Taba Heights

Taba Heights is a town on the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt. A purpose built resort nestling between mountains and the sea with 5 large hotels, diving & water sports centre and a golf course. There is also a residential complex for employees and regular visitors who own homes. There is a small promenade of shops providing local crafts in the Uptown area along with cafes and restaurants. From the beach you can see Israel to the left and Jordan and Saudi Arabia on the opposite shore of the Gulf of Aqaba.

Get in

By plane

Located only 30 km from Taba International Airport, Taba Heights is a 40 minute drive from Taba International Airport and a short flight from Europe’s major capitals. Tourists can also reach Taba Heights from Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport, 200 km away.

By bus

As EgyptAir does not fly to Taba, Taba Heights can be accessed from Cairo via the Sinai Peninsula. This is approximately a six-hour journey by private car or public bus.

A number of bus companies service the area from Cairo and Sharm el Sheikh stopping at towns along the route. The bus drops off passengers at the petrol station outside the gates of Taba Heights. A transfer to the hotel from the station can be arranged through local tour companies.

Access from Eilat, Israel is via the Taba Border, 25 km away.

By boat

Home to an international marina, Taba Heights is officially recognised as a legal port of entry to Egypt. Visitors who wish to cruise directly to Taba Heights by private yacht or charter vessel can do so from Aqaba, Jordan.

Get around

Taba Heights operates a complimentary Taf Taf bus service throughout the day which will run until the early hours of the morning. These regular free buses are an easy and reliable means to move around the resort. The Taf Taf bus stops are located at all Taba Heights hotels, Waterworld, Taba Heights Golf Resort and the Uptown shopping area.

Private hire limousines are also available.

See

The resort incorporates many leisure amenities including a host of luxury hotels, soothing spas, a renowned professional golf course and a marina. There are also adventurous activities such as diving and quad safaris for guests to enjoy.

It's enviable location overlooking four countries – Egypt, Jordan, Israel and Saudi Arabia - gives visitors the option to be standing before the Great Pyramid at Giza, the haunting canyon Treasury of Petra, or the solemn Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem in a matter of hours.

Day trips are available to Petra in Jordan, Eilat in Jerusalem and Cairo, and can be booked through several operators.

Distances of Sinai attractions from Taba Heights by road: Coloured Canyon 70km (hike through canyon);Mount Sinai 210km (Moses trail and home to inhabited monastery and the burning bush - a long hike but great sunrise view); and Sharm el Sheikh 225km (Ras Mohammed National Park).

Do

Golf:

Unmatched by any other course in the region, the professional golf course offers serious and novice golfers the opportunity to tee off under a crop of desert mountains overlooking an incredible expanse of blue water with a view of three countries. Thanks to the year round sunshine, Taba Heights Golf Resort is open every day of the calendar year.

Taba Heights hosts a number of notable tournaments including the International Pro-Am, and the course has officially been ranked amongst the top 100 golf courses worldwide. The prestigious 18-hole championship golf course has been designed to ensure it meets both American and European architectural standards and offers an impressive 7100 yards between the 1st and 18th hole, with rolling elevations ranging from 4m-70m above sea level. Golf can be played with or without a coach.

The total course area spans the central section of resort's to link with the different hotels and beachfront. Each hole has five sets of tees and three holes offering golfers to chance to play alongside the Red Sea waters.


Water-sports and diving:

Waterworld is a five-star water-sports and diving centre located within the resort and offers a full range of activities including scuba diving, sailing, windsurfing, wake-boarding, water skiing and para-sailing with or without training. The trainers are all internationally certified instructors to ensure all visitors receive the best instruction and care.

There are also dive boats and daily diving trips for visitors to enjoy, while other activities on offer at the centre includes snorkelling trips, banana boat rides, pedalos, canoes, semi submarine trips and a ride on the Glass Bottom Boat.

Smaller underwater life that is regularly seen includes sea horses, frog fish and sea moths. While whale sharks have been sighted in the summer months, this is not a regular event and cannot be guaranteed during your visit. Dolphins also often pass through in the summer.

Snorkelling off the jetties at the hotels is a highlight offering lots of small fish to see. A large sail boat offers trips to Pharoun Island for the more adventurous snorkelers.


Quad biking:

Thrill seekers can book quad biking trips into the desert just outside of Taba Heights and wrestle the sand dunes.

Buy

In the Uptown shopping area visitors will find a wide range of locally produced crafts including rugs, paintings and silver, as well as the traditional Egyptian souvenirs in the local bazaars and fashion outlets.

There is also a supermarket and pharmacy here should guests need the facilities.

Eat

There are a number of restaurants located in the hotels but for guests wishing to eat out, there are restaurants available in the Uptown shopping area, some offering fabulous views over the golf course. Prices for alcoholic drinks are comparable to those in Europe.

There is a beach bar at Waterworld which will remain open while its guests are present. It serves reasonably priced food and drinks.

Dine Around Privilege: Taba Heights offers its guests the Dine Around Privilege, a special dining scheme that allows guests to sample a wide variety of cuisines at any of the many hotel restaurants throughout the resort, regardless of your hotel of residence. Simply make a reservation at the restaurant of your choice through your hotel reception.

There are also a number of restaurants and cafes serving Shisha spread throughout the resort.

Drink

A full range of local and imported alcoholic drinks is available.

Nightlife

Evening entertainment and themed nights are arranged by each hotel. In addition, the Uptown area has a variety of restaurants and bars, along with a shopping promenade.

There is a weekly street festival with free live entertainment in the Uptown area each Friday from March till November.

Sleep

There are many 4 and 5 star hotels within the resort, with most rooms offering sea, mountain or golf course views. The extensive collection of hotels means that there are many accommodation options available, from Bed & Breakfast to all-inclusive packages, to cater for all visitors.

Each hotel offers a range of entertainment options, including Nubian Troupes, Bedouin experience, camel rides, kids' clubs and evening entertainment.

Budget

Splurge

Go next

Located only 25 km away from the border at Eilat, Israel,the crossing has a duty-free shop and the town has a good range of bars, cafes, restaurants and nightclubs along with shopping malls.

Sharm el-Sheikh is 200 km away by road and flights can be taken.

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