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The BEST land based holiday we have EVER had
Date Visited 29th Nov - 13th Dec
Mainly Sunny, always a breeze. Average daily temperature 28 Degrees. Hottest day 33 Degrees. You could comfortably sunbathe at 8am. The sun set behind the mountain at about 3:30pm. The temperature at night was cool, a jumper or light jacket would be my recommendation.
Absolutely fantastic, probably the best "Land" based holiday we have ever had. Within hours of arriving you become totally chilled out. It is the ONLY holiday we have not wanted to return home at the end, normally we begin to miss home - dog, friends, UK TV etc. Would gladly be still there now.
Rooms 3rd Floor with balcony facing sea
Like the rest of the complex are looking tired. Every day we had some towel sculpturing on our beds. They have excellent Air conditioning (only used once) and brilliant heating (used most evenings) The Superior rooms all seemed to have extra living space but NO balcony and are on the ground floor, you can however sit outside on the footpath!! The bungalows in my opinion didnt warrant the £20 extra per day. We didnt experience that much communal noise in the evening, however the hotel was only a third full.
Beach Bar - Tall Mohammed is the bar man and a total star, he has a supervisor also called Mohammed (Small & Bold) who is a horrible little man. He totally ignores ladies requesting drinks, if it had not been such a chilled out place I feel I may have re-educated him in politeness. Many guests suggested to the manager that he needs retraining! Back to the bar, it seats approx 12 on bar stools around the bar with a couple of picnic benches scattered around. It is a stunning place to watch the sun go down behind the mountains. Closes after the Sun goes down.
Pool Bar - A strange looking but nice bar, dozen bar stools plus half dozen table & chairs inside. Large patio area outside, apparantly on warmer evenings shows are put on outside, which I would imagine would be very nice. Has a TV showing sky news and the like, NO football though. Afternoon tea is served in here from about 4pm, hotdogs, pancakes and the like.
Downstairs in a little grotto is the Bubbling water den where you can lie around smoking the flavoured tobacco if thats what floats your boat. (additional cost)
Shell Disco - My favourite as every Premier / Champions league game is shown, typical Saturday would involve a full day on the beach and then at 3pm (1pm UK) the first of 3 live games - Heaven. It is displayed on a 42inch TV when not busy and a normal TV behind the bar other times, even when the shows are on.
Shows are in here at 10pm each night, not my thing except for the folklore show, where at the end a male or female dancer spins around on the Spot for what seems like hours taking items of clothing of, (Family Show) its fantastic and colourful. Also has a Pool table (Free)
Lobby Bar - Never managed a drink in here, but it does have a pool table (Free) and snooker table (Additional Cost)
Local Stella is Ok even for a Bitter drinker, does tend to bloat you after 10 pints!!!! Red Wine very drinkable and Im quite fussy, White wine my wife says was nice as long as you get Dry not sweet. Rose very nice with lunch. Local Vodka is an acquired taste (Disgusting) Local Brandy is fine after the 3rd glass. Local Gin is just Gin!!! The measures are more than generous and can be added to on request. In your room you get a free bottle (glass) of coke or fanta or sprite. Many guests would request a large plastic beaker full of their Local spirit of choice before retiring to get changed for the evening. Water is provided by the bottle and is always cold. There are ice machines scattered around the complex.
In the rooms you get quite a few (didnt watch much) - Sky news, 2 movie channels, cartoon channel, music channel and an offering from the BBC!!!
Extensive, with paths criss crossing, none seem to be direct to anywhere. Very pleasant in the evening as all lit up.
Absolutely fantastic and as their not "Tip" orientated it gives a very friendly atmosphere. The standing joke was "if you dropped an item of cuttlery at meals a waiter would catch it before it hit the floor. Special mention to 2 waiters Mohammed and Sadaway - Thank You
Ahmed & Sheriff are the stars of the holiday, they encourage you to participate in everything, if you say NO they actually leave you alone. Stretching at 10am - very good spectator sport - Steve your a natural NOT
Volleyball at 11am - very competitive - Ahmed is a sore loser.
Bowls at 3pm - Dull as dishwater
Belly dancing lessons 4pm - Should make a video Sheriff!!!!!!
Canoes and Pedaloes are a great laugh especially when the Jet boat comes into port - decent waves. I think you can hire wind surfing kit, there are also water skiing and doughnuts at extra charge. Best of all is the Mask and snorkel, next to the beach bar is the pier, under the pier are hundreds of beautiful coloured fish, its like sticking your head into a giant aquarium. At night the pier is all lit up and the Lion fish come out to feed, told my wife you can stroke them!!!!!!
The main one was closed for renovation work, it looked magnificent.
Beach - Buffet meals of varying choices each day, not steaming hot but above average all the same. You can eat inside (People do smoke inside which is quite ignorant when you consider how close others are) or on the veranda overlooking the breath taking scenery - mountains & sea or you can eat in the Giant tent which has a transparent side so you can still admire the scenery. Each evening is a different theme.
Italian - Honestly the best piazza we have ever eaten and we have been to Italy a few times. Top tip if you want Chips just ask and they will make them for you, our group didnt discover this until week 2. Super pasta.
Massive main pool, to cold to go in but very clean, plenty of sun loungers, never saw a soul on them.
Heated smaller pool - heating was turned off as a customer complained it was like swimming in a bath, hotel never managed to get round to turning back on. Again plenty of sun loungers, fairly quite.
About 300 meters long with an abundance of sun loungers, you could still get a spot at 11am. Sea was cold as you got in but once in was wonderful. Beach is raked every morning, would suggest some sandals for in the water as quite a lot of stones and coral.
A lot of Russians as their hotel should have been the Taba Hilton, apparantly not normally any. The Russians have a special skill, it seems they dont use phones to call Home, they just shout, unfortunatly they often forget there not calling home and are indeed talking (shouting) to the person next to them. With out sterotyping they were very rude people especially to the staff. We did however meet a very nice Russian family / group. We made some great friends, thanks especially to Mark & Harriet and Michael & Cindy for adding to the wonderful holiday. We are already discussing a reunion for next year. Thank You.
Alternative Things to do
We went to Dahab for the day which was interesting, other than that there is nothing local. It is a small Oasis of peace and quite. Longwoods do plenty of excursions, mainly involving at least 12 hours on a coach!!!! those who did them said they wouldnt again except Cairo which was worth 7 hours each way on the coach as it overnights in Cairo.
Flew into Taba from Manchester with Longwoods (Booked through Jet line as they were £120 each cheaper than Longwoods themselves!!!!!!!!) 5 hour fligh with no in flight entertainment, not the best way to travel. Thank you to all parents of young children who did not take this holiday, there was only 1 screaming monster and that family were at the front. Dont take young children to Egypt there is nothing for them to do, except get bored and disrupt other guests.
Would I go back? - Tomorrow, realistically we would go May or October when the days are longer but its not to hot.
How to make it better? - Get a wall screen for the football, No seriously, make it Adults only, as you can probably gather there is nothing to make it better. The new Restaurant is meant to be the best in the Sinai, it did look lovely.
To everyone we met - Thanks, you all added to the experience in your own ways.
To the staff - You are without doubt the politest people I have ever met and you all make the holiday second to none. Except Mohammed the little supervisor who I would employ in a remote Antartic research centre counting snowflakes!!
Ahmed (Entertainment) thanks for being you. One day you will win a game of Volleyball or Pool, see you next year for the rematches.
To anyone who hasnt been - GO
Any questions I'll be pleased to answer
What refreshing change to find a second hilton hotel we cannot fault. the staff were polite and friendly and the service excellent. The food was excellent on every occasion but still allowed for a la carte for a nominal charge if you wanted something special. The dive centre located at the hotel is excellent and the house reef and beach are superb. Fully inlusive at this hotel means fully inclusive as far as drinking is conscerned we could not fault the place.
We go to egypt diving at least 4 times a year but this is the first hotel we shall return to just to be at the hotel. Our second choice would be Hiton Sharks Bay.
* Amazing Hotel + Stunning Beach = fantastic holiday*
If you are trying to decide which hotel to stay at - you will not be disappointed if you choose the Hilton Nuweiba!
I travelled with a friend (both female aged 25) the first week in November in search of a sun drenched, relaxing and friendly hotel.... and we found it!!
If you are looking for impeccable service, a friendly environment, stunning beach, gorgeous sea and delicious food then I would suggest you give this hotel a go. It has all the ingredients of a perfect holiday.
We both have very hectic jobs and were looking forward to relaxing and chilling out. We were slightly concerned we may get restless in such a place but there were lots of things to keep us entertained. If you want to relax and escape everything you can blend into the background and enjoy the tranquility. Likewise if you want the peace and quiet sometimes... but want some action at other times then this can be accomodated too!
Daytime activities included mini-golf, beach volleyball, water aerobics, snorkling, dolphin swimming (yes, saw them too!), or try a massage? On a nightime we often took a long dinner (Italian is amazing - they create dishes out of the ingredients you choose!) and followed this with some drinks from the bar, joined in the evening entertainment (singer/dancing/shows/quiz/games) and then possibly onto the Shell Disco afterwards. The Shell disco was good fun with a complete mix of ages in there, everyone on holiday just having a good time. Expect to hear pop tunes all night although they do requests!!
The one factor that stood out above everything else was the lengths the staff went to, ensuring that your holiday was as perfect as it could be. Everyone is made to feel very welcome and special.
So, are there any negatives? Not really, no. It depends on what you want from your holiday. From what I could see the staff worshipped children there and there looked to be a fab playground area just by the beach so sunbathing and child entertainment in one go! Couples - it's a lovely and tranquil place to relax with each other yet also has activities / entertainment if you want it. Friends / groups make their own entertainment I think, and the staff are so friendly that you soon get to know them and can have a laugh and good time with them also.
If I had to pick a negative it would be that the entertainment is not great... but hey, they try! As in all hotel resorts, it's what you make of it. Maybe you should try Vegas if that's what you're looking for?!
I would honestly recommend it and if you stay here I'm sure you will have a great time. We've been on several all inclusives and the biggest complaint it seems is with the food - not the case here at all.... delicious, varied and frequently served!
Go on.... you know you want to book it!!
Have a great holiday!
SIMPLY FANTASTIC HONESTLY!
A group of us travelled here, we found that 2 weeks was just not enough. On an ALL INCLUSIVE deal with Longwood Holidays we found that the hotel was set away from everywhere else! Perfect. The Food was good, however the only qualm we had was that on AI juice was not on the list! And the singer sang all the same songs day in and day out! Bit of varierty would have been good!
Apart from that, the hotel was clean and the service great.
What made the HOLIDAY for us were the STAFF. SIMPLY THE BEST. From SAMMY in the restaurant to SHERIF the Entertainment. For the kids , you can let em go and not worry. They would be well looked after indeed! The staff cant stop simple playing with them!
Honestly we came back and are guranteed to book ourselves in again for next year! It was a place well worth going back to again and again! If you can afford it, pay the extra and go for a bungalow! Set away and a lovely warm pool to walk into in the mornings!
If you like DIVING, emperor diving school was great, the staff here great and efficient and freindly! and the CORAL here at NUWEIBA was awesome!! Both for snorkelling and diving! You dont have to go anywhere to find the coral. Its on the doorstep!
Highly recommended resort!!
We stayed at the Hilton Nuweiba for 9 nights in Oct/Nov 2004. The hotel was lovely, the service FANTASTIC and the weather not bad either considering the time of year (massive storm on day 1 but after that pretty good - 30-35ish)
The rooms are nice with great balconies, bathrooms are a bit tired but it is 10 years old. Fantastic view over the pool, palm trees, beach and down to the jetty. The restaurants were superb, I can't recommend the Italian highly enough and it is included in the all inclusive deal. The main restaurant is varied and every night would offer probably 10 different meals.
The pool area is nice but not busy as everyone sits on the beach. The beach is lovely, very well looked after and you even get your towels carried to the sunbeds for you - the Egyptian welcome is phenomenal. Sunbeds disappear early so get your towels out at 7am! The sun rises very early here and it is pitch black by 5pm so you do need to get up early to make the most of the sunshine.
If you're lucky like we were, the wild dolphins will come and play with the snorkellers just off the beach - what an amazing experience!
Would highly recommend this hotel, as would everyone we spoke to whilst there, and hope you have a great time!
Peaceful Beach Resort
Although there were some plumbing problems in the hotel while we were there (loss of water service), we enjoyed our stay. The property is immaculately clean and the staff is very friendly and accommodating.
Fantastic break in paradise
We had a fantastic 2 weeks at this hotel in late September. We travelled with Longwood Holidays and flew to Taba with Excel Airways, who we found to provide a high quality service and very comfortable flight. We went all inclusive and you really couldn't fault the hotel, staff or location.
The staff were polite, friendly and couldn't do enough to help you. Quite possibly the best service I could ever imagine. The hotel grounds are kept immaculately clean and there always seems to be a team of hard working men sweeping, polishing and cleaning everything in sight.
The food was fantastic and you could never go hungry. A huge choice of food at the all inclusive buffet restaurant including a variety of hot meat dishes, vegetables, salads, pasta, rice, breads, fruit and mouth-watering desserts. There is also an Italian restaurant included in the AI deal, which cooks fresh pasta and pizza to order.
You could not possibly be bored here - it's a perfect setting to relax, but also offers a wide range of water sports and other activities, as well as a number of trips. We went on an overnight excursion to Cairo, which took around 8 hours each way, but was definitely worth it to see the pyramids and the Egyptian Museum.
I am already looking forward to a return trip to the Coral Hilton in Nuweiba, and am hoping to book a week there next March - it's just a shame that seems so long to wait.
Loved the hotel
We also flew out with air Atlanta which was delayed by 3 hours and in flight service was not brilliant, No film, Bad PA system and slow service. We flew back from Sharm with Excell airways and cannot fault it, We also went with Libra holidays and apparently they will soon be flying to Taba using Excell so transfer time will be reduced, The hotel is the oldest Hilton in Egypt and in some places is looking a bit worn but we heard that is going to be refurbished starting with the restaurant talking of which the food was excellant with plenty of choice and staff that cannot do enough to help you, gardens are well maintained and rooms are spacious and clean. We will definately go back ..
Booked through Libra who fly in via Sharm and use Air Atlanta who appear to have constant delays so would suggest looking into booking through Longwood who fly to Taba and where the transfer is shorter.
Hotel is direct on a sand/shingle beach surrounded by the beautiful mountains of Sinai and of Saudi Arabia. North of the hotel there is some really good snorkelling along the coral reef.
Food was consistently good during our stay with at least 3 choices of each course during lunch and dinner + an AI Italian restuarant where there were lovely pastas and a design your own pizza counter. Also there was a lovely a la carte where we were issued with a discount and had a gorgous meal of 3 courses and a very good bottle of wine for about £7 each.
Our room was spacious with lots of storage and kept very clean and our cleaning lad used our towels to make swans and hearts shaped and left on the bed each day. The bathroom though clean was a little worn and could have done with a womans touch and a deep clean with some Harpic but it wasn't dirty just tired.
The grounds are immaculate with lollypop shaped trees, a beautiful croquet lawn, hibiscus stone arches and some lovely flowers. The beach is swept every morning and there are loads of free sunloungers available under covered parasols and complimentary beach towels which save on packing.
Suggest if you have the chance go to Petra while you are here. Its a very long day with lots of fiddling through customs (Eygpt/Israel/Jordan) but this was a simply amazing experience. Mount Sinai/monastery trip very hard. Make sure you feel fit enough to attempt nearly 4 hours climbing up Mount Sinai for sunrise and to be honest we were so tired on way down we skipped the monaster visit. We were later told that it was a bit of a waste of time anyhow.
No mosquitos at resort while we were there (September) although loads in Sharm airport.
We went into the market of Nuweiba. Get a price before you go and get the taxi to wait or come back for you. Do not pay until you are back at the hotel. Try to take the right money as amazingly suddenly no one has change. By the way the market is not much so I would suggest no more than 1 hour max for your taxi to return.
We will definetely go back.
Fabulous place at the Hilton
Visit the Hilton at Nuweiba for a peaceful, enjoyable holiday. There is everything to cater for all persons and even wild dolphins to swim with. The snorkelling is amongst some of the best in the world and the Lion Fish around the pier are spectacular at night with there huge spikes on display.
Everything about this trip was excellent from start to finish.
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