Island Garden Resort
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... has tried to pull me under water or I’ve been invited to dive below the surface "for fun." Well, the fun in these moments was one sided. In recent years I’ve been over coming my fears to prove to myself that long standing negative mental notions can be dispelled. I found that going skydiving was a quick way to face my fear of falling. Over New Year’s, after years of deliberation, I decided to become scuba certified and I have now completed several dives in the Red ...
... of the Sinai Peninsula next to the Red Sea, and surrounded by desert Its population is approximately 35,000, and is made up of about 7000 km of land.
We stayed at the Marriot Hotel. Our Hotel was on the mountainside and the better half was on the beach side. Crossing to the beach meant a 5 minute walk over a busy highway with traffic police slowing down the traffic to allow tourists to cross.
... to organise everything. Once on the boat and on the way to the dive site I had a 30 min nap which helped a lot ;) We did the first dive in an area called Temple – there are two massive coral formations rising from around 20 metres depth almost up to the surface, they look a bit like pillars and there was tons of stuff around them :) The dive itself wasn’t too complicated, just a couple of skills to show and then we had 40 min to explore the area and this time we ...
... beach, bought some snorkel gear fro a fine price, then up to hotel for swim in pool, lunch and then snorkelling off the beach.
Jumped off the rocks.
Early evening spend drinking coke and looking at some kind of bird of prey trying to get a cat that
was stuck on a roof.
Walked down to town for drinks and dinner. Lots of choice and decent enough prices. Have to be ...
... sorted everything for us. They even let me through with - wait for it - 42 kg of luggage!!! (in two bags)... how in the hell had I accumulated that much!!! I'm going to have to send a large box home from Tel Aviv... probably with one of the freight carriers rather than the postal service. I can't schlep this much around Spain on my own, that's for sure!
My resort is very luxurious and, ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Island Garden Resort Sharm El-Sheikh
The sunrise island resort (maxim garden) is excellent, i cant believe these i got from this hotel. the food was great and the kids loved it.
the swimming pools were so clean there was no dirst anywhere, the rooms are really nice.
i cant belive people dont like this hotel, its deff 4 star standard.
My wife and I visted Aug 2005. Weather 40c everyday, not a cloud int he sky, ever ! This resort has been rebranded from Maxim gardens to Sunrise Gardens, and the beach hotel from White Knight to Sunrise Island. I stayed at Sunrise Island which is meant to be 4 star, while the gardens is 3 star. We also visited the gardens which is worse than our hotel, mush worse.
To start with, this hotel is NOT what we expected.
FOOD: Same day in day out, very bland
STAFF: Have a severe attitude problem, want tipping constantly and trying to get problems sorted out was a huge issue as unless you REALLY complain and shout at them.
ENTERTAINMENT: Tried hard, but again, same day in day out. The entertainment was next to the Lebanese restaurant, so you had to listen to agadoo every night whilst eating your dinner.
LOCATION: Next to the runway of SHARM airport
All in All, a less then 3 * hotel
First warning when booking this hotel is there are 2: Sunrise Gardens and its sister, Sunrise Island View.
I have just got back from the Sunrise Island Sea Veiw suites which was formerly known as the Maxim Plaza. I went with my husband and two girls 6 and 4 we had a really nice holiday. I would agree with other reviews that the place is more like a 4* than 5* but the plus points were its cleanliness, the staff were very helpful ( even without the 2$ tips) the complex is great and well kept. The food is plentiful and there is loads of variety although most people we met as well as 3 out of four of us had tummy upsets, this was most likely due to change in water (which we didn't drink but assume that everything is washed in) or the heat which was extream...but i'm not complaining! The local pharmacy was very helpful... !
My husband and 2 daughters aged 10 and 17 stayed at the Sunrise island view formerly Maxim plaza for 1 week on the 14 july. certainly not 5 star more a 3/4. We had a junior suite which was smaller than we expected. No separate bedroom but kept immaculately clean by the cleaner who worked really hard as all the staff did and are grateful for a couple of dollars tip as they dont earn much. The gardens were landscaped to perfection with lots of bridges and pretty waterfalls. We opted for the pool nearer the beach as the largest one with the slides was always full. We found there werent many english but, lots of rude italians, russians and germans. We were all inclusive and breakfast was the best meal, lots of bread and cakes and an omelette station which was delicious. found the rest of the meals a bit repetitive. I was rather nervous about eating because of all the stories of tummy bugs to which my husband succumbed to for a couple of days, tablets from the pharmacy across the road helped. The fish in the sea were amazing. My husband really enjoyed the snorkelling. Not much of a beach- manmade with umbrellas and sunbeds. The attention my daughter got constantly from the egyptians got a bit tedious in the end dont think they see many blondes! We took the shuttle bus to naama bay, cost us 11 dollars. very busy there bit like blackpool with kfc and mc donalds lots of hassle from overeager shopkeepers. All in all weather was fantastic, hotel complex was adequate, but, overated, not much to do outside the complex so we got a bit bored at night. The entertainment in the hotel was poor. Just a supermarket outside our hotel so didnt have any shops to visit. I didnt find this holiday to be the most relaxing I've ever had, think I was paranoid about the tummy bugs, which as we found out on the plane on way home, were rife in all the hotels, lots of people had to call doctors and even go to the hospital, glad we came back when we did as it was 20 hrs after we got home that the bombs went off!
I satyed in the Maxim Plaza for two weeks with my mum and her partner, and have to say it is one of the nicest hotels i have ever been to. The hotel was kept spotless, and the staff could not do enough for you. Perhaps not quite a 5* but definitely 4*. How anyone could complain about the food is beyond me- the options to choose from are amazing...soooo much choice!! All the waiters were extremely friendly, and never let you have an empty glass. The only thing i would say that bothered me is how greedy some of the russian guests were- i was amazed at how much they piled onto their plate- as if it were going to run out. It is not true the hotel does not serve diet coke- because they certainly had enough for me whilst i was staying there. Although some aspects of it not all being all-inclusiive is right to a certain degree- down on the beach bar you do have to pay for alcoholic drinks - but the staff say that is for a saftey precaution because they have had past guests hurting themselves on the coral where they have had too much to drink- so thats kind of undertandable. The vodka is not fantastic over there, and i dont think they had martini- but im not 100% on that.
Having just spent 2 weeks at this hotel i would say the rating should be 3.5 star to 4 star. the level of cleanliness was superb, the staff amongst some of the most friendly i have met on all of my travels. the hotel is a very nice complex of bungalows, with a superb swimming pool. , the lager is very nice and the wine is excellent local spirits except for rum and brandy are not nice at all although everyones pallet is different..The down side is that wine which is very nice red and white is only served with meals ( bummer)The food i would say was nice if you like chicken, and salad the deserts are really superb. They did have a variety of egyptian foods but without any guide to what the meal was supposed to be you would have to ask one of the hard working waiters. The snorkelling is absolutely mind blowing crystal clear water and wow the fish unbeleivable, to sum up i woudl highly recommend this holiday to anyone even families as the pool area has slides and a kiddies pool, try the quad safari brilliant would visit naama bay worth a vist very little hassle a polite no is all you need and they accept that no problem we would definitely return there again. do not change your money in england wait until you get to the airport we changed some of our cash here and got 9.87 egyptian pound for £1 at sharm airport you will get 11.4 egytian pounds also take us$ and they are a good exchange rate. tipping is never asked for but greatly accepted as there wage is £30 - £50 a month a a tip goes a long way in ensuring your service is better than normal. We would definitely return to sharm