Radisson Blu Resort, Taba
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... us, we feel like queens and kings wherever we go!!
I've been blown away by the massive structures and land forms here. We started out on Day 1 with a visit to the ancient town of Jerash, which was originally built by the Greeks about the 5th Century BC. In its day, it was composed of 10 cities, and the site extends forever. However, in 62 AD, the Romans built over the site and remained there until about the 7th Century AD, when the trading routes moved ...
... on the castle, so I’m not sure why we couldn’t go there. Our hotel was quite cheap in Taba. It included breakfast and dinner and this was the first hotel I have ever stayed in that was so close to the border. The Israel border was only 20 feet away. There was a point in history when Taba belonged to Israel. I’m not sure when it was won or given back to Egypt.
... the owner and Salim our driver and our co-travellers sitting on the floor of the typical Bedoiun tent, a large square with the sides of black cloth made from goat hair. A cup of sweet tea then we were all packed into a beat up 4 wheel drive - all 9 of us plus the driver ! 2 sharing the front seat, 4 in the back seat and 3 in the boot. At least squashed in with no seat belts we weren't going anywhere if we toppled over we laughed. First stop was Lawrences ...
... turned out to be merely sleeping and after a couple of well timed knocks on a few shutters I was handing over my passport and sixty of my dollars to buy my way across. I had wanted to take the fast ferry for an extra $10 but was told that I would have to wait until tomorrow for this. I did actually consider just waiting right there on the floor as everything I had heard about the slower ferry told me that it might actually still work out quicker ...
... and a Japanese boy there too so we all waited there for about a half an hour. The book said there is a slow ferry as well as fast ferry but slow ferry seemed to have left at 12.00pm so we had to take a fast ferry which is $10 more expensive. Eventually the office opened and we paid $70 + $10 exit tax in US dollars. The book said it is only payable in US dollars but they were accepting Egyptian pounds too. We all bought the tickets successfully but I must ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Radisson Blu Resort, Taba
Having read previous reviews prior to my departure I was sceptical and following recent events in the news a little nervous about my trip. Utter nonesense!
Stayed here 11th - 18th October. Hotel only 25% full following the Hilton bombing. The rooms are spacious and well equipped, bathroom was large but tired!! Staff were out of this world could not do enough for you (and not begging for tips!!!) The hygiene in the resteraunt from the HOTELS point of view is second to none, the staff wear plastic gloves, the buffet is regularly checked!!! All meals are buffett service and it is soon obvious how the egyptian tummy bug is spread. Food is recycled, but at every course there is at least one station where something is cooked fresh to order. Take plenty of Immodium as clinic in hotel is expensive, and take on first sign of any gripes.
My wife, myself and two daughters aged 19 and 22 had a fabulous week in September. An all inclusive costing £510 each through Peltours. The staff were very friendly, the rooms were very comforable and the food was varied and excellent. We have no complaints whatsoever.
I think that you get out of a holiday what you put in to it. We treated the staff well and it was reciprocated - learn a few words of Arabic and talk to the staff, they are friendly!
A day trip to Cairo was exausting but well worth the effort with the guide very informative.
The snorkelling was great, the pools and bars gave good service.
We recommend it without reservation.
My husband & I returned last week from a 2 week holiday here and I would urge you to please ignore the bad reviews about this place. I am a stickler for excellent hotels and was not disappointed here.
We have just returned from the Radisson at Taba and found this hotel to be very comfortable with excellent service. The food was very good in the buffet restaurant with varied menus at all mealtimes. There are other restaurants not included in the AI tariff if you fancy a change, these are very reasonably priced. Our only complaint, if you could call it one, is that all their spirits taste the same, no matter what you order, i.e. gin, bacardi, vodka, whisky, brandy, we tried them all and decided to stick with the beer, which was OK. So if you do decide to holiday here, I advise you to take your own. The facilities at this hotel are excellent with the staff being friendly and polite. The whole place, including the beach area, is exceptionally clean. However, if you are the type that like to venture out and look around, forget it as you are in the middle of nowhere, it is very isolated, which suited us fine as we just like to crash out on the beach, which is long and sandy and very quiet...wonderful!! When we were there, there was very little entertainment during the evening. It does get extremely busy sometimes, just for a few days at a time, with Israelis who obviously enjoy short breaks and they do bring along lots of young children which makes for a hectic time especially at mealtimes, which we found a bit offputting. They do tend to stay by the pool during the day, so you can avoid the crush and noise by heading for the beach. All in all, it was an enjoyable and relaxing holiday in a spectacular location. Lastly, as there is no duty free at Taba Airport, its a good idea to buy anything you need on the way out. The airline had actually run out of duty free goods on our homeward journey!!
We have just returned from 2 weeks at the Radisson and it was good, with some reservations. This is not a 5 star resort - however considering how extreme the elements are in this part of Egypt, it tries. If you go, expect 3 star and you will not be disappointed.
I have thankfully just returned from a 2 week stay at SAS raddison. It was the most awful stay of my life!
My partner and I have just returned from a weeks stay at the Radisson SAS resort, Taba. We travelled with Libra holidays on an all-inclusive basis.
Unlike the previous reviewer I loved the Radisson Taba Heights. Although it didn't quite live up to the 5 star rating I have experienced elsewhere, it was certainly a stunning location and a well kept hotel. There was ample day and evening entertainment for both adults and children (belly dancing, disco/nightclub, singers, shows, pool activities etc). The AI food was buffet style in the main restaurant and the menu varied each evening - although at the weekends it is very busy as many Israelis take long weekend breaks here. The other restaurant was very reasonable (costing approx £10 for 2 adult meals) and the waiter service was excellent. Wine was free with meals, but very expensive should you wish to buy it. The hotel had a stunning coral reef only a metre from the beach and whilst we were there wild dolphins came and played with the tourists at the end of the jetty. The hotel has a lovely airconditioned gym, table tennis, tennis courts and crazy golf and also a watersports centre nearby. There are ample sunbeds on both the beach and the terraces and 3 swimming pools to cool down in. One pool has a swim up bar which boasted a wannabe Tom Cruise cocktail barman (although often the floor saw more of the alcohol than it should have done!).
I wish I had done more research. It was supposed to be all inclusive but many of the features in the brochure just did not exist. There was no Egyptian bar and the so called a la carte restaurant was turned into another buffet every night so there was nowhere to go fo a waiter service meal at all. They ran out of ice cream every day. Beer was served in half measures (all froth) and the food was luke warm and virtually the same every day. A plate of chips (which were never on the buffet) cost £1 and if you wanted a bottle of wine (even if you wanted to pay for it) there was no chance, they didn't even have a wine list! Your chances of finding a clean set table at any meal was nil. I think we had a clean table twice during the two weeks. You could not get a waiter to set a table for you and when you went to do it yourself there were no clean glasses knives etc! I would have been more relaxed staying at home for the fortnight. Great weather though!