5 Egyptian luxury destinations that will make you feel like Cleopatra

2019-03-28 12:00 - Gabi Zietsman
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Who doesn't want to feel like an ancient pharaoh fanned by palm fronds while looking over a golden desert?

Egyptian grandeur has permeated many stories and movies throughout the decades, kings and queens living in extravagant splendour and surrounded by extreme comfort. 

Today, many travellers to the country of pharaohs hope to capture that ancient glory, and Egypt does not disappoint when it comes to luxurious offerings.

WHAT TO DO IN EGYPT: What to do in Egypt: Sail the Nile, Desert safari camping and sky floating over Luxor

Here are a few of our top picks where you can channel your inner Cleopatra - just stay away from snakes.

Wander the coast of the Red Sea

The Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh Beach Resort offers a stunning poolside experience with its own private beach and unrestricted views of the ocean from all its rooms.

You can explore excursions at its own dive centre, relax at the spa or sip on a sundowner at one of its two whirlpools.

Cruise the Nile in style

Nothing screams 'living like royalty' than a cruise down one of the most famous rivers in the world, and the Sanctuary Sun Boat IV will have you floating down the Nile in style.

The cruise boat offers lounging around on decks with grand views of the river in Art Deco interiors and air-conditioning to keep out the desert heat.

READ: Where to base yourself when visiting Egypt

Get lost in an oasis

A little bit off the beaten track is Siwa Oasis, which holds a 13th-century mud-brick city - and at Adrère Amellal Eco Lodge your experience will really let you travel back in time.

With no electricity or television, this off-the-grid lodge proves that rustic and luxury are not mutually exclusive - each room is hand-built and lit up by beeswax candles and the starry night.

Explore the temples of Aswan

Aswan is home to many of Egypt's most important archaeological sites, and if you're looking for a royal stay make the Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan your home base.

The hotel is actually a 19th-century Victorian palace on the banks of the Nile, and is moulded by a combination of Egyptian royalty and French colonial influence.

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Rest in the shadow of the Pyramids of Giza

The most iconic landmark in Egypt, you can wake up to views of a Wonder of the World at Marriott Mena House in Cairo.

Mena House is just minutes from the pyramids, Sphinx and Egyptian Museum, and at night the hotel lights up around the pool for a truly magical experience.

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