Just back from the Happy Life Village after a very chilled holiday, well the holiday was, the weather certainly was not. Even the staff commented on how hot it was. The locaton was exactly as the reviews say. We enjoyed it and will go back again one day.
Overall a big thank you to Mina, Mido, Nady and all the others for a relaxing week.
We booked this holiday on the basis of the good reviews of 2009 and then panicked when we saw the later 2010 reviews. Picked the location as two of our party are divers and the write up promised much.
On arrival there was much head scratching about our party, as it was one man and two women. Not sure what they thought, but a family suite complete with extra bed materialised very quickly.
Apart from the issue listed in the bad bits, the suite was perfect. Two big rooms with a double bed in one and a comfortable three-piece suite in the other. A large balcony with sea views all the way to Saudi Arabia. Even the bathroom was big and had a bath with a shower over. Everything was cleaned every day and the linen and towels were automatically changed. The mattresses were firm but not uncomfortable and the air con worked, albeit noisily.
The Good Bits
The staff were very helpful, friendly and really tried to make you feel at home. The animation team were fun but not pushy. Not everyone wants to play water polo in 40+ degree sun, honest.
The food was well prepared, and offered variety. Beef, chicken and fish along with various hot and cold vegetables and salads were available every day. Some of the combinations were a little obscure but the chefs were on hand to tell you what it was. Most of the dishes were spicy but not excessively so, enhancing the food rather than smothering it.
Three large pools, two with swim up bars and all were cleaned every evening. Loads of sun beds with mattresses and big sunshades around all three pools and on the beach.
The house reef and the diversity of fish.
The drinks were fine for us, although the red wine was dubious at times, but like the food, it is personal preference. I hate lager but enough of it was being drunk around me so it can’t have been too bad.
The Not So Good Bits
Service of drinks could be slow at times even though the place was only about a third full.
The disco is very hit and miss, due to some sort of problem with a neighbour. So apart from a dance show one night and the animation team’s variation on Mr and Mrs there was nothing to do except drink in the evenings.
The inappropriate lyrics of the poolside aural assault, will not call it music.
Nowhere for non-swimmers or young children to wade into the water except at the public beach at the end of the complex which is a shame as even wading you get to see fish if you are patient and let them come to you. The private jetty has steps down into two metres of water, perfect for the snorkelers but not so good for non-swimmers.
The Bad Bits
The only real problem was an invasion of cockroaches in the lounge area of the suite that took three days to clear, despite the best efforts of the cleaners and vast quantities of pesticide. The last one was immune to the pesticide but succumbed to a size 11 sandal, but only just, it was huge. Never been to Egypt before, so not sure if this is usual.
The Other Bits
A few insect bites, and the odd fly, but not too bad.
It is very international and communication can be fun, but a bit of German mixed in with English usually gets you by. Just glad the rest of Europe is not as lazy, language wise, as us Brits. Sue reckons she can now smile in ten different languages. Seems to work, she can get into a conversation with anybody.
The courtesy bus is not that great, only giving you about an hour in town, you need that just to beat off the salesmen. Dahab is just a glorified tourist trap with shops selling the usual T shirts and trinkets. There were one or two things that stood out but time considerations stopped the usual chat and haggle so did not buy anything.
Orca Diving were very helpful and gave our diver an excellent and varied package.
Andy and Sue
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