SUNRISE Holidays Resort
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I arrived just after sunset. Flying over the desert was an experience. I have flown over parts of Egypt before, but never exactly landed there. Hurghada is a tourists spot that attracts Europeans such as Germans, Russians and British. I spent 4 nights in a lovely resort that was all-inclusive. Everything was included in the price, therefore i did …
... feeling of having something to live for. Egypt is just such a beautiful place; of course there are things that I am learning to deal with, such as Egyptian time. I was so worried that I would regret moving here; regret leaving my friends, my family… my life behind in The States to move to a developing country that isn’t exactly the most ...
... war. He quipped that naming Operation Desert Shield in 1990 as the First Gulf war was somewhat arbitrary as there had been wars in the region for hundreds of years. Since the Americans had taken charge of numbering the wars he wondered how many more they had planned! The second lecture was by Terry Waite who really is an excellent speaker. The theatre was packed to capacity and had a pin dropped you could have heard it for the whole 45 minutes. He had finished the last lecture in ...
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 ...
Our snorkeling tour started at 8:15a.m., we were transferred to the port for the our big boat. After collecting our masks and fins, we joined our group size of about 20. Most of the tourists can speak Arabic. Only 4 of us, two Chinese, 1 UK, 1 German speak English. Our tour guide is very professional which he made sure everyone is happy with the tour. First, we landed on the Giftun / paradise Island, beautiful crystal water and golden sand. ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews SUNRISE Holidays Resort Hurghada
One of the best hotels we have stayed in...
My husband, two teenage daughters and I stayed at the Sunrise holidays resort in April and it was one of the best hotels we have stayed in. We stayed all inclusive and could not fault the food or the service given.
The food was plentiful for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There was plenty to choose from and the food was of excellent quality. There was always something we could eat.
The hotel rooms were comfortable and were kept immaculately clean although the beds were a little hard but you got used to them after a few nights. We had a fridge in our room which had already been filled with water, coke, lemonade, orangeade and some chocolate once we arrived. There was also crisps and peanuts. All of these were replenished twice weekly by Mustafa, our room cleaner. We tipped him at the beginning of the holiday and at the end and he took care of us. Our towels were changed regularly and left in different shapes. Swans, peacocks and elephants which were in a beautiful display and lovely to come back to.
Plenty of people seemed to gather in the Lobby bar but we found that there were more atmosphere around the pool bar and the barman called Ramy kept our glasses full all night.
At the beach bar (which was open until sunset everyday) you could get icecream, alcoholic and soft drinks, tea/coffee, burgers, chips and kebabs.
The beach location was lovely, the view from our balcony looking over the lagoon onto the Red sea was fantastic.
The disco played a lot of house music which wasn't to our taste and the same music was played most nights. However before the disco started, there was usually a show played by the animation team which finished around 22.00 hours.
There was a shopping arcade in the hotel. They did give you a bit of hassle but if you didn't stop to talk, they left you alone.
During our stay, we took a full day trip to Luxor. It was a day we would not have missed! Very early start (5.50 pick-up) and very late finish (22:30 drop-off.) We requested packed breakfasts from the reception which were filled with sandwiches, water, juice, eggs, cakes, fresh bread and croissants. We visted the Karnak Temple, Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens (Hatshepsut's Temple.) We took a boat trip across the Nile, went to a Papyrus factory and an Alabaster Factory.
In all we had a fantastic holiday and good company (Dave and Margaret from Stoke-on-Trent and Nick and Trina from Northampton.) We are looking forward to returning back to Egypt.
we have just returned from a weeks stay at the sunrise holiday resort resort.what an absolutly fantastic hotel, out of this world. the hotel is immaculately clean and tidy 24/7, the food was fantastic breakfast, lunch and dinner, your rooms are cleaned daily including towels, you are supplied with seperate towels for the beach and pool. the staff from reception, porters, cleaners, restaurants, to bar staff are all fantastic, polite and more than helpful. thanks to thomas cook and sunrise holiday resort for what can only be described as a fantastic and out of this world holiday.
My husband and I have just returned form a two week holiday here and had a brilliant time. The hotel is excellent, very clean and the staff right through from the porters to the bar staff couldn,t do enough for us. It is not a hotel that I would take young children to do as the evening entertainment for them is limited to a kiddies disco every evening and thats it. Would we go back again? definately
Just returned from the Sundrise Holiday resort yesterday. It was completely out of this world and exceeded all our expectations. I went with my mum and as two females aged 19 and 45 we were concerned that we would be hassled. The staff in the hotel cannot do enough for you, if you leave even a small tip or are polite enough to say please and thankyou they will bend over backwards for you. The position of the hotel was not a great concern to me and my mum as we were planning to just relax for a week. However we did go on two trips with Thomas Cook and were picked up from reception. If you are wanting to leave the hotel everynight, you have to be prepared to run the gauntlet of local shopkeepers. There are shops in the hotel. The hotel was exceptionally clean and the food was surprisingly good. If you tip the bar staff especially in the lobby bar, you will never have an empty glass. Reception staff are very helpful. We had fairly low expectations of what the evening entertainment would be but were pleasantly surprised. The animation team work extremely hard all day to get everyone involved in various sporting events. We went to the Jungle Disco a few nights and saw some rally impressive acts like belly dancing.
All in all I would recommend this holiday to all, especially to groups of women who are apprehensive about visiting Egypt for the first time.
Great Holiday Great Value For Money
I have left a detailed account of my holiday and some safety tips which i hope will help you on your way!
You will find this on the forums page for Sunrise Holiday Resort.
I have photos of the hotel and surrounding area if anyone wants to see them?
If you would like me to send them to you then just e-mail me and i will send them to you,or if you have any questions i will try to answer them for you
Great Holiday, Great Hotel
Went to Hurghada with fiancee on the 10/03/2006 returned on the 24/03/2006.
Had a great holiday! The hotel brilliant, the food very good, the staff very friendly.
I have left a more detailed account of the holiday on the forums page so PLEASE take a look as this information could be of some benifit to you!!!!!
Look for Bobski in forums.
Hotel good not so sure of surrounding area
Got back 1st March 2006 after 2 weeks. Weather was excellent sun went down 4.30pm got dark pretty quick but obviously the later you go the longer it lasts. I shall start from the beginning as i had never been to Egypt so didn't know what to expect. It costs £15 per person to enter you fill in the Visa on Plane then queue up to pay they will take any currency. The airport is an eye opener especially if you are a regular holiday traveller and used to the finer things. The trip is 10 mins away safe deposit boxes are free booking in was quick receptionists speak fluent english as do most of the staff. The cleanliness of this hotel is exceptional. They have a row of shops in the hotel which can be a hassle they pester you as you walk past for you to sign there visitors book but thats just to get you in. Two pools one at the top which was freezing to swim in can get noisy as thats where they do the activities, the beach lagoon is lovely plenty of beds you are given a towel card which you hand over and get clean towels. No diet drinks if you trying to be healthy and the cocktails change every time you have one but just leave it and try another. Food was average this is the only minus about this hotel same thing really every night even though three eating areas they all did the same thing. Do watch out though they try and give you fresh orange juice and this is not included in the price. I do recommend the Laundry service £10 for a full bag holds loads if you fold it neatly and had nothing to do when I came home which was brill. Trips !!! you get these men walking round the pool areas all morning drives you potty selling trips we went out on the snorkel trip cost £20 each three drop offs to go snorkelling was good then spent 2 hours on an Island sunbathing. Also the quad bikes is excellent fun we booked that with the hotel lad aswell cheaper than Thomas Cook. Did do the 2 day tour to Luxor with Thomas cook cost £130 each which we had saved for very tiring but worth it to see the tombs I didn't realise the only pyramids are in Cairo but too far to travel too. Outside the hotel then fun began I went with my daughter I could have sold her a million times over they harass you as soon as you walk out the doors, the honking of the taxis to pick you up drives you mad but walking distance anyway, thats if you can manage the holes and debris thats everywhere just be aware this is a 3rd world country I still had a fab holiday but would only visit again for a week just to sunbathe didn't like the fact that it was too much of a hassle to leave the hotel.
we arrived jan 20th for 4 weeks until feb 17th. thomas cook
the hotel was only half full for 1st week then we had a massive influx of egyptians & their children !!!! for 4 days ( a holiday weekend) 50 brits lots of other nationalities, hotel staff speak very good english also german, russian, etc well situated only 10 mins walk to centre, resort 12 miles long,safe to walk even at night, shopkeepers do pester a little but not too bad,papas bar 10 mins live football, lively at night, lots of night clubs.
plenty pharmacies(1 across road), dont take immodium( buy ciprofloxacin), insect repellant, buy it there it works better & is dirt cheap, we only had a few bites not too bad no other problems, ladies should cover shoulders & knees when out, go down to harbour area & boatyard fascinating ( 40 mins brisk walk, 2 miles)
FOOD, 4 restaurants, not all open because it was quiet ( 3 open on a night). 2 buffets level 3 (marmaluke)non smoking, level 2 (el sol) smoking) both serve same buffet. lots of salads & desserts, 2 soups, main courses, some nights no potatoe dishes, no veg, other nights potatoe dish & lots of veg, couldn't fathom it, always rice ( varies) some nights carved meat, turkey, lamb, beef wellington, fish, usually a fish dish each night sometimes 2. supposed to be a theme each night but the only 1 we found out was an oriental night, not because of the food but because we were told.
mediterranean restaurant has to be booked in advanced(you get 2 vouchers per person per week) they entitle you to go there foc,there are italian nights, greek nights & lebanese nights (although the menu did not seem applicable to these countries) check the menus with house manager,the lebanese night is vgood you can also choose from the a la carte menu which you choose when you book & have to pay for, they also have a seafood bbq night & a lobster night which costs 20 euros per person.
the beach restaurant (aida) below pool) is open for breakfast & lunch, plenty choice for bfast & lunch soup bbq pastas chips veg salads desserts fruit
there is also a drinks bar which serves bburgers etc at lunchtime & teatime. I have to be careful what I eat & I didn't find it a great problem
waiters in restaurants fine, we had problems with some of the bar staff at night at the lobby bar especially on the 5th floor, probably because we didnt tip enough, so we just got our own drinks.
we did tip our special waiters & room boys weekly but to tip them all is just impossible, some look for tips, some don't, just write their names down & tell them you will report them for bad service, it usually works
ROOMS, we were on 7th floor as requested,in room 715 which got the sun till 3 pm some rooms on other sides of blocks didn't get sun at all, all have sea view, balconies right at front share a balcony,not very private.
the room was tastefully furnished with twin beds & was a decent size, we had a bath, shower,hairdryer, aircon/heating,& was very well maintained sheets changed 3 times a week, towels daily if required. you get delivered to your room 4 bottles of water 4 bottles of coke/lemonade, 4 crisps, 2 salted nuts per week(more water foc can be picked up in lobby bar, as many as you like) there is also shower gel, shampoo, body lotion, hair conditioner, before sun, after sun, on a regular basis, the only problem was we only had 6 coathangers so take some with you, there is lots of shelf space & drawers.
free safty box at reception also a few shops & a bank in hotel, you also get a free massage
night entertainment is in disco,some good shows, some by animation team, worth a look, also a singer on 5th floor above lobby bar, we had 2 different ones 2cd one was best, they change when contracts run out.
pool was VERY COLD no-one in, I went in once, never again, there is a manmade island across the sea which created a lagoon (60 mtres)which was much warmer as it was sea water, calmer than the sea(because it was windy most of the time) sea too rough for me to snorkel in, used lagoon, some fish in there, lagoon safe for children,sunbeds have mattresses, towels foc, best to go down early just in case none left, don't know what it will be like in high season,sunbeds well spaced out with WINDBREAKS, guess why??? always windy, we only had 1 day dead calm, 5 days a light breeze the rest of the time it was strong & very strong,this is all year round,we also had 4 days all cloud, bear in mind we were there for 4 weeks, so we didn't have many non windy days.
you can use dollars, egyptian pound & euros in resort.
TRIPS we went to giftun island with thomas cook rep £40 each all day unfortunately we the day we chosen was cloud all day & quite windy & cold, so it was not a success, we were so cold when we got back to hotal at 4 pm, the other trip was booked at beach hut on a glass bottomed boat £10, which wasn't very good , flotation vests can be hired at beach hut & masks & snorkels can be had here too I think they were foc, (we had our own)
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Sunrise Holidays is a former Holiday Inn hotel and as such has and is undergoing some refurbishment works although our experience was that this did not interfere with our holiday at all.
The hotel is quite large and, at the moment, about 16 different nationalities stay there as Hurghada is only just becoming popular with the Brits. When my friend and I checked in we were two of a group of six checking in for a fortnight so that goes some way to show how outnumbered you are.
The hotel is all inclusive. There are three places in which to have your breakfast and lunch (they all serve the same thing though) and then two places are open for dinner plus the al a carte restaurant (which we didn't try for reasons below). There is also a beach bar serving snacks during the day time as well as a pool side bar. There is a different theme of food every night and, on the whole the food was good although I am a vegetarian and found the selection in the evening to be pretty awful most of the time and lived mainly on rice and salad. Unfortunately they try too hard to cater for all different nationalities (Mexican night, Chinese night, Mediterranean night etc etc) and have a habit of putting chopped meat in every dish they cook - for quite a few nights there was not one hot dish that didn't contain some kind of meat or fish. Anyway breakfast and lunch was good. Breakfast is a choice of cereals, fruit, cakes and pastries, breads, cheese, meats and boiled eggs and omlettes (although you can get them to fry you eggs as well). We aways tended to have our lunch in the pizzeria which is under the swimming pool as this served pasta and pizza daily which I was able to fill up on!
There is a lobby bar in the entrance to the hotel which is quite nice to sit down and have a drink in plus, between 5.00pm and 6.30pm you are able to get cake there as well if you fancy a spot of afternoon tea. There is also a 24hr internet café located above the lobby bar and this cost 25LE to use for an hour (you get a log in code so if you don't use your hour you can re-log in). There are several shops including a hairdressers and jewellers and there is also a health centre although we didn't go in there but they offered various types of massage at what seemed reasonable prices.
There is a disco (the Jungle) on the ground floor which is ok but the type of music played may not be to everyone's taste - go down to one of the Papa's bars instead (about 10mins away on foot) if you fancy a bit more of a lively night out.
The hotel has its own private beach which is cut off from the sea via a man made island. You can swim out underneath the bridge to get into the open sea but, the lagoon as it is called is very safe to swim in and there is even some snorkelling to be had although the best can be found over on Giftun Island which is about 45 mins away by boat (trips go over every day).
There is a swimming pool but, a lot of games (water polo, aqua fit etc) take place in it so we only went there once (on the last day). The people who arrange this are called "Animation" and walk round the beach and pool every day (except Thursdays as that was their day off) asking if you want to play volleyball, do aqua fit etc. It can get a bit annoying but, after a few days of saying NO they knew not to bother asking us. You can, if you want do windsurfing in the lagoon. Animation also provide the evening entertainment which normally starts at 9.30pm but, in my opinion, it is how shall I put it politely, not my cup of tea!
Sun beds are easy to get although we did used to put our towels down in the morning before breakfast just to make sure! You are given a towel card when you check in which you can exchange for a towel on a daily basis.
Most of the staff are very friendly although, lunch and dinner can sometimes be a bit chaotic and the staff not always as attentive as they could be (it can be difficult to order a drink).
The rooms are as you would expect although I found the bed very hard (as did the other guests I talked to). They are cleaned daily and, it is great fun to come back and see what animal or shape they have made from your clean towels! You are also given bottles of water on a daily basis although, of course, this is easy to get from the lobby bar and the rooms have a fridge which is great.
Thomas Cook (who we travelled with) rate it as 3.5 star which I would say is just about right really although depending on how far they go with the refurbishing and if they change the food it may get a higher rating. Overall apart from my issue with the food I think the hotel offers good value for money, it is clean and well maintained and the staff helpful and friendly.
We were in our honeymoon here and we love it. I liked the pool, the beach, the restaurants, the discotheque, the animators.The rooms are big enough with balcony or terrace, tha bathroom very clean. The food was great,we have All Inclusive and you couldn`t eat all you liked. The romantic atmosfere is very present here. If we`ll have the opportunity to return here we`ll take it.