Stayed in this residential compound for 60 days / 2 months from May 1st to July 1st , AMAZING HOLIDAY !
Let me START by stating to avoid ANY confusion ,The Laguna Vista Residence is a separate property from the Resort (Laguna Vista Resort), its about 15 to 20 min walk from your apartment/flat at the Laguna Vista Residence to the resort beach shoreline on a hot summer day. Mind you the resort is HUGE, if you just want to hang out at the resort pool the distance is much closer, and if you hang out at the Laguna Vista Residence pools the distance becomes much much much closer, like 20 steps out of my bed and i was at the pool, i kid you NOT, simply AMAZING !
I wanted to get that out of the way and mention the only negative aspect of this residence, because if you can walk (or afford a taxi, which is NOT expensive) that far daily back and forth then this is the PERFECT place for you ! The beach is Amazing , such a unique spot. We stayed for 60 days and we probably hit the beach about 56 days out of the 60, thats how good it was, even a 45 degree heat wave a few days we were there couldn't stop us from this beach. The residence we rented was clean and had an amazing bed , very clean and comfortable ! The Residence management were extremely helpful and very caring towards our needs , Westernized Tunisian lady I believe runs the show, she was helpful and kind as well.
I read a post on TripAdvisor before traveling about the garden snakes...We were extremely worried as we had our 8 month old with us, and can I state for the record , in our 60 days in Sharm , we never once saw any garden snakes or worms or anything of that kind, in fact , when we arrived in May, our apartment was surrounded in Butterflies , and our garden had cute stray kittens that were cleaner than regular house cats. The entire property was so clean including both the residence and the resort itself.
The resort is beyond beautiful , its like you've traveled to some parallel "Smurf-Land" and you don't want to leave ! The beach was so unique and calm , but what made this beach special is the natural design , its shallow yet as the daily current changes , little islands pop up in the middle of the sea when the tide is low , and when the tide is high the sand dune islands in the middle of the sea disappear. When the tide is low you can walk to the sandy little islands that appear in 5 min and literally spend the day alone on your own island. So RELAXING , We felt like we were dreaming or had entered some other earth, completely separated from reality and everything else in the world !
Look if you want to have an amazing laid back / yet really fun holiday in Sharm I strongly suggest you stay in Nabq and specifically at the Laguna Vista Hotel itself , if you want to save a couple of hundred bucks and would rather extend your vacation and get the entire "local/tourist" experience , stay at the Laguna Vista Residence.
If you are a young punk who loves crowds...enjoys disturbing your neighbours , and you're looking for "ACTION" 24/7 , go stay in Naama Bay. If you want a vacation you can remember as a safe , fun and still near all the action but not right in the middle of it , and want to save a few hundred bucks , this is your spot !
Our daily routine might have been a little different than most , as we had a baby and needed a full kitchen which is why we chose to not stay at the hotel. We were truly grateful for this decision as we got to cook our own food and eat out whenever we wanted and weren't forced to eat at the same resort everyday as hotel guests are usually forced to do. Staying at the Laguna Vista Residence gave us this freedom of choice. We personally enjoyed cooking our own dinners about 3 or 4 times a week, its much cleaner and way way way cheaper than eating out (not that eating out was expensive) , we would order fish from a local shop that was well known and respected by the locals , so we ordered once and what do you know , we LOVED it ! Did i mention the entire 3 large fish with rice meals, that were better than any fish I've ever had anywhere in the world ONLY cost us 4 USD, in TOTAL ! Its true what they , there is no place like Egypt !
Before we traveled to Sharm people were like " is it safe ? ", can I simply state , one of the safest places I've ever been !
The locals once heard us getting loud in a shop with a vendor who we were joking with , they all came running to make sure our family was fine, this is Egypt , simply good people 99% of the time !
Sure there are the occasional FEW ( 1 out of every 10 ) bad cab drivers that try to rip you off and a few aggressive vendors here and there in Sharm, but we promise all of you , this was ONE of the BEST trips we EVER had and we would not hesitate for 1 second to go back...
When we were traveling to Sharm , people were like 60 days , aren't you going to get bored ???
The joke was on them...we had a BLAST , the beach was one of a kind , so unique and the residence was so comfy we NEVER wanted to leave !
I am so sorry for this unorganised and rushed review , I've been really busy but i felt that i needed to be honest and share my experience, the resort was amazing , as was the residence we lived at, wouldn't hesitate for a second to go back !
Is this place for you ?
* If you can walk 15-20 min to the beach each way , so 30-40 min a day walking , THIS PLACE IS FOR YOU !
* If you can afford to arrange with a cab/private hire car to take you to the beach daily as we did for about 50 EGP a day back and forth , THIS PLACE IS FOR YOU !
* If you want a unique vacation unlike anything you have ever experienced , and you are fit to do a bit of walking or want to become healthier , i assure you , this place is 4 YOU !
We saved hundreds of dollars by staying here , had we stayed in a resort A) we would have no kitchen to prepare the our child's food , and make her milk and had we wouldn't have had our OWN space ; and B) The freedom to stay in Sharm for 8 weeks on our budget instead of staying 2 weeks in an ALL-Inclusive Resort , eating food from who knows who's hands. Instead we were free to plan our days as we wanted , if we wanted to eat at Naama Bay , we went to Naama Bay , if we wanted Soho , we went to Soho , if we wanted Hadabah , we went to Hadaba , if we wanted to eat like the locals , we ate like the locals , if we wanted to cook at home , we cooked at home , staying at Laguna Vista Residence gives you the ability to do so !
Our costs :
- The rent included water and Electric costs ( 1000 EGP each limit = 50 dollars ) (some apartments include water and electricity and some don't , but most do ) we used that up in about 32 days of heavy TV, Kitchen and shower use, the apartment had a meter , and the meter is legit and safe , i double checked out myself . So in reality our family used 170 USD worth of electricity and water in Total for 60 days and we showered 2 times a day and watched TV all night. In short let me put it this way , the cost of water and electricity for the entire time we were there did NOT exceed 200 USD, FOR 60 DAYS , thats pretty good compared to where we are coming from, local Egyptians pay a different price at other locations , which may explain the discrepancy in some previous posts. To us it , it was not that big of a deal. Where else in the world can you go on vacation for 60 days for less than 2500 USD , and we spent a lot of money on restaurants and going out and taxis and a few gifts and groceries and everything else ! In reality , if you wanted to , you could survive on 100 USD a week here , if your rent and plane tickets and water and electricity are covered, just saying !
In my honest opinion this place beats the hell out of staying at a 5 star resort for 7 days or 5 days and having to leave ! You could triple the length of your stay by renting at Laguna Vista Residence and all it would cost you is the extra 10 min walk to the beach. You could also do both as we planned , we wanted to spend most of our trip at Laguna Vista Residence and our last few days at a 4 or 5 STAR RESORT like Laguna Vista Resort , but when we arrived at the residence and got settled , we knew we didn't want to stay anywhere else !
In short this place is like staying at your home away from home...It was so refreshing !
As mentioned "The Walk" sometimes was a hassle , but only in the begging , by the 7th week our bodies had transformed , we were so fit , so healthy and much much stronger , our legs muscles were actually popping out , it was truly such a refreshing experience , especially for us , a married couple who just welcomed their first child 8 months prior to planning this trip !
Thank you to everyone at Laguna Vista , especially Mr. Shabaan , the front gate security guard , probably the kindest most honest person I've ever met on ANY vacation !
TIP : While there are MANY nice properties at the Residence , we stayed in a residence owned by a lady NAMED Pia , she's Estonian and married to an Egyptian , simply put "YOU CAN TRUST THIS WOMAN" ! You can trust her opinion , her flat that she rents out (the same one we stayed at ) , her advice on Sharm ! She's also a wealth of information on living in Egypt ! Thank you to Laguna Vista Residence , the management at both the residence and the resort , the security team , staff and everyone who helped make this one of the BEST trips we have EVER had !
If you are planning on a short trip to Sharm and can afford the Laguna Vista Resort , I would stay at the resort , mid or long term stay , Laguna Vista Residence is probably your best choice in all of Sharm El-Sheikh !
FINAL TIP :
If you meet a Taxi driver named MOUSSA , " Moussa, Nice Face " , he's a great guy who helped us out when we needed someone most, on our last day we ran out of cash and couldn't use our bank card , we were stuck and needed to purchase formula ( Milk ) for our child , luckily both Moussa the taxi driver and the owner of the apartment we stayed out offered to help. Moussa the taxi driver did something most of us wouldn't do , this is the Egypt they don't tell you about , this is the Egypt you won't find in the headlines , there is no place like Egypt !
Looking forward to going back to Egypt... Good People , Great Times...Thank You .
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