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!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Intercontinental Taba Heights Hotel Taba
- Hotel Intercontinental Taba Heights
- Intercontinental Hotel Taba Heights
- Taba Intercontinental
- Taba Heights Intercontinental