Egypt has been drawing the intrigue of people for thousands of years, and visitors went through great lengths to travel there even during ancient times just to see its magnificent sights. Not only is Egypt flush with history and incredible landmarks and monuments, it has great beaches and is a haven for those who want to enjoy watersports in a unique location. Egypt has been described by many who visit as being like Europe's version of the Caribbean. It also has hotels and resorts so gorgeous that they look like mini palaces, and the rates are surprisingly affordable. Here are five of the top luxury hotels in Egypt.
1. The Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh
Located in Hurghada, The Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh is a jaw dropping resort that is absolutely palatial. The beachfront property is perched right on the Red Sea and spans 48 acres. In addition to having its own private beach, The Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh has a certified dive center. The resort's rooms and architecture reflect traditional Arabic design, and stepping into one of the suites here will make you feel like royalty. The domed ceilings, dramatic corridors, elegant details, and brilliant lamps all create a magical atmosphere that's truly unlike anything else.
The suites include features such as private pools, marble bathrooms, and plush four poster beds. All rooms at The Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh include minibars, free WiFi, and access to the property's fitness area, sports courts, spa, and lounge. There are restaurants on site, and the hotel also has a concierge and shuttle service. The Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh's nightly rate starts at $168.
2. The Royal Savoy Sharm El Sheikh
The Royal Savoy Sharm El Sheikh is one of the most expansive luxury hotels in Egypt. There are so many beautiful niches within this one property that guests will likely find something new on each stay. The Royal Savoy has a club wing with an exclusive garden terrace, pool, beach, and lounge. This is the area of the resort that you'll want to pick if privacy is a top concern and you want an intimate, secluded feeling.
Other rooms in the resort have views of the Tiran Islands and the lush gardens surrounding the properly. Amenities include air conditioning, in-room safes, tea and coffee making equipment, mini bars, and private balconies. Larger suites are available that have separate living rooms and additional space to accommodate groups. The rate per night at The Royal Savoy starts at $159.
3. Jaz Aquaviva Resort
In Makadi Bay lies Jaz Aquaviva Resort, one of the most exquisite luxury hotels in Egypt that you can find. It's the epitome of a desert oasis and contains the country's largest water park, Makadi Water World. The park has over 50 water rides and is a huge draw for visitors and locals alike. Jaz Aquaviva Resort is spread over more than 27 acres of land and has a variety of things to do including its own shopping center, an 18 hole championship golf course, and many dining options.
Foodies will relish the array of restaurants at Jaz Aquaviva. The main restaurant has a buffet that's available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and its several bars serve well known favorites and local specialties. In the food court are filling snacks including sandwiches and pizza, and there's also a bakery on-site that serves beautiful desserts and pastries.
Elsewhere at Jaz Aquaviva Resort is an impressive array of 487 lavishly appointed guest rooms. Each has complimentary internet access, air conditioning, an in-room safe, LCD television, tea and coffee making equipment, and super comfortable beds. Jaz Aquaviva Resort even has a concierge and an on-call doctor waiting to assist guests 24/7. The nightly rate at this resort starts at $144.
4. Stella Di Mare Beach Hotel & Spa
Stella Di Mare Beach Hotel & Spa is one of the five-star luxury hotels in Egypt that's situated near Naama Bay, where guests can find entertainment, superb dining, water activities, and diving lessons from passionate experts. Stella Di Mare has its own PADI diving center as well as a large spa with just about every rejuvenating treatment that you can imagine, including massages, wraps, saunas, steam baths, and indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis. The resort's outdoor pool provides fantastic views of the surrounding areas and sea, and isn't far from Stella Di Mare's golf course.
The golf course is staffed with PGA qualified pros, and is suitable for casual players and seasoned veterans alike. Stella Di Mare's 5-star diving center is a guest favorite that specializes in snorkeling, diving, and several other watersports. If you're looking to get lessons from a knowledgeable diving instructor or you want the best access to see all of the sea life and amazing sights in the waters of Egypt, Stella Di Mare is a great resort to try.
The dining at this hotel is one of its highlights, and you can find international cuisine ranging from classic Mediterranean dishes to authentic sushi at the restaurants there. The 298 well designed suites include amenities such as complimentary breakfast, free internet service, air conditioning, room service, dry cleaning and laundry service, and much more. Nightly rates start at $122 per person.
5. Baron Resort Sharm El Sheikh
Baron Resort Sharm El Sheikh is one of the most modern luxury hotels in Egypt, and it's a bargain at just $168 per night. It's less than 4 miles from the Straits of Tiran and less than 8 miles from the famed Ptaya Beach Club. Guests at Baron Resort get complimentary meals and drinks at two of its on-site restaurants. In addition, there are several other restaurants and dining options at Baron Resort including a dance bar, al fresco restaurant, eatery that serves barbecue, and a specialty restaurant that serves authentic Bedouin dinners.
There's also two bars -- one indoors and another outdoors -- that serve delicious cocktails and gourmet snacks. A spa with a deluxe steam room, gym and fitness center, beach volleyball and tennis courts, water sports areas, and jogging trails are also on the beachfront property.
After enjoying the Baron Resort's golden sand beach and turquoise waters nearby, guests can retreat to their own private haven filled with comfort. The rooms there have air conditioning, complimentary WiFi, and are serviced by multilingual staff and an attentive concierge.
Written by Garrett Parker
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