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Domina Coral Bay Oasis
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Reviewed March 16, 2013

Domina Oasis Resort is located in Sheikh Coast Bay, a few steps away from the private sand beach, and with a stunning view over the reef and the nearby Tiran Island.

The deluxe, 5-star resort features a tennis court and 2 swimming pools. Massage therapies and a steam bath are offered in the luxury spa. Domina Oasis Resort can help organise diving and snorkelling trips.

All rooms at Domina Oasis Resort have a balcony or a terrace and most have a panoramic Red Sea view. Each is spacious and air conditioned.

The Domina is 6 km from Sharm El Sheikh International Airport and 4 km from the centre of Naama Bay. A minibus service operates for guests within the resort.

The resort has 11 restaurants serving local and international cuisine in a buffet style or à la carte. Coral, a buffet restaurant for breakfast, lunch or dinner, offers a wide selection of themed dishes.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank MohamedFarghaly83
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OasisFOManager, Front Office Manager at Domina Coral Bay Oasis, responded to this reviewResponded July 5, 2013

Dear Guest,
First of all let us thank you for the time spent to share your review of your last stay in Domina Coral Bay- Oasis Hotel.
We are glad to know that our Resort, with its facilities and services, have been up to your expectations and that you spent a pleasant holiday with us.
We are looking forward to welcoming you one more time and provide to you our maximum support.
Thanks and best regards,

Rehab Zaki

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Reviewed March 16, 2013

Just got back from this resort and it's not all as it seems my wife and I got a nine day holiday from the Internet and when we arrived at the check in the were asked if you would like to upgraded to all inclusive for the sum of €375 we were told that this would be cheaper in the long run after being shown to her room which was very nice by the way we've showered and went out to dinner then the horrible reality of all inclusive hit us like a punch bag the dining hall was massive and the diners were mainly Russians with a few Italians thrown in the food was a self service buffet not too bad you might think getting two the food was like an Olympic event whilst trying to find a plate and being pushed and shoved by the Russians you finally got to the food which was mostly cold and destroyed by the people before you it was pitiful to watch you would think these people had never seen food before the plates were piled high and the amount of food and drink left on the table when they've finished was staggering more than half of the food the took was left on the table there was also a small glass of beer and some fake fruit juice if you wanted it after witnessing this will immediately went back to reception and opted out of the all inclusive no problem we thought as there were other restaurants on the resort the time was getting on now so we just decided to have a drink the wife had a coffee and I decided I needed a brandy I needed another brandy after I got the bill £4.00 for the coffee and £9.00 for the brandy the restaurants on the resort are not all inclusive so if you use them you have to pay a ridiculous amount of money for the food and drink i.e. £10.00 for a sandwich £15.00 for a pizza and 4 to 5 pound for a bottle of lager depending on where you buy it so the average bill would be about 10 to 15 pounds for lunchtime and 40 to 50 pounds for an evening meal with a couple of drinks also it doesn't end of their the resort is split up into posh bits and the not so posh bits timeshare and owners have exclusive use of the best and quietest beaches which meant that we had to use the beach where you guessed it the all inclusive Russians would gather into a smaller area where the noise and music was deafening with a bar that we were not allowed to use so we'd walk to one of the other beaches where we would try to smuggle ourselves in and perhaps try and grab a coffee the restaurants on the resort mainly closed when the sun went down which just left a couple of restaurants for us to use so not much of the choice it gets a bit depressing when you're constantly told you not allowed in here or you can't go there so you feel out of place however the room was nice to resort itself was very clean and the staff were not so bad we did manage to venture out of the resort and find some cheaper options for restaurants etc. so its because of this I would not recommend this resort unless of course you like the all inclusive lifestyle and the noise and chaos that goes with it PS we asked the reception to book a couple of trips out the first bus turned up an hour late and for the second trip didn't turn up at all

Room Tip: Make sure that your room as far enough away from the noisy parts i.e. Night clubs and bars if you want to get a good night's sleep
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank elvis n
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Reviewed March 13, 2013

Cannot fault the staff or the rooms and obviously the weather. The hotel is far to big and to get anywhere you have to take the hotel buses(milk floats), to call it all inclusive is a joke the food unless you like cold food or you prefer Italian or Russian food. Out of the five ALL INCLUSIVE bars only one stayed open after sundown, and as Egypt does get quite cool of a night this bar is out in the open by one of the beaches. The only way to eat well is to go off hotel or eat in one of there al la carte restaurants in which you get billed for, oh by the way don't get fooled by the two attractions the club and the shopping square bars because you also get charged for drinking there

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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 11, 2013

Horrible, horrible, horrible! Bad food, poor hygiene standards and money stolen from our room. Please do not stay here. Many of the guests were ill in the hotel, they thought from the food. Although all inclusive, the food was so bad we ate elsewhere most nights. No way is this a 5 star hotel, maybe a 3 star at a push. The hotel room looked nice but smelt of B.O. from the cleaner, nice! This was the worst resort I have ever stayed in and I have stayed in all sorts of budget and luxury accomodations but this is a complete shambles. Most guests are russian and the resort caters to their tastes. The entertainment was non existent and the only way to get nice meal was to pay to go to a decent restaurant not included in the all inclsuive package we had paid for. Do yourself a favour, pay a bit extra and stay elsewhere!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank hanliz27
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Reviewed March 6, 2013

This 'hotel' is not your typical hotel nor are any of the others in this resort. It is not a single building as a normal hotel would be. The Domina complex is more a village of low buildings and the buildings are designated as being either the Oasis or Prestige or Elisir hotels and the receptions to each of these are not in the same building as the accommodation so straight away your expectations are confounded. The only way you can tell which is which in most cases is by the colour paint around the windows. We were in a block with green paint around the windows and our wrist band was green, there was also blue, orange and white that we saw. It is a bit like being streamed at school, people can tell at a glance which group you belong to!

The village has been built on the side of a hill and has been landscaped well and the grounds are very pleasant but if you do not know what to expect you could be in for a bit of a shock as we were. The dining rooms are in a separate building and the whole complex has grown up around a small village centre of shops and the main pool. The whole thing reminded me of an up market Butlins camp. So don't expect several large hotels which you may have encountered on other all inclusive holidays, this does not compare to any holidays in Spain, Greece or the Dominican Republic.
If you are 'all inclusive' as we were you are in for a surprise because unlike other all inclusive hotels/resorts you cannot use all of the facilities. If you want to eat in another buffet restaurant you will have to pay ( with a discount) you cannot use all of the swimming pools or the salt lake unless you have booked with the Prestige or King's Lake 'hotel'. We were told very kindly that we were not in the right accommodation to use this facility, and you can't bluff because you are wearing a colour coded wrist band. There are only 5 or 6 all inclusive bars, some of which close at night so the remaining ones get very full and the non all inclusive bars are quite expensive. These bars are spread around the complex but tend to be more towards the centre than on the edges. The snacks in the afternoon are served in the all inclusive bars but there is little choice. We were there for a week and the 'variety of cakes' was madeira cake every day. The ice cream is local water ice scooped from a tub rather than any branded or ice cream lollies. The dining room to the Oasis screams school dinners or Butlins cafeteria and the choice of food is basic. There is always fish, chicken, pasta, rice and egyptian bean which I am sure must taste better than it looks but I was not brave enough to try this brown sludge gloop. You need to get there reasonably early. Our first night we didn't go in until past 9.0 and there was very little left.
You also have to be ready for the number of Russians there, I swear Russia must have closed down when we were there at the end of February because they were all in this resort and they don't play by the same rules as us Brits. Another irritant are the local shopkeepers in the resort who stand outside their shops and call to you every time you pass imploring you to go and have a look at what they are selling. Nothing in the shops has a price on it so be prepared. These shop keepers try to guess your nationality and which part you are from. For some reason they seemed to think we were from Yorkshire, they also like to try out their little English sayings: 'bloody marvelous' and 'Lovely jubbly' seemed to be their favourites. But if you think these shop keepers are bad just try walking through Naama Bay and you really experience how badly these people can hassle you.
To get to Naama Bay you will need a taxi. Walk out to the gate of the complex rather than booking one from the hotels. The ones from the hotels charge EP61 but the local ones will do the trip for around EP30. You also don't need to change your money to Egyptian Pounds because everywhere will take English Pounds or Euros. Some things are priced in US dollars. I found it impossible to calculate the price of things at the airport because they were priced in USD.
This sounds as if we did not enjoy our holiday. We did it was just it took us a while to get used to it. Our room was lovely overlooking the Kings lake, block 34 ( again imagination with names is not a strong point of this resort but it does make finding things easier) is the best for a good view and proximity to the shops, dining room and main beach. It was large and the cleaner always put his personal touch to it by way of shaping the towels or your nightwear, he lined up all of my cosmetics and toiletries in seried ranks!
There are no women working here other than the animation team, all the jobs are done by men. I found this a bit strange but then you have to realise you are in a Muslim country, albeit with a tolerance of western ways which include the provision of Casinos and in Naama Bay the most ostentatious bright bling shops ever. The main road in Naama Bay is a horror to behold and run away from.
The staff at the Oasis are mostly friendly ( with the exception of the reception and admin staff) they are helpful if you ask a question and work hard taking a pride in what they do. There was always something to eat, just not the range we had been used to in other 4 or 5 star hotels and the grounds are safe. There are security staff walking around and I never felt unsafe in the resort. There is also a free taf taf bus which runs every 3 minutes or so to get you around the complex. There are 5 routes which overlap somewhere near the reception. This service is excellent we used it every day to go to a smaller pool without the loud boom boom music that the younger ones seemed to need every minute of the day around the main pool.
The beach is there for sunbathing on only. You cannot go swimming off the beach because of the coral ( the name of the place should have alerted us to this). You have to swim in the salt water swimming pools which are on the pontoons. Depending on which life guard is on duty you may or may not be allowed to swim around these pontoons in the sea. There didn't seem to be any logic to when they blew the whistle to get you out. Also if you are sun sensitive you cannot wear a T shirt in the swimming pools, the life guards tell you to take them off. I raised this as an issue on my feedback to them. I burnt even with factor 25 on. The sun is really fierce and hot.
The whole resort runs on Domina time - crazy I know but there you are. This means they are one hour ahead of the rest of Egypt so if you are going anywhere or meeting anyone you need to establish whether you are on Egyptian time or Domina time.

The last thing that took us by surprise was the fumigation of the plants every evening around 6 - 7. A truck with men on the back drive around with some sort of pesticide being pumped onto the plants leaving a large heavy cloud of 'smoke' vapour in its wake. Be prepared to shut your windows or run if you get caught in this. I am sure in this country this practice would not pass health and safety lasws but it does seem to be an effective way of keeping the bugs down.

Speaking of bugs make sure you take strong insect repellent. I don't normally get bitten but each morning was a fiesta of scratching and these bites swell and leave bruises and last for a good while.

Would I go back? If I wanted guaranteed winter sun probably yes but now I know what to expect and I may even push the budget to go to one of the other higher grade hotels in the resort. Having holidayed in 5 star hotels for the last 6 years I really did not like being the poor relation in the Oasis, especially since it is advertised as 5 star. We were told that it was the resort was 5* not the hotel but there is a plaque over reception clearly proclaiming the Oasis to be 5* which it most definitely is not. But it is good value for money if you can accept the limitations of the place.

Room Tip: Upper level sea view room in block 34 best for views and proximity to bars, restaurants, main beach etc.
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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