we booked for a party of 7 (two families with children aged 10, 14 and 15 years). We had searched for weeks trying to find a hotel that would suit us all at a reasonable price during the school holidays. Having read hundreds of reviews for hotels all over the Red Sea we eventually booked this hotel 10 days before travelling hoping the good reviews would not fail us.
We booked private transfers from the airport (through Holidays2heaven - fantastic value, we were met in the airport terminal, "walked" through the visas etc and then guided to our private minibus)
We arrived late in the evening to find the restaurant had closed. Beshoy, the restaurant manager, kindly arranged a meal for us served with smiles by the staff despite them trying to clear up after their incredible long day.
This kindness set the scene for our entire stay. The staff work incredibly long hours but are always helpful and smiling. The service really is 5* effort by all staff no matter where they work. A please and thankyou goes a long way with everybody.
The food was always freshly prepared, salad bar was excellent, the kitchen staff work hard to keep the food topped up. Drinks in the restaurant are served at your table by the waiters but some of the guests refused to wait so queued up causing chaos for the barman who was trying to keep up with the waiters and the guests crouding round his area! Sit down people - you are on holiday - the drinks flow freely if you allow the staff the space to do their job!!
The breeze is very welcome in the morning in the heat and the sea calms in the afternoon allowing for snorkelling off the jetty which is fantastic - we have been to Taba before and here is much better. You can hire snorkelling equipment for a daily rate from the on-site Dive shop.
Hotel courtesy bus takes you into Dahab town several times a day - this is worth a trip as the town is very stressfree - no hard sell from any of the shop owners. Lots of restaurants and bars along the sea front - we didnt eat out as we were enjoying hotel food too much but had a few drinks in Nautica bar which does a very good Pina Colada!
Some of the reviews we read are unfair with their complaints - some areas of the hotel may need a bit of TLC but this is Egypt - if you want 5* hotels then you should be prepared to pay the extra money.
Our final comment - would we go back to this hotel? - yes definitely!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Perfectly located in a magnificent spot where the sea hugs the feet of the golden Sinai Mountains, Tropitel Dahab Oasis offers divers and non divers the delights of the Red Sea's most renowned diving spot, the Blue Hole, stretching along the coast of Aqaba Gulf, only 70 minutes drive from Sharm El-Sheikh International Airport.Tropitel Dahab Oasis offers a breathtaking coastline of sun-drenched beach with coral reefs and crystal clear water, combined with simply decorated restaurants and cool bars, as well as numerous leisure facilities that will make you feel home away from home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tropitel Dahab Oasis Hotel Dahab
- Tropitel Hotel Dahab