Sunrise Select Garden Beach Resort & Spa
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... food, drinks or snacks. I highly recommend doing a half-day tour into the desert. A white jeep picked me up, like on a safari, and we drove 30 minutes out of town to a secluded area. I was lucky to have just the guide, a german and myself on the tour. We had a 5 minute tutorial on how to ride quad bikes, then we were off. I was well prepared, and bought jeans, ...
El Gouna is a paradise for beach holiday along the red sea coast. You can even rent an apartment here for permanent home. It consists of 20 islands surrounded by picturesque lagoons and Arabic style architectures. You could easily access here by Go bus from Cairo or Hurghada.
The stay in our hotel, Arena Inn, is unforgettable. Due to low season now, it costs only USD33/night. After having a big ...
... by one of the touts whom we'd already talked to on previous trips. He wanted to have a discussion with us about what Americans think of Egyptians. He said Egyptians don't like America because we're always sticking our noses into other peoples' business. He then persuaded us to enter his perfume shop on the pretext of having us sign a big guest book he keeps for tourists he meets. Turns out, unsurprisingly, that he wanted to sell us perfume, but we told him no and ...
... George Hotel. It is a five star hotel adjacent to the Nile River. At the large Marina near the hotel, we saw many deserted River Cruisers. These boats normally provide a five to ten day cruise along the river to Cairo from Luxor with stops in between, or vice versa. The small traditional sailboats, Dhows, with the large triangular sails were nearby. Except ...
... sandwiches. At about the halfway point there is the lunch truck with bread (Pita) salads, peanutbutter etc and fruit, We had 13degrees almost the whole day. Ines you can send me some of your excess Temp.
This was a *******e. 169 km almost the whole way agains the wind. I started at 06:30 after waking very early. I had packed mty headlight in my permant bag wich meant I have no light. So I woke up hear people moving around and decided it was time wo ...
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Firstly the only reason i booked this hotel for me and my girlfriend in was because of the reviews on this page. So we went there in november last year expecting one of the 'best holidays ive ever had' and was soreley dissapointed. Firstly there is no way this is a 5*, this is a 3 * plus. The lobby looks good but the rooms are as basic as they come. Of the two pools, only one is heated and in november the water in the other pool was very cold. There is a large selection of food on offer, but its mainly tasteless, and you will be craving to eat out on the second week. Most annoyingly of all, one of the staff managed to get my girlfriends number on the premise of "i need you to translate texts to my czech girlfriend" as my girlfriend is slovak. And since we have left, he just bombards my girl with texts saying how beautiful my girlfriend is and all sorts! Yeah thanks!. Oh the beach isnt good either, the sand is like shingle and the man made beach doesnt have that 'clear red sea' that you hear about. Oh and the food at the beach isnt very good either. The food in the italian restaurant isnt very good at all, but the oriental restaurant was the worst, absolutely awful. Believe me I am bemused by how the other posts on here say this place is really good. Oh and there are hardly and brits here also, but once you find some it becomes a relief as this place is 90% Russians and germans.
Great and Relaxing Holiday
We have just returned after spending Christmas and New Year here. We had a fantastic time and would definately go again. Hotel is big, very clean, lots of pools and pool bar's. The Hotel rooms are extremely clean and well cared for by the 'boys'. Only tip once a week otherwise they expect it everyday and tend to hang around a bit. The beach is great, although man made you cope, so much nicer to relax here than by the pools. Food quite varied really, if you are ok with food and don't mind trying different things you are ok, if you are meat and two veg person you will eat bread and rice for two weeks!!! They basically cater for the Russians. Lots of Russians here, they are not nice people but you just ignore them. Believe me it's easy! Go on organized trips only, you can order a taxi from the Hotel which will drop you off in town if you want to go shopping, normally at a relatives shop! be careful again you will be ripped off if you are not careful. Wherever you go, you will get hassle from the local's, all they are interested in is your money. Don't be afraid to say no and walk off, they will soon be picking on someone else. Ladies - if like us you fancy a girlie holiday, you need to watch the fella's, if they think they have a chance with you they are all over you like a rash, and it can be frightening depending where you are. Be careful and don't get yourselves into any 'situations'. This is not a place to walk out and have a walk at night time to the local bars, there aren't any. But you don't need to go anywhere, it's all paid for at the Hotel so why move? Be careful of trips on boats organised to 'suit your needs' you will be ripped off!! Try your rep first with all trips, I would rather pay a bit more and be safe than go hunting for 'cheaper' deals. Euro's, dollars, Egyptian and English pounds all acceptable. They seem to like the Euro, all trips were priced in Euro. The 'iffy' side to this holiday, the food a little because we are fussy eaters, and the begging!!! The good side - all except the above!! It really was a fantastic, relaxing holiday. Enjoy yourselves.
Best value for money
i was there in dec2005 with my family.i think this is simply the best holidays me and my kids have had.i have stayed at a lot of resorts but i havent seen better hospitality then this.just one advice dont buy your excursions from your tour operator it is much cheaper in hurghada
i stayed at this hotel with my boyfriend in December of this year, and all i can say if you want a very safe, fun, luxurious hotel this is it. i was slightly concerned before i went about the holiday but as soon as i saw our room i was happy. the rooms are great, ours had two double beds, a tv with english film channels a huge en-suit, a lounge area and a great balcony. it was great. the cleaners are fantastic- cant help you enough they even folder all our clothes and tidied them away for us- definetly deserve a big tip.
the food is great with fantastic waiter service serving drinks.
pool is also very nice and the beach is lovely.
however, there is a free shuttle bus ride into Hurghada which either drops you in the new town or the old, we went to the new town and we were there 5 minutes and actually scared for our lives, the people are petrifying, i have been to many Arab countries where hasseling is expected but Egypt really is the worst, they actually got quite aggressive, and have no shame in perving at the women eventho i was fully clothed and made an effort to cover up. another thing is taxi's ive heard a few stories on the tv about tourists being abducted and taken into the desert so i was rather wary and didnt really feel comfortable at all since there were up fo 6 men in the taxi trying to get you in, so we eventually found a taxi with just one guy and we felt a bit safer- however he didnt have a clue where the hotel was so that wasnt very nice (take the address if you go anywhere)
We went with Thomas cook, the travel rep seemed very nice at first then told us the price for the over night trip to Cairo, it worked out at 114 english pounds but they worked over there in dollars which was completly useless and a waste of time so we went to the town and paid 70 english pounds for the same trip with the same people for both of us! Definetly go on this trip!!!
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A fantastic hotel that exceeded expectations. Rooms are spacious with good, quiet aircon and good sized ensuite.
We were a bit unsure of going "all inclusive" but our concerns were unfounded....a good variety of food in the main restaurant and the Italian and "Oriental" also did good food. The "Oriental" is more traditional Egpytian-style food rather than what we would expect it to be in the UK, but good all the same.
Staff were friendly and courteous and the guys that cleaned the room were always up for a laugh and a joke.
We were only 2 of about 20 Brits in the whole hotel, the rest being mostly German - many of the staff spoke better German than English but that wasn't a problem.
Hotel well situated for trips into desert to visit Bedouin, stargazing, diving. We did an overnight trip to Luxor - highly recommended.
The hotel was better than I expected, even for a 5 star. The food was varied and plentiful. Of a few hundred guests only 12 were British - I viewed this as a good thing - the vast majority were German and Russian. Being in the minority was not a problem - all the staff speak at least some English as they are taught it at school. It seemed a novelty to the staff to have english guests and may even have earned us a little extra attention!
Everywhere around the complex was very clean. The man responsible for cleaning our rooms was fantastic - I would advise anyone who stays in this hotel to tip the room cleaner - he was great and obviously didn't earn a great deal.
The only iffy bit was the speed of service in the various bars, particulrly the Vic, off the lobby bar. Don't expect the staff to be in a huge hurry!
fab holiday - wished we could have stayed longer.
Much better than expected!!
Was a little nervous at spending a whole week at an All Inclusive Resort as I am very fussy with my food, but to my delight, the whole food issue was NOT an issue! Although the foods were not typically English, some things were quite continental as a lot of Germans there, but there was always something available that I liked.
Breakfast was the best meal of the day, with chefs at hand to hand cook eggs whichever way you liked. The choice was amazing, so much, the only downside was that the buffet restaurant was just that - a buffet restaurant, sometimes the foods were lukewarm and as I am fussy I did not like that much - but everyone else around me was tucking in so think it was just me!! However, there was the Italian restaurant which you could have pizza in, or chicken, or veal freshly cooked, and also the Eygptian restaurant - but be warned - this is not Oriental as advertised (we had visions of Chinese chicken!!) but was more traditional foods.
The hotel was immaculate - shining floors and everything clean and well maintained and very impressive. The staff were very friendly...and we had a giggle with those at the pool bar as they are always up for a laugh with you! As someone else commented - the beach is not particually great as man made, but was still nice to have a swim in the sea and collect shells when the tide went out a bit.
It was quite windy for the first couple of days - but when it had died down the weather was lovely. I think mid March is an ideal time to go as it is not too hot (25C) and would definitely go again at this time of year.
The Thomas Cook rep. arranged lots of things to do as well. I had thought initially it would be a strictly resort type holiday, but there was a day trip to Cairo that I would recommend...one hour and a half flight there and back to see the Pyramids, Mohammad Ali Mosque, and Egyptian Museum (King Tut's mask very impressive), also a day trip snorkelling on an Island, and also a quad bike trip to the desert. All trips were wonderful and arranged really well - felt really well looked after.
The swimming pools were a little cold, but I still had a swim!! Had a free massage too (although she did hurt my legs as a little too hard) and you could have free haircut also!!
Cocktails at hand 24 hours (the wine did give us a headache so we gave up on it) and plenty of snacks to eat too - bottles of water provided free of charge and whenever you wanted them which was a good bonus. All in all had a wonderful trip - and as this website helped me out - thought I would give my review in return to help others out. Hope it does! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!
This was an excellent hotel. We were there January 7th 2005 for two weeks. The weather was really good average temp of 25 degrees. The food was really good with 3 reataurants to choose from especially the bread which is baked fresh in the hotel everyday. I can honestly say that since coming back to England bread will never be as good as we had there! The cocktails in the bar were really good although the service could be quite slow during there busys time in the evening usually around meal times. Hurghada new town and the old town are interesting experiences, everybody wants to sell you something and be prepared to barter big time!
Trip to Luxor was amazing wished that we could have done more than 1 day there. Diving or snorkelling is a must and trip to Bedouin camp.
I would just like to finish with saying that the staff at this hotel are absolute diamonds! Nothing was to much trouble (and no they were not after tips or money) and if you have kids they will be playing with them, showing them magic tricks and telling them all about the history of ancient Egypt. The room boys are fantastic at there jobs and they are the ones we were advised to tip. We are in contact with a couple of members of the staff and hope to go back later in the year and meet up again.
Thanks to the staff at Sunrise Garden Beach for making our time in the Red Sea that bit more special.x
Excellent value for money
We arrived Chrismas Eve and left on the 7th Jan. This is a very comfortable hotel with generally a high standard of service. The waiting staff were all very friendly and they do seem to take a shine to the English. You may find your drink takes a while to come in the lobby bar but this was only occasional. There was a very good choice of food and plenty of it; our only criticism was that because of the size of the hotel the main buffet restaurant does somewhat take on the atmosphere of a works canteen so the Oriental and Italian restaurants do provide a welcome alternative. The swimming pools were extremely good and immaculately maintained - but an impossible temperature to get into at this time of year! The beach was OK, typical Egypt, with plenty of sunbeds, windbreaks (essential) and parasols. There are some quiet bits on the edges but stick in the middle and you will be blasted with loud, annoying, awful and unnecessary Europop - maybe popular with some other nations but our attempts to get as far away from it as possible caused great amusement to the beach attendants. We have stayed in Luxor and Sharm-el-Sheik before and this has been the best Egyptian hotel yet - so, be warned, if you think Hurghada airport is basic, it is positive luxury compared to the other two!!
We acheived what we set out to do on this holiday; we returned relaxed and tanned and were impressed with the hotel for the price we had paid. Final word of advice - take warm clothes for the evenings if you are going at this time of year - Hurgadha is exceptionally windy!!
Very nice hotel, rooms big enough and well equiped, grounds and pools lovely, although to cold to swim in,beach was well layed out with sun beds but overall the beach was disappointing.
Service was hit and miss, although the staff were very freindly, good restaurants but dont expect your food hot unless you keep complaining!
if you are looking for a get away to the sun for a week , staying in very nice accomodation with good food and drink then this place I recommend
Just hope you dont get delayed at Hurghada airport, not the best of places infact its awfull, not recommended!