The resort we stayed in was nice. A few different places to eat and our meals were included which while it always seems like a good idea, sometimes means you eat buffet instead of going out to a local place.
I don’t really know how to describe Hurghada except to say that it’s kind of like being on an island. The resorts are mostly inclusive and all grouped together so it’s not like you can just stroll outside, down the road a kilometer and eat at a little local place. It takes 5 k’s to pass all the resorts and even then the eating establishments you find are all catered around western tastes so you may as well stay at the hotel and do the buffet.
It was really hot and strangely quiet which was great for us but again no so good for the Egyptian economy. We spent the days beach side on our lilos rotating between sun and shade which was very relaxing I have to say. Weirdly the water was cold. Like freezing cold. I got in a couple of times but far out I couldn’t believe how cold it actually was. We did a little boat trip out to an island to go snorkling and while there was heaps of fish life and we had a great few hours (you are in the water with your snorkel on what’s not to love) the cold water was a bit of a challenge after a while. I thought that it just seemed cold because the outside temperature was hot but nope – its bloody freezing. Someone mentioned something about it being so deep as a reason but I didn’t really look into it. None the less a few days relaxing in the sun, by the sea, with food all included was not hard to take at all.
To sum up Hurghada – amazing spot, beautiful weather and very relaxing. The Red Sea is nice and we did do some good snorkling (although very cool) but it is very much a Riviera type location. Its meant for fly in fly out don’t meet the locals holidays. I guess the Egyptians and people from the middle east come here like Aussies go to Bali?? But its Bali and not leaving the resort.
We had a great few days which after being on the road for three weeks was amazing, and while the snorkling was good, the beach was nice, nothing screamed spectacular. I guess it just wasn't really us.