The façade of the Royal Grand Sharm doesn't really do justice to what lies the other side, with the exception of the beautifully kept lawns and greenery. The lobby is everything a lobby should be; grand, welcoming and telling of the standard of the hotel. Impeccable marble flooring is mirrored by a wonderful central atrium on the ceiling with windows allowing light to rush in and illuminate the fountain in the middle of the hall, adorned at each corner with healthy looking plants. Within such a context, the ample and inviting seating is calling out for a cocktail to be taken. Guests have a choice of three swimming pools, the main one having a kids pool attached to it and the other two, both smaller, are heated during winter. All, as you would expect at such a hotel, are in perfect condition, with plenty of sun beds provided without being on top of each other. The palm trees which frame each pool provide a perfect backdrop for lazy days of lounging and sipping drinks from the bar. The river which flows from one pool to another, as well as the bridges that cross them, is very quaint. The hotel's wellness centre, which is perhaps a little low key for a hotel on this scale, boasts a great gym with top-of-the-range machines and free weights, sauna (with plunge pool for later), steam room, jacuzzi, four massage rooms, a beauty salon and an aerobics room. Scented candles around the facility release a wonderful aroma, to be taken in perhaps while reading a book from the centre's collection. The team of five animators (all English-speaking), keep the kids occupied all day whether it be in the kids club room, the playground, the pool or with sports activities. They have their own mini disco every night and babysitting can be arranged upon request for 20? per hour. There are also fun and games for adults in the form of shows (Pharaonic, dance), karaoke and quizzes. In the shaded Shisha bar, featuring traditional fabrics on the columns and tables, one can also enjoy a drink, but which must be bought from the on-site bar. Shops selling perfume, books, souvenirs, shisha and jewellery can all be found within the grounds and for your financial needs there is a bank and cash machine. The grounds of the hotel are immaculately maintained with well-looked after plants giving the place wonderful bursts of colour. The hotel has a great position looking out to sea gifting it magnificent views, which probably explains why all the staff are all so helpful and enthusiastic.