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Built to resemble a Moorish fortress, and promising “European hospitality with an Egyptian flavour”, the Soma Bay resort from the tried-and-tested Kempinski group is an excellent Red Sea option for families.
Facilities are extensive, as you would expect from a slick chain hotel of this size, with four restaurants, three bars, a large health club and spa, four tennis and two squash courts, and a large natural sandy beach. All bedrooms have a private balcony, flat screen television, and air conditioning.
Whether eating inside or al fresco at the hotel's main restaurant, diners have spectacular views of the Red Sea and the mountain range beyond. Snacks and informal meals during the day can be taken at the pool or beach bars or restaurant.
Soma Bay is a superb location away from the height of the tourist hubbub in Sharm or Hurghada - yet still offering, like its better-known near neighbours, world-class diving, a great climate, and easy accessibility.
Charlotte C, Original Traveller