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Taba and Taba Heights are two of Egypt’s Red sea resorts located on the Gulf of
Aqaba. As there are no compulsory vaccinations and charter flights available from
Gatwick with a flying time of only 5 hours it is a short haul destination with long haul
Arriving at the airport, which is situated at the top of the Sinai Mountains, I
was surprised how chilly it felt, but as we wound our way down the mountains to the
beach the temperature gradually rose up to a very welcome 37 degrees in the 45 min
Taba is very close to the border with Israel, and across the Gulf of Aqaba you can see
Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Visas are not required if staying in the beach resorts but
you will need to purchase one at the airport if you would like to leave the beach resorts and explore further afield, for example, it is possible to visit Cairo, Jerusalem, Petra, Coloured Canyon, St Catherine’s Monastery and Eilat.
I checked into the Hilton in Taba which is the only high rise building in the area, a legacy from the Israeli’s, and from my room on the eighth floor I had beautiful views. As well as rooms in the main building, there is also a luxury new area called Nelson’s Village. This has been built using natural materials to blend in with the surrounding landscape and consists of 84 rooms over 3 floors with restaurants shops and bars. There is also an excellent dive school here right on the beach, which offers PADI courses. A short drive along the sea road in the shadow of the majestic Sinai Mountains is the resort of Taba Heights. There are a few ‘resort’ hotels here including the Hyatt, Marriott, Sofitel and Intercontinetal. They have lovely swimming pools, access to the beach, excellent food and world class Spas. They welcome families, couples and groups. Taba Heights has a small village area with one Hotel, the El Wekala, and the Hotels offer those customers who are on a half board basis, a dine-around scheme and includes the restaurants here. The is also a pub and entertainment in the small amphitheatre. The resort also has a beautiful 18 hole championship golf course, a real oasis in the desert, which offers coaching for any ability with resident professionals. For water-lovers there is a Water Sports centre with an extensive programme of activities from scuba diving to pedalos and banana boats! And if you don’t want to get wet, you can see the coral from a glass-bottomed boat!
For easy access, ride the shuttle bus to all the resort has to offer.
The beautiful climate and excellent facilities makes this a relaxing and ‘charging your batteries’ kind of destination, leave your troubles (and your mobile) at home!
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