My partner and I came across a deal advertised on Travelzoo for this hotel. We jumped at the opportunity because the package price was outstanding. It allowed us to go to the Red Sea (something we've always wanted to do) and stay in a Marriott hotel at an affordable rate.
The biggest negative is the leg room on the flight so if you're over 6ft it's suggested you push for extra leg room. That aside, the rest of the holiday was fantastic.
We were made to feel welcome on arrival and the general manager made a point of giving a speech at the reception. There are various excursion options such as a visit to Jerusalem, Petra or Cairo, although to avoid the tiring travel we opted to just go on a snorkelling trip, I also did an introductory scuba dive which really blew me away.
It was a fantastic day out and the staff on the boat made sure everyone had fun, Including a diving competition. We visited a number of islands off the coast of Taba and the marine life was impressive. One Island we visited had some ruins from the Crusades.
The hotel itself was very impressive. Our room was always clean and cool. The bed was huge and the comfortable linen meant we were able to sleep well, and solidly every night.
On a few occasions the cleaner made patterns with towels on our bed (a crocodile and some flowers) which was a very nice touch.
Considering Egypt is not as mature a travel market as say, Greece or Spain, the staff held their own when it came to speaking English. My partner and I made a point of learning some basic Arabic (such as Hello, thanks and have a good day) which pays dividends with the staff. That, and a friendly smile went a very long way. We found the staff will go that extra yard to help you and make you feel special.
There is plenty to do in Taba although it's important to bear in mind it's not big for partying. It's ideal is you want to chill out, sleep, eat, drink and enjoy the sun.
There are a range of restaurants to try up in Taba Heights, defintely try El Fuego (mexican) and Pub Tandoori. A free shuttle bus visits the hotel regularly and is available through the night until late.
Also unlike some of the other reviews seen on here, we thought the food was actually very good. They had a different theme each night (e.g. Egyptian, Indian, Middle Eastern, Med, etc). There's plenty to choose from at Breakfast including pastries, freshly made Omlettes along with middle eastern food. We liked this because we didn't want the same food we have at home on holiday! The whole point of visiting other countries is that you can try different things.
The hotel is situated in a very picturesque area where you can view Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Israel all from the beach! The lack of light pollution means the stars are bright and clear and the hotel has hammocks around the beach for you to relax in late in the evenings. They also have a separate raised, open air space with Arabic musicians playing every night and Shisha pipes available, should you wish. This place was one of the more memorable experiences for us.
So, go if you get the chance, there's plenty to do and you'll come back feeling a million dollars. Take the bad reviews about staff with a pinch of salt. As with all places, you get back what you put in.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Bayview Taba Heights Resort ideal for families as well as couples, with a variety of water activities, heated pool and spas and dining options. Lush gardens and waterfalls cascading down onto swimming pools are the background to this majestic resort. Enjoy a variety of cuisines and distinctly unique restaurants. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Taba Heights Marriott Beach Hotel Taba
- Marriott Taba Heights
- Taba Marriott
- Marriott Beach Resort Taba