Originally we had booked Steigenberger Makadi Bay, but we switched to Kempinski Soma Bay half-way through our 7 day trip for an upcharge of around 350 Euro. And it was totally worth it. We were taken to the hotel by our travel agent in a private car. They tried to scam us by charging us some fantasy currency rate, but eventually we could also pay by credit card at the official rate.
Soma Bay is a peninsula around 45 minutes south of Hurghada airport. Besides the Kempinski Soma Bay there were a Sheraton, a Robinson Club and local hotels. Driving up to the hotel we were immedeately greeted by friendly staff. We were checked in by a German girl, who just arrived 2 days before us. As the hotel was only 25% booked we got upgraded to a sunset sea view room on the third floor.
I took part in a free guided snorkeling tour, which was offered every other day. The reef was not as spectacular as on the Maldived, but still a great experience. Afterwards I did a scuba diving introduction in the main pool. Other water sports offered were catamaran sailing, kite surfing and wind surfing.
At the beach there were plenty of sun loungers. We only didn’t get first row lounger, because we arrived really late. The moment you arrive someone brings you fresh towels and water. The sea is pretty shallow for a long walk out.
As everywhere in egypt you can ride a camel on the beach. Nothing for us. Quite uncomfortable and smelly…
We had half board booked and the buffet was really good. Every day they had some local fare, a fresh fish grill, pasta, several warm sides, an extensive salad bar and very sweet deserts. Beverages were not included and alcohol was quite expensive. Below you see the view from our room, which was the same as from the restaurant terrace.
For sunset we walked over to the Robinson Club, which had a beach bar with a DJ playing chill out tunes. We mostly chilled out in the hammocks or fatboys over there. There is also the option of using all Robinson Club facilities for a daily charge.