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Historical Traveler Reviews Reef Oasis Blue Bay Resort Sharm El-Sheikh
What can i say. This is definately worthy of 5 star! Everything about it was great. If you did not want to lift a finger all week then you didnt. Staff were very attentive at all times. Even laying on your sunbed by the pool they serve you drinks. We arrived in the evening and had a golf buggy to take us to our room which was only a 30 second walk from reception and restaurants. Closely followed by our luggage a few minutes later.
Rooms were clean and towels and bedding were changed very day. Food was excellent and the service from the waiters was great. By the 2nd night they knew what we wanted to drink and it was on our table by the time we came back with our food. This is the first all inclusive holiday I have been on when the imodium did not come out of the suitcase. Had a massage at the spa which was brill also.
Swimming pools were clean and well needed in the heat. The slide pool was brilliant for my 12 year old and myself. Loved it.
We would definately go back again, although we do wonder what it will be like when all the rooms they were building are finished as it will make it very busy. Luxury!!!!
Cant wait to see what its like when its completed
An amazing hotel - clean, modern and more swimming pools than you can shake a stick at!
Huge complex - we stayed in block 6000 and it took a good 10 minutes to walk to breakfast in the heat - however this was probably a good thing as Breakfast was great and not something to be missed & I needed to walk off the calories
The Good, The Bad
Breakfast was fab - I recommend the Waffles or the omletes all freshly cooked in front of you
Snorkeling off the Pontoon was out of this world and I challenge anyone to find a more serene feeling than swimming along the reef.
The infinity Jacuzzi on the beach - watch the sun set and forget all about rainy England
The Infinity pool by the Restaurant - chill out heaven
Bar Staff - lovely all of them, actually all the staff, they just cant do enough for you
The Animation Team - I have never laughed quite as much as I did - they do their best ...but its worth going just for the side splitting giggles!!
Forget the Italian restuarant over 1.30hr for main meal and when it arrived I can only say it resembled Road Kill
Finidng an alcoholic drink you like is a struggle as its all their own brands - Gin is called DIn and dont be fooled by the lager called Stella its not the Stella we all love and know.
All in All a really good Hotel, still building work going on but to be honest I didnt really notice it apart from walking to breakfast - the Hotel is great now so when its finished and running at full capacity I reckon it will be awesome, and I will go back ....
You dont need a visa if your not doing any trips so that a que you can miss in the airport
Have Dollars & Egyptian Pounds as the exchange rate could leave you out of pocket
Ask for crisps - Walkers eat your heart out the Egyptian kebab flavour is Beef & Onion ,,,,, nice ;-)
If you leave your Air Con on all night expect to get bitten by Mosquitos they come in via the air con vents
Dont be put off by anyone in my opinion this Hotel is great and I will come back
Loved evey bit of it !!!!!!!
first time for me and my wife to go all inculsive , pick a great hotel . the rooms was very big and clean tidy , clean towels and bedding eveyday and soft drinks in the mini fridge , the veiw was breath taking from day one ! . entertainment was very good for all the family , the food was great from all the resturants , the health spa is a great way to get relaxed and enjoy your holiday from day one!!! the staff are so helpfull , they can not do enough for anyone , we can not wait to go again back to this hotel .
Good but work required and STAFF! to be a worthy 5*
Having just returned and based on many 5* hotel stays, It is worth a try if your expectations on service are relaxed.
The biggest problem is the Bistro, AVOID at all cost the tall chunky waiter. Having ordered drinks and food the drinks arrived 20 mins later - I informed this man of our wait, a very arrogant response and demeanour were given, I then saw him give our order to the chef!! (this happened on two occasions) the second time my children were ill with the cold food delivered 30 mins after placing the order(only 4 people besides us present).We did not eat there again - (waiters too busy chatting with one another).
There are some over familiar waiters who become annoying at times but on the whole quite professional (worthy of a tip).
The main restaurant is good, serving a good variety of dishes for all, the French restaurant is average (but only through lack of choice), the Italian is good and the Fish restaurant is under construction. Breakfast is Great, and the raised beach restaurant is excellent for lunch, i would say perfect! The beach level snack bar is as it is called 'a snack bar' - serving burgers & chips etc. perfectly adequate for something fast.
Building works are ongoing but are not disruptive, and mostly in areas you do not need access to.
The Spa is great!! treat yourself it is one of the best we have ever been to.
If you are taking kids you may have a nasty ice cream bill at the end of your holiday (2-3 euro each) as they are not part of the all inclusive package, only at evening meal times. You can see the management are pushing for quailty, it is early days for this hotel and I think things could be perfect once the staff ethos on attentive not intrusive service are enforced.
For this to be a 5* hotel for all some polishing is required, i.e. bar opening times need to be revised, (lobby and Caribbean bar rarely open).
The reef is absolutely amazing, straight off the jetty. Dive boats arrive every morning at 8.30am to visit the superb dive site outside the hotel. The leisure pool is excellent for kids and big kids alike, the family rooms are 5* and spacious - the mini bar is re stocked every day with soft drinks and water, no mini snacks though.
On the whole a good holiday, all the facilities are there, a good 4* at the moment, but I am sure it will improve once the site is complete and service issues are perfected.
We have rated this hotel as 'Ok, but some problems' because to be rated and provide services for 5* paying customers things have to be perfect!
Sono stata al Blue Bay dal 23 al 30 giugno e la situazione è questa :
Villaggio : Le camere sono complete solo a metà e quindi eravamo 300/400 persone in una stuttura che completa ne tiene 1500 (così dicevano).
Il campo polivalente e i campi da tennis ancora non ci sono.
L'anfiteatro lo stanno finendo e gli spettacoli (poi ve ne parlo) si fanno in una specie di piazzetta con un teatrino.
L'ascensore x la spiaggia non funziona ma c'è un servizio navetta che fa su e giù.
Il ristorante sulla spiaggia aprirà a giorni.
Le mie impressioni sono state :
- Sistemazione Ottima noi eravamo in 4 (2 adulti+2ragazzi) e ci hanno dato una specie di appartamento con 2 camere e 2 bagni con in ogni camera in frigobar (gratuito) e la TV.
- Ristoranti Ottimi il ristorante principale a buffet offriva una buona varietà e qualità di cibo, i ristoranti a tema (italiano e pesce, non sono stata al francese) erano validi e il servizio al tavolo eccellente. Ogni bar (ce ne sono tantissimi al punto che ho perso il conto) aveva, oltre alle bevande, anche un buffet caldo e freddo dove potevi mangiare ad ogni ora.
-Spiaggia barriera corallina sulla spiaggia e un pontile per attraversarla mare bello e snorkeling da fare appena ti tuffavi. Molti ombrelloni bene attrezzati.Servizio asciugamani in spiaggia e in ogni piscina.
-Piscine Molte già aperte anche con scivoli x ragazzi e relax a picco sul mare. Vasche idromassaggio in ogni dove e anche sopra la spiaggia.
-Animazione Nota dolente il Ventaglio (con il quale ho viaggiato) non esiste se non con un animatore (peraltro molto simpatico) e con un assistente che sa poco o niente. Organizzato dal Ventaglio esiste il Diving che sembra funzionare.
Oltre all'animatore Ventaglio esiste un piccolo gruppo di animazione del resort che è molto improvvisato e poco organizzato.
La sera viene proposto uno spettacolino che di solito viene fatto da gente presa da fuori (artisti locali) e poi ci si trasferisce in discoteca (carina con terrazza sul mare) che è stata aperta la scorsa settimana
Tutto ottimo se non si cercano animazione e sport
Rapporto qualità / prezzo (offerta Ventaglio 630 euro a settimana + balzelli) veramente valido
This is a 4 star hotel, not 5 star
This hotel is still not finished and we were not informed by our holiday company (Portland) before we travelled. A bit disappointed that we were expecting and paying for a 5 star hotel when it is not. The rooms are lovely and live up to the 5 stars, but thats where it ends. The beach bar is in a lovely location overlooking the reef and the lunchtime menu has a good variety of freshly cooked food and the waiters are very attentive refilling your water . We ate in the main resaurant two evenings and both times members of our group were ill the next day (may be no connection). The atmosphere was lacking and no different to breakfast. We booked the A La Carte restuarants every night after that. As the hotel was still going through 'soft opening' and it was not fully occupied we were able to do this.The food was lovely, but service was not good for requests for drinks with the meal. One glass of wine was offered, if you asked for another it took 10-15mins to arrive, and request for a third drink were acknowledged but the drink never arrived.
We tried the Bistro a couple of times for lunch and the service was appauling. 90 minutes for food to arrive cold., and requests for water ignored. We did bring this to the attention of the managment who were keen to improve things.
This hotel needs to get their act together, they are short staffed so service is slow I don't know how they will manage when they are fully open.
The entertainment team organised team games on the beach in the afternoon for the kids which was good and also put on nightly shows. They were ok-nothing special but hilarious to watch.
We travelled in a party of 8, 4 adults and 4 teenagers.Four out of eight of us were ill at some point, but talking to everyone gastric upsets have increased generally this year because of the heat. Take your dioralyte and get the antibiotics from the pharmacy in Naama bay because Imodium won't work.
The spa was unfinished, treatments could be booked, and will be lovely when finished. The gym is air conditioned and has great views over the bay.
Our holiday was generally good but we would not go back to this hotel.We have stayed in better places for less money.
Good, we'll be better in a few months!
It's completely new, and construction works are still going on.
It's in a beautiful setting, rooms are big and well decorated. Main restaurant average, theme restaurants are really delicious.
Staff is very helpful. Good spa and treatments. It will be better in a few months when everything will be finished.
The hotel has only recently started taking in english guests for about 5 weeks or so now via thomson. However alot of other nationalities are about. The hotel is currently going through what they call a 'soft' opening wherby it has not yet reached full occupancy i would say approx 30% at the moment. Which is great as you get the pick of the sun lougers and the waiters / staff cannot do enough for you - however make sure you give them a tip and they will ensure you do not move a muscle all day! Drinks to your sun loungers etc.
You do not need to take your own beach towels as these are provided by the hotel and you receive a towel card which you exchange each day for a fresh towel - orange towels for round the pools and pale blue for the beach the towel staff even walk you to your sun lounger and lay the towels out for you and put up your umbrellas!
There is a great jetty for you snorkelers out their and amazing coral to snorkel! We got dolphin visitors one day too!
The hotel has a few places to eat i.e. italian, fish & french a la carte. There is in addition an international buffet resturant and a bistro which serves food 24hrs ie. Hot dogs fries and burgers etc...
+ a beach resturants x2 where you can go for buffet lunch or fresh baked pizza and salads
The hotel has a great carribean bar, with disco, pool bar, ampitheatre etc. It also has a shi shi? Bar - where you can have a go at having one of those pipe things and try an eygptian tea with mint?!! - all part of the all inclusive package.
The rooms are all modern and lovely - bed very comfy and plasma tv, massive shower, mini bar (soft drinks only) etc..each room also has the biggest mirror too! You also have air conditioning which you will definately need as it is very very hot - you feel like you are having a hair dryer blown all over you every time you step outside.
Had dodgy tummies throughout the whole holiday and so did alot of other guests...not sure if this was the heat or the food? One day someone had even been sick on the floor in the resturant we did drink lots of water and my husband stil manged to have 24 hours of sickness etc. We decided to only eat food which we were familar with in the end i.e. bread. Chips, pizza & pasta - this seemed to help. Do not panic too much as one thing we did notice was that the kitchen staff seemed to be hygenic i.e.washed hands, everyhting covered up and cleaned down etc so felt it was a bit of a mystery? Just take care with what you chose to have and try to make sure it is hot and fresh. Breakfast ok - fried eggs and omlettes upon your request in front of you and lovely croisants and pastires / toast etc..all other breakfast delights i would probably avoid as these seemed very international foods for us brits.
No pay phones in the hotel and this means unless you go out of the hotel you have to use the room phone which turns out to charge £2 a minute - this is not communicated very well. - try and take mobiles and text instead.
Not all of the hotel is completely finished yet an example of this is that the fish a la carte is currently run from the pool bar - the resturant overlooking the sea is still under construction as is the ampitheatre and the lifts to the beach as this is a 5-10 min walk down a road from the pool - they currently have a mini bus and jeep constantly driving up and down picking people up - as it is far too hot to walk it especially up!
Mozzies - take plenty of lotions
Everything - bars, hotel, rooms, beach, snorkeling, pools, spa/massage - very good. There is also an excelletn area down on the beach section where there is a selection of whirlpool baths overlooking the red sea - there is also sun loungers and a cool box where they store lots of fresh bottled water - this proved to be a nice secluded area where you got the best of everything - the beach & jetty just down the steps - the luchtime resturant just across - 1min walk. Great area to set-up stall if you want to do snorkelling unless of course you prefer the beach (just the sand was far too hot for us).
All in all everyting great - just be a little careful around the food - i would imagine though once more guests stay there will be a quicker turn around on the food meaning that it wil remain fresher as more people eating it!
Just so you all know this hotel is not to be confused with te oasis reef hotel as this is a different hotel and apparently is not as nice - this hotel is the oasis reef blue bay hotel and spa.
Arrived in Egypt the airport was fine no problems like ive heard. Visas are easy to get you fill in a card on the plane, if you are travelling outside Sinia you need to pay £12 and have your card stamped like everyone else. The hotel is about 30mins from the airport. We arrived at the hotel, reception was fine no problems we were shown to our room which was really nice, it was massive. You get a fridge in your room that is stocked all the time, rooms are cleaned everyday housekeepers are excellent. You do not need to take towels with you these are supplied. W e were located by the main swimming pool where the waterslides are. If you miss breakfast which is served until 10.30 there is a poolside food bar which is excellent the food is fresh everything is clean, chefs are there all day checking the food which was everyday different, it was really good. Coffee, tea, cold drinks all available at the pool bar. They had just opened the 24hr bistro when we arrived 24hr food which was also excellent. French Restaurant excellent, Italian Rest excellent, fish rest excellent, main rest food excellent, all food was excellent. You do need to book the restaurants apart from main, you just book in at reception for what time you want. Suprise suprise the beer was very good we were shocked, the wine is not so good but that was probably all that i have to moan about. The reef was breathtaking, ive never been snorkelling before but it was the best thing i have ever done before on holiday, the fish are amazing you dont need to go snorkelling to see them just stand on the hotels jetty. I could go on and on about this hotels good points, ask any questions you like. Booking up for next year cant wait
Initially seemed sterile and lifeless but improved.
We were amongst the 1st batch of guests for Thomson in the 1st week of June after what seemed to have been long delays with construction at this new hotel. The hotel is close to the airport no noise though between the Sheraton and Crown Plaza.
Initial impressions were mixed. The hotel reception was large and cool and we were made to feel welcome with efficient check in and a cooling welcome drink. We were then taken by golf buggy to our room. During the trip to the room we noticed how many workers were around and how sterile and sparse the landscaping was. They were still finishing the site !
The room was a large family room for the 4 of us - 2 kids age 10 and 7. There were 2 rooms each with separate showers wc and TV. All in all very impressive and large. The balcony overlooked a landscaped garden area.
It soon became evident that the hotel was very quiet with probably only 10-15% occupancy - a mix of nationalities.A large number of rooms were not finished off the landscaping was not in place in large areas and there were builders all around. This gave the site a sterile unfinished appearance with lack of character. However there was no heavy construction going on and as the week progressed the landscaping was put in place and the hotel started to develop 'character'. Despite the amount of workers they did not get in the way and were mostly concentrated in areas away from guests.
One thing that is apparent is the hotel is huge in large grounds with several pools dotted around and the majority of restaurants cluster red around the reception area at one end of the site overlooking the sea. The hotel does provide buggies and drivers if needed.
Towels were provided at all pools and down on the beach. We did not have any problems with mossies.
The construction - it was disappointing that the site was not finished but it did not interfere
Minor niggles - there were a couple of minor problems in the room. A/C did not work no water and no clean towels one day - these issues were all however resolved quickly.
Kids Club - this was aimed at 4 - 12 year olds but was probably too 'young' for our two. This may have been a reflection of the general lack of kids generally in the hotel
The entertainment - at night there was a how put on a in a central square close to many of the rooms. This went on till c.11.30/12.00 each night which made putting children to bed and getting to sleep difficult. This maybe because the main entertainment amphitheatre close to the reception was not complete.
The shops - there was a large street with a number of shop units all but 2 vacant. So only limited choice with no money exchange or chemists for instance and limited opportunity for souvenirs. Again as the hotel completes this will no doubt change.
No lift to beach - the beach is down a cliff and as the lift was not yet operational we had to use a small bus. This was fine but sometimes we had to wait or sit in a full hot bus which in the heat was not pleasant. Again this will change once the works complete.
Restaurants - not all were open but again as the hotel was quiet this was not a problem.
Lack of character - in the absence of completed landscaping the hotel lacked character in places and was sterile. As the week went on things did get better and this aspect will continue to improve.
The wine - the house wine as part of the all inclusive package was awful especially the red. Stick to beer.
The room was good, large and well looked after generally.
The pools - there was an excellent large leisure pool with 3 flumes bar and snack area. There were a further 2 relax pools one unfinished and the other by the main facilities. We took our own lilos for the kids which was a godsend as it kept them happy floating around the pool in the current.
Staff - excellent. They could not do enough for us and responded immediately to any problems.
Quiet - as there were so few guests then there were no problems getting sun lounges or having to queue.
The beach - fantastic large beach with white soft sand
Snorkelling - excellent straight from a pontoon onto the reef. Dive boats and glass bottomed boats visited the reef close to the hotel which says it all.
Restaurants -the food was good well presented and varied. In particular the Italian was excellent.
Overall this was a great choice of hotel as it provided everything we needed and more importantly the kids were happy so that meant happy parents. Yes there were some minor niggles associated with it being new and it was disappointing there were still workers around but this did not detract from the holiday. Would we go again - yes. It will be interesting to see how things change as the hotel completes and gets busier. We were spoilt for as the hotel was so quiet the staff could devote lots of attention to us and there was no problems getting sun lounges or into restaurants.