The Red Sea Riviera is one of those dream holiday destinations that everyone should make a point of visiting. It’s located on the tip of the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt and has loads of excellent resorts and hotels all within easy access to the tranquil and warm Red Sea.
If you’re a beach lounger, then you’re in luck as the sun shines for over 330 days a year here and high temperatures rarely dip below 20°C between March and November. In the water, keen swimmers will find themselves in the midst of a world class snorkeling and diving destination that is teeming with colorful coral reefs and a stunning range of sea life.
The Red Sea Riviera is home to three major resort destinations – Sharm El Sheikh, Hurghada and Taba.
Sharm El Sheikh is by far the most popular of the three and is your best bet for a convenient, fun-in-the-sun, and all-inclusive holiday. Trusted hotel brand Hilton has a major presence here with numerous resorts, each coming with a unique set of amenities.
The 4-star Hilton Sharm Dreams Resort is a top option for families and features 7 swimming pools in addition to a playground, dive center and water sports facilities. The 5-star Hilton Dahab Resort is more suited to water sports enthusiasts as it boasts direct beach access and a water sports center to support snorkeling, windsurfing and water skiing. Other popular Sharm El Sheikh resorts include the Sharm Plaza Hotel, Sharm Resort Hotel and Cleopatra Luxury Resort.
The nearby town of Hurghada is nipping at Sharm El Sheikh’s heels in terms of amenities and popularity. This luxurious destination mixes traditional Egyptian culture with contemporary holiday resorts.
Hurghada lays claim to 20 km of pristine sandy beaches as well as charming Old Hurghada. With its bazaars, mosques and traditional homes, a trip to Old Hurghada to discover Egyptian culture is a great added amenity to those staying in beach-side resorts.
There is a wide array of holiday resorts in Hurghada, including 3-star accommodation to suit tighter budgets. The Grand Hotel Hurghada is one such example and comes with direct beach access, two swimming pools and a free shuttle to Hurghada Town Center. Young families will find the 4-star Grand Makadi Hotel most appealing as it has many amenities catered to children including a kids’ club, separate children’s pool, children’s movies and more. Older children and adults can also enjoy a heated free-form swimming pool, direct beach access, snorkeling and live entertainment.
Of all the Red Sea Riviera resort areas, Taba is the quietest, but also perhaps the most scenic. Against the backdrop of beautiful mountains, the waters off the coast of Taba are some of the best for snorkeling and diving. A series of 4-star and 5-star resorts dot the coastline with views of the beautiful Gulf of Aqaba to nearby Israel, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Taba’s proximity to Jordan and Israel make day excursions to places such as the Dead Sea and Petra possible.
The 5-star Hilton Taba Resort & Nelson Village is one of the top resorts in Taba thanks to its private beach, PADI-certified dive center and myriad of children’s activities. Other popular choices in the Taba area include the 5-star Hyatt Regency Taba Heights Hotel with direct views of Mount Sinai and the 4-star Three Corners El Wekala Golf Resort.
Holidays to the Red Sea Riviera often come in convenient all-inclusive packages, which come with flights, accommodation, 3 meals a day, and some activities and excursions. This is an easy, no-fuss way to book a luxurious and relaxing holiday to a dream beach destination.
Egypt’s warm weather means that Red Sea resorts are a viable option even if you’re looking to get away during the low season in the spring or autumn. With great weather throughout the year and a range of all-inclusive accommodation options to suit nearly all budgets, why not finally cross the Red Sea Riviera off your travel bucket list?