Location: 2-3 km south of Dahab town, directly on the Dahab Laguna seafront (Gulf of Aqaba) with an immaculate private beach, dive center and windsurf center. Offers free minibus services to town. Taxis are always available and cost merely 10 Egyptian Pounds (LE) (1 Euro = 7-8 LE).
[ Note: it is considered polite to double that amount during the night hours ]
Lay out: trident-shaped structure one-story high. Each arm of the trident is a row of rooms, with in-between 1) a large curvely-shaped pool and 2) a garden with an amphitheater for artistic / cultural events. All rooms have a spacious terrace (ground level) or balcony (1st floor).
Rooms: just spacious enough, not overly decorated but still cosy. Excellent storage space with safe and mini-bar in it. TV, air conditioning, desk, comfortable chairs, table... everything you need. Beds are moveable (wheels), matrasses are of very good quality.
Staff: very friendly, good mastering of foreign languages like English and German. Gives the guest a true feeling of being welcome (no display of "forced" kindness). Problems are solved on the spot or as quickly as humanly possible (in my case: the safe wasn't closing properly, which wasn't a real problem since NOONE of the staff would steal from a guest; within 5 mn, a manager was in my room checking the safe, problem solved).
I noticed that the bar staff works long shifts (12-15 hours 6 days a week), but even at the end of it, they display the same kindness and efficiency. Compliments are in place.
Cleanliness: simply awesome, on a daily basis. I witnessed on one occasion the cleaning staff operate, and I must compliment them on their work. Also: a nice personal touch is left like folding one of the towels into a snake-shape, folding the curtains into an angel-shape, or leaving hibiscus petals on the neatly made bed. May sound trivial, but to me it shows that one touch of hospitality that makes a difference.
Service: 2 large restaurants, 3 bars (1 in main hall, 1 at the pool, 1 at the beach), open until 1.00 am. Sauna / massage facility, small but very well equipped fitness room (I used it quite often), laundry service, animation for kids and adults during the day...
(ball games, beach/pool games, aerobics...).
Food: an estonishing buffet for all cases: breakfast, lunch and dinner. I have been in many 5-star hotels whose variety of dishes was far inferior to that of Dahabeya. Not to mention the quality and hygiene: perfect.
Varia: there's a focus on quality management, characterized by asking guests for a written feedback on how to improve the services. But in my case, I had no negative feedback at all (I am definitely not the "whining" type, but I surely am a critical person).
Conclusion: Iberotel Dahabeya is not a 5-star resort, but to be honest, it deserves a 5th star for the quality of the staff and the quality of the services provided.
So okay, there's no room service... so what ? If walking a maximum 30 meters to one of the bars open until 1.00 am is too much for you, do me a favor... just stay at home or go pay loads of cash more at the Hilton down the road.
I give the 4-star Dahabeya an A+, knowing that they lack a few luxury topics, but simply for the quality of the services provided and the staff. Keep in mind that a resort, how luxury it is, runs on people.. and at the Dahabeya, these people deserve my best compliments.
- 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