Our party of four returned on the 9th Oct after a two week stay at the Sofitel.
The hotel looks new, I was told it was built about ten years ago but I don’t know how true that is. It does look in pristine condition and is spotlessly clean and well maintained. The grounds are also very well cared for and you can see a lot of effort has gone into making them look good.
Check in was good especially as there was about 100 people checking in. In no time at all we were given our room number and told to inform the porters before we went to dinner. After dinner we went to our rooms and our cases had been delivered.
Every member of staff that I encountered was smiling, happy and would always say hello. Pictures attached
Our room was very spacious with two three seater settees, coffee table, queen size bed and dressing table. Photo attached. It was well decorated and clean with views over the swimming pool and the sea. The bathroom was, in comparison a bit on the dark and dingy side but was large and had a good shower.
There is also tea and coffee making facilities, fridge, which was topped up each day with bottled water, and a safe.
Food and Drink
The food was OK. I always found something I liked but it did get a bit samey. There was always the pasta bar when all else failed. They regularly had barbeques outside which was good. Breakfast was a bit disappointing, eggs anyway you wanted them, chipolata sausages, which were horrible, on occasion grilled tomato’s and mushrooms. As for the continental breakfast there was one cheese and one processed meat. There was loads of salad and fruit though and great bread.
Service in the restaurant was very good and very friendly staff.
At lunchtime you could have a snack, as an alternative, in the Lotus bar which was either pizza or burger with chips but service was slow and the food not that great.
When it came to drink everything was watered down and had very little alcoholic content. We went through 10 cocktails each one day with beers as well and none of us felt like we had had a drink. The cocktails are made with watered down fruit juice and very weak spirits, none were mixed just poured into the glass so, depending on whether you used a straw or not you either got a slug of neat alcohol at the beginning or end of the drink as everything just sat in layers. The wines were awful and I tried the red, white and rose. The soft drinks out of the machine tasted funny and were undrinkable. The beer was drinkable but did taste more like flavoured fizzy water.
The poolside bar was better as the soft drinks were from a bottle and tasted OK.
Some people seemed ok with the drink but I don’t know how.
There is a main pool which is divided into sections, one being saltwater. This is the livelier pool where all the daytime activities take place. The other pool, which we used was the adult only pool. This was very quite with plenty of beds and brollies. There is a poolside bar here which was very friendly and served the better drinks. All the pools were cleaned daily and the pool area kept very clean. Picture attached
Of our party of four, three were ill for four days. As I said above we used the adult pool and got to know a lot of the people who used it. I would say at least 40% of the people were ill at some stage during the first week. I got speaking to someone who was on his second week and he told us that even more were sick the previous week. Our second week less people got ill. I don’t think it was the food as some people ate anything and were not ill other who were really careful and avoided salads, fruit, ice etc were. The only common factor was the temperature. The week before we arrived the temperature hit 50 degrees, during our first week it reached 40 and our second week mid 30’s.
There is literally nothing around, the hotels, of which there are about four or five are in the middle of nowhere. There is a small town with a few shops and bars and restaurant’s. I can recommend the Mexican if you fancy a change from hotel food and decent drink the Flying carpet is also good. Both are pretty cheap, you get a discount voucher from the hotel. For two people a starter, main course and drinks including cocktails, came to £30.
Some of the trips were cancelled because of the trouble out there at the moment and others that were on were very expensive. The trip to Petra which we wanted to do was going to cost about £500 for two people, the trip to Jerusalem was cheaper at about £260 but still dear for a day trip when we only paid £750 for the holiday. Even the glass bottom boat worked out at £78 for two.
The beach was clean and had plenty of beds and shades and the snorkelling was fantastic.
Overall we had a good time but if I returned I would only go for a week and take some drink from the duty free on the way out.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A truly magnificent location, at the northern tip of the Gulf of Aqaba between the southern Sinai mountains and the Red Sea, Sofitel Taba Heights is also a uniquely designed hotel, inspired by traditional Oriental architecture. This exceptional resort is an all-inclusive property with easy access to the private beach, 3 exquisite restaurants, 5 swimming pools, a fitness center and 3 meeting rooms. Just 20 km from downtown Taba and 40 km from the airport, it's convenient for business and pleasure. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sofitel Taba Heights Hotel Taba
- Taba Heights
- Accor Taba Heights
- Taba Sofitel