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Aurora Bay Resort
Ranked #22 of 68 Hotels in Marsa Alam
Certificate of Excellence
Leicester, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“All the ingredients are there to give you a wonderful holiday!”
Reviewed 18 March 2012

We have just spent a week (early March) at the Oriental Bay, and certainly had a wonderful holiday very much helped by experiencing a very friendly and efficiently run hotel complex, where the Management and Staff seemed genuinely focused on wanting to make sure everything is done to make your stay as memorable and as special as they possibly can. First-class and spacious accommodation (spotlessly cleaned each day), a wonderfully designed lagoon style pool with ample sunbeds, pool towels, parasols and sunbathing areas that form the main feature of the Hotel complex, again spotless in appearance and efficiently serviced by the all-inclusive pool bar that is most certainly welcome as the daily temperature rises. The indoor facilities are all very well maintained, with a very impressive (relaxing) Piano bar area, just right for pre-meal or post-meal drinks, and a more intense Galaxy Bar/Disco which along with the outside Amphitheatre, is where you will find a variety of entertainment laid on by the animation team. Particularly impressive during our stay was the two show performances by a UK Professional dance group of four girls who put on a superb 45+ minute continuous dance show that included Disco, Irish and Showgirl productions with appropriate costume and music design changes. Real efforts were made in the quality, variety and style of food available on the three main meals of the day, and for an all-inclusive approach we thought the quality and dining experience was very impressive, particularly how they introduced a variety of local and international dishes, and then tempted us on too many occasions to some wonderfully tasting deserts. The Oriental Bay like most of the Hotel complexes in the Maras Alam area, is very much located on it’s own, so there is not really the opportunity to walk outside the complex, other than the very short walk to it’s very own private and impressive (child friendly safe bathing) beach, with an all-inclusive beach bar and daytime entertainment laid on by the animation team. Additionally there are a number of shops within the Oriental Bay complex, so along with the occasional excursion (excellent First Choice Rep by the way, who gave out some very useful information and certainly knew her stuff), and visits to the private beach, we certainly found the complex location and amenities that were available more than satisfied our needs for both a relaxing and where appropriate (wanted) action filled holiday. As mentioned above the Management and Staff are really friendly, and make every effort to ensure you have a great holiday, including the General Manager personally saying good-bye and seeing you onto the airport pick-up bus at the end of your holiday (something I don’t recall experiencing on other holidays). We certainly plan to try and go back, as we found this complex had everything we needed for a wonderful holiday, and yes you do arrive as a Guest, but definitely leave very much as a valued Friend (Thank you to all at the Oriental Bay for a great holiday!)

Ivan & Lesley Balchin

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Walid S, Manager at Aurora Bay Resort, responded to this review, 19 March 2012
Dear Guest

On behalf of the hotel management and staff, I would like to thank you for taking the time to write and post your review.
Your feedback regarding your stay is very important to us.

We are glad to know that you really enjoyed your stay at the Oriental Bay Marsa Alam.

Your review and comments are always important to us, as we consider it our guidelines to evaluate and enhance our services.

Your complete satisfaction is our goal.

Once again thank you for sharing your experience with others.

We look forward to welcoming your good selves once again at the Oriental Bay Marsa Alam.

" Come as a guest, leave as a friend "

Sincerely yours
Hotel Management
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Chatham, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2012

Me and my mum stayed here for a week in January, but it wasnt long enough! As soon as we arrived we recieved a warm welcome from all the staff. The room was huge! 2 bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms as well as a kitchen and sitting area which were immaculate everyday thanks to our cleaner who was very sweet and friendly. There was a wide range of food served everyday and we were often asked if there were any particular requirements.We are fussy eaters and didnt struggle to find something we liked. The waiting staff and chefs are very friendly and attentive.The beach provided everything you need to spend the day down there and was very clean. The pool area was well looked after by Sammy and although 2 pools were freezing and one was heated we still braved the cold and had lots of fun! The hotel manager freely walked around the resort, always making a point of saying hello and welcomed any feedback, we felt this was a nice gesture. The animation team kept us entertainment during the evening at the piano bar and during the shows at night. Again they would be wondering around the resort and chat to you, Fabio and Ramses worked really hard during the shows and were always around during the day. Whilst we were there they celebrated the anniversary of the revolution with a massive party which was amazing and Mahmoud was always making sure we were ok! The hotel management even let me choose which table we and our new friends wanted to sit at and reserved it for us! We loved the Oriental Bay so much we have booked to return the same time next year but this time for 2 weeks and can not wait to see all the staff and our new friends again. We would definately reccomend this resort and have told our travel agent to do the same!

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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2 Thank Jenny S
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Walid S, General Manager at Aurora Bay Resort, responded to this review, 6 March 2012
Dear Guest

On behalf of the hotel management and staff, I would like to thank you for taking the time to write and post your review.
Your feedback regarding your stay is very important to us.

We are glad to know that you really enjoyed your stay at the Oriental Bay Marsa Alam.

Your review and comments are always important to us, as we consider it our guidelines to evaluate and enhance our services.
Oriental Bay team was honoured with your kind participation in our celebration of the first anniversary of the revolution on 25.01.2012.

Your complete satisfaction is our goal.

Once again thank you for sharing your experience with others.

We look forward to welcoming your good selves once again at the Oriental Bay Marsa Alam.

" Come as a guest, leave as a friend "

Sincerely yours
Hotel Management
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Reviewed 24 February 2012

We flew home last night and I already could go back to this hotel. Although the hotel was reasonably quiet and in our second week we were 2 of the 4 English guests at this hotel we would go back in a heart beat. From the moment we walked in we loved the place, our room was stunning, 2bedrooms 2bathrooms, kitchen and lounge area with a sea view, I think we were upgraded without asking and without an extra charge. So spacious, we couldn't have asked for more. Bottled water appeared everyday in our rooms we never had to ask for more. The pools were on our door step and although it is the smallest pool that is heated we did use the other pools and found they were not as bad as we thought. The beach was AMAZING my favorite place to be, extremely private, extremely beautiful and very clean!! After a conversation with the hotel manager about how we could not snorkel he took us out on two occasions and I have never seen such beautiful fish, he was fantastic and we were extremely grateful to have the chance to do this with someone of experience!! The staff could not do more for you, we arrived as guests but left as friends. I would recommend the downstairs restaurant and wished we could have gone one more time, the value for money was amazing, 5course fish menu for me, including lobster!! And a 5course Lebanese menu for just under £50 altogether ... Not each, altogether. Could you imagine the price back home!! I could and I probably wouldn't bother!! The food in general throughout the whole hotel and beach was well cooked we had no stomach trouble whatsoever, I am a fussy eater but I found good meals each night, the soups were lovely and the BBQ they have every night was gorgeous too. You will defiantly try things you haven't even heard of breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Arabic deserts are to die for if you have a sweet tooth so don't shy away from them as they don't look like what we are used too!! Two weeks was just right for this resort as we did 3 excursions and it gave u plenty of time to enjoy the hotel itself and I would also recommend this, we did oceans and swam with the turtles and also the super safari, we road camels and quad bikes including dinner with the bedwin people there! We also visited a local town for shopping and got some amazing bargins! We cannot thank everyone at this hotel enough for absolutely spoiling us for a whole two weeks and we will see you soon!! Alex banna (big man!!) And Sarah hensley xxxx

  • Stayed February 2012
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10 Thank SarahHensley
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Walid S, General Manager at Aurora Bay Resort, responded to this review, 25 February 2012
Dear Guest

On behalf of the hotel management and staff, I would like to thank you for taking the time to write and post your review.
Your feedback regarding your stay is very important to us.

We are glad to know that you really enjoyed your stay at the Oriental Bay Marsa Alam.

Your review and comments are always important to us, as we consider it our guidelines to evaluate and enhance our services.

Your complete satisfaction is our goal.

Once again thank you for sharing your experience with others.

We look forward to welcoming your good selves once again at the Oriental Bay Marsa Alam.

" Come as a guest, leave as a friend "

Sincerely yours
Hotel Management
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Bedford
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2012

Me and my husband stayed here in January for our honeymoon. The hotel is nice and new and the rooms are a great size. Staff are very helpful and its very clean.

Whilst there they did run out of bottled water for a few days which was a bit annoying as i'm pregnant and didn't want to go down to the bar 5 times a night to fill up s glass. The hotel was very quiet so the entertainment wasn't up to much but I have seen worse. The food was very much the same every night night/day but the food was well cooked and my tummy was perefect the whole time. The swimming pool heating was broken the whole time there and as a keen swimmer I was upset that it was too cold to use. There was no ice cream at the bar like stated and even though wifi was suppose to be free according to first choice the recepetion told me it wasn't? The beach was lovely and I loved the fact it was private so you could really relax. I would of liked an english news channel and at least an american tv channel as I don't like sitting at a bar every night. The hotel was very good value for money and I felt like they really did care about you they just need to polish up a few bits. I would hope to stay again at some point.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank Michelle G
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Walid S, General Manager at Aurora Bay Resort, responded to this review, 24 February 2012
Dear Guest

On behalf of the hotel management and staff, I would like to thank you for taking the time to write and post your review.

Your feedback regarding your stay is very important to us.

Hotel management always considers your feedback as a guideline to evaluate and enhance our services.
Your complete satisfaction is our goal.

I would like to apologize on behalf of the hotel management and staff because our evening entertainment did not reach your satisfaction.
We assure you that we took your kind comments into consideration and revised our entertainment program including the evening one, and I am sure it will meet your satisfaction and other guests as well.
Evening entertainment program is now a seven days program that includes live International show, belly dance, tanoura dance show, Fakir show, African Show, Animation Cabare show, Nubian show and other live shows.

We added one English news channel, while we do have an American movie channel.
Heated pool system maintenance program is completed during January 2012 and it is working properly now.
Once again thank you for sharing your experience with others.

We look forward to welcoming your good selves once again at the Oriental Bay Marsa Alam.

" Come as a guest, leave as a friend "

Sincerely yours
Hotel Management
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essex england
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2012

just had 2 weeks of being totally spoilt by all the staff the rooms are lovely and the food is excellent the beach is situated inside a quiet inlet of the red sea which make for safe bathing and excellent snorkeling and diving from mr barry jeannie clark

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Walid S, General Manager at Aurora Bay Resort, responded to this review, 12 February 2012
Dear Guest

On behalf of the hotel management and staff, I would like to thank you for taking the time to write and share your experience with others.
We are are glad to know that you really enjoyed your stay at the Oriental Bay Marsa Alam.

We look forward to welcoming your good selves once agian at the Oriental Bay Marsa Alam.

Sincerely yours

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falmouth cornwall
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2012

We have just returned from this little gem situated in a quiet oasis in Marsa Alam. We normally holiday in Hurghada but thought we would give this hotel a go for a change. How right we were. From the very beginning of the holiday you get a sense of being a welcome visitor. It was quiet when we were there so we where lucky enough to get a suite overlooking the pool. 2 bedroom 2 bathroom immaculately clean Rooms with the cleanliness remained throughout our stay. Several swimming pools albeit majority of them where cold, the hotel did do everything they could to get 1 pool heated (80degrees lovely). The food is of a very high standard and in no way repetative. (Soups are fantastic). The staff are so friendly always with smiles on there faces and tremendously helpful. If we had to pick out anyone in particular I would say Hamdy from the restaurant, very polite and professional, Sammy from the pool area, he kept the place so clean and always happy to have a chat and a laugh and lastly Maxi the massage seller. Not once where we hassled into buying anything and what a hard job he had as it was so quiet. The beach area is separate across a not so busy road, although you are escorted across the road by a warden. It is beautiful and you can spend all day there as you can have lunch there if you wish. As you can see we really did enjoy our stay at this hotel. I have not a bad word to say about it. It was a sad day when we had to say goodbye and even then the management and staff gave us a great send off. If you wish to visit Marsa Alam then you would do well to find any better than the Oriental Bay. We will certainly return. To the management and staff ( Thank You for making our holiday) oh yes weather was brilliant. Bev&Paddy from Cornwall.

  • Stayed January 2012
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7 Thank Paddy M
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Walid S, General Manager at Aurora Bay Resort, responded to this review, 6 February 2012
Dear Sir, Madam

It is really great to know that you enjoyed your holiday at the Oriental Bay Marsa Alam.
Your complete satisfaction is our goal, sharing your experience with others is so much appreciated.

We look forward to welcoming your good selves once again in the near future.

Hotel Manager
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west sussex England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2012

just had a week at oriental Bay loved every moment.
The whole place had a warm friendly feel to it, smart,clean very well run the staff are all fiirst class nothing is too much trouble for them.The room was large,clean and well equiped we were upgraded to a two bed suit and had 2 bathrooms and 3 tvs.
The pool area was great,it was quite so we had 20 loungers for each person a pleasant change!
The beach is in a calm bay again with plenty of loungers, bar and toilets with a great snorkling reef 50 mtrs off shore, what more can you want from this type of holiday.
The food was good quality and well presented, my wife has special dietry needs so we spoke to the head waiter on the first night and from then on each night he showed her what she could eat from the choices, sometimes cooking special food for her (how often do you get that kind of service)
All in all an excellent hotel, fairly quite low key and unassuming, which suits us, this is almost a hidden treasure we will not hesitate to return.

Quick moan about Thomson airlines,
6 hour flight with minimum pitch seats no inflight entertainment, only over priced junk food on offer,chips pizza etc. £2.45 cups of tea.
Come on Thomson this is not a 1 hour european hop the buget airlines get away with, you can almost cross the atlantic in this time.Thomson boast they have dropped 400 hotels from their broucher this year as they were not up to standard,,any other company would have dropped the airline as this experience was down there with the worst of the hotels.
sort it out Thomson the flights are losing you the trade not the hotels most of them are trying there best!
Enjoy Oriental Bay you wont be dissapointed

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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8 Thank lozzer2
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Walid S, General Manager at Aurora Bay Resort, responded to this review, 6 February 2012
Dear Sir, Madam

It is really great to know that you enjoyed your holiday at the Oriental Bay Marsa Alam.
Your complete satisfaction is our goal, sharing your experience with others is so much appreciated.

We look forward to welcoming your good selves once again in the near future.

Hotel Manager
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Property: Aurora Bay Resort
Address: 15 Km North | Red Sea, Marsa Alam, Egypt (Formerly Oriental Bay)
Region: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > Marsa Alam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#13 Top resorts Hotel in Marsa Alam
#15 Spa Hotel in Marsa Alam
#18 Family Hotel in Marsa Alam
#19 On the Beach Hotel in Marsa Alam
#20 Luxury Hotel in Marsa Alam
#25 Romantic Hotel in Marsa Alam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Aurora Bay Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 192
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Aurora Bay Resort is located on Jabal Rosas Bay, one of the most captivating and exclusive beaches on Egypt's Red Sea coast in Marsa Alam. The resort is an enchanting desert oasis, offering a luxuriously relaxed accommodation surrounded by a spectacular view and dramatic landscapes. ... more   less 
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