Hilton Sharks Bay Resort
About Hilton Sharks Bay Resort
The 5-star Hilton Sharks Bay Resort combines a stunning beach with four large
swimming pools and highly rated evening entertainment. The hotel is a mere five
minute walk from the happening Soho Square, which means there is both the
intrigue of exploration and the comforts of an all-inclusive holiday at your
doorstep. Situated only 10 minutes from the airport, the hotel’s perfectly
manicured gardens and overall cleanliness is a credit to the hard-working staff,
who go above and beyond to make your stay a special one. Room cleaning is
particularly exciting at this hotel due to a different towel-animal left on the
bed by the cleaners daily. It must be mentioned that nearby construction works
cause noise, which can be off-putting. However, in general, the hotel management
are very good at arranging your stay in one of the rooms farthest away from the
construction sounds. Hilton Sharks Bay Resort is the ideal spot to enjoy the
very best that Egypt has to offer. Whether you go on your own, as a couple or
with the whole family, there is plenty to keep you occupied and to ensure that
you enjoy your break.
Room Information and Room Facilities
The clean and cozy rooms come with satellite TV, hairdryers and safety deposit
box for security. The spectacular views to chose from are of the sea or the pool
and suite and family rooms can be requested for a supplement. As previously
mentioned, make sure you ask to be located away from the noise of the works and
you will profit from a restful stay. The deluxe rooms also come highly
recommended. All of the rooms are fully air-conditioned and contain spacious
bathrooms and showers. The mountain view from the balcony rooms is particularly
spectacular. In the Egyptian heat, the bottles of water left daily in the
bedrooms is a real benefit; indeed, you are never far from a cool bottle of
mineral water wherever you may be within the resort. With every element of
comfort covered, all that remains is to get down to the business of enjoying
Facilities, Entertainment, Activities
The spacious resort contains 5 restaurants and bars and 4 heated swimming pools
with one shaded pool especially built for children. Activities available include
mini golf, table tennis and volleyball, although the diving centre tops all of
these. With helpful multilingual instructors, the dive school staff offer an
excellent service from beginners level upwards. What better place to learn to
dive than the Sharm El Sheikh, where the crystal clear Red Sea gently laps over
a beautifully preserved and protected coral reef? If you would rather look at
the sea than jump in it, the beach is fully equipped with bar and sun loungers
so that you can relax in paradise. For the in-betweeners there are excellent
snorkeling opportunities on offer. Qualified tennis coaches are available to
hire out for the sporty holiday-makers, though it is advisable to get your
lessons in early in the morning before the sun gets too hot. Night trips to
Naama Bay are a highlight; organized by the extremely popular animation team.
Food and Drink Options
A wide variety of different food is available, including international options
such as Asian and Italian. Ensure you book when eating in the restaurants, as
they are very popular and do tend to fill up. The waiting staff are second to
none: friendly, punctual and diligent, every service they provide is done with a
smile. Don’t miss out on the shisha pipe and specialty drinks from the local
area on offer in the second floor of the Sunset bar; a combination that provides
a truly authentic Egyptian evening. The meals on offer in the buffet room are
good quality and not too spicy. For those who want to make the most of the
enormous pools, the poolside restaurant serves up a selection of delicious
burgers, chips and hot and cold snacks.
137 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Excellent hotel .. well worth it
"My wife and I recently returned from a one week break to the Hilton Sharks Bay hotel. Having spent a long time choosing where to go and which hotel to stay in, we were absolutely pleased with our final choice, which had much to do with the genuine and true reports we had previously read on tripadvisor.com.
Our thoughts and views on the hotels are listed below.
Hotel - A great hotel. Hotel was always clean with plenty of space and things to do. One big pool area by the main reception area, a smaller on in the middle of the complex and a beach area as well.
Food - No issues here. Plenty of choice. There are 2 main restaurants. The main restaurant upstairs serves buffet style food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The choice of food is huge, with many dishes prepared in open style cooking stations. Downstairs is an indoor and outdoor seating area where for dinner you can choice from either a daily changing waiter served 3 course dinner, pasta or pizza's made and cooked to your liking, or choose from the BBQ area where kebabs, curry, rice etc is available. The best thing about the food is that you can sit anywhere then go and help yourself to food and then return to your table. Great when you can not agree amongst yourselves what to have. Please do bear in mind that you are in Egypt so don't expect the food to be exactly like it is in the UK especially as they are also catering for many other nationalities. The Wednesday oriental theme night is a great show, with all the tables located around the pool area. Arrive early to be assured of a table. The pool bar also serves ice cream and water melon which are nice mid/late afternoon, whilst the beach bar serves sandwiches during the afternoon if you can not be bothered to walk back to the main restaurants, and the chill out bar serves light bites in to the early hours.
Rooms - We choose not to upgrade but our room was fine and comfortable with good air conditioning if it was a little too noisy to use whilst we slept. Rooms were serviced everyday. Unless you in the main block around the pool most rooms are accommodated in smaller annexes within the hotel grounds which we found to be quieter.
Pool - Excellent with lots of room and available sun beds with plenty to umbrella's to help shade if required. (Many sun beds still available after 10am, or if you prefer a certain spot then speak to Ahmed nicely and cross his palms with a small tip and they will be reserved waiting for you). Okay the animation team might annoy some people with their constant requests to participate in events, but a polite no thank you is all it takes if you prefer to relax.
Beach - This area is a man-made affair built in to the cliffs leading down to the very small private beach area. The many sun beds are positioned on 3 or 4 tiered areas leading down to the beach, with again many umbrella's for shade. Some parts of this area might be too shaded for some serious sun worshipers but is attractive and well laid out.
Tipping - Not essential and you are not made to feel uneasy if you choose not to tip. We choose to tip 50p a couple of times each night at the bars, the chamber maid twice during our stay, and the porter for bringing our bags to our room. I am sure word does get around amongst the staff on who is tipping because we were approached out of the blue to reserve our sun beds and then the last couple of nights in the restaurant we had personally waiter service, which is usually only reserved for the sit down 3 course dinner, for when we choose just to have pasta/pizza. This saved us a considerable wait in not having to queue for our pizza/pasta dish. All in all we spent about Â£30 on tips.
Staff - They are all very friendly and willing to help. Ahmed will look after your sun beds. Medhat at the pool bar will remember your drinks. Emad the restaurant supervisor will always help you out. Amr will give you waiter service to avoid queuing for your pizza/pasta dishes.
Bars - Pool bar is great for that refreshing drink and ice creams/water melon in the afternoon and a relaxing drink in the evening. The sunset bar has entertainment most evenings with great views out to sea. The chill out bar is where to go for that later drink. Open 8pm - 2am, with music and Sat TV.
Flight - If going Air Atlanta then you might be offered an upgrade for Â£50 pp, which basically means more leg room. However if the emergency exits or bulk head seats have gone then requests rows 70 - 75 which are situated upstairs in the 'hump' and although leg room is the same it is just more pleasant, food service quicker and less queues for the toilet.
I hope you have found the advice useful but please email if you have any questions."
- Travel date: Sun 15th of May 2005
"My sister and I both in our late 20's stayed for 1 week. The weather was fantastic which made our stay at the Hilton a superb holiday. Hotel is so clean, staff very friendly and helpful. Plenty of variety of excellent food at all hours. There are numerous bar areas and entertainment throughout the day and night. The Sea at their private beach is marvellous for snorkling or just relaxing at the Beach Bar taking in the views. Would recommend to anyone and would definatly return."
- Travel date: Sat 14th of May 2005
Relaxing - but lively too!
"Having spent 6 nights in the concorde el Salaam (next door) we were hoping for the second half of our stay to be just as good. It was! Have to say the service didn't quite reach the standard of the Concorde, we had got kind of used to having things brought almost without asking whereas here you have to help yourself a lot more. However this didn't spoil our stay. Food was really very good, especially the fresh pizzas and pastas in Il Rustico restaurant, but there was a lot more dressing on the salads than I like which seemed to upset me a little. Pool activities were great fun, and the Animation team led by Antonella were very enthusiastic. Water polo was the most popular activity for the guys - poor Dieter, Beppe and Allessandro did try to get my other half involved - only took 2 days for them to remember he can't swim! Had a couple of trips out - riding a camel to a bedouin tent for dinner, and St Catherines Monastery. This was a long day but worth it. Visited Naama Bay one evening but that was enough - I like peace and quiet at night! Will definitely visit Sharm again"
- Travel date: Sat 14th of May 2005
lovley place to go
"excellent very nice staff dive school is brill ant the beach part is lovley you wont want to leave i didnt the whole place is lovely going back to sharks bay next year lovley weather all the time GO there you wont be disapointed"
- Travel date: Fri 22nd of April 2005
"Absolutely great value for money. Food, although it's buffet, was well cooked and varied and there was alway choices. Drank lots of red wine, the white and rose was awful. Staff extremely friendly without being pushy and the standards of cleanliness was in line with any other 5* hotel. The entertainment in the evening was OK but it must be difficult catering for the tastes of British, Italians, Germans and miscellaneous Eastern Europeans.
The snorkelling was very good with pontoons giving access to the reefs from the beach. The visibility was not as far as the Caribbean but fish plentiful and colourful.
We were there 1 week and if I could shorten the flight from 5.5/6 hours I'd certainly return to the Hilton Sharks Bay. One week is long enough if you remain on site but there are day excursions to Mt Sinai, Luxor, etc. if you have a two-week break.
We travelled by JMC Air. Seat spacing was disgraceful, I'm sure sheep have more space when travelling in lorries.
All in all, definitately recommended"
- Travel date: Mon 11th of April 2005
Beware Pricing at Sinai Dive Club
"Just returned from Sharks Bay Hilton 11th April 05 and had a fantastic time The hotel food was very good (No dehli bellies) and the rooms were very clean and comfortable. All the hotel staff I spoke to spoke were competent English speakers (which is more than I can say about my Arabic) and very friendly.
I went on a diving holiday and had pre booked a 10 dive package advertised on the internet with Sinai dive club (on site )The guides were very friendly and very safety concsious .My 2 sons are Junior Padi OWD and felt very safe.However just to let others know in case they fall into the same trap, ALL prices advertised on the internet are in euros BUT when you pay they convert into Egyptian pounds at an exhorbitant rate. My bill should have been 984 euros which is around Â£706 but when they convert it at THEIR exchange rate it cost Â£801.
A fantastic holiday with a bit of a sour taste as I was ripped off. I complained to the Dive manager telling him if he charges in Egyptian then he should advertise in Egyptian , but I got nowhere.
Be Warned !!!"
- Travel date: Mon 11th of April 2005
"10/10 what a fantastic place! My Husband and I wanted a chill out week somewhere hot with not too long a flight. Sharme El Sheik is just great â 5.5 hours flight. I was worried about the airport experience after reading some of the reviews but was no problem. Donât join the Visa queue if you are not going on any long haul trips ie Cairo etc YOU DO NOT NEED A VISA if you are not going out of the Sinai area (which is massive) so save your selves Â£15 by writing ânot going out of Sinaiâ on the back of the entry card, signing it and joining the customs queue.
The weather was perfect at 26 degrees along with a cool breeze. The Hotel was a fantastic place â a large and beautiful, well laid out complex filled with swaying palm trees and bourganvillia. The sun terraces had fantastic views and there was never a shortage of beds or shade even though the complex was full.
Iâm giving it a rating of 10/10 because this hotel has a jewel in itâs crown! â the coral reef at the end of the jetty is alive with some of the most beautiful fish and coral Iâve ever seen â having paid to go on snorkelling trips in other countries it was fantastic to have this facility right on site. The beach is private and you are never bothered by traders etc as they canât access it. The âsandâ is rather gritty and the reef starts about 3 foot from the edge (so it isnât the best place for very young children â although there are plenty of pools in the complex and lots for them to do). When you climb down the ladder at the end of the jetty the floor is about 15 foot down so donât expect to be able to stand up in the water. Snorkel equipment is free from the on-site dive shop (just a deposit).
We never left the hotel apart from a Â½ day snorkelling trip to Tiran island, the boat and trip was lovely but there is more to see in terms of fish and coral at the end of the Hotels jetty!
Food was probably an 8/10 thereâs lots of variety â the breads are fantastic and you will not go hungry as there is something for everyone. The drinksâ¦â¦..hmm my first cocktail was half full with rum but I didnât feel a thing so if you are very much into alcohol buy some spirits on the way in so that it doesnât spoil your perspective on this otherwise fantastic place. The red and white Egyptian wine is very quaffable, but again the alcohol content is very low. The local draught beer is very nice.
Actually, waking up without a hangover was quite good!
There is little in the way of night time entertainment at the hotel â the Italian entertainment team try very hard by putting on a show but it is very low budget!
We loved the Chill Out Bar â a disco/nightclub where the furnishings wouldnât be out of place in an up market London club.
The staff here are very friendly and everything is conveniently located nothing is ever too far away.
Just one final point â I hate Charter flights, they are cramped and uncomfortable at the best of times but we flew with excel airways (Libra holidays) and I have to say, for charter â they were excellent â with leather seats and friendly hardworking staff â I didnât see one grumpy face!
Canât wait to go back!!"
- Travel date: Wed 30th of March 2005
Hilton Sharks Bay is just perfect
"Just returned from this hotel and immediately re booked. The setting is superb the standards high and the staff friendly and attentive. It is in a quiet location so dont book if u are after bars and nightlife - altho Naama bay is only a short drive away. A piece of heaven enabling total wind down. We loved it!"
- Travel date: Sun 20th of March 2005
Great Value for Money
"Returned from Hilton Sharks Bay on 6/3. Would defo recommend this hotel to anyone. Would suit couples, families and groups of friends.
We travelled with Longwood Holidays, whom I would also recommend.
No complaints at all about the rooms which were spacious and cleaned daily (even cute towel animals every day).
Restaurants were good - waiters excellent (even better is you tip them!) and will do anything for you. I wouldn't say their meat was great (quite tough) or their fish (surprising considering where you are!) but veggies are delicious and stews / curries / indian bar are good. Desserts are also good for those with a very sweet tooth. The egyptian themed night was especially good.
I would recommend sticking to beer / wine or cocktail of the day. Was a bit dubious about their spirits (I think they just coloured one base spirit as it all tasted the same!) But you can always pay for imported spirits if you want to.
The on-site diving company is good, and can also arrange most water-sports. Don't bother packing snorkelling gear, you can leave a deposit and borrow some. The great thing about this hotel is it is directly on the reef. You can see amazing fish just by walking along the jetty.
My only slight complaint would be the entertainment which has to be seen to be believed. There is an on-site 'animation team' who produce a couple of shows in the evening which were a little surreal....enough said. The Oriental show however is worth catching, with whirling dervishes and the like.
I would also recommend going to the beach rather than the pool. There is a nice breeze there and you are not interrupted by the animation team every 5 minutes announcing some activity or the other over the mike!
Lastly, I have to recommend the bedouin night. Its only about 20 quid, and you go on a camel ride into the desert, watch the sun set and sample some bedouin food, drinks and entertainment. As its completely dark in the desert, the stars are amazing to look at - living in London I have never seen so many!
All in all, we paid 500 quid each for a week, and I've paid a lot more than that in the past for a lot less. I would defo go again."
- Travel date: Fri 11th of March 2005
Second time around.
I have recently returned from my second visit to the Hilton
Sharks Bay.I had previously visited in March 2003 and wondered if it had changed.Ineed not have worried, if anything it was better than the first time.There had been changes but the food and service remained excellent,I am not a fussy eater my family are, but with such a great choice of food in the main restaurant and pizza , pasta and Indian cuisine everyone was pleased.The complex is set out like a small village that runs down to the sea, the grounds and gardens are kept immaculate.The bedrooms are kept extremely clean by very courteous and friendly staff who are interested where you come from. What can I say about snorkelling and diving on the house reef other than with so many wonderfull fish you never get bored.I can"t wait untill the next time when I return, I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel to anybody."
- Travel date: Wed 9th of March 2005
Just returned wouldn't go again
"Though the staff attentive and the room comfortable .the food was awful the tables always sticky there seemed no organization in the dining room trying to get a drink was a mission
Why not just put up water soda and coffee machines for our use
Most of our party was struck down with a very severe tummy problem
The entertainment seem to be when everyone was eating so past nine there was very little going on
Not at all what I would expect from a Hilton resort "
- Travel date: Fri 16th of October 2015
Not a Hilton just uses the name it seems!
"Went in March had a lovely time, went back last week and gone right down hill! 6 out of 7 of us are on antibiotics food was crap and service well what service! I'm a Hilton Gold member for what its worth, and iv never stayed at any hotel as bad as this one in the Hilton group.
DO NOT BOOK go to another hotel! "
- Travel date: Tue 13th of November 2012