We stayed as a family of 4 (including our boys aged 3 and 5) from 26th March for a week. Paid extra for a junior suite which was worth it in my opinion, as one of the boys got his own little bedroom area with a flat-screen tv. Don't be conned into thinking you need to buy a visa for each of you at £15 each if you are staying in the resort, you don't need one!
Moved through airport quickly upon arrival, but people buying the above-mentioned visas in huge queue meant we waited on the bus for over half an hour. Large number of people all arriving at hotel together meant a bit of a delay in getting to our room but nothing to complain about. We stayed in block 4, very handy for the pools and restaurant. I had emailed the hotel in advance to ask for a room away from the beach after reading previous complaints about the Pataya Beach Bar noise. The only noise I really heard was from the planes which start at about 6am but again nothing too serious. I assume lots of people wouldn't notice the planes but I hear a pin drop at 100 metres.
Bedroom was clean, could have been cleaner but toilet and basin clean. We had tea and coffee making facilities which I think you have to pay extra for in a standard room (we always have a tea when waking in the morning!). Walk in wardrobe a plus so you could keep the room nice and tidy.
The big bonus for us was the huge space on the beach for the boys to play. It is very coarse, more like gravel in parts but perfect for little people to dig in for hours at a time, without everyone getting plastered in sand! Sea very warm and shallow too so safe for children. Not too many interesting fish (we've been to another part of Sharm before and lots more there but no coral left here) but still enough for young children to see.
First choice kids club very good. Our children were in Little Stars and I felt happy to leave them there with the staff, it appears to be well-organised and staff friendly. Our 3 year old went to about 10 sessions over the course of the week, including Sweetie Bingo (£4 each) one evening so the husband and I had a quiet drink in the View Bar, which is adults only and most welcome after all the noise of a family holiday.
Evening entertainment was pretty poor, probably the worst part of the holiday. A 30 minute mini-disco would go a long way to entertain the heaps of little people crying out for some cheesy pop songs before the singer or act on after. The team tried hard but it just wasn't any good - neither adult nor child focussed!
We found the food to be very good and really you would have to be overly fussy not to find something at each meal. You have to remember that the hotel is catering for a large number of people so it is busy and not everything will suit you but I was happy that our children ate plenty of variety other than just chips. Only annoying this is that some parents let their children wander round helping themselves which can be dangerous with hot food and not most hygienic. Having said that, none of us suffered from upset tummies and most guests used the hand sanitizer upon entry to the restaurant.
Staff at the hotel were friendly, we tipped the chap on the beach who brought us drinks regularly and the barman in the restaurant who also kept us all topped up as well as our room cleaner. A smile and a thankyou goes a long way, some guests would do well to remember that!
In summary, we really enjoyed the holiday, had great weather and the place is ideally geared towards families. I'd love to go back later in the year.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Offering the unsurpassed panoramic views of the Red Sea, Coral Sea Holiday Village Resort presents a comprehensive under-one-roof concept that meets the need of every discerning leisure traveler. This 5-star resort houses: 484 elegant guest rooms with modern amenities, superbly-designed facilities and 13 exciting dining and lifestyle choices for a multi-dimensional experience. It is our privilege to enchant our guests with courteous and attentive service that is the hallmark of Coral Sea Holiday Village Resort; we deliver only the best! ... more less
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