54 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Very nice resort... But not 5 star food :-(
"Stayed at Mariott Beach Resort in Taba Height, for two weeks with the family (2 adults + 2 kids age 6 and 9). This was our third time in Egypt, we have been two times in Sharm El Sheikh at an 3 and 4 star hotel. Which has been nice, so we was looking forward to stay at this 5 star resort. In the start it was perfect... But then we started get sick one by one and as we started to talk to other guest they allso had at least 50% of the group they was travelling with was allso sick. In the start we blaimed the warm and all the normal things... but this was our third visit to Egypt and we had taken the same medical before arrive to avoid this, as we did all the other times. Then we started to notice, how the hygiene was in the resturant and in the pool. It looked very nice on the top... All was wearing plastc gloves and ect. But that does not help, if they answer mobile phone and still uses the hand to wipe of sweat and beside that you sometimes need to stand in line for 5 to 15 minutes to get in and after that the same time to get food. The pool was nice the first days, but we saw that there was starting to grow algae in it. So we did not use it anymore. The beach was perfect, except for it was full of rocks near the last five meters to the water and then the first five meter in the water. But beside that it was then best beach we have been at ever. And the beach bar was the best place to spent your time. The rooms and the cleaning was perfect and the service over all was allso very good. There is allso an very nice SPA and small fitness center with an tennis court, which is included in the price. But you may not bring kids into any of these places (not even if they are just sitting and playing games on portable consols, they are not welcome. And you need to have real training footwaer or else you are asked to leave. This is proberly allso the reason for that all the equipment still looks brand new. The kids club is very small and mostly for arabic kids. Please be aware... there is nothing else to do than be at the resort... Taba hights is still in devolopment as an resort, and the city center with shops is approx 10 stores including resturants all in all. So if you are staying for two weeks i really recomment that you buy some of the tours you can or else is two weeks very long. Overall it has been an mixed experience... on the plus site of things: Weather could not have been better. 80% of the staff has been very nice and done more than you normally would expect. The rooms was perfect... allso english tv channels including some movie channels. The best part was the beach and the beach bar. (remember to bring snorkling gear it is perfect for that. On the minus side is: The last 20% of staff which made you feel you feel like an problem. The resturant really need new management and start learning how to handle food, that experience alone is the worst we ever experience anywhere, no matter how many stars the hotel has. They need to be better at clearning the pool. In my eyes it is so minor things which needs to be corrected, to make it an perfect experience. And as it is right now, i would rather recomment to stay one of the other hotels which is placed next to Mariott to my friends. Like Softitel, Intercontinetel or Hyatt to my friends. Since they have the same beach. It has difently not been my last time in Taba... But i doubt i will go to Mariott again. "
- Travel date: 2nd August 2012
"The Hotel the staff and the service were brilliant. But for every Hungarian people I advise NOT to use the service of the Hungarian guides because it was awful. Try to find another English guidance. They are more helpful, friendly and well-informed."
- Travel date: 22nd July 2010
"My wife and I PLUS 2 freinds , Have just returned from a 2 weeks stay at the MARRIOTT BEACH TABA HIGHTS.I feel bound to say THIS is not a 5 star hotel BUT a 3 star hotel . In the rooms the water always runs BROWN,and the bath is so small you cannot get in it. THE RESTURANT is very dirty , the seats are torne,the tables all are on a tillt and are NOT cleand just wiped down with the table cloth it is then turned over and put back. THE dine around systom is a rip off you reseve Â£3 pounds each for the meal which then coasts Â£30 pounds each. beer Â£5 a can wine Â£10 a small glass. I will not go on about the beach, or trying to get in to the sea. "
- Travel date: 13th May 2010
Great Golfing Holiday
"I have just returned from a week long golfing holiday at the Marriott Beach and cannot speak too highly of this resort. Everything from accommodation,meals, cleanliness and security exceeded our expectations. I would like to particularly reccommend the whole staff who were welcoming, helpful and very polite at all times. I would be very happy to return for another holiday. "
- Travel date: 19th February 2009
Taba heights Jan 2009
"My wife and I have just returned this morning 25/1/09. First the standard of accommodation, 3* at best. Second the food, on the whole not very good. Every night consists of a buffet style layout on a set theme but to be honest we couldn't really tell the difference from one night to the next, it was all very similar. To be honest going for our evening meal became almost a chore as you couldn't say that you enjoyed the experience. Third the cost of drinks, somewhat costly to say the least! We made the mistake of ordering a glass of wine with our meal on the first night which worked out at around 7 or 8 pounds sterling for a small glass, we didn't do it again. Even water wasn't cheap so we didn't have any drinks with our evening meal. The cheapest bottle of wine on the menu (and in the hotel) was 175 Egyptian pounds which works out at around Â£22 and the quality is not particularly good. On all bills there is a 12% service charge and a sales tax which is included in the price of each item. There are shuttle buses to the town behind the hotels and the golf course which run every half hour where there is a small supermarket and a drinks shop as well as a bank, other souvenir shops and a few restaurant/bars. We tried the 'Flying Carpet' once and though prices were more reasonable, our meal wasn't much to write home about. The drinks shop prices are about half the price of the hotel and worth a visit. We went on one trip to Cairo to see the Pyramids, the Sphinx and the Museum, all in all an excellent trip but beware of people who take your camera off you and then insist on taking pictures of you then hold their hand out for money. We did the overnight visit and stayed at the Conrad hotel in Cairo, a proper 5* hotel. Our guide for the trip was a lovely lady called Soha who looked after us, made us aware of tourist scams and passed on much of her vast knowledge about Egypt ancient and modern. The resort is a beautiful place to relax and give up drinking, and.... take up snorkelling instead. There are jetties at the left hand side of the resort where you can see some fantastic fish, we saw Morays, Lion fish, Cornet fish, Parrot fish and many other beautiful species all close to jetty. The trip and the snorkelling were wonderful and are not to be missed. A word about the staff, we found them helpful and very friendly. "
- Travel date: 25th January 2009
Wow, this holiday was amazing!!! i have ...
"Wow, this holiday was amazing!!! i have just retured from a 7night stay at the mariott hotel in taba, it was wonderful and i would recommend it to anybody thinking of going to egypt! we got a really cheap deal through lastminute.com and it was booked with peltours. we arrived in taba in the late evening and our rep was waiting for us, the airport was small and as soon as we landed several men tried to help get our bags onto the coach, as i was the very last person out of the airport (as i had gone to purchase a visa for ciaro), i was asked for english pounds from a very rude man who grabbed my bag off me. i didnt give him any money as he was awful and i was happy when the coach drove off, in all honesty i was really worried about the holiday as the experience with the man was very unpleasant, i am happy to say that the negative aspects were very minimal and i would advise travels to stick with the crowd and not branch off like i did!! as soon as we arrived at the hotel (after a 45minute drive through the mountains) i loved it straight away. the staff were sooooo friendly and we were given a glass of orange juice as we were quing for the keys. we were shown to our rooms in no time and later our bags were brought to the room by friendly staff (take plenty of 1 dolla bills to tip with). the next morning we had a welcome meeting and i would advice anybody to attend, although fairly breif with a slight company promotion theme, it was informative and jolly! the resort at taba is etreamly 'man made' in the sence that it was built purly for hotels. there are about 7 hotels (at a guess) that make up taba heights, it is beautiful with the mountains behind and the sea in front. there is a small town that has a supermarket and pharmacy etc and a free shuttle bus that goes there every half hour (this is fun in itself!) if you need water/snacks then go up to the supermarket as it is soooooo much cheaper than the hotel. even though the hotel is more expensive i wouldn't say that it was unreasonalble for soft drinks etc, although beware that the wine is really pricey. it is worth going to waterworld if you don't like the idea of sitting around all day soaking up the sun. you can do all the water sport, diving things, but also quade biking in the mountains. we went on the sumberine which i think would be good for people with children. the staff at the hotel are lovely and friendly and especially if you show gratitude! the cleaner was very nice and he was flexible about when we had our room cleaned, he did a brill job and the whole hotel was very clean. the meals were good but got a little repetative towards the end. there is soooooo much cake though, not good if you have a sweet tooth! the beach was beautiful, clean and really easy to get a lounger! take a dolla bill for the towel guy, the pool is right next to the beach for those who like water but not sand! its such a great view and you can see so far out, as far as jordan etc! you feel really safe at the hotel as there is a guard there all the time and when you have been to the town he will do a safety check. there are no horrible harrassing men at the resort which is something i was worried about! although the town is good for cheap water etc, any gifts you want are better purchased at the hotel shop (the second on the right, NOT THE FIRST!!) the guy is called phillip and he will not try to cheat you at all, his prices are more than fair as all the other shops will try rip you off! (its the shop that doesn't sell the chocolate bars!!) room service is again really cheaply priced and is nice if you can't be bothered going down to the resturante (or if you are too sun burnt!) this holiday is really really amazing and i have tried to highlight any of the bad things but to be honest i am pushed!!! it is a great place to have a honeymoon, relaxing break etc. i would not recommend it for people looking to go clubbing etc as it isnt that type of place. its a very romantic spot and would be great for a couples getaway! one last negative point however.... take toilet roll in your bad as when you are out of the complex eg. ciaro... they expect you to pay. tiolets at taba airport are fowl, and the men are even worse, however don't let that put you off an amazing time! i wouldn't bother with the ciaro trip as i got ill and it took about 6hrs to get there. other than that most of the other trips look good."
- Travel date: 25th August 2008
Just returned from a 1 week stay, had a ...
"Just returned from a 1 week stay, had a lovely time, very relaxing. Staff were friendly and polite, not forever pestering you either. No, it isn't 5 star, but neither are the prices. Food was a mixed bag. The buffet breakfast was good with plenty of choice, The evening meal, again buffet style, was only adequate. Lots of choice with the theme nights, so not too repetitive. The main drawback was that none of the food was very hot. But if you are on room only, or B&B, the a la carte option is there. The off site restaurants are pretty good and were a little better value, and you can always catch the shuttle bus to another hotel. We went to to Cairo for a day, phew, 10 hours on a coach. To be fair, if you haven't been to the Pyramids I would say it's worth it. I did hear that there was a flight option from Taba, and rumoured to be cheaper, so could be worth investigating. The beach is pretty good, a bit stony in places, but it's like swimming in an aquarium. We even spotted a turtle only 20 yards from the shore. Yes, it was very hot, but we expected that. If you are not good with 40+ then go when it's cooler. The airport is ok, got ripped off with the visa, signs and visa itself say $15, but the guy wants $20. Still, it is only Â£2.50. Transfer to the hotel is only 45 minutes, but do watch out for the baggage guys. Would definitely go again."
- Travel date: 29th July 2008
We booked our early spring holiday throu...
"We booked our early spring holiday through lastminute.com around two weeks before our departure date. Lastminute where great and answered all the questions i had in depth and detail. Peltours - the tour operator who the holiday was with - was the complete opposite. The staff on the phone where rude, abrupt and very unhelpfull. At the airport the rep seemed very flustered and agitated when i requested my ticktes as they had not been sent to me. Our flight with Astraeus was ontime and very good, apart from the crampt 737-700 but the service and punctual departure made up for this. On arrival into Taba Interanational the Peltours rep met us at the arrivals hall. He gave a speech along the lines of welcome to Egypt on behalf of the enitre country! Nice but over the top. We had to purchase our visa at the airport and as had planned to travel to Cairo we had to pay $20. The passport control consisted of an old man on a wooden chair looking and waving at your passport. Only once we were on the bus i realised that the visa should only have cost $15. So, the remaining $5 dollers was pocketed by the guys in the airport. Putting the luggage onto the coach we encountered the first of the endless amount of begging from the airport staff. If you refused to tip they would then refuse to put your case onto the coach. I ended watching while the tour rep demanded the monies others had given him and made sure my bag was on the bus before i took my seat. Arriving at the Marriott everyone has to walk through a metal detector. With 3 bus loads of people this took some time. The hotel reception check you in and then keep your passport on the reception desk. I asked if they would be locked up and they told me yes, I was suspisious of this so i walked down to reception at 3am and the desk was unmanned with all the Passports unattended. The room was quite dissapointing - not the 5 star description given by on the lastminute or Peltours website. Our toilet did not flush and there was no running water. This was not fixed until the next day. We met with the Peltours rep to complain about our toilet facilities and he did not seem intersted as it had been fixed. We booked our tour to the Pyramids and Cairo. An early wake uo call was booked at 3am! We paid in egyptian pounds, which on later investigation when we got back home this means we paid Â£40 extra per person. The early morning breakfast was awful. Bread rolls and butter with luke warm tea and coffee. The coach was cramped and stunk. The journey took 6 hours to get to cairo, driving through the desert. When we finally arrived at the pyramids the 'tour' guide errupted into a 20 minute speech about the history of the pyramids. This was annoying as we had just spent 6 hours on a bus and really wanted to explore. When we finally got off the bus the guide dissapered and our 'security' man also dissapered. This lead to a fellow person on the tour being held to ransom as the locals wanted his watch! We only had 30 minutes to look around the pyramids which was extreamly short. The tour then went to the sphinx which was good. The tour then went into a phase of time waisting. We arrived at a 'Papyrus' institue that turned out to be a shop where they wanted ridiculous amounts of money for these works of 'art'. Then we we driven to a 'bazaar' which again turned into a sales pitch. Also if your a blonde woman beware. You will be letched at and propositioned by the men in here. One member of the tour was offered money by one man for her services - lovely! We then had lucnh at the 'Le Meridien'. The food was awful and the staff are a nightmare. Drinks are overprised and your are constantly asked if you have finished - even if there is still lots of food on your plate. We then went to the musuem of cairo which apart from the death mask of Tutenkahmun was pretty awful, we spent ten minutes there and sat outside for the rest of the time. Our journey back was as dreadful, we almost crashed due to the speed of the driver. Taba Heights offers a shuttle bus around the resort. We waited for 1 hour on our first attempted to catch it. No body gets of at this hotel and therefore you cannot get on! When we finally did get on the bus (a day later) we had to argue with the driver for him to take us. The 'town' is good and has a supermarket and other resturants. El Fugo is the best and the manager is very hospitabel. Overall the resort is good but can be improved. The buffet meal is awful and the food is warm and repetative. Tuscany offers a much better service will proper waiter service and excellent food. The regatter bar is also good but beware of the awful enterainment and the belly dancer who just wiggles to the music. If you want to snorkle you should walk up to the sofitel and walk along the jetty. This was the best part of the holiday. The sea life was fantastic and magical. This place is good if you want to relax but if you want to explore without the tour operator 'robbing' your money you cant. If you are travelling with Peltours then i suggest you do your tours with Thomson as they are more professional and trust worthy. I would go back but only with another tour operator and i would recommend the Hyatt."
- Travel date: 9th April 2008
I have just returned from a weeks holida...
"I have just returned from a weeks holiday at this resort with my partner, the Hotel is beautifully landscaped, the pool was lovely and warm. The food was very good with lots of choice and the times you could go for meals was very good (up to 11.30 for evenining meal). The food available in the lunchtimes were also very good. The staff at the hotel are very helpful and friendly. The room was of good standard, although in this country the rate would not be a 5* for Egypt it is a very good hotel. The beach was lovely and you could walk from the marina to the end of the resort, no hassle from anyone, even the 3 shops at the hotel you never felt pressurised to buy! camels on the beach and very few shops (perfect for a peaceful break). The weather was in the mid 30'sc and the sea was warm. The Hotel Spa had good facilities and (although we did not go to gym), it looked good. Belly dancing lessons on the beach and water aerobics were also good fun for those who wanted to join. I have been to Sharm el Sheik (lovely) but I preferred TABA HEIGHTS for its beauty, peace and tranquility; from the beach you can see Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Isreal. I would definateley recommend this Hotel and resort and would go back. The best currency to take is US dollars as this is accepted everywhere and you get a better exchange."
- Travel date: 17th March 2008
Whilst in TABBA HEIGHTS i was unfortunat...
"Whilst in TABBA HEIGHTS i was unfortunate to have a fall,the doctor was called to my room ,i was treated VERY well which is something our ENGLSH doctors lack. The staff were most concerned for my wellbeing in particular a gardener who spoke no English if it were not for him i would NEVER have climbed the stairs to my room ,he practictly carried me up the stairs(bearing in mind my weight is 13.5 stones) with no effort when i tried to give him a tip he just shook his head and smiled it seems i had made a friend for life.Also the manager Mr JAN HEESBEEN the hotel manager enquired about my wellbeing on a number occassions and told me if there is anything i requre to contact him,I found all staff at the TABBA HEIGHTS very polite and VERY proud of their heritage .Unfortunately i had to cancel trips to see this beatifull part of the world but i managed to see PETRA (althought i was in considerable pain) it was a wonderfull sight to see and i only hope it is never allowed to disapear from a world that can ill aford to lose such a treasure. "
- Travel date: 27th February 2008
I am puzzled by some of the negative com...
"I am puzzled by some of the negative comments. We found our stay at The Marriot to be an excellent one. The pools are huge and the staff readily supply large towels. The snorkelling is good, but the staff advised us to walk a few hundred yards up the beach to find the best snorkelling. All equipment can be hired at the hotel. We pre-booked a car from / to the Airport which costsÂ£30.00 each way but was well worth it, especially if you book via the internet. There are no taxis at Taba Airport. The staff were friendly and attentive. The trip to Jerusalm was an excellent experience - the Hotel cannot be blamed for long delays at the Israel Egypt border. ( 1 hour each way). Guests need to understand the sensitive political nature of the area and be tolerant. The food was varied and good. Hot coffee always arrived at our table when we sat down. We did not use the minibar and were not charged. We booked a large double bedroom that was to a good standard. The balcony furniture was a little tatty Vs say the Intercontinental but I saw no Hotel on the strip that I would not have stayed in - the Marriot definitely had the best pool though and children would love it. I organised golf via the Hotel ( the course is excellent and the 15th hole adjoins the hotel) It is a 15 minute walk to the clubhouse, or you can take a bus every half hour. I was advised to take a warm fleece as the evenings are cool in Feb. Good advice. Many people turned up with just T shirts - a bad move. The days were lovely though and cerca 19 - 24 degrees. I met lots of people back for their 2-3rd trip to the Marriot. I will be going back next year for sure. Beats hiring a crappy villa in Tenerife or Gran Canaria on a building site any time. Lovely people, and you can visit Jordan and Israel. Miles Pomfrett"
- Travel date: 14th February 2008
After reading some of the comments I was...
"After reading some of the comments I was a bit worried about visiting, especially as it was just myself and a friend both of whom are girls under 21. We arrived at the airport and bought a visa for visiting places outside Taba (you donât need one if you intend on staying in Taba the whole time) and got our baggage and were on the coach in about half an hour so we were pretty impressed! We arrived at the Marriott and had to queue to check in which is normal but it only took 20minutes and were then pointed in the direction of the room. The room was really clean and really well decorated! No bugs no funny smells and no dust at all! Being on half bored we had to eat the buffet which was hot and a varied spread ranging from chips to themed nights we normally went to dinner at about 10 and dinner stars at 8 but it was still hot!! During the day we lounged around the pool or by the beach (if on the beach get sun beds with wind protectors) a lot of people reserve sun beds but you can normally find some good ones still at about 9 ish. We also had a walk round the other hotels but I donât think you can use their pools. Lunch we normally had in the pool bar was really nice and quite good price wise. We charged load of stuff to our room it was quite reasonable and much easier than carrying cash with you. The spa there is nice and the gym and Jacuzzi are free for hotel guest we both had massages as well which were well worth the price. Of an evening after dinner we either got the tut tut up to the shops to have a walk around or go to a one of the restaurants up there. Also the Marriott has some good entertainment but the organiser left half way through the week. There is a tiny super market and pharmacy as well as some gift shops but not much else if you buy food or bottled water to bring back to the hotel then put it in a bag as sometimes they get a bit funny about it. Staff at the hotel were amazingly helpful and made us feel really welcome. We enjoyed our time there so much we are planning another trip. Hope this helps. Have a great time."
- Travel date: 31st December 2007
Top traveller tips for The Bayview Taba Heights Resort
"Check out the beach and the beach bar as the first thing. And remember to bring snorkling gear :-)"
"We ate all our meals in the hotel."
"No favourite restaurant, Cairo, without a doubt not to be missed"
"Beautiful place, helpful staff, excellent snorkelling, too expensive."
The Bayview Taba Heights Resort is also called
- Taba Heights Marriott Beach Resort
- taba heights marriott
- marriott taba