Dive Urge was a great discovery! My girlfriend booked us in there and was happy to trust her judgement without knowing too much about it. Having read the reviews before leaving, I was glad to see that it seemed to be considered a friendly place with great diving instruction. While this is true, it's the little things which really made it stand out from just about every other holiday I've been on.
On other holidays, I've always found it tricky to find a balance with accommdation; if I book somewhere with character, it can often turn out to be grubby; if I spend a little more for a reliably nice room etc, the beurocracy of the hotel can make the atmosphere sterile and annonymous. Dive Urge is the only place I've ever stayed where the staff are perfect - they're friendly, knowledgable about diving, attentive but also understand that sometimes people need their own space to breath in the sea air or stare at the horizon.
It's located about 5 mins walk away from a more touristy spot where lots of restaraunts etc can be found, but this feels a world away as nobody seems to know that this gem is hidden just around the corner. We only discovered the other place by happening across it on a walk. You can't hear or see it at all from Dive Urge. 5 mins in the other direction is the Bedouin Town where you can get a taste of the local's lifestyle.
The hotel itself was amazing. We got caught up in the ash cloud business here in the UK and they were happy to rearrange our booking - twice! They even upgraded us for free when we did arrive.
The room was clean, quiet and with a great view. The beach was silent, peaceful and with bath-warm crystal-clear water which you could walk out into and swim around with fish. There's nothing better than finishing breakfast then stepping a few paces into a sight I'm more used to seeing as an idyllic screensaver.
Diving instruction was amazing. Ahmed was great - very patient and yet also confidence-inspiring. He leaves you with belief in your own abilities rather than depending on his guiding hand. Again, a perfect balance.
Overall, the biggest stress I had on the trip was trying to decide whether to focus on how much I was enjoying the holiday so I could remember it better when I got back to London, or whether to just enjoy the moment. I'm happy to say, there was never any chance of not remembering this great holiday!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dive Urge is a PADI Resort offering a personal,peaceful & professional retreat for divers wishing to holiday away from the crowds. Set on the shores of the famous Eel Garden Dive Site, just five minutes walk from the main bay of Dahab. Our family run club offers a unique 4-1 policy for all divers, which keeps the groups small and your enjoyment level high. We offer the highest standards of attention and care for all our guests. Our home from home feeling appeals to all holiday makers; singles, couples, groups of friends and of course families too. Our number one rating in Trip Advisor and Cert of Excellence, 3 years running, also speaks volumes. ... more less
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