I would like to share my impressions of my trip to Egypt, which took place at the end of September. I chose the Hurghada region – the most popular tourist resort on the Red Sea coast. The sun shines here all year round, and wide sandy beaches with a gentle entrance to the sea, a water park, many cafes, bars, nightclubs attract tourists of all ages.
The air temperature in September reaches 40 degrees, and the water temperature is up to 27. The climate here is dry, so the heat is much easier to endure than in the humid Mediterranean, and the sea breeze makes staying on the beach pleasant even on the hottest days.
Hurghada – it includes resort areas: El Gouna, Hurghada, Makadi and Soma Bay, Marsa Alam, El Quseir. One of the main advantages of Hurghada is its accessibility in terms of excursions (230 km from Luxor, 500 km from Cairo). Hurghada – an active nightlife, the availability of inexpensive hotels with a low level of service, low prices for souvenirs, excursions, meals. Entrance to the sea without coral, which is very good for children. There are several hotels with water slides.
I was at the resort for 8 days and saw many hotels. The first hotel of my stay was Intercontinental Soma Resort 5 * – one of the best hotels in Hurghada with a green area, a large sandy beach, good service, a gentle entrance to the sea. The hotel has a good animation team. The hotel is more suitable for a relaxing beach holiday.
Sunny Days El Palacio Resort 5 * and Sunny Days Palma De Mirette 4 *. Hotels of the same Sunny Days chain are located nearby, practically in the center of the Old Town. Most of the holidaymakers are Russians. Good 4 * hotels for recreation of young people, as well as families with children. The hotels are famous for their wonderful lagoon with good sandy entrance and coral reef close to the hotel. Unfortunately, the common infrastructure cannot be used.
Desert Rose Resort 5 *. A good hotel with a huge territory for families with children. The all-inclusive system works 24 hours a day. Nice cozy rooms. The swimming pool is Olympic size. Lagoon with a good sandy entrance. Russian-speaking animation. Good food.
Sonesta Pharaon Beach Resort 5 *. Former hotel Melia Pharaon. A hotel with a large territory and unobtrusive service. Suitable for a relaxing holiday. The beach is sandy, but next to the coast there are corals, the entrance to the sea is only from the pontoons. Good 4 *.
Pyramisa Blue Lagoon 5 *. Located next to the main shopping street in Hurghada. Simple economical hotel on 2 lines. To the sea about 700 meters. The rooms are nice and spacious. Food and service are unobtrusive. The hotel can be positioned as 4 *. For young people.
Sea Gull 4 *. The hotel has been renovated, another building has been built. The rooms are large and spacious with a good bathroom. The hotel has 2 beaches, one with a good sandy entrance to the sea (lagoon). The hotel is located in the city center, therefore it is recommended for young people.
Sultan Beach Hotel 4 *. Hotel for young people. Located on the central pedestrian street of the city. The territory is not very large, the beach is small, the lagoon.
Royal Palace 4 *. The hotel is located on the central pedestrian street of the city. Russian-speaking animation throughout the day. The beach is wide, sandy. There are no corals. There are many yachts and ships in the bay. Great location of the hotel! Nearby is the Little Buddha club and the duty free shop. Suitable for youth recreation!
Old Palace 5 *. Very nice, stylish hotel with huge rooms. The beach is a bay, sandy, with a smooth entry into the sea without corals. Nice service, good service and food.
Citadel Azur Resort 5 *. New luxury VIP-hotel, built for 12 years from stones and corals. Works on the UAL system. Spectacular territory, many free services for hotel guests. The owner of the hotel is the owner of the El Gouna resort. The entrance to the sea is coral or slabs, there is no pontoon. The hotel can be recommended for a respectable vacation for all categories of tourists.
Steigenberger Al Dau 5 * De Luxe… Very large, modern and beautiful rooms! All with sea views. On the territory there is a lazy river, 3 swimming pools, one of them is heated in winter. There are Russian speaking staff. Very beautiful, nice area, green enough for such a young hotel. The animation is there, but not super active. The entrance to the sea is sand. Very shallow, the depth begins behind the buoys. There are no coral reefs. The beach is clean. Excellent service, varied food, themed dinners in the restaurant every evening. Very large and nice spa! German management. There is a diving center and a golf club. One of the best hotels in Hurghada. A hotel for a quiet respectable vacation.
Hotels of the Golden Five chain: Diamond Resort, Paradase Golden 5 Hotel, Emerald, Al Mas Palace, Club Golden Five. The entire chain of hotels has a common infrastructure, a common sandy beach about 1 km long, a gentle entrance to the sea. Recommended for families with children and young people.
Of all the hotels I liked the most Paradise Golden 5 Hotel… The buildings are located about 700 meters from the sea, since the hotel territory is large, cars drive around the territory, if you are too lazy to go, you can make a transfer. The hotel has nice cozy rooms; Al Mas Palace 5 * is located on the first line from the sea, the buildings and rooms are old-fashioned; Diamond Resort and Emerald 5 * – new buildings; Club Golden Five 4 * is suitable for youth recreation, located on the second line from the sea.
Hotel chain Ali Baba, Alladin, Jasmine Village… Located near the Hurghada water park.
Ali Baba, Aladdin 4 * – beautiful territory, old rooms, good animation. The entrance to the sea is sand, there is also a rocky entrance.
Jasmine village I liked it the most, although by official standards it is 3 *. Beautiful, cozy territory, normal room, though darkish, there is a mini zoo on the territory, a good entrance to the sea.
El Gouna resort is very close to the airport. El Gouna has a wonderful relaxing vacation, clear sea, a coral reef close to the coast, not a very large selection of evening entertainment in Elguna City. The hotels are located on islands with small boats carrying tourists running along the canals.
El Gouna hotels:
Movenpick Resort & Spa El Gouna 5 *. Very beautiful, elegant, respectable 5 * hotel. Excellent food. Smooth, gently sloping entrance to the sea, about 200-300 meters. For a relaxing family holiday.
Sheraton Miramar Resort 5 *. Very beautiful territory, exquisite design and stylish rooms make this hotel comfortable for a respectable relaxing stay.
Panorama Bungalows Resort El Gouna 4 *. Located in the center of El Gouna resort. Modest economical four. The animation is weak and only in the evening. The hotel rooms are large but old. The entrance to the sea is bad, they are taken by boat to the other side of the lagoon.
A Few Tips
– It is not recommended to brush your teeth or drink tap water; safe water is sold in plastic bottles.
– Taxi (it is not recommended to rent a car, due to the virtual absence of traffic rules): in the central part of the resorts along the coast there are shuttle minibuses, the fare is about LE 2 per person one way. Taxis at the resorts can be hired for $ 3 per day and $ 4.5-5 at night (much cheaper in Cairo). It is always necessary to agree on the amount in advance with the driver.
– Local residents often pay close attention to women, but there is one magic word: “tourist police” – immediately chills their ardor.
– Prices in Egypt are quite low. A bottle of drinking water – $ 0.5, beer – $ 1-1.5.
Features of hotels in Egypt:
– It is better to use a safe in the hotels themselves: cases of theft do take place.
– Hotel employees, porters, waiters – a tip is expected for all services. On the street, you should not pick up anything without agreeing on the price in advance, even if you are just being offered something – be sure, as soon as you take it, you will have to pay.
– Where there are corals at the entrance to the sea, it is advisable to enter the water in special slippers ($ 5-10 per pair), and you should be careful to splash around the corals.
– Beach bars close at 17-19.00. It gets dark in Egypt very early, and swimming in the night sea is dangerous, since dangerous representatives of the marine fauna go hunting in the sea at night.
– In recent years, both Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada have been actively developing, renovation work is underway in the hotels themselves.
Olga, tour. agency 1001 tour