Sahl Hasheesh, Hurghada, Red Sea, Egypt
"We were at PLR from 5th - 19th March, being fortunate to complete our holiday as others were cut short as hotel was closing around 23rd March for the time being for the world-wide pandemic of Covid-19. Anyway, onto the lighter subject of our luxurious stay...we had been in previous years on two occasions so this was our third visit, with prior knowledge of this wonderful hotel, we treated ourselves to VIP Jacuzzi suite package and in my opinion well worth it for all the extras, for example, we could (and did) eat in the new Society Restaurant whenever we chose. In all honesty, if we’d have had to pay the $60 pp plus service and tax, we would not have done so but the service, fine dining and squeaky-clean newness was very, very nice. Lacked ambience as very few used it. We met some lovely people, ate lovely food and, for the first time in my life, hubby and I went to the Japanese Miyako for teppanyaki, great experience and theatrical chef cooking in front of your very eyes was so entertaining. Our favourite was Bella Italian, fillet steak was quality and cooked to our liking perfectly. Entertainment was low-key but quality and we particularly enjoyed the Whirling Dervish male dancers on both Wednesday evenings in the Long Bar. Must make mention of the lunchtime Ossiano casual restaurant - service with smiles all round and their halloumi salad and quesadillas my absolute yummy favourite. Mr Fouquet very visible and stopping for a chat to ensure all guests were happy, an absolute gentleman. My only critique was the red draught wine which was served cold and was what I would describe as a thin-bodied wine. However, when we asked for more full-bodied we were given the Egyptian wine in small bottles though poured separately from behind the bars. No need to take anything other than sterling and help the lads out exchanging £1 coins for your £10/£20 notes as they can’t change coins at their banks, just like we can’t with Euro coins here. We met our old friend Ibrahim, Restaurant Manager, he and all his colleagues at the PLR are now wished all the very best in the coming months, stay healthy and safe everyone."
"This was our 8th visit to our ‘second home’!! Whilst there the question we kept asking was......why do so many of us keep returning? So many answers.......the staff, the food, the service, the location and also the friends we make during our visits. ❤️ During this holiday we caught up and spent time with four other couples we had met on previous holidays..........it was lovely to surprise two of the couples who did not expect to see us......thank you Magda for helping to keep our visit a secret from Jenni, Alan, Jan and Pete. We managed to have many of our meals as a large group.......thank you to all the restaurant staff for being so helpful and obliging. Thank you also to the waiters in the Executive lounge for moving the furniture so that we were ALL able to get together for drinks before and after our evening meals. We sampled food in ALL the restaurants, apart from the Indian and the new Society and had some fabulous meals.....we really enjoyed Mikado and Bella, where of course Fouad (Mr Charming) made sure everything was spot on......all the restaurants are great and very accommodating if you have any food allergies or intolerances. I like getting up early in the mornings, so I was normally down just after the sun rise, warm fresh towels were delivered promptly at 7am, watching the sun rising through the trees is so beautiful. Thank you to all the lads around the pool for their hard work. We had a sandstorm one day.......sand everywhere which every member of the PLR team got rid of....amazing!! We love meeting up with the staff who make our holidays so special........they really do remember guests and go out of their way to make your holiday special. As I write this review I cannot help but wish them all the very best during this very difficult time......I sincerely hope they ALL keep safe and well. God willing we will see them when we return for our 9th visit......having stayed for over 100 nights we are now fortunate to be classed as Gold Loyalty members. InshAllah"
"Stayed here 28th feb- 6th March. Having read the reviews we had very high expectations. We certainly weren’t disappointed. From the moment we walked into the hotel to the unhappy time we had to leave, the service we received was nothing short of first class. We had upgraded, & our room was lovely. Biggest bed I’ve ever seen. The bathroom was huge with separate shower and jacuzzi. Nice balcony with pool and see view. Food in the buffet restaurant was varied, delicious & most importantly for me hot. We tried three of the speciality restaurants and they were all lovely with the Indian our favourite. The gym was very well equipped with enough weights etc for a good workout. The pool area and gardens are spotlessly clean. The pool service is excellent, with nothing too much trouble. Reda, ( I think that’s the correct spelling) was our housekeeper. The service off him was excellent, always asking if there was anything we needed, and always cheerful and polite. My only slight gripe is that the gym isn’t open earlier. I like to train first thing, but that’s just a personal thing. The hotel manager personally coming around to make sure everyone is happy is very professional & a lovely touch, which we were impressed with. All in all an excellent holiday, we very much look forward to returning, and when this dreadful virus is over,we certainly will do. David and Catherine Williams"