Sharm El Sheikh

Luxury holidays in Sharm El Sheikh – your top 5

Glass–bottomed boats, sandy beaches and world–class coral reefs

Our luxury holidays in Sharm El Sheikh line up great beaches, top dive sites and world–class monuments...

Why you should visit Sharm El Sheikh

Book a luxury holiday in Sharm El Sheikh and you'll be staying at one of our very best hotels. We're talking smart pool scenes, high–end restaurants, the works. And if you can tear yourself away, there's plenty to see and do in this part of the world. Here's a tasterÂ…

  1. World–class beaches

    Sharm El Maya in the south is a top choice for snorkelling, with coral reefs just a few metres off shore. If you're just after a day's lazing, bring a towel – there isn't much in the way of beach bars and sunloungers on the sand here. Sporty Na'ama Bay is a livelier stretch, meanwhile, with jet–skis tearing across the surf and a line–up of parasol–shaded sunloungers.

  2. Ras Mohammed National Park

    Thirty minutes out of Sharm, Ras Mohammed National Park is a huge nature reserve that sprawls across the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula. Much of it is rippling sand dunes and desertscapes, but about 3 kilometres of it is underwater. You get first–rate diving sites here, with names like Shark Reef and Anemone City. And you'll come face to face with a selection of the 1,000 species of fish and 150 different crustaceans that live in these parts. Don't worry, though – there aren't any sharks.

  3. Glass–bottomed boat trips

    There's all sorts cruising beneath the surface of the Red Sea – like the pillar–box red Hurghada Star, the speckled coral grouper, and the downright odd–looking thorny seahorse. To get up close without having to don a wetsuit and air tank, take a trip on a glass–bottomed boat. The hull is just one big window.

  4. Dive into the past at Luxor

    Luxor has made a name for itself as the world's greatest open–air museum. It's on the site of ancient Thebes, and takes in the Temple of Karnak – the biggest religious site in the world. You've also got the place where Tutankhamun's tomb was discovered, in the Valley of the Kings. It'll take about 3 hours to get here from Sharm El Sheikh, but these sights are of the once–in–a–lifetime variety.

  5. Na'ama Bay's old market

    Head to the Hadaba district of Na'ama Bay to check out its tightly–winding bazaar. You can get real bargains here – like top–quality Egyptian cotton for next to nothing. Over at Hurghada, prices are even lower, especially at the Old Souk. Here you can pick up a great deal on spices or a finely woven carpet.

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