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Happy Life Village
Ranked #16 of 52 Hotels in Dahab
Certificate of Excellence
Tallinn
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Not so good”
Reviewed 18 November 2009

I went there with my family(2adult+2children) and friends(AI).I allso read all the good thing about the hotel there,but it was a big dissipointment for me.Rooms were ok to sleep in but thats it,Toilet was dirty.Service was slow in bar and restorans.When i wanted something to drink form a baar i had to wait up to 10min.And after that when my friend went to ask "why cant we have a beer" they sayd thet they dont have enough glasses(normal exuse!?)
Roomcleaning servis was ok.
Food..One night we had something good to eat(kebab,grilled chiken etc),other six days was lot of food but nothing to eat :(.
3 pools,0 of them with heating..may be bad for small children.
2 dogs walking around there and i´m quite shore that they had flees :(
Positive sides-beach near to hotel,good to snorkel and nice to take sun.
At night somekinda discos and partys at beach club(young boy there who want to make everybody happy and it shows)
Will never go back there

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled with family
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5 Thank Sqad
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Tallinn
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 16 November 2009

Have read all the mostly positive reviews on Happy Life Village I decided to stay there for a week with all inclusive package. The biggest dissopointment was the food, there were lot of eatable but not much to eat, seemed like many of the dishes were the leftovers of the past days mixed together. Altough I must confirm, Mohhamed is a great guy but his staff is bit slow, most of the time the guy who served drinks got to our table when we were finished with our food.
Some have said good things about the excellent staff, I must say there were some kind people but most of the staffed seemed bored.
The cleaning staff were sufficent, rooms were cleaned daily and nicely, nothing bad to say there.
Hotels location was bit far, but with free shuttlebus to Dahab was in 15 minutes ride away. The best place in Dahab was Churchills English(like?) bar were cold draught Heineken was served with good burger and fries-would recomend to everyone who is into pubs.
One of the nice thing concirning the hotel was the house reef, where beutiful corals were easy to reach, possibility to go straight to water is about 100 meters to Your right from the jetty.
First of bad things with our room was the absence of hot water from our room for about 2 days.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank Alar82
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Hampshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 9 November 2009

Both my partner and I thought this was an excellent resort. The staff were some of the most friendly we have met and we travel extensively. We enjoyed the food - especially the fish which was always great. The snorkelling was amazing - just went into the sea from the jetty and floated around! There is a free bus 3 times a day into Dahab which was a very nice town. Would definitely go again and recommend it for a nice relaxing holiday. Great value for money.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank Flowersky
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UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2009

excellent location, excellent resort, the only slight downer would be the not so good food (for half or all inclusive) maybe my expectations were a little high but some nights it didnt look let alone taste that good. on the other hand we did buy lunch from the pool bars which did taste good so that filled the whole.

dahab is a must visit, about 20min by taxi for 40EP max and then u can spend as long as u like in town. plenty of shops and plenty of opportunity to test our your bargaining skills... never pay more than 60% of the start price and also (even if u havent) say u have been before...or they will try and fleece ya.

the house reef is excellent, lionfish right by the jetti steps... absolutely great, would recommend a digital underwater camera as you will take soo many pics... bought a 5mp for £40 with underwater case and took about 400 pics, 90% of which turned out GREAT for such a cheapy.

all in all, excellent hotel, eygpt is very much all or nothing in terms of facility, if its tourist area then ya sorted, off the beaten track just becareful.

would be back in a shot (with a lill extra cash for food) 35 degrees in oct... cant beat it!

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank guttx1981
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Swansea, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2009

We have started booking hotels the last few years just by the reviews on trip advisor and I'm glad we did with this hotel.
Cant really add anymore than what has already been said about this place,it really is a little hidden gem and you do feel your somewhere different.

Just a quick run down rooms are clean and comfortable,restaruants are plentyful with a good selection of food (the pasta is the business) the 3 pools are really big with plenty of room for everyone (you get a clean pool towel everday) staff are good and are paid very little they like to joke around with you,the beach is not the best and is just dust really so if you are looking for a beach holiday then its not for you but if you like snorkeling/diving then its a definite YES.

It's VERY quiet in the night as most of the guest there are there for the diving and snorkeling so early to bed for most guest's,they do have a belly dancer show 1 night a week which is good and a bit cheesy but thats it,if your All Inclusive and dont want to be caught paying for extra drinks make sure you turn you watch forward 5-10 mins in the evenings same as "some" of the bar staff.....Hmmmm!!

On the beach turn right and there a few tents/cafe-bars go for some Egyptian tea and just chill out and watch people diving...the very last tent is owned by Abdel he just opened it the week we were there he used to work in a hotel and saved up all his money to open his own place pop in and have a cuppa with him he really is nice wise fella...with a cockney accent!

Another funny thing at Happy village there are 2 dogs that wander around the hotel as if they own the place but the Egyptians will go nowhere near them...the Sandy coloured one loves tourists/children and likes to just to hang out with you not begging for food but if you are an Egyptian she starts barking and chasing waiters,cleaners,bar staff around the pool...shouldnt laugh but it is funny to watch just as your swimming in the pool to see a dog chasing a waiter around the pool :-)

Definetly get the hotel bus into town we caught the 18:30 back by 21:00 this seems the most popular as the restaurant is still open when you get back.We booked our Blue Hole trip in Dahab town on the front next to the pedestrian hump back bridge £20 each included camel ride,snorkeling,transfers...Really good day out

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank JACKKLAD
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Wrocław
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10 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2009

We spent there lovely family holidays NOV 2008, 2 adults + 1 kid of 3 and infant 6 months, all iclusive option.
Location was the greatest attraction for us, we hate that "vacation factories" where you have chains of hotels along the beach and you can never be alone but in the toilet.

Dahab itself is a bit sleepy and a bit hippie lovely town, so it was good recommendation for this travel anyway, and Happy Life Vilage is about 10 km south from Dahab. See it on google maps, nothing else to say (however the aerial view is outaded there, there were 3 pools completed inNov 2008 while there is just 1 visible on maps.google).
Hotel: big but not crowdy (especially autumn - few people), generally clean (of course the stuff has never been trained to wipe mirrors properly etc, but no insects), green - with big attention to plants.
Animation - only in the beach in autumn, and not really pushy, some volleyball and belly dance.
Food - not bad variety for Egipt, fresh fruits and fish! No health problem after :D.
Service - VERY nice, TOO nice, you nearly feel obliged to tip them - but they fully deserved it, and even if you dont tip - they are equaly nice and helpful.

Of course you must be aware it's Egipt, so get ready for Egiptian way of "Italian Cuisine" etc.
A stay there must be boring for singles looking for social life - Dahab is 20 min by bus (3 ferry-bus daily for free from hotel).

Some remarks:

- no hotels arounds - just temporary snorkeling camps
- guests - mostly Czech, some German and Russian,
- hotel located in a bay with mountains from the west - sun sets behind the mountain is 1 hr earlier then elsewhere in the area (in autumn it was about 4.30 pm).
You can admire lovely sunsets 6.00 instead :D
- great reef on hotel beach
- you can hire camels or horses to ride
- small trip recommended to St Catherine (?) monastery - we missed it, :(

  • Stayed November 2008, travelled with family
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1 Thank lewicka
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Worcester
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2009

We arrived on the 10Sept2009 for two weeks, we would have stayed longer if we could.
Bobbie and his wife from Belfast who reviewed this hotel in Jan 2009 were there again and I have to admit that they were right about everything. We found the staff brilliant, helpfull, good at their jobs and very attentive. The waiters in the restaurant must get a special mention, Mohammed, Mina and Dave(not his name but thats what everyone called him) drinks arrived on your table as soon as we walked into the restaurant, refills were just as quick, never having to wait more than a few minutes even when they were busy. The beach was okay, not white sand but passable. The reef is accessable from the beach or into deep water from the jetty. The fish were amazing and plentyfull, so if you go buy an underwater camera, it won't be wasted. Dahab is a short taxi ride away and well worth a visit. The people are friendly and not as pushy as other parts of Egypt.
Mina taught us a phrase to use, mfish faduc ! Im sorry for the bad spelling but it means I have on money, and it works! I would recommend this hotel to anyone wanting to get away from it all and Chill it is perfect and we will definately return again next year.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank Worc2
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Property: Happy Life Village
Address: Wady Quonay | P.O. Box 47, Dahab 46617, Egypt
Region: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > South Sinai > Dahab
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Dahab
#3 Spa Hotel in Dahab
#9 Romantic Hotel in Dahab
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Dahab
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Happy Life Village 3*
Number of rooms: 250
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