Hotel Caribbean World Resort Soma Bay Hotel 5 star
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Soma Bay Red Sea Riviera Soma Bay, Egypt -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

A beautiful beach, numerous facilities, superb gardens and an airy setting all combine to make the Caribbean World Soma Bay a first class resort. Pity it's so difficult to find a quiet corner in this very international hive of tourist activity.

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      Caribbean World Resort Soma Bay   -   © Alexis Bidegain/ Easypresse

    • Hotel Caribbean World Resort Soma Bay

      Caribbean World Resort Soma Bay   -   © Alexis Bidegain/ Easypresse

       
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    Location 4.07 /10

    Located in Soma Bay, the Caribbean World is quite remote: 31 miles south of Hurghada, the airport is 28 miles away, and Safaga is 6 miles further south. Soma Bay is a small touristy area with several large resorts grouped together around the bay, between the sea and the desert. The water is particularly lovely here.

    Accommodation 7.45 /10

    With the exception of the family rooms (well designed, they measure 70m² and have two bedrooms), the 529 guest rooms are all in the standard category. They are without a doubt the hotel's best feature: high-quality furniture, excellent amenities, plenty of space, and a neutral decor. The large bay windows give the rooms a particularly cheerful feel and the balconies are very roomy. The bathrooms, fitted with large Italian-style showers, are also a decent size. The amenities are equally good: a large-screen television, complimentary toiletries, a minibar, a safe, etc., although there is no Internet access.

    In terms of the views, the 'garden' rooms naturally overlook the garden...and the neighbouring buildings some twenty or so metres away (not too objectionable though). Even so, we recommend the 'pool view' rooms, which offer a more unobstructed view. In both categories, many of the rooms afford a partial or side view of the sea. Some of the rooms offer a full view of the sea but it comes at a price!

    Overview 7.35 /10

    Inaugurated in December 2007, the Caribbean World Resort Soma Bay is a large resort with 529 guest rooms. The rooms are divided among 3-storey buildings (no lifts) arranged in 4 rows perpendicular to the beach. The superb gardens and a large square at the entrance to the resort create a rather airy feel. When the resort is full, however, it is difficult to get away from the permanent crowds.

    That being said, it does have very good facilities, including: three exquisite swimming pools, a decent spa with a large indoor Jacuzzi, a tennis court, football and beach volleyball pitches, a water park with slides, water sports (windsurfing and pedalos) and a diving centre.

    Food and drink 7.40 /10

    The huge Caribbean Restaurant, near the resort entrance and lobby, is the main buffet. All three meals of the day are served here, and it is the only restaurant open for breakfast. Minimum privacy and maximum noise are on the menu in this round room where the decoration is overdone and the space optimised. The buffet offers plenty of choice, but it's very crowded. The Tortuga Beach Grill is a good alternative for lunch. This large buffet restaurant opens out onto the beachfront.

    The à la carte Italian restaurant, the Palma, and the Oriental B.B.Q buffet should be reserved a day in advance for evening meals (included in the all-inclusive package). Although the decor is even more tacky and over the top than in the Caribbean Restaurant, it's certainly a lot quieter.

    Beach 8.50 /10

    The beautiful 250m-long Caribbean World beach should please everyone. Although it is difficult to escape from the blaring sound system and the organised entertainment in the middle section, calmer spots can be found on the outer sides. Parasols and deckchairs with mattresses, wind breakers, a bar, toilets, a water sports and diving centre...everything you could need right at your feet.

    The beachfront is delightful, and the water in Soma Bay is particularly lovely. The snorkelling spots are not easy to reach directly from the beach, but there are some great spots in Soma Bay. It is also a particularly good windsurfing area.

    To know

    The Caribbean World Soma Bay is a Nouvelles-Frontières Hotel-Club, but it is far from the usual intimate hotels typical of this French Club. The hotel has 529 guest rooms, and is also part of the German TUI group and a Russian tourist operator, both of which have their own staff on site.

    However, at least two or three activities a day are exclusively reserved for NF Hotel-Club guests, including the Nouvelles Rencontres activities (cooking workshops, tastings of local products, initiation into the local culture, etc.).

    Equipment

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

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

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      beach volley, football, tennis, basketball, water-polo, aqua gym, gym, paddle boats, fitness, golf, squash

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Private beach

    advantage

    • Lovely beach

    disadvantages

    • Very international
    • A particularly noisy restaurant

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