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Oonas Dive Club Hotel
Ranked #79 of 232 Hotels in Sharm El Sheikh
Certificate of Excellence
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“Herman Melville said, "It's not on any map. Real places seldome are."”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2010

OK, it is on the map, but you've got to look for it.

This is a small hotel with simple rooms at a good price.
Best for divers ...singles, couples and families with mature teens. There aren't any amenities to entertain children here but teens that dive will like it because of the diving, boats trips and beach access.
The low cost of this hotel shouldn't be off-putting. It is very good for the price. It just doesn't have a lot of extra overhead from extraneous amenities like pool, room service, elevators and so forth. This is a great place for people who want to spend their time and money on the important things....like diving.
The B&B arrangement is worth doing as the breakfasts that are served every morning at the restaurant are of good quality and much better than I was led to expect of the food in Sharm hotels. Continental style with eggs to order. The regular menu is good with basic variety and cheaper than average pricing. I understand that they used to do an extremely brisk business here before the neighboring big name resorts went all inclusive on meals. Now things are more laid back but the food is just as good or better. Ask for the "Terry Burger", very good.
The bar in the restaurant is quiet and comfortable with friendly service. Things are pretty quiet until late afternoon when the guests and staff return from the days diving. They have a videographer who gets underwater footage on scheduled days and they watch the edited video with music in the evenings out on the patio. You can purchase copies if you like.
This hotel is right on the beach and tucked into a nice spot between 2 of the high priced big name resorts. The night life is only a 15 minute walk up the promenade. (well lit,paved,landscaped,constant security..even at night)
Most of the guests who dive end up meeting on a social level and I've met some very nice people here. All are fairly common sense folks who are getting the most out of their holiday while not being overly extravagant. A high ratio of the folks I've met are returning guests, many have stayed here multiple times and feel that this nice little place is like a favorite low key haunt that they want to keep secret.
The dive shop has a very nice staff with very qualified professionals. They are extremely good at their jobs while still being friendly and making guests feel comfortable and welcome. The boats, equipment and training are all very good.
One of their staff seems to be a good luck charm as the whale sharks, mantas and other creatures seem to know when she's around and they come visit her more than others. The rest are all very nice. Real people who love diving and teaching others to dive as well.
Best prices are with diving and room packages combined so be sure to check their web site.

Divers will get the best bang for their buck here.

I will definitely be back.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2010

Hi to all, I'm Ran and a single traveller to Sharm for the first time -- read on and book in soon as you can .......

I'm back in Crete now and it's freezing !! What a great trip i had with the gang at Oonas Dive Club. I have spent all my time here telling everyone what a great time i had and what a great bunch they all are. I am just going to write a few things here and tell it like it is and you can use or dis-regard it as you see fit.

I found Oonas on line and booked with them completely blind. What a good bit of luck that was. First point of contact was Ahmed at the airport. You only get one chance to make a first impression and he did that brilliantly. My thanks to him and appologies for not remembering to say bye on last nite. On arrival, Corrie made a point of saying hello to me by which time i felt completely at home surrounded by good people and knowing i was going to fit right in. Then to my room which was spacious, well appointed, clean, with everything to hand for a comfotable stay and a terrific view thrown in as well !!

Dealings then with all of the staff were professional and yet, easy going. All the staff are a real credit to the diving community. Nothing was ever too difficult. All the instruction i received was absolutly first class, Thanks Terry. The Boat crews were exceptional and dive guiding was just the best it could possibly be, Thanks Amy, Kev, Matt and Terry again. On top of all that we manage to meet the nicest videographer in the Red sea if not the world and she made videos for all of us !!, Thanks Ilaria. Crisis management at night in the middle of a storm was handled really well, Thanks Nick.

The only complaint i had was coping with a continual hangover most mornings after engaging in really enjoyable BEER O'CLOCK sessions with everyone, Thanks all of you !!

I hope you're getting the picture? I had the best time and will definately recommend staff and dive club to everyone who wishes todive surrounded by true professionals. I will definately return. Don't change a thing - just keep on keeping on as "Living aint easy - diving should be", and it is with Oonas.

All the very best to all of you on shore, on board and on the beer.

K2D

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled solo
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2010

We stayed for 1 night in Sharm and picked Oonas based on reviews. The hotel was fairly priced and the rooms were clean and was sharing a beach with Sonesta and 4 other hotels which was quiet when we were there and there was great reef to explore. On arrival we picked up our key, changed and went to the beach dropping the key at reception, after 2 mins we forgot something so asked for the key but it was missing and found with a member of staff - very strange seeing as we had just arrived so no cleaning needed! We also asked about a trip and were told of prices, when we returned the guy was not there and no-one in reception could understand English and just said the guy was not there..We saw nobody at reception who could actually help us for the 2 days 1 night we were there...We asked the security guy if he could book a taxi for us but then the taxi driver told us he was asked to pay the security 20 EGP for picking us up and then the taxi driver promptly tried to rip us off at the airport by swapping the 50 EGP pounds for a 50 Piestres note...Unfortunately for him we only had 75 EGP left so knew we gave him all we had!! - I would say to Oonas to supply a backup receptionist when the main guy is out as we were completely lost and nobody could help us...

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2009

The hotel is clean and basic, but the hotel staff are helpful and friendly. It's all you need unless you want a pool.The diving while I was there was great. The dive staff know their stuff and the boats are never over full. I'll be back in Oct - Nov next year....

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled solo
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Property: Oonas Dive Club Hotel
Address: Naama Bay, Sharm El Sheikh 11341, Egypt
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Region: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > South Sinai > Sharm El Sheikh
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#31 Romantic Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh
#64 Family Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh
#71 On the Beach Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Oonas Dive Club Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Superbly situated at the beach at the quieter end of Na'ama bay Oonas Dive Club's spacious, air-conditioned, and comfortably furnished accommodation offers a choice of suites, single and double rooms, with some of the most spectacular panoramic views of Na'ama Bay and the back drop of the Sinai Mountains. With bar and restaurant facilities on site, free wifi and only a short walk to the main centre with all its attractions, Oonas is an ideal hotel for those seeking personal service and a relaxed sociable atmosphere. Our PADI Dive Centre provides an extremely popular choice for groups, individuals, children and families who seek a friendly, informal and professional environment in which to experience the best the Red Sea has to offer. Sharm El Sheikh Airport is only a 20 minute drive away and an airport meet and greet transfer service can be provided at a reasonable cost. ... more   less 
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