Calimera Royal Diamond Beach Hotel

, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
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Calimera Royal Diamond Beach Hotel

, Sharm El Sheikh

Rooms: 440

Ras Umm Sid - Sharm El Sheikh - 116 - Egypt 20(69)3665580
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loved it

from lesley681
Have just come back and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. very relaxing, staff very helpful and friendly.
Everywhere clean, food good and plentiful
Have booked again, and would have no hesitate in recommending.

Calimera Royal Diamond Good Value Holiday

from Carrly
Having stayed at the Hyatt Regency in Sharm twice, I was aware that this would not be the 5* equivalent. However, we paid just over half for all inclusive in comparison to B&B so I think this was really good value for money. The hotel is spotless and although the finish may not be up to British standards, it was perfectly acceptable. The room and balcony were quite small but well equipped and this was also kept spotlessly clean throughout our stay. Beware the rugs as they slip and I heard a number of people complaining about falls, however we just lifted ours on arrival.

The food was varied and although a bit repetitive, there was always something to please our group. Don't see the point in having an Indian restaurant that you have to pay for on site at an all inclusive hotel and every single day someone tried to get us to book. The Italian was nice although more or less does the same food but you can order custom pizzas in the evening.

The hotel was within walking distance from the old market and new market which will be really lovely when finished and isn't as frenetic as Naama Bay.

We used the non active pool during the day as its a bit quieter than the main pool although there is no bar or toilet facilities here, albeit a bar type structure was partially erected when we left.

They are still developing and when all minor work is complete, it would be worth another visit.

Beware if getting taxis as they sometimes get this hotel confused with another at the other end of Sharm!

All in all we had a great holiday and would stay at this hotel again.

A candid review

from worldtravel3
This is my candid review of the Calimera Royal Diamond Beach: Firstly, this hotel is definately NOT a 5*, not even a 4*:

Room: comfortable/clean, good AC, cleaned well daily with petals put on bed. Nice.

Restaurants: catered mainly for the vast numbers of Italian guests incl pizza for breakfast! Lots of cake/pastries. Lunch and dinner buffets had plenty of salads but as for main courses, there would be a couple of choices with rice/chips/veg. I don't expect to see 'macaroni cheese' at a 5* hotel! If you have kids and are used to MacDonalds etc then this is prob good for you, but for the more discerning palette, we dreaded mealtimes. There was also 2 restaurants you could pay a supplement for (approx £15 per head) but doesn't this defeat the purpose of all-inc???

Bar: great service and range of drinks, tip the head guy when you arrive and you'll never be kept waiting. Found a roof-top bar too, where the shisha was charged at $4 (we paid 60p for it in a top bar down town)

Pool:Amazing, clean, huge, be down early to beat the Italians to the sun-lounger rush though!! Loud music with irritating entertainment staff speaking mainly Italian during the morning and afternoon, although this was somewhat quiter on our last day.

Spa: lovely treatments although quite expensive at £40 for a massage lasting less than an hour. The hammam treatment is approx £65, but only a fiver downtown if you know where to go..
The reps from the Spa wander around the pool all day trying to get you to sign up, even when you've already been - just be firm with them.

Entertainment: altho there seemed to be a large entertainment team, we were only approached by them once and that was on our last day. they would constantly be chatting with Italiansand for several days us and other British guests were under the impression that maybe people from Italy were on some kind of different deal as they seemed to have reps with them 24/7 too.

Diving/snorkelling: hotel has its own reef, lovely, good prices from the dive centre, friendly staff.

The hotel is built on a hillside and as such, it was approx a 10 min walk uphill from our room to the reception/restaurants. We are young and fit(ish!) if you were 60+ or had small kids/strollers or had asthma, tnhis would be a nightmare for you. Also the walkway was badly finished, with people tripping over uneven bricks etc and also quite slippy. After check in we were taken to our room by golf cart, but this is a one-off service unless you smile sweetly and tip massively!!

Shops by the hotel entrance: here you can get suncream (£10 for Nivea), fake bags, papyrus pictures, glass work etc. It's all a rip-off, take the free shuttle bus into town and haggle where there is more choice!!

All in all, most people were complaining, mainly about the food. If you're looking for a reasonably close destination with fab sunshine, love snorkelling and you're not too bothered about what you eat, then fine, book it. If you're used to 4 or 5* elsewhere, you WILL be disappointed.

The staff told us that many people were complaining about the same issues and that they hoped things would change soon.

We went with Cosmos which gave us many many problems too :-(

been at last

from HalifaxHuggy
Here we Go Then

date 17th April -24th April 2008-2 Adults

17th April - 1st May 2008 - 2 Adults

1st impression well after taxi past it twice and asked for direction (well it was dusk)i thought its that new the locals dont know its been built. when we finally got out of the taxi the cases had disappeared but whilst we was getting out the boot was opened and cases had been taken into the the hotel.Once inside nice reception ice cold cloths to cool you down sat on easy chairs and a drink thrust into our hand, small amount of the usual paper work and a quick tour of the hotel on the way to the room the cases in the room. Rooms good and clean but thought a little on the small side for 5* so what everything else looked good so far.

You get the welcome pack with the time tables for meals and bar openings etc. Then Panic "Gentlemen are Required to wear Trousers and Shoes For Evening Meals" One Pair of jeans and trainers that travelled in and only Smart shorts for night time. So jeans stayed on for the night, i bought a pair trouser at a local shop. They dont tell you this in the booking forms so gents be warned no 3/4 pants or shorts at night in any of the restuarants.

First look at the hotel in the day light and realized this is not a new hotel but one that may have been open a few years although new rooms are being built some parts are looking tired.

The hotel seems to cater for the Italians which seem to be the majority about 90% few Russian (great food left in restaruants and room at the bars) Germans Dutch and even less Brits all day activities around the large pool and none around the smaller heated pool if you want to get away from the noise and need to relax. Food then as you can tell is aimed at the Italian tastes. We found that breakfast was mostly ommellets fresh bread cold meats cheese bread salads pastries fried eggs and waffles cooked fresh out side looked but did not see any pancakes (karenandpaul). food varied every day but always pasta and freshly cooked food. The main food hall was a little like a service station at times the staff did not seem to have time for you and rushing around Try the one on the same level as reception staff have more time and friendly and it seems a better quality Fresh Pizza to order as you like it Fresh fish daily and meats to die for Veal (yummy) You must try the liver marinated in god knows what stir fried but tastes out of this world and i hate liver. A tip eat a little later on all sittings the Italians seem to eat once they open the all seem to disappear late afternoon and are washed, dressed ,ready and waiting about 1hour before evening meal time 6.30pm.

The Bars

ROOF TOP BAR opens at 5pm till 2am YOU pay after midnight if all inc

Just watch the Bar man (never got name never had a name tag still have contacts on site will advise) he would be alright working with Paul Daniels as he always disappears and it seems trouble to get your drinks as it interfers with his texting . We helped him out though on the sunset shift and got our own drinks and he could not work out how we had empty and full bottles on our table.

In the evening after meals we would go for the last hour he would again vanish about 11.40pm the re appeared just befor midnight if you got served ok but if not he tried to charge and if you paid it vanished into his pocket (just like that) sorry thats Tommy Cooper we confronted him and it was never mentioned again but many did pay him

RECEPTION BAR 24hrs again charged after midnight

Staff in this area are good and very helpful and once they know your Brits they want to learn english and seem to be more helpful

Would i go back ? Yes

Are the staff good ? Yes in general

Is it 5 star ? No maybe just 4

Good Food ? Yes

Good For Kids ? yes lots going off in the large pool and will learn to speak Italian, but will be very hot in summer i would also

take plenty of high factor breeze from the sea makes it easy to burn.

happy to go again

from YewTreeCheshire
Not long back from this hotel..previous reviews initially worried me but the later ones improved.....anyway..our viewpoint.
We had a room on the seafront, no. 1243, it overlooked the sea and was right next to the beach..fantastic. It was a good sized room and was keep very clean by Morman. The hotel was well staffed in all areas, possibly the bar pool needed a few more @10.00a.m. This was our first time All Inc, however, we were pleasantly suprised with the quality and quantity of food. We also paid a little extra to eat in the Indian..good choice. The Italian also had freshly cooked pasta to your choice. Rooftop Sisha bar was good, although the same singer all week got very boring.
New mall 10 mins walk was handy but not really what we wanted
Overall, we would go there again. A good clean, modern hotel with good food and drink, the pools are good and right next to the sea.

Very nice hotel

from Remy8000
We have just returned from a wonderful weeks stay at the Calimera Royal Diamond. The previous poster has given a truly accurate picture of the hotel, food, etc and I agree with all their comments so will just post my extra views.

Firstly, this it is not a 5* hotel I would personally rate it as a good 3 or 4*. It is probably 5* by Egyptian standards but not by European.

We paid for a deluxe sea front room and to be honest for us it was well worth the extra money. The rooms are absolutely huge in comparison to the normal rooms and the bathroom is much more spacious and better equipped. The only down side that we didn’t like in the beginning was being on the ground floor but we soon accustomised ourselves to this after a day or so. There were a couple of power cuts but they had back up generators so this didn't cause too much concern.

Upon arrival at Sharm airport we were told to get Visa stamp, although I had been told by a friend that unless you leave your resort to go to Cairo or elsewhere you don’t need this and he was right. We bought 2 visas but never needed them, so if you are not going outside of the resort you can save yourself £25 here.

Everything about the hotel is immaculately clean and nobody expects a tip, however if you want to give one obviously you can or they have a system where you can leave tips in a box at the end of your holiday and they apparently share them out.

We had fantastic weather bordering on 28+ degrees each day but it did get chilly at night around 9pm and you definitely needed a cardigan. Although I noticed on our last night it seemed decidedly warmer.

The beach is very disappointing and is no more than a strip of artificial shingle on a rock base. However, the snorkelling off the jetty is fantastic and the water is so clear. The fish and the coral colours are out of this world. If you need snorkelling gear buy it there, its cheaper. A set that costs £30.00 in the UK, costs £12.00 in the hotel shop!

If you are coffee lovers there is a Starbucks and Costa coffee in the local shopping Mall nearby that everyone mentions. However, we did not try this. The coffee at the hotel is awful. You can get an almost proper cappuccino in the lobby bar but the one’s that they serve in the pool bar are just strong cona coffee with a load of frothed up milk popped on the top and they tasted disgusting. The tea and coffee at breakfast was equally disgusting, the water from the urn was not warm enough to make a decent cup of tea. We wished that we had taken some Nescafe cappuccino or latte sachets with us as you can get hot water from all the water fountains around the complex or the bar.

The red and rose wine are fine, we didn’t try the white. Whiskey is very rough and we guess the brandy would be too but the gin, vodka and ouzo were acceptable. They pour very large measures hic hic!!! The local beer called Stella is also an acceptable lager.

The one thing that I did find most annoying was that you no sooner put a drink or your knife and fork down in the restaurant or around the pool/ bar than it was whisked away, even when the glass was half full.

We didn’t try the Indian restaurant but went to the Italian where you are allowed one free meal plus free wine. It was very nice and much better service and attention than in the normal restaurant.

The roof top bar is lovely for a pre or post dinner drink and the Sisha water pipe (£1.00) is well worth a try just for the fun of it.

We were advised to take dollars and some Egyptian pounds but personally in this hotel and area we found that they preferred the Egyptian pounds.

There is ongoing building work as the hotel is not completely finished, but this does not interfere AT ALL with the guests.

All in all we had a fantastic weeks stay at the Calimera Royal Diamond .

Very pleasurable!

from PauloB66
For a relatively new hotel, the Calimera have hit most of the right notes in order to satisfy holiday makers!
Food - The buffet restaurant was outstanding with a wide selection for breakfast, lunch & dinner, never the same & with excellent service. Very nice sitting outside under the stars but its a bit of a race to find a table outside if you arrive after 7pm. (However if you dont mind eating a bit later, say after 8.15ish you wont have a problem!) The entertainment at dinner ranged from a singer each night (she appeared 3 nights in a row became quite repetitive and murdered a few nice songs, but on the whole okay and a bit of a giggle!) to some traditional egyptian dancing, spinning, music which was thoroughly enjoyable!
The Italian restaurant for which you get one visit to was very nice, however it was trumped by the Indian restaurant upstairs (15 euro pp) which was beautiful, although after 7 courses you cant really move from your seat, the naan bread was the best I have ever had tho!)
The 2 pool area's are both very nice, quite easy to get a good sunbed, the main pool is very cold but you cant complain after the intense air temperature, and ther smaller pool is very warm, generally filled with italians (the hotel seem to have a deal with an italian company as the hotel contains roughly 60% italians all wearing different colured wristbands, they are no trouble at all though!) The pool attendants come round & clean your sunglasses and spray you with cold water which is a nice touch, occasionally you get a chef coming round with fruit as well!
The massage guys who come round and try and sell their treatments can become a little annoying, but they get the message after a few days, and then either ignore you, or just come up for a chat, (Mohammed is after an english girl and was constantly after my sister in law's number!)
The Calimera Activ entertainment team in the day can be quite annoying if you like peace & quiet around the main pool, the music is very loud but not too bad, and they are quite funny I suppose. They seem to have a separate team for the italian guests as well!
The beach - Maybe the only downside to this hotel (and probably most others in Sharm) is that there is no sandy white beach. The beach area is quite tastefully done but is very rocky & entry to the sea is generally by a pontoon as there is a protected coral reef there, which I am informed is very nice!
The room - we got upgraded to a sea view bungalow which was very very spacious with a large bathroom including separate shower & bath! The walk to the main hotel was quite a long winding one taking in quite a few steps but very good exercise, nothing to complain about!
Gym - used this a few times, quite small but air conditioned & some good equipment!
Tipping- After reading a lot of reports about this, I was intrigued to find out for myself, however you generally do not receive a worse service if you dont tip. I tipped a couple of guys in the restaurant, the receptionist, a gardener(!) & our room guys as they all worked tirelessly for the cause. Thier average wage is about £10 (english) a week so a £2 tip is much appreciated by them, and small change for us holiday makers!
Getting around - you must be very careful with taxi drivers! we started our journey from the airport & got the taxi guy in the baggage hall down from 200 Egy pound to a 100! (about 10 quid) We took many trips into Neema Bay which is quite a crazy place and used the hotel taxi guy. Now he seemed pretty trustworthy & we built up quite a rapport with him however he charged us an extra 50 egyptian pounds when we arrived at the airport apparently for him to get out of the airport! We argued for a few minutes & he got quite nasty, in the end I just paid up! I am still quite annoyed that I got done, as I have since found out that this is not the case about this additional charge, and he certainly didnt mention it ,nor the hotel people, until we got to the airport, a parting gift from Egypt I suppose!
Neema Bay - this place is an haven for english with loads of bars, clubs, few tacky shops etc. Its all a bit distasteful but certainly worth a trip down there, we spent a couple of nights on the roof terrace of the Camel bar which is really nice, you do get hassled from all sorts trying to sell you naughty stuff, bar entry, paintings etc! They seem to want to talk to you in cockney slang when they realise you are english which is quie funny, but gets annoying! Top tip - say you are australian as they wont hassle you as much & wont rip you as much! Worked for us!
Fantasia & Il Mercato Mall - these 2 places are within a 5-10 minute walk from the hotel, the mall is very english shop like with virgin, starbucks, mothercare (!) adidas, billabong amongst others. . . Fantasia is full of live egyptian shows, cinema etc, there is a bazaar on the back of it, full of deals/souvenirs/bars but you get massively hassled! We went to the only bar which didnt hassle us, it so happened to be that the managers brother is half english and he told him not to hassle people and they will come in, it certainly worked! He told me that whatever I do, never trust an egyptian! Words of wisdom I feel!

All in all Sharm is a good place to go for some cheapish sun, with some good hotels , we would go back but would probably stay in the Grand Sharm (next door to Royal Diamond) we have nothing against the Royal Diamond and really enjoyed our time there, but the Grand Sharm (same hotel group) looked a small step up in class.
Whatever you do tho, do not consider the Domina Gardenia Plaza, our friends stayed there, and it is a total sham & rip off of a hotel! We did try and get them into our hotel for a day but werent allowed which was quite disappointing!
However you should have no worries about staying at the Royal Diamond as it ticks most of the right boxes!


from nikusik94
When we entered the hotel we saw a beautiful hall we were given soft drinks and towels and in 10 minutes we had our key we were whizzed to our room but it came out that our room was in Iberotel .The room there was tiny thought I booked a superior sea view room!Immediately I said to the manager that that room was not good for me so we were whizzed again in a car to room with a perfect sea view the only thing that was coming in our way to the sea were the vip bungalos.The food was fantastic and the barman made great cocktails! BUT BEWARE THERE WERE LOADS OF SPANISH!65% WERE SPANISH! They even have 2 animation teams one for spanish the other for germans english russians and the rest!The hotel is almost finished. The fountains are completely finished the only thing that is not is the front path by the sea there is no grass there but dont let that put you off the rest of the hotel is beautiful.The beauty salon and massage is VERY EXPENSIVE! Do not do anything there! The coral reefs were the most beautiful i had ever seen.Try going on a trip with camel dive to ras mohamed it will be really FANTASTIC1 If you pay 7 dollars more you will have lunch on the boat too with freshly caught on your eyes fish!
The pools at the hotel were fantastic! The big pool was always cold but there was a small ool with really hot water about 30 degrees!It was like you were in an enormous jacuzzi!
I would recomend this hotel to all my friends and I would like to go there again!

shocking staff at calimera royal diamond

from globetrotterno1
fantastic hotel, lovely food, shocking staff.

If you are planning on taking girls to the hotel dont, I REPEAT DONT, my 13 year old daughter was targeted again and again by various members of staff, they would not rest until they had her number and email address, the barrage of phone calls and messages recieved was unacceptable as was the content.

The problem does not stop there when walking rond she was often groped in confined spaces.

Steer well clear

Very nice all inclusive experience

from baronBucharest
Maybe a matter of luck, but the weather was very good, water perfect, brand new hotel, very clean rooms, hotel staff helpful and kind, lots of various food, different flavors every night, good beer and excellent red and rose wine. What more can you wish for an incredible price, just 400euro, flight included. Would go back there anytime.

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  • Address: Ras Umm Sid - Sharm El Sheikh - 116 - Egypt
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