I have been to Egypt 3 times, once previously to the Red Sea and was looking forward to some relaxation and peace before the Christmas madness. The rooms were average, hygiene not highest on the Egyptian list though & a busy ant nest that covered the bathroom upstand every morning. We were woken up every morning at 4.40am with the 1st call to prayer, which seemed to signal all staff to make as much noise as they liked from that moment! Breakfast was the first of many miserable bun fights of poor offerings in a dingy dining room. This was my 1st experience of all inclusive & I will never risk it again - it seems to mean they can feed you slop, and we had no alternative option here - we would gladly have paid for better food had it been available. Evening drinks had to obtained by staff from the bar which is situated upstairs off the main reception area and means a lengthy delay for a tiny tumbler full. As for the evenings entertainment - Well! Egyptian karaoke is the best description, we had Bonnie Tyler before Pink Floyd which at least was funny where the rest was painful! If you didn't fancy it, even with the doors and windows closed it was at such full volume there was no getting away from it till it finally stopped about 11pm. Yes the Beach was clean, but very small compared to the space available on some of the Sharm Hotels, there is windsurfing available straight off this beach but any snorkelling requires a boat trip and additional charge. Once you do manage to find somewhere to sit on the beach you will be hounded all day for 'stretching', belly dancing', massage, and other assorted activities - all I wanted was some peace & quiet! To top it all off they pump the sewerage out every afternoon about 2pm - the entire place stank every day from 2-4.30 of raw sewerage - Unbelievable!!
We paid about £1600 for the two of us to on this holiday & I later found that for similar money we could have booked a Thompson Sensatori (sp?) 5 star holiday in Sharm which sounded perfect from the people we met who were on it - you live & learn!
My overall feeling was that this hotel was not as described, was poor value for money and I'm sorry but a towelling elephant every afternoon does little to make up for it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Jaz Dahabeya is situated directly on the sandy beach of the natural lagoon by the Red Sea resort of Dahab, just a one hour drive from Sharm El Sheikh International Airport and only two hours from Taba International Airport. You can reach Cairo in around six hours, driving through the beautiful mountains of Sinai. Away from it all and not as bustling or as yet commercial as some other Red Sea resorts, Jaz Dahabeya offers serenity in an unspoilt landscape with some of the best adrenalin fuelled watersports action and diving in the world. The scenery surrounding the hotel is breathtaking, looking over the lagoon to the mountains of Sinai and Saudi Arabia as a backdrop. The bay is one of the most sought after destinations for windsurfers keen for the ultimate challenge and many other attractions, such as the Mountain of Moses, St. Catherine Monastery and the Coloured Canyon are close to hand. Service and warm hospitality complete the picture as Jaz Dahabeya has won several awards including Holiday Check 2005, TUI Holly Award 2006 and L’Tur best 100 hotels word-wide in 2007. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Iberotel Dahabeya Dahab
- Iberotel Dahabeya Hotel Dahab