Winter holidays abroad are THE BEST… in my opinion anyway! You see, I have a strong objection to the cold British weather. Despite my efforts to see it from a romantic light, my permanent red nose, sniffles and bear-prepping-for-hibernation appetite do not equate. Which is why I like to take most of my yearly holidays abroad during the chilly period.
Lured in by winter temperatures of 25°C plus, I recently decided I wanted to return to Egypt – but somewhere I was yet to visit. The interestingly named beach resort of Sahl Hasheesh immediately caught my eye. Located around 20 minutes’ drive south of Hurghada, Sahl Hasheesh is a tourist destination in the making – a gated community with spotless beaches, grand hotels and peaceful surrounds. Described as ‘the fastest-rising luxury resort development in Egypt’ – the area offers an interesting alternative to Sharm El Sheikh and central Hurghada.
In fact, the development is far from finished, with half-built resorts dotted around, but this can be overlooked given the reasonable prices – plus, what has been finished is beautiful and somewhat unique. I stayed at the five-star Tropitel Sahl Hasheesh, which was nothing short of lovely.
My Seaview bedroom was huge with a massive flat-screen TV and two King-size beds! The buffet food was great, plus there were Mexican and Italian a la carte restaurants (included in the price) that had delicious food and wonderful sea views. There were also lots of pools dotted around the resort, a modern gym, desert views and a beautiful sandy beach just a few steps away. It was all rather heavenly…
When I wasn’t lounging by the pool with a cocktail in my hand, I was lounging on the beach with a cocktail in my hand – as all inclusive fans will know, it can be incredibly easy to get in this routine. However, I actually went snorkelling every day!
The long pier on the beach was stunning and led to an enclosed area of clear water surrounded by coral. There were hundreds of brightly coloured fish, lion fish, huge jellyfish and one very shy blue spotted ray who liked to hide in the sand.
Mid holiday we arranged a desert quad biking trip with a camel ride and a visit to a Berber village. I’ve never quad biked before, so this was great fun – if a little scary. I spent a good few hours haring through the sand, occasionally slowing down to take in the stark, mountainous views.
When it came to the camel ride I bagged myself a really friendly looking camel who I nicknamed Fred. He wasn’t your classic spitter or grumbler, but actually a real smiler who loved being stroked! I immediately liked him, despite his collection of flies.
We then had mint tea with a friendly Berber family and I took a snap of one of the children, who also seemed to have a fondness for Fred.
After this day of fun, we went back to the hotel and before long I was back in the routine of doing very little. It was fantastic!
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