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Sea Stars Apartments
Ranked #9 of 26 Specialty Lodging in Dahab
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“Perfect ending of our Egypt holiday”
Reviewed January 20, 2010

We were traveling during the Egyptian Christmas holiday, so the beaches were deserted and we had the place to ourselves. We were most fortunate to find this apartment. It is beautiful, well designed and brand new. Lots of room for the five of us.

Tim oriented us, directed us to good snorkeling and arranged a driver for our Mt. Sinai expedition. We would have loved to have stayed longer.

The only reason I am not giving 5 stars is because we had a problem with the water. We woke up on the day after climbing Mt. Sinai and there was no water. The gardener had the day off and it took Tim a couple of hours to get back to us. Since we are campers, this was not a big deal for us. Tim was very apologetic and did his best to make things right.

I would highly recommend this apartment to anyone. We loved watching Bedouin village life going on around us. It was fun watching the goats eat the compost!

Anytime we have a choice between an apartment and a hotel, we always choose an apartment. We cook our own breakfast and lunch and go out for supper. Tim and Sian have put together a very informative booklet on Dahab that lists good restaurants in the area.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 5, 2010

Gorgeous well designed/decorated apartments. The well stocked fridge was a lovely gesture. Comfy beds and clean bathrooms. Friendly and extremely helpful owners and staff. Great location. Our favourite place to have stayed in so far!
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  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 29, 2009

The Sea Stars apartments are quite simply the nicest apartments we have stayed in anywhere. They are amazingly spacious for 2 and would be absolutely fine for 4. They are very comfortable and much better equipped than many places we have stayed - if you want to eat in rather than go out, cooking is not a problem. Each roof terrace is shared with one other apartment, but we never saw anyone else on ours, and it gave us a wonderful spot to spend an idle hour or two, particularly at the end of the day.

The apartments are a 10ish minute walk from the more touristy bits of Dahab, but having a bit of a cushion between where you stay and the (not over-intrusive) hustle of the busier bit suited us. There is a very good, cheap and unpretentious fish restaurant and friendly baker, and less welcoming fruit and veg stalls, within 2 minutes. That's about what it takes to walk to the closest bit of beach too. The Bedouin village around the apartments is far from elegant, but is interesting and animated - again, maybe not to all tastes, but it suited us really well.

We went on a snorkelling trip organised by Tim, one of the co-owners, and it was excellent - half of the people on the trip were diving and the other half snorkelling, so there was no sense for either group that they were out of place. Very posh boat too! And Sian sorted out some riding for one of us - again, very good indeed, but not for the inexperienced. We did two other trips (to the Blue Hole for snorkelling and to St Catherine's Monastery and Mt Sinai) with one of the many companies offering trips from Dahab - the latter was not the most brilliantly organised trip we've ever been on, but very rewarding.

So we really enjoyed Dahab, and hope to go again. The apartments are really exceptionally nice, though the location may not be to everyone's taste.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 23, 2009

I would recommend the Dahab.net website, it was really helpful both for pre-holiday planning and whilst in Dahab (took a laptop with us). Assisted with initial resort/accommodation selection and ideas for things to do whilst on holiday

Very good transfer service (arranged by Dahab.net) and no problems with arrival or departure arrangements, only criticism would be that there appeared to be no air conditioning on either vehicle, and for late night arrivals providing a bottle of water might be a nice touch (the kids were dying of thirst!)

The apartments are amazing - clean, spacious, comfortable and better than expected, even after reading all the other reviews on Tripadvisor. Much better equipped than any self catering I have stayed in before and the 'welcome pack' of food, drink and BEER really tops it off. Lovely garden area surrounding the accommodation and very well maintained. A little more expensive than some of the other options we looked at but worth every penny - the roof terrace and air con in every room alone were worth the extra. Also, with 2 kids it was great to have 2 separate bedrooms AND a living area, again unusual and no need to sleep on sofa beds in the living space!!

The apartments are located in the Bedouin ‘residential’ area which was great as it gave us a real flavour of the local people and culture. The beach was a 10-15 minute walk away and another quarter of an hour along the footpath took us into the middle of the commercial area with an array of shops, restaurants etc. The locals were very friendly and great fun, particularly with the kids, and don’t be afraid to do a bit of bartering, it’s all part of the experience!

All of the restaurants we ate in were good value and the service was terrific, my daughter (9) was very taken with 'El Mundo' and my son (11) with 'Ali Babas'. During the day we particularly liked Eel Star Gardens, arrive for breakfast, stay all day swimming and sunbathing then pay at the end, really relaxed and great staff. Also thoroughly enjoyed the evening quad bike safari and glass bottom boat trips

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Mirage Diving (arranged through Tim at Sea Stars) were a great bunch, I dived with 2 different guides, both excellent, friendly and knowledgeable, the 1-1 guide to diver ratio is great too. I took most of my own kit but what was supplied was fine and the centre was very flexible in accommodating the dive times I wanted. Having only recently obtained my PADI advanced open water qualification (in the murky waters of the UK!) diving headlong to 30 metres into The Canyon was incredible. I was really impressed by the attention to 'safe' diving, you hear some horror stories about dive centres abroad ignoring PADI regulations but these guys were safe without being restrictive. Also, the family boat trip and diving arranged for our last day was a lovely way to end the holiday.

All in all this was a fantastic family holiday, the kids loved the beach ‘free range’ goats and camels and bartering with the shopkeepers, my partner loved having shade and comfort on the beach, we were all blown away by the apartments.……….and I got to go diving as well, PERFECT.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
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Bergen, Norway
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Reviewed August 27, 2009

This is the best offer you ever get in Dahab or anywhere. I've been travelling in Egypt six times, about 85 to 100 days each time. I\ ve tried several hotels from 3 to 5 stars,
a villa and 4 flats. This spot, Sea Stars, is the cleanest,most quiet, generous and suprising apartmenthotel I,ve seen in Europa , Asia and the Orient. It is something about the intimity with only six flats and lot of space in the apartments,the balconies and the evergreen garden. You are coming from the baasar( just a minut away) or from the beach (two minutes away) and might have had enough of noise and sand. Suddenly you are inside the gate to silence, green grass and flowers. Its amazing.
And so is the gardener and the british couple who runs the place. Always helpful with a smile. - Recommended for single people who want to contemplate, for couple to expierience a new
"honeymoon" or families with kids!

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 21, 2009

We loved Sea Star Apartments. We are a family of 4 (2 adults, 2 teens) and in the middle of 6 months of travel. After spending much of the previous time in hotels, it was a real treat to be in an apartment where we could cook our own food if we wanted. The apartments are in the small Bedouin village of Assala which was close to everything but we felt like we were actually in Egypt instead of any holiday resort by the sea. It was a pleasant walk along the promenade to the restaurants and shops or, if we were tired, a cheap taxi ride home. We were met by Tim and Abdul on our arrival at the nearby supermarket and walked over to the apt in the dark. First impressions were " where the heck are we going?" as the street wasn't paved, goats were wandering about and garbage was strewn about. But daylight and a walk about town put all this into perspective and we soon realized how lucky we were to be here. The apt property has a gate (to keep the goats out) and it feels like a little oasis inside with green grass and a lovely small garden area. The building is quite new and is obviously being well maintained. Abdul is about much of the day keeping an eye on things and tending to the maintenance, and Tim is frequently about (or readily available) to assist with any needs. The apartments are decorated in a clean, fresh style that is pleasing to the eye and comfortable. The bathroom is clean and modern but one has to get used to the 'wet bathroom' concept if you are used to shower stalls as a shower gets the whole bathroom wet. Of course, this is something to expect in Egypt - I guess they wonder at our enclosed stalls when they visit us in Canada! Most of what you might need is steps away in the village - there are several small grocery stores and vegetable and fruit vendors and small restaurants. The water was colder than we expected in April - but was tolerable in a wetsuit. The family did the PADI diving course - this was organized by Tim - our instructor was Olly and it was a very good course - we felt very well taken care of. There was no TV but we considered this a bonus. We very much appreciated the fast Wifi as we had a laptop. There is a lovely sitting area on the roof (but is was windy many of the days we were there so not as useable - I'm sure in less wind it would be lovely). We felt very comfortable and welcome by the local Bedouins. There was always a smile and a 'welcome'. My daughter and I dressed conservatively when in the village, including head scarves and felt this was most respectful to the local culture but we saw most western women wearing all sorts of beach style clothing without encountering any negative attention (as far as we could see). If you are into relaxation, snorkeling or diving, and desert culture, then come to Dahab and stay at Sea Star Apartments. If you want more info - /hamiltogo to www.travelpod.com/membersnfamily

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 12, 2009

we stayed at the sea star apartments from the 4th till the 10th of april 2009.We arrived via Sharm el Shiekh airport and were collected by a mini bus arranged by Sian and Tim it was clean air conditioned and in perfect condition(not always the case in this country as you will see some scary looking vehicles) It was my first visit to Egypt though my wife had been before and on the way to Dahab I was slightly apprehensive as it appeared we were going into the middle of no where. The road seemed endless but the mountain range and surrounding views were spectacular. It takes about a 1hr and 15 mins to get there but worth the trip. On our arrival at the apartment Tim was there to meet us and explain about the apartment and there was an information booklet with the does and don'ts which was very useful. They even gave us a welcome pack of groceries to tide us over. The apartment was spotless and had everything you needed for a relaxing and enjoyable holiday no tv thank goodness but they do have internet access if needed. We were right in the middle of the town with the local beduin surrounding us with goats and camels as our neighbours. The locals were very friendly and even though the area does look very unkept this is normal for the people who live there. There is rubbish on the streets but it didn't smell and the locals feed there animals on this. Ten minutes from the apartment is the sea front, with spectacular views of saudi arabia and of course the magnificent Red sea. There are a lot of restaurants along the front where you can spend the whole day diving, snorkeling or just relaxing on a sun lounger. You can hire equipment for everything and the cost of eating out every day is very cheap. We spent a day at the Eel Star Gardens hired snorkels and flippers with sun longers ate and drank all day there for about £5.00 per person. We did various trips with a local operator which was much cheaper than going through a tour operator and Tim arranged some intro diving which again was really good value for money wiht himself and another experienced diver. The experience was something you shouldn't miss at this beautiful location of natural beauty. We even did a camel safari for 2hrs and 30 minutes with snorkeling and a visit to the local oasis. The scenery was wonderful but I would recommend only a short journey on these ships of the desert, unless you have a rear like a rhino! There are many restaurants on the sea front and gift shops and you do have to get used to them approaching you constantly to go into their premises but the majority are very nice with it and if you refuse they wish you a good day and hope you will go some other time. We never had any forms of stomach problems and constanly ate out at the local restaurants which were all excellent, plently of it and very good, service can seem slow but it is always worth the wait and any way you're in Dahab by the sea who wants to rush when the time goes too quickly and you have to go home!We loved it so much we plan to go back again next year in may as April tends to be quite windy and this can restrict where you can go snorkeling. The beaches are not white and sandy but if you go to Dahab its not for the beaches but for the scenery and the breathtaking coral and its inhabitants. If you like a laid back holiday with no hustle then this is for you. Remember that this is not Europe and therefore their standards and ratings are very different. Go and see for yourself as we can't wait to go back . A big thank you to Tim and Sian and the people they had look after us as well as the locals who made us feel so welcome . Sorry I haven't posted photos but the pictures on the web site of holiday lettings, sea star aparments dahab are exactly as it is.
Thanks again, Jason, Pauline and Marco.
Stoke on Trent

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Property: Sea Stars Apartments
Address: Sharia El Melal | Assala, Dahab SS1 7DH, Egypt
Location: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > South Sinai > Dahab
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Ranked #9 of 26 Specialty Lodging in Dahab
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Number of rooms: 6
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6 Beautiful new built apartments in a peaceful garden in the Eel Garden area of Dahab. 1 minute from the beach and Red Sea reef, perfect for a diving, windsurfing, yoga or purely relaxing holiday. Each two bedroom apartment sleeps up to 6 people in comfort and have fully equipped fitted kitchen, modern bathroom comfortable lounge and balcony/ garden terrace. Local shops and amenities are two minutes walk away. Diving packages can be arranged. ... more   less 
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