Having just returned from a 10-day honeymoon at Le Meridien I can thoroughly recommend this hotel for any type of traveller. I'm a big fan of Egypt and was looking for something less crowded than Sharm but with more to offer than Taba Heights. Dahab hits the spot perfectly and we would definitely come back given the chance.
We went for the deluxe seaview room which was perfect. The whole place has a nice ambience and they make use of oriental scent like cedarwood as well as visual elements. Without getting too hung up on costs as the hotel is generally good value: just don't pay for Wifi - check your emails etc in the vast, comfy reception area. Poseidon Divers were friendly and efficient; their day long boat trip to snorkel and dive at Gabr el Bint was excellent. They also lend you free snorkel gear for the week if you book this trip for 2. The house reef was one of the best I've seen in the Red Sea, keep an eye out for a big blue triggerfish and and monster-size Moray eel living in a small coral island near the southern edge of the hotel. My husband yelled out and did a u-turn. The beach massage guy is highly recommended if you're stiff from travel or diving, I got a 1hr 20 min massage, for €55.
The breakfast buffet at Sea Breeze was excellent with the best coffee I've had in Egypt. Beach Bar salads and seafood were tasty (if slightly patchy service) and if you fancy a night chilling out at the hotel the room service is also great: really quick and good value. Egyptian dishes are very good particularly the spicy lentil soup. The rest of the time we ate in Dahab town where we would recommend Friends (for Egyptian food), The Kitchen (for thai) and Sea Pride (for fish).
Dahab Safari tours were good - we tried the St Catherine's Monastery and the camel safari.
Staff and locals were extremely friendly and always wished us welcome. A polite 'la, shokran' if you don't need their services will avoid any fuss.
As a winter retreat this place is on my top three all time recommendations.
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- Le Meridien Dahab Hotel Dahab
- Dahab Le Meridien