At Cheap Egypt we review the reviewers.    We will take a look at the holiday reviews for Reef Oasis Beach Resort, Sharm el Sheikh on the top holiday review websites and summarise the last 10 reviews. Hopefully this service will take the time out of your research and allow you more time to enjoy the thought of your next holiday.

Trip Advisor (14/1/09)

The average† “overall rating” the Reef Oasis Beach Resort Hotel, Sharm El Sheikh receives is 4.3 out of 5.

The hotel received very good reviews thus it’s high score.  From what I have gathered about the rooms, they are a mixed bag.  Some of them are old and tired, where others are so new that they have just  been finished.  It appears that the Reef Oasis Beach resort is being upgraded slowly.  So if you are not happy with the room you have, do as others have done in the reviews and demand a different room. The rooms were described as spacious and and spotless by a couple of reviewers.

The food, as always seems to be dividing people, although the ones who had a problem with the food still gave the hotel a good rating.  The usual criticisms abound – “repetitive”, “not much choice”, but others were very complimentary about the food.  Some of the reviewers were not happy paying extra for things like fresh orange juice, ice cream and bottles of wine – being an all inclusive.  The Italian restaurant gets a few compliments for its food, in particular its pizzas.

One of the stand-out comments is the reef.  Nearly all the reviewers said that the paid for trips to various dive destinations were not as good as the reef just outside the hotel.  Another, stand-out comment, although I suspect it was rather tongue in cheek was that the entertainment was great, if you were a five year old Italian – poor animation team they get it every time.

Although I have mentioned some negative points the hotel only losses 7  points in ratings out of a possible fifty so they must be doing something right – perhaps it’s the staff, and the reef?

Holidaywatchdog(14/1/09)

The average† “overall rating” the Reef Oasis Beach Resort Hotel, Sharm El Sheikh receives is 8.3 out of 10.

The main reason that the score is low is due to one reviewer score the hotel resort 1 out of ten.  The fact is that she did not have any beef about the hotel but had a problem with the tour operator.  If it were not for that the score for the hotel would have been probably at least 9 out of 10.

The speed of check-in received good reports as too did the staff .   The large size of the complex was mentioned in a couple of reviews but this was not raised in a negative way.  The reviewers enjoyed taking walks and exploring the resorts beautiful grounds.  Some reviewers did get the rooms (around room 1000 or so) close to the building works but after examining the alternatives kept their rooms and were overwhelmed by the size and cleanliness of them.  (Ed- must be the refurbished rooms)

Tipping was recommended to get 5 star service.  The food received glowing reports from quite a lot of reviewers.  Top tip from one reviewer was the to eat at night in the Grill Restaurant which overlooks the sea and gets its cooling breeze.

The reef as gets glowing recommendations from nearly all reviewers for its sea life.  A great tip was offered by one reviewer to take aqua shoes as the corals can be quite sharp.

Holiday Truth.com

There are only 5 reviews at time of writing therefore cannot draw an overall rating, although all 5 reviewers gave a glowing recommendation for the hotel.

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The following is based on information supplied by the hotel.

Reef Oasis Beach Resort, Sharm el Sheikh – Location

The Reef Oasis Beach Resort is located on the popular diving spot of  “Hadebet Om El Sied” which is only 2km from the old market of Sharm El Shiekh. The hotels is only about 20 minutes from the airport, so no long transfers.

Reef Oasis Beach Resort, Sharm el Sheikh – Facilities

The Reef Oasis Beach Resort Sharm el Sheikh Egypt has a great number of facilities.  The size of the complex is revealed in the number of swimming pools it has -16!  On site you can also enjoy aerobics, archery, beach football, dancing lessons, darts, football, table tennis, tennis (3 courts) and volleyball.  If you find all that a bit tiresome then why not relax in one of the hotels 3 open air jacuzzi’s and take in the great sea views.

Rather than creating your own fun why not visit the theatre, where the international animation team will entertain you.  There is also live music and the usual pool games and even a library if you run out of books.

There is a mini club for the children (3 to 12) and a children’s playground. Your children will enjoy the mini club where they can take aprt in play games, parties, drawing music and sports.

In addition to all of the above the Reef Oasis Beach Resort Sharm El Sheikh also offers billiards, internet, hairdressers, laundry, shuttle bus to Naama Bay (morning), bicycles, scooters and diving centre (offering diving courses, sea trips, excursions, diving and snorkelling equipment rental).  The resort also offers a variety of restaurants, bars and snack bars.

Please note: Some facilities within the complex may incur a local charge.

Reef Oasis Beach Resort Sharm El Sheikh – Rooms

The Reef Oasis Beach Resort is a 670 room complex built either on one or two storeys buildings and include rooms suitable for disabled access as well as having inter connecting rooms.  All rooms are air conditioned and have satellite tv, mini bar, safety deposit box, bathroom with shower, balcony or terrace overlooking either the sea, gardens, or pool.

Please note that around the resort there are steps and sloping pavements, however disabled guests can be transported to all amenities by requesting the hotel bus cart.

Reef Oasis Beach Resort Sharm El Sheikh – All Inclusive

Food
Reef Oasis Beach Resort All Inclusive deal consists of buffet breakfast (7 am to 9.30 am), lunch (12.30 pm to 3 pm) and dinner (7 pm to 9.30 pm) all with different Egyptian and International dishes served at the main restaurant or the grill restaurant, La Citadel, which overlooks the sea. For the sleepy heads late breakfast is served at three of the hotel bars where sandwiches and cakes are offered. Guests can also use one of the other two hotel restaurants which are The Gioconda (serves dinner from 7 pm to 9 pm and includes different kinds of pasta and pizza, a salad buffet and a fruit and dessert buffet) and the beach restaurant (11 am to sunset serving hot sandwiches, hot dogs, burgers, chips, salad and fruit display fridge).

All Inclusive Drinks
There are six bars/cafes for the guests of the Reef Oasis Beach Resort Hotel Sharm el Sheikh to enjoy. These include the Piazza bar (the main bar of the resort) which provides drinks 24 hours except beer between 8 pm and 6 am, the Colombo pool bar (9 am to midnight), the Rama pool bar (9 am to midnight), the beach bar (8.30 am to sunset), the disco bar (midnight to 2 am) and the Oasis Oriental Café (5 pm to midnight). The All Inclusive drinks available include hot drinks and cold drinks (soft drinks, tea, coffee, juices, local brand drinks such as whisky, gin, zibiba, vodka, rum, local beer, local wine as well as shisha (water pipe). Please note that not all drinks are available in all bars.

All Inclusive Snacks
The Reef Oasis Beach Resort Egypt offers a wide variety of snacks including croissant and Danish pastries until noon at the Piazza bar and Colombo pool bar (or between 9 am and 10 am at the Rama pool bar). There are different kinds of sandwiches available at Piazza & Colombo from noon till 2 pm and hot snacks (hot dogs, burgers, shawarma and French fries) between 10 and 3 pm at Rama. Pizza slices are available from 2 pm to 5.30 pm at Colombo. English cake is available from 5.30 pm until midnight at Piazza and Colombo (or between 5.30 pm and 7 pm at Rama).

† Last 10 reviews as of 14/1/09

‡No overall category.  Figure obtained by adding up all ratings and dividing by total 250, 5 suns, 5 categories, 10 reviews.

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