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“If you're looking for upmarket Sharm - dont look here!”
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Jaz Dahabeya
Ranked #9 of 52 Hotels in Dahab
Ludlow, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“If you're looking for upmarket Sharm - dont look here!”
Reviewed 16 December 2011

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.

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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2011

This hotel was great, much more than what we were expecting. It felt like it was a hotel and holiday we shouldn't be able to afford. The staff were very friendly and helpful throughout the trip. The room was great, spacious and comfortable. We especially loved the towel animals that were made every morning, it was a surprise each day to see what we got.

The pool was on our doorstep and only a few seconds walk, so was the private beach. The beach was amazing, with a nice place to swim and snorkel. I would highly recommend snorkelling as there are some amazing fish to see, only a short swim away.

We spent a couple days doing a Scuba Diving course with Sub Aqua, the dive centre on the beach. Run by Agi and Juergen, a lovely german couple, they helped me and my girlfriend pass our scuba diving course, even being very patient with my girlfriend when it took her a couple extra days.

The food was fantastic, the buffet was very well varied and healthy. All inclusive is the best option, as you get lots with this option (food/drink/entertainment).

This holiday was a great way to experience egypt and Dahab for the first time, and is highly recommend by me and my girlfriend. We would definitely suggest the Scuba course, great fun and you see some really amazing fish up close and personal. Also do a quad biking trip. It lasts over 2hrs, you see lots and is just so much fun.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 December 2011

We spent two very relaxing weeks here from 7th November and while there were lots of water sports available it was strenuos enough just watching.
After a long journey getting to the hotel, the reception was good and the welcome Hibiscus drink greatly received! Our pool side ground floor room was well equiped and very clean with just a short stroll to the restaurant and pool bar. During the whole two weeks the room was kept clean by Mohammed who alos delighted us with some of his "towel art".
We have been to Egypt before but I have to say that the staff here were terrific, from the cleaners right through the two guys that put the towells on your sun bed to the bar staff Ali, Mohammed and the others, the restaurant staff, animation and reception, all were helpful and smiling.
The food was fine, a reasonable variety over the two weeks all well cooked but possibly could have been warmer and the All Inclusive worked well with a good choice of drinks and cocktails - I think we tried them all but it's a bit hazy. The restaurant is open long hours and if I had to make a complaint at all it would be the difficulty in finding a table laid ready to use when going in which was a persistent faling but it's a minor one and didn't spoil anything for us.
The pool was warm and useable and the nearby sea was safe and eventually got deep enough to swim in. Sandflies biting on some parts of teh beach were a nuisance but not the hotels fault really.
I am not sure about the Spa people that one of the previous reviewers mentioned, my wife had four massages over the two weeks and a pedicure and facial all of which went well and at the price charged after negotiation was way below anything that you would pay at home.
Did an excursion to Petra via Thomson whch was expensive and a very long day but the experience was worth it and the journey went smoothly - I know that their prices for excursions are high but I do worry about usng some of the local people in case something goes wrong so for me it's about security.
Sharm airport is disorganised but it's better than Luxor! and it is Egypt so allowancs are made.
We would come back to this hotel again for a winter break.
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Room Tip: Any of the rooms around the pool area would be fine.
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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dorset
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Reviewed 1 December 2011

We recently spent our second holiday at the Dahabeya. It’s a lovely smallish (around 100 rooms) AI right on the golden beach of Dahab. The hotel is compact but nicely laid out with lovely public areas (including an attractive terrace for evening drinks etc. Our room was lovely – a double overlooking the pool, with good a/c and a nice bathroom.

We found food to be very good. We don’t usually eat lunch, but enjoyed breakfasts (complete with egg/pancake station) and plentiful tea and coffee. Dinners were varied, though admittedly there was lot of chicken on the menu. We could always find something appetising and everything is fresh and well presented. Waiters were generally very friendly and efficient, bringing drinks (remembering your preferences) and clearing tables quickly.

We spent most days on the beach, where sunbeds and shades are available. The only downside to this hotel is that the beach frontage is fairly narrow, so if you do want to sit in the front row you literally have to do ‘sunbeds at dawn’. I don’t approve of this practice at all, however all the other guests were already doing so…..if you can’t beat them join them I guess. It is irritating though when people bag beds and then disappear for practically the whole day. The beach is lovely soft sand and the sea very easy for swimming. There are also a few clumps of coral on the edges of the swimming area, where you can easily see loads of fish.

The beach bar is lovely and breezy for cool drinks through the day and beer at sunset. It is often open in the evening, which is a peaceful alternative to the entertainment on the terrace. The All Inclusive is great – the beer is cold and drinks are served in glass except by the beach and pool. Water is available by the glass and you can buy a box of 12 large bottles for your room for about £10 from reception.

All hotel staff are super friendly, from the room cleaners to the waiters to the bar staff. I don’t know how they stay so cheerful as they work such long hours. This really is a feature of the hotel.

We went snorkelling once with Sam (based on the hotel beach) to the 3 pools, which was good. However, the boat was a bit difficult to get back into. We also took a taxi from outside the hotel to the Canyon (turned out to be a bit of a tricky entrance for snorkellers – the Blue Hole is better). We also walked (about 30 mins) to Napoleon reef which was excellent. Just turn left and walk along the beach to the end, cross the lagoon (not more than knee deep – depends on the tide) and walk over to the beach. You will see signs showing where to snorkel.

Note – if you want to do the glass bottom boat the Baby Fish is only 5 Euros each (hotel boat is 10 Euros).

We also ventured into Dahab a few times on the shuttle bus. We have been before and like the town anyway, I would just say that the shopkeepers are having a bit of a hard time, and they really need your business! Just be friendly and don’t be scared to have a look at things. There are some good dive/snorkel shops there and equipment is cheaper than the UK. We like to eat at Nesima (quite near where the bus drops you off) for a hygienic and pleasant dinner, sitting right at the waters edge.

All in all if you want a good value ‘flop’ on the beach you can do a lot worse than the Dahabeya. We will be back!

Room Tip: Pool view rooms are great
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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milton keynes
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 November 2011

i dont normaly write a review, thou i read them before making a decision on where to book my precious holiday. but my husband and i went to the iberotel dahabeya on 10th november and we both said it was one of the best holidays we have had for years.everywhere was spotless, the service at the bars and resteraunt was excellent and the food was very good we could not find fault.there was plenty to do on the beach even if you dont dive. or lazing by the pool which was lovely and warm, the staff was very helpful nothing was too much trouble. we had no tummy troubles so you can tell the food was well cooked and on our leaving day they let us use our room well after booking out time at no extra charge.the animation team on some other reviews prior to us going to the iberotel had come in for some critisism so i was expecting them to be pushy so i was pleasantly suprised that they was'nt yes they asked if you would like to join in but if you said no they did'nt push.people joined in because they wanted to not because they was bullied into it. we shall be returning that in it's self is a recomendation go and have an active or lazy holiday you will recieve a warm welcome.
the only drawback is sharm airport on landing it was caotic no orderly queing system. but that's not the hotels fault.

Room Tip: next time we go we will ask for a pool side room
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Wimborne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 November 2011

I would like to congratulate the Iberotel Dahabaya, Dahab on their high standards! The staff were all soooo friendly and helpful. The food was very varied and tasty! Lunch and Dinner was served on tablecloth clad tables! This is my guage of high standards. All the waiters are happy to refill your wine, so much so that they ran out of white wine on our last day! I was OK I drink red!! By the way for all inclusive the wine was quite glugable! The beds were so comfortable, i actually slept all holiday, which is rare these days. Timeshare in particular, have the most uncomfortable beds! Does anyone else out there agree with me???
I just wish we had booked for a longer stay!! We squeezed in a week 17th - 24th November 2011. I was travelling with my Husband. There were girls on their own in the resort and unlike a lot of Egypt, we would say they were safe here! We walked along the beach to Dahab "city"!this took us 45 minutes via beach and promenade. Mainly deserted when we walked. We went on a boat trip with Sam who has a shack adjacent to the Hotel beach! We would recommend going on the glass bottom boat to the 7 pinnacles and the reef to snorkel. There isn't much to see off the beach but there are trips to the Blue Hole.......a must for divers and snorkellers alike!!! So well done all in the resort, Sam looked after us for our tea and cake in the afternoons and we both enjoyed the beach bar for a game of cards after dinner! And if you are as lucky as us we had some chaps jammin' with their guitars.......really enjoyed the impromptu music and singalong. Thank you chaps! (germans) Take a cosy jumper/hoody for this time of the year cos it can be chilly. Great place to choose! Especially if you like windsurfing!!! Windsurf city. Needless to say IT IS WINDY HERE!! Oh and I mus'nt forget the Animation team....brilliant fun!

Room Tip: Choose a first floor if possible. People were saying it was quite dark on the ground floor, but if...
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 November 2011

We stayed 13th-20th November 2011. The hotel, its facilities and staff cannot be faulted. We had a great time. A minor complaint would be that the food on the excellent buffet could be a little hotter. NOW a word of warning to anybody thinking of using the on site spa/manicure/massage facilities, apart from "rip off" prices the staff seem untrained and standards of hygeine are non-existant. The manicure consisted of only ONE coat of polish (no base coat,top coat or second coat) upon comment, a clear top coat finnish was offered. My wife came away with two skin abrasions where staff were over zeleous with the scourer and scolded feet, due to the hot water soak .Promises of exotic oils/massage etc made to secure an order were not kept. Prices in excess of £30 per treatment.

Room Tip: Ask for 1st floor as you can sleep with the patio doors open. It is very warm at night.
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Property: Jaz Dahabeya
Address: Lagoon Area, Dahab, Egypt (Formerly Iberotel Dahabeya)
Region: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > South Sinai > Dahab
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Dahab
#3 Luxury Hotel in Dahab
#6 Family Hotel in Dahab
#6 Romantic Hotel in Dahab
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Dahab
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Jaz Dahabeya 4*
Number of rooms: 144
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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