Just finished a week at the Acacia with my family (wife and kids, 10&12). To give a breakdown;
Location: Perfect, in the quiet area of Dahab, very chilled but easy access to everything
Rooms: spotlessly clean, basic but very comfortable. Our bathroom (we had the basic option) could do with some updating but quite serviceable.
Staff: Unfailingly helpful and pleasant.
Restaurant: The open area by the front for breakfast/ drinks is a great area, back from the street but right in the centre of things. Great place to hang out.
Restaurant - opposite hotel. Basic menu but really good food and very reasonably priced. Occasionally plays bad music...!
Pool: Average sized, but quite adequate. Spotlessly clean
Dive centre- Sea Dancer. I have dived all over the world and this is the best dive centre that I have used. Very friendly staff, fantastic safety ethos, good quality gear, organisation tightly run. Ashraf runs a very tight ship. On first impressions I used them for everything for the entire week and they were great - my only minor quibble being a boat trip that had great diving but a coupe of the sites weren't easy enough snorkelling for our kids. A mixture of British/ Dutch/ Australian and Egyptian instructors that worked very well. Everyone there bent over backwards to help at every stage.
Complaints; my only small issue was the live music setup in the bar that encouraged some local bands to noisily strangle some of the many stray cats during the day- they shut up after a quiet word. One night I had to call reception at 22:30 as band was noisy - I would have been happy for a bit less volume but they stopped immediately!
Dahab: I really grew to love this bizarre, chilled out place. Such a liberal mix of East and West. Inevitably I [--] though the eye of a needle on a couple of occasions and my son was sick one day. Par for the course for Egypt - if only food safety could be as good as their dive safety. Road travel is interesting, there seem to be no rules at all. Driving on the right is usual but not guaranteed!
My daughter says that this has been her best holiday ever. Booking next years trip soon...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of peaceful Dahab, Egypt is the Acacia Dahab Hotel. Our newly renovated, family-run hotel is situated directly on the waterfront. Overlooking the amazing Red Sea, you will find your stay at the Acacia Dahab Hotel an experience of serenity and a place for every type of traveler. Much like the atmosphere of Dahab itself, the hotel design creates a calm soothing, and private atmosphere for our guests. It is our pleasure to welcome you to Dahab, Sinai, and Egypt to show you the many wonders it has to offer. ... more less
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