Myself and my fiancee (Rich and Heidi) spent 7 nights at the Movenpick resort in Taba - we stayed all inclusive. Booked with Thompson.
I hadn't dived before and having been inspired by snorkeling on the reef by the hotel, I completed a four day diving course (PADI Open Water), with 'Aqua Sport'. they are located within the hotel complex and had english speaking staff who were very helpful. Fortunately for me, there wasn't a course running at the time I wanted to learn, so they laid on an instructor for me alone!! This was fantastic, and I completed the course on the reef in front of the hotel - just 30 seconds walk from the dive centre. My Egyptian Instructor, Khalil, had worked at the resort for 15 years and was very experienced and helpful. The equipment was good, and I felt in safe hands throughout. the dive centre has changing facilities and a classroom for lessons. the first Confined Water dives are carried out in the sea - it's just like a swimming pool! Drop me a message if you'd like any more info on this.
The fish are amazing! But don't be a muppet like the Russian tourists and feed them bread! (it can kill some species). If idiots are feeding them and you're in the water, try to move away as they 'swarm' and frenzy for the food - Heidi got bitten by them twice when this happened - not nice or necessary.
We both enjoyed a massage on the beach, before going to the well equipped Spa - again the staff were superb. We had steem room, sauna, face packs and plunge pool. All of this plus massage for about £45 (uk) each - it took about 2 1/2 hours in total... ask for Buddah or Noha!
The food was of a high standard, with plenty of variety and a number of different resteraunts within the resort (the Seashells was our favourite). We tried all of them, except for the chinese (why travel a thousand miles to Egypt to eat chinese food?!). Drinks are available throughout the day.
If you have a delicate digestive system, avoid the salad! If like me you do go down with a poorly tummy, ask the pharmacy shop in the resort for ANTINAL (£20 Egypt) - it might not stop the problem, but you'll feel much better, and can continue enjoying you holiday! ;-)
The staff were superb throughout. They were very polite, professional and couldn't do enough to make our stay enjoyable. This ran from the management to the front desk; housekeeping and of course the genuinely friendly resteraunt waiters.
There is a feeling of being very secure throughout the resort and beach and pool(s) area. We happily left our 'beach belongings' on a sunbed all day, and popped backwards and forwards into the sea and to the resteraunts to eat, without worrying about dragging our kit with us.
We stayed on the second floor with a view directly over the Red sea, with the port of Elat to our left and Saudi Arabia to our right. The room was large, with ensuite and air conditioning (nice at night). Bottled water x 2 is delivered to your room daily - pop it in the minibar fridge! Each room has a digital safe for you passports and valuables etc. We were very comfortable there - bed was lovely!
Overall we had a fantastic time. We spent most of our time in the water, and explored outside the Resort only briefly (visited the border crossing and shops at the Hilton up the road). Quite why anyone would want to sit around the pool when the Red Sea is only 20 metres away is beyond me. The English and French tourists were nice - the Russians were ignorant, and mildly agressive to anyone not Russian - particularly the staff. I think you get out of a holiday what you put in to it.
The operator, Thompson, seemed ok. Then let us down badly on the final day, by an outstanding lack of communications. About 50 peple were made to wait for 8+ hours in the hotel reception with only faxed messages about what was going on (no Rep came to speak to us at all) - with no food or water. This eventually turned into a nightmare with several people refusing to get on the bus to the airport, as they we're afraid we'd be abandoned there. Eventually we arrived at Taba Airport with 300+ others and after being rushed through, the flight left at 1am. the poor cabin crew, who had just flew in, bore the brunt of a fast turnaround and very stroppy passengers. They did really well to cope with this and remained professioanl throughout, to their credit.
I'd highly reccommend the Movenpick Taba to anyone - drop me a message if you'd like any details / have any questions... Rich :-)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Magnificent landscapes, breathtaking mountains and the alluring turquoise waters of the Gulf of Aqaba set the stage for the Mövenpick Resort Taba. This is the place where to enjoy wonderful seaside holidays all year round. Located directly on Taba Bay overlooking the Gulf of Aqaba, the meeting point of 4 countries with views of Jordan, Israel and Saudi Arabia. The resort is 38 km from Taba International Airport, 8 km from Eilat Airport and 69.5 km from Ovda Airport in Israel. Mövenpick Resort Taba offering elegantly furnished 424 guestrooms, suites and family rooms with terrace or balconies overlooking the sea , river, pool area or mountains. All rooms feature air-conditioning, wireless connection, LCD TV, hairdryer and minibar. ... more less
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