Radisson Blu Resort, Taba
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... as it meant walking past all the local men and having hundreds of pairs of eyes checking you out. So when I did venture out of my seat it was always with a guy from our group., I walked just behind him and kept my eyes down. Most of the time was spent in our seats, reading or snoozing. Rude awakening when the prayer call came on over the loud speakers (one right near us). Arrived at the port of Aqaba in Jordan. Thanks to Mike’s ...
... around a tractor and an old women walking on the other shoulder as we carrened down the road. This was a little hair raising, the only thing missing was a bus full of orphans and a cart full of fruit to plow in to. We narrowly missed the tanker, the old women narrowly escapes with her life and the cabbie gets back on the gas pedal. We were so elated, we were still in time to catch the ferry! In fact we had plenty of time since the ferry didn't really leave ...
... 100 metre walk in the sun between border posts. At the Jordan site there was some confusion and we nearly walked through without anyone stopping us. In the end we asked a guard and we managed to have our bags x-rayed, passports stamped and visa issued.
Then we asked where the Avis rental agency was. Next minute Pat is asked to step into the Border Managers office where he (a very senior army officer) is yelling at a subordinate in Arabic. This went on ...
... 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, ...
... br> Nothing really that much interesting, unless you rent 4x4 for about 30 euro, which was not in our budget and we only had 1.5 hours before dark.
So we took pictures and took off towards Petra = a really world-famous place.
Even while going to Wadi Rum we noticed a watermelon field and now the police guys stopped a taxi for us and hinted him that he should not charge us money :)
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Historical Traveler Reviews Radisson Blu Resort, Taba
Wonderful time just returned 04 Nov 2004
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!
I felt compelled to write a recent account of what I and everyone I spoke to felt was a superb holiday so if you have booked to stay at the Radisson you are in for a great time.
Our room was extremely spacious with a super kingsize bed and balcony with uninterrupted sea views at all angles. The food was varied and of very good quality each night within the all inclusive Olivios restaurant. I am a rather fussy eater and have grown up within the hospitality industry and was not dissapointed.
Admittedly it is somewhat difficult to enter the sea due to the protected coral, however there is jetty with steps that go straight into the sea along with designated walkways and failing that nothing a pair of flip flops can't handle!
Whilst I was there, Egypt experienced extreme rain for 2 hours the most rain in the last 5 years put together! Still this did not faze the staff, they worked immensly hard to clear the water and by dinner time everything was back to normal. I went laden with immodium, diorolyte, Mozzi spray and found that it was not once needed. The hotel sprays the atmosphere at sunset each night to kill the flys and bugs, someone was always cleaning and the staff where so happy and friendly and never once asked for tips, even though it is customary and we were happy to oblige of our own volition. Excellent on site amenities including, fitness suite, dive centre,parasiling, canoe hire, snorkel hire every massage possible, although I greatly enjoyed a sweadish massage by Ahmed on the beach!
I highly reccomend the Radisson SAS as does my partner and all the other people we met whilst staying there.
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.
Must mention the massage, Swedish, £12.50 Sterling for 45 minutes with Ahmed, you just have to do it! Pass on the reflexology, and stay with the massage.
Beer good, spirits all taste the same. Cocktails all sugary based. Ouzo okay if you like it.
Take your own snorkelling gear as expensive to hire £6.50/day or you can buy in shop but very expensive to uk prices.
Great range of tours and trips.
Taba airport has no duty free, in fact has no anything! so buy duty free on the way out as the airlines run out on the way back.
Speaking to the staff it is always terribly busy in August. But October/November is a great time to go. We were at the Hyatt, Taba Heights last year, great hotel. But very expensive if you want any alcoholic drinks. All inclusive is certainly well worth it.
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.
Wonderful food, very varied and plentiful, even for a picky eater like me, with fantastic sweets... Great spacious rooms with duvets on the bed - makes you feel right at home. Great water pressure in the nice bathroom - almost a power shower. Numerous sun beds both at the pool and beach with more than enough shade to go around. Do not need to reserve your sunbed early here - even for me and I have the palest skin possibly on the planet!!
Fantastic outdoor terrace upstairs for evenings - still very warm at night, short sleeves weather, with lovely views of the lights of Saudi Arabia across the water.
Great snorkelling right by the coral reef practically at the shore and further out if you are more adventurous.
Loads of trips available from the hotel to Jordan, Israel, Jerusalem and Cairo (we did this and would not have missed it - excellent trip)
The hotel is in the middle of nowhere, not a place for walks from etc but we knew that before we travelled and it was not an issue for us. Shops in hotel very expensive so make sure to buy your sun tan lotion, snorkelling equipment etc before you go. Plus the spirits are terrible so take your own and buy your duty free goods on your trip out as Taba airport has nothing. Evening entertainment could have been better but don't miss the belly dancer...
All said it was the perfect setting for a relaxing, hot holiday where you just want to chill out by the pool/beach. Would not hesitate to recommend.
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!!
It is good if it has what you want!
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.
The snorkelling - wow, we love snorkelling and the corals and fish were fantastic - this is why we went.
The hotel was clean, the rooms were fine, (no air-con problems for us!) sometimes not replenished every day, but not too much of a problem.
The site was kept clean and the plants and grass flourish in an atmosphere which it was not intented for (a real credit to the ground staff!)
Most staff work extremely hard, and are helpful and friendly.
The beach is manmade - it is not the caribbean with white sand etc.
Entertainment - there is an animation team (who worked hard, but were obviously having some internal tensions!) who do pool activities and put on shows, we did not see these as we were not able to be out late because of our child, but all reports were poor.
Food - the food was average, if you are a foodie you will be dissapointed, if you like chips there are none.
When the hotel is full (often with weekend guests) the facilities are inadequate.
The dining room is a mass of people and with so many tables crammed in it can get quite unpleasant.
The pool can get dirty - it is often cleaned, but with that many bodies in it and a pool bar things happen.
If you are like high standards of Health and Safety - you will suffer - there are extremely slippery tiles around the pool, no lifeguard on duty on the beach (no information that you will gash your feet if you go in the water barefoot!) and other things that will make your eyes open!
The kids club is not great, some of teh people running it are lovely, but there are inadequate toys, and the staff do not "take charge and organise" fun things for the kids to do. They let kids watch videos that flicker, not enough paper for drawing, and one staff member was happy to let kids as young as 4 wander off unsupervised!
Would I go back? Yes for a week to snorkel. If I wanted luxury - no, if I wanted a good night life - no.
As the saying goes, you get what you pay for!
Awful, do not go! Please!
I have thankfully just returned from a 2 week stay at SAS raddison. It was the most awful stay of my life!
The rooms are too small, we had a double room and were cramped! It was worse than some motel rooms I've stayed in! The air con was lame, the decor was vile and miserable.
The pool was overcrowded, there were hardly any sunbeds, most of which were broken. The pool is extremely dirty and cold!
IN my wide experiance of hotels,this is undoubtably the worst hotel I have ever stayed in, it is worse than *** hotels! In europe, australia, americaor the carribean this hotel would struggle to get ***.
The price is very cheap and you get what you pay for, not a lot.
there was not enough food, and the variety was very small. Each day there is 1 vegeterian dish in the buffet, examples of this were fish, cucumber, carrots, brocoli or some other type fo vegetable. There were no calverys, pasta stations, sushi bars as in other hotels I've stayed in, everything is in a dish!
The beach is extremely gravelly with sea weed everywhere.
There was no daytime entertainment program, and there were 4 night entertainment shows when we were there. These were 4 bands playing arabic music, and that's it. It was about as entertaining as watching paint dry!
I would not return to the radisson sas if i were payed nor the riviera as one of the hotels are much better.
The staff are unfriendly, unhelpful, most do not speak english and can be rude
IF YOU HAVE BOOKED TO GO EHRE, CHANGE YOUR BOOKING!
Please do not go here, evrything is wrong with the hotel! Yes, it's cheap, but so is your local travel lodge, and you'll have a better time there!
5 Star?? More like 2!!
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.
The hotel itself is a modern building with well-maintained gardens, large rooms and good air-conditioning.
The pool area was grossly overcrowded with loud music being played throughout the day. The beach is man-made with gravel, stones and sand, although it is an all-together more relaxing atmosphere than the pool. That is however if you can find a sun-lounger, I found myself trailing along the beach at 8:30 in the morning searching for somewhere to sit.
The main restaurant is Olivos, serving buffet style breakfast, lunch and dinner. The buffet is always extremely overcrowded with no staff willing to help find you a seat. There is a very limited choice of food for lunch and dinner with virtually no attempt to vary the menu. To say the food is poor is an understatement, some days it was literally inedible.
In the evening as part of the all-inclusive package you can eat in the 'Italian restaurant' Cucine. However I still remain unsure what was Italian about this restaurant, it was simply the same revolting food in a calmer setting.
The lack of customer service in this hotel appalled us. The majority of the staff are friendly yet completely incompetent. We had to wait up to 10 minutes to be served a drink in the restaurants. The reception staff are particularly bad, they are completely unwilling to help and extremely rude.
I work for an airline and have travelled extensively throughout the Middle East, yet this is by far the worst hotel I have ever stayed in. We didn't pay a great deal for this holiday and I was not anticipating anything amazing. However for a supposed 5 star hotel I expected more than 2 star standards. I suggest that the holiday companies re-visit this hotel, as it cannot continue to be advertised as a 5 star resort
Relaxing Radisson in the Stunning Sinai
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!).
If you are wanting a lively holiday then this probably isn't the hotel for you as it is in the middle of nowhere with little to do outside of the hotel complex. However if you are looking for a relaxing and HOT (45C+) holiday then this hotel is completely recommended.
5 star...I think not!
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!