Monte Carlo Sharm El Sheikh
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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 ...
... realized is how much I've taken sipadan for granted. Sipadan is an island off the coast of east Malaysia where I did my first dive vacation. Till today (88 dives and counting), my best dives have been done there. It's also where I brought Dorothy to be certified last December. She saw 5 turtles on her very first dive! It wasn't even a real dive, it was the one where you wear your gear for the first time and jump into the sea. For comparison, my first dive was in a quarry ...
... and the hostages were released. The next story concerned the Beirut Hostages of which there were many. As last time Terry Waite took us to the point where he was about to get into a car with the hostage takers and then said, ‘sorry times up, you’ll have to wait till next time!’ This was predictable but very funny.
The next lecture concerns his 5 years in solitary confinement and how he coped. The final ‘session of enrichment for the morning’ was ...
... very popular destination for Brits and Russians, so many in fact there were signs in Russian at my hotel. The rocky mountains are stunning at sunset and it’s a great place for snorkeling and diving. So many hotels and clubs, it reminded me of Ibiza a ...
... the Bell Tower and the mosque’s minaret. We also meet a talkative black cat who lets us pet him.
Among the many places we are not allowed to take pictures is the Church of the Transfiguration. Like other churches we’ve visited, we cannot take photos and we must observe silence while we walk through. A Greek Orthodox monk dressed in black ushers us into ...
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Just returned from a weeks stay at the Ritz Carlton. One word- FANTASTIC!
The hotel itself is superb, immaculate and in beautiful grounds. The staff are very friendly and helpful, nothing is too much trouble.We stayed on the hotel complex for the full week, (too good to go anywhere else) and although we were bed and breakfast we visited the on-site restaurants and even had room service a couple of nights. Considering we had cocktails every night and ate until we were fit to burst, we still spent less than $200 per person!
Tip, if you like wine bring your own - $50 a bottle on average! Needless to say we stuck to spirits and beer. You are not hassled to tip all the time, that is left up to you.
We are now planning a return trip later in the year.
This is Heaven
O my. Where do I start?
Choose this if you are ready to be spoilt beyond any borders.
Everything is perfect from the arrival where you are seated and greeted with a hot towel and a drink. You are then taken to your room by golf buggy, and 5 minutes later your baggage arrives.
The rooms are large and are very clean. They also offer turndown service, where they leave some water and chocolate.
This is the best hotel I have ever stayed in.
Mmm Not What We Expected
This hotel is beautiful. The surroundings are what you would expect of The Ritz, the food and the service in the restaraunts is up to Ritz standard.. BUT..... the Room service and front desk service was not up to even a 4* standard.
I've read all the reviews so far and yes its good, but having stayed in many 5* hotels, the room quality and bathroom quality did not live up to the Ritz reputation.
The standard (garden) rooms are noisy (you can hear your neighbour watching TV at night, and going to the bathroom) The rooms are not decorated to the same high quality as many other 5* hotels. My mini bar was broken and not repaired until the end of my stay, I orderd an iron and received it 3 days later, even then it seemed like one I had thrown out my house 10 years ago!!!
The design of the 'blocks' of rooms is something that needs changing, While in the shower you can hear other occupants through the drainage pipes!! You would think the Ritz would have at least spent some time and energy on the bathroom but they were designed with basic decor. Not marble, nothing stylish, i've seen better designs in a 4* hotel. That was the only disapointing part. Otherwise good hotel, value for money.
Food was not that expensive considering you were at the Ritz, bettern food than Nama Bay.
Just back from a one week break at the Ritz in early Jan. This hotel is superb. Located on a private peninsula with a corel reef just off shore, the hotel was one one the nicest 5 stars we have stayed in. Food at all 5 restaurants was top notch if a little expensive. Choice of Italian, Japanese, Lebanese, Al fresco with spectacular fresh fish and a daily buffet. Need to book restaurants a day in advance. Relatively small spa but excellent massages and lots of good stuff for the ladies. Superb pools, nice big rooms. Best thing about the hotel was loads and loads of friendly staff so service levels in general were very good. Small but good kids club again with very nice staff. Very nice weather in Jan.
Only downsides, heated pool could be warmer, Sharm itself not great, 12% service charge on everything which I do not think makes it way to the staff on the ground.
Definately will be back here next Jan.
We visited the Ritz Carlton Sharm El Sheikh with some friends on the 6th December 2004 and found it to be a charming resort with the service and facilities expected of a 5 star resort, but with the added flair of the Ritz chain.
Our arrival (just after dark) was welcomed by an egyption band (laid on for just the four of us), a cool refreshing towel, and a welcome soft drink. The foyer of the hotel was spectacular - very spacious and opulent.
The next morning when we opened our curtains (and having only booked a standard room) we were pleasantly surprised to be greeted by an excellent sea view. Breakfast was excellent, with a lot of choice - omeletes, eggs, pancakes, every type of pastry imaginable! On exploration, there were two pools - one with bridges that resembled a canal and one away from the beach with a lazy river. Both were immaculate and clean but only one section of the main canal pool was heated which made swimming in the others impossible unless you were very brave (it was nearly christmas after all). We lunched at waves a few times which was very nice (pizza, salads, burgers, sandwiches), but found that ordering food by the other pool (from what was the in-room dining menu) was much better value for money and the food was just as good.
On an evening we visited Naama Bay a few times, but felt glad to be back in the quiet sanctuary of the hotel away from all the hussle and bussle. Definately and experience not to be missed though. We definately would not want to stay in a hotel in the centre of town! The rest of the time we ate at the hotel (quite expensive but well worth it). Our favourite was La Luna, but we also tried Fayrouz (lebanese) and Blue Ginger (Asian) which we thoroughly enjoyed. I suppose the only negative I would have is that being a wine drinker, the only affordable wine for us was the egyption - perfectly drinkable but still £18 per bottle. The european wines were all around £60/70 per bottle - unfortunately we are not that wealthy! Generally we found drinking at the hotel very expensive once all the taxes had been added a beer cost around £6. Cocktails were the same price and much better value in my opinion - try the Caribe. Beers in town cost around £1.80, although at the hotel you are paying for the exceptional levels of service.
One thing that I have not mentioned, and it was one of the main reasons for us visiting the red sea - the sea life. Words cannot describe how good the snorkelling is. The hotel's beach is on differing levels that steps down to the sea. There is a floating pontoon that allows access to the reef with out damaging it. Unfortunately, due to the time of year, a couple of days were too windy to snorkel, but on the calm days as you walk along the pontoon you can see large parrot fish and surgeon fish (one day a lion fish drifted past) floating around over the shallow reef. When you enter the water, you are at the reef drop off and can snorkel along and see every type of fish imaginable. Its not only the fish - the colourful coral gardens are also truly amazing.
All in all, we had a fabulous holiday at a fabulous hotel. If you stay there you just have to expect to pay the fabulous prices. I suppose the acid test is would we go back - yes, tommorow!
Top class hotel
We stayed in Ritz-Carlton, about 8 km from Naama Bay. Free shuttlebus is available several times per day. Can recommend this hotel. Fantastic architecture and decoration in main building. Pool area is large (150 m long pool) and there is a jetty to snorkeling directly at the corall reef, and a very good diving school. Fitness room is 7 on a scale to 10. The lebanese restaurant is of another world(july 04) but prices is more like a european level. The other two restaurants is also on a very high quality. The bar and lounge area and the terrace outside will give you peace in mind and soul in the evening, looking towards the sea and smoking sheesha. Rooms are OK, about 50 sqm, but there are tiles on the floor (like all beach hotels) so its not this warm feeling u get in 5 star business hotels. Very profesional and friendly staff. They have golf-carts to drive u around the property if u dont want to walk. We have also tried Intercontnental here, and Ritz is far ahead.
Good quality and value
Spent 1 week mid November here, had an enjoyable relaxing holiday in very attractive surroundings. Beautiful grounds and main pool. Spacious comfortable rooms with big patios - although not as plush as I expected from Ritz Carlton. Super helpful well trained motivated staff. Good food in the speciality restaurants -although buffet disappointing for dinner (good breakfast). Expensive meals and extras apart from the buffet. Wonderful lobby lounge and bar.
There is an issue over sunbeds! Only early risers sure of a bed - although no shortage of space in the grounds - and management say they have more sunbeds on order!
Would stay again. Looked at the Hyatt whilst there, which appeared more tired and more congested. Four Seasons was even more stunning but is more compact and more expensive.
Overall good value for the quality on offer but expensive extras and perhaps not quite Ritz Carlton standards elsewhere in the world.
Because of the value, a rather mixed clientele!
The ritz carlton is well situated if you want a quiet vacation and good snorkling just in front of the hotel. It's far (15 minutes by car) from naama bay (downtown) but they have free transports. Our room was nice. When we arrived, our room was not cleaned, and we waited 30 minutes in the lobby (but seated in their comfy armchair with a welcome drink!). At first, they gave us a room with twin beds, but we asked a king size bed when we made our reservation. We changed room a couple of hours after. Our room was supposed to be a sea view. That's what they told us when we made the reservation. In fact, we barely see it. It was a bit hidden. The pool is fantastik. The beaches too (all small spots). We ate once at the Lebanese restaurant with a belly dancing show. We also tried the buffet. It's a bit pricey, but well worth it! (we had a special price, but I'm not sure I would book at the regular price. Maybe if I was rich... lol!)
No Harm in Sharm
Its an interesting taxi ride from Cairo to Sharm el Sheik. After crossing the Suez you pass through about 20 military checkpoints to get to Sharm. While the roads are reasonable the drivers go at breakneck speeds, weaving between the oncoming traffic and the enormous trucks that jostle for position, the driver I had seemed to know what he was doing, narrowly missing oncoming cars, altho I closed my eyes a couple of times as we crested a hill on the wrong side. Eventually the 'You are entering Sharm el Sheik' sign appears and sure enough a picturesque harbour complete with dive boats comes into view, oddly along with a pile of barbed wire and 'Photography Not Allowed Military Installation!' signposts. OhKay. A few miles further the palmlined driveway of The Ritz Carlton appears, and there it is, a calm oasis of cool marble and courteous and efficient staff. The beautiful foyer looks out over a cobalt blue sea and the pinky colored island. 2 floors below the foyer is the pool, which was surrounded by italians when I was there, end July/Aug - you had to ensure you were on the beach to get your sunbed before 10 or forget it, even at that time of year it was v. busy. The sea views are beautiful and right off the coast there is a 'wall' offering fantastic snorkelling. The suites are v. comfortable, mine was on the garden, great for breakfast, and peaceful yet still close to the action. There's also a very nice spa with friendly cheerful staff and the Egyptian, italian trained, hairdresser speaks about 5 languages and is fantastic! No holiday disasters to report at all! Highly recommend this resort.
What a fabulous hotel, stunning views, fantastic food, very friendly proffessional staff, beautiful swimming pools, excellent snorkeling around the hotel, I really can not rate this hotel high enough I certainly will be going back again, guarenteed sunshine and very hot!!!!!