Sonesta Beach Resort Taba
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... of the area is desert and sand. I understand that the area used to be under the ocean, and the monoliths formed as the sea compacted the various sediments over the course of time, only to leave them as freestanding mountains when the sea receded.
A long drive back to Amman on Day 7, and a final dinner in the old town with most of the group.(Imagine - some of them put a rugby match ahead of a final dinner with their travel companions...) Sorry this edition ...
... the whole trip - even breakfasts in Uzbeckistan and Turkey.
The landscape was fantastic, huge 'mountains' of rocks protruding hundreds of metres from the desert which was once the floor of the sea. Many of them looked like a stack of pancakes with maple syrup dripping down them. Very little vegetation in this desert, just some small clumps of bushes not more than a metre high that the wild camels grazed on. They look majestic loping along in such ...
... idea that I was supposed to get my visa sorted out in transit. The guard told me that I would have to go to immigration which was 'outside', well, I was sure it was outside but so was the entire world! Fortunately when I got outside a Swiss woman who lived in Damascus had become equally stuck and, with her knowing Arabic we had got on a bus and were waiting in a small room at nearly one in the morning for a few different men in uniforms to look over ...
... to proceed past this point. I went through customs and stepped out of the building to locate the ferry dock where our tickets would be waiting. Except there was no ferry dock. This was quickly confirmed by a police officer and the border patrol agent that had just stamped my passport to leave Egypt. This was the way to Israel on foot,not the ferry to Jordan. We scrambled, called our tour agent and she spoke with the border patrol. We had our departure ...
... go through an immigration before getting here…. but we were sent back to the immigration to get a stamp. The whole system is really truly ****** up in this country. There is no organisation. How can you walk to ferry without going through the immigration? Anyone can escape this country so easily. There is no signs for immigration (well at least no sign in English) and everything is so far apart including the ticket office. But hey, this is the last day ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sonesta Beach Resort Taba
my partner and i stayed here for 1 week on all inclusive. It was the worst holiday we have ever been on. Problems arose from the moment we arrived, guaranteed a free sea view upgrade, we were then told we would have to pay. guaranteed a double room it took 2 days to sort this out(the hotel only had 50 or so guests so availability not a problem). The management & staff were totally rude to us in all areas. The all inclusive deal was not at all even semi inclusive! Drinks were local spirits, choice of brandy, whiskey or vodka. These ran out by 9pm each night & would not be restocked until the next day!!! no such thing as cocktails. Soft drinks were usually flat, served fromthe plastic 1.5 litre bottles you get in the supermarket. Water was obtained through begging, but only served to you in a glass. All drinks came in plastic glasses (evening / restaurant as well). Food was awful. Chicken, rice & pasta every lunch & dinner, on 4 occasions i had to tell the manager the chicken was raw with blood.it was still left out for the other guests. Food only available in 1 restaurant. Nothing for the kids to do. No entertainment. My partner had her mobile stolen from the room safe. Manager refused to fill out an incident report & said it was in our luggage!!! Egyptian staff hassle you non stop (sexually), knocking on your door at 3am(can only summise they found out our room number because we had to sign for every drink we had. Every single guest we met complained to the management & rep but to no avail. This hotel i would rate as 3 star. The staff have absolutely no idea how to run a hotel. Definately Fawlty Towers. Not recommended at all.
Very very quiet resort and surrounding area
From what we had read we were expecting the sonesta to be quiet but nowhere near as quiet as it was. Very little entertainment and what there is doesn't start until 10.30 in the night. Stated there was a kids club but only opened the last 2 days we were there. Although it was supposed to be an all inclusive resort not everything is all inclusive. Ice creams and chips had to be paid for, drinks after 11pm were also payable and not all the restaurants are included in the all inclusive.
Excursions were very pricey and the hotel is in the middle of nowhere so very difficult to go exploring on your own.
If you are a couple looking for an extremely quiet pool based holiday this is ideal but if you like a bit of activity or have children I wouldn't recommend it.
We have just returned from a holiday in Taba staying at the Sonesta Hotel. The hotel was excellent, beautiful in apparence, clean, the staff were friendly, polite and extremely helpful. The position of the hotel is right on top of the beach and the view from the hotel rooms was perfect looking on to the Taba mountains and the red sea. The beach was clean and swimming absolutely wonderful. Food in my view was not of five star quality but staying this, it was good with a good variety of dishes.
My only complaint is Taba itself, there is no infrastructure so getting around means either thumbing a lift on the road, or paying extremely high prices at a tourist company desk situated in the hotel foyer for traxis etc. This will no doubt change as Taba gets more developed.
Waited on hand and foot at the Sonesta!
Excellent service and made very welcome at the Sonesta hotel. Look out for the amazing 'towel oregami' from room cleaners - good food and very relaxing.
Loved snorkelling in the amazing Red Sea and the Pyramids were good but journey is too long to do in a day.
Be prepared for very resort based holiday and you'll have a wonderful time.
Having enjured a 7 hour journey, just to cross from Aqaba in Jordan to Nuweiba, the hotel was an Oasis. However due to it's location, it was more of a "That's all Folks"! It is situated about 40 minutes from the port, in the middle of nowhere! Surrounded by half completed shells of other hotels. it had few residents save our group of 41. The hotels beach was clean, however if you set foot out of it the whole area turned into a rubbish dump!
If anyone had told us how remote the hotel was before we went we wouldn't have gone, a week was enough otherwise I think we would have gone stir crazy. For the majority of the week we were 2 of only 12 guests!! - and had a whole wing of the hotel to ourselves - bliss.
just arrived back from a 2 week holiday at the sonesta taba, the hotel is a typical 4-5* resort with very tastefully decorated and spacious rooms.the palmira buffet restaurant has a good selection of different foods for everyones tastes but unfortunatly unless you eat at 7pm it can be luke warm by the time you sit down. The waiters are very nice but a little bit over attentive at times,this could be down to the fact the hotel only had a max of 30-50 people in our first week and only 5 couples in the second week. We were treated to dining in the 3 restaurants ( no extra charge) because of the small numbers, our favourite was the blue fish seafood retaurant.
The Sonesta is a lovely hotel kept spotlessly clean and set on a well kept attractive beach. The staff are all friendly and helpful but the shop owners in the hotel definitly try to rip you off and you have to have your wits about you if you want to buy anything. The hotel was extremley underoccupied with roughly 25/30 people there the first week and only 10 of us the second week. Credit to the staff though who provided our meals in the paying resteraunts for us free of charge. Now the down side. Couldn't believe the price of the drinks.£3 for a glass of local wine and the white was undrinkable. £2 a can of local beer which mysteriously ' ran out ' during the day so that you had to pay £2 for a half pint can of another make. At one point, we found that there was plenty of the 'run out ' beer in another bar. The price of local brandy was the same as the imported, £4.30!. The only alternative was to drink the cocktails which were £2.60, very sweet with not much alcohol in. The food was good quality and well presented but only luke warm and therefore cold before you could finish it. The hotel is very isolated with Nuweiba the nearest 'town' about half hour drive away. I use the word ' town' lightly as there is one, not very clean, cafe, a chemist and half a dozen shops all selling the same stuff. Taxi's are expensive as well. The half hour drive to Nuweiba was £25, not a bad profit when it cost them about £4 for a full tank of petrol! We expected and welcomed the security checks on arrival but found the return trip from Taba airport very intimidating having to show our documents 4 times and being hassled for money by the man who put our luggage on the conveyor belt and the man who followed my husband into the toilet ordering him to wash his hands. So all in all, we wouldn't go back and think that these issues need addressing if Eygpt wants to attract British tourists back.
Having booked the holiday, I looked for reviews, and found 'Hell on Earth'. With that in mind I could only be impressed! We went end of January 05.
We went to this so called brand new 5 star hotel, its only new to sonesta, but was the stainburg hotel prior. at one stage during our week there was only 5 rooms occupied, therefore 3 waiter's to every guest. The hotel itself is very nice, but the web site boasts a mini bar in every room ( If only there was ) we could have had a drink. It was just an empty fridge as per any other 4 star hotel. The hotel barman entertains himself playing Jenga, then if you can pull him away you might be luck to get what you order, after him going somewhere else for the splitser ( Just one at a time ) The are shops in the hotel, but onlt one open at a time ( same shopkeeper for them all ) so be patient. All nine resteruants were closed in Nov 04, and we had fish, chicken or beef every night. So lack of food, and drink, you wont be putting on the pounds. There is no other hotel for approx 5 miles, so your trapped, unless you can get passed the hotel security for a taxi to another busy hotel, if not for a drink, but your sanity. Trips with Libra are expensive. The drivers or mad, & the buses unsafe. Crossing the borders are a nightmare, where you leave your hotel a 5am, you will get to petra around 11:15am. You dont need a visa for Taba unless you are leaving the area, If you do get one, like us, and then went on a trip crossing the border, your visa is cancelled, then you need to buy another to get back that night, Its a con. other than that the good points were the M4 was clear all the way, airport check in was stright forward & flight was ok. oh and the weather was better the the canaries for this time of year.