The Ritz-Carlton, Sharm El Sheikh
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I'm in a bit of shock, I think. Well, it's hard to say whether it's a shock or an ambivalence. Cairo is very different from Africa, and very different from many places. Still I find myself adjusting rather quickly - not wandering around wide-eyed and hypersensitive to the newness of the environment. This is either shock, like I first mentioned, or …
... to Sharm again and again to dive. A Dutch family of three was on our dive boat. The parents have been to Sharm seven times in the past nine years, and the daughter five. They have all logged well over a hundred dives. We were not as experienced - this became evident to me as we jumped into the water off the back of our boat at Jackson Reef, a picturesque underwater plateau near Tiran Island, to begin our second day of diving and our first time ever in open water. The sea next to ...
... did a few extra activities. One afternoon they hired quad bikes and sand buggies and rode into the sand dunes. Ricky drove in the sand buggy most of the way with Tom as the navigator. Lots of fun.
The boys also went on a scuba diving trip into the Red Sea. Ricky snorkelled while the bigger boys scuba dived. Tom had his first experience scuba diving and absolutely loved it. The briefing involved a ...
... people taking off their equipment in a very limited space we enjoyed some tea on the sun deck while discussing the next dive. The boat moved a bit for it – to Ras Umm Sid, a small cape, which means current, which in turn means a drift dive :) The small plateau on which the Temple is ends at Ras Umm Sid, so there is a vertical drop off and basically a wall of corals, along which we were drifting. The good thing is that whoever is allowed to, can go deeper (we still stayed at ...
... should, was worth it as we chilled out for the day, more snorkelling, poolside lunch etc. And then flight home.
Another good holiday. Shame Israel is so expensive for food, but the cheapness of entry to major sites in israel made up for it. Jordan was good, they need to lower petra price by 10 quid or so though, as it discourages people and the nice locals are suffering. Egypt as always lovely.
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Ritz-Carlton, Sharm El Sheikh Sharm El-Sheikh
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!)
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!!!!!