409 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
BEST HOLIDAY EVER
"We've just returned from our first holiday to Sharm. Our whole experience was out of this world. Hotel is beautiful, the reception staff are so helpful. All the bar staff are fantastic, and the waiters can't do enough for you. You are treated like royalty.
The animation team are wonderful, so funny, great with the kids. Mini disco is a must, even for adults.
By far the person who made our holiday what it was, was Mohammed at the River Pool. He's so helpful and cheery. Our wee one is only 18 months old and he took to Mohammed like a duck to water. He was his bestest friend. It really was sad to say goodbye to him.
WE ARE DEFINATELY BOOKING UP TO GO BACK NEXT YEAR, THIS TIME FOR 2 WEEKS. I HONESTLY COULDN'T THINK OF A BETTER PLACE TO BE
- Travel date: Wed 1st of July 2009
It was very hot !
"Just returned yesterday from 1 week at Coral Sea resort
.Did not get much of a 'sea view' from our balcony, more a view of the empty hotel opposite. Saying that, our room was very large and the twin beds were wider than average. The room was cleaned daily, but the towels were not changed at all for the whole week. The ppol areas are great with no problem getting a sun bed, but go down early if you want them under the sun shades. The staff are very friendly. If you want to keep your room on, pre-book it with First Choice as its cheaper. Have an aromatherapy message, it was absolutely brilliant and my skin felt so lovely after. Be careful of the food, which was always plentiful and tasty, but we did see a lot of people NOT using the hand was which is by the entrance doors and also picking cakes and bread up with their fingers. We actually saw a woman and her child pick up sme cakes, eat them without even going back to their table, then licking their fingers and picking up some more. No Wonder we got bad stomachs which lasted 3 days of our holiday. See the doctor in the pharmacy for some medication which will sort you out. Have still got a bad stomach today!. Take a trip on the submarine, it was brilliant - we booked with Aquarious down on the beach and was well looked after by our guide.Buy some water shoes if you like to walk in the beach only 40 EP and well worth the money as you will stand on stones and stub your toe, which really hurt. All things considered, even with the bad stomach, was a lovely place and well worth the visit.
- Travel date: Tue 30th of June 2009
Carroll Family room 2016
"We have only just returned from the Coral Sea hotel for our fourth time in 5 years only yesterday! Myself, and my parents went for 11 nights on june 11th untill yesterday and didnt want to come home.
As we have been three times before we knew what to expect. The rooms are always cleaned to the highest of standard and the cleaners are very friendly and do the best they can, the Resturant always offers a big variety of food for all so that no one can say there is nothing they dont like as there is something for everyone. Also the pool staff are very welcoming and it is nice to see the same faces each time we arrive who always welcome you with a smile, wether it is your first time or your tenth and are always happy to help.
The weather was 5* as always and you dont need to stress out about buying too much sun cream or forgetting the odd bits as people leaving, leave spare creams, snorkles ect for people to use.
We did not book any trips with the reps as they are a rip off, we always use Walide the local tour guide who is very good and has exceptionaly good prices for people, first choice offered almost Â£50 per person per trip whereas we only paid between Â£10/100 egyptian and it is the same trip as we often bumped into the first choice trip during ours. Located outside of the hotel there is a burger king, if u pass through it Walide's shop is the first one on the left Happy Tours, he will always be there to help.
A good point is that you do NOT need a visa to visit Ras Mohamed. At the airport and also the reps make you pay Â£15 for a visa if you wish to do this trip, We went by boat wiht happy tours for 250 egypitan for 3 people and did not need a visa whereas if you go with the reps they make you pay fopr the visa which you do not need, which they get a cut off... very sneaky. Quad biking is brilliant but make sure you take a t shirt and proper trainers with you.
Majoirty of the holiday we stayed around the pool but occasionaly went to the beach for a bit of snorkeling off the jetty which was good, the animation team were very funny and even had the oldies having a dance and a laugh, all round good holiday and we will be coming back next year.
Sue , Dave and Laura 2016
- Travel date: Wed 24th of June 2009
"This was my second time at coral sea resort, I went mith my parents, my brother and sister and their children. We all loved it and had an amazing time. The staff were really friendly and treated us like royalty. My 1 year old nephew enjoyed it alot and the gardens outside our rooms came in very handy for him to dig in. Last year when I went it was the first choice doing the entertainment and it wasnt very good and there was a lot of complaints about it, when we went back this year we found the entertainment had completley changed. The animation team are amazing and they make sure you are always entertained, they were really friendly especially mariya who made sure we had a terrific holiday. The weather was amazing as always and the food was really good. It was great to see some familiar faces out there and I hope to go back again next year. I would 100000% recommend it :) x"
- Travel date: Wed 24th of June 2009
Our fantastic holiday
"Just got back from the Coral Sea Resort hotel after spending another fantastic two weeks there. This was our third time. We took our daughter, husband and two little children with us for their 1st time and they absolutely loved every minute of their holiday.
Before we went I e-mailed the hotel direct and requested two rooms next door to each other on the ground floor overlooking the pool area and near to the Mermaid Restaurant. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff as we were given exactly the rooms we asked for.
The staff are so helpful and friendly, from the towel attendants, bar attendants, restaurant and reception staff. The rooms were cleaned daily and the hotel is immaculate in every respect.
Food in the dine around restaurant is good and plentiful with a vast selection daily. The Mermaid Restaurant on the beach is very repetitive with the same menu every day offering burgers, pizzas etc, but still good.
This year the entertainment was an improvement. The animation team worked hard all day long and were very friendly.
The only bad thing about the holiday was the last day when we had to come home. Cant wait for next year to come quick enough to go back."
- Travel date: Thu 18th of June 2009
"We are a family of 4. Just got back and loved every second of it. A week wasnt enough. Hotel was great and staff were exceptional. So much to do in and around Sharm, a week wasnt long enough!
The Egyptians love English money and the exchange rate out there is very good so would suggest you take all English out. Exchange a little for Egyptian pounds when your out there and keep alot of English pounds to bargain with. You would be amazed how much you can buy with a crisp Â£10 note!
We did glass bottom boat, st. Catherines monastry, camel riding in desert and quad biking in the desert and discover sharm - none of these required a visa. It appears you only need a visa to visit luxor and cairo. If you dont plan to leave the sinai pininsula when you get to the airport just say sinai only and dont waste your money on unnecessary visas.
We would recommend the Quad bikes at sunset - fantastic. Snorkelling was amazing especally in naama bay. Glass bottom boat was also very good. We took first choice credit crunch pack - 3 trips for Â£49 per adult and Â£25 per child.
Please note though becareful when not travelling around with a guide as egyptians can be very pushy even with the kids there. This includes the shops just outside the hotel. Safest bet for shopping is the discover sharm trip where the guide takes you shopping in the old market town.
Also take some clothing that you can cover up a bit more with as many trips require you to cover your sholders and knees even if your a man!
Try and do trips at sunset as its very, very hot in the day.
Dont bother to take towels as you recieve towel cards on arrival which you use to get fresh towels everyday for around he pool or on the beach.
Also have a pen handy as there is lots of form filling to do at the airport.
Have a fantastic time, im sure you will. "
- Travel date: Sat 13th of June 2009
"We have just returned from coral sea resort yesterday (27 may 09) and stayed there for 7 days. We were made so welcome by the staff and the locals who were always polite with big beaming smiles! The staff always said hi to us and even remembered our names. You were literally treated like royalty! The overall service was fantastic, very quick and accurate. There was a great variety of things for us to eat that was included in our all inclusive package. This ranged from burgers to lasagne! You were never left hungry or thirsty! The overall cleanliness of the place was efficient, glasses were always collected and your room was always cleaned. The beach was lovely with clear water, we enjoyed collecting shells which of course must be put back into the sea, the weather was boiling in the daytime with a nice cool breeze. Sharm really came alive on the night with entertainment and music, and of course the stalls! The locals like to haggle with you for a good bargain and always like to know what price you want to pay, dont be bullied, its all good fun! The one thing i thought was great for shopping in particular was the handbags! Good prices and good quality, i bought mine from the shop at the hotel. The hotel room was spacious with air conditioning and a good variety of tv channels, no complaints there! The swimming pool was clean also. I think Sharm is a place of paradise with the backdrop of mountains and desert, real natural beauty. Me and my family would definitly return there again. A beautiful place."
- Travel date: Thu 28th of May 2009
Best Holiday Ever!!!
"I have just returned from 2 idyllic weeks at The Coral Sea Resort. My only complaint is that we weren"t there longer!!! It was our second year there and before we checked in, we did ponder as to whether or not we should have returned so soon, and would maybe be disappointed. We could not have been more wrong, I am pleased to say. We were even more impressed second time around. The choice of food was unlimited. Everything for every palate. Very impressive. The restaurant was spotless, and the waiters were always back and to, offering to bring drinks. The bedrooms were immaculate, as was everywhere else. The Entertainment Team, which consisted of Sam, Gigi, Mido, Maria, Adam and Helena were EVERYWHERE during the day and in the evening. They were always on hand to entertain or just to have a chat. My family and I genuinely feel as if we have got some new friends. I am a Manager at a Care Agency with 80 staff working for me, and not 1 of my staff could hold a candle to the Entertainment Team. They worked long hours, and still always had a ready smile. Nothing was too much for them. The only thing that I did feel was that they were not given any sort of financial budjet by the hotel, and as such, had to buy all props and costumes themselves. I felt that the hotel should have supported them more, because they are a massive asset to the Coral Sea. I will definitely be returning next year with my family, and hope to see all them same faces.
What a brilliant holiday!!! Hope we have more of the same next year. Thank you everyone. Miss you all loads. xxxx"
- Travel date: Wed 27th of May 2009
Ignore The Moaners, Take Notice Of The Glowing Reports.
"IT SAYS ALOT WHEN YOUR LEAVING THE HOTEL AND EVERYONE IS IN FLOODS OF TEARS AS THE ANIMATION TEAM DANCE YOU GOODBYE THERE WASNT A DRY EYE ON THE BUS INCLUDING ADULTS & CHILDREN.
Well what can i say this year we visited as our second time to the Coral Sea Resort. Personally the hotel is better than last year and the family and i are planning to return for our third visit next year. As you can tell the majority of the reviews are glowing but as anywhere there is always a few who will complain for the sake of it. The waitors are brilliant and the bar staff are great and so friendly even the towel guys. The workers cant do enough for you and as for not remembering what you have ordered to a later complaint i have read, there job isnt to go around delivering drinks your meant to wait but they are trying there best and want to please each and every individual which isnt very easy as everyone is adjusted to different surroundings and procedures withing there own household. They do there up-most to keep everyone happy. The cleaners are fantastic and its exciting to return to your room to see what model he has left using the bath towels. The animation team are brilliant throughout the day and are always up for getting you to join in with the activities they plan, they make an effort to lean your names and actually chat to year where as last year the e3 entertainment staff couldnt care less which let the hotel down sadly. But the ones this year were perfect i think. The hotel should suply them with costumes, or a budget for it as we were told they arent given one and are told to supply them themselves. The hotel is ever so clean and the food is fabulous there is something there for everyone i dont know how anyone could complain. When you enter the hotel your met by people wearing green bands more than blue
- blue - = travelled to the hotel once
- green - = more than once
the repeat list is gettin bigger and the staff, food, cleanliness and animation team are fantastic IGNORE the few comments who try to let the hotel down seen as they either have to much time on there hands and would rather put bad than good and take into account the amount of glowing reports.
Book this holiday as soon as possible you have no worries
Sophie Ann From Wales
If Any Of You Can Remember Me ( Animation Team )
- Travel date: Wed 27th of May 2009
Don't bother - Book elsewhere!
"I'm 10 days into my two week holiday at the coral sea hotel and I have to say the first 3 days were ok, the second 3 days were average and the last 4 days have been poor verging on dire.
Unless this hotel has nosedived in resenct months I can only assume those giving it ratings above 5 don't travel that often and those giving it 8/9/10 think the food at their local chip shop is 3 stars if this hotel is a 4 star!!
Most of the staff are apathetic, some rude, with very few exceptions such as Mohammed in the bar, Honey in the spa, who are excellent, most of the waiters have the memory span of a goldfish, you can order 4 drinks with ice and get 3 drinks without ice and one of them will be wrong.. the beach bar runs out of ice around 3pm each day and doesn't get any more.. the guy just shrugs and serves cool (not cold) drinks from a cooler box.. it's like a hotel run by someone for a hobby!!
Food in the day isn't even up to truck stop standard, the mermaid "restaurant" aka cafe.. is poor, service is a joke and the food is basically rubbish, I orded a feta salad.. it had 3 small pieces of feta and looked like it had been left in the sun for a day.. pizzas are bland, chips are crap, some days we've asked 3 different waiters for drinks it's taken that long to get them, the only plus point is that food comes quick as it's batch prepared before hand by the looks of it..
Food at night is just as bad.. you are in luck only if you like meat, meat and nothing much edible but meat.. luckiy I do.. but even then it's not cooked to the same standards as other hotels I've stayed at in Sharm, it's verging on a joke at night.. we wander up and down the food trays looking to make a meal from various dishes.. and fail each night.
this hotel is not so much all inclusive as ... all you can get.. and from that.. all you can stomach..
the local spirits included in the all inclusive taste disgusting.. I've resorted to buying shots of proper spirits when I want one as nothing they serve is palatable unless you drink for effect instead of flavour
tonight I'm not even going to bother going to the dining room as the last two nights I've eaten bread and spaghetti bolognaise.. I'm off to the italian upstairs and will go down the road the other nights if that's bad... I've paid for the food already.. yet it's that poor I'm going to go and pay to eat elsewhere!!!.. that's how poor it is and it's not just me.. I'm here with my brother, and 3 kids and our mother.. and from 8 to 67 we all think the service is poor and food is rubbish.
If you've been anywhere else in sharm and loved it.. go back.. or have VERY low expectations if you book in the coral sea oriental resort!!
- Travel date: Sat 23rd of May 2009
The best family holiday we have EVER had.
"Went as a family of five myself and hubby our two daughters aged 15 and 14 and our 10 year old son. It provided each and everyone of us with everything we could ever have asked for!
What else can we add to what has already been written, weather was brilliant, hotel absolutely fantastic, beach excellent and food super.
The waiters in the dinearound were excellent always busy but ready to make your holiday that extra bit special they were entertainment in their own right. All the staff were fantastic and could never do enough to help.
Planned to do loads but the hotel complex was so perfect we rarely left. We did visit the pyramids which was a long but very worthwhile day. We would also recommend snorkelling trips to either Ras Mohammed or Tiran Island saw a sting ray - our son is still raving about his close encounter.
The animals the cleaners made out of towels were a real treat on return to your room, the whole hotel was kept to a very high standard.
The entertainment crew put a lot of effort into providing activities to suit ALL age groups not an easy task.
We are sure friends are going to start avoiding us as we are unable to talk about anything other than our holiday.We always said we would never go to the same place twice, we are already hoping to return to Coral Sea again next year.
- Travel date: Tue 21st of April 2009
"We just got from this hotel on Monday 20th April 09(4 adults). This was a superb holiday, the Hotel was FANTASTIC, staff extreamly friendly and welcoming. Food out of this world could not fault. Cleanliness was outstanding! Animation team were GREAT always lots to do. This hotel was so brilliant we all had tears in our eyes upon leaving for home, along wiv many other guests. We only stayed for a wk but you became part of there family at the hotel. This was the best holiday experience we have had and are looking to go back in the august holidays. HIGHLY RECCOMMENDED!!!!!! A********* Hotel."
- Travel date: Tue 21st of April 2009