Domina Coral Bay Sultan
24 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Diarrhoea and Vomitting If you stay here.
"This is the worse hotel we have ever stayed. This is not 5 star hotel not even 2 star, room as standard for 2 adult and 2 children, they gave us standard room and put 2 pulled out bed making the room even smaller, our next door is a single woman and paid $40 US Dollars for the same room as we have. All inclusive is a joke, there is only one restaurant that you can eat " Coral Restaurant" and the food is very limited,
Hotdogs for breakfast is used as a salad for lunch and dinner..Hygine is poor, below standard and there are too many guess who had GASTROENTERITIS.. just like us. Their medical centre is one big con. One big tourist trap. Keep away from this hotel if your looking to have a good holiday rather than spending your whole time in the toilet. NEVER AGAIN..Russian/ Italy.. are wellcome. Not for British"""" "
- Travel date: Sun 2nd of January 2011
after reading all the great reviwes on t...
"after reading all the great reviwes on this hotel i couldnt wait to arrive. the rooms were cleaned everyday and the clener was so friendly but i was very disapointed that i was told i was only allowed to use 1 pool (pool 13) i found one of the towel men there was very creepy asking very personal question the made me feel very uncomfertable. the holiday rep was very rude and refused to help confirm the time for the transfer bus collecting us returning to the uk.reception was polite but unhelpfull and in total i was very disapointed in this hotel I WILL NOT BE STAYING HERE AGAIN."
- Travel date: Wed 24th of September 2008
We had a fantastic week here. Yes mostly...
"We had a fantastic week here. Yes mostly Italians and Russians but we were friendly to them and they to us so it wasn't a problem.
The staff are lovely and really helpful - you get a big smile if you use the arabic for hello/goodbye/thankyou and good manners cost nothing. We tipped the pool towel guy 1 eqyptian pound (about 10p) each day and he had our sunbeds ready for us at 3pm everyday - others who didn't tip said he wasn't very helpful, so it just shows that a little bit of appreciation gets you a lot. We never ever found people asking for tips as other people have said.
The food was great and lots of variety, really enjoyed it.
We did a trip to sunrise at Mount Sinai (take a windproof jacket with you) which was great Â£37 with Medhotels (on the wall in the main reception) - I believe you can get cheaper locally but I have heard from several people that they may not have same insurance/use vehicles which are not roadworthy etc. We had 2 tour reps, a Bedouin guide and a security guard escorting us, with a meal at a hotel and a tour of St Catherine's Monastery. You get what you pay for!
Email the hotel and they can arrange pickup from the airport in a nice car for about 16 Euros. If you use the phone in the room to call outside (like your airline to confrim flight) it will be a 25p charge per call even if not answered - I rang 9 times before got an answer and it adds up. The best pool is by Aquamarine (taf taf #2) and anyone can use it. I think only the Prestige pool is off limits. The dinner shows are said to be excellent but we never managed it with so much to do. If you are going on a trip and will miss breakfast, you can ask Guest Relations in main reception to order you a breakfast box to take with you.
The airport at Sharm is nice enough, quite cool with airconditioning if flying at night so take a jumper, and the shops there take sterling, egyptian, dollars or euros. Wait until you get to your hotel to change money into egyptian pounds - much better rate than back home. You can use other currencies for taxis etc at airport."
- Travel date: Tue 10th of June 2008
Hi, I went to this hotel with my partner...
"Hi, I went to this hotel with my partner and it was the first time to Egypt. This hotel was definitely not 5* standard as we were led to believe. When we arrived at the main reception we were left to our own devices and hardly anyone at reception could understand our Scottish accent. It took us 30mins to get someone to take us to the Sultan reception and again we were left to carry our heavy suitcases up and down stairs, round the complex to find the room. Our room was really basic and the bathroom wasn't too clean either.
The pool area was really clean and the bar staff were really friendly. There was never a shortage of sunbeds and you were given clean towels everyday. The pool was lovely and always clean. We only went to the beach once because it was far too hot to walk down the hill. It was also clean but really rocky.
The food at the Sultan was basic. They had kebab type chicken and pork which we think a few of the people we met got sick from on the first night. We went to the main restaurant for dinner most nights and this was lovely. On some nights we went to get a pizza which was made from scratch and was honestly the best pizza I've had!
Entertainment was rubbish to be honest but we didn't mind because you could get a taxi to Naama Bay which was great.
Overall the start of the holiday was disappointing but as it went along we enjoyed the lovely weather and atmosphere. I wouldn't recommend this hotel for family's or young couples as you will get bored like we did."
- Travel date: Thu 3rd of January 2008
It was our first trip to Egypt and as su...
"It was our first trip to Egypt and as such we didn't know what to expect. Well it was a fantastic holiday, I was full of dread after reading the reviews, but I have to say that overall it was fantastic.
Room was split level with a four poster bed and jacuzzi bath, air con etc. We were very impressed, the rooms were kept clean and sheets were changed every 2 days.
Pools were very cold which did surprise us but there was the splendid beach and the warm red sea to take a dip into when we were too hot.
Dining rooms were very clean and always pleasant attentive staff who were always on hand with a smile.
The bus ran around the complex at approx every 10mins... not 30mins as stated in another review. We were never waiting long at all. There is a 24 hour supermarket in the resort which came in handy for nibbles and the pharmacy was open until midnight every day.
Food was good and plenty to choose from... we only could find 2 faults with the whole holiday and it was about the food... They could have done more to label what was in some of the salads... was it fish or chicken or what? For a non fish eater I stayed away from all the pasta salads.
And in the afternoon, we were expecting snacks by the pool bar as stated when we booked our holiday, but a tray of sadly filled and thinly sliced sub rolls for everyone wasn't my idea of a snack... no sandwiches or burgers or even fruit... just a small tray of these sub rolls of which most of the time, by the time we got to the table they were all gone and never to be replenished. So we resorted to taking rolls and pots of jam from the dinning room at breakfast time to supplement our diet during the afternoon.
But we would definitely return again."
- Travel date: Sun 18th of November 2007
Hotel beautiful and clean but it is a re...
"Hotel beautiful and clean but it is a resort of several hotels which is not clearly explained in blurb we read. The Sultan is likely to be the smallest hotel which has an excellent pool and is all round clean. Food was basic nothing to shout about.
Down side you have one small bar on an evening where you can get a drink this very nice for a quiet night in but you donât want that for 7 nights or more it is the same during the day, no life unless you got to the area you have to pay.
We collapsed when we were charged Â£90.00 for two rounds of drinks for six of us and 3 of the drinks were beer. We should have noticed no other tables had drinks on them.
I have been to Sharm several times and I have always found the waiters and staff really friendly (obviously they want tipping) but at this complex only one waiter and the towel guy ever spoke to you politely or with a smile on their face.
I would not class the hotel as 5 stars and would suggest more like 3 plus. The service was not anywhere near the standard of a five star everything was self service, even tea and coffee in the breakfast room.
I would not recommend this hotel to anyone but would recommend Sharm to everyone it is a fab resort with a lot of very good hotels. "
- Travel date: Wed 17th of October 2007
This was our first time to Egypt what an...
"This was our first time to Egypt what an experience we had. The resort was absolutely beautiful, the Egyptian people are lovely.
It is an extremely huge resort hence the need for using the taf tafs provided to get you round the resort, very needy in the heat, but also to stroll along slowly in the evening is very nice as the sun is setting.
Snorkelling in the Red Sea is something you have to experience to appreciate the underwater world it is absolutely amazing. The only way we can describe it is being in a big fish tank in a cartoon, its brilliant. When you get in the water off the jetty it all begins we saw lion fish(be aware at all times where these things are theyâre deadly). John saw sting-rays, moray eel. John was told by the life-guards how lucky he was to see the eel so close to the jetty. Parrot fish, John also saw Napoleon fish etc we took an excursion, booking this in Naama bay not from the hotel rep coz its more expensive with the reps, to Tiran island amazing three stops capturing a ship that ran aground in 1982(commercial ship) you can see in photos, parts of this place looks like the Maldives its beautiful.
Oh John saw a turtle I missed it as usual.
We also went to Ras Mohammed on an excursion not too good. We went quad biking wow the desert is something else its paradise. So peaceful and tranquil, we had tea in the Bedouin tents off the Bedouin tribesmen, the mountains in the desert and the sights you see is just unbelievable.
The food is ok too, even though we had loose bottoms most of the two weeks hols and the terrible griping pains. It wasnât the food it was the handling of the Egyptian money. If you go to Egypt we recommend you take hand sanitizing gel with you I had one in my handbag all the time.
The taxis well they are crazy drivers we were petrified. We stuck to using the Bedouin taxis which are the older Peugeot taxis they canât go as fast and we told them what price we would pay before we got in e.g., 35le Egyptian pounds from our hotel to Naama bay which is roughly 3.50 and 45le to old market. They are the best ones to use.
The hassling in the shops both Naama bay and the old market is really in your face they come out their shops asking you to go in and have a look you are more or less expected to buy something if you do if not just say politely no thank you and keep walking. Remember they are trying to earn a living. Their average wages for the Egyptian workers waiters etc receive roughly 50english pounds a month yes a month.
This is the reason why you are expected to tip everyone who provides you with a service i.e. waiter ,shopkeeper, bag boy,cleaner,person who you see at the public toilets offering you tissue paper take your own in your handbag he will still want a tip though.
Overall we had a very enjoyable holiday we would definitely go again to Sharm el sheikh but not to Domina coral bay, as this was 95% Italians, 3% Russian, 2% German and about 6 English people including ourselves over the two weeks there. It was Italian music, artists singing in Italian, speaking in Italian also the Italians were only there to strut their stuff they honestly thought they were on the catwalk, this was either in the dining areas beach shops bars anywhere really.
And as for manners it does not cost you a penny to use them does it well the Italians donât even use them even though they come free.....I have never met more ignorant rude obnoxious people in all my life, they donât wish to mix they donât say please or thank you they donât hold a door for you if your behind them they push straight in front of you in a queue whether it be in a shop in the dining areas it doesnât matter itâs as though youâre on their land that side of the holiday was horrible.
At the time of booking I did not know that this was an Italian resort if I did I would of tried to book in an English hotel i.e., the Radisson, Marriott etc you learn from your mistakes this would not stop us going back to Sharm though.
Also do not be put off by the bombing in the past. We felt so safe as there is security everywhere there is security barriers at the front of all hotels and everything is checked very thoroughly. The airport was ok arriving and departing.
We set our alarm at 5.30am some mornings to catch the sunrise, that is something weâll never forget its incredible see photos. Make sure you take plenty sunscreen itâs boiling honest.
Anyway thanks for reading our review and hope it helps. Enjoy your holiday Tara n John."
- Travel date: Sun 14th of October 2007
Hi me and my partner have just come back...
"Hi me and my partner have just come back from Sharm El Sheik I stayed at the Domina El Sultan in Domina Coral Bay Resort.
First thing that springs to mind is the size of the resort its huge I mean 6 miles wide (The biggest in Europe) an you have to get taff taffs (Buses) everywhere thou the views make up 4 the size as it is on a slight hill which means you get absolutely the best views you could ask for from your balcony of the sea in front of you and the pools as well an out the front door your view is of the mountains.
The food is great but little bit stingy on the size of the glasses for your drinks, A.I. people it is a little confusing where and where you canât eat but you do get 4 of the 8 or 9 restaurants on the resort. If you stay where I did the pool bar does do food at lunch which means you donât have to walk down the hill for lunch and the main barman Hady is funniest bloke and really helpful if you tip him.
When it comes to tips they earn 50 Egyptian pounds a week so tip between 30 to 50 Egyptian pounds which is 5 English pounds. It is better to change your money out there as you get a better rate than England. It pays to get a visa out there it costs 12 English.
The trips amazing an little expensive so go to Naama Bay an try get trips there itâs a 3rd the price, I wouldnât suggest Cairo as it cost Â£148 English and was a horrible trip, when I went they had a little girl in a cage and they always have their hands out.
My recommendation is to go scuba or snorkelling the corals are amazing. If you eat out in Naama bay it is cheaper than on the resort 3 coarse meal and 1 bottle of wine each sets you back 20 pounds a head,(Thatâs in Hard Rock Cafe and Cheap).
A taxi will cost 30 to 40 Egyptian pounds from outside the main gates to Naama Bay plus the resort sends a mini bus free of charge there, An always haggle hard to get a good deal the best time to haggle is during the day as its hard to haggle at night.
Overall my trip was amazing an is the best place if you are a young or middle aged couple nice and relaxing and really clean the rooms are big and spacious and has a good cleaner as well.
If you go hope you have a good Holiday as I did."
- Travel date: Tue 9th of October 2007
Where do I start! A friend and myself we...
"Where do I start! A friend and myself were really looking forward to this holiday and couldn't wait to get there. This was not a cheap holiday we had paid a fair bit expecting a wonderful time to celebrate a 21st birthday. As soon as we arrived we should have guessed what was about to happen when no body seemed to have heard of our rep.
Once we got to our hotel we upgraded to half board (wish I had not bothered!!) this cost around 600 Egyptian pounds.
The room was 30 mins walk from reception, when inside it stunk of gas. One night I was getting changed and noticed a sleazy security guard looking through our window!!!
I took the advice of no fish/only drink bottled water/avoid ice and salads/fruit, none of this mattered!!! The food was of poor quality I ended up eating rice all week and nothing else. Me and my friend both came back with stomach bugs that left us very ill.
Narma Bay is not a place for young girls alone, twice I was nearly dragged into a building by a man and approached by several drug dealers calling themselves doctors. Mention you are english and you are automatically short changed!
I never left resort all week as I felt very unsafe!!
There is no way this hotel is a 5* I would say two star at a push. If I wanted a Butlins I would have gone to Skegness not Egypt!
PLEASE AVOID THIS HOTEL IT IS A WASTE OF GOOD MONEY!"
- Travel date: Sun 23rd of September 2007
I recently went to Sharm el Sheik with m...
"I recently went to Sharm el Sheik with my boyfriend. Itâs great, there are many trips you can go on, e.g. camel riding, quad biking, dinner in the desert under the stars ect.
I found the staff very friendly and helpful. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from.
The coral reef is brilliant, you can go snorkelling whenever you want this is well worth doing.
I think this hotel is more for younger couples as it is very big and it can be exhausting but I had a great time.
The rooms are cleaned thoroughly with fresh towels and sheets every day.
Great hotel and beautiful country to visit."
- Travel date: Mon 16th of July 2007
I have taken the time out to write this...
"I have taken the time out to write this review because before we went to the Sultan I read many bad reviews about it; reviews which I feel are completely unjustified.
If you want your hotel to be full of English people, go to Blackpool. In North Africa, yes there are Egyptian people, Russians, Italians, and French.
When we checked in there was a coach party of Russians arriving so the manager personally sat down with us and went through all the info and check in process with us.
We were then taken on a little golf cart thing to our room where someone put our cases on the bed and showed us the mini bar, safe etc. The room was massive, cleaned everyday and had a beautiful pool view. They even came round every so often to check you were ok and gave you chocolates.
The Sultan has its own private pool, own private section of the beach, its own hotel bar, beach bar and pool bar all which you can use exclusively and you never have to queue.
They give you as much bottled water as you want and ice is made from filtered water so you can have lovely cold drinks. You can eat at the pool bar, the sultan restaurant, the wady restaurant on the beach, the coral restaurant (main one for the whole resort) and also the Alhambra Moroccan restaurant.
No, you canât eat at every single restaurant on the resort but if you stayed in any other hotel would you expect to wander over to the hotel next door and be able to eat there?
The food is not amazing but it is standard all inclusive buffet type food. The Moroccan was a set menu and def the best meal we had.
The disco isnât included but this costs about Â£10 to get in and is an open bar. Also its Â£5 to Naama Bay (reception arrange a taxi for you) and here you can get a huge dinner for about Â£20 and there are loads of great Bedouin and shisha bars.
On the way in to Naama Bay we saw all the other hotels that we had considered staying at. They are literally one off buildings on a dusty road, miles from the beach. Domina Bay is fantastic because itâs like a small town so you have plenty of space to wander and diff pools, beaches etc. to go to.
The taftafs run every 5 mins and at night they will take you directly to where you want to go.
Included in you AI you get a dayâs free snorkelling and also there are loads of things at the hotel like you can do an intro to scuba diving in the pool for free.
The Sultan beach has its own floating swimming pool aside from the main one and the snorkelling off this is fantastic. There are jelly fish but only when the tide is at a certain point and they donât sting anyway. People that went on this holiday expecting luxury were sadly deluded. If you want luxury, stay at the Hilton down the road.
When you pay Â£400 for a week all inclusive you get what you pay for."
- Travel date: Sat 30th of June 2007
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"I have taken the time out to write this review because before we went to the Sultan I read many bad reviews about it, reviews which I feel are completely unjustified. If you want your hotel to be full of english people, go to blackpool. In North Africa, yes there are egyptian people, russians, italians and french. When we checked in there was a coach party of russians arriving so the manager personally sat down with us and went through all the info and check in process with us. We were then taken on a little golf cart thing to our room where someone put our cases on the bed and showed us the mini bar, safe etc. The room was massive, cleaned everyday and had a beautiful pool view. They even came round every so often to check you were ok and gave you chocolates. The Sultan has its own private pool, own private section of the beach, its own hotel bar, beach bar and pool bar all which you can use exclusively and you never have to queue. They give you as much bottled water as you want and ice is made from filtered water so you can have lovely cold drinks. You can eat at the pool bar, the sultan restaurant, the wady restaurant on the beach, the coral restaurant (main one for the whole resort) and also the alhambra morrocan restaurant. No, you cant eat at every single restaurant on the resort but if you stayed in any other hotel would you expect to wander over to the hotel next door and be able to eat there?! The food is not amazing but it is standard all inclusive buffet type food. The morrocan was a set menu and def the best meal we had. The disco isnt included but this costs bout Â£10 to get in and is an open bar. Also its Â£5 to Naama Bay (reception arrange a taxi for you) and here you can get a huge dinner for about Â£20 and there are loads of great bedouin and shisha bars. On the way in to Naama Bay we saw all the other hotels that we had considered staying at. They are literally one off buildings on a dusty road, miles from the beach. Domina Bay is fantastic because its like a small town so you have plenty of space to wander and diff pools, beaches etc. to go to. The taftafs run every 5 mins and at night they will take you directly to where you want to go. Included in you AI you get a days free snorkelling and also there are loads of things at the hotel like you can do an intro to scuba diving in the pool for free. The Sultan beach has its own floating swimming pool aside from the main one and the snorkeliing off this is fantastic. There are jelly fish but only when the tide is at a certain point and they dont sting anyway. People that went on this holiday expecting luxury were sadly deluded. If you want luxury, stay at the hilton down the road. When you pay Â£400 for a week all inclusive you get what you pay for!"
- Travel date: Fri 29th of June 2007