AA Grand Oasis Resort
Travel Blogs from Sharm El-Sheikh
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 ...
... of the best diving in the world, and I've been looking forward to diving here for years after hearing so much about it. The world of dive vacationing is very similar to the world of backpacking, you meet people who have traveled / dived all over the world and are eager to share their experiences. Unlike backpackers, divers are probably the only people other than sushi chefs who will gladly talk all day about fish. I'm diving with a dive center which is reputed to be very ...
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 ...
... to finish off our "trip series" Breaking Bad having only 2 episodes left. And my goodness the ending did not disappoint, do yourself a favour and watch the whole 4 series!
We spent the afternoon again around the pool before Jethro and I challenged each other to table tennis. 4 games later I was undefeated, not sure where this hidden talent has come from :)
After dinner which was nice ...
... the Sound and Light Show at the Giza Pyramids for our evening entertainment, including dinner at a nearby restaurant with stunning views of the pyramids.
An hour before we leave for dinner, we see Mark and Janice at the pool in our hotel. How can this be? They have just returned from their scuba diving adventure in Hurghada, another coastal town on Red Sea, and have one ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews AA Grand Oasis Resort Sharm El-Sheikh
a group of 6 adults and 5 children stayed here for new year 2004.staff very friendly cannot do enough for you. hotel is immaculately clean.i am a fussy eater but there was something you could eat every night. italian restaurant lovely food. fish restaurant not very nice.new year gala was out of this world (providing we can get the leave from work for new year 2005 will return to this hotel. snorkelling amazing!! worth a visit to the pyramids, naama bay. went on camels and quad biking in desert. larger pool cold but smaller one heated. weather was fab..the only thing i would say if you were staying at this hotel at peak times (summer) you may have difficulty getting sun loungers and there may be queues at the main restaurant as it is a very large hotel ,but we didnt have this problem. i really dont know why others have complained!!
if you are going to the tropicana grand oasis and you drink vodka i strongly advice you to buy your own in duty free at the airport as the local vodka is really bad,the food is really boring and served cold.this hotel caters more for the italians than for the british. but saying all that i really did enjoy my holiday,the pool was brill same as the sea ,there is a bit of a walk to the beach but its not really a beach at all its more of a platform with sun beds, dont let this put you off ,the hotel is spotless and airconditioned ,i am going back to the red sea trying the resort hurghada in january
Reasonable three star hotel
This is a large hotel, set in lush green gardens on the edge of a very arid desert. We booked it as a four star plus hotel, but it really feels more like a three star. It's next to the airport, but noise didn't trouble us.
Having said that we enjoyed our stay, on the whole.
We had some initial niggles with no hot water and being given twin instead of a double room. We ended up in a room in a block at the front of the hotel, overlooking the sea. It was quiet and by far the best location, in our view. It was much better than the first, tired-looking, room we were offered.
We went to Sharm for the sea experience, and that is one of the strong points of this location. Plunge off the floating jetty and you are in a giant tropical fish tank (better than the Caribbean, we reckon). However, there is no beach, just a terraced sunbed area, so this hotel is probably best not suited to kids who aren't strong swimmers. There is a large swimming pool, but it looked quite crowded for much of the time.
So, if your ideal evening is walking along the beach for a few miles at sunset, then this isn't really the place for you. The boundary of the hotel to one side is marked by ugly coiled barbed wire, of a type made popular in WW1, presumably to prevent you sneaking into the much plusher Four Seasons Hotel. Also, when snorkeling, the FSH security man waves you away if you stray into their territorial waters.
The food seemed reasonable for a big hotel - but although AI we ate there infrequently as we were away on trips (eg Cairo by air - exhausting, but worth it). We decided to pretend the salad wasn't there and had no tummy trouble.
The hotel is also about seven miles away from the crowded shopping area of Naam Bay, so it is about a 7 mile drive (by courtesy bus or a £5 taxi ride) to reach the shops and restaurants. This is a town for tourists only. You won't have an Egyptian experience there. There was mainly good-natured pestering by shop staff and we were wished a 'Merry New Christmas' many times.
We thought the hotel staff were unfailingly charming, and we had very good service (aided by regular tipping). The hotel did a memorable new Year's Eve Gala Dinner.
So, in summary - don't expect this hotel to be plush. However, it is clean, has excellent well-tended grounds, gives good service, is quite far away from the shopping area, and we wouldn't take very young kids there (but it depends what you are looking for). It is probably good value too - if you go when premium prices don't apply.
A family view
well i am just back from 2 weeks all inclusive at the grand oasis tropicana 2 children my wife and myself
my honest opininon the hotel is excelent the food is great (my children had a good choice ) the staff very accomidating but not in your face all the time but the animation team (hotel entertainers )
were fantastic from a 10/10 they took it to about 15/10
it was the first holaday i have relaxed on the reps were about if needed and allways left a schedule if they werent about
if i could find a reasone to fault the hotel i would but i cant
my recomendation i cant wait to go back as soon as possable
SHAME ABOUT THE FOOD.
My wife and I stayed at this hotel for 2 weeks in November 2004 on an all inclusive basis. The Hotel itself is not too bad however the food in the main restraunt is very poor and more often than not is cold. There are 3 other restraunts in the hotel which are Italian not bad, Oriental awful and fish didnt try it these 3 restraunts are booked on a daily basis however there is only the Italian which seems to be popuar. The rooms at the hotel are big enough and are kept clean as is the rest of the Hotel. There are 2 large swimming pools and the hotel has it,s own beach area with a floating jetty so that you can enter the sea easily and that is the best bit the swimming is great.
The staff at the hotel are good if a little slow at times there is no problem getting drinks etc. All in all I would not stay at this hotel again the food is just too bad, Thank God for the Hard Rock Cafe in Naama Bay.
Our little Hell
Quite the worse hotel we have been to in the last 35 years. ( 100 hotels we have stayed at)
Overbooking is rife (Confirmed to us by a senior staff member) We were bumped to a timeshare complex which we refused. left for 2 hours to haggle with hotel representative.
Eventualy booked ourselves into the Movenpick Naama Bay.(Excellent 2 day stay) When we contacted our agents in England the next day it took them 24 hours to contact Med Hotels in Sharm.
This resulted in the Tropicana mafia to send a car and personel !! to our new base, book us out and transfer us to the Grand Oasis. Big mistake on our part, once there it was the hotel from hell.
Food disgusting, personel aggressive, front desk ignorant, NO SENIOR MANAGEMENT available to take up our compaints, including the indoor pool we had in our bedroom after our showers.
(Front desk said we had the De-luxe suite not everyone had there own indoor pool!)
After 2 days we were given a new room and told it was a superior room with a sea view etc. Hell this is what we paid for.
We held out for the final 3 days and our best day of the hols to return home.
If you intend staying at this hotel DO NOT, people were going down like ninepins from 'Pharaohs Revenge, the local doctor was busy till 3 am on our last day, when we both finally succumbed.
We would both like to return next year to enjoy what Sharm has to offer, only to a decent Hotel group. BE WARNED STEER CLEAR OF THE TROPICANA GROUP.
Best diving vacation ever!!!
I really enjoyded this vacation, there was enough food, good deserts, but after 1 week eating this food, it becomes all the same for you!!! The swimmingpool is nice, there's a lot of entertainment like watergymnastic, waterpolo, people which come to you to make you laugh!!!
There is also a good diving centre where u can learn to dive, Wernerlau!!! Sharkbay is ruined by the hotelguests, but when you take a snorkel or dive trip to Ras Mohammed (bay) or Tiran (island), you see verry much!!! i liked the diving more, at 10 meters snorkling people don't come (the most of them), so thats not ruined. If u go here for a dive vacation, I recommend it, i got my Padi Advanced Open Water Licence here!!!
The room is also verry good, it's clean, the make it every day clean if u want to (you have to hang on the door: please make up this room). The shower is ever minute hot/cold/between, and thats a little bit irritating me!!! The water is brow, because its from the ground, that was in my room, my parents room, and in our room before (we swiched, because it was a to long distance for granny, and it was oke to swich room!!!!!). You can't drink the water, you have to get bottles at the bar!!! but my white towels weren't brown from the water, thats -----!!! I was here end October 2004!!!
Dont eat the salad!!!
The hotel is literally 5 minutes away from the airport - this doesnt create a problem with noise from the aeroplanes. Great reception area, very helpfull staff.
We asked if we could change rooms so that we could have a sea view, which was arranged for us and we changed immediately! Great room, clean, good shower and bathroom.
We didnt stay around the pool as it was very busy, but the pool is quite big and there is a good pool bar. We chose to walk down to the beach, which is much quieter. Free towels are available daily for use around the pool and at the beach. There is a massaging service available on the beach, which is fantastic. This costs around £15. There is also a kiosk on the beach where you can also get drinks.
The sea is fantastic and a snorkel is a must have!! The fish are fantastic.
The beach is approx 500metres from the main hotel. This wasnt a problem for us as we're young and fit (ish). However, its downhill and trust me, in the miday heat its tiring to walk back up to the hotel.
The only downside to the hotel is the food. To be honest it wasnt great and to get the best food, you have to be there as soon as it is served. There is a main restaurant, which is ok for breakfast and mid day snacks and there are 2 smaller restaurants. Not great! We chose to eat out in Naama Bay in the evening, which doesnt cost very much anyway and you get to absorb some the Egyptian way of life - its great! However, some advice which we didnt take is 'DONT EAT THE SALAD'! On our second to last day we chose to eat a salad in Naama Bay and were very ill the next 24 hours!
Overall, it was a good hotel, but it could be great with a better food selection.
If you take any advice from this review, please let it be 'DONT EAT THE SALAD!!!'
This hotel is excellent, i stayed there in june 2004 and it was fantastic, the staff were really friendly and helpful, the food was yummy and there was loads to choose from. I would definaltly recommend this hotel. The only down side is the lack of sun loungers by the pool but if you can get up early to put your towel out your sorted. It costs around £4-5 in a taxi to namma bay from the hotel but you can haggle. Overall an excellent choice and i would go back to the hotel, its really worth the four stars and the staff are so dedicated to keeping the hotel really clean.
Everybody else what is your problem this hotel rocks!!!!
Sharm is Spoilt by This Crap 2* Hotel.
We visited the Tropicana Grand Oasis on the 1st July 2004 for seven nights for a holiday of hell.
After two previous trips to Sharm el Sheikh in two excellent 4* hotels (Hilton Sharks Bay, Laguna Vista), we thought of upgrading our hotel to a 4*+. Yeah right..!
This is not a hotel chain I will visit again in this lifetime. After complaining of no hot water on the second day, a handyman and two staff members came to fix our little problem. We then had hot water, BROWN, RUSTY LOOKING HOT WATER..! After my wife had showered she realised she had an instant tan that wiped off with the towel. We ran the hot water for three hours hoping it would change with no joy. It was that dirty the bath was stained.
After complaining at reception, we were moved into the main hotel where the problem persisted but not as bad. Cold showers for the duration but a much bigger and better room.
On an all-inclusive holiday, you would expect a nice food and beverage selection, not in this hotel. Fresh orange juice and cappucino's were available at a surcharge the equivalent of £1.00, three domestic kitchen toasters were available for use by over 1500 people and the waiters are only interested in chatting up the wife (while I'm sat next to her).
After spending 12 years in the leisure industry, and working some horrific venues, and taking at least 6-8 world-wide holidays a year, I am open-minded about standards and facilities in hotels. But, I can honestly say I have never received such poor standards and service. For a hotel that is only two years old, it's shoddy workmanship has added ten years, and it's only attractive feature is it's reception area.
We spent 6 nights in Naama Bay visiting most restaurants which were very impressive in quality, standards and service.
This hotel needs to spend some time reviewing their standards, maybe taking a glance at the carribean all-inclusive concept.