Firstly a big thank you to ALL the staff at the hotel for making our weeks(13-20/10/09) stay so enjoyable. We came straight home and started making plans to go back for 2 weeks next May.
We paid the supplement for a Beach front room(2180) and were not disappointed. It was a single storey, so no one above you making a noise. The room was in the old part of the hotel and slightly smaller than the new one. This was not a problem as the room was spacious enough and the double bed very comfortable. There were enough English films/programs to watch at night if you fancied a night in.
The food was themed at night and we especially enjoyed the Asian, Egyptian and BBQ nights. There was always plenty of choice for the main courses, however it would be nice if there were more desserts, other than cakes and pastries, no good for the waistline! A word of advice for when it is busy, don't go to the restaurant straight away, as sometimes it was absolutely packed. Wait a while and it will ease off. The waiters were a joy and kept us topped up with water/drinks throughout the meals. You have to try a pizza from the pool bar, they were great. We spent a few evenings curled up on the cushions in the fun pub, but were getting deja vu as the Music channel was playing the same videos every night. The Barman made us some surprise cocktails to try!
We tried the yoga class followed by the aqua aerobics one day and they were brilliant. Were too tired then to try the belly dancing lesson- maybe next time. The evenings entertainment started at 10pm and could get busy, so find a seat early. The Whirling Dervish was amazing and kept going for about 10 minutes. We both had a massage which was very relaxing and good value. I had a male masseuse, but he was the perfect gentleman and I soon relaxed.
We would like to thank Mohamed for putting our towels out for us every morning and finding us a good spot on the beach. We snorkeled from the jetty and right up to the Hyatt's walk in point, the further to the left you go the more amazing the coral. We have been to the Maldives 3 times and think the coral was far superior here. Really wish we'd bought an underwater camera with us. The selection of fish was breathtaking. We even got up one morning to see the sunrise(other people were up putting their towels out!)
Looking along the beach this hotel was by far the best looking hotel with its lovely architecture, beautifully tended grass and constant gardening. A must was the Goodbye meeting the evening before you go home- cocktails and nibbles and a chance to chat to the Manager/Rep/Members of staff.
We did tip everyone, and everyone took it graciously and thanked us. The only place hands were held out in expectation was at the airport, putting your luggage on the coach. We were treated like old friends and many of the staff wanted to try out their English. Some other nationalities were louder/ruder etc, but that happens wherever you go and it didn't spoil this wonderful experience in anyway.
- 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