After going through security, there was a slight wait upon arrival. As the Monte Carlo Sharm El Sheikh Hotel is relatively new, having taken over from the Ritz Carlton, there were perhaps a few teething problems, but nothing too
We were in the Royal part of the complex, which was adults only, had its own private lounge and a few other add-ons which I’ll go into shortly. But as a result of our Regal-ness, we had a couple of check-ins at the main lobby, as
well as the Royal Lounge. However, we were given two welcome drinks while we waited in both suites, and generously presented with a welcome plate of fruit and biscuits once in our room.
We were then given wristbands to wear which identified us as Royal guests, which we had to wear all week and they were cut off at the end. I thought this was quite strange, having to wear an ID band at all times. But then I realised that this was the norm in Sharm el Sheikh, as every holiday goer on every resort seemed to be sporting a different coloured band.
The mod cons at the Monte Carlo Sharm El Sheikh Hotel
As expected from a five star, the Monte Carlo Sharm El Sheikh Hotel offers a stunning beach with private access, five a la carte restaurants offering different cuisine – Italian, Chinese, Lebanese, Indian and Japanese, and a late night buffet which serves food until around 4am. There were also several bars located on the beach which offered drinks and ice cream on tap, plus an outdoor restaurant which offered burgers and fries all day, before switching to grilled
seafood in the evening.
There is an onsite spa which has a gym, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room, which Royal guests can use throughout their stay, and all other guests can have a 45 minute session for free. Other treatments, such as a Cleopatra massage is
also available for an additional fee.
Entertainment is provided outside every night, we managed to catch some of a show which involved one of the entertainers balancing guests on his back whilst resting his eyes on two poles. Sounds gruesome but it was pretty
Oh and if you’re feeling sporty, there’s a tennis court, which I was tempted to use, but the desert heat made me decide otherwise.
The Royal Monte Carlo Sharm El Sheikh Hotel experience
So what did we get for going for the Royal Monte Carlo Sharm El Sheikh Hotel option?
The main thing was the private lounge and the private beach, which had its own beach cabanas. The private lounge served breakfast and lunch and snacks throughout the day, all in the plush surroundings of a Mandarin Oriental style
room. As part of the Royal concept, staff at the lounge would also book your restaurant reservations for the evening, in any one of the five on-site restaurants serving different cuisines.
In fact, the staff were as welcoming and as accommodating as could be. Poolside, we were offered welcome pancakes, staff would often come and offer us drinks and ensure that our every need was catered for. Another huge plus of the Royal experience was that we had a late checkout for free, whereas regular guests would have to pay extra. We’ve been in situations where we haven’t had a late checkout, such as our stay at the Sirayane Hotel and Spa in Marrakech
, and we had to hang around the main areas of the hotel like bad smells in the baking heat.