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Classy Carribean World Resort
Caribbean World Resort Soma Bay (Hurghada, Egypt)
Member Name: MollyWH
Caribbean World Resort Soma Bay (Hurghada, Egypt)
Advantages: Beautiful hotel, friendly staff, great facilities, nice food
Disadvantages: Not much to do in Soma Bay itself
My friend and I stayed in this hotel in February 2010 for a week.
We mainly booked this holiday to completely chill out and enjoy a bit of sunshine.
Flight Time From UK
We flew from London Gatwick and our flight took four and a half hours which I consider to be a relatively short flight to get to somewhere so hot - not like my last flight which was 16 odd hours! Caribbean World Resort is only about a 50 minute journey from the airport in Hurghada but because we had other drop offs on our transfer; it ended up taking us about 2 hours to get to the hotel.
We paid £330 per person for 7 nights on an all inclusive basis which I thought was very reasonable. This price included flights, in flight meals, accommodation and transfers.
Arrival And Check In
We were greeted by the very friendly staff once our coach arrived at the hotel. The staff were only to keen to carry your luggage for you and welcome you to Egypt.
In the reception area there is a metal detector which you walk through and the luggage you are carrying (not your suitcases though) are checked by the security guard who is sat to the side of the metal detector.
The staff at the reception desk were very friendly and I felt that there were plenty of staff on duty to deal with the six couples that were checking in.
After a very quick check in, we were escorted to our room by a very friendly member of staff who took us in a little golf buggy (as our room was a little bit away from the reception). As he took us to our room, he also gave us a guided tour of the hotel and pointed out the various restaurants and pools.
All the staff at the hotel exceeded our expectations. They were extremely helpful and very well mannered. They looked very smart in their various uniforms and I couldn't help thinking that they must get awfully hot in their uniforms. They all speak a high level of English so there is no language barrier which we found useful when talking to them about things to do while we were in Egypt.
When we arrived at our room, the first thing we noticed was how clean and spacious it looked. We booked a twin room and got two double beds so needless to say we were very happy.
The beds were large and smelt very clean. Each bed had a pillow on it and we were also provided with extra pillows if needed (these were kept in one of the cupboards)
In the room, there is a flat screen TV (with quite a few English/American channels as well as lots of German and Russian channels) a fridge, a table with two chairs, a large dressing table, a large wardrobe with a free safe inside (which we thought was a nice touch as normally you have to pay extra for a safe), there is a bedside table beside each bed, with a small bedside lamp on each one.
The bathroom was spacious and consisted of a large walk in shower with a really nice power shower inside. The shower took up one entire length of the bathroom! There was also a sink and mirror area which was fairly large and plenty of room to store all our toiletries. There was a hairdryer attached to the wall in the bathroom so I wouldn't bother to take your own if you are staying here.
The hotel provided us with fresh, clean towels every day and these were left on the towel rail in the bathroom.
Also in the bathroom was a small rack on which free toiletries such as shampoo, conditioner and shower gel were provided by the hotel.
Our room had a great little air conditioning unit which also doubled up as heating if you needed it. I was pleased to see that the air conditioning unit was fairly quiet when switched on as in some other hotels; the air con can be quite noisy.
Each room has a balcony or a terrace and I should imagine that most room have a scenic view, we overlooked one of the 4 pools and pool bars and if we looked to the right, we could see down to the beach so we were more than pleased with this view! There are sliding patio doors which lead out to the balcony, also meaning that plenty of light was let into the room. Our balcony was furnished with 2 reclining chairs so you can chill out on the balcony.
The rooms are cleaned to a very high standard and towels and bed sheets replaced every day.
We stayed at the Caribbean World Resort on an all inclusive basis so we were thrilled to find lots of bars and restaurants to choose from. We only actually ate at two of the restaurants so I am only able to comment on the food in these but will also give a brief outline of what is served in the others.
This is the main restaurant and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This is the only restaurant that serves breakfast which is served from 7am - 11am. Breakfast is self service in the form of a buffet. Breakfast was one of my favourite meals here, purely because there was so much choice - cereals, large selection of fresh breads, cakes, croissants, fruit, yogurts. There is also a counter where there are chefs behind coking various items fresh. These items included fried eggs, waffles, omelettes (various varieties) and pancakes. There was a selection of fresh juices which you could help yourself to, as well as a tea and coffee station. As well as all that, there was also a hot selection in the breakfast area which consisted of items such as scrambled egg, toast, sausages, beans, tomatoes and fried potatoes. There was also a smaller section where they served Egyptian style breakfast which was all spicy fried food. I did try this one morning and it was very yummy although a little bit too spicy for breakfast!
As I already mentioned the selection is huge for breakfast and the food is kept nice and hot despite the fact that it is buffet.
There is a fresh fruit section where you can chose from items such as apples, oranges and local fruits (although I'm not sure what some of there were)
On entering the restaurant for breakfast, you simply pick and table and sit on it. You help yourself to tea, coffee, cold drinks and food but there are plenty of waiters around to collect the empty plates and cups so there is always a table available despite the fact that it gets quite busy.
Lunch starts at 12.30 and finished at 15.00. Lunch is served in a buffet style in this restaurant and seemed to be the same kind of food every day. Items such as different varieties of rice, vegetable dishes and fish were available. There was also massive selection of breads. There is a chef station where they serve fresh pasta and you literally just tell them which type of pasta you would like,, and what you would like in it i.e. onion, pepper, chillies, tomatoes and they cook it all fresh in front of you.
Dinner is served between 19.00 - 22.00 and this is served in a buffet style also. Dinner in this restaurant is served in themes and you have a different theme for every night. The themes while we were there included international, BBQ, Chinese and Egyptian to name a few. The food was always nice and hot and I felt there was also a good selection to choose from so if you didn't like one type of dish, you could easily just pick another.
Dessert is also served at dinner time and some of them were delicious although it did tend to me the same types all the time. There were items such as Baklava which is a local dessert and consists of layers of filo pastry drizzled in chocolate - very yummy. There were also rice puddings which are served cold and chocolate mousses too. Every evening there was a large dish in the pudding section which had a different pudding every night such as hot sponge pudding bread and butter pudding and hot rice pudding.
Within the main restaurant there is a part that is section off and specially designed for children to sit together and enjoy their meal with a small buffet style section of food and little tables and chairs for them to sit at which I thought was a nice touch.
Tortuga Beach Grill Restaurant
This restaurant serves a selection of grilled meats and fish. It is located near to the beach so you can enjoy your meal while listening to the sea.
The Barbecue Restaurant
This restaurant is pretty self explanatory; it serves a selection of meats and fish which are all cooked fresh on the BBQ in front of you.
La Palma Italian Restaurant
This restaurant is included on the all inclusive basis but you have to reserve a table the night before in reception and we never got round to doing this! They serve a selection of Italian dishes. In here they have belly dancers that come round while you are enjoying your meal.
There are also lots of bars within the grounds of the hotel so there is plenty of choice.
Caribbeano Lounge & Disco Bar
The Caribbean Lounge & Disco Bar is located in the building next to the main reception and it upstairs. The atmosphere is relaxed with lots of seating available. There is a small circular dance floor in the middle of the room so people can have a dance if they wish to do so. They serve a selection of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks as well as light snacks. The décor in here is lovely, lots of big leafy plants and the furniture is all dark wood with funky coverings in animal print. There were also several leather sofa dotted around the disco.
Cuba Beach and Disco Bar
Sadly this is only open in the summer and as we visited during their winter, we were unable to go in here. We did however have a look from the outside and it looked nice enough with bamboo furniture and a small bar. I should imagine the atmosphere would be chilled out as this bar is located right on the beach. In here they also serve a selection of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks as well as light snacks.
Aladin Café & Shisha Corner
This is basically designed as a massive tent and in the summer, the remove the sides and it becomes open air (they did this on the day we left!). In here it was lovely and cosy with bamboo furniture with big soft cushions. We visited in February so the evenings could be a little bit chilly. In this bar there are massive heaters which they move nearer to your table if you are feeling the chill. There is a big bar in the middle of the 'tent' and they serve a selection of fruit juices and alcoholic drinks. This is also the bar where they offer shisha pipes (which is basically a water pipe where you can smoke different flavoured tobacco such as apple, cherry etc). The shisha pipes are charged as extra though and were about £2.50 each.
Jamaica & Snack Bar
This bar is located near the swimming pool and offers a selection of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks. They also serve food between 12-3 which includes items such as chips, salad and BBQ items like burgers, chicken wings and sausages.
Melody Gazebo Bar
This bar tends to be used for the welcome meetings provided by the holiday reps and aside from that, it didn't appear to ever be very busy. There are plenty of seats in the Gazebo bar and they serve a selection of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks.
Aloha Lobby Bar
This bar is located near the reception and is surrounded by a variety of souvenirs and jewellery shops as well as a chemist. This bar was probably one of the busiest although it was actually quite small and cosy. There was a small bar which offered a selection of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks as well as all inclusive cocktails. Here, they also served hot drinks such as tea, coffee and a very yummy hot chocolate. We really liked this bar and went here at the beginning of every evening for our first drink. Quite often, we would arrive to find there were no seats and the barmen would re-arrange the seats to enable us to fit down which was a nice gesture.
The Caribbean World Resort Hotel actually has its own private beach which can only be used by guests staying at the hotel. The beach is reached by walking down to the far end of the grounds of the hotel. There are plenty of sun loungers with umbrellas and also lots of winder breakers. When we visited in February, it was actually surprisingly windy so the windbreaker came in very useful. The beach is all one level so is easily accessible for anyone with mobility problems as there are no steps to tackle.
There is a bar in the beach where you can get drinks all day long. At the far end of the beach is the Dive School where you can do scuba diving and snorkelling. Near to the dive school are a group of men who offer water sports such as banana boat rides, boat trips and wind surfing which you have to pay extra for. There is also a gentleman who stands on the beach all day offering camel and horse riding at an extra cost.
There are three swimming pools which are all sort of interlinked although you can't swim between them as they are blocked off by bridges and features. When we stayed in February the pools were a little too cold for my liking but luckily one of the pools is heated so we were still able to have a swim and enjoy ourselves.
The pools never appeared to be very busy during our stay although I am pretty sure it was because we went a little bit out of season and as it warmed up towards the end of our stay, the pools did become slightly busier.
Again, there were plenty of sunloungers available.
Towards the lower grounds of the hotel there is another smaller swimming pool which is surrounded by water slides which are free to use. There was a twisting slide as well as a flume and three flat slides.
There is towel station which is located near the swimming pools. Once you arrive at the hotel, you are given a welcome pack which is full of information about the hotel facilities. In this pack, you will be provided with 2 towel tokens (which are similar to a credit card) If you hand these tokens into the people behind the towel station then you are given a nice yellow and white striped towel to use for the pool and the beach. You can change the towels everyday and then on your last day, just exchange the towels for your tokens which you will need to hand back into reception when you check out. If you lose the towels or the tokens you are charged 20 euros so make sure you keep them safe.
Personally I do not have any children yet but I did notice while staying at this hotel that it would be a great place to take children (as long as you take great care to protect their skin from the heat).
The hotel caters for children very well with lots of children areas such as a kiddie's area where they can play with toys, watch videos, colour in etc all under the supervision of the animation team so you know they are in safe hands. There is a children's centre where you can drop your children off for the day with the animation team who will keep them entertained. Just outside the children centre there is a fairly large children's plays area complete with swings, slides and climbing frames.
There is a small children's pool which will certainly keep them entertained for a while.
Also, as mentioned above, there is even a kiddies section where they have children's table and chairs and even a selection of food to choose from.
As I mentioned earlier, there is a dive school located on the beach. I am a PADI qualified diver and my friend I travelled with has never scuba dived before. While we were there, we decided to do a dive. I just did a normal dive and my friend did a Discover Scuba dive. We found the Dive School to be very friendly with efficient staff and I would certainly recommend them to anyone wishing to learn scuba diving. Considering they are an onsite dive school I considered their prices to be fairly reasonable and it was so handy them being located within the grounds of the hotel.
Other Hotel Facilities
This hotel has a lovely little Health club with a sauna, steam room and hot tub. We didn't actually use any of these facilities because they cost extra but the staff did give us a guided tour of it and it did look very nice.
There is a fully air conditioned Gym onsite at the hotel which I am proud to say we did use once. Sadly, the air conditioning was broken when we used it and the heat did become a bit unbearable halfway through our workout.
There is a hairdresser's onsite which offers many services such as hair cuts, hair colouring and hair braiding. We decided to get our hair braided while were we here. We got a half head of braids and we negotiated a price of £10 per person which I thought was reasonable. The staff were very friendly and chatted away to us while we were getting out hair done.
This was located within the Health Club. All massages cost extra but they were all fairly reasonably priced with a 30 minute massage costing about £25. There was a large selection of treatments that could be bought from here so this area is well worth a look for anyone one who likes massages!
There is a Shuttle bus service from the hotel to the next town Hurghada which cost about £6 for a return trip. This needs to be pre booked at reception though. We ventured into Hurghada fore one evening but to be honest, I wasn't overly impressed. It was very busy and as two young girls by ourselves, we did receive constant hassle from the locals which was a bit off putting when all we wanted to do was have a walk around. Having said that, I still think it was worth the experience.
There are members of staff who walks around the hotel grounds offering trips to the guests. These are charged as extra but I liked the idea that there are organised through a company associated with the hotel. We went Quad Biking and also visited a Bodrum village through these tours. The trip was £30 which I thought was very reasonable and we had a really good time.
I would certainly recommend this hotel to anyone wishing to get away somewhere hot for a reasonable price. We just wanted somewhere warm and we weren't too bothered about doing much while we were there and this hotel suited our needs perfectly. Even though there isn't really much to do in Soma Bay, you still have to option of going on one of the trips offered which gives a little bit a variety for those of you who get easily bored.
The all inclusive basis is definitely worth the money as you have a great selection of food and drink. The facilities are clean and modern and certainly meet the expectations you would have of a 5* hotel.
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