InterContinental Taba Heights
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Historical Traveler Reviews InterContinental Taba Heights
Hello to everybody!
Just got back from Taba yesterday and I already miss the warm weather (45'C) and good food.
The hotel itself is very impressive with over 550 rooms but only less then 20% were occupied at the time mostly by Brits, Germans, Arabs with biiiiig families and few Italians. The hotel has a very lovely architecture of the sorounding area with paths leading around the three main buildings.
The pool area is very nice with umbrelas and towels for free. Pool boys are helpful. At the pool there is a bar that serves food fot those on HB. You can choose from variety of salads, burgers, sandwiches, french fries,....
You can try swiming in the salt lake on the other side of the main building. Water is being pumped in and out all day. Beach itself is well maintained but was nearly deserted at the time I was there. The access to the sea is very difficult because of the stones and corals. A floating pontoon as they have it in WaterWorld would be very nice.
Rooms are nice, big and bright with a balcony or a terrace. The so many times mentioned shower is really BIG!!! Try to get room on the left side of the main building as those on the right side close to the lobby and restaurant area tend to be noisy at evenings (till 23h) when enterteinment program is held in a hall near by.
The food was very good (try home made pasta) but the staff in the restaurant is even better! And if you tip them the service will go beyond excellent. There is NO dress code.
For a good view of the whole resort go on top of the tower that is part of the building next to the salt lake. Just go with the elevator to the 4th floor and then on foot to the top (another 3 storey). The view is breathtaking..... don't forget your cam!
In the evening you may wish to walk down the beach to the other hotels. There are guards on the entrance but they are nice men. Perhaps they'll ask you to show them your bag.... security.... they say.
Instead of walking between hotels there is a blue bus (for free). This bus is going to all hotels and WaterWorld (diving center) but NOT to InterContinental. However there is a bus (white one) for free also that goes from InterConti to the diving center.
Diving is not all that good as else where in Egypt, but it's OK. Don't miss diving at Ras Amira where I saw 29 moray eels on a single dive!!! Diving staff and crew on board are wonderful.
And for the end.... you MUST go to Petra. If you like nature, history and the thrill of seeing one of the most beautiful and breathtaking places on Earth then you must go. But be warned..... trip is difficult due to long distances (2hours by boat+ 2hours by bus one way), extreme heat in the summer and a 5km walk with little shade on the way. But it is worth it!!!
Non vorrete più andarvene
Rimani a bocca aperta appena solchi l'ingresso, grande maestoso, ti viene offerto da bere ancora prima di prendere possesso della stanza.. ma niente stupore fa tutto parte della cultura ospitale del posto!
Facendoti cullare da suoni di musiche arabe e dal vento raggiungi la tua stanza dove le tue valigie già ti stanno aspettando, e qui ti chiedi se c'è stato un errore, se ti hanno dato una suite invece che una camera normale bella, spaziosa, elegante pulitissima e accogliente dotata di tutti i comfort (anche se il comfort migliore è la comodità dei letti) esporandola meglio si trova il bagno dove grazie all'enorme doccia (dotata anche di un piccolo stendi abiti perfettamente mimetizzato) potreste stipare una decina di persone!
La camera ha un piccolo angolo con bollitore d'acqua (corredato di bustine di tea, nescafè etc. e splendide tazze in ceramica) minibar (i cui prezzi sono assolutamente ragionevoli). Inoltre all'interno dello spaziosissimo armadio c'è la cassaforte (facile e comoda da usare). Tv satellitare (ma rai uno non migliora nemmeno in vacanza) telefono a linea diretta, aria condizionata... in più una piccola area con scrivania e lampada per chi porta il lavoro in vacanza, un'altra area con tavolino e poltroncine e.. immancabile il balcone con sedie e tavolino tutto rigorosamente in tinta con gli interni!
I camerieri e gli inservienti dell'albergo hanno un solo unico scopo, coccolarvi e soddisfare le vostre richieste, gentilezza, garbo e disponibilità li contraddistingue! Altro scopo direttamente correlato è la pulizia, nonostante la sera vi sia il tipico vento del deserto non troverete un solo granello di sabbia in tutto l'albergo! In camera le pulizie vengono effettuate sia la mattina che nel tardo pomeriggio, non vorremo mica mai che il letto disfatto dal riposino pomeridiano rimanga tale al momento di andare a dormire la sera! Inoltre l'albergo offre la possibilità di un servizio di lavanderia e di consumazione dei pasti nella propria camera, dove troverete un ricco menù da utilizzare a vostra discrezione.
Ed il momento del pasto non potrebbe essere più piacevole, ampia scelta su dove consumare le pietanze sempre preparate con sapienza ed estrema cura (e sempre in assoluta pulizia) la scelta può ricadere o sul ristorante adiacente alle piscine, o su quello situato su palafitta nel LAGO SALATO (hanno costruito per il nostro piacere un lago artificiale di acqua salata, dove viene eliminata la sassaiola tipica del mar rosso, e sostituita con la sabbia e, nel fondale, una riscostruzione fedele del fondale marino ricco di pesci colorati che senza pudore alcuno ti sfrecciano vicino) o nel ristorante sulla spiaggia (che poi questi 3 ristoranti sono solo a pochi passi l'uno dall'altro, tutto infatti è vicino e facilmente raggiungibile) o nel ristorante principale interno all'albergo.
Il ristorante principale si distingue dagli altri, che preparano i cibi di vostro gradimento a seguito di vostra ordinazione, perchè offre una grande varietà di cibi a soluzione buffet, per quanto riguarda il cibo la regola è "a volontà" quanti piatti vuoi riempiere e quanto riesci ad ingurgitare è affar tuo, l'unica cosa che i camerieri sono tenuti a segnare sono le bibite tutte portate ai tavoli perfettamente sigillate (a dimostrazione della sicurezza della provenienza e dell'igene) ed aperte davanti ai vostri occhi dall'acqua alla spremuta d'arancia! I cibi che si possono trovare sono dai più nostrani come pasta e pizza ai più esotici come carni e pesci sapientemente conditi con le spezie locali che gli donano sapori imperdibili. Ai lati dei tavoli del buffet (uno per dolci, frutta e insalate, uno per pane, panini e pizzette, uno per primi secondi e contorni) gli operosi cuochi offrono i loro consigli (ma solo se richiesti!) ed osservano gli ospiti divorare il loro operato. Per quanto riguarda i primi come la pasta vi è un'area del ristorante specialmente dedicata, un cuoco sul momento vi prepara il piatto di pasta da voi deciso! Con grande maestria crea piatti prelibati davanti ai vostri occhi e secondo vostro gusto facendovi scegliere gli ingredienti che preferite ed orientandovi verso determinate scelte ed ecco che in pochi minuti avrete il piatto che desideravate.
Tra le attrazioni dell'albergo, si contano due ampie piscine, altre 2 piscine più piccole per i bambini, il lago salato, il minigolf (che tanto mini non è!) 2 campi da tennis, il centro benessere con jacuzzi, massaggiatrice (da pagare sul posto) sauna, attrezzi, sale da squash e quantaltro! Tutto ovviamente immerso nel verde ricco di piante tropicali costantemente curate dal personale.
Tutti gli ambienti sono estremamente curati molto caratteristico il bar ai piedi della piscina (dove è possibile fumare il tipico tabacco aromatizzato col narghilè che viene portato e caricato dai camerieri, con un paio di euro è possibile fumare anche in 3 o 4 persone!!) il cui patio esterno è decorato con coloratissime lanterne che donano un atmosfera magica.
Che altro dire? E' un posto incantevole, dove è possibile abbandonare ogni preoccupazione e pensiero e dedicarsi al più completo relax. Lasciatevi sedurre e prenotate subito in questo albergo.. non ve ne pentirete!!!
Lap of Luxury
Being a bit of an independent travel snob, I was a bit reluctant to do the whole resort, package holiday thing, but this hotel has made me a total convert.
The sea view room was beautiful, the pool serene and the restaurants lovely. The buffet (which I feared would be a shovelfest) was beautifully presented, with lots of local dishes and the fish restaurant on the beach was heavenly.
There were not many guests as the hotel was pretty new, but the other more established hotels were a short shamble up the beach if you wanted a bit more bustle.
A perfect break for couples and those wanting a wonderfully relaxed time. Service was unsurpassed and the decor classy. A big thumbs up.
Exzellenter Aufenthalt im Intercontinental
Ich war vom 29. April bis 4. Mai auf einer Bildungsreise im Intercontinental. Es ist ein großes Hotel mit wunderbaren Pools und einem großen Salzwassersee. Der Strand ist sehr sauber, glauben Sie also nicht den Kritiken, die etwas anderes behaupten. Es waren nur wenige Russen dort, als ich da war. Sie haben keinen Ärger gemacht und waren auch kein Ärgernis! Eigentlich waren auch fast überhaupt keine Gäste dort! Die Büfetts am Morgen und am Abend hatten eine große Auswahl. Die Restaurants waren sehr sauber und das Personal sehr hilfsbereit. Die Zimmer waren sehr groß und man konnte herrlich in die Duschen reingehen. Negativ anzumerken ist lediglich, dass es kaum Schilder auf dem Gelände gab. Da soll sich aber in den nächsten Monaten ändern. Insgesamt ein 5-Sterne-Resort und definitiv sein Geld wert.
Das neueste Hotel in Taba
In den vergangenen Jahren habe ich den Bau des Intercontinental in Taba verfolgt. Als wir dann Anfang Juni im Marriot Resort waren, entschlossen wir uns, dass gerade fertiggestellte Hotel zu besuchen. Der stellvertretende Geschäftsführer, Arm El Atreby, hat uns das Hotel vorgestellt und gezeigt. Ich muss aber anmerken, dass nur wenige Gäste im Hotel waren, da das Hotel noch nicht offiziell auf hatte. Leider hatte eine "Generalprobenwoche" nicht die gewünschten Ergebnisse gebracht und es gab zahlreiche Beschwerden. Das Hotel hat einen anderen Stil als seine Nachbarhotels. Die Zimmer sind recht groß und schön eingerichtet, die Junior Suiten sind noch geräumiger und es stehen auch noch andere Suiten zur Verfügung. Bars und Restaurants sehen einladend und komfortabel aus. Auf der Anlage befindet sich ein interessanter See sowie Swimmingpools und natürlich der Strand. Dieses Hotel hat viel zu bieten, wie Sie an den Fotos sehen können.
Luxury Hotel, Paradise in my eyes!
This is my Third time to Taba Heights...
the 1st and 2nd time i stayed in the Marriot, which is a fantastic hotel i have no complaints about it what so ever. I stayed there last year and saw the intercontinental as it was being built, even at that time it looked amazing and i vowed to myself that i would go there this year.
It was absolutly breathtaking, the service was 1st Class, MUCH better than the Marriot, people would literally run to you if you asked for anything.
The food was MUCH MUCH better than the Marriot, the buffet was amazing and the beach grill had the best chicken i have ever tasted.
The rooms were immaculate and the bathroom was even better, you could fit 10 people in the HUGE shower(not that its necessary)
We all had see view rooms and our balcony view was fantastic, we overlooked the whole resort with the sea and mountains in the background, it was great.
The pool is GREAT, we spent everyday in there, its the nicest swimming pool i have ever seen, and there is also a man made lagoon on the other side of the resort with sea water being pumped through allday long.
Overall the Resort was EXCELLENT, compared to the other hotels in taba heights it is DEFINATLY 5 Star. After staying at this hotel i would class the Marriot and Hyatt as 4 Star.
This is a very family friendly hotel, and i would strongly reccomend it if you are looking for a quiet and relaxing holiday, there are a lot of activities and different things for kids and teenagers to do but if you are looking to go clubbing 7 nights in a row then Sham El Sheik is what your looking for.
Hope this has helped, if anyone has any questions please email me, it really is such a great destination.
Taba's newest totel
Over the past few years we have watched the Intercontinental in Taba being built, so whilst staying at the Marriott Resort at the beginning of June we decided to go and visit the recently finished hotel and see for ourselves. We were given the grand tour by the executive assistant manager, Amr El Atreby.
I must add that although there were only a few guests at the hotel, it had not been officially opened. Unfortately a "shake down week" had not quite gone to plan, resulting in numerous bad reports being spread around.
The hotel is of a different style to its neighbours, rooms and facilities within its various wings. Rooms are of a good size and well furnished, junior suites offering more space, and other suites are also available. Bars and restaurants look welcoming and cmfortable.
Outside there is an interesting lake as well as swimming pools, and of course the beach.
This hotel certainly has a lot to offer, take a look at the photographs.
New Hotel = Great Stay
The hotel had been open for 5 weeks when we arrived. It has over 500 rooms,split over 3 blocks - the main one being the crescent which overlooks the pools and beach.
As the hotel was new the shops weren't open and no entertainment at night.
The hotel was very clean, including the pool and beach area - when we were there they were clearing stones from the beach to make it easier to walk on. The beach has some rocks but if you walk over them there is plenty of glorious sand, and at low tide you cam walk out to the coral reefs and snokel.
The food was excellent - we had stayed at the Hyatt in Taba Heights in 2004 and thought the food was better at the Inter Cont. The service was attentive and the staff friendly.
The drinks were expensive - £3.50 for a beer and £1.60 for a large water.
Overall really enjoyed the hotel, would go back.
Excellent trip at the Intercontinental
I stayed at the Intercontinental on the 29 April-4th May as part of an educational trip. The Intercontinental is a large hotel with amazing swimming pools and a large saltwater lake. The beach is very clean so please ignore the previous review, she must have been drunk herself. At the time there was a few russians but were no harm or nuisance to anyone else, infact there was hardly anyone there at all! The buffet has alot to offer and same goes for the breakfast buffet. The restaurants are very clean, and staff very helpful.
The rooms are very large and the walk in showers are amazing. The only negetive point about this hotel is that there are not many sign post around, but I have been notified that this will be dealt with in the next couple of months.
Overall it is a 5* resort, and definately value for money.
I was the first group of visitors from the UK
I was part of the first group of visitors to the Intercontinental..some might refer to us as the 'Pioneers'...
The hotel room: nice clean tidy loved the 6 person walk in shower! Rooms immaculate. We had one with a veranda wwalking out on to the grass ...however it was right opposite the pool with music and noise all day long. Further more the dining and entertainment areas are all inside the hotel and this caused alot of noise until the early hours of the morning. We could hear all noises in the corridor from our room..keep in mind its mostly marble or stone..
The food: OK at time, however when they are rushed or very busy then the quality is DISGUSTING and leaves alot to be desired. I had a stomach bug as did a few others.
Very hapazard buffet set-up. Not alot of variety at times. Desseerts, salads and breads are good.
The location: Fake beach but better then the other hotels as its newer. Some mess and tuna cans, coke cans, rubbish on the beach - they have promised to clear this up.
The lagoon on the hotel has electrical wiring ( not live but discarded waste) along with wires, sharp metals etc just scattered around. Lovely lagoon though.
Pools were nice but we didnt use them.
There are no shops yet.You need to walk to the marriot to buy a Lilo, souvneiers etc and to change money. There is no 'exchange' facitlies at the Intercontental however you can pay for ur bill in £'s. NB. although it says serivce etc included...when you go to pay ur bill expect to pay another 2%.
Full of Israels, Egyptians & Arabs. The Brits PAY ALOT LOT more then the other tourists.
Whilst we were there an entire troop of (what appeared to be uneducated/uncultred) Russian tourists turned up...Paying much much less than us on an All inclusive package. They were drunk by lunch time, had no respect for the loca culture ( bikinis, mini skirts), drunk behaviour continued into the dining areas where members of waiting staff were loudly shouted at and one manager was pushed to the ground. A very aggressive enivornment to be in - like feeding time for 500 hugnry hippos! Never again would I like to see that!
Pluses: although you have to pay $20 for the 'SPA' M* and the two guys that run it are wonderful. R* the client relationship manager is Great.
Over all , I gues its fine if you want to sit on a beach and do nothing. Some slight snorkelling but nothing spectacular can be found down by the marriot.
You dont really want to stay at the marriot as its not as new or clean and its full of CHAVS, tattooes, cheap peroxide bloneds...
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