I can't actually rate this hotel highly enough. We've visited Egypt 5 times now and stayed at a number of hotels, the Dahabeya outshines all of these. We stopped for two weeks at the beginning of August 2012 and shall definitely be returning in August 2013!
From the moment you arrive the team of staff treat you as individuals; wanting to get to know your names, the drinks you prefer, how involved you wish to become in the variety of activities (gently encouraging but never pressurising, as is the case in many other hotels we've visited). The management team are also very much involved in ensuring their guests are enjoying their holidays and are not some elusive body of people that you rarely see. They constantly check and ensure the high standards are maintained and are also involved in the evening entertainment.
The choice of food is immense and of a very high quality. Irrespective of the standard of food the chefs are still concerned that ALL guests enjoy their meals and on a daily basis are happy to discuss any comments you may have and alter things to your personal taste. From our perspective, however, we enjoyed every single meal whether this be the breakfast, lunch, afternoon snacks or evening meals. Unlike many All Inclusive hotels, there isn't the 'cattle market' feel at dining times either. The whole dining experience is a very relaxed affair with the option of eating either inside or out.
The rooms are spotlessly cleaned on a daily basis with decorative 'towel sculptures' awaiting your return every other day, gifts of fruit and chocolate on other days. A bottle of water is also delivered daily but, of course, the All Inclusive option at this hotel ensures that you can easily rehydrate at the variety of bars and restaurants they have throughout the hotel (opening at 6.30am and closing beyond midnight).
The pool is, likewise, meticulously cleaned on a daily basis.
The hotel is ideally located on the beach; just a 5-10minute drive in the free shuttle bus to the centre of Dahab, a 2 minute walk to local shops and a pharmacy, an hour from Sharm airport and should you wish to take part in diving, snorkelling, windsurfing, water skiing etc there are a number of 'dive centres' literally within a couple of minutes walk down the beach. A range of other activities are also easily arranged with these centres and are far cheaper than any of those offered by Thomson. (We paid £18 for a camel ride, star gazing evening plus a Bedouin meal and entertainment as opposed to the £30+ pounds Thomson were asking for!!)
I came on holiday this year to recharge after a very hectic year but I also came with my teenage daughters and husband that wanted a little more than my constant lying in the sun!! It is thanks to an incredible animation team of 3 that this was made possible. I therefore want to give a particular mention to Mizo, Willie and Linn. The immense hard work of these 3 people ensured that we ALL had an incredible time. They provided; Stretching, Darts, Boccia, Aqua Gym, Water Polo, Volley Ball AND all the evening activities with an unwaning stamina. Their humour, patience and enthusiasm was so infectious that one of my daughters chose to become involved in practically every activity (any parent with a teenage child MUST realise the enormity of this!!).
To leave at the end of the 2 weeks was difficult due to having had such a lovely time but we'll definitely return and look forward to the hospitality of this wonderful hotel again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Jaz Dahabeya is situated directly on the sandy beach of the natural lagoon by the Red Sea resort of Dahab, just a one hour drive from Sharm El Sheikh International Airport and only two hours from Taba International Airport. You can reach Cairo in around six hours, driving through the beautiful mountains of Sinai. Away from it all and not as bustling or as yet commercial as some other Red Sea resorts, Jaz Dahabeya offers serenity in an unspoilt landscape with some of the best adrenalin fuelled watersports action and diving in the world. The scenery surrounding the hotel is breathtaking, looking over the lagoon to the mountains of Sinai and Saudi Arabia as a backdrop. The bay is one of the most sought after destinations for windsurfers keen for the ultimate challenge and many other attractions, such as the Mountain of Moses, St. Catherine Monastery and the Coloured Canyon are close to hand. Service and warm hospitality complete the picture as Jaz Dahabeya has won several awards including Holiday Check 2005, TUI Holly Award 2006 and L’Tur best 100 hotels word-wide in 2007. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Iberotel Dahabeya Dahab
- Iberotel Dahabeya Hotel Dahab