We had an amazing time holidaying in Sharm El-Sheikh and we share our experience from the 5-star hotel we chose – Magic World Sharm – Club by Jaz. Perfect place for your next beach holiday to relax, enjoy the Sinai mountains, snorkel or scuba dive in the Red Sea and feel the magic of Sharm.
Great location, excellent food, outstanding service, wide sandy beach, beautiful coral reef, diverse range of entertainment and activities, comfortable room equipped with all you need and much more.
Why we chose Hotel Magic World Sharm – Club by Jaz
We searched a lot for the perfect hotel to fit our requirements and budget. We booked our all inclusive holiday with TUI.
To help us choose the right place, we shortlisted a number of hotels and watched YouTube videos before we agreed on this particular hotel. Here is why we chose this place:
- Beachfront location
- Has it’s own coral reef
- Sandy beach
- Village-style hotel (this is what we like)
- 5-star hotel in Sharm El-Sheikh
- Good reviews
- Very close to Sharm El Sheikh International Airport
- Fit our budget
The hotel used to be part of TUI’s Magic Life range and used to be called Magic Life Sharm El Sheikh , which was also aimed at families and couples. You might hear this reference when asking for directions in Sharm.
You can read more about the hotel and our experience below.
Reception, Lobby and Guest Relations
As we arrived at the hotel, we were asked to leave our suitcases outside and went to reception to check-in. The reception and lobby area are beautiful and spacious.
If you booked a package holiday, this is where you will find your TUI Rep or other agency representatives and information boards.
Reception staff were friendly and always ready to help and answer any questions. Next to reception is the Guest Relations office where you can book visits to the a la carte restaurants, hotel tours etc.
Special thanks to Kateryna Polshyna, Guest Services Supervisor, who helped us with all reservations, enquiries and conducted an excellent tour of the hotel’s kitchen facilities.
We chose the deluxe room with pool view for our stay, although you can choose your room with a view of the garden, the pool, or the sea. Depending on the size of the room and the view, of course you pay the relevant price.
We had two twin beds which made a huge bed for two people although the room can accommodate up to 2 adults and 2 children.
We had all the usual and necessary things in the room – AC, TV, hairdryer, wardrobe, safe box, minibar, tea and coffee making facilities.
The “living room” was great and ended up becoming our dressing room during our stay. We can see potential for this space should you wish to host people in your room for some card games or simply sit down and talk.
We also really enjoyed the balcony overlooking the Relax Pool. When the pool is lighten up it does add to the serene evening ambiance.
The bathroom was a decent size with a huge mirror and a lot of toiletries – bath gel, shampoo, body lotion, toothbrushes and toothpaste, shower caps, vanity kit and shaving kit. We even had two bath robes, which we didn’t expect and were a great addition.
Food and Drinks
One of the reasons we like village-style hotels is because you get a lot of restaurants and bars scattered across the hotel grounds with plenty of options to choose from. This hotel didn’t disappoint us with the food and drinks places and we were spoilt for choice.
If you ever wondered how food is prepared at an all-inclusive hotel, then read our article “Inside an All-Inclusive Kitchen” for more details.
This is the main restaurant where breakfast, lunch and dinner are served. There is plenty of seating area indoors and outdoors, although we only dined indoors where it was air conditioned.
You will find a great selection of salads, hot and cold foods, bread and pastries and desserts here. There are special sections for eggs & omelettes and waffles & pancakes in the morning.
For lunch and dinner you will find meat sections, fish section, chef’s plate, vegetarian section and pizza/pasta zone in addition to the buffet food. We enjoyed the variety and freshness of the food during all meals.
The food was overall good however, beef and most fish was almost always overcooked and tough. We enjoyed however, the Beef Wellington and lamb roast which were very tender and delicious.
We thought the tagine dishes were also very nice and carried subtle yet effective Oriental flavours.
This is an a la carte restaurant where you can enjoy authentic Egyptian cuisine and delicate flavours of the Middle East. You need to pre-book in advance at the Guest Relations office. On arrival, we had a glass of cold karkade (hibiscus tea).
For starters, we had a tasty freshly made flat bread with a selection of dips including humus, haydari, babaganough, taboula, muhammara.
For mains, we went for an Adana kebab and chicken tandoori. They were good, not exquisite. We would have liked to see more spices in the kebab as it did feel a bit bland.
We also sampled a selection of oriental desserts including baklava, kunafa and basbusa. They were good also and left us with a sweet taste at the end.
This is an a la carte restaurant where you can enjoy delicious Mediterranean cuisine and have lots of seafood. You need to pre-book in advance at the Guest Relations office.
The food was good. You are presented with a few choices from the menu and a few rolls and dips to eat whilst waiting for the food.
We chose the ravioli filled with meet as a hot starter. The pasta was way too thick and al dente for our liking so we chose to wait for the mains.
The mains did not disappoint. I had the seafood selection and it was a seafood buffet on a plate – amazing. All beautifully cooked and plentiful.
Paul had a beef steak which was also well cooked however, they only do it well done. We suspect they don’t mature their beef hence they might not be able to cook it like so from a health and safety point.
Desserts were good, Paul had the apple strudel and I had an interpretation of a Tiramisu. They were light and cleansed the palette after a hefty meal.
This is the beach restaurant and is a bit more casual than the others. Here you can find a selection of salads, fish, chicken, beef, side dishes, cheese toasties and desserts. We visited this place a few times for lunch as it offers good food and amazing views towards the beach.
In the evening, this becomes another a la carte restaurant where you can enjoy street food, tapas, light bites and so on. We didn’t dine in the evening but if you want to, you need to pre-book in advance at the Guest Relations office.
There are two other places which we didn’t visit during our stay. These are The Steak House a la carte restaurant and the Tower Coffee House.
We were actually looking forward to the Coffee House based on our experience from a similar TUI Magic Life in Alanya; hence we were disappointed to hear it was closed for the time we were there.
Wunderbar and Terrace Bar
This is the place to be in the evenings. These bars are right next to reception and the main restaurant. Wunderbar is air-conditioned and the Terrace Bar is where some of the evening entertainments take place or where everyone goes after the evening shows.
Lots of drinks and cocktails to choose from, carefully crafted by the bar tenders. I enjoyed many Pina Coladas and Almaza Coladas here (haha).
Coral Beach Bar
Needless to say, we spent most of our time at the beach and at the beach bar. Plenty of drinks and cocktails to choose from. During the day, we consumed a lot of ice coffees and slushies to keep cool.
Once a week, the entertainment team organises a Beach Party and this bar stays opened till late. Very similar to our experience in Punta Cana, beach service and table service is offered, which is great!
Activity Pool Bar
This bar is conveniently located in the middle of the hotel, next to the main pool and kids pool. We don’t usually spend time at the pool but did sit down for some coffee and drinks during the day.
Relax Pool Bar
There is a Relax Pool next to which the Relax Pool Bar is located. This area was 16+ only and a bit unusual for us as there was no noise and not even music, hence the name Relax Bar.
This is another nice air-conditioned place where you can chill. A bit darker and not so busy, so good to relax from the crowds. We sat down for a cup of coffee to escape the heat.
The Club Lounge
Located next to the main terrace, this place is great to cool off during the hot evenings and after the evening entertainment. It’s opened overnight and after 10pm you can also find sandwiches here, in case you get hungry during the night.
Beach and Coral Reef
When going on a beach holiday, the beach is always very important to us as we spend a lot of time there. This hotel in Sharm El-Sheikh has it all – long sandy beach with beautiful coral reef where you can snorkel all day long.
We were really impressed by the private beach where you can find sun beds, umbrellas and windbreakers. Apparently during winter there is strong wind, hence why windbreakers are provided.
We don’t think there was strong wind during our stay but found the windbreakers very useful as they provide more privacy.
At the beach you can also find a towel station from where you can rent a towel (using your card provided at check-in). We had our own towels but if you prefer to travel light or forget to bring your beach towel, you don’t need to worry about this as you can always rent.
The water is crystal clear and very enjoyable for swimming. The entrance to the water could be a bit rough, so we strongly recommend wearing aqua shoes, these were life savers!
Also be aware of the tide, during low tide the water almost disappears. We saw this on some YouTube videos, so were mentally prepared for this plus we are used to monitoring the low and high tides when going to Southend-on-Sea during the summer. This affects all the hotels, so it’s not specific to Magic World Sharm.
The Coral Reef
One of the main reasons we chose this hotel in Sharm El-Sheikh is because of its house reef. The beautiful coral reef is 30 meters deep and is easily accessible by the hotel’s pier. We found it really enjoyable snorkelling in the afternoon as the sea was very calm.
Don’t worry, if you don’t snorkel you can still enjoy the reef and a lot of colourful fish from the pier as the water is crystal clear. If you do want to try snorkelling, you can easily buy snorkelling equipment online or buy on the spot from the hotel’s shop.
Overall, snorkelling was great and we think you should definitely try it. We took some nice photos under water with our action camera, so you can enjoy the visuals as well.
During our stay in Sharm, we also did a boat trip to Ras Muhammad National Park, which was sold to us as an excellent diving and snorkelling destination.
The trip was great and it also made us realise how good the hotel house reef is as we saw the same corals and fish in the National Park as well.
The hotel has three pools including a relaxing pool and an activity pool with an integrated kids pool.
Activity Pool and Kids Pool
The main pool of the hotel is the activity pool, next to which you can find the kids pool. We didn’t really spend much time at the pool but attended the pool party which was organised by the entertainment team. It was a fun party and we actually enjoyed it more than we thought we will.
In the activity pool you can also play water polo, volleyball or attend the aqua gym classes. Most of these activities are organised around mid-day when the sun is strong, so make sure you have a hat and plenty of sunscreen.
To escape the noise and the crowds or if you want to read a book, you can spend time in the Relax Pool. Our balcony offered a great view towards this pool, although we only spent around 15 minutes here.
This area is for 16+ only and a bit unusual for us as there was no noise and not even music. It was really quiet there (as it’s meant to be).
The hotel offers a wide range of amenities including a Kids Zone and Teens Zone, so if you are going on a family holiday, there are plenty of activities for kids and teens to enjoy.
You can even find the Magic Cats Club dedicated to the hotel’s cats (although you can rarely find the cats there). If you love cats, then you will enjoy this hotel as well.
On the hotel grounds, there are a number of shops for essential buys, souvenirs, jewellery and perfumes as well as a photographer to capture your holiday moments. There is a doctor on call and laundry service which is pretty standard for these types of hotels.
By the beach, you will also find the diving centre where you can arrange diving excursions and experiences to different sites in the area with qualified professionals.
Closer to the beach, you will see an open space where fitness classes such as yoga, pilates, dance aerobics take place. You can also take advantage of the gym and the spa facilities during your stay.
The only time we visited the spa was on our last day as there are shower facilities there. In our case, our flight was late in the evening, so we checked out in the morning and had a full day at the beach, knowing we can shower and get ready before departure.
Entertainment and Activities
Back in the days, the perception of an all-inclusive holiday was very much associated with the food and drinks on offer. An all-inclusive holiday is a lot more than this and when looking for a hotel, you should also consider the entertainment and activities that are included.
The entertainment team in this hotel was great, it reminded us of the entertainment team we had in our hotel in Kusadasi, Turkey – lots of day activities and amazing evening shows every night (except Sunday). Here are our highlights:
We were a bit sceptical about the pool party but actually enjoyed it a lot. Balloons, water guns, colourful balls and lively music, followed by cocktails – what it is not to enjoy about this? The pool party took place in the main activities pool.
Evening Beach Party
Another highlight was the evening beach party where we saw fire show performances, had live music entertainment and finished off with late night dances by the beach.
It was great! That night the pool bar was opened till late as well.
There are also a lot of sport activities you can do and play at the hotel – archery, football, tennis, table tennis, basketball, water polo, aqua gym to name a few. We particularly enjoyed archery and even had a little tournament between both of us.
Daily Hotel Tour
The hotel also offers daily hotel tours. We joined this on our first day so we can familiarise ourselves with the hotel grounds, restaurants, bars, amenities etc.
The tour took around 30 minutes and was an excellent introduction to the hotel and what’s on offer.
The tour ended at the tower of the hotel, where we enjoyed beautiful views from above of the hotel and the surrounding area.
Weekly Kitchen Tour
A real highlight of our stay was the kitchen tour. We have always wondered what a kitchen looks like at an all-inclusive hotel. It’s the first time we see a hotel offering a tour of the kitchen facilities, so we absolutely had to join this.
We found out more about the different sections of the kitchen, how food is prepared, the hygiene level that all staff members need to follow, at what temperature the food is served and much more. This tour was so impressive, that we even wrote a separate article about this.
Read our article “Inside an All-Inclusive Kitchen” for more details about the kitchen at an all-inclusive hotel.
Our Experience at Hotel Magic World Sharm – Club by Jaz
We were extremely happy with our hotel choice and would definitely recommend this place to friends and family. Great location, excellent food, outstanding service, wide sandy beach, beautiful coral reef, diverse range of entertainment and activities, comfortable room equipped with all you need and much more!
Many people told us that Egypt is not a suitable destination during the summer, due to the high temperatures, but we will have to disagree here. Yes, it was hot but 38°C – 40°C in Egypt is much better than 35°C in London.
As we visited during the “low season”, there were plenty of sunbeds available at the beach, no queues at the restaurants, we received outstanding service and felt like valued customers. We truly experienced the Egyptian hospitality and would like to specially thank the following staff members:
- Moustafa and Antonious who served us at Downtown, Sofra and The Flavour
- Elmohaymi and Mustafa who looked after us in the Magico restaurant
- Moustafa who took care of us at the beach and told us a lot about the Egyptian culture and customs
- Ayman Abdel Wanees and Kateryna Polshyna who conducted the tour of the kitchen.
If we are to think about downsides, probably the only thing worth mentioning is the Wi-Fi. Internet wasn’t widely available in the hotel or the signal was very weak. Even at reception, there was no signal and a very weak connection in the room.
Perhaps we had higher expectations about the internet, based on our hotel experience in Paphos, Cyprus. Some might argue that lack of internet is a positive as we are on holiday and it’s a good way to disconnect and enjoy some quality time. You can decide if this is a good or a bad thing.
We can’t speak highly enough about this hotel, the staff and the service we received throughout. Fantastic food, excellent location with wide sandy beach and house reef and enjoyable entertainment during the day and in the evenings are only some of the things to mention.
With wide range of bars, restaurants and amenities, the hotel is designed to satisfy every type of traveller. We believe hotel Magic World Sharm – Club by Jaz is suitable for couples, families and solo travellers.
In our opinion, Magic World Sharm – Club by Jaz is a strong contender for one of the best hotels to stay in Sharm El-Sheikh and best hotel for snorkelling. We would recommend and would happily return again.
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