Good swimming, no real beach, awful food
At $47 for two, with all meals included, this was an excellent bargain (although the food was so bad that I can't call it a great "value"). Rooms are modern, spacious, and well-maintained, and even our “garden view” room did give us a glimpse of the Red Sea. There is also a series of beautifully arranged, clean swimming pools of varying depths (mercifully, the shallowest are nicely set up with water attractions for the kiddies).
But if you are hoping for leisurely strolls along a sandy shore, building sand castles or looking for sea shells, you will be disappointed. Although the hotel does have a private waterfront, it isn't really a “beach” in the usual sense. Instead, the shoreline consists of stone steps, with a few sets of handrails, leading into a very shallow expanse of water that extends perhaps 50 yards into the sea. Going farther out, you will stub all ten toes on the ubiquitous rocks, until you notice the trail of tourists walking down a narrow, sandy waterpath to the deeper waters. Once there, you can enjoy a nice saltwater swim with moderate waves.
In short, if you are looking for reliable sleeping quarters and swimming, or a place where you can afford to take the whole family, this hotel will do. But if you want a relaxing, romantic getaway or first-class service, look elsewhere. It's too bad, because it really is a nice facility.
Hotel caters primarily to Russians, so staff will address you in Russian until they know you!