Thanks to ex-pats living in Hurgharda we were reassured that the area was safe and the locals were welcoming.
Soma Bay had been recommended for its reef with good snorkelling and scuba. Those recommendations proved to be good advice. We were two retired couples who were looking for a winter break, some sunshine, swimming, snorkelling, scuba. The "Breakers" is one of five hotels within the Soma Bay complex and all were down on visitors presumably because of the troubles. Upside was that we were very well looked after with no shortage of food, facilities or service. Half board was excellent with good spreads both morning and evening. Most days were cloudless and the sea temperature at 22 meant plenty of time in the water. The marine life was wonderful and easy to access from the hotel pier, a 400m jetty over the shallow lagoon to the edge of the reef and the deeper water beyond. As the sun dropped and it became cooler, the pool was lovely and warm, fed by a heated cascade.
Other hotels on the complex offer opportunities for sailing, golf, sailboarding and kite surfing. The golf course is great but expensive. The Thelasso Spa, the ladies went there whilst we played our golf, almost as expensive but must be done as a one off.
Bertie from Ipswich. UK
This Soma Bay hotel is by the sea, set on the beach a short distance from Ras Abu Soma Dive Site and Tobia Arbaa Dive Site …More