Due to its being flanked by a series of world renowned brands, the hotel looks as though it is part of a strip mall. Luckily though the oversize sign leaves you in no doubt as to where the entrance is. A warm welcome is guaranteed from the staff at the reception desk to your left as you enter to find a high ceilinged lobby with a Noah's Ark mural to the right and a world map above the reception. Mock antique furniture is distributed around the edges of the hall with a lone tall vase in the centre and a chandelier hanging with red crystal drops right above it. The hotel has three swimming pools all of which are impeccably maintained and tranquil. The main pool has a kids area beside it while the Cascade pool, the first to be solar-heated, has a jacuzzi. The third pool, the Oriental, also has a kids pool. Finding a spot to lie in the sun is never a problem, although due to the proximity of the buildings around them, the sun does disappear fairly early on. The Oriental Spa is one of the nicer ones in Sharm with a fantastic stained glass window in the hammam and an excellent, original steam room. A gorgeous smell is diffused throughout the centre where there is of course a sauna as well as three massage rooms and a relaxation area with leopard skin loungers. There is unfortunately no gym, but there is a beauty salon. On the other side of the swimming pool to the reception is another lobby featuring sumptuous Moroccan furniture, paintings of different periods on the wall and Murano glass pieces in a cabinet. Wifi can be accessed free of charge here. The entire a complex is kept in faultless condition and is run by ebullient staff. Yes, there is the beach, the shops and excursions to do, but it also a real pleasure just to spend some time within the hotel itself.