Domina Coral Bay Oasis
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The reason I love Sharm el-Sheikh so much is it's a holiday mecca! The place - a gorgeous sea view beach setting - has everything you need for a relaxing holiday. Yes it's nice to see the locals and culture on holidays, but here you don't experience the down sides of this. From clubbing to quading in the desert, diving to fine food, this place has everything for an enjoyable ...
... here are indeed crystal clear. Unfortunately I didn't see many big things aside from a few turtles. It is good diving though, and I'll probably come back here some day. I did 2 dives in the Straits of tiran, which sits between sharm and the island of tiran. The island of tiran is contested territory between egypt and Saudi Arabia. Apparently the island is famous for being the second most land mined piece of land in the world, so we stayed on the boat during our surface ...
... between them. Shortly after this the Rwandan civil war between the Hutus and the Tutsis began and Professor Mann had to escape. At one stage he had to hide behind a bush for a week with only chewed vegetation for nutrition. Eventually he met two American journalists who took him by car to
the airport. On the way they survived a burst of fire, close range, from an AK47 which injured all three of them. All this was before lunch which we had in the Britannia Restaurant. Jo then ...
... get stung by them or not.
We did not see anything to buy except for saffron so we headed back to the shuttle.
We dined in Signatures and enjoyed sharing a table with another couple from Canada. We had a great time and also enjoyed our dinners.
Tomorrow we will be sailing through the Suez Canal which has also been in our bucket.
Until next time...
... The sound became more intense. I was a little confused and could not figure out what it was. Down at deeper depths a diver can suffer from something that's called Nitrogen Narcosis. This means that the body absorbs as much nitrogen as you get a kick out of it. A bit like being drunk or high on something. But since I could think clearly and knew what I was doing all the time, it was none of that.
The light in my peripheral ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Domina Coral Bay Oasis Sharm El-Sheikh
Ok hotel. Terrible diving
Just spent 1 week in the Oasis. Staff very polite, food is ok, location and bay very beautiful. The hotel includes shopping facilities a sort of mall arab style. A bit pricy but still contributes to create a good atmosphere. Do not use the local diving center. Very expensive if compared with other dive centers outside the hotel but above with staff of very little professionalism. Do not play with safety go somewhere else.
Not a 5 star hotel
My boyfriend and myself stayed at this so called 5 star resort. We stayed at a lovely sea view room twin room, our package included breakfast and dinner at the coral bay resto. The good thing about the place is they always keep it clean. This I attest to the fact that we didnt need an alarm clock to keep us awake in the morning as our room cleaner knocked on our door desperate to use his brush and mop,this reminded me that I should use the hanging door messages provided.I'm still confused as why they have to follow the so called Domina or Coral time for our breakfast and dinner. Even the glass boat cruise we were suppose to go was on domina time and not egyptian time. (take note also of the prices they charge on their tourist trips which we find expensive. Head to a travel agency in Naama Bay and you get a reasonable price). Domina time is the resort time which they follow and its less than an hour from egyptian time. I learned my lesson when I went to get breakfast and realised that I was an hour late,on domina time. Even the check out time was on domina time too, so if you were suppose to check out at 12pm, that means you should be out of your room at 11am, get it? My boyfriend looks forward for his breakfast/dinner..due to the fact that the russians wear little else to the imagination. I've never been to a resort thinking its a thong competition. I guess you always have to see the funny side of it. Dont try to open doors for them as you wont get a thank you.
Snorkelling was really good,you can rent the gear at the resort for a day. But be warned if you head for the beach for some peace and tranquility, you wont get that on the main area where they play volley ball as there's always activities going on with the music blaring. Either its a gym, yoga or salsa class. Best go to the floating area near the beach restaurant.
Naama Bay is just 10 minutes away and we have to haggle to 1/2 price for a taxi.But make sure that you have enough 5 pounds as they always say they dont have any change.
We ate on one of the Jolie Ville restaurants near the marina on our last night, food and atmosphere was good and price was reasonable. These is the tourist area where you can also find KFC, Baskin & Robbins and Hard Rock Cafe. There's also a bar called Little Buddha and you can also find the Pascha Club.
Superb Resort !!
We booked the hotel on the internet the night before travelling and upon reaching the hotel grounds we noticed how green and lush the grounds were. It was very well maintained . Our room had a sea view it was Oasis apartments Rm 34310 had excellent views of the resort and the bay.The room was clean and spacious. It had small Tv and fridge(not stocked).As the resort is set on a 7km grounds their are mini bus which take you around the resort and you simply hop on and off. Hotel is divided in four sections depending of the type of room you book.
Our room was perfect, location wise, as it was close to everything A short but very sceinic walk to the beach and heated pool area. One thing which amazed us was the size of the Jetty (you need to see it to believe it)It had Two swimming pools built in it and could hold about 150 people on the jetty with loungers for sun bathing.EXCELLENT!! The jetty area also had life guards at least 4 It was that big so very safe for the littlens. Snorkling simply Brill!!
The pool area was also nice with sport activities and bar and restraunts surrounding it.
All in all Domina Coral Bay is an Excellent choice as you really don't need to venture out of the resort, however if you do then you can easily get the taxi at the reception area for about EGP40 or about EGP20 from outside.The hotel has many restraunts and nightly activities and bazaars to keep you entertained. They also have their own time zone ie: 1 hour ahead of local time so need to get up early to have that breakfast as it all finishes at 9.30 local time. Staff are friendly and courteous. This hotel does cater for many italians and russians however we met quite a few brits also. English is widely spoken amongst staff. ENJOY!!
Huge resort get to know it first, average service but safe and clean
Stayed for 7 nights 20th Oct 2005 in Oasis Rooms 33239 & 33240! Yep there's that many rooms in the place and they are planning on expanding it. The first two digits give you a clue - they reflect the "zone" that you are in.
Realise that the place is a self contained compound consisting of several "sub" hotels of varying quality to satisfy different budgets.
Beach: lovely but due to the coral reef being a conservation area and literally on the shore, access is via a floating podium with built in pools or a carved access through the reef itself. Snorkelling is to die for - fantastic aquatic life at your finger tips! So no jumping straight into the water without facing the wrath of the local (and numerous) whistle blowing wardens.
Bars:- several to chose from and night views across the site are lovely - well lit and romantic too.
All food and drink on site is charged to your room so keep track of the receipts - with family of 5 we payed £430 sterling for evening meals and drinks for the week. Judge for yourself if that's expensive (breakfast was included in the room rate.)
Note: we were with a dive group and out of the site most of the day on the boat. Diving was fantastic but it did mean we "got out" of the site which I would seriously recommend lest you miss out the sights in Sharm itself and the local bays. You will notice significantly cheaper pricing outside the hotel - but I guess you can expect this for service etc.
Food:- nothing to write home about - ample and varied to cater for the multiple nationalities. The main restaurant was the Coral Bay where meals were provided for the package deals. As I said - basic but OK and have as much as you want as its all self service. On the plus side the LE100 fee was waived for children at dinner time (i.e we paid as we went)
The other restaurants were again OK (kids favourite was the pizza/Italian one which was fine.
The only problem we faced that was a real pain was that our rooms although air conditioned had noisy "filtration" system running continuously even though the air con was switched off. Never managed to figure out why and the engineer's broken english didn't help - My wife being a light sleeper simply couldn't cope and it got to me after the first couple of hours. So I insisted that the engineers (who in fairness turned up at 1 in the morning) turn off the system completely. This they did - silencing the problem once and for all. NOte that the others in the group didn't have this problem so may just have been where we were situated and the fact that we are used to no noise at night living in the country.
All in all it was an adequate hotel, secure (given the bombings recently), clean and most things available. No tipping all the time due to the way the rooms were charged. I agree with the other reviewer about the rudeness of some of the Russian or Estonians but I must admit it was quite funny seeing these same people parading in stilletoes and make up at breakfast time! Worth the bland breakfast food any time!
Great Weather - Rubbish Food!
Having just returned From Domina Coral Bay resort after 2 weeks i am glad to be able to eat some fresh healthy food!
Having read some of the reviews prior to our holiday i must admit i was concerned about what we were letting ourselves in for!
The good points: weather was great every day / snorkelling fantastic / grounds and rooms kept clean and tidy / lots of pools to choose from / english film channel on tv!/ kids mini disco at 9.15pm each night was a hit wth our toddler / good security in and around the hotel / fridge in room.
Bad points: some staff were very rude / other clients mainly russian and italian were very rude and often pushed infront or closed doors in your face! / taf taf buses do not allow for push chairs so be prepared to walk alot! / the food in the main restaurant was terrible - all of our party were ill at some point during the 2 weeks / the italian and grill restaurants were not much better but at least you had a waiter serve you! - we still got ill from the food in these restaurants though / beach not kid friendly as you can only access the sea via the floating platform due to the reef / the shop does not sell any alcohol so you have to pay bar prices or room service to keep drinks in your room - go to Naama bay to get supplies! / You only have 48 hrs to get duty free when you arrive so either get it on the plane or make sure you go straight into town as they count the day you arrive as the first 24 hours even if you arrive at 10pm at night!
We enjoyed the holiday because of the company and the weather but the food was terrible and hopeless if you are vegetarian!
We would go back to Sharm but not to this hotel - not sure which hotel we would choose but we'll definitely be taking more notice of the the reiviews before we book anything in future!
Stay in another hotel!!
This was our second visit to Sharm (a beautiful sea and very friendly/ welcoming people) but our first to Domina Coral. It was the week after the bombs and it was clear that many tourists (generally the Italians) stayed away. By the end of our stay I felt that the hotel management had made a conscious decision to rip off everyone who was there to try to make up for lost customers!
We arrived in the evening and, having read a review on this site about how far rooms can be from the beach, we decided to upgrade. About 15 minutes on and the clerk checking us in still furiously typing away into a computer we asked if we can leave him to sort it out while we go get something to eat as the main restaurants were about to close. We came back over an hour later and he'd not upgraded us yet!
We had 3 rooms (teenage boy and girl each in a room) and they were lovely. The minibar had soft drinks and water which we decided were reasonably priced and so allowed them to use it.
The upgrading, clearly, wasn't done properly- we were left registered under the original rooms and were met with suspicion at braekfast and at each to the restaurants we tried on the hotel grounds. No apology on their part- we felt as though we were trying to cheat them- and no-one ever corrected it so that it didn't go on happening. The main resturant was absolutely dreadful. The Italian pizzeria/trattoria was better though when my son's tuna steak came with scales and I mentioned it to the Italian manager (who came by to ask if everything was alright) his reply was simply "it's fish- what do you expect?" One of the waiters noticed this and was extremely apologetic and gave us fruit on the house at the end of the meal. The grill (you sit inside) round the corner from it was excellent- the lamb chops and grilled chicken were very tasty!!
Everyday (at times more than once a day!) someone came round to check the minibar and I signed for all 3 rooms. BEWARE- make sure you keep copies till you've cheked out!!! Our bill was over 3/4 times what we consumed. The bills were produced and I was horrified to see the additions that were made to them AFTER I signed for them!! The reception staff are extremely unfriendly.
There are lots and lots of hotels in Sharm- stay in one of them instead!!
5 star? joking!!
We have just returned from the Domina Coral Bay Oasis on Thursday, 22Sept,2005 after a week there and were not really impressed at all with the hotel.
Upon arrival we were given a map of the complex and did we need it, it is huge. On the map the Oasis was described as a '5 star economy'. That is a exageration of the truth as it is a 3 star at most, thats if i was generous!
The rooms were of a decent standard, but never could be classed as 5star ,although they were kept clean.
The food was poor, so bad in fact after day 3 we ate out rather than endure the poor standard on offer.
The prices of everything in the shops were also significantly higher than anywhere else in Naama Bay.
Prior to going I had a knee operation and partially booked the hotel for the fitness equipment on offer. At no point did it say there would be a fee. Well there was, the hotel wanted 20 euro's per day!!
It didn't help with the location of our apartments ,although they were near to the reception, we had to endure a half mile walk to the pool each day, uphill on the way back, this route not being covered by the 'taf-taf' buses that drove round the complex.
Also we were told we could use any of the pools, again a slight untruth ,the one next to our apartment was for use of kings lake residents only, even though it was always empty!
Would I go again?
ONLY if i could get an upgrade to a sultan or kings lake suite, otherwise no!
Worst hotel stayed in
Just got back from the Oasis and found it horrid.The complex is large and overcrowded, far too many people to fit in to the 1 small pool allocated to this hotel.Restaurant is large but very noisy with all the people in there. Staff are not very friendly, saw several arguments with waiters to guests over bills! Bed linen was dirty and had stains on the sheets!Towles were dirty and not changed every day, hence having the same dirt stains on them for 2 days! Could not find much evening entertainment going on.Not many bars and certainly not relaxing. If you are going to Egypt DO NOT stay here.
Domina-reasonable but expensive
just back from Domina coral bay oasis with family, HB
PLUS POINTS:nice resort, well secured, own 2 km beach with jetty and floating swimming pools, so easy to snorkel just off the jetty, rooms clean, a/c very good, own transport system called TAF-TAF takes you all around the resort which is almost 3 km, big shopping complex within and a supermarket, food at the coral resturant OK, local people are helpful, musallah within the complex
MINUS POINTS:very expensive, esp food, not allowed to take your own drink at meals which are 8 times more exp. than the next door supermarket,
you have to pay for every activity, some excursion prices were more exp. than outside eg glass bottom boats( outside £20/ for a family of 5,inside £50/-)etc, within the resort they have differrent standard hotels and you are not allowed to use their swimming pools etc, so saying that they have 5 pools is all cheat, common pool is small and crowded. Mostly Italian, some Russian and very few British. Donot expect the normal British courtisy from others or you will get upset, eg no sense of 'Q' in lines, selfishness in pools etc,
OVERALL: we were safe at the time of recent trouble but decided not to go to this resort again, if you do wish to go there make sure to upgrade to 'Sultan'
Love that Domina (once you fathom it out)
We booked a last minute, 2 week, half board deal at the Domina Bay. The resort is huge and occupies pretty much all of Sheikh Bay which lies between Naama Bay and the airport. There are free buses to take you round the resort. The resort is Italian owned and about 70% of the guests were Italian, most of the rest were from Eastern Europe. Very few English or Yanks. The resort is about 10 years old, well maintained and, once you fathom out how everything works, was great. The sea has a fabulous coral reef with access mainly from pontoons. There was lots of entertainment in the evenings and young kids seemed well catered for. Our room was great, good sea view and well cleaned and maintained, though number of towels was variable. The resort is very self contained with even its own bazaar where prices seemed similar to Naama. Food was OK at breakfast (we were on the cheapest of the 6 packages on offer) but dinner got a bit repetitive. We bought "dine around" upgrade cards for 3 nights which cost 55 Euros per person and entitled you to dine (but not drink) in 3 of the classy restaurants on site (well worth the money). Wine is hideously expensive but local beer was Ok and about $4 a large bottle. Downsides are that fathoming out all the cards and paperwork you need when you arrive took some time and reception was generally chaotic. As always seems to be the case in Sharm arriving at 10pm does not mean your room will be ready !. The resort has no shuttle bus to Naama though taxis were about $5. The staff were excellent and the only thing to criticise was the pumping out of Euro Disco on the main beach and incessant whistle blowing by life guards to warn off miscreants. The standard of the food in the beach front restaurants was variable with the Neptune by far the best. All in all I would thoroughly recommend but take the time to fathom out how everything works when you arrive !