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“Happy life indeed”
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Happy Life Village
Ranked #15 of 52 Hotels in Dahab
nottinghamshire
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“Happy life indeed”
Reviewed 7 March 2010

WE stayed at this hotel in February, and it was totallly relaxing and pleasant. Our room was comfortable and clean, and looked out onto the gardens, we could just see the sea. The food was very good, yes it did get a little repetitve sometimes, but you tend to get this anywhere. There was always a very good selection of food,it was well cooked and delicious. The service all over the hotel was good.

The house reef was beautiful, teeming with fish. You could swim all round the bay onto different coral formations and fish. WE were right in the middle of some of the best dive spots, so you could walk along the beach and try another reef. The three pools was just a very short walk along the beach. The dive centre did trips out (speed boat) to different areas for snorkelling. WE went to a place called the islands, it was truelly amazing, we saw huge shoals of massive fish, and the corals were excellent. This only cost ten euros each, which I thought was good value. The trip only took a couple of hours,we were usually back for a beer on the beach and then lunch.

The staff were friendly and attentive. There was not many english people, this may be because only olympic hols seem to use this hotel. All the other quests seemed courteous and were happy to try and chat to us.

There was not much evening entertainment, this did not bother us. The hotel puts an egyptian show on a couple of times a week.You can catch the free shuttle bus into dahab if you want a change.

I would defenitely recommend this hotel to anyone want a peaceful holiday. We are already looking to book for next year.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 March 2010

I think this hotel was amazing just what me and my sister were looking for.
Who ever said that the dogs where a pest that is totaly untrue, the dogs are so sweet so happy to see you there very healthy, clean and obedient! deffantly part of happy life should not be removed.
We went to happy life village to have a really chilled out holiday and that is what we got. We had a feeling every one thought we were going to be very loud and getting drunk every night as, i think, we were the yongest there but there was no need to it was perfect. The Manager was so good i had a incident on the 2nd to last night where i passed out in the resturnat and had to be carried off, every one was so calm no one forced me to do any thing i wanted to do, there was also a doctor on stand by there in minutes. Very clean clinic and wonderfull doctor and assistance doctor.
It was like a huge Family in one village, so relaxed and very good service!

  • Stayed February 2010
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Reviewed 1 March 2010

A good hotel for holidays. Not for party animals though as the hotel is located outside of Dahab and surrounded by mountains and sand.
The food was great, the rooms average and clean. Other services at the hotel (if you don't have all inclusive) are not expensive.
There is a small health club at the hotel, which offers good massages. Make sure to get a good offer! It is possible to get 6 full-body massages for 100 €.

  • Stayed February 2010
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Huddersfield England
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Reviewed 18 February 2010

We have just come back from Happy Life. Was a bit disappointed when we got there as in middle of nowhere and nothing else around. The bus operates a shuttle bus into the town takes around 15mins. This Happy life village is the most relaxing place I have been. We really did enjoy our stay. We stay on AI and was worth every penny. This food was varied each day. Only made lunch once as we are not big eaters. We mainly went to the pool bar on the evenings. The staff there are really friendly. We gave them a tip first day and after that as soon as they saw us our drinks where on the table waiting for us. Also on a morning as they saw us they would walk round with towels. Would def go back again. By the way did have the full body massage package around 40 english pound. at sensations. We was in for nearly 2 hours absolutly wonderful. Weather around 90 each day. Sun goes down around 4ish. The temp drops around t time so do take a cardigan etc

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Hereford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 February 2010

If you've no children, and are looking for a peaceful winter break to unwind with warm sunshine and great food, then look no further than the Happy Life Village in Dabab. We found the staff (who are nearly all men, as you would expect, and come from all over Egypt, working three weeks on and one week off) were delightful, and couldn't have done more to make our stay a pleasurable experience.
This was our first holiday in Egypt, and our first experience of all inclusive, booked online through Olympicholidays.com. The highlight of the holiday was the food, and the range of dishes always on offer. Our favourites were the fish, usually cooked fresh on a griddle in front of you, and available every lunch and dinnertime, and the desserts, which were many and varied. In addition to soup available to start, there was always cheese and fresh fruit available to finish (usually oranges or bananas, sometimes peeled guavas, occasionally something like sharonfruit.) In addition to the local Stella lager (no relation to the beer from Belgium) there was red or white wine from the Pharaoh brand vineyard near Alexandria, on the Mediterranean coast, available with both lunch and dinner.
Having read previous reviews on Trip Advisor, we were unfazed by the mix of guests. When we arrived there, the hotel was only about two thirds full, with about half each Ukrainians / Russians, and Germans, with only around 10 rooms (out of 500) let to Brits. (The staff on reception are very proud of their computer, and can show how full the hotel is on any night, and which travel company people have travelled with, which enabled an anorak like me to go into such detail). By the middle of the second week, the hotel was a bit busier, and many of the Ukrainians and Germans had gone, to be replaced by Egyptian families. As reported elsewhere, they tend to travel in large family groups, and tend to be uninhibited (i.e. noisy) at mealtimes, but they're all very friendly, although not many could speak any English. (The waiters and many of the chefs (who are on duty behind the food counters to cook some of the fresh dishes and offer information on what some of the more unusual foods were) could mostly hold a simple limited conversation in English, as well as German and Russian). There is a national holiday in Egypt in early February, so this pattern will repeat from year to year.
Weather - pretty well constant sunshine, with one day when it clouded over and looked like it might rain, but nothing came of it. On a couple of days each week the air temperature got down below 20C, and you had to get down out of the wind to sit outside, but the sun was still very strong. We had three our four days when the temperature got up to 28C, which was just about as hot as my wife and I like it. (She's very fair)
Water - We bought our initial 1.5L bottles of Nestle water from the shop, but then found there were purified drinking water coolers in each bar, as well as the restaurant, so didn't have to buy any more as the staff seemed quite relaxed about you filling your bottle up. We also found that the hotel uses purified water in preparing all it's foods, including salads, and so we had no qualms about what we ate, although in the main we stuck to cooked foods.
Beach - Plenty of sunbeds on the beach, and comfy mats to go on top as well. Because there are three pools as well as the beach, we always found we could obtain a sunlounger on the beach, even strolling down at half past ten, although on windy days it was difficult to find a windbreak by that time. The hotel operates a bar in the tent on the beach, where they also host "animation" such as keep fit, belly dance, basic arabic, etc. The waiters travel round the beach taking orders and delivering them to your sunbed. (coffee, tea, beer, and hibiscus tea etc) As this is the Red Sea, there is no sand beach, so all entry to the water should take place from the end of the jetty, into around ten feet of water, so unsuitable for non swimmers. This probably explained the general lack of children, and certainly the Egyptian families arriving on the secons week were more interested in the pools than the beach.
The pools - as mentioned, three pools, each with their own bar. Unheated, so not as warm as the sea, but just bearable in January for 15 minutes hard swim and back to the room for a hot shower.
The rooms - reasonably spacious compared with some we've been in - and yes, we got a swan on the bed the second day we were there. (see earlier other reviews). Our little travel kettle worked fine (with adaptor plug) for that first cuppa in the morning. The hot water was always very hot (solar powered, plus we guess an electric top up) although it always threw a little sediment out of the tenk after about ten seconds first thing in the morning.
Room TV - the only area we could recommend for an improvement - the only English speaking station was Aljezeera, so a diet of Doha slanted doom and gloom for a fortnight.
Message for the management - lets have Sky News or CNN please.
Trips - We made the trip to St Katharine' Monastery and found it well worth going, even if just to chuck "I've seen the Burning Bush" into the next dinner party conversation. The stop off in Dahab on the way back was a bit disappointing, with everything very obviously set up to separate the gullible traveller from his funds in double quick time, and a very shifty feel to the place. (I've travelled in Peru and the Philippines, and enjoyed wandering round local markets, and bargaining with the shopkeepers,but this was not a comfortable experience in Dahab) Even the "Official Shop" had no prices on thing like coral and gold jewellery ("priced by weight" was the explanation given to us) and we certainly wouldn't have been confident spending any significant amount of money there, but people obviously do, or it wouldn't exist.
Half board or All Inclusive? - As the daily difference between the two was around £4.00 per person, its amazing value to go the AI option. In addition to being able to enjoy a slap up lunch every day in the lunch dining room (breakfast and dinner are taken in the Love Boat restuarant), the AI option means you don't have to think twice before ordering anything anywhere., and that includes wine with meals, beers, coffee, tea, soft drinks (incl Coke), and also local Egyptian hard liquor (I didn't experiment with that out of respect to my liver.)
Walking. - There are three possibilities. 1 East along the edge of the sea brings you past the new Mercure hotel, in about a mile and a half, en route to Dahab (6 miles, we didn't make it!) 2 West along the edge of the sea, into the Nabq National Park. Very little to see, all the interest is what's going on under the water on the reef. The rough path goes all the way down the coast for miles. 3 Inland up the Wadi at the back of the hotel, a 45 minute walk brings you to a little oasis, which is where the quad bikers out from Dahab head for to have a drink. You can also walk further up the Wadi to find a further oasis another hour on. (We didn't make it!)
Keep Fit - The gym equipment is well past it, and comprised little more than a stretching machine and one to lift weights. No exercise bike. The table tennis and pool table were both in working order and provided us with a bit of fun. Best bet is to take part in the morning exercise sessions in the tent on the beach.
Guest Behaviour - despite around a third of the guests being all inclusive, we saw no evidence of any overindulgence. Yes, the dining room sometimes got a bit noisy at times in the evening (much to some of the waiters embarrassment) but everyone was well behaved. I don't know exactly when the All Inclusive finished in the evening, (around 11 pm we think) but we were usually tucked up by 11pm, and didn't experience any noise after that.
Be Aware - The hotel is still under construction at the north (landward) end of the site, which is around 300 yards wide, and stretches back half a mile, gently sloping up to wards the hills behind. This in no way impacted negatively on our holiday at all, in fact it was quite interesting to see the way the buildings were constructed. The staff all live on site, at some of the blocks at the rear of the site, and the site generator which produces all their electricity is also located there.
The environment - The Sinia is a mountainous desert and so the landscape looks like you might imagine the moon, apart from a very few Bedouin, who have now been discouraged from their nomadic existence by the provision of permanant concrete one storey houses. The Egyptians have been very resourceful in building up a tourist industry in what is actually a very hostile environment (gets up to 45C+ in the summer time.) All the food comes in from Cairo ( e.g.800 eggs are delivered every day), so as a logistical feat alone it's very impressive.
Internet - separate bulding with 5 terminals to access internet . 5 LE per half hour
Staff - perhaps the thing which made the holiday stand out was the enthusiasm and cheerfulness of the staff. They genuinely went out of their way to ensure that while you spent time at their hotel, you had a "Happy Life". Special mention to Mr Magdhi, the Food and beverage manager, Mohammed, the head waiter, waiters Ahmed, Alfie, Snooda (?sounds like), Nazmee, and the young bar waiter whom we called "Mostique" as he was always coming up behind my wife and tickling her ears like a mosquito, and who also flattered her by taking a photograph on his phone of the drawing she made of the hotel with the dramatic hills behind.
Will we go back? You bet, but maybe not next winter as Momammed told us about the next hotel the owners of Happy Life Village are building down at Marsa Alam another 200 miles further south on the east coast of Egypt. If its run as efficiently and enthusiastically as Happy Life Village in Dahab it's sure to be successful. On the other hand.... we'll wait and see how the year works out.
Dave Mcandrew

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Moscow
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Reviewed 9 January 2010

Very pleasant hotel for relaxing holiday far from crowdy and noisy parties. Majestic mountains, turquoise sea with wonderful divesights near the hotel and magic arabic music. If you wish you can have massage even on the beach or at the spa center "Sensations" with the fantastic coconut oil. There are 3 pools in the hotel. Rather tasty food in the restaurants. I've enjoyed staying there and would return when be in Dahab again!!!!

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled solo
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London
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Reviewed 2 December 2009

I own several hostels in Kiev and have worked in the industry for years and based on theses facts I think its safe to claim that I know a thing or 2 about what you can except as a traveller from this type of establishment. What can I say this so called hotel is not what you will except at all Where can I start may be when we checked in we were met with something out of a movie from ww2 the aria where the so called hotel is looks like a building site and the staff order you around like some sort of ww2 SS P.O.W.camp .Also for the price you pay you will expect that you will receive at least something to sit on in your bungalow. yes that’s right in the so call bungalow there is nothing to sit on no sofa or couches at all. There are also cockroaches in the restaurant and the food is so bad that you just want to go to a restaurant in the city center to get your food and make it yourself. But you cant do that either because there are no possibility to make any food so you put up with the bad food and the lizards and the street dogs that are just out side if your door and getting food from other guests and staff. All of this I can live with as I was after all in Egypt and not in France. But the fact the staff are always looking to overcharge you and hit you up for cash to such an extend that you have the feeling of getting totally ripped off is probably the worst. We wanted to go to the city centre and had the reception call us a taxi turned out it was a friend of the receptionist and they charge us 80 Egyptian pounds this is about 20$ for a 4 $ taxi trip also they overcharge you in the kiosk, they will charge you about 3.5 dollars for a coca cola the real price is 1 dollar. And forget about their tours with prices that are so high it makes you get vertigo. You can go on the same tours for half the price if you talk to the locals in the city center.
They will of course if you have no cash on you the will charge your room and when you are checking out they will come with a bill that is well over what you had ordered in gods and services and with all sorts of stuff on it. They also take a very doggy exchange rate so make sure you get the right amount back. My advice DON’T EVEN THINK OF GONING THERE AT all!!!!!!!
If anyone wants to check out this so called hotel plz send me a mail if you have some questions and I will happy to give you the run down about this place kievbackpackers@yahoo.com

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled with family
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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
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Dahab
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Hotel Class:3 star — Happy Life Village 3*
Number of rooms: 250
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