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A century ago, the coastal town of Hurghada was a simple fishing village on a particularly pretty stretch of the Red Sea. In more recent years, the spectacular scenery, prime scuba-diving waters and subtropical-desert heat has transformed it into one of Egypt’s go-to destinations for a fabulous beach getaway. Set right on the sapphire waters, the Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh is a vision of Arabic architecture; a contemporary take on classical design makes the resort’s 48 acres a picture-perfect sprawl of gorgeous buildings and jewel-toned gardens.
The resort has over a hundred suites, and all are wonderfully spacious. Interior design is Arabian-meets-Moorish with arched windows, papyrus lamps and lovely canary-yellow accents that stand out against soothing neutral colour schemes. A step up from the entry-level suites will get you soaring ceilings, sunken marble bathtubs and – in Grand and Royal Suites – private pools. All accommodations are well-appointed, from the well-stocked minibars to the thoughtful bathroom accessories.
Dining at the Oberoi is a delight. A lavish breakfast buffet is served in the aptly named “The Restaurant”, where you can dine in the gorgeous dining room or al fresco. Have lunch at The Pergola which is situated poolside under a gazebo-like dome with a breathtaking view of the sea. Order the catch of the day when dining there; whatever it is, it’s bound to be sublime. For dinner, return to The Restaurant for an international meal, or try the authentic Indian restaurant Zafraan and dine by candlelight while being serenaded by live musicians.
You’ll have plenty to do to fill your days during your stay: scuba dive in the region’s crystalline waters, play golf overlooking the Red Sea at Madinat Makadi golf course or visit the hotel’s small (but excellent) spa. You really needn’t venture beyond the property at all, but the resort offers plenty of excursions for those who find themselves itching to explore. Take a day trip to Luxor on the banks of the River Nile, hop in a jeep for a desert safari, ride a camel or try your hand at piloting a quad bike (which is a particularly scenic experience at sunset).
The Oberoi is a surprisingly great place for little ones – children can play tennis, go star gazing, learn how to bake the perfect cupcake or even take Arabic lessons. Of course, couples will be equally enchanted by the romantic resort and the majestic landscape surrounding it.
How to get here
25 minutes by road from Hurghada International Airport
102 suites and villas