Sea Life Resort
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Only a 4 1/2 hour flight, arrive earlier than normal so a couple of hours sunlight left. Interesting journey via taxi to the hotel, which included having to get out of it as we got grounded on a sleeping policeman! Hotel is very spread out, nice gardens. First rooms not to good but the girls manage secure new ...
11/11/2013 - Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt
We took the taxi(or limo) to Na'ama Bay. The limo service dropped us off at a "friends" store so that we could have a place to call when we wanted to go back to the ship. Of course, they wanted us to spend our money at the store on knock-off t-shirts of the Hard Rock Cafe, or oils/perfumes , or whatever. We did ...
... or Cairo too. And it's no wonder the Israelites needed manna. All there is in this part of the world is rocks.
So we have armed military guards - eight of them, I think. One military vehicle is in front of us (to hit the land mines first?), and one is behind. I would be nervous, except that I like a little adventure, and our tour guide, Bruce Porter, is giving a really interesting lecture on Cain, Abel, and priesthood authority as we ...
... here and they all have to leave and return in a certain order, so it takes a long time to depart and return. Our tour started at 900 and we didn’t actually leave the port until 1030 or so because it was somewhat of a chaotic mess trying to get a certain group down to the boat. The boats do not leave from the beach. It is a 5 minute walk from the beach to the port. ...
... each other with mainly shagging and ******** talk. My description of these 2 girls perhaps make them appear vulgar and crass but believe me they wernt, they were 2 intelligent young ladies that were comfortable enough to talk openly and didnt feel the necessity to talk about the usual traveller drivel of politics and universities and outdoor sports etc. After the departure of my north american friends i spent the next 6 days in a quite nice hotel. I didnt go out much ...
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Love it fantastic hotel
i stayed at the sealife hotel in august and i had an amazing time
The hotel was vey lovely and clean it was idea for everything and to visit every were. The beach and sea was amazing and i went horse riding and also to see the pyamids.
The hotel was extremely clean and the staff were very freindly.
There was always somehing to eat for everyone. I would
recommend this hotel to anyone
it catered for couples singles and familes especially
i would give it 10 out of 10 for everything
Not enough "Loo Rolls" !!
We have just returned from the Sea Life.....and how do we feel?...very relaxed, tanned....and slimmer. Sorry, the slimmer is nothing to do with the food, which we found to very adequate, but more to do with the really aweful stomach bug that we both caught, and which seemed to be rife within the resort. Everyone that we had spoken to had had this bug in various forms. Its not the normal "take an Imodium" and it will stop type upset. This was a very hard on the stomach type bug. We both ended up in the resorts own pharmacy, who, I must say, were very professional and helpful. We were put on a course of antibiotics and the problem had resolved itself within a couple of days. If I thought it was just the change of water or food, I would accept this, but I feel there may be an underlying problem. The many people that we spoke to about the bug had only one thing in common....we had all used the swimming pool. I say this because many had said there partners were ok...and they had not used the pool. Although the pool looked immaculate, it was heavily used and there were never any visable signs of the pool being cleaned and our room was overlooking the pool. Please do not let these remarks put you off because we actually loved the place. Its one of the best holidays we have had. The staff were fantastic, the rooms great...and the location perfect. There seems to be a fair amount of criticism of the food in reviews. I cant really understand this as we found the food good. This is, after all an all inclusive holiday and we are told before go that food will be on a buffet type basis. With this in mind, I think the staff prepared adequate, well cooked and varied dishes. Ok, we can all say we would prefer this and would rather have that, but we have to remember that this is a very busy resort, not a few roomed country hotel. The staff in the restaurant were brilliant and we wanted for nothing. In fact the staff on the resort were all brilliant. I even got on great with the grounds staff who kept the gardens immaculate. They even put wooden name boards up around some of the plants to identify them. If you are going to the resort, try something for me. Talk to the "Natives". They are lovely people and love being spoken to and people asking questions. I must agree with a previous reviewer about the Italians on the resort...they were quite rude and very ignorant...and where the staff were concerned..they looked down there noses at them. The staff deserved better.
I had no real problems with the resort. My gripes were with our Cosmos rep, who was elusive and not that helpful and I was incensed that the very expensive trip that we took to see Cairo and the Pyramids was a quarter of the price if booked outside the resort, so go careful.
All in all...a fantastic holiday and a great resort....and as a pumped up Yank once said...We'll be Back.....probably
Urlaub war - OK
Wir kommen gerade von einem einwöchigen Urlaub im Sea Life Resort zurück. Bei unserer Ankunft wurden uns unsere Zimmer zugewiesen, die am ende der Rezeption waren, was zum Essen und für die Bar wirklich gut ist. Ich würde Ihnen allerdings raten, die zusätzlichen £46 Pfund pro Zimmer zu zahlen und ein Zimmer in der Nähe des Pools zu nehmen, dann haben Sie auch Meerblick. Die Zimmer schienen größer zu sein und wirkten viel luftiger. Man hätte wirklich keine saubereres Hotel auswählen können, da das Personal unentwegt am putzen war. Nun zum AI-Teil!!! Wir hatten noch nie zuvor AI gebucht und waren wirklich etwas entäuscht. Obwohl wir großzügig Trinkgelder verteilt hatten, waren manche einfach erstklassig und andere sogar unwillig, uns zu bedienen. Wenn sie es dann aber taten, waren die Gläser nie bis zum Rand gefüllt! Die Getränke, die im Angebot inbegriffen sind, werden alle lokal hergestellt. Das Lager war ok (kein Bier), die Spirituosen waren allerdings alle qualitativ schlecht. Wenn man besseres trinken wollten, musste man bis 23 Uhr warten und in einen andere bar wechseln, in der man aber auch zahlen musste. Alle Softdrinks waren bekannte marken wie Pepsi, Fanta etc. Das Essen im Hauptrestaurant wird gut repräsentiert, ist aber nach einigen tagen etwas langweilig und wiederholt sich oft. Wir empfehlen Ihnen £2 für ein Mittagessen in der Beachbar zu bezahlen, was zwar etwas teuer ist, aber wirklich lecker ist. Die Pizzen waren einfach wunderbar. Auch das japanische Restaurant ist zwar teuer, aber das Geld wert. Das Unterhaltungsprogramm war erstklassig, es gab Volleyball, Aqua Aerobic und sogar Bauchtanz! Abends war das Programm allerdings nicht so gut. Alles in allem hatten wir einen tollen Urlaub und würden uns überlegen, in den Winterferien wieder hierher zu kommen.
Kein 5 Sterne Hotel - weniger als 3
Habe im Juni 2006 im Sea Life Hotel urlaub gemacht. Zuerst erscheint das Hotel sehr klein mit schönen Gebäuden und sehr attraktiv. Als ich dann aber mein Zimmer betrat, fand ich einen sehr kleinen Raum vor, genau wie das Bad, dass auch sehr dunkel war. Es gab nur 2 Halllogenlampen (20 Watt), keine Wanne und nur eine Dusche mit einem dreckigen Plastikvorhang. Wenn man diesen zuzieht, ist es komplett dunkel unter der Dusche, deshalb muss man ihn auch geöffnet lassen. Ich wollte dann in ein anderes Zimmer umziehen, da die Dusche kaputt war und nicht reparabel war und bekam es erst nach einigen Diskussionen. Die allgemeine Situation bleibt allerdings dieselbe, das scheint hier der Standard zu sein. Das Restaurant ähnelt eher einer Kantine, das Essen ist eher schlecht, obwohl es eine gute Auswahl gab. Die Gerichte wiederholten sich auch sehr oft. Das Riff ist an dieser stelle nicht so gut, wegen der Strömung (Der Strand liegt direkt am Tiran channel) Man kann nur am späten Nachmittag tauchen gehen. Deshalb werde ich dieses Hotel mit Bestimmtheit beim nächsten Mal meiden. Auch wenn das Hotel offiziell 5 Sterne hat, würde ich gerade mal 3 Sterne geben. Seien Sie achtsam: Das Hotel Sea Club Hotel (das Gleiche Gebäude aber unter europäischen Management) ist wirklich ein 5 Sterne Hotel. Ich habe dort zwar nicht gewohnt, konnte mir aber die Zimmer ansehen, also verwechseln Sie es bloß nicht mit dem Sea Life.
Great Time at Sea Life
We have just returned from fantastic two weeks at the Sea Life resort in Sharm el Sheikh.
I'll start with the down side: 50% of the clientelle at the resort are Italian, who we found to be rude and arrogant throughout the holiday. Also, due to the fact that there are so many Italians, most of the activities (and catering) on resort are aimed at the Italians.
Once you get over the down side, the hotel is a great complex. The arrival procedure was efficient and we were in our room within 15 minutes of arriving (the porters expect a tip of 10 Egyptian Pounds for taking your cases to your room). The rooms are not huge (we had one room for two adults and two children - the children's beds being camp beds), but are adequate for purpose. The rooms have a large bathroom with shower (not the strongest shower you've ever had), very good digital air conditioning, a fridge, a TV (with a handful of english channels on it) and a free safe. The beds very comfy, and the rooms were kept spotless by the housekeeping team.
The grounds of the resort are kept immacutae by a large team of gardeners, who appear to be working 24hrs a day.
The pool area is quite large, and again kept very clean. The pool itself is large and ranges from a depth of 60cm to 1.8m, but the Sea Life also has a separate kids splash pool. There are a good number of sun loungers, and you get clean towels every day. In typical holiday fashion, you do have to get up early to get the best sun-loungers - we found that if you didn't get down before 09:00, then you would struggle to get a decent pitch. There is a bar at the pool, serving drinks and snacks throughout the day. Despite other revews, we did not find it necessary to tip the bar waiters, and did not suffer because of this. Waiting time was minimal at all times. One word of warning: beware of the Gin - it's like rocket fuel!
There is a large private beach shared between the Sea Life and the Sea Club, with ample umbrellas and sun-loungers. The sand is quite gritty, so some form of footwear is advisable for generally walking around on it. The sea is not suitable for general paddling and swimming - there is a shelf of shallow water going out about 20m, made up from stone, sand and dead coral, then a sheer drop of about 30m. This drop is where the coral starts and you are not permitted too close to the drop (by walking out). There is a jetty going out to the drop, where you can get in the water and snorkel to see the coral and many spectacular fish around. Even wading in the shallows, you will get loads of different fish swimming around your legs. Make sure that you take some shoes that you can wade around in though, as there are plenty of sea-urchins in this area also.
The catering on site (as mentioned earlier) is aimed primarily at the Italians, so if you like pasta morning, noon and night every day then fine. There are othing things on the menu, and there are themed nights (strangly enough, there is an Italian theme night?), including Chinese and Egyptian. There's generally something for everybody. The Egyptians love their desserts, and this can be seen in the huge array of desserts at every meal. There are two members of staff in the restaurant wearing blue shirts; Mohammed and Wael - if you fancy a plate of chips, or something else fo the kids, ask one of these two and they will bring them for you. Before the end of the holiday, we only had to walk into the restaurant and the chips where there for us!
Try the Lebanses restaurant upstairs. For a small amount more, they provide a fantastic meal, although the traditional dessert is extremely sweet - not for everyone!
The drinks are fine (apart from the Gin) - the beer is good, brandy and rum are ok as well. Just a shame the only serve drinks by the glass, as the glasses are quite small meaning that you have to keep going back if you are very thirsty. You also have to sign for every drink - apparently for stocktaking purposes, but you soon get used to it.
If you fancy trying Scuba Diving, the dive centre on site is extremely good. The owner, Francesco and his team are very freindly and will provide you with everything you need to get into this amazing sport. If you do a course with them, all of your equipment rental is free for the duration of the stay, and they are cheaper than the ones offered by most tour operators. The instructors come from all over the globe, but the English speaking instructor is Michael, a very friendly and experience German Diver. If you get chance, do the night dive - it's incredible!
You can use all of the facilities at both the Sea Life and the Sea Club. The Sea Club is somewhat larger, but they both provide basically the same services.
We had a great time at this resort, are are looking at going back next year. The Egyptian people are extremely friendly and will do anything for you. As far as money goes, everything now is marked in either Egyptian Pounds or Euros. We were advised to take Dollars, which was not the case (although they will still deal in dollars, but it is converted via Euros). They do not take Sterling.
Tipping is not compulsary, but we tipped the porter and left a dollar every couple of days for the housekeeper (you get some fantastic towel sculptures if you do this). We didn't have to tip any bar staff (or similar) at any point during the holiday.
All in all, a great holiday.
NOT a 5 star hotel, but less than 3 star
I had holydays on the SeaLife hotel on June 2006.
At the beginning, the hotel structure, arranged in small, nice buildings, seems attractive, but when i went into the room I found a very small room, then i looked on the bathroom: dark, only 2 small alogen lamps of 20 watts, no bath, only a shower, with a plastic (dirty) tent, and if You close it, there is no light inside the shower, so You must keep it open.
I asked to switch the room because of hydraulic problems (the shower was broken and no possible to repair it), and after some discussion i had a new one, but the overall situation remains the same, so this is a standard for this hotel.
The restaurant looks more like a canteen, the food was rather varied, but the quality was poor, many dishes but repeated food.
The barrier is not so good as expected, because of the water current (the beach is on the Tiran channel) You can dive only on late afternoon.
So, definitely, i will remember this place to avoid it next time.
Although the hotel is declared as a 5 star, my final evaluation of the hotel is well below the 3 stars.
Take care: the nearby Sea Club Hotel (of the same property, but european management) is effectively a 5 star, from any point of view; i did'nt stay there but i visited the hotel and the rooms, so don't mistake Sea Club with Sea Life.
Not the holiday we were anticipating
On arrival we were offered an upgrade to a sea-view room, which we would have had to pay around £140 for a fortnight's holiday. We opted to stay with our allocated room which was almost over-looking the beach, however, this was somewhat closer to the Sea CLUB resort (the 'sister' hotel next door which we weren't even informed about prior to booking). From here, we could hear all of the Sea Club's daytime and nighttime entertainment, from the pool or main bar which was very noisy and continued until 2am. There was no escape on the beach either, as this noise was also audible there.
Food in restaurant became repetetive (beef or chicken with rice or potatoes, or pasta), and drinks service was APPALLING - we waited at least 15 minutes on most ocassions, and even half an hour in one instance. Also the facilities were disappointing; insufficcient pool space for the amount of guests (we couldn't get a lounger once in a fortnight) 2 run-down pool tables and a dart board with 1 broken dart in the lounge bar. Other than that, nothing to amuse us in the evening apart from 'freak animation' cabaret (which was excruitiatingly loud and could also be heard quite clearly from our room on the opposite side of the complex).
We also experienced some problems with guests in the upstairs appartment, which the hotel did not deal with particularly effectively. Would also warn prospective guests to be careful when using the hotel-booked taxis - prices quoted were later changed and they tried to rip us off. If it wasn't for our rep we'd have had no idea. Bare in mind this will not be a relaxing holiday - even staff will hassle you whilst you're on the beach to book dinner/massage/excursions, all at extra cost.
Overrall, rather disappointed. Would return to the area (mainly due to the faultless weather and natural location), but would not go back to this resort.
Could of been better!!
We just returned from our 2 week stay in egypt and there are a few things you really need to know before you go.
Firstly this hotel is definitely the cleanest hotel i ever stayed at, the rooms are really well layed out and the air conditioning works like a treat. However thats where it stops, The walls and the ceilings are very thin and you can hear the people un stairs walking around and sometimes at 4 am that isn't very nice. We stayed at the botton end right on the edge of the complex, we was still 2 min walk from all the restaurant and beeches but we also got all the noise from the neighbouring hotel, If you are looking for a relaxing holiday don't stay at either the sea life hotel of the beech club hotel. We heard the Night life was far to noisy adn went on till 2 am, keeping us awake. Also for a day on the beech you will need to travel into shark bay because the beech at this hotel leaves to much to be desired. The jetty that all the brouchurs tell you about literally leads to a 20 metre drop of the coral, i'm a strong swimmer and it scared me, you cant see the bottom, though the sites of the fish may be worth it, its not suitable for children.
Finally the staff, the waiting staff could not organise a drinking session in a pub, Though we was all inclusive we tipped well and expected a good level of service, we sometimes had to wait half an hour for our drinks and then they was usually wrong. The food was well cooked but there wasnt much variety and we had pasta most nights. try and eat lunch at the pool bar the hot dogs and pizza are great and its included in the half board and all inclusive.
You will need 15 egyptian ponds for your visa, DONT let any one tell you that you wont need it. When asking for currency the travel agent didnt have a clue so we took egyptian pounds, they accect Euro, American dollars, Sterling and egyptian pounds. The main currency is Euro and Dollar however take some egyptian as wel, it helps when in the main resorts. You cant change trallers cheques up at this hotel you have to do it at a bank in na am bay and its expensive.
I do strongly recommend snorkling as well, do the boat trips if you can their amazing.
We have just returned from a week's holiday at the Sea Life Resort.
On arrival we were allocated our rooms and found that we were at the reception end of the resort, which is okay for meals and the bar, however for an extra £46 pound per room I would definitely recommend upgrading to a room near the pool which also have a sea view. These rooms appeared larger and so much airier.
You couldn't have asked for a cleaner hotel the staff never stopped cleaning.
Now comes the all inclusive bit!! We have never been all inclusive before and to be honest we were all a bit disappointed, even though we were generous with tips, some were brilliant and others seemed very reluctant to serve you and when they did the glasses were never filled to the top!
The drinks you are allowed are very limited and locally produced. Lager was OK (no beer) but the spirits were not particularly good quality, if you wanted the good stuff you had to wait until 11pm and go to a different bar where of course you had to pay. All soft drinks were well known brands Pepsi, Fanta etc
The food in the main restaurant is well presented but becomes a bit repetitive after a few days.
Would recommend paying £2 for a lunchtime meal at the beach bar, the pizzas were wonderful, we also went to the Japanese restaurant, which was a bit expensive but worth the visit.
The entertainment during the day was brilliant, volley ball, aqua aerobics even belly dancing! But when it came to the evening it was very limited.
All in all we had a good holiday and would consider returning for a winter break.