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Luxury on a Budget; Hilton Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt
From #Luxor to #SharmElSheikh, exploring #Egypt is great but can be exhausting. So when we arrived in #HiltonSharksBay we were pleased to see our cozy room, massive bathroom, and the gorgeous hotel pool from our balcony and some fabulous restaruants.
Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt
We are lying on sunloungers under a large straw umbrella, sipping on our nth pina colada of the day, absorbing the sun’s rays (in December no less!), eyes half closed, minds roaming to unhurried rhythms all of their own…
That’s our predominant memory from a week spent at Hilton Sharks Bay.
In December 2012, we spent an extremely hectic week exploring the Pyramids in Cairo and Egyptian temples in Luxor. Early mornings, long hours under direct sunlight, endless bus rides, and temple runs left us weary – travelling can be hard work sometimes. Fortunately we had anticipated this and booked ourselves a stay at Hilton Sharks Bay, Sharm-El-Sheikh to work off the exhaustion.
We got our jaded selves to Sharm-El-Sheikh, Egypt’s popular resort town. As our taxi inched closer to the hotel, our eyes began to light up. We entered the complex through a boulevard lined with palm trees – this was exactly what we needed.
Hotel Hilton Sharks Bay Resort
Snorkelling in El Gouna
4x4 Safari to Coloured Canyon and Shopping in Dahab
Then we were escorted to our room and that euphoric feeling in the pit of our tummies increased manifold. To be honest, we had paid just around £30 pppn for the room, meals, and drinks, so we weren’t expecting something this spectacular. Our room had wall-to-wall glass windows, lined with wispy curtains, and a balcony overlooking the hotel’s pools – we could get used to this.
We were escorted to our room and that euphoric feeling in the pit of our tummies increased manifold
Then we saw the bathroom – now bathrooms don’t usually evoke much emotion do they? But this one was the size of an average flat in London, we kid you not! The shower cubicle was large enough to fit 4 people (don’t get any ideas), the bathtub came with an exquisite bubble-bath potion, and there was no shortage of decadent Egyptian cotton towels.
When we managed to tear ourselves away from our room, we scampered over to Hilton’s private beachfront. The hotel’s private beach is mapped out as a series of terraces, leading to the water. We spent our week sprawled across a different terrace each day, always close to one of their beach-side bars. Our days were spent diving, snorkelling, or sipping on countless mojitos and pina-coladas, as you do.
Our days were spent diving, snorkelling, or sipping on countless mojitos and pina-coladas
At night, we had the option of 3 restaurants with our all inclusive package; Italian (Il Rustico) or bedouin style (Al Bedouin) a-la-carte restaurants or the hotel’s buffet restaurant. The food was hygienic and tasty and the service was excellent. We loved the floor seating and embellished rugs that adorned the walls of their bedouin-style restaurant.
That’s how special Hilton Shark’s Bay is, we came fatigued and left invigorated, refreshed, and chubby (all those drinks, all that food – nom!) . Isn’t that what holidays are all about?
We came fatigued and left invigorated, refreshed, and chubby