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SENTIDO ORIENTAL DREAM RESORT - MARSA ALAM 5*

Opened: 2010.

Rooms: 351 including 177 double rooms, 144 three bed rooms with "sleeping couch",  24 family rooms with an extra bedroom and four suites. 

Room facilities: private balcony with a full or partial sea view. Ensuite bathroom, hairdryer, desk, air conditioning, mini-fridge, safe, satellite TV, wireless internet, direct dial telephone, sitting area and laundry service.

Location: 40km north of Marsa Alam airport and 100 km north of Marsa Alam town and 35 km south of the historic port of El Quseir.  

Hotel facilities
: Four restaurants offering breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner.  Three bars (lobby bar, pool bar and beach bar), Three outdoor swimming pools of which two are heated during the winter. Pools encircled by sub beds and sun shades (free of charge), a kid's pool nearby, a long sandy beach and direct access into a lagoon surrounded by a coral reef. A diving centre, quad biking, horse and camel riding, table tennis, aerobics, beach volleyball, billiards, darts, an open-air whirlpool, baby cots and chairs, ATM banking, laundry, shopping, medical service, massage.  Wireless internet connections are available around the swimming pool and in the lobby while there is an "internet corner" with desktops for those travelling without a laptop.  There is also a beauty and fitness centre open from 9am to 9pm.   

You can book a room at Sentido Oriental Dream Resort by  emailing steven@marsaalam.com  You don't need to pay a deposit as payment can be made on arrival.


Guest Reviews
:  Its' ranking on Tripadvisor, as of 11th April 2017, puts it just into the top quarter at 18th out of 71 hotels, but little changed from its rank of 17th out of 67 hotels in October 2012. Not a bad result however as competition among the best Marsa Alam hotels is fierce. 

86 per cent of reviewers  rated the hotel as either "very good" or "excellent" (+ 4% since October 2012) while just 4 per cent of reviewers (- 2% since October 2012) rated the hotel as either "poor" or "terrible."  Results for the last three times we checked its ratings on TripAdvisor are given in the table below. 

     rating    Oct 2012  Dec 2016    April 2017
"very good"
or "excellent" 
       82%       86%       86%
"poor" or
"terrible"
        6%         4%         4%

On Holiday Check, as of 11th April 2017, it had attained an impressive 5.2  out of 6 stars  from reviewers (but down from 5.4 in October 2012) with the highest scores awarded for service at 5.5 (down slightly from 5.6 in 2012), sport and entertainment at 5.3 (a slight slip from 5.5)  and rooms at 5.2 (down from 5.5)  and slightly lower scores for gastronomy at 5.1 (no data for 2012 but down from 5.2 in December 2016) and location at 4.9 (unchanged from 2012). An impressive 93 per cent of HolidayCheck reviewers would recommend the hotel (-1% on December 2016).  The complete results for the last three times we checked Holidaycheck are given below


   category   Oct 2012   Dec 2016   April 2017 
  hotel       5.4        5.2        5.2
  service       5.6        5.5        5.5
  sport & ent       5.5        5.3        5.3
  rooms       5.5        5.3        5.2
  food        ?        5.2        5.1
  location       4.9        4.9        4.9

The comments on Trip Advisor and Holiday Check have been generally very positive - 


OVERALL

"We spent five days in the resort and it was wonderful.....The staff was friendly and the service is very good....The big star I give to the hotel is for the value for money. I spent many holidays in five star hotels providing equal or slightly better service for triple the price. I'd recommend this hotel for anybody planning a trip to Marsa Alam..."
( Tripadvisor.com Remah 7 February 2017 ) 

"I have to say my wife and I love this resort. You won't find it in any UK travel brochure. Do we love it for the food ? The fabric of the building ? No. We love it for the staff. It's like home from home. We are always made to feel so welcome. Yes, we return year after year, and yes the same staff are there !"
( TripAdvisor.com Blackmore November 2016 )

"Very nice place overall, the animation team is very nice.... Rooms are very cozy and well designed. Sea and pools are great. The only downside is that the food in Shahrizad restaurant, was not a wow and no diversity....But...overall it was a very nice stay and people were very welcoming and helpful.....Will definitely go there again."
( TripAdvisor.com Hadeer 17 September 2016 )

"This is a great resort in the middle of nowhere, like many places in Marsa Alam. It's a beautiful property with very large clean rooms. The food is great, fresh omelettes and fresh pasta every day and a great variety of foods. The staff is very helpful. The place is right on the sea, absolutely beautiful." 
( TripAdvisor.com Mark 10 February 2016 )

"Love at first sight exists and it is called Sentido Oriental Dream Resort ! Great hotel with fabulous staff, cooks, food, drinks and friendly animators. I spent two awesome weeks in Sentido Oriental Dream Resort and enjoyed every minute of our stay. There are so many things to do and especially the entertainment is amazing."
( HolidayCheck Radka May 2013 ) 

"The location was gorgeous, the hotel a bit less... Poor furniture and maintenance needed inside and outside the building, but the staff good and attentive service."
( TripAdvisor Artecasa 16 May 2013 )

"Went to the Sentido Oriental Dream Resort in Marsa Alam April/May last year for a quiet and relaxing one week break. I've got to say that this was one of the best hotels we've stayed in in Egypt in the last seven years. The staff were very attentive and the food was excellent."
( TripAdvisor Pete M 8 April 2013 )

"This was our ninth stay at the Sentido Oriental Dream Resort and certainly not our last. Already booked up to return in June and again in September. If you just want to relax, unwind and recharge your batteries we can recommend this lovely hotel. If you're looking for noisy night life, fighting over sun beds and getting drunk in your football shirt, go somewhere else !" 
( HolidayCheck Steve March 2013 )

"Overall a really enjoyable holiday. Much preferred it to Sharm as you didn't get pestered all the time and didn't have to tip to get good service. There is nothing outside the hotel for miles but everything you need is on the complex. We are looking to go back to Egypt next year and it will be hard to find somewhere as good as here for the money we paid."
( Tripadvisor Sophie 2 September 2012 ) 

"Actually, Sentido Oriental Dream Resort  is probably the best hotel in Egypt. The condition of  the hotel is excellent,  food   and  drinks  are  tasty,  rooms  are comfortable and the atmosphere (especially at night) is lovely." 
( HolidayCheck.com Jakub July 2012 ) 

"I have always said I would never return to the same hotel twice as there is a big world waiting to be explored. However, this hotel has made me change my mind."   
( TripAdvisor Julie 28 July 2012 ) 


ON THE STAFF

"Friendly attentive staff." 
( HolidayCheck.de Kamilla April 2017 ) 

"The  staff  are  very friendly  and  welcoming.  They really made us feel at home." 
( TripAdvisor.com Mai 11 September 2016 )

"The staff at this hotel are wonderful. Amgad at the beach restaurant was great and so friendly... Mohammed at the pool bar served the best cocktails.... nothing was any trouble. Mohammed the lifeguard was friendly and greeted us every morning with a good morning and a smile and an umbrella. I could mention so many but believe me all the staff are so friendly from the reception to the restaurants and they all work so hard to make sure you are happy."  
( TripAdvisor.com Iydia 7 August 2016 )

"The staff here are one of their biggest assets. I'll recommend this hotel to everyone who will ask me and I have to praise the kindness, helpfulness and fun of the beach barmen.... Our baby George loved them and spent hours at the bar having the green cocktails !... We also send our thanks to the extremely friendly restaurant manager... Bibo welcomed us with his wonderful smile every morning and had a minute talk with us every time he passed through, our children loved him and so did we."
( HolidayCheck.com Radka May 2013 )

"Every member of staff was very friendly and could not do enough for you... The waiters, especially Saad and Honey Moon were brilliant and even helped me carry my food to our table ( as I have problems walking with a stick and carrying plates of food ).
( TripAdvisor.com John 4 October 2012 )  

"As seasoned travelers over a period of 25 years we know what is good and what is not so good - This is one of the best for service, if not the best we have been to in recent years. It cannot be overstated that every employee within the hotel is committed to enhancing your holiday experience whether it be the room cleaners, restaurant staff, animation teams or even the gardeners who all work very hard."
( TripAdvisor.com CCR GR 25 September 2012 )

"All the staff are very nice, everybody is trying to be nice, to speak with you and make you feel comfortable... if we had any problems for example with missing towels, the room service easily solved the problem."
( HolidayCheck.com Lucie August 2012 )

"The staff are very friendly and helpful (and) there were some that went the "extra mile" to make your holiday more enjoyable and in our opinion without the staff the resort... would not be as good as it was. In the main restaurant there was Alaa Saad who ensured that every night our drinks were waiting for us when we arrived to our table.... The animation team also worked extremely hard to entertain the holiday makers and we found some of them that we spoke to very pleasant and welcoming (and)... went out of their way to ask how things were, if we we're not enjoying ourselves and always kept us up to date with the entertainment for the afternoon/evening."
( TripAdvisor.com Wayne 30 July 2012 )

"I was very delighted by the hotel animation team, which has a whole day program for anybody interested. These people have an impressive knowledge of foreign languages and they are very friendly, funny and nice towards children. They're also really kind, I found good friends among them. If you don't know what to do, ask them and you won't be bored any more."
( HolidayCheck.com Jakub July 2012 )

"The waiters in the restaurant were great fun and nothing was too much trouble. Mostafa especially made this very memorable for us. He always met us with a smile and had a table and drinks waiting."
( TripAdvisor Julie 28 July 2012 )

"The hotel itself is very clean, all the staff are always happy and smiling though they work long hours in the unrelenting heat. The chap who cleaned our room everyday was always happy and always checking to make sure we were happy with his work!"
(TripAdvisor Nathan 27 July 2012 )

"The animation staff were always so bubbly and up for having fund during the day and night (and) the gardeners always greeted us with a smile and were hard at work even in the scorching heat."
( HolidayCheck.com Maree June 2012 ) 


ON THE BEACH AND SEA 

"The beach is nice but I addvise you to wear something on your feet when you are going to swim because you will walk at least 200 metres to find a deep enough spot to swim."
( TripAdvisor.com Hema 1 October 2016 )

"The hotel is located on an awesome beach site as it has penty of space so you can really relax during your stay there. There are always enough sun beds available (hotel seemed quite full to me) and there is no one shouting or bothering you while you rest.... The reef itself is 700m away from the beach but you can not reach it as there is no jetty... but you can snorkel in the inner part... on the right it's shallow water with a lot of corals and coloured fish and on the left it's deeper water. We spent more than an hour snorkeling each time we went in."
( TripAdvisor Beliblisk 15 October 2012 )

"The beach is clean but a little rocky, you do need beach shoes to get in the water, which is very shallow and you need to walk out quite a way to get to a deth where you can swim. There are several areas of coral close by and a reef that encloses the whole bay and is very good for snorkeling, but much further out."
( TripAdvisor John 4 October 2012 )

"snorkeling was amazing with plenty of fish to see. We saw blue spotted sting rays and many other large colourful fish. It was like swimming in an aquarium. There wee plenty of sunbeds available around the pools and on the beach."
( TripAdvisor Sophie 2 September 2012 )

"Beautiful reef surrounded bay without any waves perfect for relaxed bathing and swimming. Nice accessible places for snorkeling with depth from one to thirty metres."
( HolidayCheck.com Dusan August 2012 ) 


ON THE ROOMS

"Beach front room view was extraordinary. The room was very clean and comfortable but the room's furniture, TV and bathroom need some improvements and updates."
( TripAdvisor.com 11 September 2016 )

"Our room was 604 which is located directly on the beach on the left side near Mangrove restaurant. The room was basic but you don't really need much from the room on holiday in Marsa Alam ( we just spent the night there ). It has two single beds, AC, decent bathroom with shower, safe box, TV and a nice terrace facing the sea. We didn't miss anything."
( TripAdvisor Beliblisk 15 October 2012 )

"Our room was basic but clean and comfy and the way the rooms are staggered meant we did not hear any sound from our neighbours."
( TripAdvisor John 4 October 2012 )

"Very good. We appreciated the services of our room service man taking care of room 209 and 109. This man is a real towel sculptor."
( HolidayCheck.com Dusan August 2012 ) 


ON THE FOOD

"The food is really delicious and the special Italian restaurant evenings are just great."
( TripAdvisor.com Not 16 January 2017 )

"The selection of food and drinks was absolutely satisfying and tasted very good. There was a separate pasta station... The BBQ corner was also great. There was something for everyone."
( A translation from the original )
( HolidayCheck.de Stefan & Elke December 2016 )

"My most memorable feature about this hotel in comparison with others is that is has two a la carte restaurants, Italian and fish, which both provide a menu that is included in the all-inclusive package. You can book dinners in these restaurants as many times as you like during your stay. We spent most of our evenings in these restaurants because they had a special atmosphere in comparison with the main restaurant and in my opinion had the nicest food which I had tasted in Egypt."
( TripAdvisor.com Oly 16 October 2012 )

"The Italian restaurant is fantastic, the steak is to die for ! We didn't try the Mangrove restaurant but heard it was good for some other guests. The main buffet is good too. They change the theme daily so it doesn't become boring"
( TripAdvisor Nathan 27 July 2012 )


ON EXCURSIONS

"The super safari is a must, but take plenty of sun cream as the desert sun is scorching."
( TripAdvisor Julie 28 July 2012 ) 

You can book a room at Sentido Oriental Resort by emailing steven@marsaalam.com You don't need to pay a deposit as payment can be made on arrival.


WEBSITE LINKS

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Read the reviews on Sentido Oriental Dream Resort on HolidayCheck.de

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   SENTIDO ORIENTAL DREAM PHOTOS & VIDEOS
                     


Wonderful mood lighting at night.



Impressive pool - a great treat on a hot day. 







        Relax by the pool with a book or a cocktail !



Perfect mirror image reflections on a windless day.



Family room has two bedrooms and ample space.



Homely and spotlessly clean twin room with sea view



       Main dining room - spacious and elegant. 



Slick video presentation/tour around the hotel
May 2010 - 3.09 minutes - over 20,000 views



Photos & video of a guest's stay at Sentido with music.
August 2016 - 3.42 minutes - over 3000 views. 



Slide show of a hotel guest's photos set to music.
January 2012 - 4.5 minutes - over 15,000 votes.



Tourists' own video memories of Sentido
September 2011 - 7.54 minutes - over 5,000 views



Exploring the hotel grounds & beach. narration in Polish.
Youtube - April 2013 - 11 minutes - over 17,000 views. 




Underwater video of the house reef
June 2010 - 5.22 minutes - over 4,000 views





Slide show of Sentido Oriental photos set to music
Jan 2012 - 4.08 minutes - over 3,000 views





View of Sentido from space - notice the vast reef !




A terrestrial view of the beach but equally impressive




              Another great view from a balcony.



               The beach bar/cafeteria.



One of Sentido's well watered gardens.



It's not from out of space - it's the beach shower area


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