There’s something utterly captivating about Egypt as a honeymoon destination. Whether you’re looking to cruise down the River Nile, scuba-dive in the crystal waters of Hurghada or Sharm El-Sheikh or visit the Valley of the Kings, there is plenty for newlyweds to explore. Here is our pick of the best honeymoon destinations in this culture-rich country – all bookable on Culture Trip.
Lined with beautiful resort hotels, this bucket-list destination knows how to treat honeymooners. Hurghada’s crystal waters and colourful coral reefs are a prime spot for snorkelling and scuba-diving in the Rea Sea. You can also visit nearby Giftun Island, splash around at Makadi Bay’s Water World or swim with dolphins at Dolphin World.
Sunbathe on Jaz Makadi’s private beach where staff will serve cocktails at your lounger. Feeling a little more active? Enjoy a dip in your suite with a private pool before exploring Giftun Island, strolling along Marina Boulevard or relaxing with one of Makadi Spa’s water treatments. Come nightfall, the Souk Makadi is a vibrant hub of restaurants and bars.
For adventurous couples, this resort could be the one. Tucked into Brayka Bay with access to 1.3km (.8m) of sun-bleached coastline, there’s an on-site dive centre that offers high-octane activities from scuba-diving to speedboat trips. Back on dry land, travel into the desert on a quad bike as part of the Scorpion Desert Safari or join in a fun game of beach volleyball. After those thrills, retreat to the spa for a relaxing massage before a romantic candlelit dinner.
It’s easy for any couple to lose themselves in this 300sqm (3,230sqft) resort, located on a private beach. To guarantee calm, opt for a room or suite in the adult-only area. There are a variety of restaurants here but the personalised in-room dining service is the most private and romantic. Energetic couples will love the water sports, tennis and golf and the spa has couples rooms offering a Cleopatra bath and Turkish hammam.
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Located 18km (11mi) from Hurghada, Sahl Hasheesh is another beachside resort on the Red Sea known for its beaches and pristine white sand. Go horseriding on the beach, try quad-biking among desert dunes or unwind in one of the numerous opulent spas. When it comes to water activities, you can opt for banana boating, parasailing or kitesurfing here too.
Inspired by the Arabian palaces of old, this luxury hotel exudes opulence and elegance among its manicured gardens and several pools. The majestic sea-facing Grand Royal suite lives up to its palace within a palace promise with a private pool and personal in-room dining. The Honeymoon Spa Suite includes a treatment area, sauna and whirlpool to guarantee a relaxing stay.
Opulent suites housed in striped domed villas have unrestricted ocean views and enormous hot tubs that will ensure couples enjoy a romantic stay. The enormous five-star resort sprawls over 48 acres of green lawns and swaying palms on Egypt’s Red Sea coast. It’s a prime location for snorkellers and scuba divers. The hotel offers excellent dining, including a private candlelit dinner of Indian dishes.
Located on the southeast coast of the Sinai Peninsula, Sharm El-Sheikh is a resort town that boasts a wide range of romantic resorts and spas. Scuba-diving is particular popular here, especially on the Ras Mohamed Reef, known for its abundance of fish and colourful coral reefs. As Sharm El-Sheikh is just an hour’s drive away from Dahab, you can also climb Mount Catherine or explore the desert on a wild safari trip.
Relax with your other half at the five-star Novotel Sharm El-Sheikh’s swimming pools, private beach and romantic palm-lined gardens. The elegant white-washed property on Naama Bay offers an impressive spa and hammam and luxurious swim-up suites. There are plenty of adult-only spaces to enjoy dreamy dinners and uninterrupted relaxation.
The natural beauty of the Red Sea makes an idyllic backdrop for the Sunrise Arabian Beach Resort, located in Sharks Bay. The 250m (820ft) long private beach and jetty are the perfect launch pad for underwater explorers in search of incredible coral reefs. The spa has a treatment list full of harmonious couples massages and rituals designed for two. The deluxe swim-up room is a plush option here, complete with your own private terrace and sea view.
Peaking out into the Red Sea on Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, this resort is a blissful sandy haven for starry-eyed couples who want to chill and explore in equal measure. Enjoy the sun-warmed coastline, coral reefs and tropical fish or travel inland to explore the region’s national parks and hills. The hotel’s tranquil gardens are perfect for a romantic stroll. Opt for an all-inclusive package and friendly staff will lavish you with round-the-clock five-star service.
If you’re to soak up history and culture along the River Nile, then Luxor and Aswan are definitely a go-to. The easiest way to visit, as a first timer, is on a Nile cruise, which will stop off at ancient sights along the way including the Valley of the Kings, Karnak Temple, the Colossi of Memnon and Luxor Temple, built more than 3,000 years ago. It is a once-in-a-lifetime trip.
Known as the world’s finest open air museum, Luxor abounds in ancient heritage sites such as the Temple of Karnak and Valley of Kings. Choose a Nile suite and admire magnificent river views and sunsets while the luxurious Spa suite has a whirlpool, private treatment room and a couples massage included – it’s perfect for love birds who enjoy being pampered.
Wake up to magnificent views of the Nile before heading out to explore some Egypt’s most iconic ancient ruins and tombs. Expect authentic Egyptian hospitality with plenty of five-star bells and whistles. The hotel’s Chinese and Italian restaurants are perfect for cosy dinners for two and it’s a great spot to head off on a romantic river cruise.