Travelling with children

Egypt is a family friendly destination – children are a very important part of the culture and with large families everyone is used to having children around. Children are welcome everywhere.

Having a young family of our own Residence Arabesque is very child friendly. We can provide at no additional cost the following equipment suitable for infants:

● Gracco travel cot and Mothercare spacetec/coolmax mattress topper

● Cot bedding – sheets and duvet

● High chair

● Avent electric sterlizer for cleaning bottles and food preparation equipment

● Maclaren single stroller/buggy

In both Villa Arabesque and Garden Apartment Arabesque you will find a selection of books, puzzles and toys for young children. Villa Arabesque also has a TV and selection of child friendly DVDs.

At Residence Arabesque our younger guests love to get involved with feeding our two Egyptian tortoises who live in the garden and can often be found wandering around the flower beds!

We have an additional two air beds that can also be also be used for children or additional adults. These are provided free of charge for children under the age of 12 and can be added to any of the bedrooms to accommodate extra children.

At Residence Arabesque we are able to assist in arranging childcare during your holiday.  We can highly recommend an excellent and experienced British child minder.  She is available for private and very reasonably priced childcare making it possible for guests to enjoy a scuba dive or morning windsurfing without small children in tow!

It is possible to buy several brands of diapers/nappies in Dahab, these are not the same quality as those you will be used to at home but are perfectly adequate. There are also several options for wet wipes and baby formula. We found the Aptimal formula to be the same (different packaging) to the one we would buy in the UK.

There is very little pre-packed infant food in Egypt, what there is, is full of sugar and not to the standard you would expect in Europe. We recommend bringing adequate baby cereal and packaged food if you plan to use it.

The level of health and safety in Egypt is not comparable to the West.  Note that swimming pools (even in large resorts) will not have trained lifeguards on duty and that often play areas can contain unsuitable, and possibly unsafe equipment so extra care needs to be taken in their use.