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Hotel Continental Garden Reef Resort Hotel 5 star
PO BOX 186 46619 CHARM EL CHEIKH Egypt Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt -
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The Continental Garden Reef Resort is another great family hotel right on the Red Sea. Just like its sister hotel next door, the Inter Plaza Beach, it is neither the most basic nor the smartest address in the area, however all the ingredients are here for a fun-packed break in the sun.

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  • Animation
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    Location 3.24 /10

    The Continental Garden Reef Resort is located right on the sea front in El Pacha Bay in the Naama Bay zone of Sharm el Sheikh. The airport is just a 15 minute ride away as in the neighbouring zone of Hadaba, with Shark's Bay even closer. It is accessed via a long path leading off of the main road and is close to a number of other hotels, including its sister property the Inter Plaza Beach.

    Accommodation

    The exterior of the hotel resembles a fortress with its high walls, mock watch towers and arched entrance ways. The lobby features a symphony of Moroccan-style arches and columns beneath which is lots of seating space for relaxing or having a drink. To each side, slightly sunk, are areas for the lobby bar while the reception and guest relations are situated to the right and at the back of the lobby respectively. There are two main swimming pools, each one with a separate area for kids. The main snake-shaped one, which is heated during winter, is exposed all day long to the sun although it does have a shaded seating area if you want to relieve yourself from the heat momentarily. It features a small waterfall and in-pool bar and has bags of space for the number of people wanting to lounge by the pool. Another much smaller pool is located just by the beach in front of the panoramic lifts. The eight-strong animation team has a full programme of daily activities to keep the whole family active for example light gymnastics, volleyball, water polo and dance lessons. In the evening, after the mini disco at 9pm, there is the animation show, seven days a week. If you'd like some time away from the kids then those aged between four and 12 can be looked after at the kids club between the main pool and the amphitheatre. The hotel's health club the usual sauna, hammam, jacuzzi and massages available as well as a well-equipped gym with free weights but it also has, unlike most other hotels in Sharm, a couple of squash courts. Other sports facilities are to be found in the complex, including tennis courts, a multi-purpose terrain for volleyball, basketball, handball and football, table tennis and a billiards room. An underground shopping centre will meet all your purchasing needs with all kinds of souvenirs, clothes, supplies, jewellery and snacks. A doctor is on call 24 hours a day if need be, otherwise a clinic and pharmacy are at your disposal, as is a bank. Wifi is chargeable at the rate of $6 for 30 or $32 for a full 24 hours. A shuttle bus runs between Naama Bay and the Old Market in Hadaba which you can take once per day free of charge, thereafter a the rate of $5 (to Naama Bay only). The complex is bright, clean and there is a fun atmosphere around the place. The staff are dynamic and willing.

    Overview

    Just as at its sister hotel, the Continental Garden Reef Resort has three categories of room: standard, family and suite. The overwhelming majority of the 422 rooms fall into the first category. These rooms, while basic and simply appointed, have something a little more exciting about them than your average Sharm bedroom in a resort of this size. Maybe it's the Moroccan lamps emitting soft light. Or the bright bed skirts. Or perhaps the mirror in the form of the sun. Or even the knot in the branch of the wrought iron lamps. Whatever it is, it works! The bathrooms are starting to age a little, but all have bathtubs and toiletries and are fitted with hairdryers. All rooms come equipped with a safe, fridge and either terrace or balcony. For more space, or if there are several people in your party, opt for either the family room or one of the suites. The suites are light and spacious and have a separate dining area and second small bathroom as well as multiple terraces depending on which suite you are in.

    Food and drink

    The Olive Tree is the hotel's main restaurant and serves an international buffet, however only at dinner. The pastel green colour scheme makes for a pleasant setting, in which guests may also take breakfast. There are though many other options for taking your meals. El Hamra is a well conceived Moroccan and Lebanese all inclusive restaurant serving dinner only with a terrace and live music every night. After dinner, this is the place to come for a little relaxing shisha. For something a little more laid back try the Los Amigos Mexican restaurant and Fun Pub. Serving South American fare for dinner in a veritable Mexican setting (sombreros adorn the back wall) the space becomes a party zone from midnight. For dining with a view of the pool go for the Lagouna Restaurant which, like the Olive Tree serves both breakfast and a Mediterranean buffet dinner. During the day Horizon is open for snacks and drinks next to the smaller of the two swimming pools and is all inclusive. The only two restaurants which are at extra charge are On the Rocks which is found on the beach and which specialises in seafood and the Wadi food court which has several options for dinner. In terms of bars, the El Salamlek is the hotel's main one and is situated in the lobby. The dark wood, angular bar counter makes a nod toward an English pub. Another option is the Los Amigos Mexican Fun Pub mentioned above or else the Satellite Beach Bar open until sunset. Each swimming pool is of course also serviced with a bar, the main one being sunk into the water.

    Beach

    The hotel's private beach stretches for 1,150ft and has both direct access to the water as well as a pontoon allowing you to get straight to the Middle Garden snorkelling site. The entrance to the water though is quite rocky though so you may want to use the pontoon to dip into the sea. There are several areas above the beach where you can sunbathe away from the water and there are sufficient, spaced out loungers for all. The beach part has a slight incline toward the sea and has a good quality of sand.

    To know

    The hotel is one of the few in Sharm el Sheikh to have a squash court, so if you fancy a game, don't forget your rackets (the hotel though can though provide you with the equipment you need). The hotel has a sister property just next door, the Continental Garden Reef Resort.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, sauna, hammam, stretching, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, water skiing, gym, football, volleyball, beach volley, basketball, paddle boats, dance, squash, fitness, sports

    • Hairdresser
    • Safe
    • Meeting room

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