Hyatt Regency Taba Heights
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... visa was no longer valid and we were not allowed back into the country. After some discussions between our representative and the immigration officials we purchased a new visa at a slightly inflated rate but at least we were allowed on our way again. Next was a two hour bus trip to sharm al sheikh airport for the flight back to ...
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Determined not to judge a whole country by one taxi driver, I try hard to approach Aqaba with a open mind. I quickly check into a reasonably priced hotel, change some more money, and head out to check out the town. Soon I reach the Red sea shore which has an interesting set up: right next to the boardwalk is a palm oasis—with garden plots of herb gardens underneath! It give the place the ...
... in Dubai.
There is lots of very poor areas as well as the rich.
Just like everywhere else we visit.
We saw 4 countrys at the same time at one part. Egypt, Israel, Saudi & Jordan.
We also saw Iraq & Syria.
He took us to the beach - wouldn't like to go swimming as they were sunbaking on stones and the heat was in the 40's.
Have you ever been in a cab when the driver bought you a Coke?
He stopped at ...
... said don’t worry all their cars do. Found a gas station but cash only.
Back to swim in the pool and paddle in the sea - saw a small eel – and laze the day away Dinner of calamari and non-alcoholic Arabian beer which is all they serve. Flurry of emails and we are set for Wadi Rum tomorrow.
... the beach is a strip of land that has been left for cultivation. Contorted old Senegal date palms sway over beds of herbs and leafy-greens, with tiny irrigation channels separating each small square plot. It looks like something straight out of Egypt, and given that I can see Egypt on the other side of the Gulf, it shouldn’t be too surprising. But it IS really cool. I wish I’d brought my camera. And in the sea, dhow-like glass-bottomed boats ply back and forth, ...
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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?
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.
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!!
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.
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.
...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.
Myself and my girlfriend stayed at this hotel in March this year and loved every minute of it.
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.