My boyfriend and I had a seemingly inauspicious start for our 1-week stay at Bedouin Moon Hotel. We arrived at night and when we got to the hotel, we found the whole place in complete darkness with the staffs all sitting around on the terrace in front of the hotel. We were quickly settled down into one of the chairs and told that Dahab experienced torrential rain and flood only 3 days prior to our arrival, and subsequently, the cables etc. had all undergone a great deal of disturbance. The people were extremely friendly and reassuring with a great sense of humour, and at last, the lights came back on, and we saw the magnificent view of the hotel that seemed to be carved out of the mountain!
The room was basic and very, very clean with a mosquito net, fully functioning AC system- one might say it was too efficient! We were there for a one-week yoga retreat and on day two, we knew that we found something rather special in Dahab and at Bedouin Moon Hotel, with its wonderful, personable staff and service. Lucy, who works the restaurant for the breakfast and lunch was as chilled and laidback as all of them. Their relaxed and reassuring attitude did not affect their wonderful patience and efficiency when it came to service. She had to put up with my daily morning croaking of "coffeeeeee please Luce..." and she did so with fun and wit. The yoga on offer was magnificent thanks to wonderful teachers like Monica, Barbara and Julie. And now onto diving...
I have never dived before but have always loved the water, loved the ocean and never minded being in or around the sea. Our instructor Manduo (and I apologie for misspelling his name in advance) was chilled out, great fun, patient and a wonderful, effective instructor. My first dive was frustrating through no fault of anyone else's but my own, but the second and third dive at the wonderful location of the 3 Pools were magnificent experiences that will be repeated over and over again.
The only downside of the whole trip for both my boyfriend and I, was that we had to leave. It was something that we avoided thinking about, it was a matter of "oh we have 2 days left; we have still one more day! Never mind, we had a few more hours yet..." As a keen and amazing rock climber, horse rider and a qualified diver, he seemed to have found his paradise and I mine.
Over all, the experience has been most wonderful and I have already planned and booked my return trip in June 2013, so see you very, very soon the lovely people at Bedouin Moon Hotel and the lovely instructors!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Bedouin Moon Hotel lies just north of Dahab bay in a stunning location where the Sinai Mountains seem to kiss the sea. You can watch the lazy, wind-ruffled waves lap the shore from any of our sea-view rooms or from the front terrace, where a buffet breakfast (lunch and dinner too if you wish) are served. All our rooms are en-suite, with air conditioning and boast unrivalled sea views across the Gulf of Aqaba or inspiring mountain landscape views. The hotel hosts a relaxed, comfortable feel and among other facilities you will find our stunning secluded swimming pool surrounded by colorful desert gardens, where you can sit back, have a drink and enjoy the best views in Dahab. Our facilities include REEF 2000 DIVE CLUB, a PADI 5* Golden Palm Resort and IANTD Technical Instructor Training Facility, who can cater for snorkellers and divers of any level. We also host yoga classes and yoga teacher training courses as well as massage therapy. Our international menu offers a delicious array of food that can be enjoyed in the restaurant or the pool bar. Free wireless internet is available throughout the hotel. Wind- and kitesurfing, desert trekking, boat and camel safaris can be arranged. So let's fly you to the Moon …..! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bedouin Moon Hotel
- Bedouin Moon Dahab