10 Top-Rated Resorts in Sharm el-Sheikh
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The South Sinai town of Sharm el-Sheikh is one of Egypt's major beach resort destinations.
Sharm el-Sheikh was first made famous for its world-class Red Sea scuba diving due to being the nearest town to both the dive sites of Ras Mohammed National Park and the Straits of Tiran.
Today, it's as well known for its beach life as the coral reefs and sea life just offshore, and whether you want to add some diving into your vacation or not, this is the Sinai Peninsula's top resort town for a beach break.
Shark's Bay and Nabq Bay, both north of the central Sharm el-Sheikh district, are two of the most popular areas for vast all-inclusive resorts.
More central Naama Bay has a mix of smaller hotels and resorts.
For overseas visitors, the most popular time for a resort vacation here is from October to March when the Sinai Peninsula still heralds plentiful blue skies and sunshine, making it prime choice for a resort escape from colder climes.
Plan your Sinai beach break with the help of our list of the best resorts in Sharm el-Sheikh.
1. Rixos Sharm el-Sheikh
Accommodation: Rixos Sharm el-Sheikh
This all-inclusive resort is the ultimate beach escape for sunseekers who want everything at their fingertips.
The resort is wrapped within manicured gardens that lead down to a prime, private sweep of Nabq Bay's soft white-sand beach, where there is excellent snorkeling on the reef just off the shore.
With seven swimming pools, including the vast lagoon-style main pool and a "quiet" pool specifically set aside for vacationers seeking out some peaceful sunbathing, there's plenty of space set aside for all kinds of vacationers here.
Ten restaurants mean that you can dine around the world during your stay, moving from Sakura's menu of sushi and Taj Mahal's classic Indian cuisine to the Turkish flavors of Lalezar.
For active travelers, there are plentiful opportunities to leave the sun lounger behind for the day and head out to explore, with scuba diving trips and desert ATV tours.
If you're here to unwind, though, the Rixos Sharm el-Sheikh is home to the Anjana Spa with its Balinese and Thai-style massages and its own on-site hammam for the resort's signature Turkish bath rituals
The 660 light-filled rooms and suites all come with balconies or terraces and are decked out in a modern-casual style.
Address: Sharia El Salam, Nabq Bay
2. Four Seasons Resort Sharm el-Sheikh
Accommodation: Four Seasons Resort Sharm el-Sheikh
Just north of the main Shark's Bay coastline, the Four Seasons Sharm el-Sheikh is a high-class hideaway, designed with plenty of inspiration taken from classic Arabian architecture and secreted within a garden of 3000 palm trees.
Guest rooms here are huge and elegant, fusing elements of traditional Egyptian design with sophisticated European style. All have large balconies and exude easygoing indoor/outdoor living.
There's a vast range of even more palatial suite, chalet, and villa options, some with private plunge pools, for even more luxurious vacation living.
The dining options are top-notch and include the resort's signature fine-dining restaurant Yatai with its menu of Asian fusion, the classic Lebanese cuisine of Zitouni, and Il Frantoio's classic Italian cooking.
The private white-sand beach at the shoreline here is home to a house reef that provides excellent snorkeling opportunities, while there are five swimming pools so there's plenty of space for sunbathing off the beach as well.
For more active guests, the world-class scuba diving of Sharm el-Sheikh is easily arranged at the resort's dive center, and the resort also organizes desert activities as well as water sports.
There's plenty on offer for families here as well, with the Kids for All Seasons club on hand with a full program of activities including arts and crafts, water sports, treasure hunts, plenty of child-friendly beach events, and entertainment and yoga for children.
Address: Four Seasons Boulevard
3. Royal Savoy Sharm el-Sheikh
Accommodation: Royal Savoy Sharm el-Sheikh
One of Shark Bay's premier addresses, the Royal Savoy sits amid date palm-speckled lush gardens that meander down to a private 300-meter-long slice of fine, soft-sand beach.
The Savoy is three resorts in one, with Savoy Villas providing luxury villa escapes for vacationers seeking the ultimate private escape, Royal Savoy providing a high class resort-within-a-resort experience, and Sierra Savoy being the larger resort.
Royal Savoy stays are a particular favorite with foodie travelers thanks to the four fine-dining restaurants on-site, ranging from fresh seafood to classic Italian.
The large rooms here are designed in a modern and elegant European style, with plentiful wood detailing, and all come with balconies.
If you're here to relax, there are three swimming pools reserved exclusively for Royal Savoy guests, and the Savoy Spa is on hand if you feel like a spot of pampering with body treatments and beauty treatments that incorporate Egyptian essential oils.
When you feel like exploring though, SOHO Square (one of Sharm el-Sheikh's major dining and retail hubs) is only a short walk from the resort. If you're itching for activities off the sun lounger, there's plenty of action easily arranged with the Savoy's dive center and water sports office.
Address: SOHO Square
4. Steigenberger Alcazar
Accommodation: Steigenberger Alcazar
For families visiting Sharm el-Sheikh, this vast property north of Nabq Bay is one of the top resorts in town.
The kids-stay-free policy, dedicated children's pool, kid's club, and an animation team that provide entertainment throughout the day, make this an easy-going family-focused choice.
Adults are looked after as well, though, with three other pools, including a vast lagoon-style central pool. With a slice of white-sand beach with cabanas available for extra-luxurious sunbathing, couples will find plenty to enjoy as well.
There are eight dining spaces, including five a la carte restaurants where you can globe-trot around the world. Sample sushi, sashimi, and tempura at Hama, or a medley of Mediterranean cuisine at La Maison.
The spacious rooms and suites are styled with a contemporary palette of soothing greys, taupe, and ivory, all opening out onto balconies or terraces.
There is a wide choice of extra-large family rooms which can sleep up to four. Upgrade to a swim-up room for direct pool access from your terrace.
Address: Sharia Es Salam
5. Sultan Gardens Resort
Accommodation: Sultan Gardens Resort
This resort in Shark's Bay does a good job of balancing the needs of a range of guests, whether they're vacationing families, groups of friends out to enjoy an active holiday, or couples seeking a peaceful break in the sun.
The 520 spacious rooms and suites are bright and simply designed. All come with balconies either overlooking the pool or gardens.
The 220-meter-long white-sand beach, with its own house reef just offshore, is sectioned into two sides, with one devoted to quiet sun lounging and the other home to a swag of activities and entertainment options throughout the day.
The beach is also where you'll find the resort's water sports operator for parasailing, canoeing, windsurfing, and wakeboarding lessons. The dive center is also shoreside, where you can book scuba diving adventures to Ras Mohammed National Park and the Tiran Straits.
There are five swimming pools within the resort, with all styles of poolside guest catered for. One pool comes with waterslides and another has been set aside for adults only.
For families, there's a program of child-focused entertainment throughout the day, ranging from arts and crafts activities to theater.
Eight restaurants mean that there are oodles of dining choices. Fleur de Lis is Egypt's only Cajun restaurant, Zaytouna serves up a wide range of Middle Eastern cuisine, and Casa Mia offers a menu of Italian favorites.
Address: Coast Road, Shark's Bay
6. Rixos Premium Seagate
Accommodation: Rixos Premium Seagate
This is the Rixos brand's family-focused resort option in Sharm el-Sheikh, and they've gone all-out providing amenities that will keep kids busy from morning to night. You'll want to upgrade to a deluxe room here, as the standard rooms don't come with balconies.
The main attraction for families choosing from the plethora of resort options along this stretch of coast is the resort's huge Rixos Aqua Venture water park, which has a wave pool, a lazy river, and an aqua tower featuring multiple waterslides.
Further amenities spotlighting the resort's child-friendly credentials include the Rixy Kids Club with its full program of entertainment and activities for smaller children, as well as two swimming pools and their own kid's restaurant.
The adults-in-tow haven't been forgotten about either, with five more swimming pools amid the grounds and the world-class Anjana Spa for rejuvenating massages and revitalizing body treatments.
There are plenty of simple pleasures here as well, with excellent snorkeling opportunities amid the coral reef right off the shore from the resort's private beach.
There are 12 restaurants within the resort complex, so even the fussiest of eaters will find plenty of choice, whether you fancy modern French dining at Epicure or Brazilian-style steaks at La Churrascaria. The street-food-style open-air food court beside the beach with stalls serving up pizza, shawarma, and burgers is an extra bonus for foodies.
Address: Sharia El-Salam, Nabq Bay
7. Stella Di Mare Beach Hotel & Spa
Accommodation: Stella Di Mare Beach Hotel & Spa
Fronting a strip of private golden-sand beach just off the southern tip of Naama Bay, the Stella Di Mare Beach Hotel is a highly popular central Sharm el-Sheikh choice.
Although not as flashy as some of the newer resorts along this stretch of coast, Stella Di Mare attracts plenty of repeat visitors thanks to its reputation for welcoming, personalized service. Its 298 rooms, all with balconies, are decorated in a simple though slightly old-fashioned classic style.
This is also a top destination for more active beachgoers. As well as the resort's diving center ready to whisk you out to experience the reefs of Ras Mohammed and a whole swag of water sports available, there's a tennis court on-site and a nine-hole golf short-course complete with a resident PGA professional on hand for tuition.
If that all sounds too much, though, there are two large swimming pools to relax beside and a spa offering Turkish bath rituals, massages, and hydrotherapy.
Dining in the resort's three main restaurants ranges from the Asian-fusion flavors of La Scogliera Restaurant to the Mediterranean style menu of Corallo Rosso, while you're also only a short hop from all of Naama Bay's restaurants if you want a night out.
Address: Sharia Halomy, Naama Bay
8. Baron Palms Sharm el-Sheikh
Accommodation: Baron Palms Sharm el-Sheikh
Sitting center stage at Ras Nasrany Bay, Baron Palms is the boutique adults-only sister resort to the larger Baron Resort next door, which means it is able to share facilities yet has a more intimate feel.
This is the perfect option for couples looking for a quiet and relaxing beach break but who don't want to sacrifice facilities. Its setting, amid a lush and rambling palm tree garden, adds to the ambience of a secluded hideaway.
There are two vast swimming pool areas within Baron Palms, complete with waterfall features, while the 600-meter-long strip of Baron Resort's white-sand beach is only a short 80-meter walk away. Head here to arrange all your scuba diving trips and water sports activities.
Rooms and suites all come with good-sized balconies and are large, bright, and comfortable in their design.
Address: Ras Nasrany Bay
9. Jaz Mirabel Beach Resort
Accommodation: Jaz Mirabel Beach Resort
This mega-resort in Nabq Bay is a major favorite winter sun destination for European families seeking a good-value all-inclusive package deal.
There's a long strip of golden-sand beach out front that's fringed with palms, while with six swimming pools, including one set aside for kid's fun with a waterslide tower, ensure there's plenty of space for everyone poolside.
Most guests are here to soak up the sun and sand, but there are plenty of activities on offer if you feel like getting off your sun-lounger.
The dive center is ready to organize all your scuba diving needs, there's a tennis court within the complex, and, on the beach, the water sports operator offers canoeing, parasailing, and a variety of boat trips.
The good-sized guest rooms are comfortable, and all come with balconies, while there's a wide range of international cuisine available within the resort's restaurants and cafes.
Address: Sharia el-Salam
10. Charmillion Club Aqua Park
Accommodation: Charmillion Club Aqua Park
It's all about providing the kids with a great holiday at Charmillion Club Aqua Park, so for families seeking a vacation primed around fun in the sun, this should be on their resort hit list.
This Nabq Bay resort is built around a vast water park with a wave pool and 22 waterslides of varying style and size (10 of which are more suitable for older kids, teens and adults, and 12 suitable for smaller children).
As well as the action-based pools, there is an 800-meter swimming pool set aside for relaxing and another focused on allowing little ones to splash about.
Although Charmillion Club is set off the beachfront, a complimentary bus shuttles guests every half-hour to the private beach of the aqua park resort's sister hotel throughout the day.
There are three main dining spaces here and several casual café-style options offering a range of international cuisine, including Hendi, which specializes in Indian cooking and an Italian restaurant.
Address: Sharia el-Salam, Nabq Bay