Sheraton Soma Bay Resort
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sheraton Soma Bay Resort
We went for 1 week to the Sheraton at the end of June. Our holiday really started from the airport, our private taxi driver was friendly and very helpful, he gave us a "mini tour" of Hurghada and told us a bit about the culture which was very interesting.
The hotel was stunning, with every member of staff being so attentive and friendly, they couldn't do enough for you! Everyone's english was excellent and they really made us feel welcome. The air conditioning did go off with quite a loud bang once at about midnight due to a powercut but after a call to reception they reassured us that everything was ok and within 10 minutes the whole hotel was back to normal. The rooms were spacious, modern and cool. The TV had at least 5 english channels.
The view from our balcony couldn't have been better, overlooking the beach and on to the mountains in Safaga. The sun beds had to be my favourite part, they were so comfortable it was hard to move off them!! It was almost as though there were matresses and pillows on them (but slighty firmer). I would suggest going in May or September/October time...I love the heat but at 43 degrees everyday with little or no wind it started to affect me. Everyone will tell you to drink a lot of water, it's the best advice they can give you. I drank 1.5 litres one day and became dehydrated because of the heat.
It' a very quiet resort and not much chance of nightlife but if you're after a relaxing holiday with no worries at all, this hotel is perfect for you!
We had a brilliant holiday and would definitely go back. Amazing place, amazing people, what more could you want?
Gorgeous Soma Bay
I travelled with my husband and 1yr old daughter. Although quite hot we had a brilliant and relaxing time. As our daughter was below the age for the children's club she was still welcomed and enjoyed her time in the clubroom colouring, painting and also the planned activities from building sandcastles and the disco in the evening. It was brilliant to be able to leave her for the odd hour while we relaxed nearby at the poolside. There was also a lovely shaded shallow pool for her to splash around in as well as climbing frames and swings. We stayed in one of the bungalows with a sea view, which was absolutely gorgeous. The large bathroom was luxurious, with 2 sinks, a walk in shower and a large bath, toilet and bidet. The bedroom was the perfect size even with our daughters Cot in it; we had a large Plasma TV and a walk-in closet with safe. The living room had a small dining table, a seating area with a large TV, CD player etc. Opened out onto the balcony, which also had two sun lounges and a side-table. There was also a small kitchenette with a Fridge and sink, which was brilliant for keeping snacks for my daughter. Room Service was brilliant, every evening they knew I would be ordering milk for my daughter, I didn't have to say anything! The food was good with different themes every night. Evening entertainment was good, with dancers and singers. We didn't really leave the resort over the 3days other than to go to the Spa, which was lovely.
As it was so hot the hotel wasn't crowded which suited us, it still had a good atmosphere. The only downside whilst we were there was the fact that the main pool area was under construction.
It was one of the best holidays we've had and will definitely go there again. I recommend it to everyone.
Great stay at the Sheraton Soma Bay
I spent 7 nights at the Sheraton Soma Bay in May of 2006 with my wife and two small children (1 yr, 3 yrs). It was fabulous experience, and one that I would recommend to all.
The hotel is magnificent. Built like an Egyptian temple, it blends in well in the environment. The rooms are of a good size with fabulous views of the Red Sea. The staff were friendly and very service minded. The food, which i thought wouldnt be very good in Egypt, was in fact excellent. So all in all - the hotel was great. What made it even better was that the pool and the beach are excellent. There are pools for kids, and the beach is also very child friendly with no currents, and clear shallow water. Even better, there is a coral reef right outside the hotel, so just by snorkeling we saw tons of fish. There is also a dive center 5 minutes away from the hotel (walking), and organised daytrips or half day trips of diving. So - net, a great hotel, in a great setting.
An excellent stay
We are just back from a one week vacation at the Sheraton Soma Bay. After reading here the positive reviews of the hotel we had high expectations - they were all met or even exceeded.
The rooms/bathrooms are very nice, good size, very clean and most rooms have a beautiful view over the bay. The service is very friendly and caring without being importunate or pushy for tips, etc. food is very good with high variety. The overall standard of the buildings, garden and pool is very high and well maintained. Nice calm beach with great deckchairs, beautiful view over the mountains and soma bay.
International clientele (it. fr. ch. de. uk.) mostly couples (70% over 50) and families.
Perfect hotel and location for couples seeking for a relaxing and quiet stay in a high class ambiance. I would not recommend the hotel for singles or people looking for nightlife entertainment.
This was a last minute beach holiday for realxing and we were WOW'ed!!
Everything about the hotel was 100%. We travelled in February and the weather was lovely and hot.
I would recommend trying to book a sea view room otherwise you are liable to end up with a sand view!! Very lovely in it's own way, but not alot to occupy the mind!
The service within the hotel was first class. Everyone was helpful and friendly and you really were given 5* treatment.
The food was out of this world, with enough selection for all.
Heated pool, lovely as sea was quite cold.
Would recommend hiring wetsuits though, only 7euro per day, and go snorkelling off the pier, well worth it and loads of fish.
The Thalasso spa at the nearby Cascades hotel, was anthoer wonderful day out. For the ladies, recommend the Auatonic pool, take a friend and you will have excercise as well as a good laugh.
We were on all Inc, but the prices of drinks and food for a 5* hotel, were good value.
Tips do not seem to be overyly expected, certainly within the hotel, but they are very grateful and deserved when given.
We loved this hotel, however if you are wanting to be able to walk out in the evening, then Soma Bay is not for you. It is just sand....!
Soma Bay is great for any wanting to relax and enjoy some luxry and also if you are into snorkelling/diving/windsurfing or kiting then its' definitely for you.
Relaxing, Beautiful beach front hotel
We stayed at the Sheraton for seven nights with our three children aged 3, 5 and 10 years old on half board basis. We were immediately impressed with the hotel upon arrival, it was a large lobby all marbled, light and airy. Staff were very courteous and helpful upon check in.
There was a wide selection of food at breakfast. My children particularly liked the chocolate doughnuts and freshly made waffles and pancakes in the morning! There were also so many pastries and breads to choose from plus cereals, cheese, ham, sausages, yoghurt and even salad in the morning. Evening meal was buffet style which had a different theme every night. We were never bored of it although we had the option the eat at the a la carte restaurant. Again, the food was very good. The only thing I need to point out is the the quality of there fruits were sub-standard, bruised and ugly looking...not sure where they get them from? Drinks were also quite expensive;
Mineral Water 1.5L £1.30
Stella Local beer 500ml £2.40
Bottle of local wine £12-£15
Coca cola/fanta/sprite £1.30
You can pick up the same bottle of mineral water at a supermarket in Hurghada for 15p!
The weather was fantastic considering January is their coolest time of year. Temperatures ranged between 22C to 25C, it was sunny every day. The sea was warm enough to swim in after the intial shock of getting in. Our children loved the beach, very safe to swim in as the water is knee high and clear. On the beach and by the pool were many wooden sun lounges and you can get as many fresh towels you need from the beach staff. We also did snorkelling at their nearby in-house reef where there is a purposely built pier that takes you right to the reef to dive/snorkel. Excellent! Other watersports you can do are sailing and windsurfing.
Our rooms were large, we had side sea view rooms which overlooked the red sea and mountains in the distance, definately worth paying a little extra for sea view rooms. Bath robes and slippers were provided as standard. The hotel was quiet when we were there, apparently only 30% occupancy. This suited us completely as we wanted to get away from it all and spend time with the children. There is a kids club for children aged from 4 to 12 years, with its own play area and swimming pool. Our children attended it only for one day when my husband and I went to visit Hurghada.
I would definately return to this hotel and would recommend it to anyone who wants to get away from it all.
Sheraton Soma Bay
Visited Sheraton Soma Bay in Jan 06, immediately was impressed with the hotel. Service at the hotel was impeccable from check in - check out. We were on an all inclusive basis, which included, a buffet breakfast, a la carte lunch and a choice of buffet or a la carte dinner (with 16 euros included per person for all inclusive guests, with drinks already included). The wide variety of food was always at high standards with alternating themes. The cost of the food was reasonable if you were not on all inc. howevewr drinks at the hotel had usual British bar prices (very expensive cocktails between £4-9, bottle of house wine from £12). The rooms were neutral and spacious in design with a large bathroom (walk in shower only). with a balcony or terrace. We would recommend paying for a sea view as we were left overlooking a building site, although there was no noise it wasnt too nice to look at. Housekeeping and maintenance met expectations. Beautiful large pool area with wooden deck chairs and loungers. Private hotel beach was perfect, with the most amazing sunse
ts and mountains in background, to order a drink simply raise your flag, two mins later they were there, pool was heated in winter, which was really nice as weather was sunny but windy. Gym, Sauna and Massage area were also available, Gym was very well equipped with the basics. Eveneing enternatinment was mostly singers and musicians, which were mostly for background. It became very dry after the few nights. Most clients at the hotel, were wealthy middle aged couples. But as a group of 4 young guys we didnt feel uncomfortable. All in all this was the best hotel for service and quality I have ever been too and I work in travel.
Good Hotel! Not the best season to go...
I stayed 5 nights in late march at the Sheraton because my agency had told me the weather was fine.
Actually, I could go to the beach for a couple of days only as it was constanlty raining... maybe it was just bad luck, but I would definitively suggest anyone to book a bit later (may - june) to enjoy the sunny weather. Lovely hotel and excellent location. For scuba diving I have to admit Sharm el Sheik is much better!
Sheraton and Soma Bay..Very Nice
Our stay was only for 3 nights. The intention was to look at Soma Bay as an Investment opportunity, so decided to stay at the Sheraton as a base. I can honestly say that the Hotel at this time of the year is far from busy due to the Temperatures soaring to the early 40's. We found the Staff, Cleanliness, Facilities and Food is that equal to the best.
The Sheraton, Soma Bay is a FAB place, quiet, relaxing and tranquil which is exactly what is expected from a holiday.
The Sheraton has many Pools for all ages and proficiencies and the beach is very large and shallow, ideal for kids and ideal for just lying in with a cocktail, which I hasten to add can be brought to you on the beach by just raising a flag....fantastic (Tipping is not expected).
Food by the way is great, they basically cater for anything you want. (Kids will even like it to), oh yes and talking of Kids they also have a No Mummies Club.
The Sheraton is situated in Soma Bay where much construction is taking place to make the area an Exclusive Resort tailored to the higher end of the Market...however you wont know its going on. To be honest Soma Bay is going to be a great place when finally coompleted.
There is a wind but believe me its needed, without it you'd turn to crackling. Its a pleasant wind which drops when the tide goes out, then the see turns in to a warm bath with hardly a ripple.
If you go to the run of the mill places in Egypt you do become hassled by locals offering you there goods and hassling you to buy. But here there is none of it, you are away from the hub but close enough to travel to Luxor which is about a 2.5 hour drive. All excursions can be arranged from the Hotel for a small fee.
(Quick Tip) Arriving at Cairo Airport you need to pay for a VISA before Passport Control. There is a bank of tellers windows which all haggle for your trade to buy the Visa's. Around about 15 Euros each...They will not take Egyptian Pounds. Only American Dollars or Euros be warned !!. They are very annoying and don't set a good example as a first impression.
In Soma Bay they are Building a 5* Hyatt Hotel, a Diving Hotel, a New Marina, Promenade with Restaurants and Shops, Luxury Villas and Apartments and of course it has Le Cacades and Golf Course.
Oh by the way it takes about 35 minutes transfer from Hurghada Airport to Soma Bay.
If you want relaxation with first class service this could be the place for you whether you have kids or not.
My husband and I spent 2 weeks at the Sheraton Soma Bay in June of last year. Firstly let me apologise for posting this 10 months later (just recently came across this website).
We are pretty well travelled & we knew exactly what we wanted from this vacation and that was relaxation in an upper class hotel we weren't disappoined. The hotel itself is beautiful with a very impressive lobby & swimming pool.
Our room was pretty standard as far as AI resorts go. I had requested a beach view and I received this so I was pleased about that.
The staff were fabulous and unlike other resorts I have stayed at they weren't just looking for tips. In fact they didn't expect to be tipped and at all and sometimes were even embarassed (IMO).
The food: Probably the best buffet we have had. Never became boring and the food was always fresh and tasty. The Italian restaurant was very good, we ate there 3 times over the course of the two weeks.
The beach bar is realy good for lunch. They offer everyhing from traditional Middle Eastern Cuisine, to pizzas & hamburgers.
The beach: is beautiful but we noticed there were hundreds of jelly fish washed up along the shore line everyday. It didn't really bother us but we noticed most people opted for a soak in the pool instead. Take a stroll to the right of the hotel you will see other AI' hotels but none of them can hold a candle to the Sheraton Soma Bay.
The red sea is absolutely perfect for snorkeling and diving it truly would be a shame to visit this area and not experience it. There is a diving center next to the hotel I highly recommend you pay it a visit.
If you are looking for a classy hotel with good food, great service and the most perfect location in the world (IMO) for snorkeling and diving then you have found the perfect hotel. If you are looking for lots of partying then this hotel is not for you. The hotel itself is in the middle of a desert with nothing next to it except for a couple of other hotels and a golf course. Btw something to bare in mind and the only thing I was disappointed about spirits are not all inclusive you must pay for your gin / vodka / rum etc. (this is Egypt a Muslim country afterall) I didn't mind too much and did have my G & T's. I think the gin worked out at about 1.80 € & the tonic was free.
If you have booked to go to this hotel you will have a wonderful time. I have posted some photos from our stay.
Happy Holidays & if you have any questions I will be happy to answer them
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