For most tourists, Egypt starts and ends with Cairo and the Great Pyramids. This is a real shame, because this beautiful country has so much to offer besides towering ancient monuments of stone. From its interior desert towns to the beautiful resorts along its coast that have enthralled travellers for centuries, Egypt has it all.
Among the most popular tourist spots in Egypt (besides Cairo) is Sharm El Sheikh. Located along the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula, Sharm El Sheikh is a spectacular beach destination that boasts of world-class dive spots and pristine underwater reserves. It also has gorgeous seascapes, stunning desert vistas and some of the finest luxury resorts in the world.
If this charming little town is on your travel itinerary, here are three fabulous resorts you should consider staying in:
1. Maritim Jolie Ville Resort, Naama Bay: Located right in the heart of the popular Naama Bay area of Sharm El Sheikh, Maritim Jolie Ville Resort & Casino is a great place for families to enjoy the charms of the city at a price that won't break your budget. It offers easy access to the Naama Bay beach, has charmingly decorated rooms with beautiful ocean views, and boasts well-equipped rooms with climate control, satellite TV, and wi-fi. A firm favorite among foodies, it has four a-la-carte restaurants serving everything from French to Italian and traditional Egyptian cuisine.
The resort's highlights include an extremely popular Beach BBQ, and ultra-luxurious 'super rooms' located just 50-500 metres from the beach!
2. Hilton Sharks Bay Resort, Sharks Bay Beach: Thanks to its location at the edge of the Shark's Bay Beach, the Hilton Sharks Bay Resort offers some of the most stunning views of the Red Sea in the city. Popular among families as well as young couples, this resort boasts seven different pools, its own private beach, a whopping 13 restaurants and bars, and two separate clubs exclusively for kids. The resort will also be more than happy to arrange dive site trips or whisk you away to a romantic private dinner by the beach. Every room in the resort looks out to either the pools, the beach, or the hotel's vast gardens.
3. Rixos Sharm Elh Sheikh, Nabq Bay: Awarded the Travellers's Choice Award for Luxury by TripAdvisor, the Rixos in Nabq Bay is one of the finest luxury hotels in the city with over 695 rooms and suites spread along a gorgeous stretch of the Nabq Bay beach. Besides world-class international dining options (including options from Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Italian and Egyptian cuisines), it also has several pools, three water slides for children (and adults who act like children!), and gorgeous rooms modelled on traditional Egyptian architecture.
If you plan to travel to Sharm El Sheikh, you can't go wrong with picking from any one of these three luxury family resorts!
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