Luxury Egypt Holidays
When you're dreaming of a destination that offers almost guaranteed sun, incredible historical roots, and a choice of resorts offering exceptional luxury Egypt has to be one of the only countries on the list. Egypt's rich culture and luxurious ideals have been part of the country's DNA since the days of the pharaohs, and this tradition of opulence is woven into Egyptian life today. There is no shortage of resorts that encapsulate this essence, and we've handpicked the best of the best.
The visual appeal of Egypt cannot be underestimated. This is a land where a vast desert sits beside the lush path of the Nile the longest river in Africa. It's the country of the pyramids, Pharaonic temples and the Valley of Kings, where Tutankhamun's tomb was recovered. And it's the country with an enviable Red Sea coastline, with desert-style beaches and diving galore. You cannot mistake the fact you are in Egypt, and the high-end resorts with all the luxurious trimmings complete the picture.
Many people are enticed to Egypt by the beach-style holiday the Red Sea resorts offer, and the experience you'll have here will be unlike any other beach holiday you've had. The diving is among the best in the world, with shipwrecks and sharks, abundant coral and fish in rainbow colours, dolphins and manatees. Above the water, there's just about every water sport you would wish for too, from kite surfing to windsurfing. The beaches are hubs of activity for those who want it, with beach volleyball, beach football and even sandcastle building competitions for adults and children!
If you're visiting Egypt, it's easy to imagine why you'd want to spend the whole time by the Red Sea. But if you're keen on exploring, there's a lot more waiting for you in Egypt. Cairo is a buzzing mega-city where cars and donkey carts dominate the roads, and where a swathe of historical riches can be found. The Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx and the Egyptian Museum all come top of the list for most visitors, and there are many lesser known but totally astounding points of interest too. Elsewhere in Egypt, you'll discover that Nile river boat cruises, waterside temples and desert hikes to Roman trading stations are all equally fascinating things to do.
The Nile Valley is seen as the source of all life in Egypt, and it also defines the culinary traditions. The variety of fruit, vegetables and legumes grown near the Nile translates into hummus, baba ghanoush and bean dips as favourite Egyptian foods you definitely need to try. Fish caught from the Mediterranean near Cairo and in the Red Sea also makes its way onto many menus across the country. The flavours in Egypt are all familiar but with an exquisite twist, with cheeses made using methods inspired by ancestors thousands of years ago, to syrup-steeped baklava made with secret local recipes.
When to visit
The weather in Egypt is sunny year-round, making it an easy destination to travel to any time of the year. Some restaurants close during the daytime for the fasting month of Ramadan, but evening and night-time celebrations can be lively and colourful.
Please refer to the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/egypt/entry-requirements for up to date visa and entry requirements. Please note that all visitors to Egypt must hold a current passport with at least 6 months validation beyond the departure date from Egypt. We can only include visas for British Citizen passport holders, and non British Citizen passport holders should check their visa requirements with the Egyptian Consulate in London (0207 2359 777 ext 29) prior to travelling.
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Baron Palace Sahl Hasheesh
Set in an enviable location on a 600m long private sandy beach amidst swaying palm trees and landscaped gardens, Baron Palace is a new, superbly luxurious and sophisticated hotel.
Sheraton Soma Bay Resort
Guests at Sheraton Soma Bay Resort will delight in the stunning, subtle Egyptian architecture which blends beautifully with the integral modern design
The Oberoi Beach Resort Sahl Hasheesh
5 Star Superior
Twenty-five minutes drive from central Hurghada, The Oberoi Beach Resort Sahl Hasheesh is a supremely luxurious all-suite resort set within 48 acres of palm filled gardens fringed by the hotel’s own private beach.