Hello fellow travelers
Croc Man Here - Just an update to last review . All previous mentioned finishing touches now completed. Difficult to review villa without including overall holiday experience as you can't have one without the other.
The Villa is excellent, the people fantastic, what more can you want.
Just a couple of name checks and info for you.
Adam at Jimmy's oil shop virtually next door to the Three Crowns English pub in Nabq. Best place for oils and burners etc. (.in our opinion) English speaking and a pleasure to talk to.
Dahab Grill take away 50 yds. from villa -English speaking and about to have the menu translated in to English for us.
Two Taxi drivers we would recommend - Said, and Yosef both numbers available at Villa. We have left some other numbers in villa for restaurants etc.
Just a bit about this trip. Three weeks this time and as per last trip all Ok no problems in Sharm at all apart from terminal 2's roof collapsing in two days of English storm weather - first for five years, and no, we didn't take it with us . We returned via terminal 1 ( the newer one) all good !!
We travelled with Monarch again - Again all good !!
We cannot praise the people we met enough- nothing was too much trouble and it was fantastic to see them all helping each other (and us with the two days rain ) The local lads spent the night before my birthday decorating the villa and pool area and cooked us a meal on my birthday - Brilliant evening !! Oh and plus a huge cake Kaled had arranged. Mohammed who lives in his little Hobbit house at the front of the villa is great , he cleans pool and villa unless you object and although not much English (what are you're arms and gestures for ?) we got on great . There is also now a property Manager for any issues or requests - he is contactable by phone and pops in from time to time to check all is ok.
Not much more to add but many thanks to Kaled for his efforts to ensure you have a great vacation and I am happy to try and answer any questions you may have.
Also you can contact the owner Kaled by email as per rental site. - Go On give it a try !!
But wherever you go enjoy you're holiday!!
Well here it is the latest from Crocodile Man.
Don't go to Sharm el Sheik.There too much trouble - What a ridiculous statement/ Piece of advice . That's like saying don't come to England because of the London bombings. Egypt is a very big country and Cairo only a city (as is London)and any trouble is currently being experienced in one area of the city. I accept that advice should be given to tourists but please get the information correct and factual.
We have just spent two fabulous weeks at Villa Shahrazad owned by Khaled Ashour. We booked through Holiday lettings which was smooth and very helpful as any questions we had were forwarded to Khaled who replied virtually by return email. We were met by Khaled at the airport who throughout our stay could not do enough for us. We learned a lot about the history and customs of Egyptian people which helped us understand the culture more.
The Villa is not in the middle of Sharm but near Nabq and is quiet so if you want all the hustle, bustle, and nightlife you may not like the location . However taxi's are plentiful and reasonably priced providing you agree the price before you're journey. Anywhere in Sharm should cost no more than five or six pound one way, 50 /60 Egyptian pound.
The Villa is new to the rental market this year and was designed by Khaled and although there are some internal touches being finished this does not detract from the overwhelming feeling of space and comfort .There are 7 bedrooms and 5 bath /shower rooms. A large lounge/dining area and, kitchen. There is Air/Con throughout although we didn't feel we needed it despite 30+ degrees (October). There is a large very impressive pool with its own waterfall and at the other end a Jacuzzi and sorry Khaled I have to mention the (KA) at the bottom of the pool .
A car and driver can be made available for I think 25 pound per day, however we did not want to travel very far so just used a taxi man Khaled knows when we needed it. All the general facilities you would need are available for cooking etc. and there is a fridge freezer, dishwasher, and washing machine. WI -Fi, and TV with god knows how many channels. I guess for us the best thing was that we were made to feel welcome by everyone we met. and providing you learn a couple phrases rather than expecting everyone to speak English you will find you will receive more help. We now have no fear of haggling in the markets and although most of the merchandise is how shall I say - Fake. - the quality is often better than the original brand names. If you have been to Sharm before and enjoy it then try a villa rental for a change - you can have the food you want ( but you should try the local specialities) keep the kids happy and Ok I know you have to cook it but you can always get one of the numerous home delivery takeaways.
Would I go Back to Villa Shahrazad - Does the Pope Pray? We are going back for three weeks next February.
Have a great Holiday - Wherever you go
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