Review for Holiday Taba Egypt 2012
We have just returned from a BRILLIANT 2 weeks home to the Hilton Taba Egypt. This will be our 5/6th visit over 3/4 years. We now call this our second home and family. The location, hotel/grounds, service, food, activities (Sam my adopted ‘son’ from another mom) - manager of the animation team are fabulous.
We very selfishly would like not to tell everyone how brilliant this hotel and staff are as we would like to keep it as our secret, but as Christians’ we feel the need to share this as it is really a beautiful and wonderful place, with first class people.
First we would really like to thank all the hidden unsung heroes, people behind the scenes such as gardeners, cleaners, washer uppers, laundry, security, admin, IT and I’m sure there are many more, that we did not see. These people are essential to the smooth running of such a big hotel and without them I’m sure our visit home would not have been as perfect as it was. Many Many Thanks.
This is no particular order BUT, Chris the manager thank you again for the very warm welcome we received, this really did make us both feel that we had returned home again (we were glad that the few ‘goodies’ went down well). Thank you for the chats and please say hello to your wife and family, what a delight! Our memories return to the night at the beach party BRILLIANT NIGHT (you must go it well worth the few extra pounds). We really enjoyed seeing you again as last year you had only just started at the Hilton Taba and everything was very new as were the faces.
Kariman, what an amazing woman “the face of Egyptian women” for the future. We really enjoyed the” cups of tea” and long conversations we shared with both her and our friend Anwar (front of house manager) he too is an amazing man with a lot of insight and experiences. We just loved these too people sharing afternoon tea and time with them. They really helped with the smooth welcoming of guest into the hotel after what is a very long day travelling for most guests. The welcome drink is also very nice, and helped us to relax when we had arrived. All the front of house staff were incredibly professional dealing with large check in and check outs very quickly, and efficiently their patience dealing with a wide range of enquiries in different languages always with a smile and impeccable manners- well done.
Some may feel that the security to enter the Hilton is a bit too much. But given the history of the hotel, its location (right on the Israeli border) the added security is for our comfort and does only take a few more minutes (when the electronic scanner is working)and the staff try to make this as painless and quick as possible.
We would like to mention everyone personally as they all helped play an important part of our return home being so perfect and we apologise if we miss people out but we will try to post all our photos on trip advisor to try to compensate for this.
We would really like to thank our friends - Sayed (food and beverage) He is the tall guy who stand by the pillars in Palm court with a very stern face. However, he is an amazing man very soft and gentle with a brilliant sense of humour when you get to know him. Thanks you Sayed for the computer games (he thinks he has skills at “Air hockey”. I think it is just “luck”, HA, HA, HA, what’s the phrase you use, when you were losing?), chats cups of tea and the great service you and the team provide. We really enjoyed getting to know you better this time.
Yasser-the first friend we made in Egypt, he is truly BRILLIANT, he helps with the smooth running of getting everyone seated for meals in the palm court restaurant. He understands his staff and they work brilliant together. Yasser will try to make your stay as perfect as possible and if you have a birthday watch out the singing and drums are fabulous. Yasser will know if you miss a meal and he will want to know why? And if you are Ok?, nothing is ever too much for anyone. Thank you very much for translating between us and our other friend Ragab (chef in the Maharba and lunch Chef at the Nelson bar) what a fabulously skilled man, he is always very interested in the people he cooks for and he cooks his meals with extra sprinklings of Love, and is always happy to tell you how he has cooked the food and what ingredients he has used (this is really helpful if like me you use to be a chef or enjoy cooking a lot). We have never had a meal cooked by him that wasn’t perfect. Our only issue with all the food is that often they give you too much. We spent an evening after the Maharba had closed talking and laughing this will be forever in our thoughts. Thank you so much the two of you we love and miss you both. Although we have specifically mentioned Ragab we must not forget Amir and all the other chefs on the team who supply guests with such an array of delicacies to tempt all taste buds. Everyone is always happy to explain what the foods are and how they are cooked (if this interests you) they will be so pleased if you show an interest. “Dell Boy” Mohamed Helmy, we missed you. One day you where there and the next you had gone on vacation and never said goodbye.
Our other friends include Sam of course our adopted son from another mom and brother to my eldest son Shaun. What a guy he is always on the go, never stops and tries his very best to ensure that he speaks to all the guests with his team. He has a limitless supply of energy and enthusiasm that amazes us both and we want some of what he has. He has had a good teacher his brother - Mojo who now works at the Hilton, Marsa Alam (another hotel well worth the visit). Chris, please keep supporting him as he has amazing talents and could move mountains with your support. Well done “Son shine”..... Well done for team including “Will Smith” look alike, and his beach party tricks. You really must see this show.
Other people that spring to mind include our wonderful housekeeping from both rooms that we stayed in this time. They kept us amused with the wonderful towel arrangements left on our beds- Brilliant!! And well done! They also kept our room very clean, well stocked and just really fresh and lovely. All these guys work extremely long hours and always do their work with a smile and are eager to assist. What respect we have for you all.
Ayman and the bar staff thanks for the smiles, hugs and kisses that were delivered each day with our usual cocktails and endless supply of tea.
The foods in all the restaurants are very special, tasty and well presented and if you get the opportunity try to eat in them all. It is well worth the few extra ponds going to eat at the Casa Taba (silver service, al la carte). The bread and pastry selection in the Palm court is one of our favourite (breakfast) what a challenge to cook so many types of breads and pastries and salads etc catering for all tastes. We also really enjoyed the opportunity to have omelettes each day, along with waffles this was a welcomed new addition this year.
Other noticeable changes included wind breakers on the beach, the nelson Jetty being opened again after the damage cause by storms, the addition of recycling pots around the ground, Ice cream in the main building and lovely flowers around the eating area at the Nelson and new staff faces. The Nelson bar is still our favourite place, sitting quietly in Egypt looking over the sea of Aquaba with 3 other countries in the distance while Ahmed, Mahdy and the team keep you stocked with iced cocktails and drinks - this is just the perfect spot. The food at lunch time appears to be fast food type but do not be fooled, the pizza, burgers, soups, fish and salads are all freshly cooked and delicious.
We hope this review is helpful and that new visitors will enjoy their time at Taba as much as we always do. We acknowledge that this is a very personal review but this is a reflection of the special relationships we have developed over the times we have been to Taba.
Thank you to all our friends both old and new for making our second home so very special and for making the stay so comfortable, relaxing and so very special as always. Well done to all the managers and their teams as always it is purely our pleasure. We hope you enjoy the photos, we have some very strange photos which we know Anwar, and Sam will appreciate. These will have to follow.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience world-class service at Taba Hotel & Nelson Village This property is 4 minutes walk from the beach. Taba Hotel & Nelson Village features panoramic Gulf of Aqaba views and a private beach area with sun loungers. The bright, spacious rooms have cable TV and plush beds. All rooms at Taba Hotel & Nelson Village are fitted with air conditioning and have a minibar. Some rooms have a balcony with views of the garden and the Red Sea. Guests can organise diving trips at the on-site diving center or relax with a massage therapy. For younger guests, Taba Hotel & Nelson Village offers a Kids’ club. Italian cuisine can be enjoyed at the Taba Hotel & Nelson Village's Casa Taba. Oriental specialties are served at Marhaba. Guests can unwind with a drink on the terrace at the Nelson Pub. Taba Hotel & Nelson Village is 20 minutes’ drive from Eilat Airport. Underwater Observatory Marine Park is just a 3-minute drive away. Free private parking is available at the hotel. We speak your language! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Taba Resort And Nelson Village
- Hilton Taba Resort & Nelson Village Hotel Taba
- Hilton International Taba
- Hilton Taba Hotel Nelson Village
- Taba Hotel And Nelson Village Egypt - Red Sea And Sinai