Sol y Mar Sea Star
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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).
... the show and trying to flog a longer trip. An hour and a half is sufficient in a clapped out jeep thank you very much. An "18 year old" (so he says) drives us through the clapped out village of Rum. Not much to yo ho ho and a bottle of to cheer about though.
Short drive to Lawrence's Spring. The boy tells us we can climb up the rocks to it. Doesn't look far as there is no sense of scale until two specks of human are seen halfway, clambering up. That looks hard work in this ...
... some tea. Pam and I took photos of a bird sitting on one of the camel's heads. At the very end we went through a rougher patch of downhill and then went over the railroad tracks to get to the road where our bus picked us up. Betty and Catherine didn't go on the ride and stayed with the bus.
After another hour or so, we arrived in Aqaba, settled into our hotel rooms. There is a swimming pool on the roof and a nice view of the Red ...
... any sleep. There were a few more checkpoints but no more inspections and everything went smoothly... right past Nuweiba. As it turns out we were taking a different ferry that would be leaving from the city of Taba a little further North. In fact Taba is right on the border of Israel. How do I know, you ask? As it turns out our driver dropped us off about 50 meters from our destination and pointed to the building we needed to go to. Apparently vehicles were ...
... about 1.30am 7 Oct. A lot of noise and little sleep as same morning up early again. We were woken about 4am by someone banging on the door. We thought it was our tour guide so we got up and showered and met up in the lounge area only to find everyone else was asleep. Not happy we went back to our room and was out again about 6am.
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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.