I stayed at the Holiday Village Red Sea for a fortnight in June ‘08, and had such an amaaaazing time I’m already booked for Oct 2009! Naama Bay has an interesting blend of people from across the globe and a buzzing atmosphere. The choice of eateries is so extensive here, ranging from a Hard Rock Cafe, Littel Buddha and McDonalds to traditional Egyptian restaurants.
Don’t forget your purse as there is many a fabulous bargain to be had. Personally, I brought home 5 handbags and lots of little gifts for friends and family. I found it was so much fun to haggle with the lovely locals for unbelievable prices.
Me and my family flew with First Choice Airways from Manchester and it was a really nice, smooth flight. My mum is quite a nervous flier and this is the first time I’ve ever seen her relax on a plane, it was so comfortable and the crew were lovely.
When we arrived at the hotel we were warmly welcomed by the manager. We were offered wine and juice which was a thoughtful touch and so refreshing after our travels. The check in procedure is so speedy despite there being two coaches of guests arriving at the same time.
A porter showed us to our rooms where we were reunited with our luggage. The rooms were massive! They even had light-up walk-in wardrobes. The entire Holiday Village was very attractive. The grounds of gardens and flowerbeds are exceptionally exotic.
There are several pools to choose from, though we enjoyed them all equally so couldn’t pick a favourite. The hotel has an ingenious policy that states that if you’re not at your sun lounger for long periods of time they are taken off you! This was great news for me, because it meant I didn’t have to get up at the crack of dawn to reserve a sun bed, and I didn’t have to suffer the frustration of seeing reserved loungers that remained unoccupied until 4pm! There was always a pool boy on hand too to ensure you could always find a sun lounger.
The Holiday Village Egypt entertainment team are so energetic day and night. My daughter made so many new friends through the children’s club, which she loved, and in turn this made me enjoy it that little bit more! I don’t think we had a single niggle about the hotel, it was unfaultable! It was no surprise we spent most of our time in Egypt around the pool, but we went into Naama Bay one evening. The hotel provided a private taxi, which took about half an hour to reach. It was definitely worth it though.
I can’t wait to go to Sharm el Sheikh in ‘09 and swim in the crystal clear waters, feel the sizzling sunshine on my skin, and soak up the hospitality.