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“MARSA ALAM IS ALWAYS RIGHT CHOICE FOR VACATION AMONG WONDERS AND BEAUTIES OF RED SEA NATURE” 4 of 5 stars
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SENTIDO Oriental Dream Resort
Ranked #15 of 74 Hotels in Marsa Alam
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“MARSA ALAM IS ALWAYS RIGHT CHOICE FOR VACATION AMONG WONDERS AND BEAUTIES OF RED SEA NATURE”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

Firstly I would like to say that Marsa Alam is my favorite place for quiet and relaxing vacation because of its pristine beautiful nature, sea, underwater life. Therefore I rested here 8 times in 5 different nice hotels. In Egypt I have been also in Makadi Bay, Sharm El Sheikh, Taba and Luxor.

In my opinion Marsa Alam is ideal place for people who want to leave crowd behind yourself, to experience beautiful long beaches and virgin seashore, to discover matchless underwater life in pristine nature, to have quiet and relaxed atmosphere. So choosing holidays in Marsa Alam, I am not afraid to make a mistake. And Sentido Oriental Dream Resort also was a right choice for such vacation.

I visited this hotel for one week vacation one year ago but my memories about staying here is still fresh. However (considering my experience of vacation in many different nice hotels in Egypt) in my review I would like to say only about distinctive features of this hotel in comparison with others which I remember through one year.

First of all about the most important feature for people, which visit Red Sea – this hotel proposes nice opportunity for snorkeling and swimming even when it is windy weather, because from his beach you have direct sandy access to the big sea lagoon. No good thing as for me in this hotel is absence of jetty and as result – impossibility to swim in the open sea and to see outside coral reefs.

My most memorable feature about this hotel in comparison with others is two a la carte restaurants, Italian and Fish, which both provide a menu that is included in the AI-inclusive package. You can book dinners in these restaurants as many times as you like during your stay. We spent most of our evenings in these restaurants because they propose special atmosphere in comparison with the main restaurant and in my opinion one of the nicest food, which I tested in Egypt.

And, of course, I would like to say about Egyptian hospitality. In this hotel I met attentive, helpful and friendly staff, which tries fulfilling any wishes of their guests. For example, on our request immediately and without any problem reception staff prepared for us room with one of the most beautiful direct sea view in this resort. All of these I can also to say about the teams of two a la carte restaurants in this hotel, Italian and Fish.

So I can recommend this hotel for people, which want to have quiet, relaxing vacation among the wonders and beauties of Red Sea nature. And I would like to say thanks for ours holiday all and everyone in the team of Sentido Oriental Dream Resort.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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orientaldream, Manager at SENTIDO Oriental Dream Resort, responded to this review, October 20, 2012
Dear OlyKiev,
Thank you for your comment concerning your stay at SENTIDO Oriental Dream Resort. We appreciate you taking the time to post your comments on Trip Advisor.
Thank you for your feedbacks about our restaurants, food and staff. We always do our best to welcome all our guests with the highest standards of our service.
We are glad to know that you enjoyed your stay and hope that for the next holiday you will choose again SENTIDO Oriental Dream Resort.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

Hi.

My GF and me stayed in Sentido oriental dream resort from 14th to 29th of September and it was our second visit at this resort (previous we were here 2 years ago).

Ill try to write review as objective as i can.

Location:

Resort is stationed in the middle of no where (El Quesir is 30 km to the north and Port Ghalib in 35 km to the south). So if you wanna go out or party some where else that resorts disco you might wanna choose Hurgada or Sharm. We on the other hand went to refill our batteries so 15 days ended much to quickly.

Hotel grounds:

Gardens are well maintained and together with palm trees and lovely buildings looks really nice. There are three large pools each with a pool bar. Beach is around 1km long but there is nothing on the left (they are building one hotel in the next bay) or right.

Reception:

We arrived at around 8 in the evening and all things at the reception were done fast and with great manners from reception staff. After filling out forms we were given our key cards and 5 minutes after that we were in our room.
The next day we realized that we dont have hot water (only mild) and the issue was sorted ASAP.
Basically all that i needed from them was sorted soon and with a smile.

Room:

Our room was 604 which is located directly on the beach on the left side near Mangrove restaurant. The room is basic but you dont really need much from the room on the holidays in Marsa Alam (basically we just spend the night here).It had tho single beds,AC,decent bath room with shower,safe box,tv and nice terrace on the sea side. We didnt miss anything.

Food & drinks:

As we were here on AI you could eat and drink when ever you like. Meals are served in main restaurant which is the same like in any other hotel-a bit crowded in rush hours. Beside that food was ok and we didnt have any related health problems.They have theme nights for dinner but i did miss decent piece of meat. For lunch you could eat in beach bar but food there was repetative. Soft drinks,beer,wine and local spirits were available any time. The only thing that bothered me were small plastic cups in which drinks were served in beach bar.

Beach:

Hotel is located on awesome beach site as it has plenty of space so you can really relax during your stay there. There is always enough sun beds available (hotel seemed quite full to me) and there is no one shouting or bothering you while you rest. From time to time people do come around to offer you stuff like boat trips,massage,camel rides,etc but they are always polite and dont like they wanna force you to buy something.
The reef it self is like 700m away from the beach but you can not reach it as there is no jetty (one of the things resort must resolve) but you can snorkel in inner part.There are two ways to go-left and right. On the right its shallow water with a lot of corals and colored fish and on the left its deeper water.We spend more than an hour snorkeling each time we went in.

Over all i think this resort is good value for money and i am sure we will return eventually. They really need to build some kind of access to deep waters and try to teach their guest that you just MUST not touch,kick or walk on sea life (i would just ban fins and water shoes for starters) as its really sad to see people walking over corals (two years a go there were much more stuff alive in the bay).

Hope you find this review helpful:)

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank beliblisk
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orientaldream, Manager at SENTIDO Oriental Dream Resort, responded to this review, October 16, 2012
Dear beliblisk,

We appreciate your time in writing to let us know of the wonderful experience and service you received in our hotel.

We are delighted that the team made such a good impression. We are glad to hear also that the check-in process was quick and smooth, as well as the maintenance service. Excellent customer service is something we strive to excel here at SENTIDO Oriental Dream Resort.
We appreciate your concern for protecting the corals and the sea life and thank you voicing it. However, with regards to the notices and signage, we have already taken the necessary steps to post them at various locations and languages.

Once again thank you for your wonderful comments and we look forward to welcoming you back to the SENTIDO Oriental Dream Resort where you can experience the great service as you have mentioned once again.

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Great Yarmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

We have been to Egypt 9 times and can honestly say that this hotel is the best. Don't let the long coach transfer put you off, it is well worth the journey. Every member of staff was very friendly and could not do enough for you. We arrived late at night after a 4 hour delay at Gatwick, but after a cool drink while we checked in, we were soon in our room ( a little bungalow overlooking the main pool ) and a tray of food was sent to us, which we sat on our terrace and enjoyed. The waiters, especially Saad and Honey Moon were brilliant and even helped me carry my food to our table ( as I have problems, walking with a stick and carrying plates of food ). There was a very good choice of food and if all else failed there was always pasta and bread. The food in the Italian al la carte was really nice, and made a pleasant change.The bar menu was far better than we have had in Egypt, including several cocktails never offered before ( Bloody Marys, Mojitos, Tequilla Sunrise etc ). The main pool bar was manned by Mohammed who made a very good cocktail and had ours ready for us at lunch time and sometimes he bought them to our sunbeds in the afternoon, if he was not too busy. The reception staff, the drinks waiters, the pool boys were all excellant and made our holiday great. Even the gardeners deserve a mention, they worked all day getting the gardens replanted. Our room was basic but clean and comfy and the way the rooms are staggered meant we did not hear any sound from our neighbours. The beach is clean but a little rocky, you do need beach shoes to get in the water, which is very shallow and you need to walk out quite a way to get to a depth where you can swim. There are several areas of coral close by and a reef that encloses the whole bay and is very good for snorkelling, but much further out. My final comments, I have saved for the wonderful animation team, Antonio, Munshy, DJ Yoghurt, Doodi, Jan and Sid, under the guidence of Adam, they put on great shows at night, but were so energetic and enthusiastic in everthing they did. We did not join in any of there games but they still came to talk to us and spent time chatting and making us feel so welcome. Adam even gave up his afternoon off to take us snorkelling. Note to Adam - you have a great team there, they are new but they work together so well and everyone loved them, you can be very proud of them. We would go back tomorrow if we could, but will definately be looking to go back next year. Thank you everyone.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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orientaldream, Manager at SENTIDO Oriental Dream Resort, responded to this review, October 5, 2012
Dear Johnvict,
Thank you for your feedback, we are so glad that you have such fond memories of your vacation. We do all the best to accommodate our guests with the highest standards of Egyptian hospitality. We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future for another special holiday in our hotel.
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

Many thanks to all the Staff at the Sentido - You are all excellent! - I would recommend this hotel to anybody. As seasoned travellers over a period of 25 years we know what is good and what is not so good - This is one of the best for service, if not the best we have been to in recent years.
It cannot be overstated that every employee within the hotel is committed to enhancing your holiday experience whether it be the room cleaners, restaurant staff, animation teams or even the gardeners who all work very hard.

The location is quiet but lovely, The things you can see snorkelling are quite out of this world. - Just one word of caution please do not do what I saw several visitors do i.e. disturbing the marine life and breaking off the coral - If you end up in hospital with a Sting Rays barb or stung by a Lion Fish, there is a very good chance it was your own fault - Please, Please, Please show some respect for this very beautiful place and its incredible contents - We considered it a real privilage to be able to swim in there and it must be treated accordingly.

Once again many thanks - The Sentido was magnificent!

Room Tip: The Block near the Mangrove restaurant is very quiet and has super views of the sea
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank CCR_GR
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orientaldream, Manager at SENTIDO Oriental Dream Resort, responded to this review, September 26, 2012
Dear GCC_GR,

We really like to thank you for your great review here on Tripadvisor. It is always important to get a feedback from our guest but especially this kind of comments which show us that we are doing a good job.

Thank you for your lovely comments about the staff, as our highest added values is our staff friendliness. We are really happy to hear that you felt like at home and are so glad to read you enjoyed view in one of our best rooms near the Mangrove Restaurant.

We will be very pleased to welcome you back in the future.

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Cracow, Malopolskie, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

We spent here really perfect week. Weather and the sea was perfect. Beautiful location, still|( I HOPE they will protect) beautiful snorkling in front of the hotel beach.Waiters in the restaurant are great. Food is very good but i agree with Michele_Tuscany that they should try to have more egyptian specialties and less international selection... jeep safari with Michael was great . Simply the best holiday.Thank you so much :)

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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orientaldream, Manager at SENTIDO Oriental Dream Resort, responded to this review, September 26, 2012
Dear Magdalena,
Thank you for your comment concerning your stay at SENTIDO Oriental Dream Resort. We appreciate you taking the time to post your comments on Trip Advisor.
Thank you for your feedbacks about our rooms, food and staff. We always do our best to welcome all our guests with the highest standards of our service.
We are glad to know that you enjoyed your stay and hope that for the next holiday you will choose again SENTIDO Oriental Dream Resort.
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Canton of Neuchatel, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

Very good value for money.
Snorkelling can be done directly from the beach.
Rooms are quite spacious, housekeeping can be improved.
Food is good. Breakfast is above average.
Overall staff is professional.
Very good animation team, friendly and smiling.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Alessandro077
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orientaldream, Manager at SENTIDO Oriental Dream Resort, responded to this review, September 26, 2012
Dear Alessandro,
We are glad to read such a positive feedback about your stay in SENTIDO Oriental Dream resort. This will certainly motivate our team to continue to deliver the best service to all our guests. You are welcome anytime your home.
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Pistoia, Italy
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

Beautiful location, still beautiful snorkeling in front of the hotel beach (management is aware of need to protect coral reef and has promised to build a passageway over it and/or to segregate the area with red marker buoys! Please remind them of their commitment). Waiters in the restaurant are great, a special thanks to chef de salle mohamed ahmed, area head waiter wael shetes and all of their colleagues. Food is very good but they could try to have more egyptian specialties and less international selection... Rooms are very clean and the housekeeping team is very professional and friendly. A special thanks to ali and his team in the diving centre where austrofrenchgerman organization meets egyptian kindness. A nowadays no longer so hidden jewel is the exceptional experience of the camel or horseback safari in the desert organized by felix, milly and their team. The small but wellequipped shopping mall provides all you need during the stay (including a very useful pharmacy) and to bring home as souvenir. The unavoidable excessively drinking allinclusive tourists generating noise around the pool areas after midnight could not spoil an otherwise unforgettable two weeks.... See you next year (provided you protect the reef!)

Room Tip: Avoid poolview rooms, they can get noisy at night when guests gather there to have one r more final...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Michele_Tuscany
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orientaldream, Manager at SENTIDO Oriental Dream Resort, responded to this review, September 23, 2012
Dear Michele-Tuscany,

We deeply appreciate your kind comments regarding your recent stay at SENTIDO Oriental Dream Resort and to know you found our services up to the standards that you expected.

Thank your also for writing your opinion about SENTIDO on Trip Advisor and for letting people, who may be considering to stay with us, know our hotel is one of the best. We were glad to read you enjoyed wide range of trips offered here and we are all delighted to know that you liked our cuisine, but we will consider your comment concerning more variety of Egyptian specialities.

Also we want to ensure you, that we do realize how fragile coral reefs are and how important is protecting reefs now and for future generations. We do our best to protect the reef from destruction.

We do hope to welcome you back in the future to make your next stay as pleasant as this one and even more.

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Property: SENTIDO Oriental Dream Resort
Address: 30km North West Marsa Alam Airport, Marsa Alam 84515, Egypt
Location: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > Marsa Alam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Top resorts Hotel in Marsa Alam
#10 Spa Hotel in Marsa Alam
#12 Luxury Hotel in Marsa Alam
#15 Romantic Hotel in Marsa Alam
#15 On the Beach Hotel in Marsa Alam
#16 Family Hotel in Marsa Alam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4.5 star — SENTIDO Oriental Dream Resort 4.5*
Number of rooms: 348
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to SENTIDO Oriental Dream Resort! Nestled in an expansive landscape and 40 km from the airport, this elegant five-star resort offers you relaxing moments on a private beach. The contrast between desert, sea and mountains give the world a completely fresh aspect. The breathtaking sunsets, the turquoise sea and the magnificent coral reefs will enchant you. Unique preserved location for quiet vacation with an array of water sports activities and the desert discovery. The resort offers a 24-hour front desk, multilingual staff, Guest Relation desk, bell captain, limousine service and lots more. ... more   less 
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