A resort town on the southern top of the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, Sharm El Sheikh is most well-known for its amazing coral reefs and warm weather year-round. Despite safety concerns throughout Egypt, Sharm El Sheikh remains a popular tourist destination, particularly for the scuba divers and snorkelers who appreciate the easy access to a diversity of sea life and pretty coral. We visited the area’s top hotels to see how they stacked up against the competition — from the quality of the guest rooms to the range of amenities. Check out our picks for the best luxury hotels in Sharm El Sheikh and start planning your getaway!
As expected of this luxury brand, the 136-room Four Seasons Resort has all the hallmarks of a five-pearl hotel -- plentiful quality dining, lovely swimming pools, and beautiful sea views. Spacious, elegant rooms all have private outdoor balconies or terraces, most with lovely sea views, and lots of tech amenities can be rented for a fee, such as iPads and game consoles. The private beach, though a bit small, offers excellent diving and snorkeling opportunities as well as two yachts available for guests' use. There are also a spa, tennis center, and a kids' club.
The Royal Savoy Sharm El Sheikh is the exclusive wing of the five-pearl Savoy Sharm El Sheikh complex and offers a luxurious experience in a prime location right next to the Soho Square center, which is full of restaurants, nightlife, and a host of activities. There are three pools and a small beach, and guests also have access to all of the main hotel's facilities, which include several restaurants and a spa. The 36 spacious, high-end rooms and suites are bedecked in plenty of deluxe touches, including fresh flowers and large, furnished balconies that overlook the pools or gardens, and luxurious villas with private pools and gardens are also available.
The 298-room Stella Di Mare Beach Hotel & Spa is an upscale resort set on a low cliff overlooking Naama Bay and close to its bustling downtown area. It's one of the area's best hotels in this price range and is impressive inside and out, with an elegant lobby, manicured grounds, and attentive levels of service that give it a high-end feel. Rooms are pleasantly if simply decorated and have private balconies or terraces, with higher-floor rooms offering superb sea views. Besides the main buffet restaurant, there are two a la carte eateries serving Mediterranean and Asian dishes, plus several bars.The grounds include two pools and a kids' pool, as well as a full-service spa and tennis courts. Though the artificial beach consists of a sandy terrace, there are jetties out to a lovely coral reef.
The 680-room Royal Albatros Moderna is an expansive and lively luxury resort with direct beach access, a water park, and all-inclusive dining and drinking at multiple international restaurants and bars. Families are well-catered to with a kids' club and live entertainment, while the spa with whirlpool tubs, and pools lined with cushioned beds help everyone relax. Guest rooms are clean and stylish with flat-screen TVs and air-conditioning, and many have balconies with sea views. However, the free Wi-Fi in public areas can be slow, and the pool decks can be noisy and crowded.
At just 230 rooms, the Baron Palms Resort is one of the smaller all-inclusive complexes of its kind in the area, and is a 20-minute drive to the nightlife in Naama Bay. Facilities are still abundant, however, with plenty of restaurants, bars, two large pools, a spa, and luxurious touches like padded loungers and poolside drinks service. The beautiful private beach, though a short walk away from the property, provides a peaceful experience as this is an adult-only resort. Rooms have some authentic touches and balconies, though none have sea views.
The 263-room Iberotel Palace is an attractive luxury resort located in the south end of Sharm El Sheikh and overlooking El Maya Bay. Relatively small and with an adult-only policy, it's more relaxing and classier than many of its competitors -- though neighbors can be noisy. While rooms are tastefully appointed and offer plenty of space, there's no in-room Wi-Fi and minibars are poorly stocked. The resort has four restaurants and a good selection of bars, as well as a large pool with sea views and an indoor pool. The lovely private beach has direct access to the water and offers a variety of water sports.
The Sensatori Sharm El-Sheikh by Coral Sea is a 470-room luxury resort that caters to a broad range of guests by separating families with kids from couples via designated zones. Decor is smart and contemporary throughout, including in the sophisticated rooms, all with private outdoor space and many with excellent sea views. Dining is a cut above similar resorts -- and most of it is included -- though drinks can be low quality. The numerous pools, activities, and entertainment are also better than average and free Wi-Fi throughout is a real bonus that is uncommon in other resorts of the area.