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"This brand-new hotel has one rather large thing going for…"
This brand-new hotel has one rather large thing going for it, as far as families are concerned - the massive waterpark that's slap-bang in the middle of the hotel's grounds. Exclusive to the hotel guests, which means you can be more relaxed over where your child is at any point, there's a wave pool, space bowl and tube slides for kids to spend all day hurling themselves down. Teenagers will love the Flowrider - where they can try out their surfing skills, while parents can relax at the main pool area.
We were invited to visit the resort during October half term, which was a perfect time to go. The weather was wall-to-wall sunshine every day in the mid-30s, with a lovely dry heat. Despite having so many facilities on hand at the hotel, there's just 205 rooms which means nowhere feels too crowded (although there was an issue with people bagging sunbeds early in the morning, which the hotel staff tried valiantly to put a stop to).
Food-wise, the hotel has one main buffet restaurant and an all-inclusive stay includes a certain number of vouchers to use at the hotel's American diner or Asian restaurant, depending on the length of your stay. My daughter loved the pizzas and ice-cream counter (with freshly made waffle cones). I thought the food was pretty good for an all-inclusive, although breakfasts could have been improved upon - for a country with so many orange groves the orange juice was pretty horrible.
Our bedroom was lovely and very spacious. There was a sofa bed that you could use for a child and plenty of room to wander around - I particularly liked the immaculately clean and modern shower/wet room and it was nice being able to wander straight out of the room on to the swimming pool area. That said, we did covet the hotel's big selling point, the swim-up rooms which had their own swimming area.
The staff were lovely and incredibly friendly towards all the kids running around - the children's entertainers being particularly patient and energetic. Younger children would probably enjoy the children's club which also put on movies in the evening to give parents a bit of a break - but my 9-year-old spent all day, every day in the pool.
We took in a couple of excursions, both of which I'd highly recommend. The Seascope submarine tour of the Red Sea coral reef was an amazing way to see the reef without diving and was deservedly popular amongst families with younger children. But the highlight of our trip was the Sinai by starlight trip where a short camel trek took us to a Bedouin camp where the kids learned to make flatbreads, had a go at dancing round the campfires before being taken into the pitch black desert for a laser-guided tour of the heavens by an expert astronomer. It was a night neither of us will ever forget.Read moreLess
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