After years of political turmoil, Egypt is now safe and secure. The destination is host to several world-famous landmarks including the Sphinx, the Pyramids of Giza and the Valley of the Kings—all of which are brimming with ancient charm—but there is more to Egypt than meets the eye. The North African country has luxury hotels on the brink of the Red Sea, tours that traverse humongous ancient artifacts and eateries that serve modern and traditional food.
Where to Stay
Villa Belle Époque: This hotel, located in Maadi, is situated on a 1,300-square-meter plot. Its pools and patios are within a garden saturated with lemon, guava, mango and olive trees intermingled with centennial palms. A conservatory serves as the dining area. And private terraces complement each of the over 30 rooms. The place of stay is just under a half-hour away from Cairo International Airport.
Kempinski Hotel Soma Bay: This is the first Kempinski property in Egypt. The hotel says its Moorish style bends European luxury and Egyptian hospitality. Activities include the Cascades Championship Golf Course, Orca Diving Center and BET7 Kite House. The hotel has more than 120 lagoon view rooms and over 110 sea view rooms.
The Oberoi, Sal Hasheesh: Located on the Red Sea, the hotel boasts a contemporary Arabic design with domes, arches and columns. It is situated on nearly 50 acres with an 850-meter private beach. It is just shy of a half-hour way from nightlife and shopping and 20 minutes away from Hurghada International airport.
What to Do
On the Go Tours: This company provides a variety of tours. Their award-winning Signature tours in Egypt cover main attractions—from the temples of Luxor to the Pyramids—with the option to cruise the Nile on a 5 star ship or traditional felucca. The company has launched Budget tours as well.
Pilgrim Tours: This company makes tours with the religious in mind. Their website says travelers can witness the Biblical land of the Pharaohs, Jacob, Joseph, and Israel via Nile Cruises. Travelers can start in Egypt and then move on to Jordon and Israel for a full Exodus tour.
Explore Worldwide: Offered up is a Family Egypt Adventure. Its website says the tour begins with the classics—a trip to the Sphinx, Pyramids and Egyptian Museum in Cairo where the Tutankhamun mask is stored. Then, travelers take an overnight train to Aswan, then board a felucca sailing boat to Kom Ombo for two days. Afterwards, after a stop in Luxor to see Karnak Temple and the Valley of Kings, there is some down time on the Red Sea.
Where to Eat
Zaafran: Located in The Oberoi, Zaafran is an Indian eatery serving Indian cuisine. The restaurant features a silver leafed central roof sitting on top of blue fabric paneled walls. It also hosts live music.
Sofra: Located in the center of Luxor, this eatery is a go-to for those looking for authentic Egyptian cuisine. The restaurant’s website says it is situated in a 1930’s Egyptian house. In each of its three private dining rooms and main salon, travelers can munch on Egyptian food, as well as handmade sweets, fresh fruit and Arabic coffee.