Written on: 20/02/2006 by scuba (1 review written)
Good weather. Happy & Helpful staff. Clean rooms & bedding. Relaxed atmosphere.
Evening entertainment gets started quite late, and finishes late. But not loud enough to be heard in our room. Excursions. Best have a holiday to the destination rather than incorporate into holiday.
We are planning our 4th holiday in 3 years at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.
We have no complaints about the staff of the hotel - however the tour operators did leave our luggage behind on our Ciaro excursion therefore we missed out on Khal-elkhaliki (Ancient Bazzar) - making the journey across the desert one which we would have rather done without, although the museum was interesting, it was a hurried tour and not worth the bother. (Best to book a seperate holiday destination and not combine)
The bedding and ALL our towels were changed DAILY. We found even the pool towels to be of good clean quality. The house teams were truly co-operative and faultless in their approach to cleanliness & tidiness. (Tho' good tips help)
Our requests were treated with the utmost respect. We were treated to VIP treatment including cocktails at the presidential suite. Our child who is now 9 was adored by all the staff, and clearly missed when we returned for a break for just the 2 of us 8 months later. (The Egyptians appear to have good memories)
The entertainment is mostly culterual but exciting. Karaokee is a good way to break the ice with other guests if you are that way inclined :-) The Beduin nights are a great experience and the beduin people are friendly and mostly leave you alone. The camel rides are fun. Diving school teams could brush up on their manners a bit.
The mountains reduce the amount of sunshine warmth from c.4pm in the winter months, but that's a good time to make use of the on site facilities.
The local wine (table) leaves much to be desired, and so best to stick with bottled water which is cheap to buy. We found it a good idea to take a bottle of scotch with us as one can not easily get spirits locally.
Snorkling is great and a good inspirational way to temp one into becoming a scuba diver.
If you are looking for a relaxing break away from hustle & bustle, then this is for you. The on site entertainment is largly what you make it, although the entertainments team will rope you into pool activities if you are not careful :-)
We certainly recommend this destination.