Despite having what feels like repetitive strain injury in my wrist – possibly from the amount of posting, writing and pouring glasses of wine whilst watching the X-Factor I have done this weekend – I thought I’d do a quick post about our recent holiday to Sharm, which was second only to our honeymoon in the Maldives in 2008.
Hubby and I got back from Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt in the early hours of last Sunday morning. All I can say is that I can highly recommend it, we would definitely go back. We had a fab week, the hotel – Hauza Beach Resort Hotel – was great despite mixed reviews on Trip Advisor http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g297555-d316688-Reviews-Hauza_Beach_Resort-Sharm_El_Sheikh_South_Sinai_Red_Sea_and_Sinai.html. The hotel’s own site can be found here http://www.hauzaresort.com/en/main.php. It wasn’t a four star hotel within the British rating system (as per Tripadvisor rating) but it was a good quality 3 to 4 star at least. It was exceptionally good value, so you can’t expect 5 star service/facilities for 3 star money..!
We had a clean spacious room, good food, a main pool and a jungle pool complex with slides, a private beach with a jetty at the end of it complete with the end of a reef that had the most spectacular sealife. There was a good range of facilities and excursions on offer.
The nightly entertainment left something to be desired but that was okay as we met some lovely people out there – including a great couple, Lauren and Huw – and we sat and had a few drinks in the evenings and even made it out to a delicious chinese dinner one night in Naama Bay.
We didn’t do lots of sight seeing as we were only out there for a week and therefore more interested in snorkelling and sunbathing. However one thing that we did which was amazing was a camel ride out in the desert, with tea, bread making, dinner, belly dancing, a fire show and star gazing in/near a Bedouin tent – not to be missed. It also provided me with inspiration for a pivotal scene for my main character Beth, in my full length work in progress – Random Acts. So if that MS ever gets published, perhaps the holiday will have paid for itself?? Hmm..wonder if I can justify another trip out there as a ‘working trip?’
I’m already dreaming of a return visit…
Have a good day, NG.