The staff at the hotel are excellent from the cleaners up to the waiters in the restaurant and particuarly in the lobby bar. Nothing is too much trouble.
The rooms which are either bungalow style or two storey are spacious with lovely views over the red sea and gardens or pool. There is a/c and a free saftey deposit box but no drawer space. There is a cupboard with some shelves. The bathroom has a hairdryer and dispensers for soap but no shower caps etc.
The hotel is on the beach and there are free beach towels, sun beds, parasols and wind breaks (which we needed) but no mattresses.There is good access to the beach. There is a bar at the beach which serves drinks and snacks at lunch time. After 3 p.m. there is ice cream and pancakes. There will be a jetty to enable people to get out to the reef for snorkeling but this is still being built. You can paddle out to the reef but it is quite far.
There are two pools one which is heated, a childrens pool and a jacuzzi which for some reason is next to the childrens pool so not the place for relaxing.
The breakfasts are very good with a choice of breads, danish pastries, fresh fruit, cheeses, salads etc.
There are chefs cooking omlettes and fried eggs to order and there is some hot food.
The lunches and dinners are very similar although there are supposed to be theme nights, but we could hardly tell the difference apart from the Egyptian night. There are soups which are very good a salad bar which some days was good but others not so. There is a good choice of vegetables, pasta and rice and there is a pasta chef making food to order. The downside of the food is there is very little variety with only one choice of fish, meat and chicken each meal and these are repeated several times over the fortnight. Usually two of these are show cooking and the portion control is very meagre. Also it is a lottery if you get a good or bad piece of meat/chicken etc.
The stir fries are excellent but again the portions are very small.
You can dine in the Chez Pascal a la carte but this is at an extra cost.
The entertainment is not as described in the Thomson brochure or on the Three Corners website. This states shows i.e. Dirty Dancing, Grease etc. The actual entertainment consists of bingo, karaoke, Mr/Miss Farouz P.B. and on four nights out of fourteen belly dancing/whirling dervishes. Whilst the belly dancing was very good we thought four nights a bit excessive.
The entertainment at the present time is held in the lobby bar which is the only bar open at night, it should be in the peanuts bar but this is not finished and does not look likely to be so in the near future. This means that from 8.30 p.m. when there is a mini disco there is nowhere in the hotel to sit and have a quiet drink or just play cards. When the main entertainment comes on approx 9.30-10p.m. it is deafening. The sound system does not seem to work properly and you can hardly hear a word being said just a booming noise. Extra furniture is brought in from the terrace to accomodate extra people, as it is still too cold to sit outside. Most older people seemed to leave the bars around 9.30 p.m.
Overall I think this will eventually be a very good hotel if they get the food sorted out. The entertainment is supposed to be moving outside in about 6 weeks and they were finishing the amphitheatre whilst we were there. There is nothing else around the hotel. Port Ghalib which is a new marina development is about 30 mins walk over the sand dunes but this is nowhere near finished yet.
Travel operator: Thomson
Going again in October 2009.....must be good!!
Travel operator: Thomson
Travel operator: Travel Republic
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