Domina Coral Bay Oasis
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This was my first foray into running a package holiday company. It started out innocently enough, by trying to organise a week of summer sun in Sharm El-Sheik for a group of friends. I learnt first hand, long before the credit crunch arrived, of the credit risk involved in ordinary business ventures (though this was of course a not for profit …
... had gone flat and the computer refusing to do anything. Having fallen asleep so early Jo was wide awake at 0300 and actually went for a nocturnal wander around the ship in search of a cup of tea. She managed to find tea but no hot water, actually between 0200 and 0400 there is no form of nourishment available on the ship, continental breakfast starts at 0400. Nick was up at twenty past 5 having accidentally had his 8 hours sleep and in the gym for opening time at six ...
Only a 4 1/2 hour flight, arrive earlier than normal so a couple of hours sunlight left. Interesting journey via taxi to the hotel, which included having to get out of it as we got grounded on a sleeping policeman! Hotel is very spread out, nice gardens. First rooms not to good but the girls manage secure new ...
... I would be more than happy to stay awhile. It's hard to believe that in 2004 a terrorist drove a truck into the lobby of this hotel and detonated a bomb, killing 34 and injuring hundreds. Not incidentally, we go through several layers of security to get into the hotel. But I doubt the place is much of a target now, seeing we're about the only guests here.
We have the afternoon free, so Bruce and I try relaxing on the beach for a bit. That's when we get hit ...
... 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...
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Having just returned From Domina Coral Bay resort after 2 weeks i am glad to be able to eat some fresh healthy food!
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 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.
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.
just back from Domina coral bay oasis with family, HB
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 !