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Strand Beach and Golf Resort Taba Heights
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Reviewed 5 September 2009

Hotel nice but it is never a 5 star! Rooms not that clean on close inspection, food not brill at all. 2 out of 3 people had a really bad stomach upset whilst I was there. One of the waiters told us the salad/fruit was washed in tap water so it is no wonder!! It was a bad illness, laying some people up for most of their holiday!! It felt like you were getting ripped off at every turn..their idea of all inclusive is a joke so dont think u will be able to go there and spend no money as some couples did to their peril..All inclusive stopped at 11pm and a glass of wine was near enough 10 quid after that!!Everything well overpriced!!Dont touch the mini fridge in ur room or expect to take out a small mortgage when u leave!! No snacks in day unless u paid for them,and only certain drinks on the AI plan, beware!!Ive done 3 stars in the caribean that were far superior to this hotel on all fronts!!Whilst this is a beautiful place directly overlooking the red sea it is downright BORING!!No entertainment of any value day or night and NO WHERE to go other than the other hotels (yawn, yawn!!) inside the resort..If ur female with no male companion expect to be constantly hassled by the staff..I even had to take the phone off the hook in the night as they wouldnt stop ringing with some excuse or another..walking back from the bar u could guarantee a couple of followers that just wanted a 'kiss' etc..Nightmare..
Excursions really expensive too, and nearly all of them meant at least a 4 hr bus ride, so beware!!If u are happy to sit doing nothing and to go to bed by 10pm then u might enjoy this place, but its put me off Egypt all together...They can keep it!!

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled with friends
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2  Thank clare3740
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Reviewed 2 September 2009

The hotel building is very traditional in its architecture is probably the best in Taba Heights. It is kept very clean & the rooms are perfectly adequate. The gardens are very well kept and the swimming pools are good. There is also a small sea water lagoon ideal for learning to snorkel. The hotel is well situated on the bThe hotels bars are good, the cocktails are very good. The each but you have to walk 300 yards or so to the Marriot next door for a reef to snorkel. The beach is good, sunbeds are free but you will need sea shoes to enter the sea in front of the hotel.

Taba resort itself is purpose built on the desert bording the Red Sea, It is a small resort with really not much going on apart from the main hotels of which the Intercontinental is one.

only problem is the hotels confusing policy on all inclusive drinks. Most are free but some are not, for example you can a Florida free but a milk shake is not, stupid. Also most bars are inclusive all of the time but at certain times certain bars are not. It is confusing & spoils the all inclusive nature of the holiday.

Only the main restaurant is included in the all inclusive, given the buffet nature of meals it can be a bun fight if you visit during a busy period. The pastries & bread are very good but generally the meals are repetitive & the quality is average. There are other themed restaurants on site which are not in the all inclusive package which is a shame because they are smaller, with better decor & more intimate. Nobody uses them which is a real waste & a shame, they sit there like sad white elephants. The hotel should change its policy & allow guests to visit once or twice during their stay as part of the all inclusive.
One final note on food, if you like chips then you have to buy them at the pool bar, they are never served in the main restaurant. Clearly the owners think they can make a few extra pounds that way, very few take it up.

Entertainment, is very weak particularly in the evening is poor. The main entertainment area in the evening is called the courtyard, it is more like an exercise yard for prisoners. Egyptians don't seem to have yet grasp the rudiments of entertaining westerners. Ageing Egyptian singers singing sad English songs from the 50s is not good. At first we thought it was a karioke for club style singers, other acts were similarly parochial & poor. There was suppose to be an entertainment programme in the pool & the beach but none of the staff seemed to be that bothered so it just didn't happen. The mini golf course is pristine, probably because no-one uses it, because you get charge about $7 per person & it is only open during the blistering heat of the day. At night time when it is cooler & well frankly there is nothing else to do the course is closed because it is not lit up.

Service by staff is generally good & most of the staff are very friendly & helpful, but a handful appear grumpy, resentful or plain hostile which is sad because many of the staff really try hard. Very few women staff, all the men serving you can be overpowering.

In summary, guaranteed fantastic weather, nice beaches, easily accessible reef snorkeling. Ideal for couples who want to chill, sunbathe & drink cocktails. No very good for families with older children or late teens / twenties looking for fun.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled with family
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1  Thank IanBradford
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Reviewed 31 August 2009

Hotel reception spectacular but rooms worn and need refurbishing. Didnt have hotel guide in room so didnt know what was available. Asked the Thomson rep and 1 appeared on day 5 of 7 - previous visitor had scribbled on most pages. Had to leave notes in the bathroom for things to be replaced. Also requested more creamer as wasnt enough for 2 cups of tea in 24 hrs. On ALL INCLUSIVE but you had to pay for a bag of crisps or can of coke from the mini bar in your room?? Also if you wanted a snack by the pool this was also chargeable.
For first 2 days pool area was fabulous then the locals from surrounding countries arrived, going into pool fully clothed and basically took over the place. Kids ran riot through restaurant with staff just standing watching them run up and down the ramp in the centre stamping their feet. As young as 7 year old children sitting at restaurant tables without grown ups and getting food piled high from the buffet then leaving it. As you had to give your room number - why were they allowed to do this? Such a waste of food also. Definitely not acceptable. Service was generally good although if you were a polite Brit and queued at Reception etc you would be ignored if a local person appeared. Bar service was generally good apart from the Beach bar. All staff there very surly, again you could stand there for ages and you would be ignored in favour of locals. One very annoying thing was young local children having coke would get it in a tumbler but "non locals" were given plastic cups!!!! No matter how many times you asked for tumbler they would just pass you a SMALL plastic cup - surely this is NOT 5* treatment??? On last day, waiter came to the beach to take drink orders - nice touch. Sunbeds were plentiful, no need to rush to get one. Never saw all the beds full in 7 days.
Air con in room leaked, maintenance man came twice as didnt fix it 1st time properly. After 3rd leak gave up and put up with water on floor!
Another guest had children running up and down corridor banging on doors as late as 1.30 am until he went out and shouted at them!
Food was quite predictable but plentiful. As only there for 1 week would be hard not to find something every single day you liked. Dessert table could do with a bit of variety though - never changed.
Conclusion - weather brill, snorkelling not very good at this hotel but brilliant at Hyatt and Sofitel Hotels a short walk down the promenade. Hotel Management need to get their act together and bring restaurant up to standard and stops kids running riot that really did spoil it.

  • Stayed: August 2009
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2  Thank Jannifer99
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Reviewed 28 August 2009

I recently stayed in the Intercontinental Taba with my husband for two nights. We only had one full day in the hotel to relax, and really just needed a short break to relax and re-charge our batteries. We were looking forward to some lazy time on the beach, a few refreshing drinks in the bar and some lovely meals during our short stay.

Security going into Taba Heights is very tight, which annoyed my husband (the driver) but i was happy to wait a few minutes whilst his driving license was checked, knowing the problems the area has suffered in the past. Better to be safe than sorry. Security entering the hotel was also very tight but efficient.

Check in was also very efficient, and we were quickly shown to our room on the fourth floor. Our room was spacious with a king bed, two chairs and a small table, plus a desk, large wardrobe and plenty of cupboard space. The bathroom had a shower but no tub, but the shower was large and had good pressure. The room had sattelite TV with a good selection of English channels (we spent a lot of time watching Animal planet to escape the heat!) but the most impressive part of the room was the view from our balcony. The balcony had two comfey chairs and a low table, perfect for sitting and gazing at the amazing view over the hotel pool, beach and the sea.

The first of our two nights we decided to head into "Down Town" Taba Heights. There is a free Taftaf bus service which regularly takes people around the resort, but space was very tight and we had to fight to get a seat. However despite the bus service being popular, the down town area was almost deserted! We initially chose to eat in "Chez Pascal) as it at keast had two tables occupied by other diners and i have eaten in the sister restaurant in El Gouna in the past and enjoyed my meal there. However after taking a look at the menu and the food on other diners tables we made a quick escape. The food seemed over priced for nothing particularly special. We then headed to the "Birdnest" Thai restaurant. This restaurant was completely deserted but i had been told by another guest that they had eaten there and ejoyed the food so we thought it was worth a try. We were not disappointed, the food was very tasty and the prices reasonable. We enjoyed a very cold beer with a delicious spicy Thai curry.

The next morning we headed down to the main hotel buffet for our breakfast (approx 9am). The restaurant was pandemonium with lots of noisy children running around. The selection of food was basic but adequate with beef sausages, beans, pancakes, an egg station preparing omlettes to order, a selection of pastries and a small cold cuts and cheese selection. It was a challenge to find a waiter who would serve us coffee, but we managed to get everything on our table eventually! Not the most relaxing breakfast but no major complaints.

We spent the day lazing on the beach which was paradise. There were plenty of sunloungers available, and each set had a wind braker which i'm sure is invaluble in the windy winter months. The beach is soft golden sand and in some areas it is possible to walk straight out into the water, however some areas in the water are quite rocky with small reefs. The snorkling did not seem overly impressive (especially compared to reefs in Sharm and Dahab) but it was a pleasure to swim in the warm waters. We were disappointed to find that there is no waiter service on the beach and it is necessary to walk to the pool bar to get drinks. In most 5* hotels i have stayed in waiter service on the beach is normal. My husband did have an issue when he went to the pool bar as they told him that large bottles of water were not available in the hotel and we had to purchase small bottles at 12le (plus 22% sales and service taxes), considering we are supposed to drink 3ltrs of water a day this works out to be very expensive.

There were no reastaurants on the beach so at lunch time we decided to try the Tapas restaurant on the lagoon. The service in this restaurant was appauling. One bar man was stocking up the bar. We said hello as we walked in and took our seat, and we were two of only four guests in the whole restaurant. After a five minute wait we decided to get up and ask the bar man for a menu, which we found to be limited with small dishes like Tahina dip or marinated oives ranging in price from 20le-50le each (plus 22% again). We decided to order drinks but again we had to get up and walk to the bar as the bar man did not come to take our order. We asked for Diet Coke but this was not available, so we asked for water. We were offered a large bottle (strange how the pool bar said large bottles were not available in the hotel!!!) at 17le (+22%). After anothe rlook at the menu we decided to take our water bottle with us and try the pool snack bar.
The pool snack bar also had a very limited menu with one beef burger costing 110le (+22%) and only a small selection of salads and sandwiches all starting at around 55le (+22&). We then decided to go to our room and give the room service a try. The hotel actually has a great soom service menu with a good selection of light bites and more substantial meals. We chose to share a beef burger (stranglt half the price of the pool bar!) and a pizze. The food took 20mins to come and we enjoyed it on our balcony with the amazing view of the sea ahead of us.

The second evening we were also chose to go out of the hotel as we were not impressed with the choice of restaurants and food available. We went to the Hyatt and had a nic emeal in the Italian. It wasn't exactly fine dining but the food was tasty. Service again was a little slow, with a 15min wait for our drinks but the waiters were friendly and gave us a free bruschetta starter to fill the time before our main was ready.

On the third and final day of our mini break we had breakfast again int he morning, the restaurant seemed a little quieter this time, and it didn't take us quite so long to get a coffee, but the food was again very basic. with no changes from the previous day. Check out of the hotel at midday was quick and easy and we set off on the drive home feeling refreshed after a couple of nights away.

I would happily stay in the Intercontinental again for a short break but think i would get frustrated over the course of a week or two due to the poor choice of restaurants and poor service within the hotel. You do have the option to eat in the restaurants in the other hotels in Tabaand the down town area which is a god send, however none were particularly busy or had much atmosphere. Having previously stayed in the Hyatt Taba i think i would choose that hotel over the Intercontinental as the food at breakfast time was far superior, there was a far better choice of restaurants and food at lunch and in the evening.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank bubbles232
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Reviewed 28 August 2009

stayed all inc. accom. first class ,food ok for our family but if your into more of the british variety you might be unhappy. staff great . location v.good if you dont shops etc,it is for a chillout as there is nothing locally around. smack on the beach and beach bar service excellent tip little but often and your well looked after.. did go to petra wonderful experience but v.expensive at 170 quid each!! however ther are other trips which are ineresting and a lot cheaper. good dive school locally snorkelling brill.entertainment at hotel more or less zero .

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled with family
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