We stayed at the Hotel Sofitel, Taba Heights, Egypt during Christmas 2006. Why not take a look at some holiday photos from around the resort…


View from the balcony
DSC00020The pool, late in the afternoon
DSC00028On the beach DSC00029Courtyard off reception


Panorama from the front of the hotel

DSC00030aNativity scene on Christmas Eve DSC00036Santa parasailing in to the hotel
DSC00037Santa arriving on a camel DSC00040Guess who!

On Christmas Eve the hotel held a gala dinner. The food was excellent, with some fantastic buffet displays by the restaurant staff. Outside the restaurant, the hotel had an extra surprise – a nativity scene with real shepherds, camels and donkeys!

Christmas Day was livened up by the arrival of Father Christmas, parasailing in to the beach. He made his way up to the hotel pool by camel, before giving out presents to all of the kids.


Panorama from the “Three Corners” hotel down towards the beach

DSC00044Charlotte waiting for the shuttle bus


Charlotte at the ‘Three Corners’

It’s about a mile to the ‘Three Corners’ hotel and shops – you can walk it in about 15 minutes. The free shuttle bus provided by ‘Waterworld’ runs every 30 minutes. Nothing special about the hotel – a busy swimming pool in a central courtyard, and the usual bars and dining rooms. The shopping centre immediately behind the hotel was interesting though. Lots of restaurants, shops selling various souvenirs, clothes, jewellery, carpets etc. and a supermarket.


Red Sea WaterworldDSC00063

Outside Red Sea Waterworld

Deborah and Matthew had a go at scuba diving at the Red Sea Waterworld. The half-day beginner’s introduction cost around £60 each. For that, they had three dives and got to see plenty of fish. Later in the week, we all went back to Waterworld and went on the glass bottomed boat. Don’t think the boat was expensive – maybe a fiver each?


Panorama of the pool, with the hotel in the background

The poolDSC00084

Relaxing by the poolDSC00085

The pool, with the Lotus Restaurant behind


Panorama view from our balcony down to the sea

Some useful links I found:

LexicOrient [Middle East & North Africa]

Attractions and Excursions in the Red Sea, Egypt

Babel arabic


Egyptian Consulate in the UK

Crossing from Israel to Egypt

Hotel Sofitel Taba Heights

Hyatt Regency Taba Heights

Jerusalem excursion from Sinai

Jordan from Israel

Petra – Myth and reality

Petra Map and Monuments

Taba Heights Marriott Beach Resort Hotel

Taba, Egypt weather forecast from Weather Underground

The Complete Petra


UKDivers.net – Red Sea Life – Fish