Siva Sharm Resort & Spa
52 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
5 star?? what 5 star?
"The Savita was a clean, and spacious hotel. It did fall short in more than a few areas.
The check-in at the Reception was a mess. We booked 2 rooms and after a 30min wait with people pushing and shoving they checked the 4 of us into one room.
the rooms was clean and furnished to a minimal
We found the main restaurant to be a bit hectic, and the food was o.k. Nevertheless, at no time did we go hungry but my husband did end up in the clinic with a drip!!
There appeared to be a shortage of staff in this hotel, and a lot of the time we found ourselves having to wait for plates, coffee mugs etc in the restaurant. As well as this there was a shortage of glasses in the bar areas.
The staff in general were not as friendly as we have come to expect from the Egyptian people
So in conclusion, my impression of the Savita was pretty minimal!
Would we go back there????
- Travel date: Mon 15th of September 2008
Brits a Minority Group!!!
"We have just returned from a weeks holiday staying at the Savita.
This was our 3rd trip to Sharm, and both times previously we stayed at the Hilton, which is virtually next door to the Savita.
The Savita was itself a very nice, clean, and spacious hotel. It did, however, fall short in a few areas.
The check-in at the Reception was efficient, and friendly, and our cases were transferred to our room promptly. The room was clean, and adequately furnished, and the "room boy" was very friendly, cleaning every day to a good standard.
We found the main restaurant to be a bit like a works canteen and the food was o.k. but I got the impression that they catered more for the Eastern Europeans with the choices on offer. Nevertheless, at no time did we go hungry or have any stomach problems.
There appeared to be a distinct shortage of staff in this hotel, and a lot of the time we found ourselves having to wait for plates, coffee mugs etc in the restaurant. As well as this there was a shortage of glasses in the bar areas.
We particularly liked the "piano bar" as a quiet place to enjoy a few drinks in the evening.
As Brits, we felt very much in the minority, along with a few Italians, and the odd German, the Hotel was mainly occupied by the dreaded RUSSIANS!
In my estimation about 90% of the guests were Eastern European.
Maybe it's just my imagination, but this seemed to reflect in the attitude of the staff towards the guests in general. They were not as friendly as we have come to expect from the Egyptian people, and there was a distinct lack of tipping going on from the Russians. Since the Egyptian people rely a lot on gratuities, this may have accounted for their apparent lack of friendliness.
We have previously been used to moaning about the Germans on holiday but they have been well surpassed by the rudeness, lack of respect and sense of fair play demonstrated by the Russians, who will NOT have the common courtesy to say "please or thank you", nor will they respect the grace of waiting their turn in a queue.
We came to this conclusion after watching the way they were at meal times, and wondered if there was a severe shortage of green figs in Russia???
As soon as they were put out for everyone, the Russians descended upon them like locusts, greedily queue jumping and taking every last one. We laughed about this to ourselves as we don't even like figs!!
So in conclusion, our impression of the Savita was pretty average, nice hotel, shame about the guests!!
Would we go back there????
Probably not! The Hilton was much better."
- Travel date: Sun 14th of September 2008
"We had a horrible time at this hotel, this was no way near the 4 star hotel we had paid for.We asked to move after our first day.
The food was of a very poor standard,we are not generally fussy but would have left a restaurant if they had offered us this level of quality.
To obtain a drink in the dining room ,we had to wait in a 10 deep queue ,the cheap local beer was poured from a can , which was divided threeways,wine was not always available, if it was it was poured from an old coke bottle into a scratched very small plastic cup.
We were harassed around the pool by sales reps for tours etc. The staff were constantly asking for tips or to refusing to give us drinks till we paid ,even though we had paid for all inclusive.
The whole hotel was being run on the cheap, from poor quality food ,to cheap drinks that had often run out ,long bar queues, disposable plastic cups and plates that were reused so often they were scratched beyond any hygenic levels.
The animation team were more interested in getting laid than entertaining guests.
I would recommend that you do not visit this hotel, we moved out ,quickl, but the british residents there were very unhappy .
We feel we were ripped off being sold a holiday to this hotel."
- Travel date: Sat 13th of September 2008
Best week of my whole year !!!!!!!!!!!!
"Myself and My Husband and daughter have just returned from a week in the Savita hotel and I personally found some of the bad reviews unfounded .The Hotel was amazing (you would be hard pushed to find one in london as good for the price you pay) . The staff work really hard and it shows the whole hotel was spotless and they could not do enough for you (they do not always expect a tip).The food was as good as you made it none of us had the dreaded tummy bug and the food was always served fresh we did not get the same meat twice in the week we were there ,Any problems you had were dealt with very quick and without any fuss .Pool is amazing and food and drinks are ample they do try not to serve the drinks warm but when the temp is over 100 all day its not always possible.We would highly recommend the camel trip with star gazing it is an experience you wont forget ,The sea is amazing, for the best jetty into the sea walk right to the end of the beach and down the stairs.You actually stand in the sea so is very good for the younger children.We had one of the best holidays so far at this hotel so do go with an open mind and enjoy the whole thing ."
- Travel date: Mon 1st of September 2008
loved the beach!
"This hotel and beach really was amazing as it was right on the red sea were you could go snorkiling which i found amazing. but the hotel itself did not cater for kids at all.. there was absolutely nothing to do at night time! the food was awful i lived on pizza and chips that was it and so did my little girl. the people who worked in this hotel were nice but some of the tourists were not as nice.. one week is enough in that resort 2 weeks you would be bored i went for 1 and was so glad to be home!!"
- Travel date: Fri 29th of August 2008
"Stayed at the hotel from 17th July for two weeks with my partner and his child. From the moment we got to the hotel the service was excellent. We were checked in straight away and the porter showed us the main areas of the hotel and then showed us to the room. The room was clean with a lovley view.
The room cleaner was brilliant, cleaned to a high standard every day and played with my partners sons plastic soilders placing them around the room daily for him to find whihc kept him entertained.
Food - lots of choice, no you cannot get fish and chips, however we never went short at any meal time. A simple smile and please and thank you to the waiters goes along way and ensures better service. Waiters always remembered the little lads name making him feel special. He loved going to meal times and is a fussy eater!!
Pool - lovely pool area. yes you do need to get up early to get a sunbed, however who wants to stay in bed on holidays??!! Pizza bar, chef always willing to give you more than one pizza each, simply be polite! The pool bar, two waiters in particular were fantastic. Mohammed and Reda always had drinks waiting when we swam over and always brought them to our sunbeds. Constantly giving the little lad attention and playing with him and making him non alcoholic cocktails which he loved. A small tip goes a long long way. Beer was from both cans and draught and believe me a tip gets you cold draught beer and more than one at a time!!! My partnenrs glass was never empty!!!
Beach - yes no sand however the snorkelling is amazing. We saw everything from Nemo, whale sharks, turtles to sting rays and lion fish. Just remeber to cover up when snorkelling as we learnt our lesson after two hours of snorkelling on the first day.
Entertainment - not the best for adults however they always paid attention to the little lad coming to get him when the magic show, disco etc was on.
Trips - booked two trips the Desert Safari and the Trip to Tiran Island. Both excellent value and brilliant days.
Nama Bay - worth a trip nothing special but nice to get out! taxi ride only a fiver back and can book the hotel bus in.
Partners son loved the games room and the spa was lovely - fairly rerasonable prices.
Partners sons birthday whilst we were away, we put cards and balloons in the room, the room cleaner picked up on this and early evening two members of staff brought a cake with candles free of charge to the room! How is that for customer service!
Bars - Brilliant service without having to be tip, although we did at the end..
All in all a brilliant holiday partners son had the holiday of his life . The staff were lovely towards him. He even drew pictures every night for the reception staff who were waiting for him and then put the picture up.
If you are not willing to try different food then stay at home. Non of our party suffered from illness would defo recommend this hotel and have lots of happy memories!!"
- Travel date: Tue 19th of August 2008
"my partner and i have just come back from lavita resort or could be known as savita.the hotel itself is massive .it has 7 seperate floors with pools on each level.as well as the big main pool.on the hole the hotel was well kept and extreamly clean.the staff was very friendly and helpfull.they would bring drinks out to the pool and u always had clean towels for the sun beds.every day .the rooms wear cleaned and a fresh bottle of water was left for you.the animation team tried hard but wasnt all that bless them.basically that was all the entertainment there was.there wasnt much to do apart from sunbath.the location of the hotel let it down realy.well for us any way because we like to go for a walk at night but lavita is in the middle of nowear.you could get a taxi into nama bay for about Â£5 english money but i must warn you the locals do pester you and it does get very busy.we had alovely meal in hard rock cafe.and would recomens some trips such as ras mahamed boat trip was brill also we went on the quad bikes that was excelent.we went out on the speed boat also bril day and also we had dolfins jumping round the boat."
- Travel date: Tue 19th of August 2008
"Just arrived back from this hotel. We stayed at Savita Resort for two weeks on a All Inclusive Program. At first, we were disappointed with the food and the room. First of all, we don't eat Beef, myself a Vegetarian and due to the weather being so hot, the air conditioning was at low fault. We spoke to the manager and he changed our room which we were happy, then he introduced us to the executive chef, who then took care of our meal times tremendously.
Lots of different variety of dishes, the Italian station and the seafood restaurant being popular among guests.
This hotel has an excellent layout of swimming pools plus a great seating for sunbathing or relaxing. Nicely decorated to a 5 star standard and It's clean and hygienic. Picturesque Sea View with open air surrounding.
The service of this hotel is friendly with hard working people who makes your stay pleasant.
They speak very basic English but try hard to understand you. The hotel is very near to the airport and roughly 15 minutes away from Nama Bay.
I had a Cleopatra Programme and an Egyptian Massage at the Golden Spa, whereas my husband had a Thai and Turkish Bath which was excellent. Be careful of what you buy at the shops in this resort, they charge you anything they like, better off doing your shopping at Naama Bay. (Try and Barter with them)
In Nama Bay, we ate at the Dragon House, TGI Fridays and Hard Rock Cafe, food was excellent and the price reasonable.
Overall, we enjoyed our stay at this resort and was pleased that it meets our expectations."
- Travel date: Sun 3rd of August 2008
"just returned from savita never again, ther was only a small amount of british guests mainly russians which the hotel catered more for. We went for two weeks and there was 8 of us in the party, every one of us suffered with terrible upset tummys which the food that was served did not help, they seem to cater more for the russians who had their plates piled high, food was not very good standard and mostly luke warm(the bread was ok) THE SO CALLED ALL INCLUSIVE DRINKS well you could only get one drink at a time even though we were a party of 8 so all had to get own drinks beer was served by the mouthful mostly warm but after 11pm when you had to pay for drinks we got full measures ice and waiter service to table suprise suprise!! Now the pool, if you want a sunbed be sure to get up early about 6.30 as they get snapped up very quickly keep your towel from day before to put on sunbed then change it when they open the towel distribution 7.30 on the dot not a minute before mind you.We had a big problem with one of the russian guests and had to involve the hotel manager and security and our rep (who you can only see if you make an appointment) in the end we gave up on the rep and sorted it out ourselves which we thought was very poor. On the whole the only people that were at all friendly were the shop keepers mainly as they wanted your custom. This was my first time at all inclusive and has put me off ever doing it again i can stay at home and queue for food and drink of better quality than what we got, all in all a very dissapointing holiday and i would definately never go to this hotel again."
- Travel date: Mon 4th of August 2008
"We (myself, wife, mother and father-in-law and our three sons aged 19, 16 and 9) stayed at the Sa Vita resort between the 15th-25th of July 2008.
Having read some of the reviews we were concerned about travelling but went anyway and i hope to provide an unbiased balanced review of the hotel and give you some helpfull tips if i can!
The Hotel itself is huge with a very impressive foyer and has a total of 8 floors with a number of swimming pools scatered around the complex. We had standard rooms which were spacious and kept very clean, with our towels and bedsheets being replaced daily (remeber to place the "please make up my room" tag on your door). All the pools were clean and grounds were kept imaculately.
The location is close to the airport however we did not experience any issues with noise. The hotel is isolated you will require to catch a taxi if you want to go anywhwere.
Hotel bank- prior to our holiday we changed our cash using an internet company and the best rate of exchange available was 9.4 Egyptian pounds, the Hotel bank gave an exchange rate of 10.5- it is open between 9am-1pm and 6pm-9pm. However everywhere we went accepted British Pounds, American Dollars and euros (coins included)
I was once given change which included egyptrian pounds, a Euro and One British pound which "was about right!"
Restraunt- we found the food to be reasonable, certainly not at a five star standard but comparible with some 3 star hotels we have stayed at in Spain. The biggest issue i had was that the hotel regularly ran short of plates and mugs during peak periods so we tried to avoid them at all costs. As stated the food was edible but not as good as i expected, that said there was plenty of it.
Tip- for your evening meal I suggest you eat outisde on the patio area, but not to close to the bbq due to the heat and the smoke- The views are spectacular and you are out of the hustle and bustle of the main food hall. We tipped our waiter two british pounds per day and we did not have to que up to collect our drinks as they were brought to our table.
I am not a big drinker but if i was the only way i would have got drunk was to drink shorts as the beer (lager only) is poured into tiny glasses of about 0.25 of a pint at a time. The short measures however are extreemly generous but the local spirits on offer are not the most refined! They are very strict about the all inclusive timings which are between 10am-11pm but you will not get a drink after 22.55, in addition they limit the amount of drinks you can order from 10pm onwards as other people were trying to "stock up".
Dont bother as it is very, very poor. In fact it was so poor my two eldest sons thought that it was hilarious- Take a packet of playing cards with you. We went to the hotel disco and the only other people present were the DJ and barman!
For children there is a games room with three pool tables, a darts board, table football and a chess set all of which are free. it is supervised and in fairness is pretty good.
If nightlife is your thing in Nama Bay you can book to go to Pacha Nighclub for Â£20 per person or you can get into the Hard Rock cafe for free before 23.30hrs- Â£10 each after this!
The hotel has a great gym with running machines, bikes and some superb weight lifting facilities- again it's use is free.
It is well worth having a tour of the Spa my wife and mother in law opted for a turkish bath on the first day (as this is supposed to remove all your dead skin cells and prolong any tan you may get) it did cost Â£60 british pounds each but is was a comprehensive treatment which incuded facial treatments etc-well worth it.
The snorkelling in the Red Sea was fantastic with an array of fish to be seen from the Jetty's. If you are a non swimmer there is a concrete jetty that extends into the sea that is knee deep. be carefull as it is slippery however you will be amazed to see the number of fish swimming around your feet.
Near the beach there is a water sports company which provide the below listed water sports at what we thought were very reasonable rates. All my sons enjoyed the waterskiing, banana boat and three person biscuit was awesome!
All prices are in british pounds- ask to speak to Ashraf
Waterski without instruction Â£16 with instruction Â£20
Banana boat Â£7 per person
Parasailing Â£25 for a single person Â£30 double(two people)
Biscuit- Â£12 single Â£18 double Â£22 triple
Hire of snorkel and mask Â£1.50 per day
Hire of a flotation jacket Â£3 per day (great if your not a confident swimmer)
The hotel has it's own taxi service which is about 35% more expensive than the blue and white cabs and you can book your transport from the front door of the hotel. If you walk out to the main gate of the resort you can catch a blue and white cab which are waitng there 24hrs a day!
To get to Nama Bay you should expect to pay approx Â£5 british or Â£50 egyptian
For the old Town Â£8
The hotel also has a free courtesy bus to Nama bay which runs on the hour- You need to book this in advance and due to the heat dont bother visiting these places in the day as the heat is unbearable(we know as we went at 4pm and we wondered how there were seven spare seats on the bus!) This bus also returns you to the hotel with the last bus leaving nama bay at 10pm
Always negotiate the price before getting in the cab- never use anything other than a blue and white cab as you will be approached by what look like normal cars-they are!
Driving and taxi drivers in the resort can only be described as "bonkers". My first taxi ride ended up with me swearing and shouting at the driver to slow down which made him laugh and drive faster which was no joke when your racing in and out of the lanes-overtaking, undertaking and driving on the wrong side of the road. In order to control these risks i specified that the manner of driving would be slow when i negotiated the price, in addition i stated outright that the driver would not get a tip if he drove quickly- this did work to some extent and Â£1-2 is well worth it.
we went quad biking twice at a price of Â£20 for a single and Â£25 for a double. We thought it was great value for money as you are out oin the quads for about two hours, but this does include a stop or two in a bediun tent. If you do go make sure you were sunglasses and buy a headscarf for about Â£3 due to the dust, aso take a ruck sack with water/drinks as they cost Â£2 for a can of pop on the stops. Health and safety is not what it could be!
Five out of seven of us had the deli belly during our ten day stay- we took our own medication which had no effect whatsoever! My advice is to visit a local Chemist and buy their stuff which cost me Â£4.50 but was worth every penny. There is a resident doctor at the hotel but another couple visited him and paid Â£100 pound for the advice! You can walk to the closets Pharmacy which is about 10 min away. Ask at reception for directions.
Beare the hotel photgraphers who i witnessed getting young women to pose for them (mainly Russians who were only to happy to oblige) It was slighlty disturbing as all of their sceen savers are of guests posing in glamour type shots in swim wear-and if they take a picture of you or your party without your consent ask to see it and potentially delete it if your not happy! You will see what i mean when you get there!
We tipped our local pool supervisor who also doubles as the towel guru, he kept us sunbeds all week and exchanged our used pool towels(there is no need to take your own beach towels as they are provided), we also tipped our waiter in the dining room to supply us with drinks and keep our table and finally we booked the local pool barman. The avarage staff wage if fifty british pounds per month for which they work 14hrs a day so the odd two Quid tip goes very far- we found the staff polite, courteous and friendly at all times.
As you no doubt know the weather is very hot and during our stay it was over 100 degrees every day. During ther day there is a nice breeze so it is bearable- however if you are going to visit either Nama Bay or the Old Town dont go before 7pm (wait until later if you can as everything is open until including the shops until way after 2am)
After all this did we enjoy the holiday?-Yes so please dont be put off by some of the reviews you may read."
- Travel date: Sun 27th of July 2008
5 star isn't UK 5 star
"Overall had a good holiday at the Savita. The staff were absolutely lovely, so friendly and very helpful. Not sure how they make this a 5 star even by Egyptian standards, maybe due to the location,pool area and wonderful staff. The room/bathroom was very spacious with fabulous sea views, BUT in need of some tlc The beach and pool sun bed cushions were in desperate need of replacing. The food was ok and plenty of it. "You will never go hungry" I would not return again to this particular hotel. Tip: do tip the staff, they will be quick to serve your drinks etc, and they well deserve it. Was bitten to death by the mozzies so take preventative action, not that it worked for me :( You do get what you pay for, ie, the holiday flights at Xmas were a lot more than average, this took a big chunk of the costs, the remainder was a bargain. December 2012"."
- Travel date: Sun 30th of December 2012
Good Hotel spoiled by too many guests from Oligarchland
"Good service in every department, very clean though I did not like the chamber man knocking on my door at 11pm to tell me the earlier tip I had left was not enough! Also had a shirt go missing? The main problem for Brits here is putting up with rude bad mannered guests from a very large Eastern country. Food good, made friends with some lively Brits, Germans, French and Poles. So all being said the holiday ticked a lot of boxes, the swimming off the reef was magical, the pool area is great and the sea view from the rooms is superb.
I now check to see if people from Oligarch-land use particular hotels before I book any room, such was my dislike!"
- Travel date: Wed 5th of December 2012