Amwaj Oyoun Hotel & Resort
25 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Fantastic Holiday - Great Hotel !!!
"I will get straight into why we loved this hotel:
It has three pools ...
The main pool is massive with an island, swim up pool bar, lots of free sunbeds with parasols, clean, main pool bar which serves food at lunch time and barbeque at night.
2nd pool - go out of main entrance and turn immediately left. This is an Aqua park which belongs to AA Amwaj but isn't at all busy. It has three great slides, very comfortable sunbeds and parasols, very clean and with lifeguard. Baby pool and toilets alongside.
3rd pool - this is the 'new pool' which is a lot quieter. Still a great size, clean and with very comfortable sunbeds and parasols. To find this pool, exiting the back of hotel turn left.
It has 4 many places to eat ...
The main dining hall - all meals
The Italian Restaurant - evening (included/free but needs to be booked at 10am on the day)
Barbeque by the pool - evening (included/free but needs to be booked at 10 am on the day)
Beach Bar/Restaurant - day & evening. A great lunch in lovely surroundings.
Poolside Bar - lunch for burgers, pizza and chips (very nice)
All restaurants have very friendly staff and are 100% clean and comfortable.
The room: We were in room 2151 ground floor. It was cleaned every day with clean towels. The cleaning man was excellent and honest. The room had a 20" TV with 8 English channels; fridge - a bottle of water was provided every day per person; hairdryer in the bathroom; safe at extra charge. The room was large with excellent aircon. Shampoo/shower cap/moisuriser/shower gel was also provided. (not many coat hangers)
Large Pool/Beach towels: These are included and can be changed daily if required.
Location: Excellent, with English sports bar to the left outside main gate. This is St George's Bar run by Pete and his family. We booked our excursions through Pete and he was much cheaper! Tiran Island boat trip Â£15 each for snorkling (Â£20 per dive if wanted). Ras Mohammad Â£20 boat trip each for snorkling. Although do check that equipment is included. Food and drink definitely included. Also we did quad bikes for Â£10 each - 2 hours. This was excellent and my 14 & 15 year old daughter loved it.
Tip: If you plan to go to Cairo you need a visa which is Â£13 from the airport when you arrive. Pete charges Â£40 for day trip to Cairo which is a very long day.
Also, the location of AA Amwaj is good for surrounding shops. I'm a single mum with 2 daughters and we felt safe going out of an evening around the shops. Our holiday was in July/Aug - very hot indeed, evenings too! MacDonalds 10 minute walk away - out of main entrance and turn right and cross the road.
Internet: Not in rooms but can connect in the African Bar opposite main reception.
Beach & Jetty: Many sunbeds and parasols on beach. Private beach for AA Amwaj only with bar, toilets, childs area, towels change and shop. A large beach a side of hotel. Excursion booking stall very expensive! The jetty is lovely with good snorkling off the end and lifeguard. With shaded area and seats half way down. The jetty is built over shallow water but the end is where there is a wall in the red sea so when you snorkel there is coral and many beautiful and large fish.
Staff: We found all staff to be very friendly.
Food: A wide choice. Great pastries. I liked the soup, pasta.
Dodgy tummy: The tomatoes are lovely, but I think they were washed in their water which made my tummy a little loose. I avoided the tomatoes after discovering this and was fine.
Entertainment: They have a great entertainment team, made up of the united nations - one guy is from Nottingham! The do water zumba; beach football; garden exercise like yoga/pilate type. Also evening entertainment which was very good on some nights.
The Gym: A little disappointing. If you plan to use then take trainers and gym clothes otherwise you will not be able to use. The sauna etc are an extra charge. Treatments & massage are quite expensive.
Exchange of currency: The best place is, outside main gate and across the road, a little to the right. Exchange rate in Egypt far far better than what Tesco gave!!!! Only take Â£20 quid in Egypt and get the rest changed up when you get there - honestly it's worth it!
We took crips and biscuits for flight home. Supermarket there not too great.
Overall we had a fantastic holiday and I would highly recommend AA Amwaj for many reasons. As I say, we went in July and it wasn't busy. Not many English - I would say about 20-25% only. Basically I can't fault this accommodation."
- Travel date: Mon 6th of August 2012
Do not go here!
"There is no way this is a 5 star hotel, 2/3 star at best.
The bar staff were very good. The animation team worked really hard and were always really friendly.
The buffet restaurant was disgusting, the Italian was ok not up to UK restaurant standards, didnât try the other two as we heard bad reports while we were there.
On the second day I fell ill with a stomach bug and didnât fully recover until I returned home to the UK. I wasnât the only one, we spoke to a lot of couples and in each couple at least one sometimes two of them had the same complaints. The pharmacist at the hotel charges Â£30 per time for courses of tablets, judging by how many people were ill he must make a fortune!
All alcohol tasted the same and was very weak, even though it is a Muslim country they should be catering for UK tourists.
On the last night of our holiday the owners son thought a comment my partner had made was directed at him, however it was a joke amongst us and our 2 friends which had nothing to do with the child whatsoever. The little boy then proceeded to tell his body guards and threatened to get us kicked out of âhis hotelâ. This situation got out of control as the boy continued to make up stories. We explained what had actually happened and as it was clear the boy was lying we were told by a couple of the staff that they believed us however they couldnât do anything about it as it involved the ownerâs son. We felt very threatened and didnât feel safe staying in the hotel for our last night as the management followed us in groups around the complex for the rest of the night. It is unbelievable how a little boy can get away with telling lies which resulted in us being treated like criminals! I do not expect to spend money to go on holiday and get treated like this. Stay clear of this spoilt child when playing pool, table tennis etc.
This was our first time in Egypt but we spoke to others in the hotel that had been to Egypt many times before and they all said the Amwaj was the worst hotel they had stayed in.
- Travel date: Thu 5th of July 2012
"This hotel has nothing common with 5 star hotels.
The first, we were waiting for the check-in up to 15 o`clock.
STAFF was CRYING on my wife stating that 15 o`clock is the only available time for check-in. It is absolutely unaceptable!
The latest 14-00 could be offered, if this hotel is considering to follow international rules. We were waiting for 7 hours for check-in...
The second, meals is absolutely poor, during the most days of our accomodation. Very few of meat, fruits are poor. Juices were dilluted by the water. Even hot water was missing sometimes. Restaraunts - only 1 day of 10 2 restaraunt were open, the rest of time only 1 - full of people, and nobody was cleaning the tables in time after people finished meals - DIRTY TABLES and crowds of people.
The hotel territory is really small for such plenty of people.
Our conclusion: we never will stay in this hotel anymore.
2- service for 5 star price. "
- Travel date: Fri 2nd of December 2011
"The worst holiday ever... Nearly robbed of our laugage by hotel staff ! ! My partner was more or less sexually harrased by staff and we were continually being asked if we wanted to purchase drugs which made this a very scary and uncomfortable holiday. The staff were continually begging us for tips - they wanted money for nothing.. It was the worst week of our life's so far...
as for the all inclusive food- DISGUSTING, we were ill everyday.
GO TO TURKEY INSTED... ;)"
- Travel date: Wed 9th of March 2011
"2 of us stayed here for one week, 3-10 January 2009 and would go back again tomorrow. The hotel is spotlessly clean, the rooms are large and spacious, the staff are friendly and attentive (particularly if you give them a small tip) and the food and drink absolutely excellent.
If you want bacon and eggs for breakfast and chips with everything, don't go to Egypt, stay in Britain.
We went for a week of relaxation, so didn't go on any excursions or trips out. The pools and surrounding areas are huge, so you're not crammed in on the sun beds, the beach is as clean as I've seen anywhere, although the sand is fairly coarse. The sea and pools were cold, but then I didn't expect anything else in January, but we were able to lie in the sun for about 6 hours each day. If you give the staff a small tip at the start of the week (i.e. 10 Egyptian pounds, which is the equivalent of about Â£1.20), they will look after you like royalty.
The only minor criticism is that the drinks are served in plastic cups at all bars, (except the restaurant and the "Soweto" bar in the late evening) - perfectly sensible for pool and beach bars, but I'd prefer "proper glasses" in the hotel itself.
Just bear in mind that a 5 star rating in Egypt is NOT the same as a 5 star rating in the UK.
Overall, an absolutely brilliant holiday in an equally brilliant hotel, we'll definitely go back again.
- Travel date: Mon 12th of January 2009
Return from the Millennium Resort in the...
"Return from the Millennium Resort in the middle of August,my family and i had a fantastic time and we really enjoyed it.
The rooms are fantastic and the pools are great too, the hotel is very clean and the beach is adequete.
We had read on here about Churchills Grill Cafe and we did go there it was rally poor 6quid plus for a meal and the quality of the food was rubbish and cold, people moan about the hotels food but i was outraged i paid for rubbish while on a all inclusive holiday on top of that it was English food being cooked by egyptians, someone said on here it was english run but we did not see anyone english in there.
We did eat at Macdonalds hahaha typical english thing to do but it was fantastic value for money and the burgers were huge much bigger than the one' back home.
The entertainment in the hotel wasn't very good and thats why we found ourselfs across the road from the hotel in St Georges Bar which is run by an english family who have been in sharm for years, they show all the football and its a great atmosphere,the owner Pete is a great laugh and our son had the hots for his barmaid which is his daughter Holly, they also servebar snacks like bacon sandwiches and nacho's and stuff which was really nice.
Ventured into namba bay and had a reall good time but drinks and food are a little pricey but definetly worth a visit, our two lads di go to the nightclub Pacha but they said they didn't stay long as there weren't many english people around mainly all russians and italians.
Great Holiday sure you will enjoy if you are going soon."
- Travel date: Fri 26th of September 2008
The Millenium Hotel arrival consisted o...
" The Millenium Hotel arrival consisted of no friendly greeting.You and your bags are searched at the entrance as soon as you arrive by gaurds.The reception desk is approachable,do not expect friendly conversation just get your room and go away.
The rooms are wonderful.Absolutely the most comfortable beds on the planet earth,you will sleep very well if you can black out the sound of being in the airport flight path.
All rooms have safes.Lock away any valuables and womens knickers.We reported missing knickers to the reception desk on our third day at the resort and got our first and only smile from a member of staff who got the cleaner to return them along with a pair of my swimming trunks that i had not noticed missing.We were reliably informed by the reception desk the cleaners take underwear a lot.
The pool area - wow wow wow! The pool area and waterfall is beautiful and is really well set up to accomodate all the guests without any need to fight over sun loungers.If you are after a pool holiday and dont care about anything else then this hotel is the one for you.Both at the pool and beach area you will be consistently harrassed by a vast array of reps and staff who are trying to sell drinks,massages,excursions,on site quad biking infact,the only people who will not approach you for something are the animation team at the resort because they do not speak English.There are two bars at the pool area one in the pool and one outside,if you can get to be served then you will experience a tiny half filled warm cup of whatever you asked for,this will be handed to you by someone who looks angry with you.
The beach is nice although it is not sand but sharp broken shell,muddy kind of stuff,you will need beach shoes.There is no jetty and although they tell you to use the next door hotels jetty you can't and will get sent away embarassed if caught.The beach bar was dirty inside the kitchen area and the staff were just as motivated to look angry and give half filled warm plastic cups of beverage as the ones at the pool bars.The food at the beach and pool bars were not included in the all inclusive package,infact not a lot was included.
Churchills (around six quid a meal) is a nice English cafe just to the right of the Millenium resort and it was an absolute life saver when we discovered the food at the Millenium made everyone in the resort ill including all six people in our party.Do not go all inclusive,there is mcdonalds,kfc,tgiFridays and Churchills near by also a few supermarkets which cost approximately a quarter of the price of the hotel shops for the exact same items.
The hotels main resteraunt was as you would expect from an all inclusive resort,a good selection of foods from around the world.The food all looked lovely especially the sweets which actually tasted lovely.Unfortunately none of the dishes at the Millenium match the quality of food that you would get in a carribean superclubs resort.The bar in the main resteraunt will give you a full glass of beverage and the barman is friendly enough to smile.
We went on a few trips with Marhaba tours which were incredible for the money,if you get a different hotel and go to Sharm then look Marhaba up and do the blue hole jeep safari(camel ride,speeding through the desert in a jeep,Dahab snorkelling at the reef),swim with dolphins and quad biking through the desert with them.Awesome.
The hotels evening entertainment was mr and mrs millenium or fire wielding maniacs out of control, i would recommend neither.
On our last day we had to checkout at 12pm but the hotel will charge you to stay on resort if your flight is not untill the evening as was ours,they will not allow you to stay unless you pay them again for a room and all inclusive.I have stayed in hotels all around the world and have never been anywhere as unfriendly as this hotel,infact i have never stayed anywhere that was bad enough to warn people against it before.
- Travel date: Thu 25th of September 2008
Have just return from Sharm el Sheikh an...
"Have just return from Sharm el Sheikh and after all the bad reviews we read after all the people we spoke to in forums, i can honestly say if you are going to this hotel my personal opinion is you have no need to worry and my wife is of the same opinion and she is a really fussy person.
Firstly you need to underline the fact that Egypt is no where near the worlds top richest country and for that reason the 5* there is alot different from any where else in the world.
As a regular member on the trip advisor website forums, my wife and i began to question our decision to visit Sharm el Sheikh for the first time but luckly enough you shouldn't always believe what you read, through trip advisor though i did gain something positive and that was a cheap taxi service from the airport by an English fella called Pete who also owns St Georges Bar right across the road from the Millennium Resort, he charged us a a fiver from the airport to our hotel and a fiver back which i know is a good price as i have heard many people been ripped off 20quid just for one way.
The hotel itself is really nice the grounds are fantastic, the cleaniness is out of this world, and the rooms are pure luxury ( so please ignore what people tell you) my wife and i paid 600quid for both of us for 2weeks and that was with our flights, so unless the other people on this site are paying well over the odds then i honestly dont believe they have anything to complain about.
The swimming pools are amazing and always clean everyday there wasn't a spec of dirt to be found and to me that is pretty impressive.
Now for the downsides but dont worry they aren't that bad, the beach isn't fantastic and i feel that lets the hotel down a bit as the grounds of the hotel are spectacular and i suppose you expect the beach to be the same so it turns out to be a bit of a let down, the food is the only other thing it doesn't taste bad and isn't re-used, it doesn't make you ill, the only thing about it, is it is repetetive same old same old but seriously if your that bored of the food just because you are all inclusive doesn't mean you cant go out and eat, which i feel is some of the tourists problems on here they are tight and refuse to eat out.
We obviously booked a taxi through Pete at St Georges Bar to go to Namba Bay And Old Sharm once again at a low price which was fantastic, we enjoyed both Namba Bay And Old Sharm but we did both feel once is enough.
I couldn't go a whole holiday without watching my beloved Man City or My England so i watched all my football at Pete's bar in the Jasmine Centre St Georges, and the atmosphere was great and i would advise to all.
If You are going to this hotel i seriously dont feel you have anything to worry about unless you are fussier than my wife and she is fussier, i feel that our opinions are worth something as i was Hotel Deputy Manager for the Hilton Hotel London and my wife worked for Thomson as a Flight Attenedant for the whole of her life and we have only just retired this year, so i feel we do know quite a bit.
I hope this helps and that anyone doubting their choice of hotel will be re-assured.
- Travel date: Sun 21st of September 2008
Millenium Oyoun Hotel & Resort is locate...
"Millenium Oyoun Hotel & Resort is located in absolutely beautiful area and the facilities have a great potential but unfortunately the service is the worst I've ever had in my life. I think when they promise 5 star experience they are really fooling people. The service hardly reaches 2 stars.
Here is the summary of my experiences:
On many occasions the hotel staff was really rude, unhelpful and inefficient. You have to pay your way to get a decent service by literally bribing them to be nice to you. For example, it took them 4 days, 5 phone calls and 2 personal visits to the reception to change the faulty electrical equipment in my room. Once I ordered a coffee to the room, not only it took ages to arrive, the waiter asked almost triple of the actual price for it. I negotiated it down to the actual price after confronting him.
I went on holiday with a female friend and as a female travellers we found the attention of some of the male members of staff quite intimidating. Also you might find yourself having a very different treatment from local staff depending on what country you come from, which is outrageous. The answer to the âWhere do you come from?â question will very often determine the attitude you going to get from them.
I used hotelâs beauty salon couple of times and unfortunately both times it was a very disappointing experience. Not only it was quite expensive even by UK standards, they never delivered the services they promised and it was impossible to relax and enjoy what they did deliver because of very unprofessional attitude of the beauty centre personnel. I had no choice but to cancel one of the already booked treatments when I realized how bad it was but the member of staff refused to accept my comments on quality of the service, demanded the full pay, even though I didn't have the treatment and claimed that I was a liar and cheated him. He pointed that he doesn't care how I felt about the service they've delivered and as soon as I agreed to have the treatment I must pay for it in full. He even insulted me by making some comments about my nationality.
Entertainment in the hotel was limited to none, there is not much to do in the evenings and you have to go out to find fun things to do elsewhere.
Food was really bad. We had âall inclusiveâ package and very often weâd find that whatever food was left over in the evening was recycled in the morning dishes or vise verse. Food very often looked and smelled bad and we consider us very lucky not to get sick. We were only allowed to take water by tiny glass and got shouted at when tried to get some water into the 0.5 plastic bottle to drink on the beach (this is all inclusive option!!!) To buy bottled water from the hotel is even more expensive then in London. Fresh fruits were served only for dinner and were limited to only watermelon or melon. Fresh juices were nowhere to be found.
Our tour operator, Mosaic was OK, but we had a very unpleasant accident with them on one occasion which we thought they handled really bad. Me and my friend booked couple of entertainment trips with them and paid in cash in British pounds, the next day we were confronted in the hotel lobby in front of the other guests and personnel by two fuming representatives who were accusing us of cheating them and demanding to pay extra 20 pounds for one of the trips. I and my friend are absolutely sure that we paid them the right amount and even have a handwritten receipt issued by the guy who accepted the pay. Although one of the guys called and apologized the next day, there are no words to describe the embarrassment and disappointment we've experienced.
Also be aware of overpriced airport transfers. The holiday package description states that there was a private and coach airport transfer available to and from the hotel. When booking with Mosaic we were only given a very expensive private transfer option and it was impossible to select the other one. Transfer was ridiculously overpriced for 6 minutes journey - 15 British pounds one way, where is the local taxi costs 3 pounds one way!!!
Also after going through the holiday booking process and getting a confirmation we got contacted by the tour operator only to be told that there are no sits available on the plane and the only sits available are extra leg room for additional 49 pounds. So the options we had are to cancel the whole holiday or pay almost 100 pounds extra for two of us! Extra leg room was an optional choice available while we were booking and we deliberately didn't choose it only to be forced to take it later because it was too late to book with someone else. This is unacceptable; this information should be provided when booking the package holiday not after you booked it so people are not faced with unexpected charges at the last minute.
To summarize, if you are looking for 5 star quality services, stress free and memorable holiday stay away from this hotel I NEVER will go there again!!!
- Travel date: Wed 17th of September 2008
Whilst i enjoyed my holiday at the Mille...
"Whilst i enjoyed my holiday at the Millenium Oyoun, i definitely wouldnt rate it a 5 star. Staff are very helpful and kind, and good tips always make them go that extra mile for you. Very glad we didnt book all-inclusive as we did try the restaurant food one evening and it was terrible! Enjoyed quad-biking in the desert which we booked through someone who approached us at the pool. Mind you, the people trying to sell beauty treatments while you're laying by the pool can be quite pushy and annoying...
Room was cleaned every day, nice and spacious, cleaner Ally was nice guy. Again, good tips and a kind word goes a long way...
5-10 minutes walk along the road is a great chinese restaurant and also a Mc Donalds, there is also an English Grill a few minutes walk away if you're missing a fry-up.
The most disappointing aspect of staying at the Millenium Oyoun was the Polish and Russian guests, the hotel is full of them, we only met one other British family, lovely people! The Polish and Russians were rude, noisy, loud and over-friendly with eachother in the pool (not nice when your kids are around) and generally ignorant and pushy."
- Travel date: Mon 25th of August 2008
My husband and I stayed in the Millenium...
"My husband and I stayed in the Millenium for a week and we absolutly loved it.
The hotel is kept very clean and the staff is so friendly. We are a young couple and there was not alot to do for us. Naama bay is just a 20 min drive away and we used the hotel taxi at all times. We will definatly go back there next year. It was a brilliant holiday....
The food was not that good. The hotel has a few nice shops. Good beach for snorkeling. "
- Travel date: Tue 15th of July 2008
Having stayed at the 5 star LTI Grand Az...
"Having stayed at the 5 star LTI Grand Azure for 4 nights, I had to move to the next door Millenium for 3 nights as the LTI was full. Having stayed at the Knightsbridge Millenium in London, I expected a reasonable standard and thats what I got.
Note: if you end up doing the same, make sure the staff know you have stayed at the LTI - you get a 25 - 30% discount off your Millenium bill.
The hotel is fairly large with a wing of rooms either side of 2/3 large circular pools. The majority of guests seemed to be Russian or Polish.
My room was immaculate, far better than the Grand Azure in fact and it was cleaned everyday to keep it that way. With 2 small doubles, the room would accommodate 2 adults very comfortably.
Staff were very efficient and friendly and the hotel had a good number of families with small children, although it never seemed noisy. The beach area was much under used and is a great location with plenty of sunbeds available all day.
The food was okay, with a decent variety although some children may struggle to find something they like if they are not keen on pasta. There was always plenty of fresh fruit available and the sweets were fantastic. Every mealtime had an amazing variety of bread available, 2 soups to choose from and plenty of vegetarian cho
I didn't experience the night time entertainment, if indeed it existed. If like me, you like to spend an evening wandering from bar to bar or having a look round local shops, this isn't the place for you, In effect, you are limited to the hotel grounds with just a very small number of shops locally and a couple of bars that personally, I wouldn't want to drink in. The hotel run a cheap shuttle bus to Naam'h Bay if you want something to do at night.
All in all, a nice quiet place to spend a week or so with a young family, not so hot for young couples.
- Travel date: Fri 27th of June 2008