If you’re single, have a family or are travelling on business and looking for hot five-star fun in an all-inclusive luxury environment, you need look no further than the recently-refurbished Le Royal Holiday Resort in Egypt’s popular Sharm El Sheikh. I was there just a few months ago writing some travel pieces.
The Resort is spectacular: it took over two years to complete and was officially opened in late 2013 by the Prime Minister of Egypt at the time, His Excellency Hazem Al Beblawi. I found out it is part of the General Mediterranean Holding group owned by the Iraqi-born British businessman and philanthropist Sir Nadhmi Auchi, whose activities range from banking and finance, construction and real estate, to hotel and leisure, telecommunications and aviation. GMH’s Le Royal Hotels and Resorts division also has a number of five-star establishments in Luxembourg, Madrid, Hammamet, Amman and Beirut – so plenty of choices for your next holiday too.
The glitzy website of Le Royal in Sharm says it offers 426 spacious and modern guestrooms, “nestled in an ocean of lush gardens and inspired pools, providing a perfect base for both leisure and business travellers during their stay in Sharm”. I’d certainly go with that. A choice of deluxe Twin, King, Family and Family-Themed Rooms – the kids’ beds are designed as cute little cars – plus Junior Suites are available, all with carefully chosen high-spec amenities including a marble bathroom with designer toiletries, individual climate control, free high-speed wireless internet access and a massive flat screen TV. “A combination of exclusivity, comfort and intimacy with attention to details are the characteristics of the accommodation,” murmurs the website. I was in a twin room overlooking the pools and it was certainly very pleasant. Further luxury was guaranteed with sleek contemporary furnishings, sumptuous fabrics, plush memory foam mattresses with custom-made Egyptian cotton bedding, comfortable seating and work areas and – perhaps most importantly – “the fluffiest bath linen”. It really was too!
As I would expect from a top five-star resort, there are plenty of delightful indoor and outdoor restaurants and bars to choose from, each offering an individual theme and ambience and lots of good things which kept me well fed and watered from daybreak till nightfall.
To ensure you look your absolute best during your Red Sea stay (I am a bloke so I really didn’t care), you can go and enjoy Le Royal’s Naama Bay Spa, with an on-site beauty salon to pamper your every whim and, for those who just can’t sit still – certainly not me in that heat! – an air-conditioned fitness centre with elliptical trainers and state-of-the-art cardiovascular and weight training equipment and accessories; not forgetting the sumptuous Wellness Centre – “a sanctuary of indulgence and relaxation” where skilled therapists offer rejuvenating treatments for body and mind and “the imperceptible magic of Western and Eastern approaches”. I didn’t try any of these but I did overhear one lady singing their praises.
But I found the best bit of this luxurious resort was the spectacular water park. For young and old, novice paddlers or experienced extreme water-sporters like myself, there is a fabulous selection of slides, rides and splashes for everyone. It’s an aquatic paradise boasting 18 features including the Zebra tube and Aqua Tower, the Space Boat slide, Pirates of the Mediterranean and the Octopus. And while the intrepid younger holiday-makers relish the exhilaration of the slides, the more sedate among you can relax in and around the various pools or the outdoor Jacuzzi, or just enjoy a different kind of splash at those cool poolside bars.
You can get lots more information at http://www.leroyalsharm.com