Each week our holiday hero Neil Simpson delves into a great holiday topic and does all the legwork so you don’t have to. This week: Bargains in Sharm El Sheik.
Egypt is one of the few places where the pound is up from a year ago, putting Sharm el-Sheik, the most popular city on the Red Sea, firmly on the radar for anyone wanting a family-friendly holiday without breaking the bank. feel.
The latest figures show that £100 bought just under 2,500 Egyptian pounds in January 2022. Now it buys more than 3,500. Holiday prices alone may also come as a pleasant surprise – many plummeted last year as hoteliers scrambled to recruit new guests to replace Russians who once filled four of Sharm-el-Sheikh’s 10 rooms.
Olly Gaspar, from travel advice guide weseektravel.com, says: ‘This is definitely a great year to visit Egypt. Tipped as a must-see destination by National Geographic, it offers great value for money, from meals to vacation extras like sunset drinks.”
Holiday hero Neil Simpson highlights the bargains in Egypt’s Sharm-el-Sheikh. “Warm blue water, coral reefs and miles of sandy beaches remain the real draw of Sharm el-Sheik,” he reveals
In fact, Sharm el-Sheik is fresh off the facelift it received before hosting last year’s COP27 climate conference.
The already short 20 minute transfer from the airport to most hotels is now a smooth cruise on brand new roads. Meanwhile, the sleek new Sharm el-Sheik Museum has been dubbed “fit for a pharaoh,” with a mix of mummies, tombs, and ancient statues of Ramses II, Queen Hatshepsut, and more. Tickets cost about €20 pp
Warm blue water, coral reefs and miles of sandy beaches remain the real draw of Sharm-el-Sheik.
Along most of the 60-kilometer coastline, the waters remain shallow for some distance, making it safer for young children. Snorkelers and scuba divers can head to about 250 reefs to swim alongside turtles, stingrays and 1,000 species of colorful fish.
Experienced divers can swim in sunken World War II vessels, such as the British Navy’s Thistlegorm (above), at local diving schools
Day trips to dive sites above shipwrecks are popular. Prices start from £60pp and can be booked through hotel concierges or dozens of beachside dive schools. Some of the most exciting offer experienced divers the opportunity to swim in sunken World War II ships such as the British Navy’s Thistlegorm.
Back on land, at dawn or dusk, 4×4 dune safaris in the Sinai desert promise great photo stops. Tours start at £40pp with getyourguide.com, which has similarly priced camel rides and stargazing tours.
Or go souvenir hunting in Sharm’s modern shopping malls and the recreated souks of the Old Market.
At dawn or dusk, 4×4 dune safaris in the Sinai Desert (above) promise great photo stops
Hunt for souvenirs in the recreated souks of Sharm el-Sheik’s old market (above)
Sharm el-Sheik is ideal for chic, large resorts like Sunrise Montemare, complete with cliff-top pools and a private beach
Although Sharm el-Sheik is not known for its quiet, intimate atmosphere, it is ideal for chic, larger resorts.
One option is Sunrise Montemare, with cliff-top pools and a private beach plus family rooms, swim-up suites, and pools on the edge of your private patio.
Seven nights, room only, including flights, start from £863pp in March at bestattravel.co.uk.
Tui’s Platinum Collection has many family-friendly hotels in the area, such as the low-rise Reef Oasis Blue Bay Resort & Spa with a waterfront infinity pool (above)
Above is the private beach with jetty of Reef Oasis Blue Bay Resort & Spa
Seven-night all-inclusive stays at the Reef Oasis Blue Bay Resort & Spa, with flights, are priced from £941 per person
Tui’s Platinum Collection has many family-friendly hotels here, such as the low-rise Reef Oasis Blue Bay Resort & Spa with a waterfront infinity pool, private beach with jetty, and kids’ waterslides. There are seven-night all-inclusive stays, with flights, from £941pp at tui.co.uk/platinum.
The Four Seasons Resort Sharm-el-Sheik has one of the most beautiful palm gardens in the area. A seven night B&B with flights starts from £1,595 pp on thomascook.com.
Baron Palms Resort offers all-inclusive vacations in a quiet, adults-only atmosphere. Seven nights with flights this spring costs from £951pp via easyjet.com.
The Four Seasons Resort Sharm-el-Sheik has one of the most beautiful palm gardens in the area
Enjoy an all-inclusive vacation in a quiet adults-only atmosphere at Baron Palms Resort (above)