The Best Beach Resorts in Egypt

Kempinski Hotel Soma Bay is a perfect example of the relaxing splendour Egypts resorts have to offer
Kempinski Hotel Soma Bay is a perfect example of the relaxing splendour Egypt's resorts have to offer | Courtesy of Kempinski Hotel Soma Bay / Expedia
Siobhan Grogan

Families, diving enthusiasts and party animals will all find their perfect resort on the Red Sea coast. From the picturesque coastal town of Dahab to lively and family-friendly Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt has a range of resorts from budget and beachfront to lavish properties you’ll never need to leave. Take your pick of extras including shisha cafes, lazy rivers, kids’ movie nights and free minibars at these beach resorts in Egypt, bookable with Culture Trip.

1. Stella Di Mare Beach Resort & Spa, Hurghada

Resort

The outdoor pool fringed by palm trees, sun-loungers and white parasols at Stella Di Mare Beach Resort & Spa.
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With its own house reef, seafront location and semi-tropical climate, beach lovers will be in their very own paradise in this expansive beach resort in Egypt’s Makadi Bay. Snorkelers can stroll the 380m (1,246ft) private jetty to access the reef directly, while those taking it easy can relax over mint tea and shisha in the beachfront bar. Elsewhere, try everything from tennis to darts, visit the shopping arcade, spa or nightclub and dine in Italian, Indian and Bedouin restaurants.

2. Dahab Paradise, Dahab

Resort

The exterior of Dahab Paradise beach resort in Egypt.
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Keen divers will adore this friendly hotel steps from the Red Sea, overlooking the majestic Sinai Mountains in this former Bedouin fishing village. A dive school is attached to the hotel so you can be in the water moments after checking in, while world-renowned dive sites –including the Blue Hole – are close by. On dry land, relaxation is king, with a casual all-day restaurant for sea view dining, yoga gazing at the mountains and camel rides into the desert.

3. Kempinski Hotel Soma Bay, Hurghada

Resort, Hotel

Outdoor swimming pools facing the sea at Kempinski Hotel Soma Bay.
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It’s all about the wow factor at this Kempinski property in Soma Bay, a naturally-preserved peninsula on Egypt’s eastern shores. Even the sprawling pool complex goes the extra mile with family areas, a meandering lazy river, a lap pool and romantic bridges, while the dazzling white 400m (1,312ft) beach is another tempting option. The food here will impress too – try breakfast on a private boat at sunrise, formal Egyptian afternoon tea, lavish seafood barbecues and cocktails on the beach, where staff set up beanbags by the water’s edge every evening.

5. SUNRISE Arabian Beach Resort, Sharm El Sheikh

Chain Hotel, Spa Hotel, Hotel

Waiters prepping the outdoor dining area spilling out onto the beach at SUNRISE Arabian Beach Resort. Thatched umbrellas on the beach.
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Ideal for a no-hassle family escape, this all-inclusive beach resort in Egypt’s popular resort town Sharm El Sheikh overlooks Titan Island on Shark’s Bay and is less than 20-minutes from Sharm El Sheikh International Airport. Kids can head straight to the sandy 250m (820ft) beach or drag parents to try archery, banana boat rides, mini-golf and football. There’s also a kids club, children’s food corner, daily activities, mini-disco and movie nights. For extra brownie points, book a swim-up room to maximise pool time.

6. Meraki Resort, Hurghada

Resort

The lobby at Meraki Resort.
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The party never stops at the Meraki – the Middle East’s first clubbing resort. Located in Hurghada, on one of the longest beaches in the Red Sea, this four-star adults-only resort doesn’t do quiet nights in. Instead, party into the early hours at the day-to-night beach club with guest DJs, sports bar, poolside nightclub and industrial-style live music venue. There’s plenty to get you out of bed the next day, too, including beach volleyball contests, water slides, running tracks, kayaking, parasailing and even DJ classes.

7. Rixos Premium Seagate, Sharm El Sheikh

Chain Hotel, Luxury

Outdoor swimming pool and Lagoon Bar against a backdrop of palm trees and the exterior of Rixos Premium Seagate Sharm El Sheikh.
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No need to worry about that dread-inducing final bill at this five-star resort on the Red Sea. The generous all-inclusive package includes everything from a shisha café to a mini bar, while concerts and events are held every day in the hotel’s own arena space. There are also 10 restaurants to choose from, including Chinese, modern French and fine-dining Italian. Kids are just as spoilt with two dedicated swimming pools, a playground, cinema and their very own restaurant.

8. Serenity Makadi Beach, Hurghada

Resort, Luxury

Outdoor pool and gardens looking out to the sea at Serenity Makadi Beach Resort in Egypt.
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Even the most restless holiday-maker won’t be bored at the Serenity Makadi Beach in Hurghada. Built in Moroccan style on its own 320m (1,050ft) natural coral beach, there are five pools, a luxurious spa, tennis courts, kids club and a dive centre offering night and wreck dives. If more thrills are needed, the sprawling water park at the hotel’s sister property, Serenity Fun City, is complimentary too. After dark, choose between six restaurants and bars, including a Bedouin café and a nightclub.

9. Jaz Makadi Oasis Club, Hurghada

Resort

Outdoor pool and grounds of Jaz Makadi Oasis Club.
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Fancy the ease of an all-inclusive resort holiday but worried about being stuck in one hotel? The Madinat Makadi beach resort in Egypt’s Makadi Bay is the solution, with over 250ha (617 acres) of hotels, restaurants and a shopping centre with 145 shops. The Jaz itself has its own private beach, three pools, kids club and all-day buffet restaurant but guests can dine around the resort, including at Italian, Asian and Indian restaurants.

10. Sheikh Ali Resort, Dahab

Resort, Suite Hotel

The outdoor pool and sun-lounging terrace at Sheikh Ali Resort.
Courtesy of Sheikh Ali Resort / Expedia

Named after the owner’s father, who welcomed guests to the first Bedouin camp in Dahab back in the ’80s with his Rababah music, Sheikh Ali is the first all-suite property in the Sinai. The family is still dedicated to delivering an authentic local experience to guests staying in its 25 spacious suites. There’s an on-site dive centre and peaceful pool for water babies – but don’t miss the desert safaris by camel or jeep for an unforgettable insight into this historic region.

Looking for more places to stay in Egypt? Explore the country’s fascinating capital, home to the famous Pyramids of Giza and The Sphinx, from the comfort of these top rated hotels in Cairo. Those seeking beachside relaxation need look no further than these hotels in the resort town of Hurghada, known for turquoise waters, pristine beaches and its celebrated snorkelling scene. For the five-star experience, rest your head at one of Egypt’s most luxurious hotels, bookable with Culture Trip.

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