terrific house reef!
Posted Sep 15, 2014
House reef all it was cracked up to be , turtles, rays, turkey fish, etc etc etc, and the reef/security staff especially Mustaffa, were outstanding, corralling unruly, ignorant tourists around the ropes(literally ropes) so the coral remains as protected as possible. hotel is very grand, very useful running track, tastefully decorated and the staff is efficient and polite. poor Egypt and its beleaguered hoteliers that have to cut rates to allow international riff raff to cheapen the experience. Weird rule about men dining in "short" shorts was enforced, too bad some of the women weren't sent back to change also, I'm sure most of the fashion offenders forgot that you should wear something that covers your bum when going for dinner! the food was pretty dismal except for Egyptian theme night (theme night is also a vague concept and you can get just about everything every night)..the beer was always cold however. the "shows " were truly lousy but you don't go there for the entertainment above the water, the quality of the snorkeling was great..lots of outside people use the reef too, so you have to pick your time to go otherwise its very crowded in the water. Go and enjoy the snorkeling, the beer , and the lovely beach.