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winter sun destinations
The Savoy Hotel, Sharm El Sheikh
Looking to escape the dreary autumn rain? You're not alone.
When A-list sun-seekers are longing for a break they are increasingly turning to the
natural beauty and dazzling sunshine
of Egypt’s Sharm El Sheikh. From Sheiks and royalty to Prime Ministers and Hollywood stars, Sharm El Sheikh’s
unspoiled natural beauty has become a celebrity playground
. And you can rest assured that in this desert sandbox, you will most certainly find an
abundance of 5 star luxury
. Located at the very tip of Egypt’s Sinai Penninsula,
Sharm El Sheikh
averages 27º C even in winter
: the perfect destination for those seeking warmer climes. Flanked by red mountains on one side and the
crystal clear Red Sea
on the other; its natural beauty makes it an ideal getaway.
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From the moment you step off the plane you feel as if you have
landed in a tropical paradise
have all holidayed here.
loved it so much he built a home here and
annually flies out to work on his scuba technique.
There is no better destination than the
.The stunning property sits proudly overlooking the
beautiful white-sanded White Knight beach
. It’s a maze of dazzling white architecture surrounded by green and flowering gardens; full of
giant archways and sheer white curtains billowing in the breeze
–it oozes old world glamour. England footballer John Terry, John Barrowman and R&B star
were all spotted lying by the pool recently. And it’s not surprising. It’s a deluxe resort and spa experience on one of the
most dazzling coastlines in the world
commanding view of the sea
, the Savoy is surrounded by lush gardens, at the bottom of which lies the sparking Red Sea. This
haven of luxury also has a
, just a few yards from an
amazing coral reef offering world-class diving and snorkelling
. Opt for the Royal Savoy – an exclusive part of the hotel that is ultra-luxurious; our room had a four poster bed from which we could glimpse outside a glass-doored balcony the
inviting pool and the deep blue sea
. The white pinstriped sheets were made of the
finest Egyptian cotton
and each day the attentive hotel staff brought in a different treat - one day it was a variety of Egyptian baklava and other day fresh fruit and cookies.
The Savoy’s azure blue tiled spa was heavenly scented. Offering up a range of Middle Eastern
pampering treatments including a wonderful Turkish hamman
, we opted for a deep tissue ‘Egyptian’ massage, which
erased all traces of jet lag
and caused us to sleep more deeply than we have in an age.
It’s no secret that
Sharm has some of the
best diving in the world
. Its stunning coral reefs attract scuba fans from across the globe: it’s like going to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef minus the 24-hour flight. The Savoy hotel has their own on site diving reef on the property, so it’s really easy to get going – it’s also only a
stone’s throw away from the famous
Ras Muhammed underwater coral reefs
. For those less brave the snorkelling is tremendous. The
brightly coloured coral
was only matched in brilliance by the
sheer variety and splendour of the fish
Our favourite outing was a
4 wheeled motorcycle ride across the Sinai desert
. With giant Dior sunnies protecting our eyes, and head wrapped in Arab scarves, we flew at
high speeds across a sunbaked desert
. We raced our quad bike at full throttle across bumpy sand dunes, all the while surrounded by huge clouds of coloured dust. We finished our journey by stopping off at a Beduoin camp and
sipping black and very sweet hot tea
with a local tribe.
perfectly located for the adventurous
. Sun International arranged for us to jet off to bustling Cairo for a look in at the Pyramids (it’s a mere one-hour flight). After traipsing around the ancient wonder, we dined on a luxury dinner cruise on the Nile before heading back to the peace and quiet of Sharm. It was the perfect day trip.
Easyjet flies to Sharm El Sheik regularly and return flights start at £220. Sun International excursions can be booked through the hotel.
The Savoy is offering an exclusive rate to HELLO! readers of £140 per night
- upgrade to Royal Savoy is extra, but worth it.
Sharm El Sheikh
Savoy Sharm El Sheikh
(0020 69 360 2500)
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