Just returned from a pre-christmas last minute week in Dahab. This is our 10th time in Egypt and 2nd to Dahab. We chose Happy Life as last time we were in Dahab we heard good reports and in particular the great snorkelling .
We travelled with our two children aged 10 and 7 and the main reason for our trip was to dive and snorkel.
The room we were given was great. Pretty much a suite. Huge lounge area with twin beds for the kids as well as a sofa, armchair and dining table and chairs, plus a large main bedroom, massive balcony and seaview. Other reviewers have mentioned that rooms and the hotel in general looks a bit tired this is true but really irrelevant as it is very clean and we were pleased to have so much space in the room.
Food-very good lots of variety and well cooked. One night they did a seafood night where you could choose which fish you would like they cut pieces off for you and cut calamri rings and you then moved along to the griddle chef who cooked it for you-delicious.Waiters very attentive and helpful always refilling drinks. The wine in particular was actually very drinkable (unusual in Egypt!!) and actually poured from a bottle (again not our usual all inc experience in Egypt).
Didn't hear anyone moaning about upset stomachs and we were all fine.
As it was the week prior to Xmas the hotel was initially very quiet and for a couple of days we were the only English people there. The majority were Germans, Dutch and Russians.
Pools are huge and there are water slides for the kids and shallow segregated areas for the kids too. Tons of sunbeds and we actually had a pool area to ourselves for a couple of days as it was so quiet. The only problem was that they were all unheated (approx 17 degrees freezing!!!) which was a big disappointment for our kids as they couldn't stand the water for longer than a few minutes. We did ask whether they would be heating a pool and the reply was not until next year, bit odd as this is probably the coldest time of year and we have been to Egypt at this time of year and the hotels we have stayed in have always had at least one pool heated.
The weather was pretty good, first couple of days were a bit windy so you did need to get shelter eg the windbreaks on the beach or tuck into a corner by the pool and then it was lovely and warm. Once the wind dropped it was steaming approx 28 degrees -lovely. Does drop at night definitely pack warm clothes for the evening we pretty much wore jeans and hoodies in the evening.
Snorkelling is awesome, excellent reef and a short walk along the beach takes you to an area named the three pools.Loads of beautiful coral and fish. Although the sea was warmer than the swimming pools (approx 22 degrees) I would still advise bringing a wetsuit with you or hire one from the onsite dive shop.Lagona divers are new on site at Happy Life my huband did a few dives with them and said they were a very slick and organised operation and reasonably priced for recreational diving. He did use Poseidon Divers, Dahab for a deep dive course he wanted to do as they were cheaper and he had booked it from the UK plus they did our airport transfers too. Again excellent dive centre and we would use again.
The hotel runs a shuttle bus in to Dahab which takes about 15 mins. Dahab is a nice town much more laid back than Sharm good restaurants most of which you need to bring your own alcohol (shops nearby sell alcohol). Yalla and Ali Baba are good.
We would definitely return to Happy Life but probably not in the winter months as amusing too youngish children without a swimming pool was quite hard work! There is a kids club which looked pretty good but aimed at a very young age group probably 3-6 years. I would recommend this hotel for a quiet and relaxing break and for divers and serious snorkellers.
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