bar to the main area and filled the lobby with comfortable armchairs and sofas instead of tables and chairs it would be more inviting, as it is it's not a very nice place to sit and chat of an evening.
We arrived in the night so didn't see much of the hotel but the rooms are basic, the furniture is like most of the hotel comfortable if not a bit shabby. If you can, upgrade to the beach bungalows, which overlook the beach and jetty, they look lovely.
The food choice is not extensive at the Hauza, there is the main buffet restaurant for all your meals which is adequate, the food is ok but nothing to rave about (chips make a rare appearance) but there is a Bakery which provides freshly baked cakes and bread for all mealtimes and this is fab. The bread is really yummy and the doughnuts and pastries are superb.
There is a restaurant on the beach but we were told to avoid this due to food being served cold and unappetising. There is also a pizza snack bar on the beach, which is very good.
Note to hotel; as a 5* advertised hotel more international restaurants should be available as at most other 5* hotels.
The pools are fantastic here, you have the main swimming pool and 2 kiddies pools and then there are the slides, waterfalls and jacuzzi. The pictures don't do this part of the complex justice, we spent a whole morning here and it was such good fun, even my 68 year old mum went down the slides!! Great photo opportunities.
As with most parts of the Red Sea the snorkelling is out of this world, you really have to see it to believe it. If you've never been before, get yourself a good mask and goggles and just do it you'll be amazed at the abundance of sea life. We saw everything from shoals of little orange fish to masked bannerfish, parrot fish and even sting rays! This was definitely the highlight of everyones holiday.
As there is very little to do in the hotel in the evening, entertainment is absolutely dreadful your best bet is to venture into Naama Bay. There is a shuttle bus every day which costs 3 euro's for a return ticket and if you miss the return bus you can always take a kamikaze taxi back to your hotel for no more than LE60-70.
The shops in Naama Bay are mostly jewellery, perfume, and T-shirt shops but if you haggle hard you'll pick up plenty of bargains here. The people in Egypt are genuinely friendly and really like the English people as we're friendly and polite and not Russian!
There is a Hard Rock Cafe in Naama Bay which you must try and visit, the atmosphere is brilliant, there are big screens showing pop videos all evening and on the hour all the staff stop what they're doing and do a rendition of Grease Lightening, YMCA or whatever else they fancy. Very good entertainment and the food is good too, about £3 for cheeseburger and chips.
All in all I'd say you must go to Sharm el Sheikh it is an amazing place and the weather is superb, we never saw a cloud in the sky and if the Hauza Beach upgraded all their furniture and accommodation and opened a few more restaurants we'd go back but so as not to be disappointed we've booked to stay at the LTI Grand Azure which is in the First Choice brochure as a Premier Hotel, can't wait!!
Hot Hot Hot..
Even in October it's HOT..30degs at night and high 30's-40+ in the day, Hauza was definately not a 5* as advertised more like a 3.5* 4* at a push. The hotel was enormous and you can easily get lost so be fit as plenty of walking is required, the people are wonderful, kind and nothing is too big a deal for them. The food was 'different' as it catered primarily to Russians (who are incredibly rude) and Germans (who push in alot) but Hauza has a 'instore' bakery and that definitely get's 5*'s wonderful bread and cakes! The 'Island Restaurant' needs a wide berth we were in there for 10 mins and were leaving as the food was dreadful..warm and unrecognisable. There's no branded alcohol but plenty of 'egyptian' equivalents, fizzy drinks and juices are everywhere, don't drink from the tap as bottled water is given at dinner and tea. The rooms are ok and are kept spankingly clean and smell lovely..fresh towels and sheets everyday, we left all our change and odd notes for our room cleaner as he was incredibly kind and sweet and you would have thought we had given him the earth (£8 something)..speaking of money take English sterling thats all they are interested in..its 10 egyptian pounds to £1.00 so its easy enough they hate taking their own money! Take your snorkelling gear the 'WOW' factor is 10 out 10..we kept clear of the beach for chilling out as the beach 'DJ' belts out loud music ALL DAY so we took shelter at the pool and listened to children yelling..the choice is yours but this may sway it for you..every morning between 8am and 10am the gardeners water the grass with human sewerage from the holding drains and the smell is revolting, this was the only downer on the entire holiday. Should you pine for a takeaway go to 'Naarma bay' (with the hotels shuttle bus, costs 3 euro's but charge it to your room bill they give you an itemised bill and you can pay in £'s) for Mcdonalds, Pizza Hut, KFC and Hard Rock Cafe which is a must, food is cheap but alcohol is REALLY EXPENSIVE, plenty of shopping to be done and barter hard..they love it. Holiday rep was useless and a rip off...they charge double for any trip that you can get in Naarma bay or by word of mouth and its exactly the same trip. If you like quad bikes the trip is 2 hours riding in the desert and we got it for £14 each rep was charging £25 each ..we also flew out to Cairo as the coach was a 5 hour trip and getting up at 1am! again the rep was asking for more than double...ask around. The best was the water slides...even my mother went down them and it was great to hear adults screaming and whooping the kids will love them and play all day. I will definitely be going back to eygpt but sadly not to Hauza Beach as they need to seriously need to sort the chefs out. If i have missed anything out please do not hesitate to contact me...Jules x
stayed at this hotel with our three children 12, 11 & 8 had excellent time staff really friendly, hotel very clean, large room with 2 double beds, balcony, food good and situated nearly on beach.shops and chemist with doctor on site. catch mini bus to town for small amount from hotel. lots of italians and germans but also english.be prepared for deli belly when going to egypt take lots of tablets but chemist very good and cheap.be prepared to pay extra for icecream , some snacks at poolside and drinks at beach bar which we found dissapointing for all-inclusive. you need to be up early to aquire sunbeads by pool and beach.
entertainment good but not always in english. recommend trip to cairo and pyramids went for 2 days on coach tiring but worth it stayed in lovely hotel in cairo overlooking pyramids visited sphinx and went inside pyramid. visited museam where all artifacts are kept.
beach excellant for snorkalling has own jetty and camel to ride up and down beach. didnt want to leave would love to go back.
Nice quite place
it's a ncie and quite place in sharm-el-sheikh, very close to the airport. There has been too mcu hwind this wee though and couldn't get the chance to go snorkeling. Nice and cleaned rooms and perfect food.