Sea Stars Apartments

Dahab, Red Sea & Sinai, Egypt Book from Eur55

Reviewed by Tom Bell
Sparkling self-catering apartments (sleeping 4-6) on the quiet side of town with sun loungers and sea views up on their roof terraces
The Red Sea is one of the best dive destinations in the world, and for Europeans it’s one of the most accessible. Dahab makes a great base for those wishing to take the plunge as many of the best dives sites are on your doorstep (Blue Hole is close). It’s also a great place to hang out with cool coffee shops and restaurants strung out along the seafront.

Sian and Tim offer 6 self-catering apartments on the quiet side of town, in the Eel Garden area. They are spread amongst 3 houses: each has a communal roof terrace (cushions in the shade, loungers in the sun), then 2 apartments below. Those on the first floor have balconies, but other than that the feel is the same: whitewashed walls, air conditioned rooms, a power shower in the wet room, an open-plan sitting room/kitchen that opens onto the garden. Restaurants are a short stroll, so you don’t have to cook. Perfect for those who want a little more privacy than a hotel and for families.

Highs

  • Safe, spotless, excellent value for money: if you want to stay in town and look after yourself, this is ideal
  • Tim is a dive instructor and can supply the best information
  • There’s an off licence close by where you can buy beer, wine and spirits
  • The roof terraces are perfect for lazy afternoons in the sun
  • You’re in the original bedouin village, so you get a fascinating insight to the real Sinai
  • There are barbecues in the garden that guests can use

Lows

  • We recommend you check the latest FCO Travel Advice before booking
  • Fantastic showers in the wet rooms leave a lot of water in their wake
  • The closest stretch of beach is not particularly attractive (and there's no pool). The Eel Garden beach is 100 yards away though; great for families
  • No microwaves or dishwashers

Best time to go

Avoid the European summer, when the Egyptian sun is at its hottest.

You might want to avoid Ramadan, when some businesses will close for the whole month. And if you are travelling over holidays – Eid al-Adha, Ras an-Sana – expect the rest of Egypt to be competing for your seat. The dates for these holidays change every year, so check before planning your trip.

Our top tips

Formerly a hippy backpacker haven, Dahab attracts a youthful crowd and with it comes drugs. Iif you are tempted to partake, be very careful - police are strict, there are sniffer dogs on the streets and Egyptian prisons are harsh.

Great for...

Beach
Cheap & Chic
City Style
Family
Great Outdoors
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Apartments
  • 6 apartments for 2-4
  • Self-catering (+ nearby restaurants)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
Room:

Rooms

All apartments have 2 bedrooms, which can be made up as doubles or twins. They’re simply furnished, spotless and airy, with design kept to a minimum. You get whitewashed walls, tiled floors, crisp white linen on wooden beds. Shuttered windows keep you cool, but there are ceiling fans and air conditioning, too. We stayed for a night and slept like logs – this is a peaceful neighbourhood. The 2 sofas in the lounge can be made up as sofabeds for children or adults, and baby cots can be provided.

The bedrooms share a bathroom, which holds a power shower and plenty of space for toiletries. Showering is a nice experience, but be warned, the water goes everywhere.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Barbeque
  • Central heating
  • Coffee tea making
  • Cots Available
  • Fan
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hob stove
  • Internet access
  • Oven
  • Safe box
  • Terrace
  • Toaster
  • Wifi internet
  • Wifi internet

Eating

When you arrive, you’ll find the fridge stocked with a few essentials to get you started: cheese, milk, bread, sugar, eggs, fruit juice, honey and tea. As for the kitchen itself, it’s fine - Gordon Ramsay might find it wanting and if you need the latest kit, this probably isn’t for you - but there’s enough here to cook pretty much anything. You’ll find an electric oven, a gas hob, a kettle, a toaster and a fridge/freezer (but no microwave, no dishwasher, no washing machine for your clothes). So the apartments best suit those who are in town for a few days, who want a place of their own but will eat out some of the time. Here, you can look after yourself at breakfast, cook up some pasta at lunch, then head out to a restaurant in the evening. And do remember there is no dining table, so the house is not set up for long, convivial dinners, although relaxed group dinners can be enjoyed on the roof terrace.

You’ll find a hand-drawn map of the neighbourhood with all the shops clearly marked, so food shopping will be a breeze: free-range eggs, freshly baked bread, fish, meat and vegetables are all available within a 3-minute walk. As is an off licence.

Eating out is easy, too – there’s loads of choice in Dahab. There’s a restaurant guide in the apartment, so you won’t be short of ideas, and basically there’s a good choice of cuisine: Moroccan, Thai, Italian, Indian, Egyptian. There’s loads of fresh fish and most restaurants overlook the bay.

Features include:

  • Children meals
  • Coffee tea making
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hob stove
  • Oven
  • Toaster
  • Walk to restaurants
  • Welcome hamper
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Diving is the big draw in Dahab and it just so happens that Tim is a dive instructor. He’s been here 10 years and knows the place inside out, so you couldn’t be in better hands. Tailor-made diving packages can be fitted to your needs

  • There’s great snorkelling all along this stretch of the coast, too. Try the lighthouse, the Eel Garden or head south to Moray Gardens

  • You can swim in the sea at the Eel Garden, 100 yards down the road. Its sandy beach is ideal for kids to play on, the shallow lagoon is perfect for swimming and there are relaxed beachfront cafes where you can sunbathe on loungers between dips. Also, some of the bigger hotels have swimming pools and you can pay for a sun lounger and top up your tan in style

  • Try windsurfing and kite-surfing: you can hire boards in town and get lessons if you need them. Tim has kayaks to hire, too

  • Gallop through the desert on an Arabian horse - Tim can recommend an excellent stable nearby

  • Mount Sinai and St Catherine’s Monastery are both popular excursions. If you want to see sunrise from Mount Sinai, buses leave at 10pm. It’s a 2-hour drive up to the monastery, then a 4-hour climb to the top. Sounds quite an effort but it's an awesome experience

  • Head into the desert for trekking, camel safaris and 4WD trips. You can even camp overnight in tents on the beach at Ras Abou Galom and you ride in on camels

  • Day trips to Petra in Jordan are possible, an ancient city cut from red stone. It’s a long day, involves buses and ferries, and will cost quite a bit, but it's a once-in-a-lifetime experience

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Camel rides
  • Hiking
  • Horse-riding
  • Kayaking
  • Nightlife
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Shopping / markets
  • Snorkelling
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Waterskiing
  • Wildlife
  • Yoga

Kids

Great for families - you've got just the right amount of freedom, a beach 100m away and a seafood restaurant called 'Funny Mummy' nearby for comical family photos.

Best for:

All ages

Family friendly accommodation:

The apartments sleep up to 6: 4 in the bedrooms plus 2 single sofabeds and baby cots. Baby baths also available.

Baby listening:

Tim and Sian can provide a baby monitor so adults can enjoy evenings on the roof when the kids are asleep.

Baby equipment:

  • Cot
  • Baby bath
  • Booster seat

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Children's meals:

The kitchen is pretty basic: no microwave, dishwasher or washing machine. But you can always cook pasta, or eat out in child-friendly eateries nearby. Eat on the roof terrace (but watch the kids) or have a barbecue.

Kids Activities on site:

  • Kayaks for hire
  • Free range goats outside
  • Toys and games
  • Garden

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Snorkelling, windsurfing, kitesurfing
  • Horse riding on magnificent Arabian horses
  • 100m walk to family-friendly Eel Garden beach
  • Camel and 4WD safaris in the desert
  • Rock climbing

Families Should Know:

The roof terrace has only got a low wall around it.

Distances:

  • Airport: 1.5 hours
  • Hospital: 5 mins
Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

9/
Rooms
6/
Food
9/
Service
9/
Value
8/
Overall

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