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The Bay View Resort Taba Heights
Ranked #6 of 22 Hotels in Taba
Eastwood, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
22 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Such a vast improvement”
Reviewed 1 January 2009

My wife and I returned to the Marriott in December for our
sixth time. The Hotel has a new General Manager - Jan Heesbeen and he has made many improvements, probably
not noticeable to firsttimers, but there to see.

1: Restaurant: Food is a lot hotter than it had been on previous
visits, new Chef in charge, hygiene has really improved, staff
now wear gloves when handling food. Whilst we were there.
an inspection by senior management took place and guests
were asked their opinion and answers taken on board.
2: By now, new "Marriott" beds should start arriving and there
is a general upgrade on the way.
3: Staff: are encouraged to use own initative and have been given more responsibility and it shows!!

Drinks: yes, I know quite expensive but remember that Egypt
is a Muslim country and they have taxes on booze just as we
have at home.

If you are looking for a relaxing break and are a lazy whatsit
like me then this could be the place for you, really one does
not to lift a finger.

Gardens are beautiful, there will be a new jetty built soon, can
recommend the spa and gym, tennis if you want it.

  • Liked — Great rooms with excellent views over Red Sea
  • Disliked — Suprised to find I could't complain about anything!!
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2008

We booked a X'mas package holiday for 7 nights departing on 20th December 08. As our flight was delayed, we arrived at the hotel around midnight. We booked half board and we thought we had to miss dinner on arrival day, however, the restaurant was open for us! (it is normally closed at 11:30 pm.)

All staff members were very friendly and gave us a big smile every time they saw us.

Food was excellent, especially breakfast. There were so many different kinds of bread to choose. Lunch was quite expensive to eat at the bar in the hotel. It cost us about GBP20 for 2 local sandwiches and 2 soft drinks.

The beverage was over priced in the restaurant and the bar. A bottle of beer cost about GBP5.00 and a glass of wine was about GBP7.00.

There was a huge swimming pool; half heated water and half freezing water. You have to make sure which side of the pool has heated water before jumping in.

The sea was amazingly clear. Snorkelling was enough to enjoy watching lots of beautiful fish.

We really enjoyed our entire holiday at Marriott.

  • Liked — Very clean and well maintained
  • Disliked — The bed was very hard for me to sleep but it was perfect for my husband.
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled as a couple
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3 reviews
Reviewed 26 December 2008

With all the options available in Sinai I would definitely avoid staying at the Taba Marriott in future. I stayed half board and whilst the breakfast was good, dinner was dire - the same every night and poor quality and selection. Drinks are way over priced with little choice. There is no entertainment to speak of and the pool is absolutely freezing and un-usable. Internet costs $44 per 24 hours (no wireless available - cable only) and $10 for half an hour at the business center. The connection is VERY slow indeed - reminiscent of dial up.

However, my worst complaint is the bed situation. The mattresses are extremely hard (I like a firm mattress but these mattresses are super super extra super firm - think camping mat over concrete) and have no spring at all, so no bounce whatsoever. The pillows are fairly flat and very hard. I tossed and turned and was unable to sleep most nights for any length of time.

Stayed December 2008
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kent
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 December 2008

i stayed at the marriott from 22nd-29th november the monarch flight was good landed an hour early due to tail winds,booking in ok no real delays except for the amount of people booking in together.room lovely and kept very clean i was in block 800 which was the last block and a long walk to ameneties but good side very quiet.pool area lovely and sun beds not a problem getting them any time.Did find drinks a bit pricey but took free bus to supermarket for stocks.Wanted to go to petra but exchange rate so poor cost had gone up to £165.00 plus taxes app £20.00 wish i had booked on line at £125.00 before going.Did the day trip on boat to the island had fantastic day the crew were really great and we all had a good day,but i paid £60.00 through peltours and other companys were much cheaper you can book direct with waterworld.As a single traveller i felt really safe here and all the staff could not have been more helpful no hassle like i got in sharm.the weather was just right sunny every day and temp 29-31dgs.The only let down was the food breakfast brilliant but evening meal not as good bit boring and all tasted the same but noone would starve plenty of salads etc if nothing else to eat and deserts good and plentiful.I will be going back next year hopefully.

  • Liked — hotel facilities,pool,beach,quiet location
  • Disliked — evening meal
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled solo
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Surrey
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2008

We got back from Taba 3 weeks ago and the credit card. We have managed to spend £1500 on top of the £900 we paid for the holiday! To be fair, we did spend £350 on a day trip to Petra and around £150 on driving and sailing but that still leaves £1000!

To understand this number, you have to understand Taba Hieghts. It is in the middle of nowhere. It is made up of 4 hotels: Marriot, Hyatt, Interconinental, Sofitel and a golf course. So, if you thinking of going Half Board, like we did, with the intention of going out most nights for dinner, THINK AGAIN. And since you are stuck in Taba Hieghts, they get you everywhere. Think £5 for a glass of wine or a beer. Adds up v v v quickly. There are restarants in the town (which isn't really a town) but they are priced about the same as the hotels.

As for the hotel, it's very nice. I would rate it 4 star not 5 star. The nicest hotel is the Hyatt if you like the 5 star blight. The Marriott has the nicest grounds. The other 2 on the beach are nice 4 star quality as well.

I would recomend the hotel to others, I just want to be sure you understand that if you go half board, they will get you in the end.

Additionally, I would recomend you want to do 2 other things. We had dinner at Castle Zamone which was expensive but well worth it (you have to book this days in advance) and the trip to Petra.

  • Stayed November 2008, travelled as a couple
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4 Thank Overconfident
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London
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 December 2008

My girlfriend and I stayed at the Marriott from 22nd Nov - 29th Nov and had a very relaxing week. We booked through lastminute.com with Peltours. The flight with Monarch was hassle free and comfortable - wouldn't bother with paying the pricey supplement for extra leg room. At the airport the baggage handlers in the orange uniforms will stick their hands out for loading your luggage onto the coaches - this was the only time we were asked to tip, and £1 will probably suffice, if you wish to tip... When we arrived at the Marriott we found our sea-view room spacious and clean, and were very happy with it. The weather every day was sunny and between 25-30 degrees, perfect temperature for sun bathing.
The andalus restaurant where half/full board meals are taken is as other reviewers have said a bit of a disappointment. I didn't find it disorderly or chaotic as other reviews suggest, but the food was fairly mediocre and nothing to write home about. Which is odd as the lunches we had at the beach bar were extremely tasty if expensive (approx £20 per lunch per day between us both for a snack and drink). Some of the food in the andalus tastes just plain odd.
Didn't have any problem getting a table in the restaurant or getting a sun bed for that matter, but perhaps this is because we went at the end of November and the hotel wasn't at full capacity?
Everything you need to pay for is very expensive, expect to pay £6 for a glass of wine which is pretty foul, £5 for a sakara beer - which is actually quite nice, we had to pay £16 for some suncream when we ran out at the end of the week! You get the idea.. not sure if this is the hotel trying to screw its guest or the exchange rate.
Now the good things... the hotel is in a lovely location, with a long stretch of beach enclosed by nearby mountains. The hotel complex is something in itself and well designed and maintained. The pool area is at the heart of the complex and was quite well used by the guests, the pool was cold but OK once you were in, and I think the section by the Grotto was heated.
We mostly went to the beach where it was quieter and more scenic. Snorkelling is a real plus, the water is crystal clear and shallow for some distance which means you can walk out quite far without fear. As another reviewer suggested some of the best snorkelling can be found around the wooden pier adjacent to the Sofitel hotel, although there is some coral out from the beach of the Marriott which is where I had my best spot of the week, a sea turtle swimming some distance from the coral which let me follow him for a few hundred metres - amazing. Every day swimming in the sea produced fish I hadn't seen before - definitely invest in a snorkel and mask before going out there, although you can hire them when there but it will probably be pricey. Even my girlfriend was able to walk out to the coral and see the fish, although she wasn't brave enough to put her face in the water!
The staff at the hotel are all very friendly and eager to help, they help to make the hotel special. The gym is also pretty good and well equipped - quiet in the mornings.
There is a happy hour every night from 6-7 on beer at the bar next to reception, and at the regatta from 7-8 on cocktails, defnitely worth checking out if you want to save a bit of cash when drinking.
Anyhoo, definitely a relaxing holiday, even if the hotel is on the expensive side, I would still go back to the Marriott for a beach holiday. One last thing, the food at the tuscany is very good, but again pricey, they have a steak on there which cost £35! but there are other dishes which are cheaper (around £10).

  • Liked — locations
  • Disliked — extra costs
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled as a couple
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4 Thank dman10
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Bedford
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 November 2008

After returning from the Marriott in Taba i am pleased to say me(22) and my girlfriend (21) had a brilllant week.

The main reasons for our winter getaway were sun and relaxation, and certainly we got it.

The hotel itself is fantastic, beautiful grounds,great friendly staff, lovely big clean rooms.

Weather wise was spot on around 27 everyday clear blue skies with a nice gentle breeze. The sun usually comes up around 6.30ish then goes down around 4ish behind the desert moutains.

Never had any problems getting sunbeds on the beach with umbrella and wind protector, usually got down to the beach around 9, would advise beach shoes for going into the sea, snokerling is brillant went everyday great coral loads of colurfull massive fish.

Food at the resort was good enough for me and my girlfriend, read other reviews about the whole dining experience but werent disapointed. Breakfast runs from 6.30 to 11 the dinner is the same, every night is a themed night.

Drinks are a little over priced but combat this by getting the free shuttle bus up town to the supermarket and stock up there. Water at the hotel is 15 egpytion pounds while at the supermarket its 18 for 6 bottles.

Made use of the spa which was great even had a sweedish massage with Mona was unbelievable! Would recommend.

Didnt get hassled for tips from staff but tipped with U.S Dollars, they accept any currency.

Only down side to the resort is the evening entertainment, there is none apart from 2 asian ladies signing in the regatta bar.

Overall a fantasic week away in the sun to chill and relax.

Would go again.

  • Liked — Great Snokerling
  • Disliked — No evening entertainment
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Bay View Resort Taba Heights
Address: Taba and Nuweiba Highway South Sinai, Taba 46621, Egypt (Formerly Taba Heights Marriott Red Sea Resort)
Region: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > Taba
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Taba
#4 Spa Hotel in Taba
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Taba
#5 Top resorts Hotel in Taba
#6 Family Hotel in Taba
#6 Luxury Hotel in Taba
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — The Bay View Resort Taba Heights 5*
Number of rooms: 394
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