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Red Sea Relax Resort
Ranked #4 of 52 Hotels in Dahab
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Ware, Herts UK
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“The best Hotel and Dive Centre in Dahab”
Reviewed October 23, 2011

I stayed at Red Sea Relax in October 2010 so please read my feedback from then. How anyone can slate the hotel or the Dive Centre is beyond me! If you want to stay at an up market Hotel like one that rhymes with Stilton, then stay there and spend US$150 a night. If you want to stay somewhere where the rooms are very clean and tidy with the food being excellent and the beer EG pounds 10 per bottle then stay at RSR. The receptionist Osama, Said and Abdul are brilliant and take all the hassle out of staying in a hotel in a town where everyone wants to fleece you because of your nationality. Through them I was able to purchase apples, check the availability of an 8GB memory stick and USB extension lead to back up my underwater digital photos. All this was done very easily with no hassle whatsoever. Again, like last year I only ate at RRR where food is excellent I haven’t suffered any gut problems whatsoever. I cannot say this about people who ate elsewhere!!!

Any derogatory remarks about the Dive Centre are hurtful to me, and an insult to the Dive Centre where all the staff are in a professional (putting safety high on the list, but surely this is what PADI is all about), knowledgeable about the dive sites and the fauna and flora one is likely to see. Paul is a good Manager, and the Instructors (Sophia his wife, John, Ahmed/Nu Nu) are brilliant as are the temporary daily instructors Rose, Said and Karim. John has a degree in film making so if you are interested in advancing your digital underwater imaging (which I was doing in October 2011) I can honestly think of no better Instructor! He has his own Canon compact digital camera so was very well tuned in to my relatively cheap and cheerful Fuji F80EXR. In addition to lending me a very good book on Underwater Digital Photography, showing me in practice how to take good underwater digital images and back up the camera memory card, he also had the kindness/decency to show me the capabilities/functionalities of Photoshop and where to buy it in UK.

So all in all, to anyone who is reading this Trip Advisor review, I would urge you to stay at RSR and to dive at their Dive Centre. I had the same discounts that I was given in 2010. I know I am not alone when saying I shall be back as I met numerous other visitors who also said they would be returning at Christmas or in 12 months.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 27, 2011

We have recently stayed at Red Sea Relax for a 10 day diving holiday and couldn't have been happier with the all round experience. From the ease & speed of response of the on-line accommodation booking with Said & Osama to the expertise and top-end professionalism of the partner dive centre run by Paul & Sophia the level of service was second to none. The resort is incredible value for those on a budget (those diving with the partner centre get free half-board dorm accommodation in clean and generously spacious rooms) & also for those don't have a desire for shared accommodation. But the main reason for the visit was for the diving which was superb, with so many sites within a short distance (2 within eye-shot of the dive centre) all the diving is shore based which again keeps costs for the diver down with no need to run dive boats & for the quality of the dive sites (crystal clear almost endless visibility & healthy marine ecosystems) in relation to price its a genuine bargain.
Anyone considering any level of recreational & professional diving courses couldn't want for a better place to do these. I have used many dive centres all around the world and RSR's partner centre is up there with the best of them, all the staff there are trained & professionally qualified to a very high standard & can't do enough to help, they are a mine of local dive site information. One final thing, anyone considering a PADI Open Water course to get certified will not find a more stress free way of completing, I have never seen so many relaxed OW students (they usually look a bit nervous in the mornings!)

Room Tip: There are obviously Mosques in Dahab so a prayer call @ 4am is just one of those things eh!
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 21, 2011

We (my son and I) stayed at Red Sea Relax from 13th to 20th September 2011 and had a fantastic time. The hotel offers incredible value for the budget traveller. The rooms are simple, very clean and perfectly adequate - we stayed in one of the newer 4 bed dorms back from the hotel and had the room to ourselves for the entire stay...plus use of a kitchenette and TV area - though we never needed to use the kitchenette. The location is fantastic: right by the beach with a lovely pool area. Everything is provided - free tea, coffee and chilled water all day, great breakfast, good choice of food at the hotel bar, use of laptops in reception and wifi access. Drinks are very competitively priced and the rooftop terrace is a lovely place to sit in the evening. They even had wide screen TV (in the bar) and big screen TV (on the terrace) with coverage of the major sporting events...much to my son's delight!

The transfers to and from the airport were smooth and efficient and the trip we went on (Bedouin dinner by camel) was great Although my son and I were the only people on the trip a lovely meal was cooked just for us with music afterwards.

We travelled to Dahab to dive and used the on site RSR dive centre. All the staff were very helpful, professional and knowledgeable. We had a very thorough (and much appreciated!) skills review on our first dive with RSR and subsequently visited a very good mix of dive sites. (Our experiences certainly did not reflect those of the reviewer below who expressed concern about lack of supervision and range of dives available.) Our only criticism of the dive centre would be that some of the equipment is a little old...and the torches we used on our night dive weren't very good.

Dahab itself is a laid back resort with lots of very good and reasonably priced sea front restaurants. The place has a really nice 'vibe'. However, if you're into clubbing etc it's probably not the place for you.

We had an excellent time and will be staying and diving again with Red Sea Relax.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Cairo, Egypt
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Reviewed September 16, 2011

After staying at a couple of budget hotels in Egypt, and then deciding to go to 5 star only as budget was not worth it, it was with some interpidation we went to the red sea relax. I needn't have worried as the place was excellent. Saeed at the front desk is fantastic as were everyone who worked there. The food was excellent for those on a budget and the outdoor bar is in a fantastic location for Dahab. I can not recommend this place enough.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed September 13, 2011

I stayed at RSR between the 1st and 10th of September, travelling by myself just to go diving. Paul, Osama and Said were incredibly helpful with organising everything with me via e-mail, and it was eventually sorted that I'd stay next door at Planet Oasis for 2 nights then move to RSR (Since the hotel was full).

Got to Sharm airport and as promised a cab was waiting to take me to the hotel- upon arriving I met the very friendly and helpful staff who took me to my room. Planet Oasis is fine for a couple of nights, very simple rooms though- although this review isn't about there! The RSR rooms are really nice, all the standard things, big rooms, nice pool view, very clean and things, no complaints there. Nice bar on the roof, free tea, coffee and water all day, as well as a really nice breakfast every morning. The location couldn't be better either- it's a few metres from the dive centre to the beach (No exaggeration!).

Obviously the dive centre was my main reason for visiting- walked down the morning after I arrived to be greeted my Paddy who talked me through things and started diving on the first day. There are a few negative reviews about the dive centre, but I really have no idea why- all of the guys there- Paul, Sophia, Jon, Paddy, the IDC guys and Divemasters are incredibly helpful and friendly. I did a few courses, as well as the Thistlegorm trip and some guided diving while I was there and it was all very well organised and, I thought, a very good price! I'll definitely be returning next time I get the chance.

Thanks to everyone!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 26, 2011

My wife and I have just returned from our third visit to Red Sea Relax and, as on previous occasions, we had a wonderful time. There’s nothing particularly flashy about Red Sea Relax – it’s just a great place to stay. It delivers exceptional value for money in terms of the accommodation available, the services provided and its location right on the seafront in the centre of Dahab. It’s a small hotel with an extremely friendly and helpful staff and when staying there you really do feel welcome and “part of the family”. We had a ground floor room overlooking the swimming pool. The room was very comfortable and quiet and was kept scrupulously clean.
After doing intro. dives on our two previous visits, we decided this would be the year to do the Open Water Course at the Red Sea Relax Dive Centre.
It was amazing. The staff went out of their way to give us the best experience possible. Our instructor, Sophia, was brilliant - explaining everything we had to do clearly and carefully before leading us through the drills in practice. The training we got was really comprehensive and rigorous, but Sophia made it great fun, too.
On completing the course, we did two fun dives with Jon, who continued to make
diving an incredible experience - taking us to dive sites of great beauty and tailoring the dive to suit our abilities.
We cannot thank all of the Dive Centre staff enough for making diving such an accessible pursuit. We can't wait to go back next year to do our Advanced course and more fun dives.
The Red Sea Relax Dive Centre is the place to go in Dahab.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 15, 2011

I want to thank everyone at Red Sea Relax hotel for making my stay here in Dahab one that i will never forget. The staff were always very friendly to me and had a great laugh with them! Sometimes cleanliness wasn't brilliant, especially in the girls toilet but if you mentioned to staff they were efficient and would sort the problem straight away.

The best part of my trip has to be going to the red sea relax dive centre!!!
Everyone was not only extremely helpful and enthusiastic but they made me feel truly welcome and a friend not just a customer!

I started here never having dived before and because of their excellent teaching methods and patience i found it so enjoyable that i then went on to do my advanced and some specialties.
Everyone at the dive centre was always willing to talk to me about dive sites and even when diving with people with different diving experiences they made the trips catered to all.

I enjoyed my time so much at the dive centre and loved everyone's company so much that i was pretty much parked on their sofas all day even when not diving :)
So overall if you want to dive in Dahab you would be an idiot not to dive with Red Sea Relax! They will show you amazing dive sites and show you a brilliant time whilst in Dahab.

Thank you so much to Paul, Sophia, Paddy, Ahmed, John, Emily, Dave and Simon !!! It has been amazing getting to you know you guys!!! thank you for opening up my world to diving and i will definitely be back not just for more amazing dives (as there's still a few sites i have left to do) but to see you all again.

Lots of Love
Geraldine Freeland
Xxxx

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled solo
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Property: Red Sea Relax Resort
Address: Lighthouse Rd | Musbat, Dahab 46617, Egypt
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Location: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > South Sinai > Dahab
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Dahab
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Dahab
#2 Best Value Hotel in Dahab
#4 Romantic Hotel in Dahab
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Red Sea Relax Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located directly on the beach, Red Sea Relax Resort lies within meters of teeming reefs and colourful beach cafes while still close to the modern amenities of central Dahab. A small family business, we offer superior on site facilities, including a free Gym, free Internet, a PADI Dive Centre, restaurant/bar and a 100m2 pool! Most importantly we pride ourselves on our excellent rates and a customer service solidly built on a friendly and personal approach. ... more   less 
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