The St. George is, perhaps unsurprisingly, a big winner with the English (although the rest of British Isles are also well-represented). It is not difficult to see why as this well-run hotel with a great family atmosphere has all the ingredients for a thoroughly enjoyable break. There is something very clean and fresh about this place which is why easyvoyage can claim to be a fan!
The Three Corners St. George is situated relatively far inland in the Hadaba zone of Sharm el Sheikh amongst a row of five hotels. The airport is 13 miles away and just five miles to the east is Naama Bay. The hotel's beach is about three miles away.
St. George is part of the Three Corners group, a Belgian chain of hotels operating in Egypt. This particular hotel is overwhelmingly inhabited by Brits and so the staff speak excellent English. The hotel allows smoking in most areas, although non-smoking rooms are available on request.
There are three types of room to choose from at the St. George: 124 standard rooms, 46 superiors and 92 family rooms. All rooms are furnished in a similar fashion, with the size and layout the only varying factors. Crisp, mint coloured bedding and curtains give them a fresh feel (as does the smell which hits you upon entering the room) and due to there being only a splattering of furniture in the rooms, they do look fairly sparse. As you would expect, all rooms have either terrace or balcony and have a pool or garden view and are equipped with a safe, air conditioning and small fridge. The bathrooms too are very similar in that they are clean but a little rough around the edges, with large walk-in showers and flowers as standard. Toiletries are not provided so bring your own!
The exterior of the St. George is one of the smarter ones in Sharm el Sheikh, its two towers flanking an arched entrance which projects back the hotel's driveway in its highly reflective glass. The lobby, which is a hive of activity in the early evening just before dinner, features an atrium which provides its light during the day and there is plenty of comfortable seating for sipping a drink or reading a good book. There are three pools in total (all heated): the main pool which serves as the activity pool and the quiet pool, where you'll find a jacuzzi and the third kids pool. There is not a huge amount of space around the main pool and due to the buildings being quite close up against it, sunbathing hours are cut. The wellness centre has a small yet sufficient gym free for use in addition to two saunas, two steam rooms, a jacuzzi with mood lighting and several massages rooms (some especially for Chinese and Thai treatments). The on-site diving centre carries out its training in the hotel's pool and dives take place in one of the best areas for diving. Also within the hotel are other sports such as football, table tennis, volleyball and darts. Kids are kept entertained throughout the day by the six dedicated animators from the Trixie kids club with a range of activities such as face painting and balloon games as well as themed days including the Olympics and pirates. In the evening the animation team put on a show for all the family which changes every day for a week and can be anything from magic to comedy. Shops selling jewellery, souvenirs and beach gear are at your disposal as are a clinic and a bank. There is a limo service available on request at reception and there are PCs to surf the internet for guests' use at the rate of 20EGP per half an hour. There is no wifi in the hotel.
The 400-seater La Princesse restaurant is the hotel's main and serves an international buffet on a two week cycle. The room itself is fairly plain and without inspiration, however there is a large selection of dishes which is immaculately presented. If you feel like a change from the monotony a buffet induces then head upstairs to the terrace of Chez Pascal, probably Sharm el Sheikh's only Belgian restaurant. Seafood features heavily on the à la carte menu, although there are meat options too. The other option for food is found on the beach and takes the form of an all-inclusive snack restaurant. Four bars can be found in the hotel: the lobby bar (Rendez-vous), Bleu (next to the quiet pool) and Mermaid (attached to the main pool). The fourth is in the Dawar El-Omda Bedouin tent which has a cover charge of 20EGP, which gets you one drink. Thereafter you are free to bring in drinks from the all-inclusive bars elsewhere. Inside the tent you can smoke a shisha pipe while watching sports on the television.
The hotel's beach, situated two and a half miles away, is definitely a plus point. Situated in Sharm al Maya Bay, and with regular shuttle buses serving it, it is a tranquil place with good sand and little wind. Despite its length, the beach's sun beds are quite packed together so you don't enjoy as much space as elsewhere, although this is outweighed by the area's advantages. As well as the snack restaurant and bar, there is plenty to keep you entertained with artwork, spices and souvenirs to buy and massage tables and a beauty salon to help you relax. Meduse provide the water sports and offer a range of activities from parasailing to fishing trips.
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