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Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Taba Heights: Egypt- The perfect vacation!

Always wanted to visit Egypt but not sure you fancy the bright lights and chaos of commercially known and popular destination Sharm El Sheikh, then Taba Heights resort Marriott is for you.

With 5 star accommodation, scorching weather all year round, it’s the perfect way to start your summer especially if you’re sat at home wondering what happened to spring?

The resort of Taba Heights is set in the most breath taking surroundings with stunning mountains providing the backdrop, and on really clear days the views of Jordan and Saudi Arabian mountains are so amazing you can’t quite believe how close you are.

I stayed in a junior suit with a sea view and highly recommend this, it was perfect with its own balcony and sun loungers it was exactly what you wanted for quiet afternoons away from the beach, I could lie out and happily read Cheryl Coles ‘My story’ without fear of being judged by my literary choices and in the evening looking out onto the sea and seeing the moon light reflecting off the water was truly breath taking.

This holiday is great for friends, families and couples and there was a healthy mixture of all, which I really liked and is a good sign that it is a ‘fits all’ holiday.

If Sun Sea and sand is not enough relaxation for you, the Spa at the Marriot will without a doubt have you transported into a land of blissfulness. We managed to strike a deal and after many jokes about camels and how many my boyfriend could swap me for we had negotiated three treatments including two hour long massages in a twin treatment room. If you love to haggle this is the place to come, it’s a great place to practice too if you are a more inexperienced traveller or shy when it comes to negotiating the sellers in Taba have a great sense of humour and were very friendly and reasonable never were they too pushy.

If relaxing is not really your thing don’t worry because there are plenty of excursions and trips available. From diving in the red sea which is very beautiful to quad biking though canyons for the more adventurous (we tried this one). Admittedly the last time I was on a quad bike I was a teenager roaring horrifically through one of the Greek islands probably scaring locals, but I can happily say I am now and this was so much different.

All in all Taba Heights and the Marriot was the perfect get away vacation the hotel was lovely the staff where attentive and friendly and there was plenty to do! I felt truly looked after and rested after a weeks stay.

The bad bit: (everyone has one bad bit on holiday otherwise it wasn’t real) if you’re precious don’t read on.

My only down side was suffering from the Egyptian food curse ( but apparently everyone gets it, it is like the new ‘deli belly’) no matter what, I tried to avoid the ice/water/salad you name it my stomach felt unsettled nearly the whole time and I often planned my day around my proximity to the nearest bathroom, which were always clean and empty  and never too far away, which was only ever going to be a bonus. I feel like if I didn’t pre warn you of this I’d be lying/omitting one side of the important truth and I don’t like to do that we can all take honesty can’t we, and I guess (if you’re being positive which I like to do) that’s part and parcel of travelling (that’s what I told myself any way).

I’d recommend the Marriot in Taba Heights and I am really looking forward to going again!

Booked with Secret Escapes & Longwood Travel
Must do: The Spa & Quad Biking in the Canyon

By Rosa Doherty 

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