With world-class scuba diving, desert hills above, reliable sunshine and almost no rain – Sharm el-Sheik has become one of the world’s top beach destinations. It’s a package holiday nightmare, but you can escape to smaller towns nearby.
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Le Meridien Dahab
Dahab, Sinai Peninsular, Egypt|www.marriott.com|
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Dahab used to be all palm-thatched huts and beachfront lounge-bars, but now the Meridien has arrived, opening a sophisticated resort hotel a little way south of the centre.
There are 182 rooms and suites, all with sea views. Some have private decks with direct access to the beach. There are three decent restaurants on site, and a top quality spa.
The beach here is protected by a headland, the lovely pool is set back from the beach. It’s great for families, with good facilities and a kids club.
The hotel is isolated, but you reap all the benefits of Sharm el-Sheik, away from the package resort crowds.
There’s no need to worry about outside noise here, with desert to the left, desert to the right, desert mountain behind and the big blue of the Red Sea ahead. Le Meridien sits on its own, a mile or so south around the bay from the Dahab lagoon.
The Red Sea is a hotspot for wind- and kite-surfing, and the hotel’s in-house centre is run by the well-regarded, international experts Club Mistral. The onsite Poseidon Diving Center is also one of the leading scuba centres in the region.
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