We visited Egypt in December 2011. After 5 weeks it seemed very apt to spend the last night on the same beach that we flew over coming into the country. Nuweiba Beach is a huge expanse of sand stretching 5 kms in each direction. It's that large it can be seen by satellite. It was wonderful to travel the road as it meandered through the valleys of the Sinai that connects St Katherine to Nuweiba Beach, as we travelled along I wondered if we were going through the very same valley the Israelites did so long ago led by Moses. Many historians believe Nuweiba Beach to be the very same beach where they crossed the Red Sea.
Habiba Village sits almost at the northern end of the beach, the Saudi Coast is easily visible across the Gulf of Aqaba. Our accommodation back at St Katherine arranged for our transport - a minibus to take us out to the coast and to Habiba. We stayed overnight spending New Year's Eve with others in this great little hotel. The owner put on a special roast lamb meal to celebrate the occasion. The room was simply furnished but adequate and the bathroom relatively new. It has a great bar area and terrace area to hang out. They lit a fire on the beach afterwards, a wonderful time was had by all as various people sang or played and instrument, we even had a fellow who was a fire juggler for want of a better word. Just the best time. We left the following morning after breakfast to go back into the Port to buy tickets for the fast ferry to Aqaba. Be aware there are two ferries that leave most days I believe there is only one that leaves on Saturday, not sure on this. The fast ferry is the second one, it is supposed to leave around 1pm but the day we were there it never left until after 4pm, so make sure you have ample to eat as there is only one food vendor in the ferry terminal that I wouldn't eat anything from. You can't go back through to the town nearby once you go through customs. So bring a good book and plenty to eat and drink. Once onboard the ferry you can buy burgers, chips etc, cake and drinks. The voyage took just over an hour. We got our Jordanian visa at the Aqaba terminal, Its free, but be aware that there may be many others ( Egyptians Jordanians and Saudi's)who have come over on the slow ferry before you that need to be processed through customs and visa terminals... it took us 11/2 hrs to be processed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on a sandy beach overlooking Habiba Bay, this hotel features an open-air restaurant. It offers free Wi-Fi in public areas and air-conditioned rooms.Rooms at Habiba Village have simple furnishings and traditional décor. Each room has it's own private bathroom with a shower.Guests can relax on the beach and enjoy grilled seafood, and meals from our organic farm (fresh everyday) and views of the Red Sea. The indoor restaurant serves breakfast and European cuisine.Habiba Village is a 3-minute drive from the coastal town Nuweiba and is 64 km from Taba International Airport. Free private parking is possible on site. Leisure activities include camel rides, hiking, snorkeling, diving, mountain climbing and tours in a glass-bottom boat. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Habiba Village Nuweiba
- Habiba Village Hotel Nuweiba