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Itinerary: Saturday, June 25 We say farewell to Bethlehem and travel down to the area of the Dead Sea, where we tour Masada and Jericho. In the afternoon we swim/float on the Dead Sea. We then bus to the Southern tip of Israel at Eilat, cross over the border to Egypt, and overnight at Taba, just across the border at the Sol y Mar Sea Star Hotel (www.solymar.com).
... in front of a police car so in minutes an ambulance was there. The only person who looked hurt was the taxi driver and even that I think was more from shock. I am surprised that given how people drive across the world (we saw some truly awful driving in Sumatra) that we haven’t seen more accidents during our trip.
[Kat: The only other accident we’ve seen was in Sri Lanka - someone trying to show off on his motorcycle and it was at a very slow speed – ...
... was a small builing a few hundred yards away that had a fairly clean bathroom and a small cafe. When one o'clock finally rolled around the plan was that a tour guide from another tour company would sign us through as members of his group and our tickets would be changed from the morning ferry to the afternoon ferry. Unfortuantely something about this didn't sit well with the border patrol guard. He refused to accept these changes, even the harbor manager was ...
... a separate area and finally at about 1230 we were allowed to board our ferry. Somehow we were given a VIP lounge of sorts for the trip and our group had a massive area while all the locals sat around in the hallways. Unfortunately the toilets needed a lot to be desired so we hired a cabin with a toilet for $US10.for the group. We had made a lunch to take onto the ferry between 5 of us and luckily there was enough ...
... from Western tourists, but from Saudi and Israeli weekenders, who end up side by side on the idyllic beaches of the Corniche. The relaxed atmosphere of Aqaba has certainly shattered some of my own preconceptions. As one traveller I met put it, “When the oil runs out, Jordan’s biggest export will be stability.” He then went on to say that since stability has no dollar value, the economy would go the way of Argentina, but it’s a nice sentiment without this added ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sol y Mar Sea Star Taba
Really lovely place if you like a restful break!!!
We have just returned from 1 week all inclusive at the sea stars and we had a lovely time here. As stated on the hotel website it is very quiet and fairly remote but this was just perfect for us. There is limited evening entertainment.. belly dancers etc but nice areas to sit and have a quiet drink. I would say it's not a great place for kids!
The food was good quality and varied but you do have to be prepared to try different meals to you might have at home! Desserts were particularly yummy and I put on a few pounds! If you are going on an excursion the hotel will provide a packed brekkie or lunch which were also ok.
The only odd thing about the all inc was that water had to be paid for if you wanted the bottle rather than a cup from the filter machine and drinks were not waiter served at dinner, you have to collect fom bar area yourself.
The pool area was ok but to be honest, spoiled a little by loud, drunken folk who, by 11am, had taken full advantage of the on tap alcohol! The beach area is however beautiful. A two minute walk and you have your own private coral reef which really was like swimming in a fish tank.. amazing. The fish come right to your feet... a snorkel is a must. There is a beach bar for the all inc drinks and if you ask the hotel will send you down a packed lunch at around 1pm!
Rooms were clean and regularly serviced... lots of UK TV if you want it, air con, mini fridge etc.
As with most places in Egypt, the staff were fab and cannot do enough to make your holiday as good as possible.
I would recommend a snorkelling trip into the gulf .... totally fabulous.
All in all, for the £500 we paid in total this was a good break!!!
We have just returned from a week's all inclusive here and were very disappointed. The food is terrible, the hotel is filthy. It is suppose to be a 4 star hotel - ha ha what a joke more like only just a 3 star.
As the week went on the amount of alcohol in our drinks decreased. At the beginning of the week we were allowed fruit juice in cartons (which was included) but by the end of the week we were not allowed unless you were a child?!?!
The rooms are OK but nothing special and do not look anything like they do on the website. The pools are not very clean and there is a scum mark all the way around the top.
The whole place needs to be closed for a few weeks for a good revamp.
The beach is about a 5 minute walk away and when you get there is not too bad except it is right on a main road so you can hear the cars/trucks that go by.
On our last night we took a limo/taxi to Taba Heights and had a meal at the Hyatt's fish restaurant - WOW this hotel was fantastic the food was fantastic. We are glad we came on our last night otherwise there would have been no way we would have wanted to stay at the Sea Star. The Hyatt is a 5 star hotel and it is hilarious that the Sea Star class themselves one below the Hyatt. They don't even come close.
Next time we will stay at Taba Heights.
Quiet but enjoyable
enjoyed this hotel, staff helpful and rooms clean.
You are literaly in the middle of nowhere surrounded by mountains so if you want peace and quiet this is the place.
There is no evening entertainment so be warned.
my one complaint is that i asked for a kids club on booking as my 4 year old went and although there is a 'hut' there is no one to run it and therefore there was nothing for the few kids that were there to do!
Our saving grace was we became friendly with another couple with the only child of a simular age!
The food was good and even though you were only allowed one drink at a time regardless of whether or not you were getting them for your family, we got used to it!
i would reccomend the trip to view the stars in the desert but if you want a bit more to see and do i would go to sharm or taba heights.
Not too bad
Hotel was okay and the staff were friendly. However the staff work excruciatingly slow. Our room was cleaned at 4pm everyday, apart from the last two days we were there. The hot water was brown, but luckly we went when it was hot, so we just used the cold water. We later found that this was because the tank covers are left open therefore sand was able to blow into the water supply. If you ask the staff they will close it. The food was amazing however the last 2 days we were there the food was abismal and it felt as the the hotel just weren't bothered to cook. I felt sorry for the new arrivals. What I found annoying was that people who were half board were not allowed to drink water from the water machine! So how much does it cost for a cup of water? Very silly and unfair rule. There are no shops nearby apart from the hotel shops which is a shoe box.
Nice place ti go if you want to relax in the hotel, but for people who like to get out and about not so good, as there is no bus or taxi services. There is an expensive limo service, however in the up side the driver is very friendly and shows you around.
Just returned from a fantastic week at the Sol Y mar Hotel in Taba. Flew with Thomson from Manchester, on arrival we opted for a Sinai only visa which is free. Rooms are basic but clean, pools and surrounding areas are spotless all the time. Anyone that complains about the food must be eating somwhere else as it was wonderful, I am not the best eater but there is something for everyone.
Ahmed, the barman at the pool bar is great, give him a tip as he works long hours and always has a smile. No entertainment on a night, but we knew this before we went, so not the ideal place for children or young people looking for something lively. The hotel beach is perfect, the all inclusive bar and the beach towel hut are also down on the beach.
Already looking to book for winter.
I have just come back from a weeks all inclusive at the Sea Star and I can honestly say it was one of the best holidays I have ever had.
The hotel is immaculate. The staff are always cleaning around you and you begin to wonder if they ever stop!
I have been on many all inclusive holidays and this was definately the best. The food was fantastic - loads of choice which meant we never got bored. I am sure I have come home a stone heavier because of it!
The hotel staff are very friendly and helpful. You never have to do anything yourself (they even lay your towels on the sunloungers and put up your umbrella!)
The facilities are excellent and the private beach is fabulous - it looks like a paradise postcard!
I would recommend this hotel to anyone. I can't wait to go back!!
Excellent aquisition of diarrhoea bacillus
My wife was so ill that we had to get the in house doctor to rehydrate her with an IV drip into which he squirted 3 vials of drugs to make her well again together with pills and salt sachets after a while she was on the mend.
Being a man i decided to griz it out.
Solid waste management came to an end in the afternoon of the second day and for the rest of the week I felt like death warmed up.
Even my Daughter who quite literally "never gets ill" was plagued by feeling rough throughout the week.
If you want to go to Eiliat shopping remember that it costs over 50 US Dollars at the Israeli side to get back in to Egypt.
There is no taxi service at the hotel instead a guy sits in the lobby and has an exclusive deal with the hotel to supply a "limosine" service which is expensive and rather disappointing.
We booked a driver to take us to taba heights and the nearby town of Newaiba but he would not drive into the town only showing us a small and insignificant couple of streets at each end perhaps he feared the reaction of the locals as Newaiba is a stepping stone for pilgrims on their way to Mecca.
When you try and tell the driver where you want to go he either makes the most of his inability to speak english or simply ignores you and you are left feeling mightily ripped off by it all.
An Entire Ministry "The Tourist Police" are everywhere driving around in beaten up Chevrolet pick up trucks weaving all over the road when you try to overtake.
Wherever roads intersect Vehicle Check points are manned by not terribly reassuring looking types and at some you are charged a fee LE30 to receive yet another licked on stamp in your passport with a face value of LE25. The security situation really puts the clamps on having fun but what would be the alternative?
To be fair the hotel is lovely and the food is quite good and interesting enough for a week
the A.I package is extremely good value but ultimately being ill for nearly the entire week really kinda spoilt it for us and we were not alone.
Peace and tranquility
The Sea Star hotel is officially rated as 4 star but you should know that this is by local standards. Having said that i would rate it as a good medium class 3 star hotel. I visited in May 2006 and for a very quiet and restful break it is ideal. Situated about 12km from the Taba border with Israel it is on the desert side of the Taba road with a nice beach opposite.There are no other hotels within walking distance. Taxis/limousine are available to Taba Heights and places further south like Nuweiba at a charge from reception.There are excellent tours available to Eilat/Dolphin beach or Dead Sea and Jerusalem in Israel or to Petra in Jordan.Cairo is also an option. Make sure you go to your tour group meeting for all the latest details.
The temp went up to 49 degrees when I was there, that is very hot! Bit like being inside a tumble dryer. and thankfully the aircon functioned without a break, however there were breaks in the water supply which were fairly quicly remedied by the management who are a very helpful and professional team. There are 2 large swimming pools one with a swim-up bar which is open from 10am daily. The all inclusive option is a very good idea as there are no other restaurants outside the hotel within walking distance.
The hotel itself is low-rise and well kept with a generally happy and helpful staff. The rooms are spacious and have TV, safe and telephone. The TV channels were a bit hit and miss with no CNN/BBC World or Sky news but good movies. The beds are comfortable and generally it is quiet at night with no loud music or rampaging drunks!
There are very few facilities for children and young families would do better in Taba Heights but for adults craving peace and tranquility with a bit of diving on the side it is ideal.
A word of warning: quite a few people went down with tummy trouble and blamed the food. This is a common complaint in Egypt and I strongly suggest you go armed with Immodium and alka-seltzer and any other meds you might need as there is no pharmacy but there is an on-site doctor.
On the whole I would say go to this hotel for a relaxing, quiet, beautiful holiday away from civilisation and very good value on an a/i basis. Don't go here if you want glitz and top notch sevice and facilities, there are plenty of other hotels which offer this. Personally, I would return to this hotel quite happily but would avoid July and August when the heat can be overwhelming.
Hassle free break.
Recently returned from a great holiday at the Sea Star Hotel, Taba.
Hotel is well positioned for a quiet, hassle free break.
Well layed out with plenty of room inside and out. 2 big pools with lots of sunbed's.
Spaciouse bedrooms. Friendly efficent staff, "hands-on" manager always looking for feedback. Buffet restaurant with a good variety of food ( we rate 8 out of 10 )
Private, well kept beach, friendly beach bar, good swimming & snorkling only a couple of
minute's walk from the hotel enterance.
Looking forward to our next visit.
We arrived back home on 23rd March after a week at the Sol Y Mar and I can honestly say that we had a lovely time. The hotel rooms are clean and so are the swimming pools. Waiters in the restaurant are very polite and friendly. Food is nice but can be a little monotenous after a week. We only stayed for one week but could easyly have stayed for two. There are so many excursions on offer that are very interesting. We went on a day trip to Eilat in Israel and we had a lovely day out. The location of the hotel is a little remote but a bus service is available to take you to Tabe Height on a daily basis or to the diving center. The beach is only a 5 minute walk down the road and is very clean. I can recommend it to any body who is looking for a week to relax and to enjoy the sea and sun.