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We woke up very early (2am) so we could catch our ferry boat to Jordan by 6am. We found our driver waiting for us out at the street and left Sharm around 3am. I had every intention to sleep for the next few hours while we made our way North to (what I thought would be) Nuweiba but I was mistaken. I wasn't too worried about getting into a vehicle …
... just over $1.50 Canadian!). The nearest liquor store was just outside the hotel, but the hotel had a no food/beer rule, so every night I would have to smuggle in the booze to our room. Kat and I had a great, drunken time in Aqaba!!! Along with the cheap beer Aqaba has lots of cheap good food. We ate at a local restaurant opposite our hotel and had some great hummus, felafel and chicken tikka sandwiches. Kat also had an unusual but surprisingly good drink- lemon juice with mint. Try it- ...
... patrol while we were there. Needless to say we saw nothing in Aqaba other than the markets as my cook group were up to do dinner that night at our campsite. Our first impressions of Jordan were quite positive. The streets were clean, they all appear to follow road rules and the locals are very friendly. We were quite happy to be here after our 2 weeks of "no-hassle-mister, where-you-from-Australia-G'day-mate " ...
Lazed around the hotel until 1pm when we left to get the taxi for the ten minute ride to the train station. . Today's lessons learned: Don't get into a taxi if there is already a passenger, don't get into a taxi if the driver just keeps saying ok even he is agreeing to the price.
Not all taxi drivers speak or understand English. Had quite a saga between the driver, other passenger and eventually a random restaurant ...
... to see properly. We go shallower towards the end of the dive, and that’s when the fun starts. Pipe fish, Moses sole, stonefish, big octopi, banner fish, soft corals and hundreds upon hundreds of bright orange scale-fin anthea, all swimming in swarms. At the end of the dive, something very peculiar indeed catches my eye: two little fish walking along the bottom, perfectly camouflaged with the sand, looking like a cross between a frog and a leafy sea-dragon. ...
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First class hotel and grounds. Room very clean, spacious and well equipped. Food absolutely appalling. I was terribly sick for 48 hours towards the end of my week at the Marriott. The buffet in the main dining room which was more like a canteen was of a shocking standard and certainly not 5*. Do pay extra to eat in the Italian Restaurant where the food was far superior. Many of my fellow guests were also poorly. No hot water in our room for over 24 hours due to a burst water main although the hotel did send up 4 bottles of mineral water. Very peaceful, nothing to do at night but great for pure relaxation.
We went to the Marriot in taba, on the 11th of November and stayed for a week. It was a lovely hotel. Let me warn you that the airport in taba, is a bit of tarmac and a convey belt. That is it. We had a 5 hour wait on the way home, so take food and entertainment. The hotel rooms are spotless and lovely and clean, as are the hotel gardens. I am a diver but be ware as waterworld(the dive school) will make you do an induction dive if you haven't dived in the last 6 months, even if you are a Padi diver. Cost $45. Cost for each dive is $60, and from what i could see, they didn't really take you anywhere that you couldn't snorkel from beach. Take a snorkel or do some snorkelling because it is the BEST ever. Go down to the hyatt Hotel (just next door but one) and snorkel off the jetty there. Really nice reef.
The hotel food was nice at times, but got a bit samey, and the drinks are expensive. There are NO drinks aviable in the shop, so take you own if you are like us and like to drink in our room. Water is £1.20 for a bottle from the bar, but you have to pay it as there is no where else to get it.
To sum up - Hotel is first class, food is good, service is Very slow at times, beach is brilliant, nightlife (there is none), staff are friendly, and i would certainly recomend you going there. Hope this helps.
Loved this place!!! Stunning!
This was the best holiday I have ever had! My fiance and I went with Peltours in July 03. It is such a beautiful place, amazing deserted beach, beautiful swimming pools, excellent service. It was thoroughly enjoyable. We went for a week and really felt we hadn't enough time in the hotel as we went to Cairo overnight (fantastic, if you do it take the option of a dinner cruise on the Nile!) and also to Petra in Jordan (breathtaking).
I found this hotel to be positively luxurious and we both enjoyed every second of it, particularly the jacuzzi in the cave by the pool. The weather was smashing, the service was fantastic. Beware of stomach upsets though as they are rife over there, however unlike one of the other reviewers I did not find it to be from bad hygiene, the hotel was spotless all the time i was there. It may have been from water used to wash salads or in cocktails or something in the meat. I don't know anyone that has been to egypt and not been a bit ill, it's part of the experience! Bring your tablets, but don't let this put you off! Also there are not many restaurant options in the hotel but as a new enough resort it's understandable. I love this place and even considered going back for my honeymoon next summer but with the recent bombing we decided against it. We both adored this place and if you like endless blue skies, a clear warm sea (with views over to Saudi Arabia!) peace and quiet and relaxation go here! It's also the perfect base from which to see Petra etc. I hope anyone who goes enjoys it as much as we did, it's just stunning.
Don't go there!!!!
We have just got back from a weeks trip with Peltours to the Marriott at Taba heights Egypt. This is the worse holiday we have ever been on!!!!!
Normally we travel independently but we fancied trying the Red Sea (guaranted sun in Oct) and with all the extra security in Taba because of recent events, a package was easiest opition
The actual hotel building and grounds were lovely, as were most of the staff. The thing that let it down was the awful hygiene that led to us and everyone else we spoke to being very ill with stomach upsets. These were not minor either; my partner lost 11lb in 4 days, others lost 9kg, 5kg and I lost 6lb. We didn't eat for 5 days and had to go straight to GP when we got home. We were very careful with food but still caught the bug. BEWARE it ruined our hoilday, dont let it ruin yours!!!!
The Peltours rep didnt want to know and blanked me when I asked what they were going to do about the hygiene problems. My partner has travelled 4 times in Egypt before and had nothing like this. Friends went to Taba in the summer and stayed in different hotel but had same problems. Perhaps it's just not a safe area to go to?
I went here 2years ago and had the best time ,the hotel was lovely,with spacious rooms and very friendly helpful staff,choice of 3 restaraunts and a swim uo bar private beach and huge lagoon stlyle pool.I really enjoyed this holiday it was totally relaxing and trips were also arranged to see Pyramids ect,I have spoken with people who have also been more recent to different hotels and in all honesty the Marriott and the Soffitel are getting the best comments,I would love to go back early next year but with the recent troubles not so sure.
We went half board for 2 weeks and got the bargain price of £670 each ,unfortunatley now its got so popular you are looking more at £450 a week and they are not really offering 2week deals unless you contact the Pelltours website direct.
The whole truth and nothing but the truth! !
Hello i have just got back this morning, i am not happy to be back in good old england and pretty soon my holiday will be a fading memory so have decided to share my holiday experience with you.
Firstly dont believe every thing you read i searched every review thought i had it planned all nicely, i didnt! These are the facts plain and simple. You dont need any dollars only egyptian £,s only thing in dollars is trips but can pay that with egypt £ as well. Was roughly 10 le to £1. Decide if going to cairo before getting off plane as they say its 15 mins to border of israel to get visa but its not it takes 1 hr each way then you have to get off coach walk through border so have left country then get visa on entering egypt again. Pretty silly and waste of time get 1 at the airport (£10 i think) dont believe timings they give always longer. cairo is well worth it BUT it takes 6hrs each way (not 5 as they say ) + 2 hrs on coach going round, you do get to c the pyramids and go in the little 1, its £2 nothing in there but you get to say you did it ! and no you dont crawl on hands and knees just bend a lot, if i can do it your be fine. You also have picture time, c the sphinx, go in the temple, visit cairo museum where the mummy room is( and tutankhamun bit is) £4 but got to c it to believe it. just go 4 the day and sunbathe the next dont waste too much of hols that way plus takes couple days to be able to walk after. dahab shopping is cheap trip (£20) and fun haggeling. get everything down to half the price they say even in the hotel shops too. glass boat £10 for hour worth it sea clear so c a lot. Try snorkelling its £3.80 2 hire mask for day (it would work out a lot cheaper to take 1 with you than to hire 1 every day) there was no way i was doing it but trust me your regret it if you dont the corals are only waste high we took a friends 9 year old in she loved it and the fish are amazing colours (and i dont even like fish !) remember sea shoes loads of stones at edge but shallow and sand for miles after that.
Now the hotel! take a walk along the beach( trust me do this in daylight only pitch black other wise) you can eat in the other hotels sofitel hell of a lot chaeper than marriott but can you be bothered to walk there just 4 lunch! personally thought sofitel basic hotel and pool water green, would,nt wont to get in that. Hyatt looked nice had 2 pools and a lagoon (but then its a dearer hotel, personnally i think the entrance and layout + view from lobby was best from Marriott, especially the water fall stair case! your cases are taken to your room while you eat on first nite (they keep the resturant open 4 you) taken to the coach on last, posh a! take a travel kettle cups t spoons t coffeee powdered milk etc as rooms dont have this. rms cleaned every day and beds changed, rms large and beds huge! ! ! Really nice rms. dont take any towels, flannels lots in rms and get beach towels at pool. the food is not disgusting just gets a bit boring towards the end as very repetitive, you get omlettes, all kinds of eggs cereal, toast rolls salads some hot bits n bobs and lovely CAKES 4 breakfast, also t coffee n juice. You help your self and its amazing the mixture on your plate you wouldn't do it at home. Dinner is differently cooked food but mostly the same every nite, only nite horrible was thur but you wont starve! try the soup nice, the back bit is free too they do bbq chicken different pasta, kebab skewers etc, also rices potatoe a few different meat dishes and veggie bits + salads and rolls bread etc. + lots of lovely cakes, if none are out do a naina and just simply say there's no cake are you going to sort it and you will get huge slabs of the most richest choc cake brought out. You can always ask for something you want that's not there and they will do it, they aim to please those waiters,try to get for meals early or late it gets very busy between 8 - 9pm. tipping you do constantly just give 5 egypt £,s about 50p it keeps them happy, if you dont wont to tip put it on rm. the pools are very inviting, it gets hot we used factor 25, burnt on last day but got to have some colour, it was about 38-40 for sept. the grotto(resturant) has a bit outside where you can walk through the water then under a waterfall and sit half in the pool havin a cocktail trust me this goes on the rm you dont wont to carry £ through the pool. not a lot on at night but to be honest by the time your washed and changed had a few drinks then eaten not only are you tired to watch what is on your so stuffed all you want to do is lay on the bed and watch a film or lay round the pool on the hammocks. there's a bank at hotel 2 change £ and think they got an old fashioned visa machine behind bank counter. don't go on water slide if not too sure bout those things, i went on it because a friends 9yr old asked me to (not much choice really) its bloody fast and think i left half my nails in the slide trying to slow my self down! It's not high but more scarey than the pyramids and fish! you will get a dodge tum but only cos the food is different, it wont keep you in your rm and you wont need tabs, your just get to to know the toilets well, your be visiting them ten times a day! My boyfriend did the scuba 4 the day said it was well worth it and wasnt to expensive either. dont worry about the building work going on its not near the hotel and doesn't interfere with the holiday at all. buy a blow up travel pillow if going to cairo as you leave 5am so sleep hell of a lot on coach.
My best memory will have to be (as arrived at night view from balcony just blackness) opening curtains in the morning to see just sand and the sea, then taking a second look and seeing a camel being walked along the beach will never forget that moment.
do i think this is 5 *
i have only every been on the normal sc canaires spain cyprus hols, so yes to me this was 5* we both thought it was paradise the views of the desert and mountains stunning and just a lovely place to be, so look forward to your hols have fun dont worry about it not being up to your expectations if your a first timer to this 5* buisness its better than your thinking its going to be!
do i have any complaints yes 2 actually if you smoke tell the waiters you wont smoking 3/4 0f resturant smoking but can guarantee be plonked in no smoking! (ow and be warned if you do wont to smoke before getting on plane go up to the praying and smoking area
(thats what it says your see why you need to pray when you see the pig pen they put you in to wait over an hr in before boarding and having the pleasure of listening to dodgey music full blast the whole time)
once luggage in if you wont to smoke have a couple up stairs in praying bit as airport(who im kidding)room they put you in is NO smoking, but take time up there as once the massive Q is through passport control there all Q,ing to have bags checked again.
and the other thing is no one tells you how bloody windy it is a night, dont bother doing your hair(but if you wont to theres a hairdryer in the desk draw, if you do a me and blow the thing up drying clothes just ring rm service and there up in 5 mins to fix it)
your proberly need a cardi etc for the evening, or better still a poncho they double up brillantly as blankets for the coach and plane.
would i stay at the marriotts again DEFINITELY
would i go back to taba, NO
now i have had the pleasure off a brillant 5* holiday i want more, theres a lot of countrys out i,ve got my list ready and waiting!
hope this has helped, if your going have fun and if your not your very SILLY PEOPLE !
I dont know how anybody can give this place negative feedback. I spent a week there in June and found it totally flawless. Very clean, good service and the price was fantastic. Possibly the only drawback was the single supplement.
Wonderful Place Wonderful People
Have just returned from the Marriott at Taba Heights and had the most wonderful time. I would tend to agree with another reviewer that it is perhaps slightly less than 5 star, but do not have anything major to complain about. In terms of hotels dealing with mass tourism the marroitt does it very well.
Rooms were great and cleaned consistently on a daily basis. Clean towels and sheets everyday without fail. Clean beach towels made available everyday.
restuarants were busy but food more than acceptable.
Service very slow but we Brits need to learn to be more relaxed and go with the slower pace of life in Egypt !!! Very relaxed dress cose so you can feel free to travel light.
General facilities such as pools etc.. very clean and enjoyable. free use of Sauna, Spa, Jacuzzi etc.. and massages at really great rates.
Entertainment in evenings not great but very calm relaxing evenings do suit some people. certainly a long way from blackpool or benidorm
Red sea absolutely fantastic. How can we be 5 short hours from home and benefit from such wonderful experiences ?? Even the smallest of children or those who are not good in water can reap the rich benefits of the Red sea. You can swim with shawls of the most colurful fish and coral I have ever seen and still be in less than 3 feet of water directly off the private stretch of beach (take a good pair of sea shoes)
Surprised at peoples ignornace however, touching and breaking off coral and feeding bread to tropical fish !!!
Excellent watersports facility a short (free) bus ride away, you can ski, parasail, bananaboat, donut, scuba etc..etc.. at more than reasonable prices
Excellent organised trips from the hotel eg.. Cairo, Petra and dead sea, jerusalem, again at reasonable prices
If you fancy sun, sea and relaxation check out Peltours Website (they deal with most of the taba Hotels as well as the marriott) then buy yourself a snorkel throw a few shorts and t shirts in a suitcase and head for Taba, you will not regret it !!!
Finally thanks to peltours local staff, Gill and her guest relations team at the marriot really look after their guests .
Marriott Beach Resort
Researched the resort TABA HEIGHTS and the hotel on the web before we booked. Both had rave reviews. So we were somewhat disappointed when we got there. It WAS GOOD, but not as fantastic as the other reviewers suggested.
As all the reviews say there is not much there; this is a custom built resort, still in the process of being built (a 18 hole golf course is being landscaped at present and I believe there will be two more hotels and a shopping mall at some time in the future). The building work does not impinge on the holiday, thank goodness.
The Marriott is a lovely hotel with beautiful landscaped gardens, not mature yet but still very very nice as they are, should be spectacular in a few years.
The beach is good, clean and well maintained, but there are quite a lot of stones and small boulders by the sea which make getting in and out a bit painfull without shoes. (invest in some 'jelly' shoes before you go). The sea is shallow for a long way out and is very calm, so great for kids. You can also snorkle from the beach; although it is quite a long walk to the deeper water where you will see fish. Importantly the sea is cool - which is wonderful as we were there in August when temperatures were 44+ in the shade!!
The hotel pools are excellent and there is a waterslide, a swim up bar and waterfalls. Lots of sun loungers, although the hotel was at capacity while we were there and sometimes it was difficult to find a lounger - the usual trick of getting up early and putting out towels goes on! However, the pools never got full.
Food in the Marriott was not brilliant; breakfast buffet was good but evening buffets, although themed each day, seemed much the same every day and the food was very average. The Italian restaurant looked nice but again food not to our liking.
Lots of trips on offer but most have long travel times associated with them, so we didn't bother. We only had a week there, so didn't want to waste time sitting for hours in an airconditioned coach. We did go out on a day's sailing trip to a reef further away to snorkle; this was a TRUELY LOVELY day out.
We would recommend the place and the hotel but ONLY IF you want a get away from it all relaxing pool/beach holiday where all you want to do is sit and sunbathe and read. If you want to see more of Egypt you would be better off on a Nile cruise: we went on one 5 years ago and we found it ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS.
Marriott Taba Heights - 4 Star only, busy restaurant
I have just returned from the Marriott in Taba Heights and would say that the destination reached my expectations in terms of what I wanted, sun, relaxation and early nights!!
The Marriott markets itself as a 5 Star but I would say it is only worthy of a 4 Star maximum. The hotel was OK but extremely busy which the one and only restaurant offered within the half board package (approx 1000 guests each sitting) found very difficult to cope with. This resulted in big queues, no clean tables and generally a very unpleasant dining experience during breakfast and dinner for our whole stay.
The hotel rooms were nice and offered all the amenities as you would expect in a Marriott property.
The leisure facilities at the hotel were also extremely good offering a large swimming pool, tennis, watersports (shuttle bus to centre - not on beach), spa, gym and a number of computer games for the kids.
In terms of evening entertainment I would suggest taking a couple of board games and a few good books as 1/2 hr of belly dancing and a local cabaret singer are generally not everyones cup of tea! my boyfriend and I have never had so many early nights!
We walked along the beachfront and wandered into the Sofitel and Hyatt - I would say the Marriott is superior to the Sofitel and the Hyatt beats the others hands down - If you can spend the little extra the Hyatt is well worth it.
Taba is a beautiful destination but still very much in development - I would say that if I returned in 5 years time it would be very different. There is nothing outside of the hotel in Taba apart from the other hotels so do not expect to abuse your credit card during your stay!
Diving is good in the area and we took a VIP boat trip to a island and snorkelled for the day which was the highlight of our week and well worth the money.
If you are looking for a holiday where you want Sun, Relaxation, Value for Money, Early/Peaceful Nights Taba is for you.