More than just sandy beaches in Sharm El Sheikh

An ancient and beautiful resort, Sharm offers serene scenery and balmy weather all year round

An ancient and beautiful resort, Sharm offers serene scenery and balmy weather all year round

Egypt is the world’s oldest holiday destination; since the days of the ancient Greeks people have flocked to the county to catch a glimpse of the Pyramids, the most wondrous creations ever built by man. On Sharm El Sheikh holidays, on the south tip of the Sinai Peninsula, there is an incredible natural beauty to rival anything made by the Pharaohs.

Golden sandy beaches stretch as further than the eye can see, the enticing Red Sea waters glisten in the sun, National Parks stand alongside historical monuments, mountains and mangroves skirt the boundaries of the resort, Sharm El Sheikh is as beautiful as it is unforgettable.

Throw in a thriving, modern tourist industry offering world-class scuba diving, nightlife to rival any Mediterranean resort, water parks and activities ranging from quad biking to camel riding via jet skiing, and you have close to the perfect holiday resort!

Understandably most people visit Sharm El Sheikh during the summer months, when the weather can only be described as scorching hot. However, Sharm El Sheikh is bathed in a perpetual sunshine with winter temperatures warmer than most English summers! Even in January the water temperature of the Red Sea rarely drops below 20°C, so all year round you can explore the spectacular underwater marine world, teeming with multicoloured fish and kaleidoscopic coral reef.

Sharm el Sheikh offers holidaymakers the chance to see its abundant marine life

Sharm el Sheikh offers holidaymakers the chance to see its abundant marine life

For a top night out; Naama Bay is Sharm El Sheikh’s premier nightlife resort. Home to plenty of vibrant clubs that attract top international DJs, chic bars, beach bars, English pubs, and varied restaurants, if you want to party; head to Naama Bay. Amongst the many activities available on Egypt holidays, you can try your hand at 4x4 safaris, quad biking, horseback and camelback rides, and numerous fantastic water sports.

25km south of Sharm El Sheikh is the breathtakingly beautiful Ras Mohammed National Park, home to an abundance of exotic wildlife and some of the finest scuba diving and snorkelling in the world.

35km north of Sharm is the protected area of the Nabq Mangroves, a rolling National Park of astonishing diversity and beauty. Situated in the dramatic Sinai Mountains, the Coloured Canyon is one of the world’s most magnificent rock formations and highly recommended.

Also in the Sinai Mountains is the revered Moses’ Mountain, below which is the UNESCO World heritage site of the St Katherine Monastery, the oldest continuously inhabited monastery in the entire world. A more varied and memorable resort than Sharm El Sheikh could hardly be imagined!

Read on for a guide to the resort's top hotels:

Best 3* Properties

A Sharm Camel headed towards Giza. Credit: Martin V Morris

A Sharm Camel headed towards Giza. Credit: Martin V Morris

The Karma Hotel is situated in Ras Om El Said, just a short distance away from Naama Bay, to which it operates a complimentary shuttle bus service. This is one of the highest quality 3-star properties in the region and features a wealth of facilities including a dive centre. There are 80 guestrooms suitable for couples and families, and 4 spacious suites ideal for groups and large families. This is great choice for those looking for All Inclusive accommodation, with the hotel offering a great deal inclusive of buffet meals and drinks, as well as 30% discounts on a la carte meals.

Located in the ever popular Naama Bay resort, the Bay View Hotel enjoys a cracking spot, just a short stroll from the beach and lively resort centre. The hotel offers plenty of fantastic water sports including jet skiing and parasailing, whilst there is also an onsite dive centre. The All Inclusive option is excellent value and includes drinks (except wine and fresh juice) and buffet meals, plus discounts on a la carte meals. This hotel is ideal for young couples and groups of mates looking to enjoy the resort’s famous nightlife as well as diving opportunities.

The All Seasons Badawia Resort is just 4 miles from Naama Bay, and within easy reach of the golden sands of Ras Um El Sid beach - there you’ll find world-class diving and snorkeling opportunities. The hotel represents excellent value for money with the cheapest 3-star All Inclusive option in Sharm El Sheikh. Amenities include a pool, mini market, 24hr reception, 3 bars and a cafe including a beach bar/restaurant. A great choice for couples and families looking for high-quality, 3-star accommodation close to the beach and the vibrant centre of Naama Bay.

The All Seasons resort in Sharm is just a short journey from Sharm's town

The All Seasons resort in Sharm is just a short journey from Sharm's town

Best 4* Properties

Situated just five minutes from the centre of Naama Bay, the Falcon Naama Star offers one of the cheapest 4-star All Inclusive deals in Sharm El Sheikh, making the perfect choice for those who can’t resist a bargain! Couples will enjoy unwinding in the hotel’s Jacuzzi, trying out snorkelling or diving at the nearby beach, and dancing the night away in the town centre, whilst families will find the hotel has exemplary facilities for kids, including a separate swimming pool and lots of sporting activities.

At the Falcon Naama Star hotel in Sharm you can enjoy a massage by the pool

At the Falcon Naama Star hotel in Sharm you can enjoy a massage by the pool

One of the top 4-star properties in Naama Bay, Panorama Naama Bay Heights offers a wealth of outstanding facilities, a prime location 15 minutes from the resort centre, and one of the cheapest 4-star All Inclusive options in Sharm El Sheikh. The hotel is surrounded by beautiful grounds and enjoys sweeping views of the Red Sea, making it a fine choice for a romantic escape. Families will find a fantastic onsite water park that the kids will love, whilst parents can enjoy numerous thrilling water sports!

At the Panorama Naama Heights Hotel there is plenty for the kids to enjoy, including the water park!

At the Panorama Naama Heights Hotel there is plenty for the kids to enjoy, including the water park!

In the Montazah area of Sharm is the Tiran Island Hotel, on it’s own spectacular private beach you’ll be able to enjoy the world-class diving and snorkelling that the Red Sea is becoming famous for. The hotel features exceptional facilities including a health club, a diving and water sports centre and full animation programme for children. The All Inclusive option is one of the most extensive in the area, and represents outstanding value for money. This hotel is a fantastic choice for couples and families looking for high-quality 4-star accommodation to make their eventful holidays in Egypt all the more exciting.

Enjoy the exceptional facilities on offer at the Tiran Island Hotel in Sharm

Enjoy the exceptional facilities on offer at the Tiran Island Hotel in Sharm

The Sharm Bride Hotel is situated in the chilled out resort of Naqb Bay, within easy reach of the beach, unbeatable diving opportunities and the lively centre of Naama Bay. This excellent 4-star property is the perfect choice for families and couples looking for a relaxing break away from the hustle bustle of everyday life, in the sun-drenched Sharm El Sheikh. Onsite amenities include an enormous 1500m² swimming pool, a pool with water slides for kids, and an extensive and great value All Inclusive option. This brand new hotel offers seriously competitive rates, so get in quick before the secret gets out!

Named after the spectacular landscape that surrounds the hotel, the Luna Sharm occupies a prime spot on Om el Sid hill, between the desert and the glittering waters of the Red Sea. This elegant property has an exceptional standard of service and facilities (including a top AI option) that any luxury hotel would be proud of. The hotel is within easy reach of one of the finest coral reefs in the region, and operates a free shuttle bus to Naama Bay, so guests can enjoy the famous nightlife there. For an unforgettable Sharm El Sheikh escape for families and couples, choose the wonderful Luna Sharm!

Best 5* Property

If you’re looking for that extra touch of luxury for your holiday to Sharm El Sheik, look no further than the splendid Rehana Resort. Offering the cheapest 5-star All Inclusive option in Sharm El Sheikh, guests of the Rehana Resort can enjoy the highest quality of service and facilities without the eye-watering costs! The hotel has direct access to its own stunning beach, and features magnificent facilities including a mini aqua park, water sports and a health club. A wonderful choice for families and couples looking for upmarket 5-star accommodation for an unforgettable holiday in the Egyptian sun!

In Sharm's Rehanna resort you'll have access to the resort's private beach

In Sharm's Rehanna resort you'll have access to the resort's private beach