This was our first time in Sharm El Sheikh.....and having read some of the reviews on here we were nervous about staying at Ocean Club. We need not have worried. From the moment we arrived, we were made to feel like friends, not guests. Where to start? Reception - friendly, helpful, always smiling!!! Rooms are fine - not 5 star but remember you are not paying for 5 star!!! They are clean, comfortable and a good size. The fridge, air conditioning and TV with English speaking channels were an unexpected and pleasant surprise. The rooms were cleaned every day - again the staff were very helpful and dedicated to their work - even tidying things up in the process. Food is plentiful - and there is a good selection of food for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. They try to provide some variety so that things don't get monotonous as can happen with all-inclusive holidays - and the Chefs and Waiting staff are more than happy to help with any special requests. There is the poolside bar with drinks from 10-6 and then drinks are served in the upstairs Phoenix Bar from 6-10. After this time you can purchase further drinks if you have not had enough by then at very inexpensive prices ( £1.50 for a large bottle of beer). All spirits and beer are local pretty much - you can purchase imported spirits but they don't tend to keep that many in stock as demand is minimal as I am sure you appreciate.
Ok - where are we? Facilities - there is massage and sauna's etc offered at extra cost which we did not try, but made good use of Tito and his team who provide manicure's, pedicure's, foot massages, head massage and facials, threading, cut throat shaves, haircuts and much more. Possibly some of the best treatments you will ever have!! All at extra cost. There is also a diving school if you are interested in Scuba - the diving and snorkeling in the Red Sea is mind blowing. If you are interested in snorkeling don't do the boat trip - the current too strong to make it enjoyable even for a good swimmer, so take yourself in a taxi ( £8-£10) to Sharks Bay and explore the coral reefs from the jetties there. Plenty of Dive Schools there - we used Butterfly Diving who were very good.There are many interesting trips and excursions available both through the hotel and from outside - and quite reasonable but try to shop around. Marco at Tesco Tours in the shopping area over the road from the hotel is very helpful, polite and courteous and I would strongly recommend him.
Mosquitoes - yes there are mosquitoes in the Hotel - shock horror!!! Hang on - aren't we in a hot country in Asia? Mosquitoes come with the territory and you can't blame the hotel. I'm sure the Security in the 5 star hotel down the road don't stop the mosquitoes at the door. Remember, this is reclaimed desert. If you don't want to get bitten by mosquitoes, don't go to Egypt. Or Asia. Or Africa. Or any hot country for that matter. And the same goes for the flies.
There are lots of bars, restaurants and shopping at Naama Bay, the Old Market (check out El Masriene Restaurant there for traditional Egyptian and Arabic food - the best restaurant in Sharm and surprisingly inexpensive) and Soho, as well as Nightclubs Pasha and Space if you are up to it!
The Ocean Club management are friendly, approachable and are keen to listen to comments and suggestions which are acted upon.
I celebrated my Birthday there - the trip being organised by my Wife - and had a night to remember - with an Egyptian night with traditional dancers and a belly dancer, (which hopefully will be a weekly event) and was even presented with a Birthday cake. Altogether, we have had an incredible week in Sharm at Ocean Club, among very good friends. Thank you all. Tim P.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ocean Club Hotel offers an exceptionally good value accommodation in a relaxed & cozy atmosphere and is ideal for single travelers, couples & families due to its friendly staff & quality of service. Thanks to all of our guests who have contributed to its popularity by returning year after year.This courtyard style hotel consists of 80 comfortable air conditioned guest rooms, some of which are adjoining, and provides a high standard of accommodation. Each room has its own private bathroom & shower, mini-bar, safe box and satellite TV. Relax around the 2 large swimming pools (one of which is heated) and sundecks during your day, and catch up on the day’s activities with friends around the social pool bar or head up to the Phoenix rooftop bar in the evening and enjoy a drink under the stars, or watch your favorite sport in the air-conditioned indoor area of the bar. The hotel features four outlets cleverly created to accommodate your every need, Phoenix roof top bar offering A La Carte menu and beverages during evening time, Pool Bar offering snacks and beverages during day time, Mongolian BBQ with its unique dining experience and the Reef Restaurant offering breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets. Hotel also has on site a mini SPA and a dive centre ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ocean Hotel Sharm El Sheikh
- Ocean Sharm El Sheikh