Written on: 24/04/2005 by moggy
High quality forget-about-the outside-world-hotel. Sun and Sea. Fairly good food.
If you dont sunbathe, dive or swim, bring you own entertainment. Tedious border control/ customs wherever you turn.
The Hyatt Regency Hotel is a good quality hotel situated near to Eilat.
Food is the best we've had in Egypt, good choice and fresh with plenty of veggie stuff. I get the feeling they restrict the amount of nice stuff like pizza though. Also, what is it with water at these places- I am so sick of going to scorching hot countries and having to continually buy expensive bottled water. 5 star luxury ruined by meaness. I wish they'd just stick $20 on the price and give you a few litres in your room....
Rooms very neat and modern - lots of stone floors and marble. Staff keep these very clean and there are very few insects - although wear bug spray at night.
Grounds all nicely manicured - take your pick of the pools or swim off the jetty (as you cannot get into the deep water by wading out due to the reef).
Well worth doing the trip to the stunning ancient city of Petra although its a tiring day (made even more tiring by the Israeli border goons - a thoroughly endearing lot - who I doubt are representative of Israelis as a whole).
Main independent dive / snorkelling centre is a short hop away. You can eat there and buy water - dont forget money for water even if you get liquids on the dive boat! As usual with diving centres they try and squeeze as much money from you (and their employees!) as possible. The staff were generally on the ball and a pleasure to dive with. Diving was OK but have had better in other parts of Egypt.
All in all, we would probably go back.