Recently returned from Dana Beach Resort. We've been on around 30 all inclusive holidays to various countries, inclusing Egypt, but this was the most amazing ever!
With ten bars and five restaurants you are spoilt for choice. We particularly liked the fact that the Italian restaurant offered late dinner from 9.30pm to midnight. Their pizza corner was fab - I'm not a pizza fan but even I was tempted at times - they were freshly cooked to order and were simply delicious. Food in general was very very good. We are in the food business and were very impressed to see the chef's probing the food to check temperatures, and on one occasion a team of managers walked into a restaurant and carried out a food hygiene check there and then. It was discreet but thorough. We never had a problem with cold food. It was always piping.
Another excellent point as far as we were concerned is that at every bar there is waiter service. If you drink wine, they bring you a bottle in an ice bucket (yes, even at the beach bar) and the waiters soon know your habits - every time we walked into a restaurant there was a bottle of white wine on ice and a bottle of still (as opposed to what all the germans drank, sparkling) water. Khalid at the beach bar deserves a mention. He also works at the Italian restaurant on an evening. His customer service skills and command of english were second to none.
We found the swimming pools a bit like meat markets with loads of Germans lying on their sunbeds from dawn to sunset. So we tended to do our sunbathing sitting at the bar or at one of the many (and there are many) beautifully designed seating areas which were quiet and peaceful if that's what you wanted.
Yes I'd say about 98% of guests are German - in fact during a 17 night stay we didn't speak to one English speaking person, but hey, you're on your hols, do we care?
We are a couple aged 58-60 so obviously don't have kids, BUT I was gobsmacked by the children's pool. I've never seen anything like it in my life. They've thought of everything! The photos don't do it justice. This also meant that families with children tended to focus around that pool so you didn't have children running around the other pools. Oh and forgot to mention the four poster double sun beds with straw umbrellas built in to protect you from the sun - brilliant!
The canal which ran the length of the hotel was fun. Just hop onto the boat and get off where you wish. I got it to the beach a few times and watched the fish in the water.
The rooms are okayish - I wouldn't describe them as five star, but they are adequate. If you get a terrace rather than a balcony, you don't much privacy as the footpaths run right past your terrace. If you don't mind stairs, I'd opt for a balcony.
One point I'd make is that this is a huge complex so anyone with walking difficulties may find it a bit challenging. We did notice though that disabled guests were well catered for with ramps everywhere for wheelchairs and pushchairs of course.
My only negative comment is the reception. We found them to be the weak link amongst what I would describe as a fantastic team of well trained, highly motivated staff. My husband described them as "just like receptionists and barmen used to bein Spain, back in the 70's, where they serve you but look beyond you!" But as I said, the rest of the staff were exceptional.
The weather in March was fab during the day with a sometimes brisk (but welcome) breeze, but it was absolutely freezing on an evening. Most of the Germans wore overcoats and scarves - I suffered in a woolie wrap but found it very cold outside.
For the whole of our stay my husband and I were continually amazed by the professionalism of the resort. We never left the complex and have no regrets about that. We had a wonderful holiday and if I went to Egypt again, I wouldn't go anywhere else. We've been spoilt!
Go and see for yourselves - you won;'t be disappointed!
Get a balcony not a terrace.
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