Laguna Vista Beach Resort
92 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Lovely Holiday at Laguna Vista Beach
"Friendly staff right from first welcome, yes they are after a tip, but they recognise good manners and politeness. I have to say, I felt the staff, responded to us better than some of the 'different' cultural attitudes on show from some guests.
We were looked after on a daily basis in the main restaurant by Amr and Haney. They were excellent, always finding us a table and serving coffee and wine none stop. The food was not al-a-carte, but a decent selection, with options for BBQ and pasta cooked while you wait. Home made soups were generally very good. If you avoid the mad rush at the start of meal service, eating wasn't such a distressing experience as it might be. (I think some folk think when the food available at the start has gone they don't bring any more out - but they do!)
We were allowed one visit to the Dua Dua Italian restaurant during our stay included in the all-inclusive package. The food was similar to the main restaurant but after the first drink all other drinks had to paid for.
We tried to eat at the Which Way Restaurant but couldn't find a clean table or any helpful staff, so we went back to the main restaurant.
The pool, though cold, was very nice, but the 'grab a sunbed' competition started from 7.30am. (Took me back to Majorca in the early eighties!) We actually sat on our sunbeds from 7.30 reading, then had a 'wake up' swim when the pool opened at 8. Recognising we were the only guests at the pool at that time in the morning, the pool attendant offered to reserve sun beds for us (in his words, "before the Ru****n's get them all.") Once again, looking after us, for which we rewarded him at the end of the week. The pool bar served drinks, cocktails and coffee during the main part of the day.
The beach was long with course sand. There is very little tide and the sea is warm and very shallow, so ideal for kids.
The characterful thatched-roof chalet was great with a shaded patio area overlooking a pool. It was a good size with bath/shower, loo and bidet and was cleaned daily. TV channels were pretty good too (4/5 in English). In November the sun goes down at about 4.30pm so a decent film or news catch up was good.
There was live music every night in the lobby bar area.
It's a big enough place to find your own space if you want to escape the busier areas.
The time of year was terrific with lovely weather (in the 80's) and a pleasant breeze. No need for a jacket in the evenings.
Reckon we will be back. "
- Travel date: Wed 21st of November 2012
Fantastic places fell in love with this place
"Been here and omg it s beautiful, people couldnt do enough for you food bril drinks lovely done plenty of excursions with my partner this hotel is something to see i absolutley loved it, that much in fact i want to go back to the same place to get married :)))). . You will enjoy it!!!"
- Travel date: Thu 2nd of August 2012
"After reading reviews prior to going to vista gardens we were worried .Boy how wrong we arrived late due to my suitcase missing finally got that back 4 days later greeted by very freindly reception staff shown to our room .Room very large open plan very claen .Had a meal in restaurant lovley tho have to say after a few days could be same old but food was warm and plenty to choose from sweets were to die for .Beer could go off but if you like spirits they pour very large measures beware lol .Pool guys will give you sunbeds and same one all holiday if you wish when sun gets too much they put brollies up all your belongings never move a very safe place to be relaxing tranquile bliss. I have to say dont pack the imodium it wont work there is a chemist just outside hotel an they speak very good english they will give you some tablets that will sort you out. Afew folk whilst we were there said theyd food poisning yet sunbathed on speaking with them theyd not been to chemist just took there own tablets its the heat that gives you bad tummy not the food .Plenty off places to eat outside hotel an very large portions an so cheap .Nite time not much entertianment but if you go to sister hotel thats were to find it .We didnt have any problems with the european guests being rude or pushing in at bar only that they sunbath with speedos up there cheecks an walk round same lol hope this helps you pls be open minded we had a lovley time and will be going back ."
- Travel date: Tue 1st of June 2010
Not a 5 star hotel
"Rude, unhelpful reception staff when we arrived a 1a.m. Food luke warm and poor quality. No vegetarian main meal option. Main bar staff rude, unhelpful, miserable looking and serve Italians and Russians before English guests. Only bribes in advance get you good service in the restaurant, bars and on the beach. Which way restaurant filthy and poor service. Belongings moved by beach staff when you are in the sea, so that Russians and Italians can have your sunbeds - bribes again. Agressive and bullying guests left unchecked by hotel staff. Hotel looks good but overall, an absolute disgrace of a hotel and watse of money."
- Travel date: Thu 13th of May 2010
food at the laguna vista beach hotel
"just come back from laguna vista beach in sharm food was disgusting inthe all inclusive deal also drinks were as well both my husband and myself endedup with bab stomach and had to go to the clinic which cost us over Â£400.00 each people who worked in hotel were freindly and helpful the dua dua italian resturant was lovely and it it is imaculate but not included in the all inclusive deal but u do get one free meal a week will never go back to laguna vista or sharm apart from the sun might as well be at skegness"
- Travel date: Thu 6th of May 2010
wonderful holiday march-april 2010
"we had a fantastic holiday at the garden hotel. we have 4 kids aged 7 to 15 and all had a great time. the hotel and room was great. the kids were entertained with water polo, wind surfing and snorkelling. the food was good ( if u want english breakfast go to benidorm!!!) our kids love trying new foods and don't expect to find english foods on the menu. it was hot and sunny and we would certainly go back. just be careful of the beach towel situation as they do try to con you to have to pay for a towel card!"
- Travel date: Sat 17th of April 2010
Another Great Holiday
"Just got home from Laguna Vista (Beach Resort). It was our 3rd time at the hotel and as with the other two times, it was a fantastic holiday.
The snorkelling in Sharm is the best in the world and even a 5 minute walk into the sea opens up a new world. A great place for kids and adults to appreciate the sea life.
The staff in the hotel are very friendly (take into account that they are away from their families for 40 days at a time). They remember us year after year.
You really have to find your own entertainment in the evenings but you have to be a boring person not to be able to find something to do in Sharm. A good tip is to ignore the Italians; they think they own the place. The food can become repetitive but there is a choice of veg, fruit, meat, soups etc. There are plenty of places to eat outside the resort though so you can mix it up."
- Travel date: Tue 7th of July 2009
"i went with my wife to the laguna beach garden hotel,the room was large and clean with a tv,safe and mini fridge.the problem was that the fridge was empty.the bathroom was large and clean with sink,toilet and walk-in shower.the room was cleaned every day and the cleaner was cheerful and friendly as was the bar staff by the pool.the problems we encounted were as follows.the food in the restaurant was bland and repetative and at times cold instead of hot,some of the waiting on staff could not speak or understand english.the entertainment in the evening was non-existent you had to go to the sister hotel across the road if you wanted any.everyday at 4pm the staff fumigated the whole of the pool area and the whole area was cloaked in thick grey chocking smoke.(vacated pool area prior to 4pm)we went on a jeep safari (independantly booked)and had a brilliant full day out,food included plus camel ride.other problem,i used local bank atm machine,machine kept card had to go to bank dy after to get card back.
- Travel date: Wed 8th of April 2009
slightly disappointing hotel but a brillant holiday
"Overall my boyfriend and I had a brilliant holiday in Egypt, however we did find that we has some major disappointments with the hotel. I don't want to fault the hotel too much as it is beautiful, the pools are lovely, the rooms are spacious and clean and the staff are brilliant. However we were very disappointed with the all inclusive deal as there was a very limited selection of drinks which you could get for free. I can understand the use of using local products and the extra charge for international brands however I do think that it was shocking that you could'nt even enjoy a glass of local wine for free except at meal times. Also the fact that in the evening you were limted to only the lobby bar for free drinks means the nights can be repetitive and quite boring, especially with the lack of entertainment.
My boyfriend and I never had too much of a problem with the food except I would agree that it was often cold and extremely repetitive, although there is a nice pasta station where you can chooso what you would like.
We visited the Italian restaurant twice and found the food to be nice there although we were disappointed with the fact you could only go once for free and there was a very limited set menu for all inclusive so we did end up paying on both occasions however it was very cheap and really worth a visit.
During the holiday we never encountered a problem with any of the Italian or Russian guests or with finding a sunbed around the pool. Although if you want one of the four poster beds you would have to get up early.
The staff were always very friendly and helpful especially the man who works on the dessert counter in the restaurant. The desserts were definately the highlight of the meal!
Through Thomas cook we went on a couple of excellant yet expensive trips. We did the snorkelling trip to tiran island which we found to be great value for money and you are provided with all the equipment plus food and drinks upon the boat.
We also went on the flight to cairo which was an excellant day but quite pricey. The Egyptian musueam is fascinating and the pyramids are a must see. We had a brilliant lunch in the hard rock cafe on the bank of the nile.
Outside of the hotel there a few shops but the owners are extremely forceful at getting you into the shop and once you are in it is difficult to leave. Also beware of all the shops selling perfume which are supposedly family businesses who make their own unique perfumes yet all of the shops sell exactly the same things. Despite this some of the perfumes are lovely and if you want to buy any i would recommend the shop within the hotel.
All in all we did have a lovely holiday despite also suffering from a bit of a upset tummy. I would recommend a holiday to egypt and even to this hotel though personally i don't think that i would return. "
- Travel date: Tue 20th of January 2009
laguna vista 2008
"this resort was clean but there were many little repairs needing done all around the place.
all rooms looked the same and we did get lost a few times when we did head back to the room...hallways, stairs, windows etc. all identical
the British pool where we spent our week had dozens of broken sun loungers (which had been reported several times by holiday makers over a course of 2 years but still hadnt been replaced or repaired). the pool edge had raw broken edges which were potentially dangerous and the marble paving around the poolside is a serious concern as on my first day i nearly had a bad fall as it became like an ice rink when wet.
our room was nice and it was reasonably clean. again a broken light fitting in the bathroom and food spills from the previous tenant hadnt given us a good first opinion. this spillage was still there when we checked out.
the staff were so nice, they bent over backwards to make sure we had a good holiday and were always chatting to their guests, making them feel welcome.
the food was lovely, always plenty of choice and they had lots of regional cuisine on offer.
the entertainment was ok but they seemed to cater more to their italian clients.
the highlight of our holiday was off the resort...the quad biking through the desert...a must during a trip to sharm..Â£20 per bike for over an hour is great.
just dont go on the camels out in the streets of sharm...they will charge you the earth for 5 mins, but the organised camel trip in the desert is fantastic.
- Travel date: Thu 18th of December 2008
"Luckily the hotel and the high standard of cleanliness/wonderful landscaped areas along with helpful staff has enabled me to give the holiday a rating of 8/10. Our bungalow was wonderful, however if I was asked about the food it would be another matter altogether.
We found breakfast and lunch acceptable BUT the dinner in the evening was very disappointing due to the fact that they stood the "heated" tureens out on the verandah in the evenings where they caught the wind thus causing the heating to go out under the tureens making the food either just warm or cold. Not very pleasant. The chefs were told about this by guests but nothing changed in the time we were there.
We have been to other Sharm hotels and found that the choice of food and the way it was served was 100% better than the Laguna Vista.
Wont be going back here in a hurry, which is a great pity at the hotel and facilities were superb. "
- Travel date: Thu 20th of November 2008
we went as a party of 6 (5 adults 1 chil...
"we went as a party of 6 (5 adults 1 child) we all thoght the hotel was amazing we stayed in the bungalows as appose to the main hotel building which were brilliant, cleaned everyday and very spacious couldn't fault (although if you have young children probably not the best as they had 2 floors and no way of blocking of the stairs). all the staff we came accross were very helpfull and polite and were more than happy to help. we went on the beach a few times to do some snorkling which was brlliant you can either swim straight from the beach or go along the piers, the water is really shallow but still really good fun and there are plenty of loungers on the beach never had a problem getting one. although we went all inclusive there were things that were not included like the cave bar hence why it was always empty there were also a few restaurants near the beach which were on the grounds of the resort but are not included. there are sheisa tents on the grounds which again you have to pay for but well worth the money, a nice way to end a busy day relaxing drinking tea listening to bob marley and having a smoke. the food was great every day there was something different sooooooo much to choose from (only 1 of us got ill during the holiday). just outside the resort there is a shopping area and a few restaurants and fast food chains (mcdonalds, kfc) if you fancied a change. its was nice to adventure out of the resort and have a look round the shops which are open really late they are literally opposite the resort. we would all highly reccomend this resort and cant believe some of the other reviews which say nothing but bad things about it honestly coudlnt fault anything had the best holiday ever and cant wait to go back there."
- Travel date: Tue 30th of September 2008