Hyatt Regency Taba Heights
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A single hump camel is not nearly as comfortable as two, especially when you go up and down and the horn like front of the saddle sticks into your groin. Thankfully we hadn't opted for the three day camel trip through the desert.
Didn't really know what it was we were getting for our Wadi Rum 'tour' - "we'll work it out when you arrive" demanded trust on our behalf. Well was not quite what we expected but was certainly entertaining.
Wadi Rum is ...
... and translated for her sister in law. They told us all about their families, and we saw their kids and baby. It was such a change to have friendly people. We had tea here at Darma Village - it was okay but not the best we have had, but filled the spot - the portions were certainly bigger than in Israel. Some of the kids were surprised when the fried fish they ordered came complete with heads. Afterwards we all went to bed ready for the next ...
... been... until we were about thirty minutes outside Sharm and we were stopped at our first checkpoint. The checkpoints are fairly common but this is the first time we had the police officer ask to open the vehicle and look inside. At least I think he was a police officer, he was wearing a heavy sweater that covered any official emblems he might have been wearing. After this I was more concerned about my situation, unneccessarily so but enough to prevent me ...
... the last of our hotels today via the internet, this going with the flow has not worked in our favour here in Jordan. We will have ended up spending 4 nights in Aqaba and 3 nights in Amman when we had not planned on spending time in either. It seems rooms fill up when there aren’t many hotels outside of these main centres and if you don’t book at least two weeks ahead elsewhere ...
... coastline, being Egypt, Israel, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. The fact that they share a coastline is one thing, that they are not entirely friends with each other is another. Anyway, back to Jordan, its not good here, the currency is double ours, besides that its seems very Westernised, people actually follow road rules. One night here, then its off to the ...
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Value for money !!!
There are mixtures of good and bad review about the hotel and the are. My girlfriend and I personally enjoyed the hotel and the area very much.Why?
1. The package deal is very cheap. less than £50 per night,Half-board and the flight included as well.
How much can you get with £50 in london , paris barcelona? perhaps a 2 star?
2.The hotel is big and spacious.4 big swimming pools including one sea water pool. Spa facilities is free as well excluding massage.
3. Room are reasonably size. We stayed in 3rd floor ,sea view room. It is brilliant .The view is so relaxing.Obviously the land view room is not so good and can be kinda depressing.So..do ask for a sea view room. A Must. Ideally on second floor at least if not 3rd floor.
3.The buffett is reasonable considering the price we are paying .Cann't complaint too much.At least we did not suffer with diarrhoea.Reasonable choices
4. I agreed that the drinks are a bit more expansive but we were there for holidays ..
Also if you show them the Hyatt membership card on checkout..they give me quite some discount on the drinks. Membership is free via the Hyatt website.
5. The beach is soft and nice and the water is crystal clear.It is a pabbly but it is a excellent place for some easy simple snorkelling. In fact quite some guests from other hotels eg Marriott,sofitel ,,walk all the way to beach and the snorkelling site in front of the Hyatt. But hyatt staff will make sure that Hyatt guests get the best out of it.This only fair to us. Remeber to try the mango ice cream by the pool side bar.
6.At the moement, there is nothing much surrounding the hotel/area. That's why it is still very cheap. But if you are looking for a nice relaxing holiday, this is certainly the place. Good for couples and families. You also have the option of day trips. We did camel riding.It is a nice and funny and exciting trip Definitely worth trying. But got to warn the the lad, could be a bit uncomfortable in between the legs.
Some went to Eilat in israel and they absolutely enjoy it esp the swim with dolphin. Some love the trip to mossess mountai.
All the staffs are very helpful and hard working. Their salary are less then £300 per month and they depend heavily on tips , yet they didn't force you to give it. I remember giving £1 tip to my housekeeping and he ended up cleaning my room twice every day..
In summary, this is a well deserved 5 star hotel ( i been to lots of dfferent hotels..)for the cheap price that you get from the very "LAST MINUTE " internet website or travel ageant like "long wood" or "pel tours*.
If you are looking for a cheap 5 star vacation, mainly for relaxing, with 1 or 2 day trips then this is certainly the place. 7 nights trip is just nice. If u like to do more day trips...then perhaps a 2 weeks break.
If you want more night life..go to Sharm Al Sikh.
I will not recommend any other hotel in around the Taba height. Hyatt is the best in that area.
We selected the Hyatt Regency Taba heights after first carrying out extensive research on the net where by far the majority of reviews read were positive.
The flight over was tight with little legroom and no entertainment and I found having to buy a drink a bit off.
1st impressions when arriving at Taba International were not good as there is little there and the surrounding area looked unfinished.
When arriving at the hotel we were served a cool drink, which was a welcome hello after the 45 minute of so transfer from the airport. We had booked two rooms, one with a double bed and the other with twins for our two children, 15 and 16 though were allocated two rooms with double beds so had to arrange for a 'Z' type bed to be put in one of the rooms (wish we had asked to be moved to rooms with beds as booked and view as expected - you live and learn as the hotel would probably have relocated us without any hassle).
It stated on their website that all rooms had a view of the sea, pools or mountains, ours in D block did not! This has since been pointed out to the hotel where they have assured us they will correct the information on their website.
Once settled in we explored the hotel and other than the poor onsite shops we have nothing but good to say about the hotel, the location, the weather (even though on day one we experienced an all but unheard of one hour thunderstorm which had the staff jumping for joy - it certainly cleared the air), the gym, the snorkelling, Longwood Holidays, the staff, the beach and especially the cleanliness of the rooms (the best we have ever had). Another positive of this resort hotel is the lack of nasty insects.
We would certainly go back taking the knowledge learned from this visit).
On returning to the airport several staff waved the coach goodbye, which was an excellent touch.
On arriving back at the airport (after a 45 minute transfer) you again realise that Egypt is not Europe with people almost begging for tips, even giving a piece of paper towel when you come out the toilet as there's none in the toilet!
There is nothing to do in the airport for what, at the time, seems an eternity - this is so far removed from our experience at the Hyatt Regency where doing nothing (it that took your fancy) was fantastic.
Tips we recommend you take note of: take your own kettle if you want to make tea or coffee in your room, take your own snacks and drink as these are expensive and be aware that a few of the Egyptians (not in the hotel I am pleased to say) expect tips for everything (many were giving pound coin - take dollars as a dollar bill is only about 60p!
We visited the Hyatt in Taba Heights for a week in November 2004. Aside from the two other hotels alongside it (Sofitel and Marriott) there is NOTHING ELSE there. The diving centre is a short bus ride away but if you're looking for somewhere for a 'change of scene' from the hotel or a short stroll 'into town' this isn't the place to go. There are exursions on offer to Israel, Jordan, Cairo and Luxor etc but we didn't fancy spending 10-12 hours stuck on a coach being harassed at borders etc. The dive centre is good but my partner and others we spoke to were a bit disappointed with what we saw on the dives, or the lack of it, sure there are loads of tropical fish but for any dive enthusiasts there were no 'biggies' to see. Not the Red Sea we had heard about anyway. I completed my PADI referral over 2 days and thoroughly enjoyed it, so would recommend this as a place for 'new divers' learning the ropes. The hotel itself we found to fall short of it's 5 star status - we were kept waiting without explanation for an hour for a bell boy to come and pick us up to change rooms after ringing down to reception 3 times. The service in the buffet restaurant was 'o.k.' - sometimes felt it'd be quicker to jet back over to the UK to get a cup of coffee at breakfast rather than wait for the waiters to pour you one! Everyone is on half board there as there is nowhere else to go (aside from the other hotels) and beware of the supplements you have to pay to dine in the fish and Lebanese restaurants. We tried the fish restaurant which was nothing special and tarnished by the extreme cost of it all including the alcohol prices. The drinks prices were perhaps the biggest annoyance and reason why I wouldn't return to this hotel - 500ml cans of Sakara (local Egyptian lager) were charged at £3 a can and a spirit and mixer are £6 - not often you find somewhere more expensive than the UK! Upon speaking to guests from the other hotels it became apparent that the Hyatt is the most expensive with Sofitel charging £1.60 for a beer - we later found out that the owner of the Hyatt owns the Sakara brewery hmmmmmm! Beware of the amount you will be spending on bottled water also - given that this is a necessity for all guests AND staff (nobody can drink the tap water) I would have expected to be given bottled water or at least have it heavily subsidised. We had the constant feeling of being 'ripped off' due to the monopolosing status of the 3 hotels and the single dive centre at the Taba Heights resort. Some people had brought alcohol from the duty free in UK - sensible ones! Note there is no duty free at Taba airport - well, there's nothing at all really just a bunch of plastic seats and a souveneir stall. There is a nice beach but not suitable for paddling due to the pebbles and stones. I was also disappointed with the fact I had to go to the bar to get refreshments around the pool - poolside service is something that, in my experience, is normal procedure in a 5 star hotel. Evening entertainment is next to non-existant and as we went at a time of year when the sun disappears behind the hills at 4pm there was little to do between 4pm and midnight (most people retired to bed at 10.30pm!). This may become an interesting resort within the next 3-4 years (a lot of building going on right now) but at the moment, unless you're looking for a holiday confined to one building with no real choices, I'd choose an other destination!!
Brilliant for families!
We went to the Hyatt Regency in October 2004 with our two children (aged 2 and 5). The hotel itself is very large, but spread out, with beautiful gardens. Our hotel room was on the ground floor, but we still had a few steps to negotiate with the stroller. The room was large, comfortable and very clean, with two double beds and a roll-away bed - plenty of room for us all! Very effective air-conditioning, which you will definitely appreciate! The balcony was very spacious. The only downside was the lack of a bath tub - but we managed OK with a very large shower cubicle.
One of my concerns with 2 small children was the possibility of upset tummies, but they were both absolutely fine. The food was OK - quite a good variety - with a kids favourites section (chips, hot dogs, pasta, etc). Fantastic breakfasts! We found it best sitting outside on the terrace with the children - it didn't seem to matter so much if they made a little noise!
The pools were fabulous - though a little chilly on first getting in! Two of the pools had good-sized shallow areas, and there is also a kids club with 3 shallow pools. We didn't make use of the kids club, but I was told it was very good with activities arranged every day. The beach was very nice, with good sand, but it is not the sort of beach for paddling - too stony. You can walk in (to the left of the jetty) but you will need to wear rubber swim shoes. Our 5 year old was delighted to be able to see tropical fish, just by standing on the jetty.
Finally, the hotel is VERY quiet....not much happens after dark, except the nightly kids disco which ours loved!
Quiet and relaxing place to unwind
Just came back having spent a week there. The Hyatt is the largest and best looking of the three hotels there but they are all comparable. The rooms are large and immaculate. The water sports facilities are excellent - snorkelling from the beach and all other water sports at a local centre. If you want to relax, sunbathe, read books, enjoy some water sports and don't mind if you don't see any Egyptian culture then this is the right holiday. There are excursions but it is very hot out there so the most comfortable place is the beach. Neither I nor my girlfriend suffered from Taba tummy (and she is usually prone to these things). Other reviews have said that the food is not great but I disagree - it is a buffet - some things taste good and others not so good but there is a wide choice. All in all, as it is a reasonably priced holiday destination it is excellent value for money.
Lovely but quiet!
Great hotel (but huge if you prefer smaller, cosier hotels). Excellent pools, accommodation & service. Incredible snorkelling right from the part of the beach by the hotel - no tanks needed. Very good choice of food in the buffet restaurant only downside its a little like McDs if you go at the busy time - ask for a table outside without the rabble. Excellent Lebanese restaurant for poolside lunches. Only downside's for us was it is very quiet and no places to ramble too (didn't leave the hotel for a week and didn't do any trips as the heat was incredible) and the 'gypy belly. Boyfriend with consitution of an ox even caught it. Good trips on offer from tour company but lots of hours on a bus needed.
We had previously stayed at the Marriott in 2002 and really enjoyed it and so were expecting big things from the Hyatt as it was supposed to be better. We were extremely disappointed. They booked us in to a twin room (when we had asked for a double) 3 doors away from our children who were in a twin. They thought this was acceptable. Maybe, if it was a double room. But they expected us to 'push the beds together'. Not exactly the same as a double bed but we tried it. We were not happy and they eventually agreed to relocate us. But they wanted to move us to A (we were in D) but not the kids (no availability). We decided to stay put as we didnt want to be too far from the kids. 3 days later they moved us but we had to firstly move into our childrens room and then into our new room. (ie 3 moves) and it was hot. 40° plus. (They expected us to move first thing (by 11am (but at 5.50pm our room was still not ready. They did have it ready in 10 mins though (is that a good thing?). Apart from the red ants everything was OK (except that our youngest child was sick for three days -11 years old) and had to stay in the room. Big tip -dont have your air conditioning too low or you wil have bugs galore in your stomach! On a few lighter notes, the beach was good and very relaxing. What made us happy is that we had guaranteed sun, sea and sand! The snorkeling was amazing and if you go out far enough you can see turtles and rays. The snorkelling is amazing but we will not stay at the Hyatt again. 3* yes, 5* definitely not. PS DOnt have the fish in the evening at Breezes - it is awful.
Loved it in spite of......
...before I get to the downsides, I should say that I have been twice (2002, 2003)and may well go again this year. On arrival at the aptly named Taba Heights airport you begin to wonder whether you've made a mistake - there is simply nothing there apart from the new terminal building. The half hour descent to the coast doesn't do much to allay these worries. There is nothing but desert in all it's desolate magnificence. Once you get past the armed security guards at the checkpoints and down to the coast the first sight of the fabulous Red Sea lifts your spirits. And when you get to the hotel itself to be greeted by welcoming staff and cool drinks you realise it's going to be OK.
The rooms were lovely, the pools great, but with all the fish on the reefs within 5 - 25 metres of the beach I only took a token swim in the pools! Although the hotel was full the beach was almost deserted. There was only one time I went down to find someone else on 'my' sunlounger. The last day of the holiday I went swimming alone very early and swam with two turtles for 20 minutes. This was the most amazing experience.
But before you all book up, I must return to the downsides. Firstly, there is virtually nothing outside the hotel and only limited entertainment inside. Great for those looking for the quiet life. Although there is a small hotel shop selling water, confectionery and souveneirs, don't look for important things like diarrhoea treatments, anti-histamines etc. Both trips I had the 'Taba trots' and I have the constitution of an ox normally. Secondly, on the second trip, there was some sort of scam going with the minibar charges. Everyone I spoke to had extra - a lot extra - on their bill. I complained nicely and had the charges removed at checkout. Those who had settled their bills the day before were hauled off the airport coach to pay up. Deeply embarrassed by this they all paid, only to discover the scam when they returned to the coach. To be honest this is the one thing that might make choose a different hotel next time round.
Myself and my girlfriend stayed at this hotel in March this year and loved every minute of it.
The hotel is very nice with all the accomodation in 2 or 4 storey Nubian style buildings that are painted in attractive pastel colours. We stayed on the top floor of one of the buildings which had the added advantage of a barelled ceiling that doubled the height of the bedroom making it feel very spacious. The bedroom was very attractively decorated and had good quality furnishings and a more than adequate shower-room. There was also a good sized balcony.
The hotel was full when we stayed but never felt crowded as the grounds are so spacious. In all there are 4 swimming pools plus a man-made sea-water lagoon. We spent all our time on the beach, but from what we could see there were plenty of sun-loungers around the very attractive pools.
The food was OK with a reasonable selection at all meal-times. Here's a tip, there are two nice terraces just outside the main dining hall, where you can escape the crowds (the only time the resort felt busy). We really liked eating out on the terraces as the views of the grounds are attractive. Sometimes we had to wait up to 10 minutes for a table but it's worth the wait. There are also 2 a-la-carte restaurants of which the seafood one was best, although a little pricy. The other was a traditional restaurant but we thought the food there was poor.
However the best thing about this hotel for us was the snorkelling. We are not good swimmers so don't like snorkelling in deep water. However there is good snorkelling just 20-25 feet from the beach. We saw lots of varieties of fish as well as octopus and a resident blue-spotted ray!
There is nothing to do outside the hotel as it is just desert, however the mountains provide a dramatic backdrop to the hotel. We would recommend you try the Bedouin Feast which is setup inside the hotel in tents, which comprises traditional food with a singing/dancing show.
There are a number of excursions available including trips to Cairo and Petra. However we decided on visiting St Catherine's Monastry which was the shortest distance and would recommend this very much. The trip takes 2 and a half hours through really spectacular desert scenery and the monastry is a fascinating place.
This was our first trip to the Red sea, but it won't be our last.
Good price for decent hotel
We moved from the grotty Sea Star hotel, as did many others. In comparison the Hyatt was luxury! The hotel is not really 5 star, but a good 4 star. Large clean, tasteful rooms. Appealing architecture. Pretty landscaping & pools. Good choice of food - buffet could be very busy, but time it for around 9pm after all the families have eaten and go off to the childrens show. Groovy bar and sheesha pipe & coffee area! Nothing to do in surrounding area - it's the desert, although 2 hotels nearby. Lovely beach with excellent snorkelling - just drop off the jetty. Great place to chill and sun bathe.