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Coral Sea Waterworld Resort, Sharm El Sheikh


This hotel is clean and well maintained with rooms that are spacious. We stayed in room 1237 which was at the beach end of the hotel, the view was a side view of the beach with a small balcony with a table and chairs. The room was cleaned daily by Mahmoud who was a pleasure to meet and left us some wonderful towel art every day. He ensured that the room was clean and tidy and provided clean towels whenever we needed them.


The room was in good condition, there was plenty of space for clothes, a wardrobe and chest of drawers, telephone, TV, fridge, tea and coffee making facilities and hairdryer.


Be warned the cost of calls to the UK is not cheap and also there is a charge for drinks taken from the well stocked fridge. Another holidaymaker we spoke to said they had requested the fridge was emptied on their arrival to avoid temptation!


The main restaurant had a good choice of food and service was good with staff bringing you drinks. Food supplies were being monitored and restocked throughout dining times. The only let down here was last year we stayed at another hotel in Sharm and they provided a midnight snack bar with hot and cold foods, so if you were going out in the evening you knew you would be able to have something to eat upon your return. Coral Sea do not provide this service.


We visited both the Indian and Italian restaurants and again there was good service in both. The Indian restaurant is in the Mermaid bar which is a snack bar during the day, the only bad point to this is outdoor dining in the evening when the mosquitos like to join you and take a nibble on you. The Italian was indoors thankfully and the food was lovely. Be aware at both of these restaurants there is a charge for drinks, not something we have encountered before and a bit of a let down when you are paying all inclusive prices.


The pools at the hotel are lovely and there is a swim up bar which means you can pop over and get a refreshing drink. We always managed to find sun beds however I would imagine that during the busy months this may not be so easy. The animation team were present around the pool during the day organising games and entertaining visitors however as a couple with no children with us we didn't get pestered to join in any activities although they were always polite and would say hello as they passed. We actually felt a bit sorry for them at times, it looked like hard work getting people to join in some of the activities, but nonetheless they gave it their best and the kids seemed to love them.


The beachfront has plenty of sun beds and there is a beach bar for drinks. There are traders who walk up and down the beach trying to sell you bracelets and they can be quite pushy. Just say no very clearly and they'll leave you alone. You'll also be approached by the spa and beauty staff who will try to convince you to book with them. You will probably get a better price off them on the beach or by the pool than if you got the spa itself! Try haggling, they will work with you on prices. I booked a sauna, body scrub and massage and it was lovely to be pampered. I decided to book a return visit on my last day so that I came home relaxed. I also visited the beauty salon on the last day for a manicure, pedicure and facial, the lady in the beauty shop was lovely ( I didn't get her name) and again you can haggle on prices.


Entertainment wise we didn't see much, they was a large screen showing the football matches which didn't interest me at all but proved popular with some holiday makers, there was also a film on one night again not something I wanted to sit and watch but some people did. I didn't watch any of the childrens' entertainment so cannot comment on this. It would be nice to see some quality entertainment in Sharm, this is our second visit to the area and it seems as though this is something that is lacking in most hotels.


There is a cash exchange machine in reception and the exchange rate is very good so you don't need to exchange money before you leave or can get extra money out without worrying about poor rates.


There is also a bar in reception serving alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks and also a hot drink stand if you fancy a cuppa. Reception staff are helpful and available at all times. If you walk through reception you will find a small area with shops and there is also a well hidden games room with a snooker table and two pool tables. You will find the booking desk for the a la carte restaurants downstairs from the reception area, opposite the main restaurant and also the Tour Operator desks and staff here are very helpful.


If you want to book trips, I would recommend you go to the beachfront and visit Mokka at Time Tours, he is absolutely fab, you can read my review if you search for Time Tours.


Tips


1. Do not go on the camels in the street outside of the hotel, people were being charged high prices and the camel owners were demanding extra money before they let people off the camels. If you want a camel ride go to the beachfront and you'll find Bobby the Camel who is there for the hotel visitors.

2. You'll get good prices in the shops in the street outside the hotel. Be prepared to be hassled and to haggle for a good price. If you say no politely you will usually find the shop owners will back off.

3. Yes you may well get an upset tummy on holiday. My partner was ill for two days and I had one bout of it. Take some immodium with you or go to the hotel pharmacy by reception who will provide you with medication.

4. Tip your room cleaner daily, this goes a long way. You'll find the tea and coffee well stocked, toiletries in the bathroom and towel art on a daily basis.

5. There are toilets behind the Mermaid restaurant so you don't need to go all the way to your room if you are by the pool or on the beach.

Overall an excellent stay at Coral Sea and I hope to return in the future.

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