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Not so much a grand oasis as a big dissappointment
We have just returned from a week at the Tropicana Grand Oasis with two out of the four of us having stomach problems.This is our second Easter in Sharm and we love the place although noticably busier and more expensive than last year. Less willing to barter in the shops( they have wised up to the fact that their merchandise was already cheap). Great weather and very friendly people. We chose this hotel instead of the Hilton Sharks Bay where we stayed last year because we thought that there should( according to the brochure) have been more restaurant choices. However we were disappointed to find that the other three restaurants all served a set choice of mediocre foods, certainly not A La carte. Rooms were large and clean, pools freezing cold despite 30+ degree heat. Sunbed shortage but helpful staff around pool would try to find you somewhere. Very poor, short jetty gets very crowded at times. Better snorkelling at Hilton. Good lobby bar drinks but again lack of seats. Entertainment very hit or miss and geared to mainly Italian and Russian guests who don't do queuing or manners! Will definately go back to Sharm but not that hotel, better off at the Hilton!
Oasis of the Sinia
My wife and I have just returened from a wonderful time on the Red Sea, namely, the Tropicana Grand Oasis Hotel, Sharks Bay, Sharm el Sheikh.
The Hotel and accomadation was really good and family orientated, staff were excellent and could not do enough for you. Rooms were either twin, double or familyvery clean and well presented with good bathrooms claening service was excellent on a daily basisFood was fantastic, mainly all Buffet style and of excellent quality. service was 5* from only an honest 4* hotel. Beach was great, not sand, but a terraced shingle with good fixed wooden parasols to give much needed shade. No sun bed reserving without your sun bed cards. Sea was awash with underwater tropicl colour and an excelent reef was to be found at the end of your very own pontoon, a real treat for snorklers and divers, no real need to go on any deep sea excursions you have all to see off the beach. would recommend fully inclusive with good beach bars and mid day meal restaraunt. Only one point to grumble about evening entertainment was very amatuerish and aimed at the Italians, but they do try hard. Naama bay is your local town night life and bazaars, with will cost you 30-50 Egyptian pounds incl tip, in a blue and white taxie or 60-70 e/p for limmo from hotel, Old Town or Old Naama is were the Egyptians go and has a better atmosphere......so overall i can well recommend this resort and you wont be dissapointed.... message to all Brits, DONT FORGET TO HAGGLE, its fun!!
Trop Grand Oasis - Wonderful
After reading quite negative reviews, I was quite worried about my choice of hotel, but actually had a fantastic week at this Resort at the beginning of March. Hotel was lovely and clean - staff really friendly, there was plenty of choice of food, people must certainly be fussy, because there was a wonderful choice of dishes.
Rooms were lovely and spacious, very clean. Beach was a little disappointing as it was person made, but nevertheless it was lovely and clean. Fresh beach towels available everyday. You could not fault the snorkelling - it was sensational! Well recommended!!
We went for 1 week and it wasnt long enough! really really didnt want to go home! The hotel was spotless; the staff clean continuously! the pool and beach were stunning, the staff were really good fun, the gardens were so lush, the coral and fish at the hotels beach were fantastic - i honestly couldnt fault our holiday! The weather was perfect, we were there 17th-24th March and everyday was hot and sunny, but not too hot, there was a blissfull breeze - we came back with fantastic tans! i highly recommend this hotel!
If you are looking for a week away in the sun relaxing by the pool then this hotel is perfect.
Our room was wonderful. A few minutes walk away from the main block and pool area but in a quieter area and overlooked the sea.
I am a fussy eater but found that for a week it was fine. There were plenty of choices, everything was very bland, but it always hot and we didn't have to queue at all for any meals. Although I should imagine that in the summer it would be far more hectic.
We heard a few people who couldn't wait to tell anyone listening how ill they had been since they had arrived and blamed the food. I do feel sorry for people who are genuinly ill, but these people were drinking lots of alcohol from 11am till midnight and out in the sun all day!! We ate and drank (a few during the day and plently of water, and a lot more (not the water, in the evenings) and were fine.
After a busy day of sunbathing, the bar area and terrace was nice to relax in with a glass (or two) of beer. The wine was something different and the cocktails good to try, although a group of us all ordered different ones one evening and we did find they all tasted the same!!
Plenty of sun loungers whatever time of the day you went out to the pool area.
Scuba diving was fantastic and just as good sights as anything we had seen in the Caribbean, although because of the reefs you are limited to how far you can swim.
Took the hotel courtesey bus into Naamba Bay one afternoon and had a walk around. We found for an afternoon 4 hours was enough but the bus was always busier in the evening as there were plenty of bars in the area.
We found the bar staff at the hotel very friendly and a smile to them always got fast and friendly service. We were very embarrassed to see a fellow Brit click his fingers at the waiters each time he wanted a drink. After a few nights he was asking people why they were getting served before him and it was pointed out that maybe by treating the staff better he would get better service and surprise surprise it worked.
One tip would be to get your bottled water to take back to your room by 10pm as they did run out some nights.
If you want excitement and plenty to do in the days and nights this hotel is not for you. We would have struggled for two weeks but if you want a week away from the snow and rain and relax we hope this will suit you perfect as it did for us.
A group of six of us stayed here in the first week of April.
I would agree that the staff were very friendly and helpful however, if you are considering this hotel there are a few issues to be aware of.
Firstly, simply given the nature of the site, the hotel will be unsuitable for certain groups of people. It is an extremely steep site and the less moblie will struggle. Our rooms were down by the beach. The advantages of this were the stunning views and the proximity to snorkelling facilities the disdavantage was the distance from the main dining room/lobby bar - one member of our party who is less physically able found this a daily struggle.
I would also agree with other postings on this site that state that the beach (man made) is unsuitable for young children - a more apt description would be sunbathing terraces.
Secondly, the food. Well there is a wide choice in the main dining room but the other restaurants serve a very limited menu indeed. In fact I would advise giving them a miss. However, there may be hygiene issues at this hotel. Five of us were unwell on holiday and this has continued following our return home to the extent that we are now having medical tests.
If you are considering this area for a holiday I would recommend that you seek a different hotel. We have travelled long haul and stayed AI before but this hotel does not match the standards of the Caribbean, in fact they have long way to go.
Having said all this I would come back to Egypt but I would definitely not stay here again.
Great relaxing holiday
Both my wife and my self absolutely loved this holiday, it was perfect for what we wanted, which was to relax with our 8 month old daughter. We a little concerned after reading some of the comments posted on here, but when we were there we could not understand what all the fuss was about. We enjoyed both the food, drink and the hospitality. The hotel was very clean, bedding and towels changed daily and staff always seemed to be tidying or cleaning. There are 3 restaurants to chose from Italian, Oriental and seafood(With these restaurants you have to book a table) plus the buffet restaurant itself. We found the beer to be refreshing and the wine not too bad at all. A great pointer is to tip the bar waiters, as they will look after ytou for the entire length of your stay, the same goes for the pool attendants, they will move heaven and earth for you when it comes to beds and umberellas by the pool.The only things you have to pay for was ice cream as in Eygpt this is a luxurious commodity, though it still works out cheaper than over here i.e A magnum ice creams about 80p. The night entertainment is not very good, but to be honest that was not really relevant to us. We found there to be a mixture of both Italians and russians staying at this hotel who all seemed pretty friendly. To sum up, we wished we were staying for another week, we had a great time and certainly go back.
Tropcana Grand Oasis
My wife and I stayed at the Tropicana Grand oasis, for one week in June we found this hotel to be clean and friendly.
The waiters and Pool attendants could not be more helpful, and the hotel staff were the same.
The hotel itself is situated quite a way, from Nama Bay but easily reachable by the hotel's free bus or a taxi.
The food at the hotel was very nice, but different, the hotels seems to cater for Italian or Russian visitors, although there are more Brits starting to go there nowadays, and things are changing.
The only thing I really missed was in the mornings, Bacon fried eggs and baked beans.
The rooms were cleaned every day with a change of towels. I have never seen a hotel cleaned so well, for so long, they started around seven o'clock cleaning the pool its surrounding areas and grounds and went on all-day, throughout the hotel.
I really couldn't find a bad thing to say about this hotel.
Its Egypt, kind of.
"A cultural oddity."
There are many sides to Sharm,but authentic Egyptian is not one of them.In sharm you can do things that would not be allowed in the most other parts of the country.You can drink alcohol,go topless and never have to pay a bribe.If you want good hotels,OK facilities and a coastline and sea to kill for,go to sharm.If you want peace and quite,or hustle and bustle,then you can find both there aswell.If you want the real Egypt,look elsewhere.
Whilst snorkelling off the beach at the Tropicana oasis hotel out near the airport I was lucky enough to come across this beautiful eagle ray. I am just glad I had the U/W camera with me.
Tropicana Grand Oasis
My sister and I are flying out to Sharm on Sunday, staying at the Tropicana Grand Oasis. Could someone tell me where the nearest, money exchange, ATM is please as I don't really want to go wandering round looking for one! Also anything we should know or look out for, we are both in our 20's and travelling alone.