I spent my last week in Egypt in complete relaxation mode thanks to the kind folks over at Roomorama who set me up at a sea side hotel in Dahab. Click here to check out this property on the Roomorama site.
Egypt is chaotic-noisy, bustling, fast paced, and frantic. I had enjoyed the 2 weeks I spent exploring its history and ruins but I was ready for the beach and a quiet place to work. Roomorama set me up here with this view:
This laid back property had the thing I coveted most of all: silence. Finding that in Egypt is near impossible, I thought. As soon as I arrived, the owner, Emad, welcomed me & took me to my quiet little room. I had 3 beds (more place to make my usual mess) so I threw my stuff down on the first 2.
Emad took me on a quick tour of the property and the boardwalk which sits beach side and is a 2 minute walk from the hotel. He owns 2 restaurants on the beach and eating at either one entitles you to a 20% discount as long as you’re lodging at the hotel. Breakfast is included in the price and you can choose from a full meat n potatoes style, eggs with cereal, toast, and cheese or just a typical Egyptian breakfast of falafel & hummus.
The restaurant closest to the hotel was called Same Same, but different, which is a line I typically saw printed on t-shirts throughout Thailand. Emad had traveled to Thailand and chosen the saying for his restaurant. The food was delicious.
A typical day in Dahab went something like this:
-Wake up right before noon, since breakfast went from 7am-noon
-Enjoy breakfast on the beach
-Head back to my quiet room to write and work on the blog
-Around 7 or 8pm head back to the restaurant for dinner
-Back to my room for more work and skype with family/friends
-Fall asleep around 3-4am as is my normal routine
I did this for 6 days straight. No guilt.
Emad worriedly asked me if I was alright whenever I emerged from my room for dinner at night since he never saw me out and about, but I reassured him I was having a great time. And I was. The night before I left, I went for a 5 hour beach horseback ride to watch the sun set. I refused to feel guilty for not having done any other activities.
My room and bathroom were nice and clean, although my bathtub had a rather large rust stain on it that I stared at while I showered. But this was the extent of the bad. Emad was the best host-arranging my tours, getting my taxi to the bus station- the night before I left he even changed some Egyptian pounds to Dollars for me. Seriously one of the nicest people I have met, but then again most people in Egypt were incredibly kind to me.
I also had a large fridge and the hotel offered free water, coffee and tea anytime. You could take a relaxing dip in the clean pool or play a game of billiards on the main floor.
Tip: Thanks to the kind folks at Roomorama I had a wonderful stay in Dahab. Roomorama provides short term rentals all over the world. If you’d like to stay at this property you can find it by clicking here.
Disclaimer: Even though my stay was provided by Roomorama, all opinions in this post are completely my own.