Diving and other, not so nice, encounters in Egypt

Becky Hayes, our Travel TV presenter, has recently returned from a holiday to Egypt and here she describes her diving experiences and an encounter with the locals that she did not expect! Read on …….

 I’ve been looking at going to Egypt for the past few years but for many reasons have put off going and chosen somewhere else to holiday. I’ve heard horror stories of upset stomachs, leery, pushy men and then of course there have been the recent troubles there. So when I finally booked to go this year, it was with trepidation to say the least.

I went with my husband and we were looking for a chill out week with sunshine, snorkelling and good food and wine. We stayed at The Jaz Mirabel Park Hotel which for the price we paid (£500 each AI) was fantastic! The grounds are spotless and the food of good quality.

It has to be said that the snorkeling in the red sea is fantastic! I’ve previously done it in The Maldives, Thailand and The Seychelles and Egypt topped them all! The coral is beautiful and I saw such an array of beautiful fish including little nemo (clown fish).

We went all inclusive to keep costs down but planned to eat out a few times too. Neither of us had any stomach problems and the food was actually really good. Granted with an All Inclusive Buffet you get a lot of the same but it included fresh fish, salads, steaks and wine on tap which I was very happy with!

I heard a lot of female guests complaining about the Egyptian men (although there were the odd few who seemed to like to attention!). They definitely like to ogle the women, that is a fact! But if you are firm with them, they are fine. I did have one awkward experience at our hotel when I was using the ladies toilets one afternoon. The cleaner (an Egyptian man in his 20’s) came in and tried to kiss me! A little off putting as I was in my bikini and trying to dry my hands! However the hotel management dealt with it extremely well.

Here are my top Sharm el Sheikh tips:

Caamel Rooftop Bar

This place is perfect to watch the hustle and bustle of Naama Bay whilst not being in the thick of it yourself! Escape to the rooftop haven for a cocktail and sheesha.

Sinai by Starlight Trip

This trip was one of the highlights of our holiday. You are taken by coach into the desert and take a camel ride as the sun is setting into a traditional Bedouin Village. The villagers are so friendly and accommodating and cook you a fantastic local meal of meats, salad, locally made pitta bread and potatoes. You all sit in a Bedouin tent around a camp fire and have the opportunity to try a flavoured sheesha if you wish. The locals also put on some entertainment before you do stargazing with an astronomer. A definite whilst in Sharm el Sheikh.

Red Sea Snorkelling

We did an all day cruise where you get to stop at 3 different snorkeling spots and spend the bits in between soaking up the sun onboard the boat! The local guides are fantastic and are always with you when you are in the sea, so if you’ve never tried snorkeling before, this is the ideal trip to try it on. You can also have a life jacket if you’d prefer. The coral was amazing and we saw all kinds of different fish. It really was an amazing experience! The BBQ served on board was delicious too.

To book your holiday to Egypt call FREE on 0800 433 2300

Aqua Blu Sharm Aquapark

The Aqua Blu Sharm – Aquapark – Special Offer – 2 FREE CHILD PLACES per room

Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt is one of our most popular holiday destinations. The reason? It is great value for money and the weather is good all year round. Sharm is also great for families as there are some fantastic hotels with great facilities for children. One hotel that is amongst our most popular is the Aqua Blu Sharm Aquapark.

Special Offer at Aqua Blu Sharm Aquapark

 2 FREE CHILD places per room are available. Child pays for flights only. Rooms at the Aqua Blu Sharm Aquapark can sleep a family of 5 making it the ideal family hotel.

Call Global Holidays on 0800 433 2300 to book free child places at the Aqua Blu Sharm Aquapark

As the name suggests, the Aqua Blu Sharm is attached to an aquapark that is great fun for children and adults. As the saying goes ….If the kids are happy then the adults will be too!

The Aqua Blu Sharm Aquapark hotel is located on the cliff of Ras Om El Seid and consists of a water theme park and a promenade with cafes, restaurants, bazaars, a supermarket and a bakery. The hotel rooms are in two-storey buildings that are set in well-kept gardens and they are surrounded by beautiful swimming pools and lagoons.The Aqua Blu Sharm is only 18 km from Sharm El Sheikh airport and 10 km from the famous Naama-Bay.

As well as having great facilities for an exiting holiday the Aqua blu Sharm, Aquapark is “All Inclusive”, which means that all the food and drinks are included in the price you pay, which means you know how much your holiday will cost before you travel. All Inclusive holidays have become even more popular since the recession started as it means that budgeting for your holiday is much easier.

Take a look at this excellent short video about the Aqua Blu Sharm Aquapark hotel.

If you want a price for a holiday to Sharm el Sheik then give us a call on 0800 433 2300

Note – This offer has limited availability. When it’s gone it’s gone!