This was our second time in Dahab - we came for our honeymoon after 4 days in Luxor. Having stayed at the New Sphinx before in 2008, we initially booked into a different hotel to try something new. After 4 nights we swapped to the New Sphinx - a much bigger room, better pool, free a/c and breakfast included, for 10 euros per night cheaper. The manager recognised us from 2008 which was really nice, and may have been part of the reason we got such a good rate! The location of the hotel and specifically the pool is great - the constant breeze made sitting by the pool in 40 degree heat quite pleasant, and the sea front and Saudi Arabia views are lovely. The pool itself is large and there are plenty of sun loungers and parasols, although the deeper pool could have been a bit more full up.
It's only a short walk to the more lively area of town but everything is within easy walking distance and there are plenty of restaurants and bars to choose from. Eating out is cheap but the sea front restaurants charge a little bit more (although still cheap) - we got takeaway from the street cafes some nights and these are such good value as the food is tasty and comes in big portions.
If you want to scuba dive then 'Adventure Spot' are really good - the instructors are very knowledgeable and clearly know their stuff inside out, which is reassuring. We met some really nice people whilst diving that we then spent a fair few nights socialising with. This dive school seem to be affiliated to the New Sphinx in some way.
We both had massages at the beauty parlour which were excellent, and very reasonable priced - half what you'd pay in England. They also stay open til about 9pm so you can have a massage once the sun has gone down and you're a bit cooler.
All in all we had a truly amazing holiday and would definitely come back to Dahab and the New Sphinx - even though we try not to make a habit of staying in the same place twice we had to break our rule!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- New Sphinx Resort is located right on the beach in the center of Dahab. All rooms have aircondition, tv satellite, phone, sound system & minibar. The resort has it's own dive center Sphinx Divers, health spa, restaurant and bazar. ... more less