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Strand Beach and Golf Resort Taba Heights
Ranked #2 of 23 Hotels in Taba
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Stockport, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
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“Peaceful,relaxing location,no riff-raff.”
Reviewed 15 February 2012

The Hotel is made up of three buildings. The Crescent,Atrium,and Pentagon,which are all about 4 storeys high.We visited for one week at the beginning of February,and as the hotel was only at 30% capacity,just the Crescent building was being used.This is where the main restaurant which we used for all meals is situated,and in fact appears to be the best place to be in.
Our room 1427<building 1, fourth floor, No27> was excellent,having a lagoon and sea view,with sun on the balcony from 8am till 2pm.The balconies have roofs and a substantial metalwork rail,and there are two arches forming the view,so it would be difficult to sunbathe on them,but are pleasant to sit in,with two comfy chairs on each balcony,and table.

There is tea and coffee provided,plus kettle,but no milk,plus a limited refrigerated mini-bar,which is useful for keeping the litre and a half free water they supply to each room daily .
The room safe is free,and valuables not in there,and left in room are not covered by the hotel,should they go missing.
The door key is a swipe card,which did not seem to work well at first...TIP...when you swipe it down,leave in reader for a second or two until the green light comes on!
The hotel,thankfully,is not all Brits,there is a mix of Belgians,Germans,French,Russians and Ukrainians,on our visit the average age was about 55plus.

Beach Towels are provided from a hut near to the beach bar,and are exchanged for a towelcard when you have finished with them,on check-in you receive the cards.
There is a particularly peaceful bar situated at their man-made lagoon,an after lunch coffee or drink is very relaxing there,with a stunning view out to sea.The Lagoon is over 2metres deep,and swimming is permitted,if you wanted a good swim,in a very decent sized area,this is the place.
.If an early morning jog is your wish,an excellent jogging track runs along the top of the beach,on a hard paved surface,running past all the other hotels along the way.This is also a nice place to stroll along during the day and early evening.
I changed my money in the UK,and received 8.20 Egyptian Pounds for each British Pound...I should have waited,because I could of obtained a rate of 9.50 from the on-site Bank Misr,situated in the hotel,they do charge commission,but it is minimal.(At the end of my stay I changed my unused Egyptian money,about £80 sterling equivalent,and was charged about 70p) Their buy-back rate was about 9.70,back in the UK it was 10.20! I suggest you wait till you get there to get your currency....at Man Airport on my way out they were selling at 7.60!
An 24hr Cash machine is inside the hotel,by the Bank as well.
TIP....Egyptian Money is apparently one of the dirtiest currencies in the world,so take some hand sanitiser in your suitcase to use each time you handle coins/notes,as germs will be there,to upset your stomach!....another TIP...Egyptian notes always have English words on the reverse,when getting change always ensure the right amount is given back to you,especially in markets etc.
We were impressed by the service when you approached the beach,the guys come to you and help you find the sunbeds you want,they then set them out under the fixed parasols,lay out your towels,and don't hang around waiting for a tip. Normally within a few minutes of settling in,the bar waiter comes along asking if you would like a drink,including hot drinks,and delivers them to you,and returns throughout your stay on the beach.A lovely 5star touch.

The parasols all have fixed windbreaks,and are not on top of each other,unlike some others in front of the other hotels along the beach. These are the Marriott, Hyatt Regency,Sofitel and Club Med.When we inspected of all of the above,apart from Club Med. it seems that Intercontinental has the most pleasant beach aspect of all.

Three Corners have a hotel in the area,but this is set about 1mile from beach,in an area they call Downtown,but they have a bit of beach front that they bus their guests down to,this seemed a little random.
We visited Downtown,which was rather strange,it is a new build,with a few restaurants,a few gift shops,and that is about all,not really worth the visit.
To get there,a free bus calls to the hotel front,at fairly regular intervals of 20mins,but then goes on a very random route.It is called a Taff Taff...it seems that 20mins after leaving the hotel,you arrive at the next hotel pick-up point,which is just 5mins walk away on the jogging path!! If you plan to use it to go to one of the restaurants,make sure you have plenty of hair-spray on, as the lack of windows will ruin any hair-do!

The hotels are in a very remote part,so any trips really have to be through your tour operator.There is a trip to Jerusalem at a cost of about £110,plus border fees which I think are in excess of £50,but apparently it is a fantastic trip,despite the 4am start,and returning to the hotel around 9pm!
I went on a snorkelling trip at £40,organised by WaterWorld,who were represented in the hotel.I had never done it before,and it was fantastic.I hired a wet-suit for an additional £6.Lunch was cooked on ship,and we snorkelled for approx 1hr,then lunched,sailed to another location,and snorkelled for 45mins.The coloured fish,some in shoals,were brilliant,and there was coral,but no sharks or shipwrecks!
We stayed on an all-inclusive deal,unusually we did not have wrist-bands,so I presume all there were on AI. Food was good for each meal,there was always something we liked.Staff were very respectful,and courteous.The self-serve buffet area was never a problem,but I would imagine when the hotel is nearer capacity,the restricted chilled food areas may be a little crowded.
In summary,this is just what we wanted,in fact we spoke to many who have been coming back to this hotel for years.I think it opened about 7 years ago.We are seriously contemplating returning,which is something we have never done before.

I would be happy to answer any other questions you may have,and can give you a good tip to get an upgrade if you get in touch.

Anna,Guest Relations,is there till mid April,she is excellent...loves Cadbury Creme Eggs!

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 February 2012

My partner and I spent one week at the Intercontinental, and were thoroughly impressed with the service, attention to detail and friendliness of the staff. We had a great experience, and would definitely recommend it.

Food / Drink - the main restaurant is a buffet-style and is themed each night, so it doesn't feel too repetitive. The variety and quality was decent (the eggs at breakfast are amazing), and the chefs are always willing to provide if you're fussy. By the end of the week we did fancy a bit of a change of scenery though - apart from the main restaurant there aren't many other places to eat nearby. You can go to the sister hotels' buffet restaurants (you only pay for your alcohol) so in fairness we probably should have done that. There's also a couple of a la carte restaurants (the seafood place was good), but we didn't get chance to go to the lagoon place - a shame because it looks beautiful. Cocktails and beer were good. Tips - make use of the other dining facilities - we regret not visiting them all. Your all inclusive package ends at 11pm so you'll need to buy your drinks after then.

Rooms - We were on the ground floor and were never disturbed by any noise. The room was large, really clean etc with a modern TV (which unfortunately for me showed a football channel!). The garden view over the pool and beach was gorgeous. There are lifts to the other floors, so we wouldn't have minded where we got. As a tip - the area around the restaurant and shisha bar could get a bit noisy so maybe a room around there wouldn't be as good.

Service - Second to none. Everyone was incredibly friendly and willing to help. The staff at the gym gave me personal training for free, were great fun and played table tennis with us, took care of our tennis equipment etc. Reception will help you find out anything you want to know. Chefs are accommodating, welfare staff are friendly and polite. Overall - everyone there went the extra mile to make our stay superb.

Things to do in / around the hotel- It's in a pretty remote location, so most trips are a distance away. The sisha bar has very low-key Egyptian entertainment - typical of most Egyptian hotels - which we really liked. It's not a clubbing resort, so nightlife is really restricted to the hotel and sister hotels. They do a beach barbeque once a week.
The hotel has table tennis and tennis, a jogging track and a dive centre attached so if you want a little activity it is there. There's football, volleyball etc on the beach, and a little daily entertainment in the pool - not overkill, but a perfect little break to make sure you're not bored. As a tip - this is not Sharm El Shaik, so if you're looking for that sort of thing, it's much quieter here.


Trips - The dessert safari trip was awesome and the guide was good - but we got stung a little in the afternoon by being made to go to a bazaar, which we didn't really fancy. However, there was no pressure to buy. The diving is good and the dive centre very near by (5 minutes on the bus provided or a 15 minute walk). The trips to Petra, Cairo and Jerusalem looked good (£200 to Petra and about £140 I think for Jerusalem) but involved long periods of travel (some trips 4 hours on a coach, boats etc) - I suffer from travel-sickness so we were put off by this aspect so be aware that if you want to do the main popular excursions, they are a distance away.

Overall we had a great time. TIP - DON'T book during Passover. The second half of our holiday was during Passover and the hotel suddenly became very full with loads of children! We never go back to the same place twice, but I'd go back as there were lots of excursions available that we just didn't have time to do.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Your_dedicated_host, General Manager at Strand Beach and Golf Resort Taba Heights, responded to this review, 16 February 2012
Hi Emma!
Thank you for these detailed infos! We are sure fellow travelers will appreciate this as well! Looking forward having you back soon!
The InterContinental Taba heights Team
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New Ash Green, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 February 2012

Stayed here over the New Year festivities, amazing weve never seen a buffet like it, food as far as the eye could see. The hotel was very spacious and staff extremely pleasant and helpful. Food was very nice we always found something to eat, but missed having cheese not much of that about. Entertainment was a bit lacking and as there is nothing else in Taba but a few restaurants, needs improving, the animation team tried their best. Would go again.

Room Tip: If your going to go during the winter months take something warm to wear after you leave the beach a...
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Your_dedicated_host, General Manager at Strand Beach and Golf Resort Taba Heights, responded to this review, 16 February 2012
Dear Ally,
thank you for the review! You should be coming back in summer to enjoy the warmth and of course heat up for your next winter getaway with us... it is still 23C in December & January!
Your Crew of the InterContinental Taba Heights Resort
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Reviewed 12 February 2012

Hi we stayed at this lovely Hotel in Nov two years ago, and found it fantastic for a get away from it all break, the rooms were lovely, with great wet room type shower and bathrobes provided, to us a luxury. The resort is quiet, but thats what we like, and the little train picks you up for a visit to the village. If you want Discos and nightlife then this is not for you, but if you want a lovely position, great views on all sides, decent food, cleanliness and chillax then book it. We have booked again for March 20th and we dont normally visit the same Hotel twice but we feel its just what we need after the cold winter. My sister inlaw from Canada has also booked again with us as she also had a great holiday and the Canadians are fussy!

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Your_dedicated_host, General Manager at Strand Beach and Golf Resort Taba Heights, responded to this review, 13 February 2012
Dear IsayJoo,
thanks for that and looking forward having you back soon! No worries about being fussy! That s what we are too when it comes to making your stay a special one!
Best regards from your InterContinental Taba Heights Resort Team
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2012

A party of 8 over 60's, we stayed at the Intercontinental for a week from 31st January 2012. We had an excellent time, considering the hotel was at only one third occupancy there was no cut back on the main restaurant facilities and the variety of food was wonderful. Hotel was spotless, staff were friendly and cheerful, bedrooms are spacious and very clean. The entertainment in the evening could be better but as there was a group of us we made our own fun. Management are very accessible in event of any problems and genuinely seem to want you to have the best holiday ever !! Taba airport is dreadful, coming home we were delayed for 3 hours because of a sandstorm but were not told anything by the airport's staff. Airport is very cold and very expensive as well as uninformative, maybe a good idea to keep reps contact number until you get home !!
( For female handbag shoppers) the shop in the Hotel is cheaper than the shop in the village !

Room Tip: Room numbers 1200 upwards have sea and pool view and are close to the restaurant.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Your_dedicated_host, General Manager at Strand Beach and Golf Resort Taba Heights, responded to this review, 13 February 2012
Dear Jennifer,
fabulous you have enjoyed your stay with us! Always happy to be there for you!
We will pass on your comments in regards to the airport as we also wish to see improvements... however... we certainly hope it will not keep you from visiting again in the future and that your vacation experience can make up for it!
Have a great day, the InterContinental Taba Heights Resort team.
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Additional Information about Strand Beach and Golf Resort Taba Heights

Property: Strand Beach and Golf Resort Taba Heights
Address: P.O.Box 10 Taba Heights | Taba Heights, Taba, Egypt
Region: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > Taba
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Casino Hotel in Taba
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Taba
#2 Luxury Hotel in Taba
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Taba
#2 Spa Hotel in Taba
#2 Romantic Hotel in Taba
#3 Family Hotel in Taba
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): €
Hotel Class:5 star — Strand Beach and Golf Resort Taba Heights 5*
Number of rooms: 503
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Strand Golf Beach & Golf Resort Taba Heights is part of a premier resort community on the Red Sea coast. Surrounded by desert mountains, white sand beaches and turquoise waters, it offers a wealth of leisure options including golf, water sports, shopping and gaming. A short drive away are Pharaoh s Island, Colored Canyon and the Taba Protected Area. ... more   less 
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