I dreamed of Egypt since childhood, a land of ancient pharaohs, of myths, legends and an incredible millennial culture.
In the past I had already received proposals to visit it but it was not the right time and way.
Sometimes those who know how to wait get paid off and so last November there was the possibility of spending a week between sun and sea for a 5-star holiday at the Royal Savoy in Sharm El Sheikh.
If you are already imagining prohibitive costs I must make you change your mind immediately. A 5 star property in Sharm has totally affordable costs. Look HERE to believe (we talk about all inclusive).
The next question I’m sure will pop up in your mind is that of security.
Is it safe to take a holiday in Sharm El Sheikh?
Based on my personal experience I say yes (considering that at present no corner of the planet is really safe). There are many checks in and out of hotels, tourist facilities (ports, airports etc) but nothing that will make your life complicated. It is simply a security measure.
The traveler in Sharm is gold so he is protected as much as possible.
I was honestly amazed at the tourist situation. In November the Savoy was sold out like other structures in the surrounding area.
Tourism has effectively returned to full speed.
How to get to Sharm El Sheikh
You can arrive in Sharm with about 3 and a half hours of direct flight from Rome (Air Cairo or Neos, much better Neos). Sharm has its civilian airport, so apart from the flight you are directly in the hotel, with your feet in the sand.
If you arrive in Sharm with direct flights, a passport is not necessary, you just need an identity card to enter the country (only if you stay in the Sharm area).
Sun International ( and the super Mimmo, a local guide who made us even more loving these lands) awaits us to welcome me and my little sister as soon as they got off the plane.
Sun International is the main on-site travel agency that deals with transfers, excursions and above all to provide a travel experience to tourists without a hitch (for anything you can also contact them on Whatsapp during your stay).
A real local contact person in charge of the tourist’s well-being.
Savoy Group Sharm
The Savoy Group represents one of the best hotel entities in Sharm, now historic. It is divided into 4 parts: Sierra Hotel, Savoy Hotel, Royal Savoy Hotel, Royal Savoy Villas.
My little sister and I were guests of the Royal Savoy Hotel, in my opinion the perfect choice if you don’t have children.
Sharm, in general, lends itself well to families with its long sandy beaches, the many attractions made available by the hotels and the possibility of all inclusive (food & beverage – alcoholic and non-alcoholic).
But if I had children I would choose the Savoy or the Sierra. The areas are common, like the countless swimming pools and restaurants in the structure.
The Royal, on the other hand, offers the possibility of accessing exclusive areas and services that will make you feel even more pampered (private beach and swimming pool, dessert in your room every day etc …).
The food offer within the Savoy Group is truly remarkable. There is only spoiled for choice. Many restaurants including: Italian, Egyptian, Asian, sea food and much more.
My favorite? The Teppanyaki in Soho Square: show cooking and delicious Asian food.
In fact, if you are a guest of the hotel, you will have access to the restaurants of Soho Square, a large square created to be “the place to be”: ice rink, ice bar, shops, restaurants, nightlife and much more.
This is where the most special event of the year was held: the Big Switch On.
November 15 marks the turning on of the Christmas lights (this year I really experienced Christmas all over the world) with a lot of super concerts and fireworks.
An event loved by both locals and all guests of Sharm hotels (in Soho Square it is also possible to access as external visitors).
Excursions not to be missed with Sun International
- A camel ride in the desert
I start immediately from my absolute favorite experience: the desert.
It is about 15 minutes by car from the hotel and is not to be missed!
A camel ride at sunset followed by a typical dinner (based on meat and hummus) in a Bedouin camp.
I loved the authentic character of this experience and the desert always remains one of my favorite natural elements, I find it extremely relaxing for the mind.
- Visit to “old” city of Sharm.
Leaving the hotels is safe, but I recommend you always do it with a guide who knows how to direct you.
There is not much to see in Sharm “city” but the new Al-Mustafa Mosque alone is worth a visit, truly spectacular! Do not forget a bit of the inevitable Bedouin handicraft shopping.
Just outside the center, but incredibly spectacular is the Farsha: a beautiful place that is distributed on a promontory close to the sea.
Lanterns, rugs and hookahs (shisha) for a magical aperitif.
- Boat trip to discover the Ras Mohammed Natural Park
The coral reef of the Red Sea is a truly unique sight in the world. It is also possible to admire it in front of the hotel, but a boat ride is a must to enjoy it even more.
My advice is to plan a personalized experience, because group ones tend to be really too crowded.
The true paradise for snorkeling and diving.
Why choose Sharm?
Certainly visiting only Sharm will give you a “tasty” taste of Egypt (I am already looking forward to returning to discover the historical side), it is a perfect escape from the European cold.
There hasn’t even been a time when the sun has stopped shining (it never rains) and the temperatures between April and November are perfection (25-30 degrees), even if you can go to Sharm all year round.
What amazed me most was to admire the first LIVING coral reef of my life. I have visited many tropical places and sadly found that corals are dead almost all over the world.
In Egypt I saw colors that I didn’t think could exist in nature.
This is, also thanks to the ban on fishing imposed throughout the Red Sea.
Another big point in favor of Sharm is the possibility of living 5-star experiences in luxury hotels even if you don’t have a big budget.
Finally, I would like to underline the great hospitality of the Egyptian people.
Finally, I would like to clarify that the reality of Sharm is that of “villages” for obvious security reasons, but I anticipate a great news that spoiled one of our drivers.
A new airport will soon be built near the Cairo Pyramids which will make it possible to make day trips from Sharm (currently 6 hours by car away).
I do not go further, but a thank you to the team of the Savoy Group and Sun International for giving us a wonderful first experience in Egypt is a must and pleasure. I can not wait to come back!