SENTIDO Oriental Dream Resort
14 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"my boyfriend and i were luckily transferred to this resort a week before we were due to leave as our other resort was having its main pool retiled.
it was a massive upgrade.
the rooms are lovely and very big.
the food in the restaurant pretty much varied every day and night, and the deserts were amazing.
the chefs are all lovely too!
as were all the staff at sentido, especially khalib ali on the beach bar who bought cocktails to us without us having to ask, and the night manager atr (sp?)
the beach is lovely and the sea a beautiful bluey green.
snorkelling to the right of the beach pretty good. but worth going to abu dabab as it was excellent.
all i will say is maybe take some shoes you can wear into the see, as i found the 20 meters or so of rocks/coral/stoney sand painful to walk over, and you needed to do that to get to the deep bit to swim!
overall- an amazing place to stay. everyone is very very helpful, eager and lovely.
i'm glad we were there when it was quite though!!
also, i really recommend doing the desert discovery trip. very good!!"
- Travel date: Tue 24th of March 2009
"First trip to an all inclusive resort was very impressed, thought i would get bored doing the same restaurant every night but it was okay (dont think i would do two weeks as we like to eat out at different places). The service was brilliant, the food was very good, the rooms were really clean, the view from our patio doors was to the left the sea and to the right the pool ideal location. Can not fault anything. It is very quiet at the moment which suited us don't know what the resort would be like in the summer months."
- Travel date: Wed 25th of February 2009
"We travelled to Egypt in Feb 2009 and were informed by Thomas Cook a few days before our trip that we had been transfered to this hotel. At first we were disapointed as we were really excited for our original hotel but we need not have worried... Everything about the hotel is 5star, from the huge recepion area to the helpfulness of their staff. The food is of an excellent standard although a little repetitive for a 2 week stay. Everything you need is located in the hotel, there is no need to leave, which is good because the hotel is in the middle of no-where. In all we had a fantastic stay, made better by the friendliness of the staff, in particular the Night Manager (Atef), the barstaff (Michael, Farag and Shazley) and Radwan the Shisha Man. They all made our stay at the hotel fantasic. The rooms are of good size and great standard, cleaned from top to bottom every day and left with some great towel sculptures. This is a fantasic hotel and i would recomend anyone looking for a relaxing getaway to visit. We can't wait to go back."
- Travel date: Sat 21st of February 2009
Absolutely fantastic hotel!!
"We were transferred to the Sentido Dream Beach from another hotel a couple of weeks before we were due to travel, and were quite apprehensive as we had built up the other holiday in our minds so much.
However, this hotel did not disappoint!! Everything was fantastic, from the welcome with drinks when we arrived, to the room, the staff were all incredibly helpful and couldn't do more for you and the meals in the buffet restaurant were all of a high standard.
We went snorkeling on one of the days with the hotel's diving centre which I can highly recommend.
There isn't much to do outside of the hotel complex but if all you want to do is relax for the week then this is the perfect hotel. It is right on the beach, and the pools are all very clean - a couple are heated if you go in winter - not that it is cold in winter!
The animation team put on some good shows in the evening, and there are plenty of activities to do during the day - such as water aerobics, darts, beach volleyball and more.
One slight word of warning - we weren't informed of this when booking through our travel agent but during evening meals you have to have your shoulders and knees covered so ladies make sure you take shrugs or cardis with you.
This was an absolutely amazing holiday and we are already planning on making another trip!"
- Travel date: Thu 29th of January 2009
Great New Hotel!
"We had originally booked a different hotel, but Thomas Cook transferred us to this hotel before we travelled. Before arriving we contacted the hotel directly and they were very helpful on answering our questions. The hotel is approx 30 minutes from the airport; which is great after such a long flight. There is nothing around the hotel at the moment, but over the next few years it will be transformed into a 6km stretch of hotels, shops, a marina and private villas. Our holiday was not interrupted by any building works. The hotel itself only opened in November 2008, but they seem to have everything under control. Arrival was dealt with calmly and efficiently. The bedrooms are a great size [we had 456 & 457] and both had balconies with sea-views. The hotel is very clean, and we even had a tour of the kitchens - which were spotless. There are 3 pools and a wonderful long sandy beach. The selection of food from the buffet is very good and varied. The tour operators and hotel offer trips from the hotel - note: euro preferred for payment. If you go in the winter months, bring something warm for the evening as it can get a little cold. Overall we really enjoyed our holiday and would definately go back again. If you fancy just relaxing in the sun with all the facilities you need to help you to do this - then this is the perfect place for you."
- Travel date: Wed 7th of January 2009
quiet and good quality hotel
"Rooms are spacious and well equipped, with very comfortable beds and excellent bathroom. Chairs could be more comfortable, though.
Everything very clean throughout the hotel, and rooms are cleaned daily.
Excellent place if you want to relax. there are several pools, and if the noisy and tedious animation team at the main pool gets on your nerves, you can go elsewhere. the beach is excellent,with loads of wooden deckchairs, beach umbrellas, and windbreaks. the water was surprisingly warm for December, and the sun hot and good for getting tanned. the coral reefs in front of the beach are brilliant and full of fish. best access for snokelling is from the right. we saw sting rays, and loads of pufferfish amongst others. thye reefs ought to be protected better against damage from snorkelers, swimmers and kajaks. The guys at the dive centre centre were very helpful, and all equipment there was very new and in good condition.
Food was very good, though there were two off days. There were quite a few people with stoach upsets - we thought this had something to do with recycled left-over food from most brilliant Xmas dinner. Fish was especially good. Acoholic drinks were of unusually good quality for a AI arrangement, especially the red wine. The whisky was good too.
Service was brilliant, with staff really trying very hard to please and to make sure everyone got what they wanted.
I would be happy to go back there."
- Travel date: Tue 6th of January 2009
Very quiet and unspoilt
"Our stay was from 22/12/2008 to 29/12/2008.
This is my very honest review.............
The hotel is beautiful, its immaculately clean, there a few finishing touches like a bit of gardening still to finish but nothing major.
If you book this hotel you won't be dissapointed.
we had a seaview room 605 which was about 5 metres from the beach.
The staff were very GENUINELY friendly, they would do anything for you.
mini bar and alcohol,............
personally i don't drink but my hubby more than makes up for it, there was a fridge in the room which was stocked daily with water and only weekly with 1 bottle of cola, orange and 7 up.A few beers would have been a welcome addition to the fridge.
If you like a tipple and spirits are inportant to you, buy some in duty free and put them in your fridge.
The mixers on resort are out of bottles so not flat.
My hubby the alcohol expert said the spirits don't taste like spirits....but he still managed to drink copious amounts!
If you like a morning cuppa there are no tea/coffee making faclities in your room so take you own with you as the first brew of the day is at breakfast at 07.00am. (thats whats important to me)
If you like shopping and nightlife and lots to do then this is NOT the place for you, you are in the middle of nowhere with the sea on one side and the desert on the other with the nearest village
35 kms away which i heard you got pestered.
There are daytime activities like booles, volleyball that sort of thing.
This place in my opinion, it's strength is the fact that it's in the middle of nowhere with no nightlife to speak off, as you have no looney brits abroad to contend with, its all very polished and really quite posh. The resort is 5 star, has an exclusive unspoilt romantic quiet chilled getaway feel to it.
If you want to chillout in a quiet place where the staff are happy to look after you then go for it, chill out read a few books play cards make your own entertainment!
was varied with a lot of lamb and beef, gorgeous pastries and coffee, cappacino.lattees. We enjoyed the food and never had a bad stomach once.They have fish, burgers the usual.
yes you've guest it there are NO noisey jet skis and banana boats on this beach HORRAY
There is a dive centre with kayaks and you can go snokling etc with them, it will be cheaper than booking through the Thomas cook rep, but it is still quite expensive, you have to pay for the kayaks.
One thing about being in the middle of nowhere is they have the monopoly, you have no.bargaining power for a better deal.
The sea is shallow mainly and there is coral a little way out, the right handside with your back to the hotel is the best for snorkling
And if you can walk to it there is a little lagoon.I reccommend you
take velcro sandles of some discription for the sea.
very small airport, you do need a visa its compulsury, Â£13.00 each. have the right money has they don't give change.
There is a duty free shop when you arrive and also when you depart. also wouldn't bother taking egyptian pounds as they accept euros, ideal if you have any left over from previous trips, if you do take egyptian only get a small amount changed.
Remember there is not a great deal to spend your pennies on, the duty free shops take any currency and the hotel takes any.i would say euros were more wildly used than any other currency, quite strange wth them not in the euro, i found it quite expensive but i am a car boot bargain queen!
yes the sun was hot and there was a strong breeze but we had great tans! don't let the breeze fool you the sun was hot. Take some jumpers etc for the night has it got cold at night.
Take a good first aid with you as a few people had some juicy insect bites, so best be prepared with the necessities.
I think i have covered the main points, please email me if you require any further information and i will try and help.
choose this hotel you will not be dissapointed, the staff will look after you and make you feel special.Chill out recharge your batteries, get some sun on your bones and appreciate the beautiful surroundings.
- Travel date: Fri 2nd of January 2009
"We stayed at the Sentido Oriental Dream Resort from the 15th-22nd December 2008. The hotel had only been open one month so everything was nice and new.
We stayed in room 610 which was kind of an end of terrace bungalow right next to the beach. The beds were very comfortable and they provided a cot and sheets for our one year old. The only complaint (if you can call it that) about our room was that the mini bar did not have any alcohol in it only soft drinks and water! We wouldn't have minded normally but we had to be back in our room fairly early in the evening to put our baby to bed!
The food served in the buffet restaurant was varied and delicious. We ate at the beach bar which serves pizza and burgerst a couple of times but thought the food in the buffet was better. There were high chairs provided for little ones.
We were made to feel very welcome. The staff could not do enough for you. They were cheerful and polite and made a big fuss of our baby. We did not see any of the evening entertainment but the daytime activities were vaired and you did not get too pestered to take part. I did the belly dancing classes every day which were great fun.
There were 3 pool areas, 2 in residential areas and one near the restaurants and reception. We only used the pools by reception - one was freezing cold, the other was lovely and warm like a bath. There was a baby pool which was perfect for our son to splash about in.
The hotel is situated about 30 minutes drive from Marsa Alam Airport right on the Red Sea but in the middle of the desert. The nearest town is approx 40 minutes drive from the hotel so you really are away from it all. There are a few shops attached to the hotel selling (expensive) gifts, snacks and toiletries. (There were baby wipes and Johnson's baby bath, oil etc. There were no nappies or formula milk but the really friendly and helpful front desk manager said that if we needed anything that wasn't stocked in the shop it could be brought in for us).
Marsa Alam airport is also very new. It was quite confusing when we arrived as we were told to join a long queue of people to purchase Visas (150 Egyptian Pounds per person even if they are a baby!) then we had to queue again to go through passport control. Once we were on the coach the Visa people turned up to collect Visa payments and it transpired that you could pay for your Visas at the bank, in the long queue we joined and on the coach. When we returned to the airport to go home we had to queue to get all our luggage scanned (shells, sand, and coral are not allowed out of the country) then we had to check in where we were given another Visa form to fill in (desks provided away from the check in) you then had to hand the form with your passports to passport control. Then your hand luggage was scanned (again) before you got through to the departure lounge. There was a Pizza Hut (very nice food), Costa Coffee, Baskin Robbins Ice Cream, KFC (although this hadn't been finished when we were there) and a small duty free shop. The airpot had baby changing facilities.
I would recommend taking Euros as the trolleys at the airport took Euros and the hotel dealt in Euros if you bought anything. We paid with Egyptian pounds and got Euros back as change!
All in all a nice, relaxing holiday!"
- Travel date: Mon 29th of December 2008
"We stayed at the Sentido Oriental Dream on 01/12/08 for 1 week, and it was a fantastic Hotel. First of all the staff were very good from the Reception staff to the Beach staff.
The All inclusive was way beyond what I was expecting, here's a quick detail:
In the main restaurant for Breakfast 07:00 - 11:00, Lunch 12:00 - 15:00 & Dinner18:30 - 23:00. All Buffet style.
The beach bar & Restaurant for snacks, I think were from 12:00 - 17:00 where you could order snacks from Pizza to Burger & chips.
They have two other pool bars also serving light snacks.
Also a Lobby bar serving Cocktails & drinks.
And there is an a-la-Carte Restaurant, La Trattoria.
There are loads of Daily activities through out the day, from your usual Beach volley ball, Gym activities, water polo etc. The entertainment team were very good but not in your face if you said no thanks not today.
The room we stayed in was 616 and it was right on the Beach front, it had a good sized Bathroom with hair-dryer all shampoo & conditioner, Shower gel.
Fridge was stocked with 2 bottles of water a day, also I think 2 bottles of coke & 1 bottle orange, a small fruit drink.
The room had 2 single beds in one half and then a separate double room with patio doors leading direct to the beach.
The Snorkelling was good and the best we found after a chat with the Management was at the right hand side entering the sea after the very last sunbeds.
Just looking forward to the next time we visit.
If you do suffer from Egyptian stomach upsets or any other illness whilst on holiday it is reassuring that there is a clinic on site & is open 10:00- 12:00 & 18:00 - 22:00."
- Travel date: Wed 10th of December 2008
Such a relief !!
"Just got back last week it was such a relief to see the hotel was wonderful and finished.! I was a little worried as I had not seen any reviews on this hotel and althouh Ive been to Egypt 3 times before I had not been to Marsa Alam.
The hotel opened on the 1st Nov and we were the first Britts to stay there. It looks magnificent and everything is. The service, food, cleanliness and entertainment I could not fault. I was very impressed with it all. There are some things which still have to open but that did not spoil our trip at all, it just means more to look forward to on my return. The hotels have to be good as there is not alot else in Marsa Alam. It really is just a place to relax and worship the sun and thats great for me!."
- Travel date: Tue 2nd of December 2008
"The hotel was very impressive. The staff were all very helpful and friendly and their English was excellent. The food was lovely and there was an incredible choice. The location was stunning but it is a long transfer from the airport. The hotel is right on the beach and the sea was 28 degrees. There was so much to see whilst snorkelling, it was fantastic, and the sea is so shallow when the tide is out that it is ideal for little kids. There is alot on offer that is all inclusive including a haircut. I think the best time to go would be in June before the hoards of tourists arrive. We went at the beginning of July and the first three days were lovely and quiet but then the French, German and Italian Tourists arrived and it became much busier. However I would say do NOT use the dive centre they are expensive and my son broke his arm on their boat. "
- Travel date: Sun 7th of August 2011
"The facilities and the help from the staff on the beach was excellent . They had good manners and respected your privacy"
- Travel date: Mon 20th of June 2011