I read all the reviews before we left and was worried about the 'said' dirty rooms, lack of food hygeine, bad tummy....blah blah blah.
BUT lets face it, if you want 5 * luxury you have to pay for it. We paid £3,800 for 14 nights, all inclusive for 5 of us and it was worth it. I recon my kids ate that in ice creams! and we def drank it in red wine!!
There are five of us in our family, me and my husband and 3 kids 2,5 & 7. My 5 year old is suffering from a life limiting condition and needs constant care and attention. We arrived after a very very good flight and transfer. Everyone we encountered on our way couldnt of been more helpful with us and out little ones.
First impression of hotel was great. Checking in was efficient, quick and v friendly, considering about 100 people were waiting, the queue was dealt with swiftly.
We had two interconnecting rooms, which were spacious and clean. We slept there, showered and that was it. It was cleaned constantly and well and all our clothes were folded and put away each day! great, wish we had him at home to do that!!!
The staff were lovely. I agree that the 'middle ground senior staff' were a tad 'grumpy'... but in general the staff were all lovely and fabulous with kids, they made an effort to get to know you and make life easier at each meal time. We (unlike others) didnt tip the waitors (until the end) but they never the less were fantastic and very attentive. A few we met said tipping helped but we didnt until we were leaving and couldnt fault the lovely staff everywhere in the hotel.
First couple of days were cloudy, but warmed up at lunch time.
New Years eve was fantastic - apart from the cocktails before hand, every thing was great and the staff were fantastic and worked hard to make it a special night.
Round the pool(s) There is always something going on for everyone. The staff that run the entertainment work hard to get people involved and it works because every activity was full of eager participants.
The food - food was great. how can you please everyone? There was loads of choice and it was varied. If you decide to go to an all inclusive hotel where there is a buffet it will be a 'buffet' Choose your food wisely rather than eating everything at every meal and it will be fine. Kids loved it and tried different foods. We ate well. Wasnt five star luxury but as I said, you get what you pay for and it was far better than I expected - food was hot and I didnt see any of the hygeine problems highlighted in other reviews. And I was anal due to the previous bad reviews........
Wine - didnt think the red wine was great on night one, but actually looking back if it were that bad, we wouldnt of drunk that much.
Asiatique restaurant - you have to pay for this. We had 2 birthdays whilst there and so visited the asiatique restaurant. We sat and watched chef cook (he cooks your order in front of you) . Food was fatanstic, kids loved it, we loved it and price was v v reasonable compared to a meal of that quality at home. Recommend it! Very lovey dovey couple 'ee' but that didnt bother us.
It isnt a lively resort, probably not the best holiday for teenagers, evening entertainment not great.........but we booked this on Christmas Eve after a terrible year wanting relaxation and some warm times and it was perfect. Snorkelling for my 7 year old was fab, he met other kids and was kept entertained constantly and he has since said it was one of his best holidays....and he is well travelled.
my only critisism is there are lots of Russians staying in the hotel and they have a totally different approach to life and mentality with their kids than we do. Without offending anyone, they werent the friendliest of people and the children were pretty unruly and thought that they ruled the roost (even coming into the kid free gym and playing on the equipment, even afterbeing told to leave!!,..... every night!!!). Taking the table tennis bats and balls back to their rooms at night so none of the other kids could play was a tad annoying but our kids got used to it and found other sports to entertain themeselves.
THAT is my only critisism. this was a bargain holiday for 5 of us and we all had a fab time, and came back to uk relaxed and ready for 2010..........!
- 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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