This summer I visited Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, with a few of my Uni housemates to celebrate finishing our final year exams. We paid £550 for flights (easyjet), an all-inclusive stay at the four star hotel, Oriental Rivoli Hotel, and airport transfers, which we found off of Teletext Holidays and I thought was a rather reasonable price. (N.B. when booking through Teletext, they will try to add on extra charges to their websites quoted prices, as these do not include baggage etc.. but if you are persistent with them, you can just take hand luggage with you and avoid the extra costs).
The hotel was good value for money, the staff were friendly and helpful and the rooms were great (we particularly enjoyed the various towel sculptures left out for us each time our room was cleaned). However, if you are looking for a five star resort, this hotel is not for you. The hotel has three pools, the pictures capture the main pool where the food and drinks were based. The all-inclusive feature includes, a buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner which is held within the hotel, and drinks are available from 10am-10pm at the pool bar. Drinks do include alcoholic drinks which I will say are generous with regards to their alcoholic content, but not necessarily pleasant to drink (i.e. if you are just after getting smashed, they will be perfect for you).
Our hotel was a 5 minute walk away from Na'ama Bay (the beach), and the hotel owned a certain part of the beach, supplying you with complimentary sun loungers and parasols. The sea at Na'ama Bay is crystal clear, with a large array of colourful fishes a few metres out. There are also a lot of water sports on offer, including banana boats, parasailing and water skiing. Lucky for us, due to a number of factors, the time of year (June) and Egypt's recent political unrest, we did not find the beach or any parts of Sharm overcrowded.
The centre of Sharm was a 15 minute walk from the hotel, which was rather pleasant in the evenings, but I wouldn't recommend it during the midday heat, besides which, there is a lot more happening in the evenings so it would not be worth your while to go during the daytime. I will say, that if you plan to book any activities or excursions whilst you are in Sharm (i.e. snorkelling trips, scuba diving courses, camel rides etc..) the closer you go into the centre of town, the cheaper you will find them. We learnt this the hard way, by buying a snorkelling day trip for £250 (egyptian) which is roughly £25 (english) within the hotel, when we could have bought the same excursion for £15 (english) if we had looked elsewhere, closer to the town centre.
Sharm has a rather vivid nightlife, from beach foam parties and shisha lounges to the big clubs like 'Pasha' and 'Hard Rock Cafe', so there is something for everyone. We preferred the shisha lounges (see picture above) as they combined a relaxed, laid back atmosphere of shisha and cocktails, with the a small dance floor, where staff and customers get an opportunity to dance together and let their hair down (plus entry is free which is a bonus, as opposed to the clubs which are probably only worth visiting if you can find a holiday rep to get you entry at a discount rate).
Overall I would say that Sharm is definitely worth a visit, the weather is incredible (highs between 35-45 degrees), the locals are really friendly, there are a large range of activities to engage with but if you are simply looking for a beach holiday then you are sorted in that sense too. However, I am not sure if I would go back anytime soon, simply because I think a week was enough to get the most out of the area. I believe that I managed to get the most out of what Sharm had to offer within that week, although others may disagree.