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Um Sid Cliff 46619 Sharm El Sheikh null Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

It is true to say that the Coral Hills is by no means one of the top hotels in Sharm el Sheikh, however there is something immensely likeable about the place. It may be the intimacy of the place; it could be the small touches likes the swan towel sculptures on the beds or maybe even the enthusiasm of the staff. Whatever it is, easyvoyage.co.uk would recommend this small hotel for those looking for a quieter getaway mixed in with activities down at the beach.

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    Location 8.07 /10

    The hotel is located in Ras Um Sid, also known as Hadaba, the furthest tourist zone from the airport, which is around 13 miles from Coral Hills. Naama Bay, the neighbouring zone, is just 5 miles away and the hotel's beaches are situated in various locations in Hadaba but also in Naama Bay.

    Accommodation 7.95 /10

    The exterior of the hotel is very similar to many in the area; whitewashed, low-rise and with arched windows featuring wooden frames. The attractive marble lobby, of which the highlight is the glass dome in the ceiling which gives most of the light to the otherwise dull hall, is divided into the reception area with a few seats and another space at the back, home to the bar. The hotel's shops are located just to the right of the reception desk. There are two swimming pools at the Coral Hills: a tranquil main pool with relaxing music boasting nicely kept sun beds with plenty of space to stretch out and a second with a waterfall feature and jacuzzi. The two pools are linked by a stream of water over which a bridge straddles giving this part of the resort a quaint touch. The wellness centre, which smells divine, is rather basic, with a free to use gym, sauna, jacuzzi and a few modest massage rooms. In addition to the diving centre, which carries out its training in the hotel's swimming pool, you can enjoy playing table tennis, pool or darts on site. There is a small animation team comprising two English-speaking Russians who keep the kids entertained all day with games, painting and even some lessons, for example on parts of the body! A mini disco is held every day and there are two shows per week, one of belly dancing and the other a folklore show. The Bedouin tent, surrounded by water, is the place to relax with a shisha pipe and drink, while for those shopaholics out there, check out the hotel's five shops selling amongst other things, jewellery and t-shirts. For peace of mind there is a clinic and doctor on the premises and for your convenience a limo service is available on request. The hotel has wifi and PCs for surfing the internet, both chargeable. The public areas of the hotel are generally very clean and well maintained and the gardens and plants are kept beautifully.

    Overview 7.70 /10

    131 rooms are split into three categories: standard, family and a few villas. None of the accommodation buildings rises over two floors so access to the rooms is easy. A delicious smell rushes over you as you enter the standard room which is simply appointed with slightly countrified furniture and bed linen. A towel sculpture awaits you on the bed, usually in the shape of a swan although housekeeping could surprise you with a dinosaur or crocodile! The clean bathrooms all come with bathtub and are amongst the few to provide toiletries. The similarly furnished family rooms and villas (a family room is actually on floor of a two storey villa) are simply bigger versions of a standard room, the former comprising a master bedroom, a sofa bed for the kids, a cosy living room and kitchenette with table and chairs while the latter (upstairs) has two further rooms (both with their own bathrooms). All rooms have air conditioning, a fridge and either terrace or balcony, while only the standard rooms have a safe.

    Food and drink 6.70 /10

    The only restaurant in the hotel, which has 170 covers, serves an international buffet on a one-week cycle. If you are staying at the hotel on a full board basis, you will find that the lunch selection is not huge, but what you do get is more than acceptable by Sharm standards. The dinner menu offers more variety. The lobby houses a small, rather sad looking bar and the pool is also served by a bar which descends into the water.

    Beach 8.70 /10

    Quite remarkably given the size of the hotel, Coral Hills puts four beaches at the disposal of its guests. The first, Fanar, which is shared with guests from seven other hotels, is around 100 yards in length meaning that sun beds are quite tightly packed. You have to walk down a rather grim looking path and then quite a few steps to get on to the sand. The beach itself is flat, allows direct access to the clear water and is one of the best sites for diving in Sharm el Sheikh. There are a few shoddy cabins at the back of the beach selling simple beach equipment and snacks and above the beach on a raised area you can enjoy archery and pétanque. Back up on ground level people party the night away with a view over the sea. The second beach, El Khima, is one of the best in Sharm simple because it is private and only allows guests from three hotels to use its facilities. It is situated within a bay; so while there is no view out to sea, there is no strong current either. The facilities are well maintained and the staff very professional and friendly. Here you have a lot more space to yourself than at most beaches and a whole range of water sports and excursions are offered. There is a boat bar and Italian restaurant on the premises as well as a Bedouin tent and shows are also performed on a regular basis. If you fell like having a massage then this option is also open to you. Reef Beach sits on a promontory above the Red Sea and below, amongst the very rocky terrain, you'll find excellent coral and heaps of fish in crystal waters. The sand up above is of a good quality and the ground is perfectly flat. There are more than enough sun beds for all and plenty of shade provided by the attractive parasols. Entry into the water is of course not direct; you have to descend the steps and dive in off the end of the jetty, but the effort is well rewarded. At the back of the beach at the very top of the cliff, the Ristorante di Maria serves up quality Italian fare in a great setting at both lunch and dinner. The service, conducted by the charming Maria herself, is very attentive. If you need a break from the endless international buffets served in any Sharm hotel, this is the detour you need to make. Wind Beach, in Naama Bay, the neighbouring zone, has its own restaurant and trendy bar and is quite tightly packed with loungers. It enjoys great quality sand, good diving opportunities and a view of the entire bay. Both diving and a wide range of water sports are available here.

    To know

    Although there are many relatively new hotels in Sharm el Sheikh (Coral Hills was opened just two years ago), few have been able to remain in as good a condition as this. The hotel is very popular amongst the Brits, with many young people staying especially during the summer.

    Equipment

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

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

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      volleyball, tennis, sports, gym, water-polo, paddle boats, water skiing, beach volley, aerobics, archery, fitness, sailing, surfing, windsurfing, mountain bike

    • Animals allowed
    • Ski zone
    • Hairdresser
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The friendly atmosphere
    • Good value for money
    • The desserts
    • The guest rooms

    disadvantages

    • The beach is far away
    • An oversized hotel
    • The beach is far away

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