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Travel Blogs from Dahab
Nauseous and drained from my snorkeling disaster, I flopped down in the covered cabana across the dirt road, trying to forget the millions of sea organisms that might be swimming in my stomach. After being swamped with a deluge of sea water, I was in a poor state of mind. I cast aside my broken mask and big floppy fins, the dejected equipment piled …
"Get ready for an adventure," I thought as I spied six assorted battle worn jeeps queued outside our Dahabeya hotel, waiting to transport us to our Blue Hole snorkeling adventure. Our big charter bus was long gone, maybe requiring repairs from its smoking episode yesterday, or maybe ill equipped for the bumpy road ahead. No matter. With these all …
Hooray! We finally arrived at our new heavenly home by the sea in Dahab, Egypt after a long monotonous bus ride across the Sinai wilderness. I jumped out the bus's back door, like a prisoner released from their cell. After stretching my arms high above my head, I felt invigorated to finally be home. The driver opened the luggage compartment under …
Our luggage is packed in the bottom of our bus, loaded by our efficient Egyptian porters. Before leaving the Movenpick resort, we enjoy one more scrumptious breakfast. A cheerful chef prepares made to order omelets or pancakes, handing his yummy piping hot creations on our large white plate with a smile. A bountiful buffet of many more hot entrees …
... so far by my reckoning, and it got windier as the day went on, making the return boat trip exciting to say the least! I thought I was never going to make it back at some points, and each of us were concerned about the structural integrity of the boat.
Tomorrow though might be the day I feared I might experience today - slightly boring and probably inane. And all the new instructors might be going for an instructor ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Iberotel Dahabeya
Iritiert im Rahmen der Reisevorbereitung durch diverse Kritiken , wie: Essen nur Durchschnitt, mehr für Surfer und Taucher, nichts für Schnorchel-Fans, gelang es dem Hotelmanagement und Personal, uns rundweg zu überzeugen.
A mixed age group of 7 of us had just about the perfect holiday here at half term. The group was myself and wife (both 65+), daughter and son-in-law (40s) and 3 grandchildren - boys 16 and 13 and grandaughter of 10. At the end of the holiday we all said that it was the holiday to beat. Over the last 6/7 years we have half-termed in most of the Canaries, Malta, Tunisia and The Gambia, so this was praise indeed.
Great Hotel But Avoid The Russians!
We visited Dahab in March (8th-22nd) and stayed at the Iberotel Dahabeya.
Had a great time apart from a large Russian/Estonian windsurfing group (more on that later!).
Hotel staff friendly and attentive.
Restaurant good with a fair selection from a buffet.
Good location right on the beach.
My only gripe really was as I have mentioned earlier, were a noisy group who behaved as if they owned the place and had no regard for anyone but themselves. Problem sorted immediately by management.
That said we had a nice holiday with good diving and would go back again.
Visited Iberotel Dahabeya in January. Would recommend you organise a transfer via the Hotel if you're not booking with Thomsons from the airport. The Blue and white taxis at the airport aren't classed as that "safe" and its a long ride through the middle of nowhere to Dahab. The Sharm airport is a shambles, queues everywhere, lack of announcements etc but once through and into Dahab you'll enjoy it. We have since been told we could have flew to Taba which isn't so busy and only about 1 1/2 hours from Dahab. The service at the Hotel was excellent, with all members of staff extremely friendly and helpful (whether you were half board like us or wearing the all inclusive wrist band the service was always excellent), the food was very good and we had different themed nights throughout our 7 days stay. There is however entertainment EVERY evening in the hotel lobby which is very close to the rooms overlooking the pool. If you're a light sleeper or like to go to bed early, I would recommend booking a room near the atrium or far away from the lobby as it is quite noisy but it does stop at 11:00pm. The maid service was fantastic. We came back to various different towel sculptures and flowers! plus a very clean and tidy room. Everywhere in the Hotel is very clean. The dive centre at the Hotel - Sub Aqua - is excellent and even though run by Germans they all speak excellent English and all guides are great, it has good shore dives and an excellent boat dive too, would highly recommend. Didn't do any windsurfing but plenty of people did. The hotel provide a free shuttle bus three times a day (including in the evening) into Masbat centre (Dahab town) but when we went it was obviously low season and we had to say no a few times otherwise we would have been in every restaurant and shop on the sea front - which can get extremely windy and a bit chilly. I would highly recommend the Hotel and the amenities etc it provides, especially the dive centre.
We went to Dahab for windsurfing so we chose the Iberotel Dahabeya as it also advertised itself as a windsurfing centre. Actually the centre on the hotel beach (Harry Nass), although it couldn't be closer, isn't exactly linked to the hotel and they charge in Euros, and cash only, so if you're planning to windsurf it might be worth taking euros, although they quite happily converted our bill to Egyptian pounds and we withdrew cash from the machine right outside the hotel. Couldn't fault their operation, friendly and efficient. I was also amazed by the level of service in the hotel itself, the manageress was constantly moving around all areas of the hotel and beach overseeing everything, and stopped by us at least four times during our week to make sure we were happy and enjoying our stay. All the hotel staff were friendly and many asked and remembered our first names within 24 hours. I felt everyone in the hotel bent over backwards to ensure we had everything we needed and were enjoying ourselves. I would definitely return and recommend! Also more generally, it's a spectacular location and the sea is warm, crystal clear and beautiful!
decided to stay at the iberotel dahab because the hilton was under going some renovations. picked this hotel purely on trip adviser reviews. we were here for four nights and found the hotel to be a little above average( based mostly on it's a beautiful hotel in a beautiful location. the rooms were very clean, comfortable and nicely decorated. the property is very nice. staff OK.
We stayed at the Dahabeya in March 2006. We read the few reviews there were on this site so we had a little idea of what would expect us.
this hotel had friendly staff , very clean , reasonably good buffet meals ,excellent pool and clean beach , very sheltered lagoon , safe sea ,slow depth and ideal for kids. we were all inclusive which is probably the best way to go , we were there for 7 days , which if you are OK with sun /sea/ reading under a brolly is just about right , the hotel has a dive centre ( subaqua ) on the beach and you can do house shore dives for fun ,but there is a good selection of local shore dives about 30 to 45 mins drive from hotel. hotel is about 10min taxi journey to small town centre , not a lot to see there , usual arab shops /restaurants ( most don,t sell booze) , taxi costs about 10 egypt pounds , hotel has bus to centre 4 times a day. no real beach sports except windsurfing which is very popular in bay , on a windy day hundreds to watch, there is a wind surf school next to hotel at beach so if diving or windsurfing is your thing then this is great.we were there in march which was idea temp about 28-30c not humid , takes about an hour by taxi from sharm airport
Iberotel Dahabeya Freindly
This Hotel Is set in a breathtaking location , it is sat right on the beach> very freindly helpfull honest staff.
Sunbeds Were not Prebooked
Food could of been warmer but varied.