Plane Spotting Sharm El Sheikh

Hilton Sharks Bay
Is probably one of the best hotels to spot from in Sharm. The hotel is split into two sections, old and new section. The old section of the hotel is on the sea front and has a small sandy beach and has three swimming pools, and the new section of the hotel has 4 swimming pools and is located nearest the airport runway. The new side of the hotel is the side you need to ask for when you make the booking.

When you make the booking ask for a room in in block 4, All rooms in this section starting with 41.., (4 being the block, and 1 being 1st floor), all have a front balcony outside your room door facing the airport, and all have a balcony inside your room over looking the pool. Note Rooms starting 40.. are on the ground floor and you will see nothing apart from plants !!!, meaning a walk up the stairs to the 1st floor to see the airport

Location: *** Located on the southern perimeter of the airport
Spotting: *** Movements can be seen from the room. Most can be read off, a SBS is useful in darknes or when heat haze is severe.
Photos: ** Distant phots can be had. A 400 lens is recommended, however cropping may be required and heat haze causes problem at certain times of the day.
Value:  
Book: The hotel can be booked through  AGODA OR Booking.com
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Plane Spotting Sharm El Sheikh

View from the balcony of room 4128 at The Hilton Sharks Bay. Credit Paul Moiserhttp://worldwidephotos.pm.fotopic.net/


Royal Holiday Beach Resort and Casino (ex Sonesta Beach Resort)
Located at Naama Bay, under the final approach at around 3 miles. The hotel is all inclusive and an excellent location for a relaxing family holiday
Location: ** Located on a 3 mile final to the airport.
Spotting: *** If the landing direction is over the hotel (75% of the time) many aircraft can be read off from the pool with your naked eye. Blocks 2800,2900 and 3000 are best for spotting from their large balcony’s

Report from David Collins

Sonesta Beach La Royle: This is the ‘posher’ part of the sonesta beach complex. If you take someone with you that enjoys a bit of luxury, this is not to be missed, superb rooms with balcony, and if requested a room with a ‘view’ the hotel are very helpful, we had 5121 which overlooked the pool and all arriving/ departing came just to the right. I did do some searching and found 5259 was probably the best, one floor higher and no roof to the balcony so the numerous OTT’s can be viewed easily. There is a busy airlane over and with sbs all can be seen.

We had one week there in Feb, the temp was good, high 70-90 over the week and at 260 sterling for 7 nights, all inclusive, was the bargain of the year. As we departed the receptionist even asked to see my log!

Photos: ** Take with caution as security at the hotel and resort is tight, however shots like shown below are possible.
Value:  
Book: Further details on this hotel can be found through the following link which takes you directly to the hotel BOOKING.COM OR AGODA
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Plane Spotting Hotel Sharm El Sheikh
Typical approach shot from the Sonesta Beach Resort. Credit Dave Rose http://www.dtvmovements.co.uk/

The Sierra Sharm
Located in Sharks Bay in the vicinity of the Concorde Hotel shown below
Location: ** Opposite the holding point for Runway 04R
Spotting: *** An airport facing room ensures that you will identify nearly all of the traffic when it is moving.
Photos: ** From room 2502 was able to photo everything taxying out for take off when using northerly runway 04R as wind is predominately from the north. The hotel is very good, all inclusive. You are not able to take landing shots as hotel is opposite holding point for 04R. You would get good shots as aircraft are turning off the runway if using 22L. I would like to stress you need a good digital camera for taxying shots as the holding points has palm trees in the way. It is much better to photograph when taxying from terminal area opposite. SBS was used in the hotel, the hotel was ok with it.
Value: * Room only prices start at around £118 per night. Credit: James Rose (please mention you booked as a result of this write up asI said I would promote hotel in England to hotel manager thank you)
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Hotel Concord El Salam
Is located on the southern airport perimeter. Certain rooms have views of the Runway 04R touchdown zone. The hotel is reported to have a very large pool complex and is ideal for families.
Location: ***  Located on the southern perimeter of the airport
Spotting: *** It is reported that the ruynway 04R touchdown point can be seen from certain rooms. Ask for an airport, or mountain facing room.
Photos: ** No reports, however the vicinity to the airport may well give opportunities from the hotel grounds. Note, as this is also an Egyptian Air Base it is recommended that you do not venture outside of the hotel grounds to obtain photos from the perimeter.
Value:  
Book: Further details on this hotel can be found through the following link which takes you directly to the hotel booking.com or AGODA
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Sunrise Island Garden Resort
Is located on the southern airport perimeter next door to the Hotel Concord Sports above
Location: ***  Located on the southern perimeter of the airport
Spotting: *** No specific reports from this hotel, however a complaint on trip advisor advises that the aircraft flew so close you could almost see the people sitting in the cockpit!
Photos: ** No reports, however the vicinity to the airport may well give opportunities from the hotel grounds. Note, as this is also an Egyptian Air Base it is recommended that you do not venture outside of the hotel grounds to obtain photos from the perimeter.
Value:  
Book: Further details on this hotel can be found through the following link which takes you directly to the hotel  AGODA 
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Hilton Dreams
Is located in the lively resort of Nama Bay which is under the approach/climb out from the airport
Location: ** Located on about a 4 mile final/climb out from Sharm El Sheikh.
Spotting: ** It is reported that you can read off aircraft whilst sitting by the pool
Photos: ** No reports, however with a telephoto lens shots should be possible from the hotel complex if traffic is landing over the resort
Value:  
Book: Further details on this hotel can be found at  AGODA 
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Other hotels in the Nama Bay area may offer views of the action, a comprehensive list can be found HERE


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