Sharm El Sheikh
We asked the Concierges at Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt—Chief Concierge Ahmed Al Askary and Concierge Supervisor Ahmed Nazmy—to gather the savviest sight-seeing suggestions he could find—not just his own, but also those of the local connoisseurs he works with every day at the Hotel. Discover Sharm El Sheikh’s many natural treasures—head inland to experience the Sinai Desert, and snorkel or dive in the Red Sea to see the colourful coral reef and abundant marine life.
Experience the remote, magical Nabq National Park, one of the Sinai’s hidden treasures, through the Sinai 4×4 self-drive Jeep Safari trip. This area was set aside to protect the stunning, unspoiled landscape where the desert ranges meet the sea. The tour’s knowledgeable guides make you an active participant as you drive right into the heart of the Sinai desert.
At the Resort’s Spa and Wellness Centre, try one of the many unique treatments such as the Cleopatra treatment (a bath of milk, honey and rose, and an aroma massage), the Egyptian Classic massage, or the Arabian coffee ritual (a scrub and wrap with ground coffee beans, and a massage).
At the Resort’s Arabesque restaurant, Executive Chef Martin Frost sees to it that you can taste the local cuisine. Try Chicken Molokhiyya (a traditional Egyptian soup), pigeons stuffed with rice, kharouf (roasted baby lamb chops, nuts, raisins, Oriental rice and yogurt sauce), or koshary (rice, chickpeas, lentils and vermicelli with a tomato/chilli/garlic sauce).
There’s much to do in Sharm El Sheikh: a Sunset Camel Safari, the Seascope semi-submarine (with panoramic windows), horseback riding into the quiet desert, Cleopark—The Pharaonic Water Park, Dolphinella (a dolphin show with the option of swimming with the animals themselves), and the Quads, 4×4 motorbikes.
For souvenirs, guests should visit Il Mercato promenade or Naama Bay promenade. Both areas include stores selling intricate lanterns, incense burners, scarves, necklaces and other accessories.
The most scenic spots in the Sharm El Sheikh area are St. Catherine’s Monastery (where tradition has it that Moses saw the burning bush) and the top of Mount Moses, especially when the sun is rising.
A Quiet Hour
The Resort’s Observatory Lounge is a peaceful indoor space, offering spectacular vistas of Tiran Island and the Red Sea. The glass ceiling gives a romantic view of the stars.
With its colourful reef and abundant marine life, the underwater world of the Red Seashouldn’t be missed. Plan to accompany the on-staff marine biologist on one of the Resort’s daily guided snorkelling and diving trips. The biologist also presents programmes on topics such as coral reefs, tropical fish and sharks.
Our young guests can get in the spirit of ancient Egypt on Pharaonic Day at the Resort’s Kids for All Seasons Club. Pyramid hats, belly-dancing lessons and making cartouches with Egyptian hieroglyphs are just a few of the activities. At “Under the Red Sea” Day, another theme day at the Resort, kids can build sandcastles on the beach and go treasure diving in the pool.