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... ma combinaison Bali qui fait plus que 1mm et qui a des trous partout...
Vers 18 h je me rends sur Ghazala 1 qui est au port, prepare un peu tout et attends mes clients qui arrivent vers 1h du matin, sept espagnols.. C'est parti pour un nouveau safari, tout seul cette fois, mon premier en tant que guide principal, et je l'espere pas le dernier... Un peu de stress...
... Why so soon?? Jets had been nailed by some sort of jelly fish and he had stings all over him - so glad I didn't go in.
After a shower and some cream Jets was fine and we all met at the hotels a la carte restaurant for the final supper. It was nice to be served but the service was not even that good and the food wasn't anywhere near as good as the buffet. Apparently we had missed out on "Russian Night" not sure ...
Apres une journee de boulot sympa, passee en compagnie de Pete sur Ghazala 4, ou j'ai effectue deux plongees en local, puis une reunion du staff a 17h, durant laquelle j'ai bu deux bieres, on fete le depart de Jovana.. Elle part cette semaine en Allemagne puis rentre en Serbie pour un peu de temps avant d'aller en Republique Dominicaine pour deux mois filmer les baleines... C'est con je l'aimais bien, elle est sympa. ...
We had been told once that you must go to the Red Sea and to Sharm El Sheikh and he was right! Flying into Sharm el Sheikh was like looking at an advertisement for paradise. The greenish-blue water and coral reefs was gorgeous. For snorkellers and divers especially its a must!
We got to our beautiful resort ...
... for the invitation to go and spend the day at the HILTONBeach Palace. The past President of Egypt Omni Mubarak had been and still is under medical observation in the area. Over 500 of us from the ship invaded the beach for a one time sun soaking afternoon. This paradisiac piece of land jutting out into the bay left us stunned in this luxurious oasis.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Amarante Garden Palms Resort Sharm El-Sheikh
Simply the best!
Site- on fringe of Naama bay, just a little way up from Grand Casino, next to Three Corners Kriorenzi. Size- half size of Hyatt Regency. Feel, not as imposing and cold as the bigger hotels, more welcoming, really friendly staff. Management, very friendly,cant do enough. Pools- 1 big one not heated,small kids pool to side. 1- heated pool round back overlooking Sinia mountains. All inclusive format-good value, especially if you drink a lot. Food- Excellent, varied choice over 1-week but can get samey when staying for 2. Break up with few meals out. Cleanliness- absolutly spotless, food will NOT give you upset stomach here. Minerals in water will, and i think no matter what you do, where you go, you will get ill. But if like me, only one day of bad gripes, then fine once your used to it. Ideal position for couples and familys whose kids like to play with parents and keep thereselves amused. About 20EP into Naama centre but free bus operates at night with staggared pick ups to get back. This really is a special place and one that I would book again. EEEEEEEEEEEEEK. Very good for cheeky monkeys, please se photos.
Fantastic Hotel and Staff
well me and the family were certainly dubious after reading all the reveiws prior to going but the hotel was fabulous and the staff were amazing and could not do enough for you. This went for the Senior management done to the gardeners etc as they all wanted to please, never had a problem at all, however the day time entertainment is non existent apart from stretching (obviously appeals to the eyeties there) and the woman who runs the entertainment is hopeless. She walks round in her jacket(!), hands in pocket and looks miserable despite her beauty, I wished I had taken a tin of paint as it would have been more entertaining watching it dry than her programme. Shame as me and my two boys like water polo and volleyball etc. Evening entertainment is very low key and we thought it was very poor, the highlight was the Russian night, yes you expect Cossack dancing, horses, swords and lots of noise and men etc and we actually got 4 go go dancers from Russia dancing like disco queens, and rubbish to boot as well.
Food was plentiful and all buffet but the menu is the same week in week out and we thought very competitive, sorry but when I go on holiday I dont want Cottage Pie, Irish Stew etc, if I did I would go to Spain. We all got the Eygptian Revenge and so did must of the guests when there but it never upset our days or holiday at all although did cause a problem at B and Q when I asked if they could colour match it!!!!
Rooms are spotless and amongst the best I have ever experienced and I travel monthly with work and were very comfortable and the bed decorations were a nice touch. We went with Airtours and our rep Barbera was useless, the welcome meeting consisted of her selling us trips (or trying to) and all she recommened was the expensive ones, she never told us a thing about the hotel, meals - pool etc or the area. When I asked her about a facility next door she just said it was nothing to do with her and go elsewhere and ask. Trips were expensive and would suggest booking with any of the seafront operators instead as much cheaper, we did a quad safari which airtours wanted £35 each for and the local costs £7.50 each and we went with guests from our hotel who were not happy at the difference, snorkelling £56 each(I think) locally £30 for 4. We saved a lot of money by booking locally as you can see, try asking at the shops near the hotel as the men there can help on trips as well, but dont tell the hotel staff.
Would we go back - well yes it was superb overall and very hot, hotel great, staff great, fellow guests were superb, overall I wish I was there now. Probably our best holiday in the last few years!!!!!!!!!
Tropicana Gardens Palms - Fantastic Hotel!!!
Myself and my partner have just returned from a week's All Inclusive at the Tropicana Garden Palms and i must state that the hotel was absolutley fantastic!!!
Having read some reviews prior to going, i was a bit concerned, however, i could not fault this hotel at all. Upon arrival we were checked into a lovely room overlooking the pool. Like the rest of the hotel the room was immaculatley clean and could not be faulted at all. All staff (from the towel man to the senior management) were extremely pleasent and made us both feel very welcome.
There was a large variety of food available everyday and being a buffet you could eat as much as you like. At breakfast, you could order omlettes and pancakes which are made to order in front of you in addition to the variety which is readly available. At lunch and dinner pasta is cooked to order to your personal liking and some nights also included a carvery. Botteled water is readly available at all times and you can have as much as you like, in addition to this you can also have large bottles of soft drinks to store in your room. On Friday nights there is a bbq which is set out by the pool and again the food is fantastic. Egyptian night is on Wednesdays and all of the staff dress for the occassion. The drinks are also fantastic, wine is ok, the spirits were fine and the local beer is STELLA!!
In addition to your stay you are also given towels cards which allows you to use the hotels towels when lounging by the pool side, you can also take these towels to the sister hotel the Tropicana Grand Oasis. If you decide to visit this hotel, there is a complementary bus service which the hotel provides and meal and drinks vouchers are also provided for you to eat and drink there. There is also a complementary bus service every night which takes you to Naama Bay (however be warned to book a few hours in advance!!).
Being a guest at this hotel, you are also allowed one visit to the Italian restaurant, which is definatley worth a visit as the food is magnificant and very filling.
The rooms are cleaned everyday, and sometimes the cleaners make different animals out of your clothes and towels which is also quite nice.
Although i read alot of reviews about problems with sun loungers, prior to my trip i did not experience any problems. To anyone who is going soon, i can assure you that you will have a lovely stay at this superb hotel!!
Having arrived at tropicana garden palms on the 21st july 2005 beautiful hotel and the staff are so friendly nothing is too much trouble in spite some of them loosing loved ones on the 22nd july when the bomb went off in the ghasala gardens hotel down the road from us.
It did not stop us going out at all as the security is really hot now and everyone was so helpfull in every way.
beautifull clean hotel good food plenty of choice. pool spotless cleaning going on most of the day all over the hotel unlike some hotels i have stayed in all over the world.
would go back again tommorow great place and shall visit again in great location to namma bay.
Loved it - Everyone should go here Its fab
I Can honestly say i was dreading going on holiday this year after reading the views on this website for this hotel, and i am so pleased to say it was fantastic.
The food & staff were excellent, bedroom very clean and they leave decoration with the towel. The Hotel also provides towel for when your by the pool which you can change for clean one whenever you like. you couldnt really fault the hotel apart from at time the waiters were a bit slow, but they work 15 hour a days so you can understand
The hotel runs a free bus to the there sister hotel (which you can use all the facilities free), a bus to Gaffy beach (which you get a ticket give so you get a towel at the beach, brilliant idea) which is fantastic for snorkelling in the red sea & also the bus takes you in to Namma bay centre where you will find shops, hard rock cafe, Mac Donalds, Pizza Hut Etc & loads and loads of BONGS which everyone must try they are fab.
We went with Airtours and our rep was Barbara who was alright, but during the holiday we did find out that AIRTOURS had the most expensive trips out of nearly all the tour operators - to go to the Cario which is 6 Hours on a bus with overnight stay in cario at a 5* hotel you get to see nearly all the sights is £145 Each (but there are extra costs, light show at the pyramids is £6.00each, Bedouins Dinner in the Desert is a must and its £30.00 you get a camel ride (and a bit of a sore bum from this), Climb a mountain & watch the sunset in the desert & a BBQ & a lovely BONG. Quad Biking in the desert is £35.00 for about 3 Hours and is good but you do get dirty. We also went on the seascope trip but i thought it was rubbish and it costs £32.00 you get to see more by going to Gaffy Beach and snorkelling yourself.
The Hotel Laundrey Service is fantastic and very cheap.
On walking out of the front of the hotel there are 3 shops near the pizza place the last shop is run my a little old man, who is very nice and loves dressing you up when you go in everything in his shop is either £2.00 or £5.00 which is quite cheap really but do remember what ever shop you go into you must haggle even the ones in the hotel.
Just down from the hotel is a casino although we didnt get round to going to this it looked fantastic from the outside.
The hotel booze there local beer is stella which was ok but the wine is awful and the spirits are too good either, we actullay got a couple of bottles at manchester airport and took them with us.
So all in all we will be going back hopefully next year. But i wish someone had put in there review before i went that the hotel & Gaffy Beach provide towels so you really dont need to take any with you.
If you want any further info please feel free to email me.
We spent two weeks all-inclusive in the Tropicana Garden Palms and it was truly the best holiday we have ever had. We were first expecting it to be full of Italians, but it's actually mainly a British Hotel (going exclusive to Thomson's this winter apparently).
We travelled with Thompson who were fantastic, great plane, great rooms at the hotel, great excursions and a rep onsite in the morning and evening. The entertainment in the hotel was rubbish, but because it's a mainly British Hotel you meet plenty of people to socialise with, and the pool bar and terrace bar (overlooking the dessert) stay open late. I think the lobby bar shuts at 12.
The hotel runs free busses into Naama bay (with all your usual pubs, clubs and restaurants - there is an English bar recently opened by pizza hut, the Tavern and the Camel bar is another English hang out - great views from the roof top terrace).
The hotel was wonderful with 2 huge pools and beach bars. The food was great (although after two weeks it got a bit boring so we ate out about 4 nights over the two weeks - Dananeer steak house, Camel Bar roof top terrace and Hard Rock Cafe - all in Naama Bay and all were superb).
In the hotel omelettes and pancakes for breakfast are brilliant, and the pasta man is there (in addition to the buffet) at lunchtime and dinner time and you can choose your pasta / bolognaise and he cooks it in front of you. In the evenings its open buffet but there is a live BBQ outside so you can see the food being cooked if you prefer to eat from there.
There is a huge BBQ round the pool every Friday - worth going to (the main restaurant shuts this night so everyone is outside - good atmosphere). The Italian is good and you can eat once per week there. Bottled water is free, and you can have as much as you like (not one per person), spirits were ok, wine disgusting but the beer was great. The wine in the Italian is different...and very nice! a good tip is to order non alcoholic cocktails and a glass of vodka/bacardi and mix your own to your own taste!
Sunbeds are an issue because everybody seems to get up at 6am to put their towels down then don't return til 11am! Very annoying. However, if you get down early you will get a sunbed with sunshade and comfy mattress. If not then the pool boys will bring you out a normal plastic sunbed (and mattress if one is free) to just put around the pool. No umbrellas though.
The hotel runs free buses regularly to the Tropicana Grand Oasis. The beach here isn't a beach, more a man made tier with jetty into the sea. Its ok, but we walked into the hotel and so glad were weren't staying there, it was packed and loads of Italians - with what sounded like Italian daytime entertainment round the pool. You take your towels from your hotel to the pool, and can use all inclusive here (drinks at beach bar, lunch in the buffet restaurant)
The hotel also runs free buses to Gaffy beach at the Days Inn (only 5min walk - but better to get the bus in that heat). This is lovely, you can walk into the sea as the beach is sandy. They do glass bottom boat excursions for £5 and waiter service to your sunbed (drinks, food - very cheap and good!). There are free towels and sunbeds - all with umbrellas here and there are plenty of them!
The excursions with Thomson were slightly more expensive than other locally run excursions, but you knew you were going to be with just English people and a good English-speaking guide. When we went to Cairo there was no need to get on Egypt Air, Thomson Charter a plane especially for its guest (much more comfortable and drink and biscuits are included!). Cairo costs £150-£175 - 1hr flight and you see the pyramids, sphinx, Egyptian museum, mosque and papyrus factory - tiring day but worth it. Don't even think about getting the bus! The plane was exhausting enough!
The other excursions we did are Stars and Dinner (evening in the dessert with the Bedoins, BBQ, watch Sun-set and an astrologer explains the stars - amazing!) £30 evening. Quad biking in the dessert (then a swim in the lagoon with the Bedoin children, another BBQ and trip to Gold Mountain) £35 1/2 day.
Basically you can't fault this hotel, the staff can appear a bit cheeky at times but they just have a sense of humour. Service can also be slow for drinks but that's just Egypt. The creations the cleaner makes on your bed are very nice, and for my birthday the hotel delivered a birthday cake to my room and wrote happy birthday in petals on the bed - its the finishing touches like this that make the hotel so special.
I had to visit the doctor and he was very good. Lots of people had an upset stomach, but on the excursions we realised this was happening in every hotel. Our rep said don't take Imodium as it makes it worse (blocks the problem in), go the pharmacy over there and get something for less than £1 and that sorts you out straight away.
As for it being on the flight path, well unfortunately that is the case for all of Sharm El Sheikh, it really didn't bother me one bit - and none of the other guests seem to mind during our stay!
Definately return to this hotel
I got back from the Tropicana garden palms last week and couldn't fault it in any way. After reading some of the reviews on the net I was a little weary but my partner and I had a fantastic time in Sharm. The hotel was lovely and exceptionally clean- the staff at both the bars and reception spoke very good english and were ever so helpful and friendly. I thought this hotel was great, the food was varied each night and was of a very high stantard compared to some all inclusives. We had a fantastic time at this hotel and would definately book to go there again.
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Fantastic Hotel , Fantastic Food , Fantastic Serivce !!
Me and my girlfriend have just returned from this hotel and I can say that we found it to be excellant , all be it with a couple of downsides.
The rooms are SPOTLESS , and fresh sheets everyday and excellant cleaning by the staff.
Everyone from the Bar staff to the , cleaners to the waiters are so so friendly! Geniune as well!
The food is excellant , changed daily , and the head chefs are constanly walking around checking all food is just perfect! Allways had a wide choice , from Beef Weelington , Fresh Pasta , Beef Steak , Chicken , Seaford , Everything!! Even Chicken nuggets and chips for the kids and yes it is Heinz Tom Ketchup!! :)
The only downside is that the sunbeds seem to go early in the morning! I got up at around 7am each day and found there to be 5 - 10 double sunbeds left. So thats OK if you dont mind getting up early!
Also the entertainment is pretty poor. It starts late , about 9.30 , and lasts about 30mins and is very repetitive and booring. However the are lots of very nice bars that you can sit out at in Namma bay and just relax and "people watch " if you like! There is a free bus up until 1.30am that will bring you back!
we have just got back from a 2 week holiday at the tropicana garden palms which is the sister hotel to the grand oasis , if you stay at garden palms you can still use your all inclusive braclets at this resort..
we spent a number of days at the grand oasis and it is simply stunning , however the food , the service , i found was alot better at the tropican garden palms, there are lots of people complaining of stomach bugs etc ,
you must remeber were you are staying , take plenty of immodium with you , do not stay at the three corners resort if you are offered it , we met a group of 40 people who all asked to move from there..
if you want a holiday which is relaxing, plenty to do , and if you dont mind the hassle from the local shop keepers then sharm and the tropicana group of hotels are a great please to stay in sharm..
i really cannot find any thing to complain about about both resorts.
we also spent the day at the Sofitel , if I go back again i would stay there, there is a award winning curry house on site , the views are amazing and the pool has alot of space around it , you get alot of wealthy arab and italian people staying there..
Topicana Garden Palms wonderful!!
We booked this holiday last minute on the internet and had read mixed reviews abouth the hotel before we went. We did however keep an open mind.
Well where do i start, if you are going to the Tropican Garden Palms you will not be disapointed. Our bags were taken to our bedroom which was immaculatly clean. There was even a welcome messages on the bed written in flower petals which i thought was a lovely touch. The room was air conditioned which you did need as the evenings were still very hot.
I cannot fault the cleanliness of this hotel, i am a bit fussy when it comes to hygeine and cleanliness but there is nothing i can say.
We had various things made out of our clothes and towels including man which gave us a fright when we walked into the room! These personal touches were appreciated!
The food was delicious and i did not notice any "recycled food" it was all fresh and delicious. Every night you had the option of having meat cooked on the barbeque outside which was always delicious! or the buffet. Lunch was also vet tasty particually the pasta you can have made to order!!
Breakfast was the weakest of the meals but even then there was nothing to complain about, you can order fried eggs, oancakes and omlettes if you want them. So as you can see there is plenty of choice and viarety.
The hotel also has an Italien resturant which you can only visit once but it is definatly worth it, it is a bit more personal than the main resturant and the food is cooked in front of you!
As for the Drinks you can get the bottled water on the all inclusive which is great because you need it in all that heat1 Sprits are included and the local beer is nice too!
The only complaint i have is that the non smoking area in the resturant is tiny and smoke does come acrss the resturant if they increased the area i would have no hesitation giving it 10/10.