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Naama 'not so great' Bay
Sharm el Sheikh (Egypt)
Member Name: Amanda-Jayne
Sharm el Sheikh (Egypt)
Advantages: Fantastic weather
Disadvantages: Constant harassment
I recently went on Holiday and stayed in the resort of Naama Bay Sharm el Sheikh. I was very excited as we got a fantastic deal, we paid £482.50 each for a week all inclusive including in-flight meals and transfers with Thomas Cook. With the recession many people are opting to go to non eu countries and Egypt seems to be more popular than ever.
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We stayed at the 4 star Tropitel Naama Bay and you couldn't ask for a better situated hotel. As soon as you walked out the doors everything is on your doorstep. The complex was huge and has 4 pools, but you have to get up early to get a sunlounger. For a hotel with over 800 rooms, it typically has about 50 sunloungers to each pool.
The beach is divided up into sections so that each hotel has a 'private' beach. There are that many sunloungers crammed on that it's hard to see the sand. But the sea is amazing. It's crystal blue and great for snorkelling.
A snorkelling trip is a must do if you got to Egypt, but don't book through your travel comapny because they will rip you off big time. Thomas Cook wanted £44 each for an all day trip to Tiran Island. We booked it through a guy on the beach and paid £20. Beware though, when we booked the trip the guy told us the price included the use of snorkelling equiptment, but on the day of the trip he tried to charge us. The trip was fantastic though, we stopped at 3 different spots to snorkel and lunch and drinks were all included. We also did quad biking in the desert which cost £15 or about £20 if 2 of you go on the same quad bike. Although, the quad bike is only intended for one person. Safety is not really a priority. You can choose to go accross the desert in a number of ways though, both motorised and non-motorised.
The majority of the nightlife is shhesha bars. Some you sit on cushioned floors and others have normal chairs and tables. Here you can smoke the famous sheesha and drink. There is also an Englsih bar called The Tavern which has 7 screens and shows sport. Alcohol is expensive though. We paid 28 Egyptian Pounds for a pint which is approx £3.45 and for spirits easily £5.50. So if you like your drink I would strongly recommend taking advantage of all inclusive. For those who are a bit more hard core there is a hard rock cafe and a Pacha, but we didn't visit either of these so can't really comment if they are any good. If you like a bit of a gamble there is the option of the casino.
If you are looking for jewellery this is definately the place for you. There are plenty of jewellery shops and prices are much cheaper than here. The majority of shops though sell Egyption perfume, trinkets etc. You are expected to haggle though and you will often find they will start at a ridiculous price. My boyfriend wanted a football t-shirt, a guy was selling fakes and at first wanted equivalant of £30 sterling. For me, it was the experience of the shop owners which put me off this place. We were constantly harrassed, and when we tried to decline politely we continued to be harassed and on a couple of occasions we found the people got a bit shirty with us when we said we weren't interested in purchasing what they had to offer. Even when we were trying to have a quiet drink in a bar we still got harassed.
Overall I ended up being quite disappointed with the holiday. It was mainly down to the harassment. I wanted to have a relaxing holiday. But also, both me and my boyfriend suffered upset stomachs. I just want to add a couple of extra notes. In terms of money, you will get a much better exchange rate over there. The rate in the uk was 8.2 EP, but over there we got 9.2EP. If you are a smoker, in resort they will try sell you cigarettes at £30 a box, in the airport they will cost you £15. And lastly, make sure you pack bite cream. I have never been one to be bitten but here I was eaten alive.
Summary: A place that failed to meet expectations