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Coral Sea Aqua Club Resort
Ranked #10 of 31 Hotels in Nabq Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Fife, Scotland
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Little gem”
Reviewed 1 March 2012

My husband and I stayed at the at Cssr for a week from the 16th of February, the weather was beautiful in the mid 70's, got a really nice tan.

When we first arrived, we were taken to our room by a guy in a golf buggy, why I don't know, as the complex is compact, it would have been quicker to walk. He was quite a reckless driver and just a bit too friendly, he hung around the room waiting for a tip so we gave him a couple of pound coins, to which he informed us that it would be better to tip in Egyptian money, we already knew this but as the lowest exchange rate in Britain is 100 Egyptian pounds roughly 10 pounds in our money, no way was he getting that for a tip, he back tracked and took the pound coins. Then of course our luggage was then delivered by another guy so we tipped again.

The hotel room was lovely, very clean and spacious.We both enjoyed the food. Entertainment not so good, ended up watching films on the telly most nights.

I don't like shopping, so did not venture out the complex, my husband did, and said never again, constantly pestered the
Whole time he was out.

The staff do work very hard and are all very cheerful, we were told by the reps to tip small and often, quite happy to do this. Our housekeeper was Mohammed, my husband half way through the holiday went to tip him, it was another housekeeper called Sharif who said Mohammed was away home, so my husband gave him the tip, the towel art only started then with a crocodile, then the next day a little figure, Sharif knocked on our door that night saying he had forgotten to give us our water, think he was looking for another tip. Mohammed we spied later on. These were the only niggles we had, really don't mind tipping when your getting a good service. Also noticed that the pool guys were reserving beds for people, they also must have been tipped. All in all, this is a very nice hotel, staff are very good with kids, and the grounds were maintained to a high standard.

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Reviewed 29 February 2012

[Mom, Son age 10 and daughter 8]

I read the reviews before going, we go to sharm every feb and its usually brill. there was one bad review and i did think 'coo thats a bit ott with the old criticism; , BUT have to agree on a few of the points!!
For a brand new hotel opening only 4 months ago it certainly isnt trying to impress!
The weather, no, cannot be controlled, it was cloudy and the water was very cold, this would obviously warm up in warmer times, the water park itself was great tho, on the times it was hot and you needed cooling down quickly! the pirate bucket was the best for this or the boomerang!! (at 47, it was going back to childhood lol).
Although we are good def not fussy eaters, the food was terrible! the same mains were there all week, whatever theme it was,then passed onto the kids section! the best day was funnily the british roast - we lived mainly on the superb desserts, which had a lot of effort put into them :)
The rooms were beautiful and spacious (we had a swim up pool room, which, again the water would be lovely if it was warmer), these could not be faulted, howerver, the concierge and reception had very much difficulty in understanding you should only need to ring them once (not 4 or 5 times) in order for them to respond! i put my washing ready to collect and 2 days later, after 4 calls it was still there :(, my daughter spilt a drink on the bed and it took 3 calls and 2 hours before they came to change the bed (this was at night time and she was tired).
The animation team were great, although more could be done during the day, especially with the weather the way it was) and the kids club girl was very much laid back and quite unenthusiastic to say the least.
So, apart from these things, it was an ok holiday, not the best by any means that we have been to and DEFINATELY not a 5 star ( at a push a 3+), and no where near as nice as others we have stayed in at sharm. shame really, cos it should be making an extra effort to ensure excellent reviews for people to book, I would say, go somewhere else. like the Holiday Village opposite :)

Room Tip: Sunny side if a swim up room, i emailed directly and we did get one :)
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2012

We stayed for the half term week in February and found the hotel to be excellent. There were two disappointments. We'd booked a swim up room and specifically asked for it to be on the sunny side as advised elsewhere. Our room turned out to be clearly on the shady side and the unheated water was really cold. I was the only person in our group that ventured in. Secondly, the evening entertainment was very patchy indeed - some good (breakdancing and whirling dervish) and some truly lame (a mixed duo in the bar would have been booed off in the UK). But these were minor points. The facilities and the staff were outstanding and the food was just INCREDIBLE! Our room was just great - spotlessly clean and very functional. We were quite close to the main pool which was very handy. The water park facilities were excellent. I really can't think of anything I didn't like. The one big negative was nothing to do with the hotel. The amount of persistent hassling from traders and "camel guys" outside the hotel was astonishing and quite intimidating. We didn't spend ANY money for three days because we were so put off by the belligerence of the locals. Once we got used to it we actually did some shopping and bartering. I must stress this was not the fault of the hotel. I heared reports that the whole of the Red Sea area has become really endemic for this with the big drop in visitor numbers. Just be assertive and stand your ground.

Room Tip: Don't bother with a swim up room unless you are going outside of school holidays. The vast major...
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2012

I will start by saying the room which was a family room sleeps 4-6 people has 3 bedrooms 2 bathrooms and 2 balconys with plenty of storage a great layout. We arrived to find it a bit dirty. Pubic hairs in the bath and on the bathroom floor.
For the children the water park facilities are great although parts of the water park were freezing cold. There was a brilliant pirate ship for the smaller children but empty all the time because of the water being so cold, I can imagine it being used more in the warmer months.
The staff are very friendly and great with the children, the animation team are funny and very entertaining.
Food here is quite disappointing, there is too much bread although very nice and is good to look at. The food never seemed to be warm enough and there was never much choice out of 1 week I think the best meal We had was in the Asian restaurant. The food wasn't too bad in the American restaurant, but there was nothing American about the restaurant itself, it was dark and all You got was an American flag on the menu. We had high expectations after reading reviews before We went, after going to Egypt for the sixth time to be honest this was the worst holiday out of them all.
If it's any use to anyone You are right in the flight path.

Room Tip: Family room sleeps 4-6 a great room with plenty of storage
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Inverness, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 February 2012

Stayed at this hotel for 10 days returned home on 23rd Feb. We went for a family friendly holiday and winter sun and got it (25 - 27 ish every day, but did hear it had rained every day the week before). We booked this hotel because it was No 1 on Trip advisor for Nabq Bay and because of the water park. It lived up to our expectations. Very clean, rooms of a high standard, good choice at meal times, friendly staff and kids especially loved the waterpark. Only negatives for us about the resort would be:- the water was not heated in all the pools, the swim up room pool was very cold (not worth the extra money), lazy river lovely but too cold and water not heated in toddler pools, never saw any children playing in them, a great pity as they were lovely with small slides and fountains.
And evening entertainment very hit or miss. Got the feeling even the entertainment staff were bored with it - 'Miss Coral Sea' and bingo - really?! but enjoyed the Egyptian night.
Outside the resort was pretty full on with hastle, but then this is the Middle East.
Would book this again.

Room Tip: Ask for room on sunny side - don't bother with swim up pool in winter (water not heated)
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Coral Sea Aqua Club Resort
Address: Sharm El Sheikh, Nabq Bay, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
Region: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > South Sinai > Sharm El Sheikh > Nabq Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Nabq Bay
#3 Family Hotel in Nabq Bay
#6 Top resorts Hotel in Nabq Bay
#10 Spa Hotel in Nabq Bay
#10 Luxury Hotel in Nabq Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): €
Hotel Class:4 star — Coral Sea Aqua Club Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 212
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Feel the dynamic pulse the moment you walk into the Coral Sea Aqua Club Resort. It is home to the most prestigious aqua park resort in the fashionable Nabq area on the Red Sea. The aqua park entertains guests with: Boomerang and the Speed/Bowl slides. On top of that, you can race down the multi-laner or go for something calmer like the lazy river. But the real big boy has to be the flowrider ... more   less 
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Coral Sea Splash Hotel Nabq Bay
Coral Sea Aqua Club Resort Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt - Nabq Bay

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