Reef Oasis Beach Resort
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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 ...
... did not disappoint, the majority of the clientele and staff are British. I have eavesdropped on conversations about tea, biscuits, crumpets, mussels (??) and worcestershire sauce. One of the divemasters speaks impeccable queens English (she's actually welsh) such that the dive briefings sound like they're from the BBC (or Harry potter, take your pick). The downside is they want you to do some of the heavy lifting associated with your gear, Asian dive centers normally handle ...
... with the usual bunch of insomnia masochists. We attended 3 lectures this morning. The first was by the aviation lecturer Ian Smith on Aden and South Arabia. He had worked in the area as a flight engineer in the years preceding the British withdrawal in 1967 and was able to show us photographs taken at that time of some of the places we had visited. Of particular interest was Dubai where 40 years ago there was very little. The British left Aden after what some describe as the ...
... during take off and landing. The "safety" briefing comprised of telling us how to use our seat belts, and that's about it. Airport security wasn't much tighter either, with domestic flights providing very little screening. I guess they're not worried about terrorists over here.
Anyway, 45 minutes and a few prayers to Allah later, we arrived at our destination....and that's when the real "adventure" began....
Despite booking our ...
... Karina and her friend went out for breakfast and took him at 11 and dissapeared. So I went to the pool which I havent been to yet. lush. very lush. I went for a dip and laid in the shade snoozing.
Eventually Karina came over to "talk" She let me know that because I was unwilling to work the hours required, she had found someone who was and they were coming tomorrow. She had booked a flight to London for me on thur at 4pm.
Nothing could have made my day better.
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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).
Overall Reef Oasis exceeded my expectations and I would readily recommend it!
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.
5 star treatment - porterage on arrival and departure - bedsheets changed every day and fresh flowers + an artistic towel arrangement in the shape of a swan left on the bed - pool attendant places a mattress and your hotel beach towel on your sunbed every morning and brings you chilled drinking water. (the water was safe as no one had a tummy upset). A smile, a please, and a thankyou goes a long way. With or without a tip the staff were the most friendly and helpful we have encountered.
The many steps and ramps are not mentioned in Thomson`s brochure. However, the less mobile can be taken to the beach and back by buggy. The beach bar provides delicious pizzas, cold beer and soft drinks. There was no shortage of sunbeds at any time either on the beach or around the pools. The pools were cold, except one heated, but we came to Sharm for the Red Sea and the snorkelling was marvellous.
Only downside to the holiday was:- 1. Organised chaos at Sharm airport. 2. Rude and noisy Italians. 3. Local spirits not drinkable.
We will certainly be back to the Reef Oasis.
Excellent Value for money
We have just spent two weeks at this resort. I did read some less than favourable reviews before we left but fear not.
Like most hotels in this area, Reef Oasis, is more of a very large complex with no building more than two storeys high. There are hundreds of rooms but I can only speak for ours. It was large, balcony, with nice size bathroom, large walk in shower, air con, safe and a fridge. Cleaned every day to a high standard.
Complex has catered in the past mainly for Italians but is attracting more and more British. The staff cannot do enough for you and their English is more than adequate to get on.
There are 4 restaurants of a night time. I would recommend the Grill which is above the beach and gives a lovely view out onto the red sea. The Pizza restaurant has only just opened after refurbishment and will cook pizzas to order.
The main restaurant can get a bit busy at night but it is fine.
Breakfast is very good, catering for all tastes Enough pastries to sink a ship but also all other types of breakfast you could want.
Drinks are fine although if you want bottled water I am told a small bottle is 2 euros. However if you want bottled water for your room, if you go out of the hotel and turn left, a ten min walk to the end of the road and you will find a supermarket which sells 1.5 litre bottle of water for 10p. Marlboro cigs there too for 70p a packet, half price compared to hotel.
There is an ATM in reception and opp reception by the pool tables there is a machine which converts English notes into Egyptian pounds. Even allowing for the charge, which was extremely minimal, I was getting 11 EGP to 1 GBP. Main currency on site is Euros.
If you do build up a bill with the hotel, which would probably be telephone calls then they will only let you settle it with a credit card or a currency other than Egyptian. In any case having looked at the telephone charges I would recommend you take your mobile. Coverage fine and cheaper by far.
There are lots of pools, I didn't find them all and the beach is private with it's own bar and food during the day.
Taxis into Naama bay are about 3 quid, but you have to haggle.
It is advertised as a five star hotel, but then so is every other hotel in this area. I would say that it is 3.5 to 4 star by our standards but don't let that put you off. I saw a lot worse hotels while out there.
A good test is to ask yourself would you go back. Without doubt I would return again. Especially as it seems that this is one of the cheaper hotels to go to.
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.