Aqua Blu Sharm
11 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"this hotel cost us all inc for 2adults + my daughter who was 6 when we arrived i thought wow the front is like a palace, and its not much different when get inside they treat you quickly + efficiently, we were in our room in about 10-15mins!! really friendly staff always happy to help you,always smiling! the rooms are basic but good for what you want them for the huts are great if you can get 1 of those,
the park itself through the day is great for kids of all ages loads pools and slides enough for everyone, even big kids ,
the food is a bit repetetive but where isnt in an all inc basis, but still ok + quite cheap to eat out if you get sick of staying in the complex we went into fantazia which is about 5 min away reasonable prices, and mercato shopping place is quite good too , kfc, mcdonalds, costa + starbucks are all in there !!
entertainment at night a bit low key though, kids disco is same songs everynight but my daughter enjoyed it for an 1hr!!
but all in all wish we were still there absolutely fantastic and clean!!
if you get chance to quad biking in the desert go its great but book it through alex on site he great too bless him, and anything else you want to do when you there see him, x
go and enjoy"
- Travel date: Tue 3rd of February 2009
"Just returned from Aqua Park hotel. Would recommend this hotel for excellent value for money. Cannot believe some poor reviews on here! We found the staff to be courteous and helpful. As for the meals, pasta, pizzas, pancakes and omelettes were freshly prepared in front of you. Yes food can be repetitive same as anywhere else but we never had an upset tummy or a bad drink!! Would recommend the new restaurant Mediterranean, very good although 2 other main dinning rooms to choose from also. Waterslides excellent fun and daily belly dancing lessons a laugh. Curtsey bus to the beach a must as is the snorkelling! Night entertainment poor but taxis to Nammabay just outside hotel if it all gets to much."
- Travel date: Mon 2nd of February 2009
Dont Go There
"its 80% russians who are rude and push and shove you in the ques for food and dont hand over rubber rings or mats that you need to use the shoots and slides the food is nasty caters for the russians if you like mash potatoes mixed with salad cream and sloppy then go ha ha we all got bad tummys and a nasty rash from the beds and bedbug bites and was given a can of spray for the beds i see one russian woman hit a 2 year old boy for using his fingers to pick up fries and he was a english boy but they do say a word to the russians you can never use the slides because they wont hand over rings my granddaughter got a ring half way up the stairs a russian snatched it off her and run off with it the pool boys said sorry we cannot stop em they always behave like it entertainment ???? karioki with out music out side in the cold night but after midnight when the all inclusive ends the cowboy opens with a disco but be warned it cost wnat ice cream ??? pay 1.50 each then the reception staff ignore you and hang up on you when you call them and just plain rude when you try and sort out any problams and beleave me there are lots of them the park is loverly most of the staff are loverly too but russains nasty nasty rude people summery.... two weeks of rotten tummys bedbugs and nasty rashes and having to go out for food and being treated badly and unable to use the slides and shoots NEVER AGAIN been to sharm 7 times 6 times coralsea orienal wonderfull aqua blu NEVER EVER AGAIN"
- Travel date: Thu 29th of January 2009
FANTASTIC AQUA BLU
"Fantastic resort so much to do for both adults and kids. Food very good and all staff are great and very helpful. This resort looks amazing .The holiday we booked here was very reasonable Â£2700 for a family of 5 all inclusive and it really was beyond our expectations. Will return to this resort again and would highly recommend."
- Travel date: Sat 24th of January 2009
We`ll be back
"Just returned from this hotel and we could not fault it. Rooms were bigger than normal. The staff were very freindly, most of the food stir fry,bbq, pizza,omelettes and pancakes were cooked fresh while you waited. The beach across the road at the Albatross was clean and idle for a little snorkelling. The pools were all clean and plenty of sunbeds for everyone."
- Travel date: Wed 14th of January 2009
"Stayed at the Aqua Blu the first week of December, to celebrate my husbands 30th.
Wonderful hotel, great waterpark and good standard rooms.
The food was fine, nothing to sing about but acceptable and we found something enjoyable to eat every day.
They surprised my husband with a cake in our room on his birthday, a lovely touch.
TIP - if you find most of the channels on your TV are german/russian just tell reception and they will switch it over to English.
We'll definitely be going back."
- Travel date: Sun 28th of December 2008
Aqua Blu What an amazing Holiday!!! Shame about the RUDE Russians!
"We have just returned from the Aqua Blu Hotel. 2 Adults and a 3 year old. We arrived and the hotel is Breath Taking!! The hotel has a built in water park which is free to use, but is also open to the public. The rooms are very clean and the maid service is good. There are 2 resturants and a smaller one for snacks in the day. The food was a little repetitive eggs and crepes every day for breakfast! There is a food court but this section is not in the all inclusive package. The animation team are on the go 24/7 keeping everyone entertained. Water games in the day and also a kids club that is open from 10.00am til 12.00pm - 3.00pm till 5.00pm. The evening entertainment was ok, they have a kids disco every night but its the same songs everynight. Although my little girl loved it. Then its the adults entertainment, not the best but ok... The weather was good around 70 Degrees but just like the UK it goes dark very early in dec, about 4.00pm. Its a lovely hotel and will definatly be going back next year, the only thing that spoils the holiday are the RUDE Russians!! They have no manners they push in not caring if they knock you over I had about 3 arguments with them! Had a brill time though!!
Jo from Stockport"
- Travel date: Mon 22nd of December 2008
Lovely to look at......
"Arrived at the Aqua Blu on 11th December 2008. First impressions.......it was dark outside and the complex was lit up with lovely fairy lights and christmas lights when our minibus went through the check-in point at the complex. Check-in was fast and reception staff very helpful. A porter took our cases to our ground floor Room 4104 which was large with twin beds, air conditioning, safe and fridge and a very balcony/terrace.
Eating - there are two restaurants both are buffet style and serve the same food for All Inclusive guests. There were salads; a bakery; 2 kinds of soup; hot dishes which included, chicken in a sauce, beef in a sauce, and loads of vegetarian hot dishes; boiled potatoes; a carving chef (but u need to be in early to get any); a pasta chef; a pizza chef but we've yet to taste a pizza as we know it; drinks from bar; fruit and cakes. Although there was always plenty of food for lunch and dinner the hot section was the same every day and night and the chicken and beef dishes were tasteless. They had an oriental themed night but youve guess it......it was the same chicken and beef dishes. Breakfast on the other hand was average. The omelette chef was good when he put a bit of effort into it but make sure ur eggs are cooked before u hand him ur plate. He's often under pressure and wants to get ur omelette away before it has even started to cook - so not good. We tended to eat a lot at breakfast, very little at lunchtime and even less at dinner time. Couldn't have coped for two weeks. There is also a Food Court in the middle of the waterpark - there is an italian, a burger bar etc. This is payable locally and NOT included in the All Inclusive package. There are snacks available in the afternoon in a Bar next to the Pharmacy but we only ate there the once.
Drinking - There is the Goofy Bar next to the Cave del Roi Restaurant at the main pool; the Clubhouse; the bar at the Food Court (where most of the entertainment takes place about 8pm starting off with kids disco); Salsa bar; the Canella Bar; Lobby Bar. Like most All Inclusive holidays Ive been on the drinks are included in the price but sometimes they come in small packages - in this case....very small packages (see photos)!!!!! My advice - take a water bottle with you otherwise you will be standing at the bar drinking from ur thimble like glass.
Tipping - We made the mistake of tipping in the Clubhouse......we went there every night and the only reason what that it gets pretty chilly in December and the Clubhouse is inside. My husband smokes cigars and gave the barman a cigar the first night and he in return gave him a half pint measure of beer..... but every night we went in he was up asking for another cigar or a full packet. He wanted me husband's jacket one night - which I found pretty amusing. I has words one of the nights and he then started giving him a thimble measure of beer again - how rude. He was so forward.....the only one I should point out.
Complex/Slides - When I woke on our first morning the sky was blue, the sun shining and the view from our window was breadth taking. It is a stunning complex.....lovely to look at. The waterpark has different sections, kiddies; families; adult slides. There are loads of life guards at each slide and every pool; there is a DJ and music playing at the pools every day; there is an animation team who organise water polo, volleyball etc.
Grounds - These are well maintained every single day; there is a canal that runs through the waterpark and there are gondolas;
Beach - This is located at the sister hotel the Albatros and there is a courtesy bus and I would recommend getting this the first time you go to beach.......but it is within walking distance from hotel. There are two lifts down to the beach. The Sunset Bar provides drinks to All Inclusive guests.
A must - You HAVE to go snorkelling in Sharm el Sheikh - this was the highlight of our holiday.
Sickness - I had tummy upsets and sickness while on holiday as did my husband. Ive never been so sick in my life but we got tablets from the Chemist which seemed to help. Imodium doesn't work in Egypt.
Flies - there are flies by the thousands and we couldn't understand why. We went outside the complex one day to go to a supermarket and then we understood why there were flies. Sharm el Sheikh does not seem to have any form of rubbish collection. There is rubbish lying about the streets, along with plastic bottes, etc. It is a complete dump outside the 4 and 5 star complexes.
Mosquitos - if u do decide to go....take mosquito repellent.
We had a lovely relaxing holiday in a beautiful well kept Waterpark. It would have made a difference if the food at dinner time had been more varied and tastier and if we had been less sick."
- Travel date: Sat 20th of December 2008
Great times at the Aqua Blu
"Travelled out on 13th November for two long-awaited weeks.
Arrived in Sharm on time after good flights with Monarch â as usual, legroom wasnât the best but the food and service was very good. The only complaint was the movie â Mamma Mia!! (Canât believe that so many people are raving about this one!!)
Arrival hall at Sharm seemed worse than ever â queuing out of the door back towards the plane, no organised system. Donât forget, you donât need to pay for the visa if you are not planning to leave the Sharm peninsula.
We had free transfers with Monarch, but these took 55 minutes from the airport â only 4 other hotel drop offs before us but seemed to take forever.
Reached the hotel at about 8pm â first impressions are excellent â the buildings are new and impressive, with lovely gardens and the evening lighting is superb. Unfortunately, the reception staff soon dampened our spirits â they were very unwelcoming and even though they werenât busy when we arrived, nobody seemed to want to help us. There is no welcome drink, though once you manage to get your wristband, the lobby bar is close at hand.
Our party consisted of one couple and a family of three. Our double room was right above reception with views over the Aqua Restaurant patio. Very much a standard Egyptian hotel room, fairly simply furnished with an excellent air conditioning unit. Quite a large ensuite with a shower. Soaps and shower gel is provided, as is a hairdryer. There was a large full size fridge in the corner of the room which is quite noisy at night so switch it off when you go to bed. Two bottles of mineral water were provided each day. Towels & sheets were changed regularly but the room cleaning was not as good as we have experienced in Egypt in the past. Take extra clothes hangers and mossie repellent/plug ins â the room was full of mossies on the first night and despite killing loads, we were bit to pieces. We had a problem with a lack of hot water for the first few days but after 2 complaints to reception, it appeared to be resolved. There is a free safe for valuables and sizeable balcony with 2 chairs and a table.
We had quite a bit of noise each night from the corridor outside our room door â mainly from tipsy Brits and Russians coming back in the early hours â if you are a light sleeper, earplugs might be a good idea.
Our friends had a problem on arrival with their family room â as per the website, they had paid extra for a family room which appears to be advertised as a suite with two separate bedrooms. The first room that they were offered was a standard room, like ours, with just an extra single bed alongside their double bed. Not ideal as their son is 18!! Reception then offered them one of the pool bungalows â a lovely room in a great spot, but again, all the beds are in one room â probably this would be a nice option for younger families but not older teenage children. Reception then advised us that they do not have family rooms with two separate bedrooms â the best that they can offer is a room with one bedroom and a separate lounge/kitchen area which has a put me up sofa. This was a big room but it is situated on the older and slightly noisier side of the resort, overlooking the bars and cafes which are outside the main public entrance to the water park. It also did not have a balcony.
The water park was great. All the pools were heated and there were plenty of lifeguards. There were 4 main slide areas, the Dinosaur, King Kong, Shrek and the mat slides. All slides require the use of either a mat or inflatable and there is a separate slide play area for younger children. Demand for inflatables was greatest at weekends and they were running short. There were always plenty of mats. Quieter times for the rides are 10am, 1pm or 4pm onward.
There is also a wave pool which operates for 20 minutes, 4 times a day and a rafting âlazy riverâ which becomes very choppy for 20 minutes, three times a day.
There are plenty of sun beds and you will not have a problem getting a bed. Complimentary pool towels are available and the pool boys will reserve your favourite spot for a small tip. The park becomes busier after 10am, when it opens to the public, so claim your bed before then and you should be fine. You are constantly being approached by agents trying to sell trips, massage, tattoos or beauty treatments â a firm âNoâ usually works but it does get a bit wearing as the days pass. The trips were cheaper than booking through your rep and the Ras Mohammed snorkelling boat trip that we did was excellent for value and for the sealife seen. This cost us about Â£25 for the full day, including a good hot buffet lunch. I do have a full list of trips organised by the rep, so if you would like costs etc, please ask.
There is a courtesy bus every half an hour or so to the beach of the sister hotel, Albatross Beach (see separate reviews for this hotel.) We found the beach quite disappointing and only visited it once. It is literally a 5 minute stroll from the main gate and once you have found it once by bus, you will probably walk the short distance. We arrived at the beach at 9.30 and struggled to get sunbeds. The all inclusive bar that you can use is at the far right of the beach (sunset bar) and the better snorkelling is at the far left by the jetty. Take the hotel pool towel with you and my advice would be to arrive earlier than we did. The snorkelling was disappointing on the day that we were there â not much to see. You will be itching to get back to the Aqua Park.
There are two main buffet restaurants in the complex, the Aqua Park restaurant (by hotel reception) and the Cave du Roi restaurant (by main public entrance). I have opening times if you need them. Food choice is better at Cave du Roi and it has a bakery, salad bar, oriental corner, pasta station, fresh stuffed pitta bread, roast of the day and dessert area.
Aqua is a smaller restaurant which has a pizza oven and stir fry station. It also has a larger outside eating area with live music each night. Both restaurants are buffet and self serve for drinks. The waiters are there to just clear tables and reset. They are friendly enough but not as keen to work hard for tips as some other hotel staff that we have seen.
Busy times at both restaurants was early on â mad rush by the Ruskies who pile their plates high. Things quieten down at about 8pm, the only downside is a slightly less choice of puds by then.
Despite earlier reviewersâ comments, there is food available for most of the day. Breakfast is available till 11am, then lunch from 1230, snacks from 1430, tea and cake from 1630. Dinner starts at 1830 with supper from 2230.
Afternoon snacks in the food court (at the creperie) consisted of pizza, burgers, chips and salad. We were able to take these snacks back to our sunbeds by the pool to enjoy in the sun.
There are plenty of bars throughout the resort with all inclusive drinks available till midnight. Alcohol measures were generous so be careful on the first night or two!! Red wine from the bottle was lovely and is available at most of the bars â not as good from the lobby bar and restaurants. Beer was good and nice as a shandy during the day. The range of all inclusive cocktails was OK although fresh fruit juices are not used â only available at a cost, just like most of Egypt. Drinks around the pools are served in plastic glasses which is sensible. If you remain at the bar, then glass is used. If you want a bigger glass, just ask. Tip early and you will get better/prompter table service â it is worth it.
There is a General Managerâs cocktail night once during your stay â the cocktails seemed to be non alcoholic and the purpose of the meeting is for Management to receive feedback on the complex from guests. Will only take about 20/30 mins.
There is some English Football on the local Egyptian channel but if you want to see live premiership action, there is a pub (Champions Bar) right outside the main public entrance on the left â watch out for the drink prices though. If you fancy a change of scenery, the food in the pub looked quite good.
The animation team are friendly enough, not too pushy. There is a kids club and most daytime entertainment goes on near to the wave pool. The daytime program is limited to the same 3 or 4 activities in the morning with the same things then repeated in the afternoon. They also organise all the events at the same time. Water aerobics is encouraged and the usual club dances close each activity session.
The evening entertainment took place in the food court and always kicked off with a kids disco. The main adult âshowâ then started at about 2130 but they were all generally poor, with only a one week program, so if you are there for longer than 7 nights you will know what to avoid!! After the show finishes, there is a disco in the Cowboy Bar that starts at 11pm. We tended to use the terrace above the Cave du Roi restaurant during the evening which was a lovely spot with good service. Overall the animation program was of an average standard.
To sum up, we had a good holiday. The hotel is a lovely, modern complex with the attraction of the water park, which has a good selection of rides to keep all ages happy, particularly good for young families. The water is heated and there are plenty of sunbeds. Food is good, with plenty of choice and the drinks are of a reasonable standard with good measures.
The hotel has the potential to be great, but it is let down by poor entertainment and staff which are not perhaps as friendly as other Egyptian hotels that we have stayed in. They do not go looking for tips but are appreciative if they are given, but service levels could definitely be improved in the restaurant, housekeeping and on reception.
Make sure that you take good insect repellents and earplugs if you are light sleepers. Little things missing such as a resort map, room information pack, phone instructions and fire procedures could help.
One last tip, with the weakening pound, locals preferred to take the Egyptian Pound or US Dollar for payment, rather than our pounds. Rates while we were there were 8.2 Egyptian to the pound. This was a change from before and things did work out cheaper if paying in American Dollars â get plenty before leaving home and you will get better value â most pubs and restaurants also accept dollars, just ask before ordering."
- Travel date: Thu 11th of December 2008
Great Holiday loved the Water Park
"What a great Hotel, cant fault it one bit, it was so clean, staff were very friendly, cant do enough for you, so much for the family to do, you dont have to leave it all week. Food was good but could do with bit more kiddy stuff, but otherwise great for ALL INCLUSIVE.
One big fault is Germans/Russians i mean how rude can these people be, they dont queue, say please or thankyou and are quite rude to the most nicest staff i have ever met, 1 woman even pushed me over a cup of coffee, not like me but I had to push her back, take it from us, take no messing, and be firm with them, WE have alot to be proud of and manners are one!!
My family loved the Aqua Park, what a treat having something like that on your own resort!!, great slides and very fast, better than back home, there was lots of other things too, mini golf, football, tennis, quads, motorbikes, pool, etc, we had a great time, we all had a dicky stomach, but was expected so take your imodium, there is a few little shops on resort and a pharmacy, and a supermarket is outside the front entrance with a few little shops out there. The beach shops were also good, there is a free bus to beach, but its safe enough to walk about 5 mins across the road, if you are going to the beach go early for a bed and take a snack as the lunch for Aqua Blu don't start till 1pm but the bar is open from 10am, this is located down by the Stone Jetty/ Harbour to the right of the lifts on the beach, this is handy to know!!!! there is also a cheap little shop there 20 Egyptian for everything great for pressies!! but think i would have taken our own snorkels cheaper in JJB.
HUGE TIP!!!!! Make sure you take plenty of suntan oils/creams we almost got done for Â£35 for 2 bottles of Calypso which costs Â£2 over here so take plenty.
TIP!! There is also internet access in the reception bar for about Â£3-4 for half hour cheaper way to stay in touch with family and friends back home as we heard the phones were very expensive.
All in all we had a great holiday and I would go back tomorrow, we thought the Hotel, Resort, Staff and Weather was fantastic, thank you AQUA BLU!!!!"
- Travel date: Thu 11th of December 2008
perfect place to holiday
"Been home 4 days and can't wait to return next year. We stayed in this hotel last year and it is clear to see the great improvements they have made, one being the tastefully decorated sports bar which was lovely and cool to sit in. Also the club Mac snack bar serving fresh made pizza, hotdogs fries And so much more. This has to be the best hotel in Sharm staff can't do enough for you. We traveled with our 8 and 16 year old they were never bored, the aqua park is brilliant for all ages. We stayed in block 4000 and felt we had our own pool as it was so quiet. Mr Gamal Hussan the manager is a lovely man who even offered us money when we couldn't get our money exchanged.Anyone looking to go to Sharm book to go here you really won't be disappointed. "
- Travel date: Wed 13th of August 2014