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February 17, 2020
While it's not the cheapest destination, you'll get a good bang for your buck. With quality resorts as well as easy access to water activities, desert safaris, or just plain chilling in the clear blue sea, you won't feel ripped off.
Of all the top reviewed resorts in Sharm El Sheikh, Sunrise Montemare Resort is peaceful, tranquil, and amazingly priced at $100 per night. Did we also mention it's adults only? For those of you with kiddos, fear not, Sunrise Arabian Beach Resort is similarly priced and has all the bells and whistles of a blissful beach haven and an on-site kids club for age-appropriate games and activities. For a special occasion splurge, head to the Four Seasons Sharm El Sheikh where you'll be pampered with an absurd arsenal of amenities like chilled towels and hydrating face spritzers on their immaculately manicured beach, all for $400 a night.
If you're into diving or snorkeling, you'll get a little light-headed from all the incredible options to choose from. Almost every hotel beach has stellar reefs right off the shore with colorful coral, sea turtles, dolphins, and a rainbow of exotic fish. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. National Geographic named the S.S Thistlegorm one of the World's Greatest Scuba Diving Spots, and Ras Mohammed is considered an underwater mecca inside avid diving circles. Back on land, desert safaris on 4-wheelers take you deep into the mountains for incredible sunset views. For hikers and history buffs, take a trip to Saint Catherine's Monastery at the foot of Mount Sinai, one of the world's oldest active monasteries and the famously religious location of the Old Testament revelation. This UNESCO World Heritage site is accessible via organized tours or, for the more adventurous, experience a sunrise hike. Your hotel will gladly arrange a trip.
For an authentic Ras Shitan experience that will earn you approving nods from the locals, book a room at New Moon Island Camp for $30 a night. Or if you prefer the extra creature comforts, Nuweiba Lodge or Nakhil Inn are go-to options, both around $50 a night.
Above: Sahl Hasheesh Beach, below: Le Maison Bleue Hotel in El Gouna Egypt
For a high-end experience, both in quality and aesthetics, El Gouna and Sahl Hasheesh are reasonably priced with a wide range of options to satisfy most budgets.
Mahmeya Island is a popular all-day getaway via a one-hour boat ride from the central city of Hurghada. When you're ready to peel yourself off your beach recliner, head to El Gouna Cable Park Sliders for an afternoon of wakeboarding (all levels welcome) or go sailing with Ocean Diva Catamaran Cruises. For food, wander around Sahl Hasheesh's Old Town or head to El Gouna's Marina for gourmet munchies at Le Garage, Mediterranean bites at MazaGouna or book a table in advance for the ever-popular Swiss themed Chuchichaschtli.
Clockwise: Wild camels roaming the sea, sharks off Elphinstone Reef and crystal clear waters off Marsa Alam beaches
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