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“Fantastic relaxing resort!”
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Happy Life Village
Ranked #15 of 52 Hotels in Dahab
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“Fantastic relaxing resort!”
Reviewed May 13, 2013 via mobile

I stayed here for a week after 3 weeks camping in the Sinai desert but even so, the luxury should not be underestimated! Large rooms, beautiful bathrooms, large pools and restaurants and well stocked bars!

The rooms were spotlessly cleaned everyday and staff were friendly and attentive.

Resort is on the beach but not in Dahab itself so if facilities not in the resort are required a trip into town should be made.

I spent my time diving at the beach so did not spend much time around the resort but what I saw was truly beautiful and tranquil!

  • Stayed August 2012
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London, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 12, 2013

Am just sitting on the plane home from a brilliant week's holiday..... no better place to write about the happy life village than from 50,000 feet!

Lets start with the positives, of which there are many. The complex is located in a beautiful setting about an hour drive away from Sharm (The complex is in a really quiet area, 10 minute drive from Dahab beachfront, almost in the middle of nowhere!), with its own private stretch of beachfront, overlooked only by a row of imposing, impressive mountains running down one side of the complex.

The layout of the complex is great, with all the facilities being relatively close to one another. There are several very clean and well maintained swimming pools which run down the centre of the village towards the beach, with different areas catering for different groups, ie. one kids pool with slides etc. and other pools aimed more for relaxing. There are plenty of sun loungers and umbrellas around, and there are several bars where you can get drinks and food pretty quickly and easily.

Onto the food, we were glad to be all inclusive and found a great selection of food throughout the day and week. Lots of fresh fruit, salad and vegetables which was really good and the selection of dishes was good too. It was not gourmet quality, but if you want basic, tasty food with lots of choice, then you cant really go wrong. The local beer and wine was also great, and the waiter service was very good too.

The accommodation is basic but comfortable and kept very clean. The balconies are a lovely size and perfect to sit out on.

Probably our favourite aspect to the village was the staff, who were very friendly and welcoming without being too pushy or fake in any way. Whilst they have an understandable focus on sales, you do not feel like you are being pushed into buying anything and the staff seem genuinely keen to provide fantastic service with a smile on their faces.

Special mention to our Spa 'Friends' Ahmed and Maia (the happy newlyweds), Walid (henna artist extraordinaire), Mohammed (amazing massages!), Hamada (amazing pedicures!) and Ranny (generally lovely bloke) in the spa, and then our fantastic waiter Nazmy in the restaurant and the always happy Naydi in the beach bar - these guys were great!!!!!

We didn't get too involved in any evening activities but there seemed to be a good choice of activities if you wanted to get involved, we did watch the traditional Egyptian dancing which was awesome. We also did one trip to Dahab in the evening and had a great meal at a restaurant called Ali Baba's - definitely worth a trip, lovely 3-course meal for 2 for under £40)
We are not big divers but we did some snorkelling which was pretty fun - saw some cool fish, a stingray etc. The beach is scattered with lovely natural umbrellas and windbreaks which really gives you some privacy.

Only a few very small negative comments:
- not enough poolside towels
- food selection became a bit samey after a few days
- only one location offering wi-fi, was quite slow and only available after 1pm... If you were online at the same time as more than 3 or 4 other guests then it was almost too slow to use! If there was better wi-fi throughout the complex, it would make such a big difference.

Overall we had a fantastic week, and bearing in mind the budget price that we paid, we thought the Happy Life village was a brilliant destination for a week of relaxing in the sunshine. Would definitely recommend it and would be keen to go back in the future.

Ant and Dewi :)

Room Tip: We stayed next to the buffet restaurant which was perfect for everything! A balcony facing the sea i...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Warrington, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 11, 2013

We have just retuned from three weeks at the Happy Life. We originally had two weeks last september for my 60th birthday and it was so amazing then that we came home and immediately booked for 3 weeks in april. On arrival we were geeted as old friends by the staff on reception. If you need anything just ask and they will make sure it is done or supplied. Always with a smile.
We had e,mailed them prior to departure asking for a quiet,upper room with sea view we got 11B5 which was perfect. Rooms are a little tired but are kept very clean with bed linen changed regularly and towels daily.
Hotel staff here are excellent always happy, helpful chatty and do a very good job which is just what is reqiured to make your holiday.
We were all inclusive so the food was very imortant to us, and it did not let the hotel down. Starting with Hamed the BOSS chef and his lovely team off chefs along with Mohamed restraunt manager and with his team of restraunt staff, they made sure your visits to the restraunt was always a pleasure.
Breakfast was always an enjoyable experience with fresh fruit, eggs anyway, breads, cheeses cakes and lots more.Coffee and tea is also very good.
We always had our lunch at the lower pool bar, although we had to pay for this. The snacks are really good and tasty and the variety is excellent and very very reasonably priced. Sitting outdoors with good food a cool beer and total relaxation, wonderful. Here we were looked after by a special team run by Sayed (now our adopted son) .We also had our evening drinks here surrounded by the wonderful staff, always smiling, chatting and joking they became like our own family. If you do go to this bar please give Sayed a hug from us.
Evening meals were basically buffet style with some nights being a fresh fish night where you chose your fish and watched while it is cooked for you also a fresh meat night also means you get to choose the type of meat you like and it is then cooked to your tase, also there is a barbecue night. All this accompanied by multi choices of veg, potatoes and rice. and pasta. Also there are Egytian food for you to try while you are there. The sweets are to die for especially the biscuits. Wine is served by the glass and is very good, just as good as the ones i buy at home. All in all the food is ecellent and very enjoyable Hamed creates food that you want to eat, and if its not quite how you like it tell him and it will be done.All this served by helpful smiling staff. Sometimes when you go to get your food it can take 15 mins before you get back to your seat as you stop to talk to all the staff, really happy relaxing atmosphere. Tables are cleared immediately between courses by Mohameds wonderful staff, always with a chat, smile and joke. Glasses are re-filled immediately never any need to ask. Here look out for Kero he is a star always friendly.and polite.
Our days were spent at the beach, very peaceful as hotel was not too full. Here we were looked after by Nady and the beach team. Nady never ever stops working and we were supplied at least ever half hour and then in between a special cocktail would arrive fantastic service. Always a joke or chat.
All I can say is what a fantastic hotel with good food and wonderful staff. Other hotels could learn a lot from the staff at this hotel.
We loved it so much we are already in the process of re booking for three weeks in September, to go back to our Egyptian family. Cannot wait.

Room Tip: 11B5 12B5 e.mail hotel before departure and request room type you require.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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Reviewed April 28, 2013

And many thanks to Waleed and Rany, we had a wonderful time thanks to you.
The facial treatment was lovely, as well as the service, the tea and the laughs :)
Thank you Waleed for our little chats every day, and Rany for your wonderful oils (ànd your smiling face)!

Thank you guys, also the men I forgot there names, you were all really great..

Carol

Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed April 27, 2013

Just back from this wonderful hotel.We went with Olympic and had no problems with the travel. Had a great room with sea and mountain views.Yes the decor is a little tired,but it was kept spotlessly clean.The complex is spacious and uncrowded you could often walk along and see no one,,just hear birdsong and the sea.Food was plentiful and tasty.I'm a fussy vegetarian and never had a problem finding something to eat.
The staff are wonderful,nothing is too much trouble,but not in a fawning way.they also have a great sense of humour,and are always up for a joke.
The Beach is great,the waiters come to see if you want anything all the time.Snorkelling was good,and there are Horses (plus 2 gorgeous foals) to ride at the end of the beach.They are well looked after and I rode a lot.Even if you do not ride, do go and visit.The guys are lovely and the horses appreciate a hotel apple,bananna or even bread roll.It is so sweet to see the foals lifting a leg to beg for a treat which they have learned from their Mums.All in all,this hotel is perfect for people who want a bit of peace and quiet in beautiful surroundings.The hotel shuttle bus goes into Dahab 3 times a day. Dahab itself is a must do.Everyone there is very good natured and the banter is fun. To sum up,our trip to Dahab was intended to be a one off. However,As soon as we got back we were trying to work out when we could go again.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Grantham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 23, 2013

Me and my new wife went to Happy Life Village for two weeks at the beginning of April for our honeymoon. We couldn't have picked a better destination for two weeks of relaxation and friendly people. All the staff couldn't do enough for us, always willing to help, but respectful, not pestering too much. The cleaners' towel modelling kept us guessing throughout our stay as to what they would have made with the hotel towels and blankets - one still has us guessing - maybe you can help us out (see photos)!! There was a fantastic variety of food available for breakfast and evening meal, and the poolside snacks at lunch time were excellent value and very tasty. Most of the food was freshly prepared in front of us - by very friendly and witty chefs. The waiters were very attentive. Last, but certainly not least, a mention of Friends Spa - our visits to the spa really was the icing on top of our honeymoon; excellent value for money, and the masseuse were respectful and breathed new life into our aching, tired muscles. Rany, the administrator in the spa, could sell ice to an Eskimo (at a special price! ;) ), but is very friendly, and we hope to keep in touch with him. The decor in the hotel is a little tired, probably down to the drop in trade in the last few years, but this is made up for by the cleanliness - our room and bathroom were spotless. We hope to return soon. We could go on forever, but we'll let our photos do the talking ...

Room Tip: Rooms 12B and 11B are second floor looking over the sea
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Southport, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 17, 2013

As a 68 year old female travelling alone I was a bit dubious about Egypt, though I've visited many places throughout the world. I needn't have worried - the transfer from Sharm with Olympic Holidays was first class and the staff at the hotel were really helpful. I had a lovely room with a great view of the mountains and a side view of the sea which was kept spotless, cleaned every day. Can't imagine what Karen317 is on about ("worst tasting food she's experienced") as I thought it was varied, well cooked and plentiful, and I heard no complaints from anyone else. If you want a quiet, relaxing holiday in the sun, I would thoroughly recommend this hotel; I wouldn't hesitate to visit again.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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Property: Happy Life Village
Address: Wady Quonay | P.O. Box 47, Dahab 46617, Egypt
Location: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > South Sinai > Dahab
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Dahab
#3 Spa Hotel in Dahab
#9 Romantic Hotel in Dahab
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Dahab
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Happy Life Village 3*
Number of rooms: 250
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