First of all, something to get off my chest. Star ratings are NOT some form of international standard. A 5 star in Sharm, Taba, Marsa or Hurghada are not going to be the same as a 5 star in England, New York or for that matter Rwanda. Its a local guide and whilst you might expect a 5 star anywhere in the world to be better than a 3 star just down the road it doesn't mean they're all going to have trouser presses, minibars and free wifi in your room.
Down to the hotel, efficient check in, bags arrived promptly, room was spotless and remained so throughoput stay. I'd suggest its worth the bit extra for a view across to Jordan / Saudi but thats a personal choice.
Clearly the location allows (relatively) easy access to places like Jerusalem and Petra and the rest of Taba Heights such as it is, and two of the three accomodation blocks are yards from the main pools and beach. Design and layout of the hotel is both pleasing on the eye and gives ease of access to all you need.
From the beach you can access the coral areas from a couple of points and the snorkelling is reasonably good. Its not like some of the famous house reefs in the Sharm area but that would be an unfair comparison. We saw a fair range of aquatic life including octopus, rays and an abundance of lion fish. PLEASE don't destroy the reef and please tell those who climb on it and dive from it that they are destroying the place. Best snorkelling from the hotel is accessed by using the sea entry point rather than the pier and heading left towards Hyatt Regency.
Spa and fitness facilities are good and the 'animation' group do a decent job without getting in your face trying to recruit you each day.
Food wise I wouldn't want to see a narrower range and I think vegetarians might get used to sauteed vegetables, but what there was we found to be good by Egyptian standards. There are enough staff but it doesn't always feel like it and I think there is a lack of leadership and management in the restaurants. Sometimes your drink is topped up every 5 minutes and sometimes you have to go hunting around for the coffee pot to even get a drink. Its a bit of a shame as this would elevate the hotel from good / v good to excellent in my book.
Bear in mind the location isn't at all like Sharm which we heard a few people moaning about. Really thats down to you to do your homework before you travel. We all know Eastbourne isn't the same as Blackpool after all.
- 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