Sharm El Sheikh

sallyI returned from a ten-day holiday in Sharm El Sheikh. Having avidly followed the news in the papers and on the TV showing the on-going unrest in the country, we went with great trepidation.

Unlike the rest of Europe, the foreign office in the UK have not issued a warning not to travel to the Red Sea resorts, We arrived at our luxury five star hotel, the Baron Resort, to find that yes, we Brits were the only ones there with the exception of a handful of nationals from Uzbekistan!

We soon acclimatised ourselves to there being so few people. In fact, it was a massive bonus! The service was very attentive and efficient, nothing was too much trouble. They so wanted to please us. The weather was fantastic. No long sleeves were required at any time! We fulfilled our dream of snorkelling in the Red Sea. Amazing! I now can see why the Red Sea is one of the most popular dive sites in the world.

The coral and fish were stunningly colourful. Any fears we had before we travelled were completely unfounded. There was absolutely no trouble in the Red Sea resorts. Yes, we did see the military at the airport and on a check-point to the resort but it only served to reassure us that we would be safe. It has to be personal choice to decide to go but having just been I can honestly say that it was not a problem. The hoteliers and staff are desperate for tourism to return to normal as it is their own livelihoods that are being affected. For winter sun, it really is a perfect destination.