Sharks Bay 2006
Trip Start May 07, 2006
1Trip End Mar 21, 2006
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No problems getting to Manchester Airport quick and easy despite extra security
as well as the Lobby bar. The bar staff are friendly but a lot of them appear to be unhappy with the hotel. The drinks do not appear to be of as good a quality as those last year at the Hilton, but measures quite large and new drinks appear before the first is half drunk. The staff are very caring for their customers and special alternate drinks appear when you've got Egyptian tummy.
There are three dining areas;
The main dining room,
The Beach restaurant which is the Oriental & Fisherman restaurant at night
All have one big hygiene problem sparrows Which the staff are aware of but do nothing and allow them to eat the food at the serveries.
No beef bacon
Sausages not bad
Omelettes/pancakes freshly cooked
Cereals - good choice
Filter coffee/tea free
Fair choice of other foods
Pasta, Meatballs, Salad, Mini pizza,
Good choice of meats and vegetables
Plenty of fruit
Filter coffee/tea free
Ice cream is extra to AI!, as is fresh juices, espresso and cappuccino. Good choice of meats roasts and in sauces and pies are excellent vegetables not many on offer but well presented
Espresso and cappuccino extra
Imported spirits expensive as expected measures of local spirits very generous and don't taste right, the Whisky tastes like Tequila
Rum is best local spirit
Beer served in glasses from draught and is very gassy.
All inclusive different for different countries
Italian -no alcohol
Russian/Polish /Czech no wine
UK/German no ice cream
Free-form pools + kiddies pool clean but not heated colder than the sea
Basic 2000 equip + free weights
Personal trainer an ex Mr Egypt friendly and helpful
Usual entry via pontoon.
Usual problem of people walking on the coralline shelf
Advanced course (ISS) booked started Thursday five boat dives. A buoyancy check a nav dive a drift dive and deep dive then a free choice dive. Didn't get my left ear equalized and ended up aborting Dive doctor banned me swimming for 5 day's and 2 lots of antibiotics too so ended up very glum with no booze and no swimming let alone diving for 5 days
Catherine at dive school offered Steph a try dive and if she can't manage it, she won't charge her for it.
Single dives work out at £41 the courses £41.80 with €30 certification fee, so course a very good option as each dive is instructor accompanied .
Local hotel based organiser cheaper Steph went on a Quad bike trip on Friday 1st week and parascending on Thursday 2nd week.
"Welcome meeting " as usual hard sell of dearest trips.
Still have Dolphinella on list despite all complaints about animal cruelty for last few years.
No local information given except for presence of a few shops 10 minute walk away and about the public beach near the jetty at Sharks Bay
Nothing said about tummy upsets just a passing reference to the "Health and Safety " leaflets
Some information about taxis regarding cost but not taxi safety. All in all a typical Thomson meeting designed to extracate as much money as possible from the holidaymaker.
One guy asked a question about fishing and I answered it because the rep didn't have a clue that angling is banned from all Red Sea resorts as they are classed as a marine nature reserve.
Accessible by free hotel bus service that is free all day.
Yet Naama Bay doesn't seem as busy this year shopkeepers still trying hard to get you to buy but not as hard as last year, and prices not as cheap.