Reef Oasis Beach Resort
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... wall just a few meters off the coast of our hotel which was amazing, but it was just the start of our incredible underwater adventures here.
Panu’s guest post about diving:
Through my adult life, one of my main phobias has been a fear of drowning. One day while swimming with my elementary school class I had a flotation mat flip on top of me and I panicked because I didn’t know how to get above water again. Since then, there have been numerous times ...
... four days relaxing by the pool after our buffet breakfast. The weather has been beautiful with sunny days of 28. In the evenings we would walk along the beach where all the restaurants and market places were.
Sharm el Sheikh is very clean and geared for tourists. You could forget you were in Egyt except for the hassling for money by the taxi drivers, service people and camel operators.
... is a good thing or not??
Anyway we decided to go for a few more drinks and a couple of games of pool after dinner which was quite cool. But unfortunately it wasn't Gary's night, he was off form and I didn't have enough fire power to carry the team. We came away with a few wins in the end so it was all good.
Time to pack our bags and hit the pillow as we want to get away earlyish tomorrow and head to Cairo.
... of Russia (prior to his rule), hold valuable relics including some remains of St. Katherine.
We visit the museum of religious and historical artifacts which hold many old books, icons, paintings and over 6,000 manuscripts. The Codex Syriacus, dating back to the 4th century, and Codex Sinaiticus, two of the most well-known codices of ancient times, were discovered on this property ...
The Red Sea, believed to have been parted by Moses during the Exodus to allow the Israelites to escape from the Egyptians, is one of the most beautiful places on Earth.
Located at the tip of the Sinai Peninsula is the town of Sharm el Sheikh which grew from virtually nothing in the eighties to the world class Las Vegas style resort it is today (minus the gambling of course). Known as the City of Peace due ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Reef Oasis Beach Resort Sharm El-Sheikh
Never coming again!
Oh My God!!! Reef Oasis is not 5 star. Is not 4 star. Is not even 3 star!!! The sea is wonderful, but everything else - just bad!! The food is not a standard for an all inclusive hotel, the rooms are so-so, but the worst thing is reception and people that work there!!! Another thing is different colors of bracelets that they give to different guests - each country has its own color!!! We are not in the zoo, people! It was so bad, that a lot of people threw their bracelets away!
Animation was for Italians and Germans only, all the rest were ignored! well, good luck, Reef Oasis, but I'm never coming back again!
Huge hotel, Not set up for English
Very impressive hotel on arrival; the biggest I've ever stayed in. Unfortunately we weren't given a map, so the first few days we spent lost! Lovely rooms, food was above average buffets and staff were mostly very friendly. Local wine was undrinkable but spirits and beer were fine and free flowing!
On the downside, English are not catered for at all, so we felt very much the minority and on several occasions annoyed by overbearing Italian "animation" team. The beach wasn't relaxing at all because this, but the pools were beautiful and reasonably peaceful. Snorkelling from the beach was AMAZING and worth the price of the trip!
Myself and my partner has just returned from a very enjoyable stay at the Reef Oasis Beach Resort.
The hotel advertises that there are 3 restaurants although each restaurant actually serves similar food and the choice can become tiresome after 1 week. The food is hot, very average and we did not suffer with an egyption tummy.
The pool areas are very nice, however it is very difficult to find spare sunbeds if you are late risers. The beach is good, there is alot of pretty fish & jelly fish, but don't be put off by the jelly fish as these do not sting.
The evening entertainment is in Italian so if you want to be entertained you may have to get a taxi into Nama Bay (approximately £2.50 each way).
Just returned from a week of hell. There is so much building work going on at the Reef Oasis it's a noisy nightmare. Kango drilling around one swimming pool and the bar near reception is being re-built, so noise all round. The British are not catered for one bit and the place is like a Butlins Holiday camp for Italians. This is not a 5* hotel at all. There are not enought sun-beds and there were daily arguments when people kept reserving beds and not using them.
Great time was had
The hotel and staff were excellent ( 1st. class) Meals and the drink again were 1st.class. I think the hardest thing we done was walking up the hill from the beach to the room. Pool and beach boys done everything for you.Waiters in the bars and restaurants were great as well...Only down point was the animation team didn't talk to you unless you are Italian..Most of the entertainment was also in Italian. But see beyond this and you'll have a great time...
My partner and I recently returned from a week holiday at Reef Oasis and it was wonderful! It was not exceedingly luxurious but the decor was nonetheless classy and the rooms were very comfortable. We had a king sized bed with a good (hard) mattress, everything was clean, the safe was workable, the fridge available to keep our drinks cool (comes empty unless you request it filled up with goodies). The grounds are pretty big, fortunately they provide you with a map and it is not long until you know your way round. Most of the guests are Italian, followed by Russians and Germans and therefore most of the fun activities and shows (they have a small theatre) are in Italian. The guests tended to dress up very nicely in the evenings so make sure you take something more elegant than shorts and t-shirts (our mistake!). For the Brits and other English speaking guests they had more cheesy shows (group dancing to La Bamba and, yes, the 90s hit Saturday Night!). But the last night we were there they had some local dancers including a plump belly dancer so that was a change! The beach chairs go very quickly so you have to get there before 10am! The sand is coarse and it gets very hot in the sun, few people walked around barefooted. Bring the snorkling gear, there are beautiful fish, the hotel is well positioned next to a coral reef just a few metres from the shore. This is a very children-friendly hotel - there are lots of activities for them and the staff is very nice to them. They just opened a spa and we had massages and other beauty treatments, cheap compared to UK and with very friendly staff. The food was ok, given the number of italians the pasta, pizza and coffee were better than usual in foreign resorts. The breakfast was the only downside, the pastries and bread are not very fresh. I tended to have only omlettes and fruit. All food was inclusive in our package and it was weird to walk around with no wallet. On that note, don't bother to exchange much money, they will rather accept USD or EUR or GBP. The egyptian pound was useless while we were there, even outside the hotel locals preferred euros! There are a few tours to Cairo, Luxor, or diving trips which were very well organised (very early morning starts though, for Luxor we had a wake up call at 3.30am to go to the airport) and value for money. Our only negative experience came from the airports, Cairo, Luxor and Sharm El Sheikh were terribly chaotic, never knowing where to queue and not getting any information from the staff when there were delays (frequent).
Just returned from a fantastic week at the Reef oasis. Hotel and grounds are beautifull. Our room was large, with a huge double bed, fridge & safe. It was cleaned to a very high standard every day.
Food was excellent and very varied. we ate most evenings at the main restuarant. Lovely B.B.Q outside. Everything was cooked well.
Only complaint was the loud, rude Italians, but we didn't let them spoil our holiday.
As a party of six we have just returned from a most enjoyable holiday at this excellent resort. Contrary to some reviews, we rate the Reef Oasis as having 5 star service and good 3 star food. With exception of cold scrambled egg one morning, the food was hot. Quality and variety, especially in the main restaurant, was excellent. Other Brits we spoke to, who read reviews, were surprised and delighted with accommodation and food. Bedrooms were spacious and clean. There seemed to be an army of staff who kept the gardens and pool areas spotless.
We have just spent two weeks at this resort. I did read some less than favourable reviews before we left but fear not.
Hey it's good
The review of 2004 is really out of date. Yes, there is a predominance of Italian things, but the staff look very favourably on Brits and we had a marvellous time. The food is varied, with excellent pastries and cakes, plenty of fresh fruit and salads. Be careful if you like your food hot as it's often just warm.
The rooms are very pleasant and kept clean and tidy, indeed the whole place is kept clean and tidy. The beach is good and the swimming, snorkeling and diving splendid.
I'd go back.