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The Oberoi at Sahl Hasheesh is a wonderful base from which to explore. An all suite hotel spread over seemingly endless acres and with a wonderful wide beach, this resort offers traditional Egyptian hospitality at a very competitive price. A Red Sea bargain!
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Hurghada is no longer the quaint fishing village it once was. The good news is that you need never go there, the closest approach being the direct flight into Hurghada airport, whence you will be driven a further 20 minutes south to the peaceful oasis that is the Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh.
Set in 48 acres of palm-filled grounds about 6 miles south of Hurghada, the Oberoi's design is inspired by traditional Arabian architecture, with shady marble colonnades and domed pavilions.
The suites at the Oberoi are located in bungalows scattered around the grounds. All are spacious and have private courtyard gardens and luxurious bathrooms while the superior suites also have their own pools. The resort's large main swimming pool overlooks the sea and a long stretch of private sandy beach.
The excellent spa offers a range of massages, treatments and beauty therapies, plus a sauna and steam room. There is also a state-of-the-art gym, a tennis court, a kids' club featuring bowling, slides and mini-basketball, and a golf course 20 miles away.
There is a relatively new dive centre offering a very good service for diving on both the stunningly good house reef and on the offshore sites. The team is very good and the equipment excellent.
Other activities include desert safaris and full-day excursions to ancient Coptic monasteries or to Luxor. Fine Mediterranean and Oriental cuisine is served at the main restaurant, which has views of the sea. There is also an Indian restaurant, an al fresco poolside restaurant, and a bar.
Why we love it
While it is worth venturing further afield, the nicest surprise at the Oberoi is the quality of the house reef - a real pleasure to snorkel and dive right from the beach.
Neill, Original Diver