We have just returned from Dreams Beach on the 8th November 2011 and I am aghast to see yet another review slagging off this excellent hotel. Let's first of all get this into context - the price we paid for this holiday with Thomas Cook was £401 (yes just £401) flying from our local airport East Midlands at 9.45 in the morning. When I checked for alternative flights on the day that I booked the holiday the average price for the flight only was £350, leaving the hotel with the princely sum of just £51 to put us up, feed us, serve us, entertain us and generally look after us for a whole week on an all inclusive basis too !!!
In the week before we actually left, the best price for flights on Trip Advisor had increased to £752 one way (for two). So the holiday was actually a fabulous bargain - that is indisputable.
We arrived in the evening, we were met at the door by Bell Boys in Egyptian dress, who helped us with our cases, we were given a welcome drink at reception and hot flannels to refresh ourselves with, we were given an excellent room with Kingsize bed and were escorted to the room by hotel staff, who explained how things worked and tuned our TV into British stations for us - we then went down to dinner (it is still served right up to 10pm).
In the Tropicana restaurant we were greeted by Mahmood, who showed us to an excellent outdoor table (yes even in November at after 9pm), who served us with wine (in a 175ml wine glass rather than a thimble!!) and took us to see what was still an outstanding array of soups, starters, main courses and desserts to die for. We continued to receive excellent service from Mahmood all week.
The following morning the sun rose at 4.10am British time (6.10 in Egypt) and a gloriously sunny day broke (they all were incidentally), we were sat having breakfast by 7am again served by Mahmood, and chose from an extensive array of breakfast dishes, including omlettes/fried eggs/pancakes cooked fresh and to order.
I cannot believe that anyone could possibly say that there is no beach, as the two beaches are excellent - the one in front of the hotel being a pebble beach and the one to the left sandy - both very tidy and clean and maintained everyday. With excellent sunbeds in plentiful supply and each with a permanent windbreak already assembled. The pool area's were also beautifully kept by a whole team of white shirted pool staff, who also issued towels - there was never ever any sort of problem with availability of sunbeds.
The hotel is set in a very beautiful location, right on the picturesque Red Sea and yes it is isolated but to say it is in a wasteland is patently untrue - it is set in Egypt, a land that is predominantly desert, but with its own unique charm and a fantastic ocean with clear blue waters in front of it. If you are heading for Egypt - that is what you get, along with a land full of history and magic.
The animation team were also very good - we made friends with Ellie - a Russian lady and whether you wanted to join in with activities or not, Ellie came everyday to tell us about the evening entertainment and all that was happening throughout the day and in the hotel generally. The other members of the team Kory, Jitka and Omar were also very pleasant and worked tremendously hard. They were a credit to the hotel.
We had read many negative comments about Dreams Beach on Tripadvisor before our departure and quite frankly I do not understand where these people were coming from - this was a holiday that provided unbelievable value for money, in a very nice location and within an excellent hotel complex.
Throughout our week the food and choice in the main Tropicana restaurant was never short of very good, so much so that we never bothered with booking for the Italian restaurant, the Grill Bar or the Noahs Ark - we stuck with Mahmood and his colleagues in Tropicana.
My final word has to be about the Bar Staff, as on the first day Yanni, the Bar Manager, introduced himself and asked my name and then served us all week in a wonderfully cheerful manner, with Samir and the other guys entertaining us with their cocktail making skills. There was also a singer in the Lobby Bar every evening. On our final day we checked out and were waiting for our transport to take us back to the airport (they allowed us to keep our wrist bands until we left, so we could continue to obtain drinks), when Yanni appeared with 2 'Dreams Beach' carriers full of food, snacks and fruit 'for your long journey home' - a gesture that epitomised Dreams as a venue that is quite exceptional, with superb staff, who had provided us with outstanding service and value throughout our holiday.
So don't waver, don't believe the silly stuff that gets written on here - go for it and have a fantastic holiday in Egypt and at Dreams Beach.
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