This place was out of this world and UNREAL. We stayed there from May 28th 2013 until June 2nd. What is even crazier is that we initially only planned to stay two nights but extended our stay based on this amazing resort. There are NO PICTURES that can truly relay how gorgeous this place is. You have to see it to believe it. Before I give my review, I will say that not EVERYTHING was 5 stars but overall this place was TOP TOP TOP. We met several people from Holland and Germany who said this was their 4th or 5th stay at Le Meridient which was very encouraging. When we arrived it was at 30% occupancy but continued to grow during our stay. It was also in the low season when we were there.
Beautiful lobby, lounges, infinity pool that was amazing, sea water pools, and great shisha/hookah lounge on the terrace outside the lobby that overlooked the pool and sea. The breakfast was delicious with the omelette bar by Chef Saber. So delicious. They had plenty of fresh fruit as well as hot items. The dinner selection was always themed and very delicious. I loved the fact that they had brown rice on certain nights. Not many Egyptian hotels are conscious of such healthy things. The bathrooms in the rooms, the lobby, and ANYWHERE in the hotel were so clean; it was something else. I have been to Egypt many times and never thought I would find bathrooms so clean and well kept as I did at this resort. The beaches had plenty of great snorkeling near the resort. They had wind surfing as well. Most of the staff was great like Mr. Bassam, Mr. Gerges, Mr. Nasr, Mr Ahmed from Shisha lounge, Mr Ashraf Ramadan, Mr Ossama kamel, Mr. Attia from reservations, Mr. Attef, Mr. Mohamed from front desk. They were fantastic staff really. There was a sauna and steam room. The grounds were beautifully kept with orange, red, and white flowers everywhere. There was a few spots of dead grass near some of the pools but honestly not a big deal and does not relay the full experience of the resort.
The sheets in the room were NOT changed because I kept track of any stains and they were always there. This was all 5 days they were not changed. This could be better. Also, on Friday afternoon they had no one on the beach except one or two waiters but no one to help with the towels or opening the umbrella because they were all at prayer and had no one covering their area. The recreation people were not attentive to all guests and usually went to the young ladies in bikinis and ignored others. Some guests mentioned to me that they found it annoying when the recreation people would interrupt their sleep or relaxation in order to talk. Two woman commented that sometimes the recreation people were a bit too friendly. The jacuzzi had a TON of flies and moths in it and was not cleaned the whole time we were there which is probably because the recreation staff were too busy socializing with the young women at the pool. The steam room did not work on some days and also smelled awful. Also, TOO MANY CATS. It was a bit ridiculous about the cats. It was quite annoying because my sister is TERRIFIED of cats and we stopped eating dinner at the pool side and went inside because the cats would harass us at dinner meowing for some hand outs. There was literally a mother cat with her babies there. The staff mentioned they have tried to set them free in the mountains but that they keep coming back, but that makes no sense to me. The cats were not consistent with the luxury and style of the resort.
Even with all the negatives I mentioned, this place as still a 5 star TOP EXPERIENCE. My family and I left wishing we could stay longer and plan to return in the next 6 months. My family members are very rarely impressed by anything and they found this place to be really great.
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- Also Known As:
- Le Meridien Dahab Hotel Dahab
- Dahab Le Meridien