Myself and my wife booked this hotel on the basis of the Tripadvisor reports we had read so first impressions were slightly disappointing as we were expecting better.
On entering our room my initial thought was it was gloomy, it looked tired. The bathroom had a false ceiling and tiles that looked like they came from a military installation and had dirty grouting. The shower was not lit and again was made out of the same tiles.
The shower had plenty of hot water however; our first shower had us soaking our feet in 2 inches of water as it would not drain. A call to reception and an explanation of the word 'drain' meant it was fixed the same day.
The main bedroom was ok, the bed was large and comfortable and the room was clean. We had a TV that played a number of English stations. We also had a fridge which had 2 bottles of water, coffee and tea making facilities were also included however we had to beg/borrow a carton of milk for it.
The AC was subdued and we both had no problem sleeping with it on even though we are light sleepers. Also the room has blackout curtains which we loved.
We had our own balcony; we would have liked to have a choice to buy drinks to take out on to the balcony. If you like to sit out at night, you may wish to take your own beer/wine /duty free.
The pool area was lovely with plenty of beds available. While we were there we saw no reserving with towels. The whole area is very relaxing.
The beach was nice with coarse sand, however the week we were there we could not use the jetty for snorkelling off as the wind caused a dangerous swell. This is a regular occurrence because of the location of the hotel, further round Sharm (Baron Palms, Melia) the sea is much calmer and snorkelling is safe off the Jetties.
This was a bitter disappointment as it was one of the reasons we chose Sharm to visit, however all was not lost as we found Zizu in the diving club who booked us onto the speedboat trip. This is for a maximum (and minimum) of 6 people and is one of the best trips. We were taken out by speedboat to a couple of excellent snorkelling sites including the reef near the old wreck. We then visited Tiran Island and to top off the day we found a pod of dolphins that played with the boat for ages.You have use of the facilities of all of the group hotels on site being the Sea Club and Sea Life, each with their own main buffet restaurant, bar and shops (The Sea Gardens do not have any shops). It was nice to walk round and discover different areas like the 'bazaar' theatre and Shisha cafe.
The staff in the whole resort were excellent, attentive and friendly. They served with a smile and were efficient.
The restaurants were clean and tastefully decorated. Our main complaint however and the reason we did not give this resort another star was the quality of the food we experienced. There were different theme nights in each restaurant so the food varied but it mainly felt like it had been mass produced with cheap ingredients to a price. There were exceptions fresh omelettes at breakfast, fresh fried fish were nice but overall the food was very average.
We ate at the Lebanese Ala Carte which was ok. The Ala carte restaurants Japanese and Fish are free for one visit each however you have to queue at a certain time to book each one and by the time we had queued for the Lebanese one on the first day of our visit, the other restaurants had been booked up until our last day so we could not go.
This is not a resort for hard partying rather a relaxed family atmosphere. They have entertainment in the bars but this usually finishes around 11.
Overall we enjoyed our holiday and came back very relaxed.
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- Also Known As:
- Sea Gardens Hotel Nabq Bay
- Sea Garden Hotel
- Hotel Sea Garden
- Sea Gardens Sharm El Sheikh/Nabq Bay, Egypt