Sea View Villa, Dahab
We designed the villa to be our dream place to stay, a comfortable home with an amazing seafront location and a flavour of the middle east in its design. Because it is on the first floor and there are no higher buildings in the area it was possible to build a large terrace that combines privacy with panoramic sea views. The front living area/second bedroom has large picture windows and doors onto the terrace, with the aim of bringing the views and light into the villa. The front of the villa is shaded by a wooden slatted pergola and a palm tree that grows up through the terrace.
We have incorporated traditional Arabic designs in the carved wood doors, ceilings, and furniture, all made by local craftsmen. We built a Morrocan-style tiled bathroom with steps up to a raised bath.
The villa adjoins a small hotel (Seaview Hotel) and has a separate side entrance (up a flight of stairs). The balcony of the master bedroom looks over the hotel swimming pool, which along with all hotel facilities can be used by villa guests. The hotel has its own dive centre which can rent snorkel gear as well as organising dives and PADI dive courses. Hotel staff can book trips, taxis, provide a laundry service (the laundry in Dahab is very cheap, around 10 pence per item), and are happy to advise guests on any aspect of their stay. In addition they can have meals sent up to the villa and arrange for shopping and fresh bread to be delivered.
The housekeeping staff will clean the villa daily (see below for charge) and will ensure that there is a welcome pack of bottles of water and milk and fresh fruit as well as tea, coffee, and sugar.
Please note that young children should be supervised on the terrace and the balcony of the master bedroom.
I fell in love with Dahab over 16 years ago and have long wanted to build a villa here but couldnt find the right location. Bringing my husband and young baby to Dahab made me want a home here even more. When the chance to build a villa right on the seafront in the Masharaba area came up we were very happy. In addition we were building in partnership with one of my oldest friends in Dahab, which meant that we could use the best local craftsmen and materials.
The Mashraba area is a quiet and clean area of Dahab on the seafront next to a beautiful and pristine stretch of coral reef, with soft and hard corals and an amazing variety of fish. The coral reef that is right on your doorstep is one of the best in the world - and you can be snorkelling on it 30 seconds after leaving the villa.
Dahab is a relaxed small coastal resort centred around snorkelling, scuba diving, exploring the mountains and desert and Bedouin way of life, windsurfing, swimming, or just relaxing on the beach or under the palm trees in one of the many beachfront cafes and restaurants.
It has grown from being a tiny backpacker hideaway but has kept its laidback charm, relaxed pace of life, and beauty - the incredible setting with the backdrop of the Sinai mountains behind the resort and the beautiful Red Sea coast with mountains that glow in the sunset on the other side of the Gulf of Aqaba is unbeatable.
Trips can be arranged by the hotel that adjoins the villa to Mount Sinai and St Katherines monastery, desert canyons and safaris, nature reserves, other snorkelling and diving sites such as the famous Blue Hole. Travel by jeep or by camel or taxi or spend an afternoon quad biking...or just enjoy relaxing and soaking up the scenery from the villa terrace.
We can arrange transfers from Sharm el Sheikh airport to the villa - cost is about £20 total for a taxi or minibus and the transfer takes around an hour to an hour and a quarter. Quotes for transfers from other airports/locations available on request.
Photographs by Tom Smith, In Depth Imaging
The property sleeps 2 luxuriously, 4 comfortably, and 6 at most. It consists of a master double bedroom with a four-poster bed and private balcony and a second bedroom with two double beds (or one double plus a sofa) and a lounge/dining area (with two sofa beds) that fronts onto the sea view terrace.
If the sofa beds in the lounge are used, then up to 6 people can stay, but those in the lounge area have less privacy as this area is open to the kitchen via the breakfast bar. If just one or two people are staying and just one bedroom is needed, then the second bedroom can be opened via sliding doors to create one large lounge area with panoramic views over the terrace and Red Sea.
We have a gas hob installed in the kitchen.
The villa adjoins a small hotel and all hotel facilities, including the swimming pool, can be used by villa guests.