The Red Sea offers a perfect escape for families looking for a great value sun holiday outside of Europe, without needing to embark on a long-haul flight. With excellent facilities, child-friendly resorts and activities and a beautiful climate, the Red Sea is one of the best destinations to consider if you're looking for an easy, stress free escape.
With areas such as Sharm El-Sheik and Hurghada being among the most popular, the Red Sea coast offers tourists some wonderful snorkelling, scuba diving and water sports opportunities thanks to its crystal-clear waters, temperate climate and stunning natural landscape. It's also very easy to visit the Red Sea, as British citizens and EU nationals do not require a visa for travel if the visit is for 14 days or less.
The top resorts in the Red Sea region
Located on the on the Egyptian side of Sinaï, Sharm El-Sheikh is perhaps one of the most famous resorts in Egypt, and is filled with world-class restaurants, international hotels and plenty of exciting leisure facilities. The area is best known for its gorgeous shoreline, and families flock to the area to soak up the Egyptian sun and explore the beauty of the area.
The Sharm El-Sheikh region is perfect for families as it is home to some of Egypt's best hotels and spas, and its calm, clear waters mean it is world-renowned for snorkelling, diving, windsurfing and much more. Best of all, the safety standards of the area means children can enjoy these facilities too.
Sharm El-Sheikh also offers visitors authentic tastes of Egypt, with the chance to head off on desert excursions by camel or on horseback.
Value for money: Sol y Mar Sharks Bay
For families looking for outstanding value the Sol y Mar Sharks Bay is an ideal option, packing plenty of activities for guests of all ages on all-inclusive basis. Children have fantastic entertainment options and dedicated facilities onsite while parents relax and make the most of the drinks-on-tap service.
Affordable luxury: Hilton Sharm Waterfalls
And for those looking for nothing but the finest things in life, the Hilton Sharm Waterfalls is as good as it gets for private beach seclusion and sheer pampering that doesn’t cost the earth. Discerning guests can make the most of the 24-hour all-inclusive service, the onsite diving centre and the varied array of dining options.
Hurghada is located on the west shore, and can match Sharm El-Sheikh for its access to the stunning waters of the Red Sea. It's easy to indulge in the many water sports on offer here too, but Hurghada caters more to dive sites, and it is possible to head out on a diving trip to see incredible reefs and shipwrecks.
The regions around Hurghada also have less of the glitz and glamour associated with the stylish resorts, and instead give visitors some insight into the history of the region, with nearby ancient settlements offering an authentic Egyptian experience.
Value for money: Hilton Hurghada Long Beach Resort
Families seeking a good value getaway that will keep everyone entertained yet won’t blow the budget should consider the Hilton Hurghada Long Beach Resort. This beautiful all-inclusive property is not only great value for money but offers outstanding quality too. With seven swimming pools (three of which are heated in winter) and a long list of children’s facilities as well as exciting grown-up pursuits, everyone is ensured a great time.
Affordable luxury: Movenpick Resort and Spa El Gouna
For big spenders or families in search of a special luxurious getaway, the Movenpick Resort and Spa El Gouna offers sumptuous accommodation and first-class facilities for young and all. Little ones will be well-looked-after at the dedicated kids club while parents can go for a round of golf at a championship 18-hole golf course next door.
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Overall, the Red Sea is at the heart of one of the world's oldest and most mysterious cultures, and the centre of the ancient world. Whether you are looking for a sun-soaked holiday that isn't too far from home, or you're hoping to get a taste for the beauty of Egypt from the safety of a tourist resort, the Red Sea does not disappoint.