Sunday, January 31, 2010

Ramada/Sinai Stars Resort Ras Sidr

Location: The Ramada Ras Sudr resort, with its spacious grounds, is situated about 10 km south of the small town of Ras Sudr and about 80 km south of the Suez Canal.

Amenities and facilities: The bungalow-style resort has 160 units and villas. A large fresh-water pool with separate children's pools, wide terrace and snackbar provides an inviting setting for relaxation. The restaurant is in the main building itself, also the lounge bar and a minimarket. In the summer months, the terrace of the main building is used to expand the seating space of the restaurant. From here, you can enjoy the superb view over the entire resort down to the beach. There is a large beach with a snack bar. There is another beachbar next to Club Mistral wich is very popular for our guests.

Rooms: There are two types of room, depending on one's needs. Single rooms, double rooms with twin beds or king-size bed or suites. Most of the double rooms also have a connecting door to the next room for family use. The standard room is one room without terrace. The very spacious suite has a separate bedroom with kingsize bed and a living room with sofa, table and chairs beside this all suites have a huge terrace. In the suite can added extra beds for two more people or children. All rooms have private bath/WC air conditioning, phone, satellite TV and a minibar.

Number of rooms: 160

Room categories: double rooms, single rooms, suites

Children: Twp playgrounds- one on the beach and one near the pool area.

Sport: There is a fitniss club near the reception.

Extra: The hotel is located quite isolated with not a lot around. You can reach the village Ras Sudr in about 15 minutes by bus where you find some restaurants, bars and shops.

Our Opinion: This is something for ambitious wind and kitesurfers who do not need much more except a perfect spot! We would not recommend this place to people who are looking for more luxury and more activities beside watersport.

The Spot

Ras Sudr is in the western part of the Sinai Peninsula, just under 80km south of the Suez Canal tunnel. The Ramada Resort and Club Mistral center are about 15 km south of Ras Sudr (also spelt Ras Sedr).

Getting There:
You can travel to Ras Sudr via Cairo or Sharm el Sheik. Via Cairo is the shortest way, and you can also take advantage of the opportunity to visit the sights on the way there or back. If you wish to do so, it would be best to include at least one night's stay in Cairo in your travel schedule.

Getting There via Cairo:
If you have booked directly with Club Mistral, our agent, Midland Travel, will be responsible for your transfer. If you have made your own travel arrangements, we recommend taking a taxi or, alternatively, a rental car, although you will actually have very little need for a rental car once you are there and this would also be the more expensive alternative. The taxi driver should be familiar with your destination. If you opt for a rental car, leave Cairo International Airport and travel south in the direction of the Suez tunnel. There is a roundabout after the tunnel, where you should take the first exit, in the direction of Ras Sudr, El Tur and Sharm el Sheik. About a 1 hour drive from the tunnel, after the town of Ras Sudr, you will see a large sign for the Ramada Hotel. Turn right here into the hotel driveway.

Getting There via Sharm el Sheikh:
The only advantage of flying to Sharm el Sheik lies in the large number of charter carriers that fly to this destination, the best-known on the Sinai. Transfer time from the airport to Ras Sudr with our agent, Midland Travel, is about 3 1/2 to 4 hours. By taxi, it will take approximately the same length of time. There are several car rental centres in Sharm el Sheikh. To get to Ras Sudr, you should take the southern route along the harbour of Sharm el Sheik in the direction of El Tur. Continue along the road, which follows the seashore almost the whole time, until you see the large sign for the Ramada Hotel, about 15 km before Ras Sudr. Turn left here into the hotel driveway.

Charter Carriers and Scheduled Flights:
The major airline companies offer scheduled flights to Cairo International Airport daily from almost every European country. This means that your stay in Ras Sudr is not subject to the normal weekly schedule and you can come any day and stay for any number of days. However, charter companies, too, like Hapag-Lloyd, Air Berlin or Aero Flight, are again offering extremely attractively priced flights to Cairo.

Sharm el Sheik Airport is used almost entirely by charter companies of the major tour operators. Flights are extremely frequent and, to some extent, also very reasonable.

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