We stayed in Movenpick Taba for a week and had a fantastic time there, but we would advise not to book with First Choice, if you can help it.
The hotel is in a quiet but beautiful surrounding, with a stunning view of blue sea, overlooking Jordan and Saudi Arabia. The coral reef between Hilton and Movenpick is amazing, full of tropical fish of every colour. It is just a few metres’ away from the beach, and the best snorkelling place for families.
The staff members were all welcoming, especially the manager Ibrahim Hegazy did everything he could to accommodate us. First, we were given a ground-floor room we did not want (not the hotel’s fault but First Choice’s; I will describe it later). It was clean, had a nice view, but it was close to the main restaurant and very noisy. So with a small supplement, we moved to a bungalow, which was really worth it. It was spacious with a private entrance, a separate pool and 30 seconds to the sea. The view from the window was marvellous.
We went for an all-inclusive package, and the food was better than we had expected. There was always something we liked, and it was varied every day. The main restaurant was always very busy, and consequently the waiters are sometimes not attentive. We would recommend another quieter restaurant, Seashells, which also serves chips every day for British and French! The waiter Ahmed was always smiley, ushered us to our favourite table, and remembered our favourite drinks. You can also eat a set menu in another stylish restaurant Shahrazad for free, and we would also recommend that, but beware: the number of free set menus is limited and they go quickly. Go to the customer relation desk between 10:30 and 12:00 to book your place.
Although we took precautions like taking probiotic tablets, cleaning hands with antiseptic gel frequently, brushing teeth and rinsing the toothbrush with mineral water, we were not lucky enough to escape ‘Taba Tummy’. My wife fell ill on the 3rd night, and my son and I on the 4th day. However, our symptom was quite mild, and after taking Antinal tablets, we got better after half a day or one day, and it did not spoil our fun. It seems many people from the West do not have a resistance to this bug, so as soon as the first symptom appears, take the local medicine like Antinal, and it works straight away. Otherwise, your holiday will be ruined. Our tip: the pharmacy in Hilton rips you off, charging LE 30 for a packet of Antinal. Go to a pharmacy in a small hotel called Taba Sand, opposite Hilton on the main road and 3 minutes’ walk from Movenpick. The concierge will happily tell you how to get there. The pharmacist is an Anglophile, so say you’re British: we got two packets for LE20!
Some Tripadvisors complained about the bad manners of East Europeans, but I have also seen our fellow British queue-jumping at the main restaurant and at the airport, standing on the coral reef and feeding the fish to take photos. (When I pointed out they were not supposed to feed the fish, I was simply told to ‘get lost’; actually, it was in a much ruder language.) It is simply that every nationality has its own share of bad-mannered people.
Finally, avoid First Choice. When booking, the sales rep recommended us to upgrade to the Deluxe room with sea view, with extra cost, and did not mention that families with children, even teenagers, are allocated with a ground floor room only. We realised that after we contacted the hotel. Again, Ibrahim was kind enough to offer a room on the 3rd floor, but the First Choice agent in Egypt did not endorse it, claiming the balcony does not meet the ‘EU safety standard’. (I thought Movenpick was, although not EU, a Swiss hotel of high standard, and when we got there, there was no problem with the balcony.) First Choice did not mention this regulation at the time of booking, and instead of apologising, the agents we contacted in Britain said they were not aware of it and we had to go back and forth between British and Egyptian agents for many days. To be fair with them, the new Taba rep, Joe, was very efficient and helpful, but that is the only good thing about them.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Movenpick Taba
- Movenpick Hotel Taba