About Linda H
Lives in Nottingham, United Kingdom
Since Sept 2009
50-64 year old female
We love to visit Sharm 3 or 4 times each year to enjoy the guaranteed sun and great temperatures. We stay in many different hotels but do have our favourites where we return time after time. So many things to do we always find something new each visit. Over the last two years we branched out a little further afield and now consider Mexico a fabulous destination when we can commit to two weeks away. Our next trip there is in June and we are enjoying researching new places to visit while we wait for the weeks to pass.
Bodies of Water, Beaches
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Scuba & Snorkeling
Bars & Clubs
Na'ama Bay beach is a gorgeous, wide horseshoe bay with a great promenade along its length. Palm trees line the beach and many exotic plants grow at the base of their trunks. You can walk into the sea here, and although the hotels lining the promenade have sections of the beach roped off as private, it is still possible to walk along the length of the entire beach and enter the water at any point. There are many colorful tropical fish swimming around and over the coral, so I would certainly recommend a waterproof or underwater camera. We have been lucky enough to see barracuda, lion fish, blue spotted rays, and moray eels off this beach. Water sports are in abundance all along the beach, with many operators offering water skiing, parasailing, glass bottom boat trips, wakeboarding, windsurfing, banana boat rides, and plenty of other inflatables towed behind speed boats.
This restaurant offers great food, excellent service, and good variety on the menu. Tables are available inside or out, and it's the perfect place to watch passers by on this pedestrianized but bustling and busy main street in the evenings. If you haven't time for a meal they also do excellent coffees.
The whole family will enjoy exploring Hollywood Sharm El Sheikh. There are statues of dinosaurs scattered around the place along with shops, bars and restaurants, children's rides, and fountains that dance to music. It's very colorful and brightly lit, so it's best to visit in the evening when it's dark.
This is a restaurant, bar, and nightclub. If you visit early it can be quiet, but it's buzzing after midnight. You'll find great music from the resident DJs and you can dance till your heart's content — a great way to end an evening!
If you feel the need for a burger at the end of your night out, Hard Rock will help round off the evening nicely. It's open till the early hours, so ideal if you've been dancing the night away. Staying true to the theme of the chain, there is the usual music memorabilia decorating the interior.
If you love water parks you can't go wrong here as there are so many slides and flumes to try out. The lazy river rafting is great (and can be hilarious when they 'turn on' the wave-maker!), you can battle through the rapids, plus there is a wave pool where you will find lots of fun and games — as this is where the animation team base themselves during the day — and the kids will love joining the dance routines as they play popular songs to get everyone joining in. Some of the slides are the 'white knuckle' variety, but many are family friendly, and there is a good family-size circular raft ride that rushes you round and round, down a huge green chute and deposits you in a waist-high pool. When you've had enough activity and adventures on the slides, walk over to the quiet pool area where you can chill out and recharge your batteries on double bed-size sun loungers with canopies, or take a cooling dip in the huge jacuzzi.
No visit to Sharm El Sheikh would be complete without a visit to Farsha Cafe. This amazing cafe on the side of a cliff is the most romantic place, with stunning views, during the day and in the evening. Food and drinks are served all day and after dark it is lit up by hundreds of candles making it even more special. Try a cocktail, beer, shisha, or pizza, and soak up the incredible atmosphere and amazing views out to sea.
Fantasia showcases some Egyptian history and culture while you tuck into an authentic four-course supper of Moroccan fare, such as slow-roast lamb. During the evening there are displays and shows such as belly dancing, whirling dervish, and horses. Plus, the building itself is beautiful and very ornate.
This is a purpose-built glass and marble tourist attraction in its own right, built and owned by the Savoy Hotel. Here you will find lots of stores, restaurants, bars, and a nightclub. Shopping is hassle-free, but the prices are fixed, however, it is occasionally possible to do a deal, so well worth trying your luck. The stores are far more upmarket than most of those found in Na'ama Bay and you'll find designer goods such as handbags, shoes, belts, and sunglasses at great prices: but check carefully as they may not all be the real deal! Street entertainers walk around most evenings and there are lots of bronze statues, ranging from life-size horses to cute children and everything in between. If you feel like a drink or meal you will be spoilt for choice here, but prices are far more expensive than elsewhere in the Sharm area. A popular place to visit is the Ice Bar where everything (and I do mean everything!) is made of ice — it's expensive but a must do!
A lovely bar to visit for a drink before, or a coffee after, dinner. There are several different levels of seating but the highest one is our favorite and if you're lucky enough to get a table overlooking the main street, it's a great place to people-watch.
For a day trip that can be as active or relaxing as you want, take a boat trip to Tiran Island. There are half and full day trips available but I recommend a full day trip, which gets you back around 4pm. The trip on board a dive/ snorkel boat typically includes a hot, freshly-cooked lunch and three stops are made throughout the day for swimming, snorkeling, or diving. If you're not feeling confident you can hang onto a buoyancy ring and snorkel with a guide who will ensure you are feeling comfortable, or you are free to snorkel alone and explore the reefs by yourself if you wish to. The water is crystal clear and you can see an amazing variety of sea life — including turtles or dolphins if you're lucky. If you just want a chilled and relaxing day, you can stay on the boat and catch some rays from the comfort of the padded decks at the front and rear. The boats go very close to the shipwreck on one of the reefs near Tiran, so you can get some great photos. The colors of the water are stunning, and if you stop for lunch at Laguna you may be able to jump off the boat into the clearest turquoise water you can imagine.
If you fancy trying your luck, head down Peace Road from Na'ama Bay in the direction of the airport and you will see Casino Royale. This place looks amazing from the outside and the staff are really polite and helpful. Blackjack, roulette, and poker as well as slot machines are available, along with the occasional show. Don't expect Las Vegas standards and you won't be disappointed!
If you fancy going to a club then give Pacha a try. It's huge and the resident DJs will ensure you can dance the night away! There are special offers, including an all-inclusive package, available from some hotel representatives.