We have been to most of the Egyptian resorts and Dahab has by far the best beach, a long stretch of natural sand. The setting is completed by a horseshoe of pink, cloured, granite mountains which encircle the bay. It is probably the safest bathing for children, as the lagoon is protected by a sand bar. The Hilton hotel blends in sympathetically with a series of two storey villas. We were lucky enough to be upgraded to a suite and it was quite magnificent: all the deluxe accommodation was of a high standard. The food in the Hilton is typical for the region: there is always something you will enjoy from the wide-ranging buffet, particularly at breakfast and in the evening. The Mirage restaurant is tastefully decorated and allows for al fresco dining. The breakfast experience is enhanced by the Hilton newspaper which keeps you up to date with all the important news of the day, such as the Arsenal result. We tried the a la carte in the Portofino, the Italian restaurant and the food was truly superb. The Neptune seafood restaurant does not quite work as the restaurant itself is modest in appearance and lacks atmosphere and clientele.
The staff are the most friendly and helpful I have ever come across in a life time of globe trotting - they truly made the holiday. It is such a brilliant beach that no one uses the pool which is in any case unheated. Dahab is on the windy side but it did not bother us and probably contributed to a tan with no sunburn. We had a look at the other hotels and none compared with the excellence of the Hilton.
We took a trip to St Catherine's monastery and it has to be one of the wonders of the world. We also walked along the 'yellow brick road' (paved all the way) to the two colourful villages beginning with 'M' (what everyone considers to be Dahab): this is a vibrant seafront with the feeling of a 60's hippy commune for young divers. With my two companions, my wife and the last of the Stieg Larsson trilogy, this was a memorable holiday and we will be back to have a go at the windsurfing.
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- Hilton Dahab Hotel Dahab
- Hilton International Dahab
- Dahab Hilton International