The range of activities on offer, including diving the reef just off the hotel's beach
Varied dining options, from Mediterranean to Middle Eastern, Asian to Italian
Hot and sunny weather year-round
What To Know
Works for families as well as couples
Egypt is outside the Eurozone, making it great value for vacationers
WiFi is available for a fee
Parking on site
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Moorish, Red Sea sleep with four pools, topnotch eats and a lengthy activities list
This elegant hotel was built to resemble an Arabian village, with Moorish architecture and clusters of white buildings cascading down the hillside towards the beach. The garden is a true oasis in the desert, filled with palm trees and dotted with four swimming pools – including one that’s a whopping 1,000 metres square – a tennis centre, water features and shady cabanas for lounging the day away.
Bed and Bath
The spacious rooms and suites come with stunning sea or courtyard garden views, and many have a private terrace. With opulent Moorish touches in the form of sweeping archways and intricately carved grilles, all rooms come with a comfortable sitting area, a separate dressing area, TVs and CD-DVD players hidden in an attractive armoire and Nespresso machines. The large marble bathrooms have deep tubs, walk-in showers, twin sinks, lots of fluffy white towels and L’Occitane lotions and potions.
There are a host of dining options, starting with a buffet breakfast at Arabesque. You can lunch poolside at the Gezira Pool Bar and Waha Pool Bar, while the Citadel Lounge serves light meals throughout the day. In the evening, Arabesque serves authentic Middle Eastern cuisine overlooking the Red Sea, and you’ll find delicious Italian specialities at Il Frantoio. Then relax the in art-filled Observatory Lounge, or the al fresco Nafoura lounge with a cocktail or a even smoke fruit-flavoured tobacco through a shisha pipe, while a belly dancer wiggles her hips. For the ultimate pampering session, indulge in the Egyptian Masterpiece treatment at the large spa.
In the Area
Divers and snorkellers shouldn’t miss Tiran Island or Ras Mohamed National Park, home to thousands of fish species and vibrant coral. Waterskiing, kite surfing and windsurfing are also on offer. Back on dry land, you can go quad biking in the desert or opt for a more sedate camel trek. The adventurous can climb Mount Sinai – known as Moses Mount – by moonlight, and reach the top to watch the sun rise over the incredible landscape, before visiting historic St Catherine’s Monastery. Closer to home, shop for souvenirs at SOHO Square, with its bars, cafes and outdoor stage shows.