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TravelPod Member ReviewsHilton Sharks Bay Resort Sharm El-Sheikh
Day 1. Me n Ewan getting orientation, (its 40 degrees and the sea is 26) , ; lolling by the pool. I Start diving tomorrow ; im assisting the instructor delivering the rescue diver course , so no too many in the bar tonite, or ill need the rescuing !! Lol ... Lots of love to all you blog followers ..... More soon xx
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hilton Sharks Bay Resort Sharm El-Sheikh
Great hotel, great food, great staff
I would agree with all the previous writers comments. We got back on Monday 14/2/05, after a weeks stay booked through Longwood Holidays - whom we would recommend. Our flight was delayed by 18 hours - we didn't have to leave the hotel unlike guests booked on the same flight with another operator, who had to transfer to another hotel for the additional night. Have stayed in many quality hotels throughout the world but have not found such pleasant and helpful staff anywhere. Ideal for children in every respect. Don't even have to go in water to see such amazing fish.
My family and I stayed at the Hilton Sharks Bay in January 2005 and it was one of the most fantastic places. I wouldn't normally go back to the same hotel twice, but I'm looking forward to going back again next year. For a winter break, Egypt is excellent with temps ranging from 24 degrees to 30 degrees and never a cloud in the sky.
The hotel itself is very well laid out, with a large pool and pool bar with plenty of sunloungers and space. The beach is tiered which means you can enjoy the spectacular views where ever you are and each pair of sunloungers has its own wicker umbrella for shade if you need it. These look great at night too when the light at the top of each comes on.
The snorkelling is truly amazing! Although I haven't snorkelled in Austrailia, I hear the Red Sea is much better. Snorkelling equipment is included in the all-inclusive package, but you do need to leave a deposit at the dive centre, so make sure you bring cash with you (they will accept sterling or Eqyptian Pounds, but no credit cards - it's about 40 sterling per person). Once you've got your gear, you are free to snorkel off the jetty on the beach. As soon as you step off the ladder you are in coral heaven! The fish are spectacular and you barely have to move to find them - they are everywhere!! It was amazing. A must if you are in Sharks Bay (and no, there aren't any sharks - well, not when I was there anyway!)
There is also an excellent glass bottom boat trip that you can take right from the hotel jetty (additional cost of about 10 pounds per person - but well worth it). You get to see even more fish and the corals that are too far off shore to snorkel. The people running the boat are very friendly and know every fish off by heart. Also, it is worth asking if they have the time to call the dolphins. We did and two of them swam up next to the boat and stayed to show-off. The men on the boat had a fantastic relationship with them.
The staff at the hotel are second to none. You are made to feel instantly welcome and they will know your name by the end of the first day! I would especially recommend a trip to the hotel's art shop and to ask for Harvey. As well as having some great Egyptian art on sale at very good prices, he will also tell you the history of each painting and is a fascinating story-teller. He will give you the real Egyptian experience. He's very welcoming and will do anything he can to make you enjoy your holiday even more! Try his hibiscus drink, which is delicious and great for a hangover!
The hotel's waiters are also excellent. Mohammed and Salah took care of us throughout our holiday - and even had our drinks and table ready as we arrived for dinner. It is worth giving a tip at the start of the holiday and again at the end - they will practically adopt you for the week!
The hotel has two restaurants - Il Rustico and Mahfouz, both are great. Il Rustico serves the same food each night - freshly made pizzas and pasta-to-order, as well as lovely salads and fresh waffles and icecream. Mahfouz is a buffet which changes each night, usually in line with a theme eg. Meditterean, Asian or seafood. Make sure you don't miss carvery night on a Monday for a delicious gravy roast dinner that your grandma would be proud of! And try the green yorkshire puddings - they make look dodgy but they give the orginals a run for their money!
The great thing about this hotel is that they serve food around the clock from breakfast, to morning snacks at the pool bar, to the fantastic BBQ lunches, to afternoon snacks at the beach bar, to dinner and late night meals at the Sunset Bar until 2am.
There is a disco every night in the Sunset Bar (the down side of having a sea view room if you like an early night as they are right next to the bar) Entertainment is put on regularly by the animation team here too and although it is certainly entertaining, you might be better off just grabbing a free cocktail and heading for the Bedouin Tent above for a smoke on the shisha (water pipe). Ask for the Pineapple Cooler cocktail and strawberry shisha - a great mix!
House-keeping is also entertaining. Each day, your towels will be arranged into various forms - swans, crocodiles etc - to greet you when you get back from the beach. It was a nice suprise after a long day sunbathing and your room will be spotless!
Hilton Sharks Bay is a truly enchanting place, which makes you feel instantly at home and relaxed. I've visited the other hotels in Sharks Bay but none had the charm and charisma of the Hilton. I guarantee you a holiday you'll never forget. See you there next year!
My Husband and I took a trip to Egypt in Feb 2004, and chose our hotel based on the price. We got a deal online for ''''''399 each all inclusive for 7 nights.
On arrival, the hotel looks impressive, and we were not disappointed with the room either. It was beautifully decorated and had a nice bathroom (shower only). The dining was of exceptional quality for an all inclusive resort. There are three restaurants, one main buffet, an italian where they cook fresh pizzas and waffles or pancakes for dessert and offer waiter service with the set menu -we were in heaven! At lucnchtimes, there is a barbeque /grill which is the most popular. Also you get no flies here as they don't like smoke! The alcohol is a bit dodgy, like moonshine. I would recommend you buy duty free before departure, or pay the supplement for premium brands. The bedouin tent is very pleasant at night, they provide entertainment (usually dancers, but watch out as they DO drag you up to dance with them- highly embarassing) you can also get alcohol or coffee and try a shisha pipe. There is also the pool bar and beachfront sunset bar, and you can also get drinks from the restaurants.
There is a weird law that says you can only buy duty free for the first 24h you are in Egypt. There is a special shop in Naama Bay. I would say dont bother. Cigarettes are cheaper in the shops (about ''''''11 for 200) and you have to queue for ages to get into a shop that is rather bare.
The swimming pool at the Hilton is lovely and huge, they also do dancing and activities there daily. For the best deal, hit the beach. It is man made with platforms. It is very aesthetically pleasing, there is a pontoon to take snorkellers past the sharp reefs into the action. You will be amazed. My husband says this is the best diving he has ever done. The sea is so warm and clear and pleasant. (don't let the name Sharks Bay put you off though) There is another beach bar here with more free drinks and ice creams.
One other thing to mention is that this resort is in a very upmarket area. Next to other premium hotels such as the Four Seasons and the Radisson. Finally, you may find you are pestered a little by egyptian men.
Overall a super break for a bargain price!!
The best hotel in the world
This hotel was fantastick.Ive been three times over two years, i dont see how people can not injoy this fantastick,entertaining hotel. great food,butiful weather , nice beech, lots of fishs they must be crazy! i think it the best hotel in the world and belive me ive been all over the place with my dad and we love it.
As a frequent business traveller it takes a lot to impress me but this hotel had it all and certainly far exceeded my expectations.
The hotel itself was bright and modern and kept spotlessly clean. The staff could not have been better and to be honest they made it that extra bit special. Beautiful service, smiles all round, couldn't have been more helpful. The place ran like a dream, certainly a great deal better than many top class business hotels I've stayed in. Who ever the management are deserve a big pat on the back for getting it just right. Do your bit too - be friendly back, leave a small tip every now and again and you will be amazed at how far that goes. You will find your table ready for you every evening, you drink order already there and so on.
The location is brilliant, a short hop down to the beach and you are there amongst the coral and the fish. I've never seen better, you literally float amoungst shoals of the most varied and beautiful fish I've ever seen. Fantastic fun for children and adults alike. The water sports are good and really reasonably priced, we tried something different every day and again the staff were really efficient and good humoured. As for the sun loungers, don't worry, more than enough to go round and the beach is the best spot anyway. I never even ventured in to the pool, magnificent though it was. The fish and coral were calling me.
The food was more than adequate considering this is an all inclusive resort - and a really good value for money one at that. Again I was pleasantly surprised by the variety. I defy anyone to not be able to find something to suit their tastes. Another factor to bear in mind is that there was a constant supply of food from the moment you wake up until the early hours of the morning. So no grumbles from my gang of friends, okay it's not 5 star gourmet fare but it was perfectly acceptable and certainly more than I expected for the price we paid.
I will certainly visit Sharks Bay again - in the very near future. As a female who has had more than her fair share of hassle on holidays I'd have no hesitation in recommending this hotel for lone female holidaymakers. It is very safe and you are very well looked after by all the staff.
Finally a few tips - different operators seem to offer slightly different packages and rooms. I booked with Longwood travel and they certainly seemed to have the edge on most of the other operators. We got a bigger room, with a large bed, pool view and balcony, fully stocked and replenished fridge, fruit, cakes and so on. They also seemed to have more reps at the airport and generally made things very much easier than the experience of our friends who travelled with a different company. Basically hunt around and think twice before making a saving of £10.00 per booking, it may not be worth it.
Naam Bay is a short ride away via hotel shuttle, it's busy, noisy and crowded but if that's your thing then you'll be happy as anything. Bars, markets, casino's the works. I managed it for a couple of hours before I headed back to chill out at the hotel. So something for everyone and a really good mix of people. Not one negative thing to say other than the wind was a little chilly the last couple of nights, so bring something warm for the evenings just incase.
Sharks Bay Resort is perfect
Sharks bay resort is absolutly beautiful the rooms are clean the entire hotel is emaculate.
The staff are friendly helpful and wonderful company. The views from the beach are amazing and the skys are clear and beautiful. I was totally amazed by sharks bay resort, i went in febuary of this year and can not wait to revisit. The staff make you feel very welcome and everything in the hotel is perfect deffinate visit. The evening entertainment in the tent is quite mild but still very pleasing and there is full day entertainment to keep all ages happy. I can not complain about anything except that i couldnt stay there forever.
We stayed in the hotel for 2 weeks in september this year and found the staff excellent, the food above average and the dive school absolutly superb. It's try the nightlife was pretty dire but then the pool and snorkelling off the beach coupled with the excellent diving made this pretty inconsequential.
The dive centre staff and people were, well just fantastic in every way. We swam with dolphins but unfortunately a dolphin died a couple days later when it became entangled with a moring rope. Up untill then it would swim next to you and wait for you to catch up.
My wife had a stomach bug for a couple of days which i am convinced came from her brushing her teeth with bottled water or possibly from the ice in her drinks, so don't do that!.
We are looking at going back next July if possible. We booked through key2holidays and were treated superbly, i would thoroughly recommend both the agents and the hotel.
We have always had action type holidays (theme parks etc) and wanted a dive / snorkel holiday.The hilton was a superb hotel the rooms ( we had 2 adjoining) were extreamly clean and spacious we had a fantastic janitor who kept the rooms very clean and extreamly tidy, who also had a great sence of humor.The room was visited every other day and checked for al mechanical items air con, tv etc and promptly repaired.The range of food was excellent 2 people in the family have food allergies and found enough range to eat, the snacks were mini meals rice, salad chicken bread no one would ever go hungry.the animation team were very friendly and great fun for all ages with a range of activiteis for all every day,the coral reef at the end of the hotels beach was out of this world I snorkled most days for hours on end and swam with an abundance of fish there was a dolphin that came most days and was very friendly and loved the attention, i saw Sting rays, Eagle rays, large groupers, Angel fish,Lion fish, puffer fish and many many more.We took advantage of snorkel trips to the coral at Tiran straights and Ras mohamed and saw dolphims, Turtles,Leopard sharKs,Napolion fish and more some of the coral was no better than the hotels coral so this makes you realise how god the site is.The diving was excellent we had Introductory dives with an instructor and went down to 6 meters for £35 this was fantastic and very safe our daughter tookm the PADI open water course and qualified in 3 days she is 14 and can now dive down to 18 meters she had a fantastic experience and had an excellent instructor this cost £250 including licence and dive log UK costs £350 + .We were not bothered about evening entertainment there was some put on at the sunset bar by the animation team you made it what it was but if you want clubs etc there are plenty in Nama bay 10/15 mins by taxi, the hotel supplies transport for 12 egypt pounds 1 way just over 1 UK Pound or you can get taxis and haggle the price around 25 Egypt Pounds £2.50 uk.Travelers Tummy i always get one but the hotel has its own doctor and clinic Iwas cured in 24 hours and enjoyed the rest of my stay.Overall we all had a fantastic time and were more than looked after all this in a desert of a third world country.
What a nightmare. I travelled with my mother, sister and niece and found this hotel dirty and very badly maintained. The food was truely disgusting. Cold most of the time and no variety at all.
The pool area is lovely but I reiterate what others have said that there is nothing to do in the evening. I found the staff over familiar and lecherous and although the diving was excellent I have been completely put off Egypt by my experiences in this hotel.
Naama Bay is a tacky town with nothing but mass produced souvenirs with no authenticity. As a tall blonde I felt intimidated and uncomfortable by all the unwanted attention both in the hotel and in the town.
However we ended up eating in the Four Seasons for our last three nights in Sharm and I must say that it was the Egypt I expected. It is not that expensive for the Four Seasons and that staff were what one would expect in a decent hotel.
Hilton Sharks Bay you have a long way to go.
Sharks Bay Resort
Hotel was beautifully clean, rooms were lovely and very well kept, staff were all very friendly, and always available to help, the hotel itself has its own beach, but down a rather steep hill, worth the walk though, there is a bar and cafe down on the beach so need to go back up to main hotel during the day, it is based right over a reef where you can see all the fish without ever getting wet, but would thoroughly recommend the snorkelling. If this is not for you the pool is gorgeous. The food was very well displayed with plenty of choices. The only thing we found to complain about was the night life, or rather lack of it, there is a bedouin tent where they put on some sort of entertainment most evenings but nothing to get excited about, anyone with teenage children beware there is nothing for them and as the hotel is quite some way from Naama Bay we were quite isolated, if you want to get away from it all and are not bothered about the nightlife, it is the ideal place
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Lots of exploring n lolling by the pool .... Start diving tomorrow..... More to come as it happens blog fans !!
... term but unless monitored will quickly revert back to the lax attitude of before. There is a very high military presence around the airport and more checkpoints at entry roads to the resort areas. So the Sharm feels very safe, at least on the ground ( & even more so under the sea ) . The lack of tourists has meant there is no work for me at the moment, but at least i don't rely on it. However on a positive note, the reefs are quiet, and there's no queues at the bar ; ...
... fish ... Ace!!! We are back at our Appartment again now & back to our routines & school work. I need to get back to gym all this 'all inclusive' eating & drinking is starting to show on my belly again ! Going to try sort a boat & bus to get us to Luxor sometime soon, Ewan not too keen on flying at the moment- after the horrible news about the Russian plane that crashed just north of here. Live every day as if its your last.... You never know whats round the corner ...
... at another resort when a tiger shark was spotted in the area where people were swimming. Ahmed saved the day by quickly evacuating the people to the shore. That evening I was completely relaxed. The real holiday feeling was settling in now. I had some bread and babaganough for dinner and a cup of tea in the bedouin tent with a view of the beach. It was hard to believe I was leaving this peaceful place already ...
... for me! Back to an intensive diving course and lots of fun theory. Back to a not-so comfortable bed. Back to will and Matt. If you hear a resigned tone in that don't, I prefer dahab to Sharm by a long shot, in price, people and place. I still have had an amazing weekend here. It's been great to have someone here who you really know, and now I know why people go travelling with their friends more often than on their own! It's easier. But I guess I've learnt the hard way. 40 days to ...