Sharm El Sheikh
Discover Sharm El Sheikh’s many natural treasures by travelling inland to experience the Sinai Desert, or by diving in the Red Sea to snorkel amidst the colourful coral reef and abundant marine life. To help plan your next trip, we asked Chef Concierge Ahmed Al Askary and Concierge Supervisor Ahmed Nazmy of Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh to share tips for exploring the desert, the coast and everywhere in between.
Experience the remote, magical Nabq National Park – one of the Sinai’s hidden treasures– during a 4×4 self-drive Jeep Safari trip. This area was set aside to protect the stunning, unspoiled landscape where the desert meets the sea. The tour’s knowledgeable guides make you an active participant as you drive into the heart of the Sinai desert.
At the Resort’s Spa, try one of the many culturally inspired treatments. A luxurious bath of honey and milk is followed by a relaxing massage with the Cleopatra treatment while the Egyptian Classic Massage draws on ancient techniques and aromatic oil to release tension. For head-to-toe rejuvenation, the Arabian Coffee Ritual detoxifies the skin and increases blood circulation. After a soft scrub and wrap of freshly ground coffee and minerals of the Red Sea, enjoy a moisturizing cocoa butter massage. Extend your tranquil retreat in the Resort’s Observatory Lounge, a peaceful indoor space offering spectacular vistas of Tiran Island and the Red Sea. In the evening, the glass ceiling promises a romantic view of the stars.
Sample flavours from around the world at Arabesque. Open only for breakfast, Arabesque offers Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Lebanese, Moroccan and North African cuisine. Enjoy an authentic Bedouin breakfast (stewed broad beans with traditional sides and spices) al fresco set against views of the Red Sea. Try fresh seafood at the beachfront Reef Grill or tuck in for an intimate Italian meal at Il Frantoio.
There are endless family-fun activities to try in Sharm El Sheikh, from a sunset camel safari to horseback riding in the desert—all arranged on-site. Also available at the Resort are snorkelling and scuba lessons for all ages through the Sinai Blues Dive Centre. To explore the Red Sea beneath the surface while staying dry, book a Seascope Semi Submarine tour. Kids will also love the Cleo Park water park.
For souvenirs, visit the Il Mercato promenade or Naama Bay promenade. Both areas include stores selling intricate lanterns, incense burners, colourful scarves, handmade necklaces and other accessories.
The most scenic spots in the Sharm El Sheikh area are the top of Mount Sinai and Saint Catherine’s Monastery. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Saint Catherine’s Monastery is situated at the foot of Mount Sinai, which is said to be where Moses saw the burning bush. For the best views, climb Mount Sinai at sunset to see the landscape below painted in gold and orange hues.
With its colourful coral reef and myriad marine life, the underwater world of the Red Sea shouldn’t be missed. Some of Sharm El Sheikh’s most historic dive sites are just minutes from the Resort. Book a half- or full-day adventure with a professional from the Sinai Blues Dive Centre to explore the uninhabited island of Tiran or the shipwreck sites of Thislegorm and Dunraven. An excursion to Ras Mohamed National Park promises a chance to spot rare underwater creatures and night dives are also available for adventure seekers.
Kids 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 fun-filled cultural activities. At Under the Red Sea Day—another themed celebration at the Club—kids can build sandcastles on the beach and go treasure diving in the pool.