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Sharm - great weather, great snorkelling, shame about the hassling!
Sharm el Sheikh (Egypt)
Member Name: adamp84
Sharm el Sheikh (Egypt)
Advantages: snorkelling is fantastic as is the weather
Disadvantages: people hassle you everywhere and are after your money!
I've recently returned from my first trip to Sharm el Sheikh with mixed feelings so though i'd write a quick review of it.
We booked a week long trip with Thomas Cook for about £550 each, all inclusive which i thought was a great deal.
We stayed in the Concorde Beach Hotel in Sharks Bay. There are 4 other resorts along that particular bay, each with its own private beach. There's not alot else to do there outside the hotel in Sharks Bay, there is a small restaurant/shopping area called Soho Square which has a few decent restaurants and some shops. Other than that most hotels put on a free shuttle bus to Naama Bay where there's alot more to do in terms of shops/restaurants/bars.
Very hot! Over 40 degrees C most days, best to stay in the shade! All inclusive is definately the way forwards in the heat as all the drinks etc are free.
The Concorde hotel was pretty decent, good facilities pools, bars, a couple of restaurants with a better than expected variety of food. I would recommend it. Theres a pretty good private beach area with an excellent private coral reef.
The service was reasonable but the odd tip to one or two people seems to get you better service, not sure that the right way to get good service but it seems to work.
Most of the guests at the hotel were Russian but there were lots of Italians and Brits as well. No real issues with the guests, all keeping themselves to themselves.
Things to do:
Watersports are the main things, all sorts of snorkelling/diving opportunities, waterskiing, banana boats, etc.
There are quite a few excursions available to places like Cairo, Jerusalem, into the Sinai desert, Camel Rides, etc. Most can be booked through a tour operator or in the resort.
Couple of negative points:
My wife and i were both i'll on the holiday, most people i know who have been to Sharm have been ill at some point on their trip.
There is a bit of a money for nothing culture, right from the airport to the hotel to people on the street everyone seems to be after your money, either for a tip or trying to flog you something!
I also found that you get hassled alot, in the hotel people try to sign you up for watersports, massages etc and dont seem to understand the word 'no'! Also outside the hotel people hassle you to go into the shop and in the shop itself. I did expect to be hassled a bit and to haggle (which is quite fun) but it does get tiresome and is a bit relentless, not what you want on a relaxing holiday.
Summary: A good holiday, hassling gets irritating when you just want to relax.