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Sharm El Sheikh – Tirana Aquapark Review

Egypt’s Sharm el Sheikh has more hotels than you can sheikh a stick at.  It is a great destination for grabbing some sunshine when the rest of Europe might be a bit frosty.  It’s also worth noting that at the time of writing this, the UK’s Foreign Office advises against all essential travel to Egypt with the exception of these Red Sea resorts which remain unaffected by the coup.

Big thanks to Janey who spent Easter 2013 at the Tirana Aquapark, Sharm El Sheikh with her husband and three year old son.  With the weather being a hot and sunny 33 degrees (!) they had a great sunshine break:

Tirana Waterpark - Wayne Family

Holiday Booking
A package through Thomas Cook including flights/hotel

How was the flight?
The flight was approx 4.5 hours with a morning flight on the way out and a late evening flight on the way back.  All was fine.  Not much seat space but fine for the length of flight.  We chose to bring our own food (bought in airports) rather than meals on board and were glad we did!

Hotel Transfers
These weren’t included.  You could pay extra for shared coach transfers but it was much cheaper to arrange a private transfer through the hotel direct.  There was someone waiting as we headed out from baggage collection.

The Room
The room was a good size with a walk in shower in the bathroom.  We had a double bed and extra rollaway bed and there was still plenty of room.  Fresh bottled water was provided each day and towel decorations were pretty amazing.

Leisure Facilities
Spa facilities were basic but good massages.  There are a number of swimming pools and an on site water park with slides for toddlers, older children and adults.  

Tirana Waterpark

Tirana Waterpark 2

There was also a kids club (from 4 years old) and a playground. The private beach is accessible by shuttle bus with amazing reef.

Tirana Waterpark Beach

Dining
The main restaurant is chaotic but with a good variety of food.  You can eat in the Italian, Chinese or Indian restaurants once each per week.  But these book up quickly so book straight after check-in!  Lunch times there is also a place by one pool where food was ok but service very slow.  We loved the fresh pizza bakes in the outside stone ovens.

Kids Facilities
The kids pool was loved by our son and he also went on the bigger slides on double rings with us.  The playground was quite basic but kept our son occupied now and again.  We didn’t try the kids club but others seemed to enjoy it.

Overall
I would give this place a 4/5 for being very family friendly.  The staff were very child friendly and we would definitely return.  With lots of hotels in Sharm it is quite easy to find great deals.  All inclusive we spent less than GPB 1,500 for all three of us.

Top Tips
Some rooms have been recently refurbished so try to get those.  There are also larger family rooms which look more comfortable and definitely needed if going with two or more children.  

The Indian restaurant wasn’t amazing but possibly food kept mild to accommodate children’s tastes.

Tirana Waterpark Family

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