The Domina coral bay in all fairness is a beautiful place to stay if you like to sunbathe, swim in the pools or sea, We stayed at the Oasis part of the hotel and found all the facilities to be good. The staff are really friendly and seem to appreciate the British for our politeness, mainly the guests appear to be from the eastern block countries but having said this we all seemed to get along fine. Accommodation (block 58) was good with all the usual amenities although the TV was rather dated. we were in the Oasis so we were only allowed to use pool 56 or 55 but these were very close. They were well staffed and it was never a problem finding sunbeds, great barstaff that seemed to get to know you well. Pool areas were kept very clean all the time as was the rest of the 'social village' as they like to call it (having about 5 other hotels there). There was a slight feeling of segregation because you have to pay more for the other hotels and this may be the reason for being excluded from the some pools and bars around the other hotels. If we wanted to swim in the sea (full of fish) we had to use the main beach. Always plenty of sunbeds (you have a card for the towels so you exchange this for fresh towels and at the end of the session take towels back to get your card back, good system) The beach itself is sandy and clean, it is not allowed to swim in the edge of the sea due to the rocks on which new coral is formed and to do so results in the life guard frantically blowing a whistle at you....Having said that, there is a 4 metre wide channel into the sea where you can paddle with the fish, or enter the deeper water past the reef (Still channelled about 5 metres) protected by ropes against boats, windsurfing etc. There are also piers that you can swim off and also two floating swimming pools. The village has its own small 'Taff Taff' service which there are five routes servicing the hotels (free) and are run with friendly drivers.
Complex also has a very good outdoor spa and gym which we paid a bartered 10 euros a day for, well worth it.
Entertainment at night was pretty good, in a very large open sided amphitheatre and had Elvis is back tribute night along with a Michael Jackson night, Karaoki, childrens talent night...the usual, Daytime entertainment for the children I cannot really comment on but they did seem to be entertained by the animation staff.
Now to the down side.... the restaurant in the Oasis is self service and well maintained, however the food is not good, if you like continental, cereals or fruit for breakfast its not a problem, the hot breakfast food is not great (omelette or fried egg fresh) Don't expect an English breakfast. Lunch was about the same and if you wanted hot food you had to get there just after it was put out, it soon cooled with the inefficient method of keeping it warm, again the choice of food was 'local' no chips, fish fingers or alphabitey things for children. Dinner was about the same, I enjoyed the 'wobbly smash' potatoes though and usually topped this with some aneamic white beans, the chicken you have to watch that this is cooked sufficiently, some were very red near to the thigh bone, (possibly another reason for a few people suffering the dreaded Gyppy tummy. A few people we talked to actually complained and were 'upgraded' to another restaurant where they said the food was a little better. we tended to 'dine out' at one of the paying restaurants quite frequently and had room service (which was very good and so was the food (chips were to be had)). We stayed 14 nights so our food bill was about £170 pounds on top.
If I had to stay at the Domina Coral Bay resort again, I would consider paying for the more 'select upper standard hotels there, purely to see if the food was better!
Check out the website, and the live webcam. Overall a nice place to stay but the food let it down in the Oasis.
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- Also Known As:
- Domina Coral Bay Oasis Hotel Sharm El Sheikh
- Domina Coral Bay Resort Casino
- Coral El Resort Sea Sharm Sheikh
- Domina Coral Bay Oasis Resort