Egypt's hidden gem
Located on Egypt’s stunning Red Sea coast, Sahl Hasheesh is a holiday haven for those who enjoy the beach. The powdery white sands gently shelve into the crystal clear waters of the ocean, making it ideal for younger children to paddle. Families with older children will find lots of opportunities to take part in the water sports and activities in the area. Couples will love the laid back, luxury feel to the resort while scuba diving lovers can spend their days exploring the underwater world. Just off the coast is the Sunken City, which is a paradise of wrecks, exotic fish and other species.
The resort itself is purpose built and modern, with everything you need for a relaxing holiday in the sun. Wander through the pretty streets soaking up the atmosphere before enjoying a cool cocktail or beer as well as delicious Egyptian mezze platters. Indulge in some retail therapy at one of the many shops and boutiques or watch the world go by from a café.
Flight time from the UK to Egypt is around 5 hours 30 minutes.
There are a number of carriers offering services to Egypt.
Direct Carriers: British Airways and Egyptair all offer direct services from London Heathrow to Cairo and Sharm El Sheikh. Regional departures are available in conjunction with these carriers. Luxor can be reached on Egyptair or on charter or low costcarriers.
Indirect Carriers: KLM offer indirect services via Amsterdam.
Departure Taxes: There is no departure tax when leaving Egypt.
May and June see beach-perfect temperatures reaching the early 30s, while in July and August you can sometimes see the mercury hitting 40 degrees. If you’re a diver, the summer months are a great time to spot manta rays and turtles. October to May is a good time to visit if you like things warm but not too hot – even in January, average highs are in the early 20s.
British passport holders can purchase a 30 day Visa from the airport on arrival. This costs USD25 and can be paid in pounds.
A 10% tip is customary in bars and restaurants, as well as a small tip to hotel staff.
Arabic is the main language in Sahl Hasheesh. There are many other languages spoken across the country and many Egyptians speak fluent English.
Beach resorts are relaxed, especially in touristy or international areas. When visiting areas of cultural or religious significance women must cover their arms, shoulders, legs and heads. Men should wear clothes with long sleeves and trousers.