Adam skimming stones
With Amr and Fatma staying in the Hilton Waterfalls resort we decided to spend the day there with them. From outside the resort looks pretty small but inside it is enormous. Carrying what seemed like our entire house we had to walk from the car park to the lobby as they do not allow cars to enter. Exiting out of the large lobby we slowly walked around a large swimming pool that had a sign, “No children” I remember a discussion between Fatma, Amr, Yasmine and myself about how relaxed everyone around the pool looked!
Meena starting the day on beach
Meena in the sea
An inflatable crocodile always comes in handy
We entered a cable car that took us from the top of the resort all the way to a large swimming pool at the bottom. The resort was filled with three story buildings that had little balconies facing the sea. The view was as striking as usual of the sea as we arrived at the last stop in the cable car. We walked around the large swimming pool and out onto a grass area that had people playing volleyball. Still down further steps we descended to the beach where Amr and Fatma were sat.
Seif and Meena tour the bay on the crocodile
Yasmine, Fatma and Amr taking a break on the beach
Adam after walking along the bridge to the pontoon
Once the kids were all dressed and had sun tan cream on they headed into the shallow water around the beach. The water was very shallow for a long way which was safe for the kids although it was quite rocky underneath. Large beautifully colored fish still swam close to the shore much to the excitement of the children. Amr had brought an inflatable crocodile which proved to provide the entertainment for a full ten minutes!
Adam out on the pontoon
Adam taking a quick swim
Meena masked up and ready to go
First Seif and Meena took a trip before Adam decided to join them capsizing the crocodile. Adam and Meena are both older than Seif. Seif’s sister Sheriffa is still only 18 months. Once the crocodile fun was over Adam wanted to to head out along the long man made bridge to the floating pontoon in the depths of the sea.
Seems the accident hasn't slowed her down at all!
Comfortable in the water with her snorkel and mask
Yasmine heading out to swim
Along the wobbly bridge I walked first with Meena and Adam. The temperature was already hitting forty degrees and it was only twelve o’clock. Out on the pontoon the sea was deep and very clear. You could see all the colors of the fish very clearly swimming around the reef that was under the pontoon. Adam was fist to start running and jumping off the pontoon and into the water. Of course Meena couldn’t allow her brother have all the fun so she put on her mask and kept leaping into the water. It seems that her little accident is long forgotten as she is back to her fearless best.
Adam jumping off the pontoon
The Hilton Waterfalls resort is huge and beautifully landscaped
The Hilton Waterfall resort
Soon Yasmine and the rest of our crowd had joined us on the pontoon. Yasmine, Fatma and Meena went snorkeling along the reef. I sat and chatted with Amr about the resort and his new job in Cairo. The heat was quickly too much for us though and we soon joined everyone in the water. After an hour on the pontoon the kids wanted to play in the swimming pool. With the large pool being salt water this meant a trek back up the resort to the lobby where we were told there was yet another swimming pool.
Meena jumping into the pool
Seif by the swimming pool
Yasmine and Meena in the pool
We found the pool after covering every square inch of the resort and the kids were in the water before the towels were on the beds. With three areas in the pool and one being a jacuzzi everyone, finally, was happy. Discussion moved to what we were doing later and a trip into Naama bay was suggested. This is not really ideal with children but we said we would go early before the crowds of party goers would appear. The trip started out ominously with Amr and Fatma having trouble with their kids falling a asleep. Our group headed to Naama Bay agreeing to meet with Amr and Fatma at a restaurant in Naama Bay.
Adam having a snack with Suzy
We found our usual parking space in Naama Bay. This consisted of bribing the policeman on the barrier to let us park our car in the empty street behind. You have to love this country! Crossing the road proved even more a challenge than usual due to having the kids with us. Suzy, Yasmine and Adam nearly got hit by a car that changed lanes or at least left the lanes and nearly mounted the curb where they were stood. The interesting thing was the driver was a policeman! That didn’t bode well. Finally getting across one side we were now stuck in the middle of the road. We saw a gap in the traffic and decided to cross. I was carrying Meena and was in front when a taxi came from a side street and he was not looking and I moved out the way just in time but he still managed to hit my arm. It sounded worse than it was as it actually didn’t hurt but Suzy, incensed by this, took out her frustration on the nearest policeman. Unfortunately no one had got the taxi number so that was the end of that.
Fatma, Yasmine, Seif, Shariffa and Meena in the pool
Into the street in Naama Bay which is filled with shops, restaurants and people trying to hustle you into their place. The lights were more dazzling, more decorative and brighter than oxford street at christmas. We finally found an italian restaurant and sat down. Amr and Fatma finally arrived but their children were still both asleep. Then the comedy of errors continued. Francis the nanny got lost in the shops, Adam fell asleep in his pasta and my stomach was doing turns like a washing machine on super cycle!
Adam having a rest after hours of fun in the pool
At home I spent the evening in quite a lot of discomfort from my stomach. The kids were already excited about the fact that tomorrow would be a trip to the aqua park which they had been begging for since we arrived. Amr had made arrangements with a friend of his and we would be going in the morning. Suzy would be taking a day out of the sun because she was beginning to feel crispier than a rasher of bacon and I was praying stomach is up to it by tomorrow!