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Sofitel Taba Heights
Ranked #3 of 23 Hotels in Taba
Leeds
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108 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Perfect for relaxation and winter sun”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2013

I wavered between giving the Sofitel a four star or five star rating... but in the end decided there really wasn't much, if anything, I could criticise about our holiday here, hence the full marks!

Room: Undoubtedly a five-star by Egypt standards, although not by western Europe standards. The room was spacious, with a large and comfortable bed, a big walk-in shower, good selection of TV channels (lots of English movie and sport channels) and a nice private balcony. We got a room (3327) a five minute walk away from the reception and main pool/restaurant area which at first seemed a bit of a pain but then we decided it was nice to be away from the noise and hustle and bustle of the main area as it was quiet and private. Only criticisms about the room are noisy air conditioning and no mini bar service.

Amenities: With several pools, it was a shame that there was only one which was heated and thus used - all the others were, at this time of year, just too cold to brave, even for the most hardened among us! That said, the warm pool was large enough to not be too crowded, and was nice to swim lengths in. The sunbathing areas around the pools were very clean and nice, and the sun beds comfy.

We chose to sunbathe on the beach most days - there were robust wind breaks which sheltered you from the chilly wind, which was good. Only complaints are the the beach was not the nicest - coarse sand, and a little untidy with cigarette butts and rubbish here and there. It certainly wasn't pristine, but it wasn't bad enough to deter us from sunbathing there.

Activities: There was a large range of activities on offer with enthusiastic staff running them - the volleyball and aqua-gym proved very popular, and there was belly dancing, zumba etc too. My husband and I played some table tennis and boules, and, being runners, took advantage of the jogging track that ran along the beach. The track is 2.5km in length with distance markers every 250m which was great, so we did a few 5 and 10km runs. My husband is a keen snorkeller and enjoyed being able to snorkel off the jetties and encounter an array of marine wildlife.

Spa: I had an excellent pedicure and manicure on my last day of the holiday - the pedicure treatment in particular was excellent - the best I've had - and I'd definitely recommend the spa facilities - the staff were extremely friendly too.

Food and drink: With the all-inclusive package, you only get to dine in the buffet restaurant; none of the a la carte restaurants are included in the all inclusive which is a great great shame as they stood empty or nearly empty most of the time. We dined in the Asiatique once as we fancied treating ourselves, and it was fantastic - it was teppan yaki and the chef invited me up to help him cook which was entertaining! The food was great and as part of the all-inclusive you got a free starter or dessert, and although it wasn't normal practice, we also were offered house drinks for free. It was a wonderful meal but the great shame was that we were one of only two couples in the restaurant that night - I think the hotel should think about how it could allow guests to enjoy the a la carte restaurants as part of the all-inclusive package - maybe if everyone was entitled to one a la carte meal per holiday?

The standard of the food in the buffet restaurant was very good - lots of fresh salads, fruit at breakfast, enough options during each meal to suit everybody's tastes. The evening meals were themed - International, Asian, Indian, French, Seafood, Egyptian etc... the Asian and Indian were fantastic - easily the best of the week. The rest were good, but there was sometimes not as much difference as one may have expected between the offerings on the different nights (there was a particular beef dish which seemed to appear every night but under different names...) But all in all, the food was of a good standard and really enjoyable.

In terms of drinks - a couple of criticisms in that the cocktail list is not particularly extensive, and secondly that you can only get wine with meals and in the bar on an evening, and not at other times - a bit of an unnecessary restriction surely??

Staff: The service provided by the staff is extremely friendly and personable, professional and efficient.We didn't encounter a single bad member of staff - the attitude of everyone we encountered was exemplary, from the waiters in the restaurant to the guys giving out the towels, to the housekeeping staff, and the guys on reception. It was a pleasure to receive such good service and all the staff positively reflect the reputation of the hotel.

Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Sofitel - it was perfect for what we wanted - a week in the sun and nothing more. The hotel is great for couples and older families. It met our expectations and wants, and we'd happily return in the future and recommend to others.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2013 via mobile

What a great holiday, the Hotel was great, staff wonderful, food and drink plentiful, we stayed in room 3117 great location by the quiet pool, which was very cold to swim in, but a great place to sunbathe. And the sun beds were the best I have ever had. The buffets at each meal were plentiful, there was always something to eat, and the fresh pasta was great. Saed the Thomson rep was always helpful, my only comment was the welcome meeting was too long, needs cutting down by half, and the only negative thing is the awful plane journey, never felt so cramped in my life and I am only 5 foot. Thomson really need to do something about their planes.
I could not believe how the staff remembered what you liked to drink, even after one day.


Going up to the village is great, can recommend the Flying Carpet restaurant, great staff there too.

I cannot understand any negative comments regarding this Hotel. Loads of different bars to have a drink too. I hopefully will go back next year

  • Stayed February 2013
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Morecambe, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2013

The hotel is very nicely laid out with grounds that are kept meticulous by the the staff. Rooms are a good size and kept wonderfully clean by the helpful staff. I was there in February with my wife and the hotel was unfortunately (for them) only half full due to people being scared of the situation in Egypt generally but this meant that the sunbeds empty as was the beach so it made for a great relaxing time for us. The food was well cooked but maybe slightly less choice than other hotels of this standard that I have stayed in. Not much to do in the area other than lie in the sun though. Local 'town' is a new build to serve the hotels in the area so not much of an attraction. We did not make use of the evening entertainment in the hotel so cannot comment. Great position for trips into Jordan and Israel though. To sum up, if you like lying in the sun in peace and quiet then get yourself there now, prices are excellent and Egypt needs you. It is well away from any troubled area and so as safe as any other holiday resort.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Bury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2013

I stayed here in my boyfriend in late November 2012. Staff and facilities were superb. We had a ground floor room with patio which was fantastic. Only complaint was that it could get quite chilly in the breeze in November but that is hardly the hotels fault - we chose to go in November!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Sofitel-Taba, General Manager at Sofitel Taba Heights, responded to this review, February 19, 2013
Dear Guest,

I would like to thank you for chosing Sofitel Taba Heights. I am glad to know that you have enjoyed your stay with us and we are sorry that the weather was not up to your expectations.

Looking forward to welcoming you to Sofitel Taba Heights

Thank you
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Mecca, Saudi Arabia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2013

I spent 4 days last summer in this hotel, it was really relaxing stay room was overlooking the sea whereby you can see a unique view; borders of two countries all at the same time; it is very obvious at night time Saudi Arabia, Jordan.
restaurant is elegant and offering variety of food at breakfast time.
pool is very nice and has a secure part where ou can leave your kids adn you do not have to worry.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Sofitel-Taba, General Manager at Sofitel Taba Heights, responded to this review, February 19, 2013
Dear guest,

We would like to thank you for your kind review on tripadvisor.

I am really glad that you have enjoyed your stay with us. I will pass your compliments to the food and bevearge team.

We will be waiting for your next stay with us.

Thank you and kind regards
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N.Wales
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2013

Lovely hotel with the friendliest staff i have ever come across.The management and staff could not be more helpfull.I normally visit the canaries in the winter months,however after staying at this hotel, i may have to rethink!! he only let down was the so called entertainment at night.he animation team did there best,but it was pretty woefull.Excellent facilities in the hotel and very good food every night.Especially liked the curry night ! Overall a lovely holiday to just chill out.Many thanks to all the staff :-)

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sofitel-Taba, General Manager at Sofitel Taba Heights, responded to this review, February 19, 2013
Dear guest,

Thank you for your time and for writing this review.

It is a pleasure to know that you have enjoyed your stay with us. I will pass your compliments to the team members.

I am sorry that the night entertainment was not up to your expectations but you might have noticed that we try to keep the hotel as quite as possible in the night (after 11:00 PM) so people can relax.

We will be looking forward to welcome you back to Sofitel Taba Heights

Thank you and best regards
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kent
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2013

Everything about this hotel is just perfect! I have not been able to say that for a while. All staff very friendly,Our rep was so friendly and helpful! very clean and well appointed hotel . My standards are quite high when your booking a 5 star hotel and this is. Food very good for all inclusive, loads of sunbeds and not a mad dash in the morning. there are quiet areas for you if you would like to get away from the buzz of a pool area. quiet pool is nice and relaxing which is one of many areas. gardens well manicured which sets a lovely scene around the rooms. the whole place is happy friendly and relaxing. we are going back!

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sofitel-Taba, General Manager at Sofitel Taba Heights, responded to this review, February 19, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for choosing Sofitel Taba Heights.

I am more than happy that your stay was up to your expectations and we will be waiting to welcome you once again to Sofitel Taba Heights.

Best personal regards

Jules-Henri Edouard
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Property: Sofitel Taba Heights
Address: Km 42 Taba Newuiba Road | Taba Heights, Taba 46621, Egypt
Location: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > Taba
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Taba
#2 Best Value Hotel in Taba
#2 Family Hotel in Taba
#3 Luxury Hotel in Taba
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Taba
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Taba
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — Sofitel Taba Heights 5*
Number of rooms: 442
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A truly magnificent location, at the northern tip of the Gulf of Aqaba between the southern Sinai mountains and the Red Sea, Sofitel Taba Heights is also a uniquely designed hotel, inspired by traditional Oriental architecture. This exceptional resort is an all-inclusive property with easy access to the private beach, 3 exquisite restaurants, 5 swimming pools, a fitness center and 3 meeting rooms. Just 20 km from downtown Taba and 40 km from the airport, it's convenient for business and pleasure. ... more   less 
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Taba Heights
Accor Taba Heights
Taba Sofitel

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