I first went to Sayadeen with my husband and teenage daughters last August and we had a great time. Last month I went back by myself to get some sun and time to study for my dissertation. I was picked up at the airport by the manager; I was welcomed warmy by the reception manager; I went to my room to find a little note to welcome me; Meirelle from head office had organised a hairdryer; the chef remembered me, and other staff enquired after my family back home - some even remebered my childrens' names. I really felt I was coming home.
Due to the unrest in Cairo there were not many other guests and I had the place to myself for a couple of days and it didn't feel awkward at all. The staff left me alone if that's what I wanted, happy to stop for a chat and laugh at my bad Arabic. My food - simple but tasty (Sayadeen is not trying to be a gourmet restaurant) was brought to wherever I wanted it: the beach, the table in front of my room or my room. My room was cleaned every day and the towel art is legend. I had plenty of hot water any time of the day.
Some reviewers commented on the state of the rooms; again, they are simple and I really think the bathrooms need upgrading. The beach was cleaned every day, but rubbish is a problem in some Middle Eastern countries. But then again, there is lots of litter here; I live in Winchester, hardly the grot capital of the UK, and people drop stuff all the time. Somebody else mentioned cats: I only saw two and yes they were very "friendly". I didn't see any dogs within the village although there are some outside the compound. Somebody else in her unfathomable wisdom (and that certainly is NOT the type of guest who will enjoy Sayadeen) commented on the mosque: ehhh , there are muslims in Egypt, dear, and therefore there are mosques. Their faith is very important to Egyptians which I think is great.; so that was a very, very silly thing to put in a negative review.
Although I was there by myself I never felt lonely - thank you Atef and Mr Mohamed and Mr Soliman; I had great conversations about the culture and politics of the country, which is what I go abroad for.
So, if you want your little Britain when you go on holiday, if you want the same food you have back home, if you want an exciting nightlife, if you want to pay for a three star hotel but expect the ananymous and soulless service of a five star place - go up the road to the Hilton where you get all of that. Sayadeen is not for you. But if you want peace and quiet, a private and mostly empty beach, if you want to learn something about the people of Egypt, and enjoy their friendliness - there is no better place than Sayadeen.
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