We stayed in the Bedouin Moon hotel for two weeks from the end of May 2012. This was our first trip to Egypt and we originally were unsure whether we should stay in Sharm or Dahab, however we soon realised upon reading several reviews of hotels in Sharm that Dahab was much better suited to our requirements as we did not care for noisy pool entertainment and the associated diving school - Reef 2000 - received lots of great reviews.
As the hotel did not accept credit card online bookings, we booked via Expedia, however as Expedia did not offer the Superior room option, we contacted the hotel directly and arranged to upgrade and pay the difference directly to them. There was never any problems with the email communication and I would recommend you do this if you prefer not to send a bank transfer which can be quite costly in the UK.
Although we arrived late at night we received a very warm welcome. This friendly approach continued throughout the entire holiday and I cannot remember the last time I stayed in a hotel where all of the staff were genuinely friendly and always willing to help with any questions or issues.
The Superior sea-view room was one of their newer rooms and although relatively basic, was well styled and had everything you really needed assuming you would not be staying in the room the whole day. Thankfully there was no TV. Air-con and a fridge are included, and hot water was always available in the bathroom. The shower had very low pressure but you soon get used to this, and don't forget that you cannot flush toilet paper down the toilet(!).
Although we did not see any of the smaller standard rooms I would recommend trying to book the Superior rooms if possible, but I'm sure the standard rooms are also fine, especially if you are going to be diving for most of the time or out sight-seeing.
One point to note is that we stayed during mosquito season and we did pick up quite a few bites. The hotel provides you with a room fumigation spray which works well but you must remember to use it otherwise you may find some new visitors in the morning. We regularly had some little ants and a few cockroaches which might put some people off but you have to expect a few insects as you are so close to the desert. You soon adapt to the new wildlife!
The food and drinks are excellent for such a small hotel, easily on par with some of the restaurants in town, and I would recommend you sample the local Sakara beer.
If you fancy chilling out then the small pool is well kept and has a good depth. You can see the Saudi coastline whilst sipping a melon smoothie.
If you do fancy trying some diving then you can do no better than the associated diving school - Reef 2000. They offer various PADI diving courses and all instructors are approachable and very friendly, as well as making the learning as enjoyable as possible. (We took the Open Water course over 5 days. This is not an easy course and there is a lot to cover but stick with it and you will be amazed how much you can learn and what you can see underwater).
A taxi to Dahab centre costs £2 (20 LE) or you can walk along the beach. Due to the intense heat we usually took a taxi, however with the breeze coming from the sea this helps a lot and keep you from over heating too much.
We also took a trip to St. Catherine's Monastery, the White Canyon and the Ain Khudra Oasis, as well as taking a camel trip (not very comfortable), and the hotel can recommend and arrange trips to other local sites if required.
As it was always around high 30 degrees, you ideally should drink 2 to 3 litres of water per day and more if you are diving. We did not quite manage this but you should drink as much as possible.
Overall I strongly recommend the Bedouin Moon as a terrific place to stay. You will not be disappointed, and make sure you say hi to the hotel dog, Solo !
Peter & Isabelle. June 2012.
Try to book the Superior rooms.
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