A 5-hour flight will get you to Cairo, a small price to pay to see one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the Ancient World’. In fact the Pyramids are the only remaining members of this exclusive club so it makes perfect sense to base yourself here for a few days and make like Howard Carter - the shopping expeditions to the bazaars and dinner cruises on the Nile ensure you won’t completely overdose on all that culture.
Another way to kick-back, of course, is to fly from Cairo to Aswan or Luxor and take a longer cruise along the River Nile, the temples of Karnak, the Valley of the Kings and the Colossi of Memnon all best appreciated when you know a luxurious cabin and a perfectly-chilled gin-&-tonic are waiting for you when you get back. But if all you really want to do is chill-out in the sun, why not simply make for the coastal resorts along the Red Sea?
Not only does this region benefit from the attention of some of the world’s finest hotel companies, but its spectacular coral reefs will finally inspire you to pass your PADI scuba-diving course.
Secreted away inside a high-end shopping and residential tower on the west bank of the Nile, this Neo-classical sanctuary offers all the expected Four Seasons refinements.
With its domed roofs, arched doorways and lofty date palms, there’s no doubt this is a Four Seasons with its roots fixed very firmly in the Middle East. Yet thanks to its prime seaside location, character-rich guest quarters and award-winning spa, it’s also a decidedly world-class escape that is suitably stunning, stylish and sybaritic. Design-wise it gives every impression of being a sprawling hillside village rising up from the Red Sea.
The Oberoi Zahra luxury Nile Cruiser offers some of the most spacious and sumptuous accommodation on the Nile and is also the only boat on the river with a full-service spa. The elegant timber-floored Luxury Cabins and Suites are beautifully appointed with modern luxuries and bathrooms in marble and mosaic.
Where to stay when you want to live and breathe Egypt’s architectural treasures. This former royal hunting lodge has been located in the shadow of the Sphinx and Great Pyramids since 1869, the latter only a stone’s throw away, the former just the other side of an 18-hole golf course (under renovation until early 2013). The Oberoi Group has been at the helm since the 1970s, its excellent stewardship garnering it a long list of awards for anything from its service levels to its stunning location.
Treat yourself to a few days at The Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh, a luxurious all-suite resort that not only inspires overwhelming feelings of serenity but also the occasional delusion of grandeur. How do you return to reality once you’ve chilled out in your deluxe suite with its sunken marble bathtub? Yes this is definitely somewhere to escape from 21st century pressures, especially as the nearest town is 25-minutes away and only merits the briefest separation from your sunbed.
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