We just got back from Egypt. The hotel is great. Nice rooms and very clean. I really liked the well maintained gardens and someone sprays some anti mosquito smoke everyday. That smoke stinks like crazy but it actually works. The pools are massive and only 1.4m deep so as we have seen in any other hotel we have stayed in no jumping and no diving in the pools. We did do it a few times, so as long as the lifeguards don't see you you are fine.
The aqua park is great. I loved the slide where you are pushed up by the water and unfortunately that only works for 20 minutes every 2 hours and it gets quite busy. The other slides are only for bigger kids as well. They all have a 10years old limit, but I have seen younger kids use them.
The kids pool is great. There is a pirates ship....that's what our son called it and from there you have all the slides. Water is not too deep so great for little ones.
There are plenty of sunbeds around all the pools but if you want to be by the water or next t your room or something in particular you might want to wake up early and "reserve" your beds.
The hotel gives you clean towels to use at the pools everyday so unless you want something special, no need to carry your own.
All the staff that work around the pool and aquapark were very nice and friendly. They always remembered us and our son in particular and always played with him and made him laugh.
The hotel has its own little reef and that is great. We would have booked a snorkeling day trip but with the reef there there was no need to go anywhere else to be honest. There were loads of fish there and there is a minibus that can take you from the hotel to the end of the pontoon if you don't feel like walking. It is probably a 5 minutes walk but in the sun it is not that pleasant sometimes.
The sea is very far...at the end of the pontoon actually. The beach and the beach beds are where the water is only knee deep so if you want to go swimming in the see you need to be prepared to go for a long walk. It is not that bad because the pools more than make up for this.
They have a wind surfing center there and I think you can rent equipment and try it out. There were a few people doing it but it seemed that they were locals and they were all very good at it.
The hotel is in the middle of nowhere, just like any other all inclusive hotel there and that did not bother us. There are a few shops outside the hotel and there is a shopping arcade in the hotel itself (more pricey than the shops outside). Hotel also runs a free shuttle bus the the marina, great little place where you can see all the bars and boats and if you want more shopping just get a taxi and go to Hurghada center. It only cost us 50 egiptian pound return from the marina to the shops...and that is with a tip.
Now about the food..or better say lack of food.
Breakfast was omlettes (yes they do have an omlette station but it gets quite busy and there is always a long queue), then they have 2 types of cereal with milk, some cold cut meats that looked weird and we never tried them, 2 types of sliced cheese, tomatoes and cucumber slices, yogurts, sausages, beans and the only nice thing on the menu..pastries. So we ended up having pastries with yogurt everyday. hat was probably the best meal of the day.
Lunch... they had rice, sometimes they had jacket potatoes or some other type of cooked potato, some vegetable stew, boiled vegetables, fish cooked very oily,i pasta bar which was just boiled pasta with some tomato juice thrown over, some salads that looked like they had been sitting there for some time so never dared to try them sweets.Desserts were nice, a lot of mousse type puddings and cakes. Fresh fruit was always some small bananas (not sure what they are called), apricots or peaches, apples and oranges.
You can have lunch at the pool bar and that is hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, chips (can't get chips at lunch time in the other restaurants), salad and pasta. Dessert only oranges. Food was better here than at the main restaurants, unless you like rice.
Dinner was very similar to lunch plus a grilled meat done outside, chips, carvery ( tuna, turkey or beef). Same type of desserts as for lunch plus outside the restaurants they had ice cream, sometimes water melon, bananas or apples cooked.
Drinks...water, coke, sprite and all of that, squash type of juices (orange, pineapple, strawberry), beer, wine and spirits. Don't drink alcohol so can not comment on that. Water and drinks were not always cold which was annoying and the glasses were not very well washed and most of them were chipped. So be careful when you get a glass. Check that it is clean first of all. There is always milk, coffee and hot chocolate or tea.
We both got food poisoning and like I said we tried to stay away from anything that looked unsafe. Our son is almost 3 and probably because he mostly ate cooked food and drank water from a bottle he was fine.
The staff at the restaurants were a bit of a hit and miss. Some were nice and friendly others were rude and made you feel like you were disturbing them by asking for something.
We tried the italian restaurant and the food (main course) was very nice. Again the staff there should lighten up a little and smile more.
Yes we did eat, but most of the time I had more dessert on my plate than actual food.
We stayed at Titanic beach but you can use the restaurants at Titanic Palace as well. We always had dinner there as there was more variety there. Lunch and breakfast we could not be bothered.
That's it. All in all a nice holiday. We wanted to be in the sun and relax and that is what we got. If the food had been more varied maybe we would have given this 5 stars, but like this I think that even 4 stars is a bit too much. It was saved by the pools and pool staff and clean gardens.
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