We have just come back from a two week stay here and have mixed feelings about the place. I will try and break it down in a honest but sorry quite long review.
Food - The first week was a lot better than the 2nd maybe this was because it was getting repetitive. Maybe the restaurant should have a two weekly menu as to make sure guests that are staying for two weeks do not end up eating the same things and getting bored. The food even though repetitive was nice and we were able to find something to eat every night if you got creative. In addition to the above our waiter was lovely and knew what we wanted to drink at every meal time and we had no trouble getting a drink apart from one evening when our usual waiter wasn't around and our meal was nearly finished before we got a drink. One slight odd thing though was the girl standing at the entrance to the restaurant slightly confused us as we couldn’t work out what she was doing there if she was supposed to be telling people to use the hand gel then it wasn’t working.
On a very positive note The New Years Eve Gala meal was great and proves the chefs can really cook my hat goes of them and the other staff on the night what a great job they did.
Also do try the dine around scheme we went to the Mexican and Indian for a change of scenery and some different food. The hotel needs to promote this service more!!.
Rooms - are nice although maybe some updating here or there could be done but more than suitable for our needs with big comfy beds and big bathrooms with a nice walk in shower and the cleaner was great even knowing to put two shampoo and conditioners in my room as I have quite long hair and one wasn't enough. However here is the negative about the rooms and I'm sorry to have to write this but I have never stayed anywhere that is so noisy. Doors banging the whole night and early morning. Walls so paper thin you could here everything and we were very unlucky as we had a child next door to us who would wake up 3/4 times a night screaming and crying, once you got over the screaming child the Russians would wake you up either going back to their rooms or getting up . (Before the manager can say that it was mainly British staying there as in a previous post, it was Russians who kept us up every night for two weeks as we recognised the language that was being shouted out).
Bars – The service at the bar by the pool and reef bars was not great. It was very slow and the bartenders looked like they would rather be anywhere else than there in two weeks both never smiled. One afternoon after 10 days the bartender at the Reef bar suddenly decided that we couldn’t take a coffee to our sun loungers on the beach how strange when his colleague actually brought two coffees over to us earlier in the day (waiter bringing drinks around on the beach brilliant what a lovely guy always had a smile on his face and his two colleagues serving could learn alot from him) The Cross roads bar had a lot better service with a smile and very friendly waiters who would run back and fourth serving drinks all night.
Archers bar was good but a little dark at times but great to escape the kids on sugar highs running around outside in the court yard. Although it is an over 18’s bar there were some children in there but if they were being a nuisance were promptly told to leave by the bar staff although some children thought it ok to answer them back and be extermely rude to them. Hat goes off to the animation team and bar staff in the evenings for putting up with this and to keep smiling when I really would have wanted to hang the children by their feet from the nearest lampost as some where so rude.
The only let down of the bars and restaurant is that they seems very possessive about their glasses, they don’t allow you to take drinks to your rooms which was strange in itself as I have never stayed anywhere all inclusive where this has been a problem but they also don’t allow you to take them even if you explain you are taking them to dinner or from dinner to a bar.
Pool area, beach, and surrounding hotel - The pool, beach and grounds of the hotel are lovely they are kept extremely clean and I didn’t see any rubbish throughout my stay. The vibe on the beach is of pure relaxation and this is what we wanted so it hit the nail on the head so in this respect was perfect. We had a massage and scrub at the spa which was lovely and a nice way to end our holiday. The staff on the whole were really friendly and lovely apart from one or two. If the other issues could be sorted out then this would be a great hotel. However we are in two minds as to whether we would go back here the main reason being the amount of noise surrounding our bedroom a shame really as it is overall a good nice hotel.Maybe this is our fault and we should have asked to have been moved but judging by other people comments we would have probably been charged for the privilege of having a good nights sleep.
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- Strand Golf Beach & Golf Resort Taba Heights is part of a premier resort community on the Red Sea coast. Surrounded by desert mountains, white sand beaches and turquoise waters, it offers a wealth of leisure options including golf, water sports, shopping and gaming. A short drive away are Pharaoh s Island, Colored Canyon and the Taba Protected Area. ... more less
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