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Oriental Resort Sharm El Sheikh
5.0 of 5 Resort   |   Nabq Bay | South Sinai, Nabq Bay, Sharm El Sheikh 002069, Egypt   |  
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Ranked #17 of 29 Hotels in Nabq Bay
Cardiff
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“Beautiful hotel and gardens”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2010

The staff are extremely friendly and anxious to please. Any problems were rapidly fixed. We asked for extra clothes hangers and they were immediately delivered. I found a problem with the electric kettle, it was replaced with a brand-new one. The basin plug was difficult to operate, I reported it and it was replaced together with a new tap assembly.
The gardens are absolutely fantastic, the gardeners are always working to keep them immaculate. Lots of pergolas covered in flowers. Lovely bridges and streams.
The waiters are very pleasant and helpful. The food is very good, there is plenty of choice. The hotel is all inclusive, the bar was not abused. Plenty of drink variety. Spirit measures are not very large. Three gin and tonics did not have much effect!
The evening entertainment is not particularly good, the animation team try to whip up enthusiasm with "Mr. Oriental" and "Miss Oriental" shows. Most people sit in the lounge and chat. A mixture of nationalities British, Russians, Lithuanians,a few Egyptians.
We paid 120LE to use the hotel jacuzzi and also had a trip on a glass bottom boat.
The beach is extremely large, many sunbeds and umbrellas together with the hotel snack bar. There are pleasant walks along the beach. Watch out for the young kids driving quad bikes.
Unfortunately, on our third night there was a terrific thunderstorm with heavy rain, the worst in decades. The airport was knocked out with parts of the ceiling falling. A few hotel panels fell and water cascaded into the foyer and dining room. Some rooms had water ingress. There was no electricity for 15 hours. The staff worked very hard to bring the hotel back to its immaculate state. They had never seen anything like it before.
Our room was quite large with two comfortable double beds. A fridge to keep a plentiful supply of bottled water. Towels changed on a daily basis. A free electronic safe and a TV with two programmes in English (CNN and BBCworld). Nice patio with two chairs.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2010

just had one week at the oriental resort sharm el sheikh ,for winter sun its perfect ,rooms are large and clean ,patios a nice size too .staff very friendly and quickly learn what your likes/dislikes are .plenty of loungers by the pool ,a small tip to mohammed will reserve you one every morning ,a dollar a day was greatly appreciated .food was good with a nice selection .
down sides ;lots of russians who smoke constantly and who have no concept of queuing ,the staff were greatly amused to see them being pulled up for this !!
the entertainment team are dire !! although they do accept it if you dont want to join in .
we attended 2 shows ,although left before the end of each as it was just 2 russian girls and 2 boys dancing ,the same dance to different music !
some no smoking areas in the bar areas would have been good .
main pool is unheated and very cold ,the heated pool is further down the garden and is busy with limited sunbating area .
all in all a good hotel with a few bad points .

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2010

Stayed in early December for a week with a mate. We were looking for a cheap week in sun to escape the UK winter and we found it. Not a 5* Hotel by any means and starting to get a bit dated in some areas. However it was clean, big rooms, decent food (although may get repetitive after more than a week), decent local beer on draft and friendly enough staff. Managed to avoid any bathroom problems, although most people seem to get something! Nothing to do with cleanliness of the hotel I don't think as every resort seems to have the same problem.

Mainly Brits and Russians make up the guests. We spoke to a few guests who had been there 2 or 3 times and love it. Downsides - The loud music at the main (very cold!) pool can be a bit much but just turn up your ipod! Some of the Russians can be a bit obnoxious - just don't let them jump the queue! Evening entertainment not great. You do get offered a lot of trips but they soon go away if you are polite but firm. I do recommend the desert trip on sand buggies - much better than quads!

Overall had a great week and would go back in a flash if I can get it for under £500 AI.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2010

We were there 8 days. Those 8 days were amazing, I really liked it. I don't know what to say. You have to see that all by your own eyes.. When we were going home, i just cry. I'm can't wait next time. Just amazing hotel, area and people!
Miss you guys.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2009

It was a generally okay holiday but definetely not anywhere near the best. The staff at the hotel make it as good as they possibly can, there very caring and do everything they can for you, you can tell there overworked during out stay not one had a day off.
The start of the holiday was very nice, the weather-amazing. The beach is beautiful, really scenic, the water is very clear so its great for scuba diving etc. However we went on this holiday to chill out, we didnt get that loud karaoke was played out over the beach, music would've been okay, but you should of heard this man sing lol! Then after that'd finished we got pestered by the excursion people, the spa staff, the animation team, the press staff it just got quite annoying towards the end. After an okay day at the beach we went to get ready in the hotel, clean enough room, big as well 2 double beds. We then went to the main restaurant, the staff again very pleasant, however im vegetarian and found it quite hard to find anything accept for salad, pasta or bread there. There isnt much variation in food choices for meat eaters either its generally the same buffet choices everyday, accept on Christmas when they put a popcorn machine in the corner and also cooked doughnuts which was really nice for the kids there. At night time it was very difficult to find a seat in the lobby/lounge to sit down and have a drink at, over-crowded throught our stay, so you had to stand about with your drink after waiting quite a while.
The entertainment there is not up to much, not much variation, during the day there's stretching/exercises or pool and thats about it. At night time it's not much better, when we went into Hotspot Miss Oriental was on, which included 'sexy poses' and at one point a girl having to pretend to go to the toilet with added sound affects, quite funny to watch and laugh at but yehh thats the entertainment pretty much at its best (or worst you could say).
Now to comment on how there's no females working there accept in the spa, the staff there do tend to be a bit 'hands-on' shall we say. They'd pretty much wear you down after a while of going on at you about how good looking you are etc, in fairness as long as you were under about 50 and average looking they wouldn't leave you alone. Constant comments all the times, sometimes making you uncomfortable as they'd often talk about you to other members of staff infront of you. This at first may seem flattering but trust me it gets annoying as the holiday progresses.
Now the pools, lovely to look at, but frankly you couldn't swim in them. The beautiful main pool which is really nice, no one swam in the do not heat this pool its cold all the time, while there dozens of new people would come in and wonder why people weren't swimming in it, they then dipped themselves in then usually shouted or ran back to their sunbeds it was that cold!
Then about day 4 the illness sets in, were not sure what this is from it could be the bites everyone got, the food, water (even though it was bottled it didnt taste right). This included vomiting and diarrhoea. At first we thought it was only us, but numberous people we socialised with had it. One family had a little boy and they had to get the hotel doctor (who was meant to be there 24hr a day, but was never there) in to see to him, he charged them 30 quid just for a call out and further money for a check up and prescription about another 30, it was just a routine stomach bug.
This really just put a downer on the holiday as you just didnt feel like eating and couldnt go too far from your room.
The drinks there, good variation, however the alcohol was not diluted as egyptian alcohol should be as its made very strong, and english people arent used to it that strong, as well they pour really large amounts in, i swear i had one drink a whisky and coke and its knocked me sick, not drunk, just sick.
The weather was absolutely wonderful when we were there, so hot, this made the holiday quite a bit better, great tans!
Also when we were there out room had water leaking from the ceiling though the lights, it turner out to be the air con, we asked someone to come and fix it, 4 hours later and a very wet floor, no one. After going down again, someone finally came after half and hour and 'fixed it'. After less than about 20 hours it broke-again. The engineer wasnt even suprised and did not even bother to come and fix it, thankfully that was out last day there so we could just leave it.
So in general, great weather and location. Lovely staff (amorous at time). Big rooms. But you will end up ill, some staff will annoy you if your a decent looking woman, you will be hassled by people as you try and chill out continually, next to no entertainment, and not alot of variation in food.
If you want to risk it then go to this resort. When asked if i would return my answer was definetely a no.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Devon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2009

Myself and my boyfriend just got back from our holiday in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. We both had a very enjoyable time and have both got nice sun tans, which was our main aim!
As mentioned, we stayed in the Oriental Resort, we were quite apprehensive as you can imagine because some of the reviews are quite harsh but I can honestly tell you they are very misleading.
We booked through A1 Travel (an independant company) the flight was with Thompson and the airport transfers were with Resort Hoppa and the whole trip ran very smoothly.
We had nice weather, temperature were in the late twenties most of the time, we had one day that was a bit overcast but it was still warm enough to sit out in.
The hotel itself was very quiet because of the time of year (although its meant to be getting busier when the kids break up for xmas). There were lots of Italians, Russians, Lithuanians but not many English staying in the hotel. The food catered for Europeans, with continental breakfasts etc. but there was plenty of choice for the rest of us. However, if you are a fussy eater you may have trouble at mealtimes, theres normally plain things like chips, pasta, rice, chicken and salad but if wort comes to worst theres Burger King across the road and a McDonalds and a KFC or plenty of 24hr Supermarkets.
The staff are very friendly and work very hard for very little money, they do not expect tips but it is worth giving some to cleaners, bars staff and waiters on your first day as it really improves the quality of service.
The room was very big, we had two double beds (even though we only slept in one) it was also clean and relatively modern. We had a bath with a shower attachment which I think is the same throughout. We just used the shower as bath was quite small and the water can sometimes be a bit brown.
Dont drink the tap water! Bottled water free from the bars. I didnt suffer from Egyptian belly but my boyfriend did and so did plenty of others we spoke to, I dont think it is a reflection on the hotels hygiene, poeple seem to get it wherever they stay and medication is easy enough to get form one of the many pharmacies.
The location is great, as long as your not planning on going to Cairo or to see the Pyramids or tombs. The beach is very nice if a bit breezy. You can go snorkelling which is quite good, quite alot of interesting fish and reefs to see. Very close to shops and Naama Bay is just a short taxi ride away if you want some good nightlife.
We went on a sand buggy trip in the desert, we booked it through Aaron Waves on the beach, its much cheaper than the reps and was very safe and reliable, We even cancelled one trip last minute due to my boyfriends dodgy tummy and they rescheduled a different trip for us for the next day no charge.
You do get hassled by people trying to sell things but they are only doing their job and trying to make a living and as long as you make it clear your not interested then they leave you alone.
The big pool next to the main restaurant was absolutely freezing but the smaller one that was further away was like a bath.
It was advertised as a 5* but I would say its a 4*. We paid £390 PP for a week all inclusive so it was a bargain for a short getaway and a bit of sun.
Would definately reccomend as long as you dont pay over the odds.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Scotland
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238 helpful votes 238 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2009

Just came back from this hotel after a 10 night stay.
According to the rep i spoke to the hotel is popular with British, Russian and Italian guests with a 30, 30, 20 split. The rest being mainly Arab from various countries.

I would be repeating much of what has already been said by other reviewers, like decent food, generally friendly staff, good place for a nice relaxing holiday despite the walkways in the gardens and the corridors and some rooms needing a makeover.

However there are a few points to mention. The beach area to the left of the hotel is much quieter than the right and has better access to the sea, but you will still be pestered by all sorts of people trying to sell you something.

Beware on the walkway between the hotel and the hotel beach. It is used as a racetrack by boy racers and idiot parents with kids on four wheeled buggies.

Tipping helps you get a better service but only for that day. A new day starts the whole cycle again. The restaurant staff know when you are leaving and will make your last meal very uncomfortable if you have not given your final "large" tip before then.

Take plenty of small Egyptian notes. Much lighter in the pocket than pound coins.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Nabq Bay | South Sinai, Nabq Bay, Sharm El Sheikh 002069, Egypt
Location: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > South Sinai > Sharm El Sheikh > Nabq Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Nabq Bay
#14 Top resorts Hotel in Nabq Bay
#14 Family Hotel in Nabq Bay
#15 Spa Hotel in Nabq Bay
#15 Luxury Hotel in Nabq Bay
#15 On the Beach Hotel in Nabq Bay
#16 Romantic Hotel in Nabq Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — Oriental Resort Sharm El Sheikh 5*
Number of rooms: 380
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Oriental Resort offers a unique location facing Tiran island, where natural beauty is coupled with timeless architectural style. This elegant five star hotel is embraced by the spectacular desert land and seascape of the protected area Nabq Bay. ... more   less 
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