When thinking about our recent holiday to Egypt a profound feeling of happiness fills me. The excitement from remembering the awe-inspiring Great Pyramid, which really is mind-bogglingly big. Contentment from remembering the sun soaked days spent with a 180 degree view of the most beautiful azure blue sea. We both love to travel and will passionately bemoan the fact that we don’t do it enough. However when you do find yourself in a faraway place, with the history steeped into the stunning landscape, we both know how lucky we are for the experiences we have. It makes you feel humble and you remember to appreciate all your opportunities. Sometimes it’s just the best thing in the world to take some time out from real life. To see something new and sleep, eat, read and bask in the sun a lot, all with an incredible view. Here is a look into our ten days in the dessert.
We spent our first three days in Cairo staying at The Mena House, a historic hotel of old world charm and situated literally underneath the shadow of the Great Pyramid. Visiting the pyramids is an intense affair. Insistent offers for curios and camel or horse rides repeatedly interrupt your uncontrollable gape at these ancient stone colossus. When entering the pyramid you have to hunch down while scaling up and down the steep and slippery and very humid shafts. An unforgettable experience.
The magnificent river Nile runs through the city centre of Cairo with old and new making up the busy city skyline. We spent a morning at the Museum of Cairo; viewing mummies, the famous gold mask of Tutankhamen and numerous ancient artefacts from the ancient dynasties. Sadly no photography allowed.
Culturally satiated we decided to hit the streets of Cairo to see what the modern city had to offer too. We found stunning vistas, local character and characters and incredibly delicious food. We dined at the Buddha-bar set on the Nile in the trendy suburb of Zamalek in the elegant Sofitel; chilling to sublime beats, fantastic food and a glorious buddha looking over us.
From Cairo we headed to the Red Sea where we spent an idyllic week on the coast staying at the luxurious Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh. It was the perfect place to quieten down and spend 7 days with no agenda or major decisions to make bar choosing the best spot to relax of which there were many many choices. The hammock of course being very popular. We were spoilt and looked after and the service by everyone at the hotel reminded us of our own values of providing an amazing experience to our clients. We learnt a good lesson of being in the luxury market too, as the staff not only looked after our every need but anticipated requirements we had not even considered to make our experience as enjoyable as possible and exceeding our expectations.
Our days were spent sunning ourselves and walking on the beach, practising yoga at sunset, visiting the spa, reading while sipping tropical juices at the pool, eating gorgeous food and being carried into the wonderful worlds of the books we read.
By the end of the week we felt at home on the sandy beaches and beside the mesmerising waters. We loved our time in Egypt and would return in a heart beat.