March 17, 2002
If loud music doesn't appeal to you, avoid Thursday nights when the entire hotel area is converted into a dance arena for the weekly House Nation Party. A DJ plays House and Techno music from 10 pm to the wee hours of the morning, accompanied by cube dancers, laser lights and acrobats. Dancers let loose in the courtyard, on top of the domes, on the terraces of hotel rooms and even in the pool. This event draws over 2,000 people each Thursday! So if you desire sleep, go elsewhere.
In addition to the four nightclubs here at Sanfir, there are three restaurants. Fishta serves fresh fish, La Trottoria serves Italian, and Mashy serves Lebanese food. We tried all three restaurants, and had good food in each.
The staff spoke little English. We had a little difficulty getting our room, and waited an hour in the lobby without an explanation. Our room had bedouin furniture, with worn dirty cushions and red striped carpets thrown over the chairs. The mini-fridge was handy, and the air-conditioning was appreciated. It was a cool place to stay, and I loved the unique Moorish decor. Just felt out of place and unwelcomed. We seemed to attract a lot of stares whenever we passed through the courtyard or ate in the restaurants, and weren't met with any smiles in return. Guess not to many Americans frequent the hotel. We spent most of our time at the beach anyway.
Although guide books state that guests receive free passes for a nearby beach, the hotel lobby attendants charged us 30 pounds a day for our hotel beach access. There are no public beaches. Once we arrived, we had to wait until the beach attendant resurfaced (usually ten minutes or longer) before we were given a green and white striped towel to prove we had permission to use the beach. Sometimes it was so crowded that there were no chairs left to use.
The vivid blue water turned turquoise closer to shore. Palm trees fringed the sandy beige beach that stretched for miles. The tropical beach scene was full of bikini clad girls prancing around speedo clad guys, speaking loudly in Arabic, to compete with music blaring from the beach bars.
Double occupancy rooms for the 2002 season cost $60-80 US for a standard room, $80-100 US for a suite, and $100-120 US for an apartment, depending on the season. A buffet breakfast is included with the price of your room. There are 74 rooms. Standard rooms share showers and bathrooms.
From journal Honeymoon on Sinai Coast, Egypt