I went to the Movenpick for a week with my partner hoping for a relaxing holiday this summer. Unfortunately the All Inclusive concept meant a hundred Russian families descending on the breakfast buffet every morning and the same for lunch and dinner.
It was impossible unless up at 6.30am (which nobody wants to do on holiday) to actually get to anything without having to fight for use of the toast machine!
The main restaurant had a canteen feel about it and the waiters although efficient and helpful would usher you onto a table with some other foreign family instead of allowing you to have your own table which was odd and quite frustrating.
There is another restaurant nearer to the beach which also comes under the All Inclusive deal called Sea Shells which has a much calmer atmosphere and we actually felt like we were on holiday there. The other restaurants in the hotel you have to pay for on top of your AI deal so we did this a couple of times purely to get away from the Russians and the mediocre buffet food.
The standard of food itself was displeasing at best, chicken legs, rice, Egyptian version of English chips and some salad was the selection for lunch and dinner every day which became boring by the latter part of the week and we were both craving anything with some flavour.
My partner and I were also both sick with food poisoning for half the duration of our stay which obviously made us a little miserable. We later found out that at least three other couples who were on the same trip had suffered exactly the same.
The beach, although pebbly, was great and we preferred this to the pool as there were fewer children there. The watersports seemed to be a popular choice each day and for a fair price too .The only drawback to sunbathing was the constant approach from eager Kid's club reps who were rallying up the daily troops to take part in some sort of stretching exercise or volleyball. After being approached by these and the sales people from the spa twice on a daily basis we grew very irritated and would attempt to hide out in the water to avoid them!
Overall I would say the hotel was more of a 3* plus or 4* but our stay would have been a lot more enjoyable without the cheesy kids' club daily entertainment and the depressing buffet ritual.
I won't be going back to Egypt and wouldn't recommend this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Magnificent landscapes, breathtaking mountains and the alluring turquoise waters of the Gulf of Aqaba set the stage for the Mövenpick Resort Taba. This is the place where to enjoy wonderful seaside holidays all year round. Located directly on Taba Bay overlooking the Gulf of Aqaba, the meeting point of 4 countries with views of Jordan, Israel and Saudi Arabia. The resort is 38 km from Taba International Airport, 8 km from Eilat Airport and 69.5 km from Ovda Airport in Israel. Mövenpick Resort Taba offering elegantly furnished 424 guestrooms, suites and family rooms with terrace or balconies overlooking the sea , river, pool area or mountains. All rooms feature air-conditioning, wireless connection, LCD TV, hairdryer and minibar. ... more less
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