After reading several positive reviews on tripAdvisor, we selected this hotel for a vacation with our family. We arrived by the end of June and stayed for 2 weeks (26/6 – 11/7).
The hotel is placed just by the Red Sea and has its own small bay with a private beach and very nice coral reefs. You have to cross the main road to get to the beach - no problem - but please note that rooms with a garden view also has to deal with traffic noise from this road. The hotel is placed in the middle of nowhere, so don’t expect to go to other local restaurants and shopping, sightseeing, etc. – there is none what so ever. Try Google Earth and you will see what I mean. The city of Marsa Alam does not offer any shopping and other tourists told us, that it was not worth going there, so we didn’t.
The weather is premium - always sunny with a nice strong breeze that cools you down.
The beach is nice and it is easy to go snorkeling along the coral reefs. The water is rather cloudy unless you swim up a bit further along the reef. All in all a very nice experience. But quite honestly I found the beach a bit boring. It’s a private beach for this hotel and therefore the activities on the beach are quite limited. There’s no real activities there apart from Beach Volley – I missed the possibility of going surfing, trying a “banana-boat”, paragliding from boat – or at least being audience to such “beach-life”. So don’t expect lots of possibilities there unless you go for the diving center or tours arranged.
The pool area consists of 3 pools all with the same depth (130 cm) and a children area with a depth of 75 cm for small children. All very nice – but again I found it a bit dull. There is no water slides or any variation in the pools. Right beside the pool areas there is an entertainment area for the kids. We saw no activity there for 2 weeks.
The staff is very friendly and I guess they try their best. But their language skills are very poor. Every day I was meet with a “God morning Chef”, “Alles Ok”, “Denmark!” and other “funny” statements. I speak both English and German but was actually not able to make a real conversation with any of the staff members. The first couple of days I wasted time trying to talk to the staff, as you would normally do being a polite person trying to answer their questions. But after a couple of days I found myself answering back with only few words, hoping it would shut them up. I even avoided eye contact looking busy so I wouldn’t have to waste my time on these stupid conversations. It actually got so bad that we were interrupted in the restaurant very often by staff that wanted us to smile.
Normally we are very smiling and accommodating people but after only a few days we had to be a bit repellent to certain members of the staff. I think they all went to a workshop learning how to cope with tourists, but they try too hard and fails at this. Other tourists had the same experience.
The restaurant serves the same food every day. I felt like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day. After only 3-4 days we knew exactly what to expect in the restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Believe me, it’s the same arrangement every day. Every day we also had to wait for glasses, knives, forks and spoons because they have too little cutlery. Every day we had to wait very long time at the pool bar just for getting a Cola. When asking for an icecream at the pool bar it’s was often not possible, because they ran out of it. And by the way, that was the only snack that you could get at the pool bar. Many evenings we experienced that the beverage machines were empty and there was only cold water to drink. Unless you wanted to stand in line at the piano bar waiting a long time for a drink.
A German guest told us that he had been to Egypt 7 times and he had never experienced such a bad restaurant and inadequate all-inclusive concept. We ourselves have been to two all-inclusive hotels in Turkey and experienced much better quality there.
The animation team does a fairly good job. Once a day they have aquagym at the pool and each night they arrange entertainment with shows, games etc. Fun to be part of this. I recommend that the animation team arrange more activities at the pool and beach during the day as we have seen at other hotels.
The front-desk does not offer any services regarding cash exchange, so you have to pay 10€ for a Taxi that will drive you to an ATM machine. Remember to bring cash as tipping is expected.
All in all we had a nice vacation, but was somewhat disappointed by this hotel. After trying 5-star hotels in Turkey at the same price as this hotel, we were disappointed by this hotel. We may visit Egypt again, but certainly not Oriental Bay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aurora Bay Resort is located on Jabal Rosas Bay, one of the most captivating and exclusive beaches on Egypt's Red Sea coast in Marsa Alam. The resort is an enchanting desert oasis, offering a luxuriously relaxed accommodation surrounded by a spectacular view and dramatic landscapes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Oriental Bay Hotel Marsa Alam