We spent a lovely 9 days at this hotel in early April 09. We are a family of 5, (2 adults with 3 teenagers). The hotel is very pretty and spotlessly clean and has a lovely Egyptian feel to the place. We particularly liked the pool area and also the internal courtyard filled with bougainvillea where we played cards! We felt everything to be of a high standard - I met the manager of the hotel one day and told her so. The hotel is small and cosy with friendly staff, the pool man was hilarious! My blond 18 year old daughter had a lot of attention but it was never a problem! Because of the size of the hotel it was easy to get to know the staff and we had no problems with service. Ehab was the man who organized all our bookings and transfers etc and everything went as planned and was handled in a very professional way. We paid for bed and breakfast so that we could choose where to eat in the evening but we often ate at the hotel because the standard of food was very good. The rooms were not huge but adequate and with lovely views, perfect!
The pool was lovely and there was never a problem with sunbeds. As mentioned in one of the other reviews, there was never any push to make use of the spa facilities or take part in any of the available activities which in any case were very low key. I agree with lady who said that the front desk could be a little more helpful with details on what type of excursions/activities are available in El Gouna.
Outside the hotel, el Gouna is a very nice town, the Marina area is almost too European but nice all the same with a fantastic choice of restaurants, which were all of a very good quality (approaching European prices in some cases!) It is a very quiet resort, nothing much happens after midnight so if you are looking for bars and clubs go to Hurghada instead! We loved it because it was exactly the relaxing holiday we were looking for. Our teenagers did sport (kitesurfing and wakeboarding) to keep them amused in the daytime and this was very professionally organized, in the case of the wakeboarding a taxi came to pick them and drop them off every day for their lesson.
Be patient and remember you are in Africa when ordering at the restaurants! Service is slow in most places, so if you want to eat lunch at 1pm go to the restaurant at midday to order! It is best to tip to get good service, remember that locals are paid low wages and a dollar/euro from you supplements their monthly income. The Egyptians are lovely friendly people, in general very well educated. They like to talk about their home towns if you give them a chance, many in El Gouna come from the Luxor or Aswan areas, and some are from Cairo.
The only complaint we had was that the beach at Zaytona was a disappointment. It was very stony and the jetty which took you out to the snorkelling area was closed for renovations. The beach bar there was the only place we got “upset tummy” during the whole holiday! We went there on the 1st day and never went back. Mangroovy beach was much nicer. Maybe Dawar el Omda should change their concession?
The best recommendation we could give is that we will go back soon!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A unique establishment among Red Sea hotels, Dawar El Omda Boutique Hotel is built in the style of an old Upper Egyptian mayor's mansion. The traditional house's architecture is authentic to the core. Domes and arches in natural beige tones grace the exterior, while superb interior design gives pride of place to antique furniture and handcrafted decor pieces. Spanning across the saltwater lagoon that separates the island of Kafr El Gouna from the Downtown area of Tamr Henna Square, the hotel extends on both sides of the waterway, which are linked by a stone arch bridge. Dawar El Omda Boutique Hotel is reserved for guests aged 18 and over Guests at Dawar El Omda Boutique Hotel can swim wherever they fancy thanks to direct access to the lagoon from the hotel's small private beach, an infinity pool overlooking the lagoon, and shuttle boat access to the hotel's sea beach on nearby Zeytouna Island. Situated in the heart of El Gouna, Dawar El Omda is also adjacent to a myriad of bars, restaurants, shopping arcades, supermarkets, service providers, and entertainment venues featuring folklore shows and live music. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dawar El Omda Hotel El Gouna
- Dawar El Omda Gouna