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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 ...
... to see a film called ‘Haute Cuisine’ about a lady called Hortense Laborie who finds herself appointed personal cook to the President of France with responsibility for providing all his meals at the Elysee Palace. The ‘corridors of power within the presidential culinary
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Saturday, March 23,2013 - Sharm El Sheik, Egypt
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Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt Sharm el-Sheikh is all about diving! The name means Bay of Sheikh. With its dramatic coastal landscape and blue waters, it is situated on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula along the Red Sea, making it a popular tourist ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hilton Sharm El Sheikh Fayrouz Resort Sharm El-Sheikh
Second time at the fayrouz
This is the second easter we've spent at the fayrouz and it never disappoints us. The rooms are clean and spacious with the cleaners making elaborate designs out of the towels and sprinkling petals on the bed. Its in the best location as restaurants and shops are within easy walking distance. There are 2 pools which can be quite quiet but sometimes there are a few dedicated people who will get up early to bag the best sunbeds. Sometimes the staff will remove towels if there is no-one lying on the beds.
Shopping can be quite daunting as many of the shop owners will try to lure you into their shops with offers of drinks etc. Its very difficult to extracate yourself from this situation without buying something. Also, we were travelling with a very attractive 16 year old girl who generated a lot of unwanted male attention. It got a bit overwhelming for her at times.
Anyway, highly recommend this hotel for comfort. quiet and varied ammenities. No chavs or lager louts...YET. Its only a matter of time.
Stayed Easter 2005 and couldn't have asked for more from this hotel and its wonderful staff. Nothing was too much trouble.
The hotel is perfectly situated for the bars and restaurant of Naama Bay, unlike some of the 5 star hotels that would need a cab to get you to the centre. The Fayrouz is also on the right side of a busy road for the beach although you do not hear any noise and you more or less enter a complex. Security is excellent but not obtrusive.
The reception, restaurant and bar staff were all excellent and very friendly but in a very genuine way unlike some resorts where they seem to be friendly in order to get a tip. We were able to keep our room until 17.00 with no extra charge on the day we were leaving and they provided us with a bottle of water for the journey.
The rooms were cleaned to perfection and the bed was decorated with petals every day in a different design, it was like being on our honeymoon again! The bathrooms have seen slightly better days in terms of deco but are spacious and clean and everything works well.
The hotel is set in gardens which are kept tidy and beautiful. There are 2 main pools but the others are more like baths. The pool ares were clean and plenty of sunbeds.
One point about the cocktails though...they are not as strong as other resorts unless you try a Mai Thai or Mojito! Avoid the Singapore Sling! The Hilton burger and steak sandwich is an excellent choice for lunch. Also check out the Sea Bass and shrimps at the fayrouz fish restaurant!
Finally a few general points:
Do not get a trolley at the airport unless you really need it and do not tip the coach baggage handler unless you really want to! It is a bit extreme at the airport but the resort itself was fine, just keen to get you into their shops but not offensive with it! The Egyptian people are very polite.
Do not drink the water or brush your teeth in it!
A brick of 200 Malboro Lights cost £9!!!!
Do cover up as topless bathing offends.
You will not be disapppointed with this hotel or resort. we are returning in September!
Definately the best Hilton in Naama Bay
Great hotel. Have stayed at Hilton dreams and Rosetta in Naama before and promised we would stay here the next time as it looked so nice. It didn't disapoint.
Rooms - excellent, have everything you need. We even got a free paper each day. Also set in nice gardens, so quiet on a night.
Hotel has large beach area, and several pools - 2 of which are heated.
Food and drink - Excellent breakfast, didn't eat there on a night as Naama is only 5 mins walk along the promenade. Pirate bar is a good place to visit after a days scuba diving.
The best thing about this hotel however is it's location, as its very handy for Naama, on the beach side on Peace road, and also close to Emperor divers.
We have just returned from a week here. The hotel is well situated in the middle of the bay, with good snorkelling off its beach. All the staff are friendly and charming, good rooms well spread about in the extensive pretty gardens. Lots of alternative restuarants within walking distance and a large shopping centre, for those who want it!
Best Hotel in Town!!
The best hotel in town. On the best side of the road, near the beach. Don't stay in a hotel on the 'wrong' side of the road, which says you have to cross the road to get the the beach ... it is like a dual carriageway and you will take your life in your hands every time you cross to go to the beach or the town. From our hotel it was a three minute walk into town, turn right at the promenade, and then right again when you see roads with shops . lovely bars, some non alcoholic though, people puffing on pipes of 'waccy baccy' which my husband tried, it turned out to be apple flavour .. like ribena and only 80p. Everything is so cheap, take plenty of small English coins like 20p and 50p ..and you must haggle when you buy souveniers. Only leave a tip when it is not already down on the menu.
Beware of porters at the airport .. they will ask for money when they load your cases onto the coach, don't give them anything .. and when you return to England, give them no more than 2 Egyptian Pounds .. there are 11 Egyptian Pounds to our one pound sterling, so don't give them an English Pound. There are lots of nice restaurants in the town, Pomodoro was a nice pizza place, there is also the usual Hard Rock Café, MacDonalds, Kentucky Fried, though we stuck to the Lebanese and Egyptian, all very cheap.
Best not to eat in local seafood restaurants or hotel restaurants But do try the Hilton's Italian Restaurant, on the beach side of the road, it is lovely for lunch, approx £7 sterling for two people, also try the Hilton's Havana Bar, opposite the Italian, on the edge of the hotel, for a nice lunch around £10 for two people.
We didn't go on any tours, just wanted a relaxing week on the beach, but we did go on a Fun'n'Sun glass bottom boat which was great, only £5 sterling each for 1 ½ hours, looking at the coral reefs and lovely fish. The water is very clear and lots of fish along the edge as you paddle. But water quite cold in January, until you got used to it, although weather during the day was 80-85 degrees in the day. At night you will need a few layers, even a coat. The Hilton Fayrouz is great, especially if you can get a room overlooking the pool. Libra couldn't accommodate us with one of these rooms, they said the hotel was full (which we later found out it wasn't), so I emailed the hotel direct and they gave us a fab room at no extra charge. There was a very quiet pool outside our room as everyone went to the beach, and a heated pool nearer the beach opposite the breakfast restaurant. Petals on the bed every day when the beds were made, animals made up out of towels, even changed the sheets every day and towels twice a day.
A very very clean hotel, they were always cleaning the windows etc. and sweeping everywhere. I would thoroughly recommend the Fayrouz - the best, longest beach in town which is shared with the Sharm Dreams but plenty of room, loads of beds and no-one saving beds first thing in the morning, and you could only lay on the beach if you stayed at the hotel - there were guards on the beach all day instructing people not staying there, to go elsewhere to swim or sunbathe.
All in all the Egyptians were very friendly and staff couldn't do enough for you. Do wear proper attire when not on the beach, it is quite a smart place .. none of your Benidorm lager louts here. It is called the City of Peace and certainly seems to be that. I would thoroughly recommend the Fayrouz to anyone.
A week in sharm 3rd-10th march 2005 hilton Fayrouz
Just got back from a week in sharm staying at the Hilton Fayrouz. I did some research before booking and im pleased to say it was the right choice in terms of location standard and friendlyness of staff. The hotel is set on its own grounds with several swimming pools some heated some sooo... not! but i imagine in the summer months it would be a blessed relief. The benefit of this hotel is that it has its own beach, is adjacent to the promonade and is a short walk away from nama bay proper so you have the best of both worlds.
As mentioned the hotel has decent beach with its own sun beds and there are plenty to go around. Towels are provided. Because of the coral reefs it might be an idea to buy a pair of jellys for your feet. If you cant find them over here, there are plenty of shops that sell them over there.
This issue has caused a degree of uncertainty, and upon arriving at the airport there were people who were getting upset as to what to do etc. I can confirm that if it is your intention to go to cairo Luxor and ras Mohamed you require a visa which can be purchased at the airport. Just write sinai only on the back of your tourist card.You do not require a visa for any other excursion and that was verified by 2 separate reps.
i went on the thomson welcome meeting only to compare prices on excursions and it really is unbelievable on the mark up they make. There are plenty of sound companies around the resort that can offer the same package only much cheaper and there is room to barter a little olso.
there is a company called sun and fun which can be found on the hilton beach and another called hot spot just outside the Ghazala hotel. just to give you an idea on the prices.
thomson cairo in a day via plane 175 pounds independant company 142 pounds
st catherine monastery and shopping in dahab 36 pounds independant comapny 23 pounds. The list goes on but in short outside the prices are competative.
Im not into that department, but have spoken to a couple of people and they all recommend the camal diving club, sinai which is the Hilton dive centre and Emperor which is endorsed by thomson i understand.
places to eat.
you are really spoilt for choice every cuisine is represented here, at very cheap prices. A meal for two with beer comes in at around 15 pounds.
The movenpik beach bar had a great mixed grill meal which i had for lunch great lamb etc however, it wasnt cheap for 2 persons came in at 15 pounds which is expensive for sharm. In the centre of Nama bay above the shopping mall is a lebonese restaurant called Fawnes the food was excellent and cheap. Valentinos was a disaster, ordered garlic bread and received 2 slices of fried toast with bits of garlic and a steak that tasted and looked like braising steak. The staff were quite sweet and wanted me to pick something else but i chosse to pay up and go. Tam Tam is a great place to chill out. There are cushions every where and you can drink away the night or smoke one of the big old pipes they have there. Upstairs there is a restaurant which sells decent food.
items to take home
remember to barter and try not to get ripped off! i bought a large pipe and they charged me a fortune for the flavoured tobacco, only to find out that in other shops it was a fraction of the price, and on one instance the items were placed in a bag behind by back only to find out one was missing when i got back to the hotel. Ill put that one down to a combination of being stupid and paying tourist tax! anyway, i hope this helps a little.
Superb Hotel, Perfect Location
I have just got back from spending a week at the Hilton Fayrouz and it was absolutely superb. The hotel is fantastic, we had our own chalet comprising of a lounge area with sofabed and dining table, seperate bedroom and bathroom with a bath. The room was fantastic and the standard of cleanliness was top draw. The housekeeping was also excellent, with the bed decorated with fresh flowers every day and the duvet folded into elaborate decorative shapes (We even had our duvet folded into a swan).
Standards of service in the hotel are excellent and all the staff very friendly and helpful. The swimming pools are not as impressive as some other hotels, but are still decent with the main pool having a nice swim up bar. The main pool is not heated however meaning it was a little cold for us to go swimming in during February but I imagine it is a saviour during the summer months. The hotel has an absolutely huge private beach, far larger than any of the other hotels and getting a nicely positioned sunbed was never a problem.
We stayed bed and breakfast and the hotel breakfast was excellent... especially the "egg station" that cook up omelettes, boiled eggs, pancakes and waffles freshly to order. Staff were very attentive and kept the tea, coffee and juice flowing.
We also ate in the Italian beach restaurant for lunch several times which was also very good and very reasonably priced. Pizzas, salads and sandwiches were all very good. During the evening, we chose to eat outside of the hotel as the hotel restaurants were slightly more expensive.
The hotels location is unbelievable, probably the best in the whole of Naama Bay. A short stroll along the promenade takes you straight to the centre of Naama Bay where there are many bars and restaurants to enjoy.
The Pirates Bar was a fun place to have an evening drink with live music (although the performer could do with learning a few more songs... it was the same tunes every evening, there are only so many times I could enjoy his rendition of "Love Me Do")
Overall, the hotel is absolutely fantastic in terms of quality, location and also price. We managed to get a price of US $80 per night (a tip- book direct with Hilton and CALL them rather than booking online, I was quoted a price of $105 online and wasn't offered the cheaper cost until I called). I also recommend checking ----------- for cheap flights to Sharm.
Very, very highly recommended! We had a great time!
The hilton fayrouz is a truly wonderful hotel. The pictures in the brochures do not do it justice!! The accomodation is lovely, well decorated, spacious and with everything you need. We stayed in a one story chalet that overlooked gardens, but I believe there is two story accomodation near the pools. The rooms are impeccably clean and the room boys will decorate the beds with flowers daily which is a lovely touch. You can have 2 sets of clean towels a day if you wish and room service is available until midnight. The facilities are excellent, lots of pools, bars and restaurants. The location couldn't be any better and the service is fabulous. Towels are available for near the pool and on the beach. The Fayrouz has the largest stretch of beach, which means your not sitting on your neighbours lap. Security patrol the beach and hotel regulary which is more reassuring than annoying. After staying for a week I couldn't think of anything I didn't like! I would fully recommend this hotel and if I go back to Naama bay I would definetly stay here. Enjoy!!
Wonderful Sharm El Sheikh
Last February, 2004, we spent 4 days in marvellous Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. Sharm El Sheikh is a resort area in Sinai Peninsula, and it's on the tip of the peninsula overlooking the Red Sea (probably the best diving place in the world).
We stayed at Hilton Fayrouz Resort which is rated as 4 stars, but I say its actually a 5 stars resort.
It's a beautiful place with lots of greenery that makes one wonder how they manage to do that in the middle of the desert. It's very clean, well maintained, and provides its guests with lots of services and activities. But the best thing there is their very friendly staff. They go the extra mile to make sure you're having the good relaxing vacation you deserve.
I recommend anyone I know to go there. You're going to love this place, guaranteed.
Enjoy your trip, AG
Just got back from the Hilton Fayrouz and didn't want to come back. This hotel was recommended to me and quite rightly so. This has to be the best location if you want all that Nama Bay has to offer. A short walk to resturants, bars, shops and right on a beautiful Beach. The hotel was brilliant we were realy looked after by all the staff. The pool areas were very nice and, the rooms are bungalow style and were very spacious. This hotel would be good for couples, families, and small groups alike. We did collect other holidaymakers from the other two Hilton hotels and although they were pleased with their hotels in Sharm they were not quite so central to the resort amenities.
I can not fault this hotel and can not wait to return.