Egypt boutique hotel in Dahab
Description of Egypt boutique hotel in Dahab
1 Reviews of Egypt boutique hotel in Dahab
5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 07 Nov 2021 by Fiona Fretwell
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
The whole holiday was amazing! The owners and team of staff are so friendly and welcoming, loved the atmosphere at the hotel and I haven't felt so relaxed in
a long time, it was exactly what I hoped for and much more. The snorkeling and try dive I did were fantastic, there is so much marine life to see and again it's
thanks to the staff for making me feel at ease as I'm not a natural water person! Must also mention the mountain dinner, a great evening with great company
and food under the stars.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Firstly if you're thinking about it - just go for it, you won't regret it! I stayed for 10 nights and wanted to extend! Initially I was a little uncertain about staying
as a non-diver but I needn't have worried at all, if you are looking for somewhere to just chill out then it is for you too. Lovely beachfront location with shaded areas as well where you can just relax and enjoy the sound of the waves and drink a delicious fresh juice. If you are thinking of trying diving this is the place to do it! I had done a couple of try dives many years ago and didn't really take to it but I decided to give it one more try and really enjoyed it, once again credit to the instructor who knew I was on the nervous side and made me feel completely at ease and safe, thank you!
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Yes, yes and yes! The owners and staff are really striving to reduce use of plastic and other substances which can damage the environment particularly the
marine life. It hadn't occurred to me that sun cream could damage the coral so was glad they recommended buying "ocean/coral friendly" sun cream which
doesn't contain harmful chemicals before I travelled.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Excellent! Everything I hoped for and much more!
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetWe are fully committed to reducing the impact of tourism on this precious environment in Dahab and indeed the whole coast of the Red Sea.
To this end we try very hard to not use any single use plastics and look for every opportunity to reduce our environmental footprint and of course, encourage our guests to do the same.
How do you see responsible tourism in action on this trip?
Everywhere from the rooms encouraging less waste of water and electricity to cotton tote bags provided for shopping locally.
Does this trip visit or show support for one of our projects or any local projects?
We support local initiatives such as beach and sea clean ups, providing help and biodegradable bags for clean ups.
We have encouraged many local cafes and restaurants to stop or reduse their use of single-use plastic especially the dreaded plastic drinking straw which we have not used ourselves for years.
Do the local leaders give a Responsible Travel briefing?
All our guides are eco-friendly and all encourage rubbish pickups on the shore and in the sea, leading by example.
Our diving is designed to make sure that divers understand how to dive without touching or harming any of the precious aquatic life.
Do travelers receive a Responsible Travel Code of Conduct?
Yes, we suggest many ways that guests can follows our eco guidelines via a ‘How to be a responsible tourist’ leaflet in their room.
What does the accommodation do to minimise its impact? Has it got good environmental/social practices? (e.g. with regard to conserving water & energy, recycling, composting, organic gardening, purchasing of food locally, local employment etc.)
We conserve water by using well water to water our plants. We ask our guests to have their air con set higher (26 degrees +) so it does not use as much energy. We recycle all our food scraps to our ducks and goats. All our food is purchased locally. Every item in the club is sourced locally if possible too, allowing small local businesses to flourish i.e. bedding, towels, food, supplies etc.,
What is the group size and how does this impact on the community and environment?
We are the only dive club in the Red Sea which stipulates a maximum number of divers to Instructor of just 4-1…this minimizes any potential for damage to the precious reef as well as enhancing the divers experience and making them better divers, for everywhere they might go afterwards.
As a company, what is your environmental policy in your office?
Refuse, Reuse, Recycle
PeopleIs the accommodation locally owned? Do you use local restaurants/shops/markets/transport etc.?
Yes the accommodation is owned by an Egyptian family, with strong ties to the Bedouin community, formed over 25 years here.
We also encourage our guests to use the local restaurants, markets and shops whilst they are here. When they are diving we take them to local cafes to eat and drink, this way they have rest and have shade between dives. We also recommend other places than our own for eating out in the evening.
Local economic development? Do you use local leaders on this trip? Have they had training?
We use local Bedouin and Egyptian guides and drivers for all our safari and dive work.
Does the trip visit anywhere where the fees paid will help with restoration/conservation?
Fees are paid locally to everyone we use, all our drivers are Bedouin for example, we pay for use of tents and shelters and tea making by our Bedouin friends on every safari. Ultimately as the indigenous people of the Sinai, this filters down and allows an ancient culture and way of life to continue.
As mentioned above we also support local community initiatives including beach cleans.