World Picks: Sharm El Sheikh
Now all the civil unrest is slowing down, Egypt has suddenly become trendy again. Either a cultural mini break to Cairo, a beach holiday to Sharm El Sheikh or don your scuba diving gear in the Red Sea – Africa’s most popular holiday destination just got cool again.
If you want a cultural trip, then Cairo and Luxor are the places for you. But if you want the full VIP experience, then we suggest you get yourself to Sharm El Sheikh and Na’Ama Bay, which is where the party’s at. Although these resorts are more catered toward package deals rather than well-seasoned travellers, there is a sense of luxury surrounding this part of Egypt.
Sharm El Sheikh is built around two bays, which is famous for both snorkeling and diving. The bay has fabulous 5* hotels, bars, restaurants and shopping malls – it’s a place which caters for everybody.
Frequented by many a celeb, from Jordan to the Obama’s, Egypt’s glam spot has more activities to do than you might think, and the scenery really is spectacular. Quad biking in the desert and snorkeling in the Red Sea are a MUST, and taking a day tour around the pyramids should not be sniffed at either.
The best place to stay in Sharm El Sheikh is The Ritz-Carlton. The super luxurious hotel is situated near the coast, which means it has a little more privacy and less noise than the hustle and bustle of the city centre. We recommend you stay in the Sea View Deluxe room (pictured below), which will set you back around $194 per night – which is not as expensive as you would think for a luxury hotel, but will still pull at the purse strings. The hotel comes with a spa, award winning restaurants, limousine service (posh or what?!), and babysitting services for all you mummy and daddy’s out there.
Nearest Airport: Sharm El Sheikh International Airport
Currency: Egyptian Pound
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EasyJet fly from Gatwick to Sharm El Sheik with flights starting from £123.99. Book in advance for a super cheap deal.