Four Seasons Sharm El Sheikh: A Must on any Egypt Itinerary
Sharm El Sheikh is a destination I’ve been dying to visit for years. A few years back, I saw a photo of the destination and fell in love. I knew that whenever I visited Egypt I was going to make a point to visit Sharm El Sheikh. Earlier this year when I was planning my trip to Egypt, I started researching where to stay in Sharm El Sheikh and was pleasantly surprised to see that there was a Four Seasons! The Four Seasons brand has absolutely defined luxury, and I can’t wait to tell you all about the Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh and why this resort is no exception to their outstanding luxury portfolio.
Where is Sharm El-Sheikh?
Sharm El Sheikh is a beach and resort area in the Southern Sinai Peninsula in Egypt. It’s where the beach and desert meet, and you’ll get the first glimpse of that flying in. It’s very close to Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Israel.
This area of Egypt is known for its proximity to some of the best diving in the world, in the Red Sea. Another famous Sharm El Sheikh site is the stunning Al Mustafa Mosque, which I would highly suggest you visit! If you’re up for a big adventure and a really long day, you can also visit St. Catherine’s Monastery and hike up Mt. Sinai at sunrise.
How to Get to Sharm El-Sheikh
The best way to get to Sharm El-Sheikh is to fly, whether it be from out of the country or from somewhere else in Egypt. The airport is Sharm El Sheikh International Airport (airport code: SSH).
Sharm El-Sheikh is really accessible from other cities in Egypt, especially Cairo. Sharm El-Sheikh is about a 1-hour flight away from Cairo airport. You can also fly to Sharm from Alexandria. You can reach Sharm by ferry from Hurghada, another popular Red Sea destination in Egypt. The fast ferry runs 4 days a week and takes about 90 minutes.
You can also fly to Sharm El-Sheikh from cities in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia like London, Istanbul, Rome, Amman, Jeddah, and many more. This means Sharm is accessible to travelers from the United States with as little as 1-stop.
Arriving at the Four Seasons Sharm El Sheikh
The Four Seasons is very close to the airport, only a 10-minute drive away. The hotel offers airport transfers for guests who don’t have one already arranged. After going through security checkpoints, you’ll drive through the gate and instantly see the beautiful grounds of the resort.
Upon arriving at the lobby to check in, we were sat down on the couches to wait while the staff checked us into the hotel. We were greeted with some delicious welcome drinks and a cold towel (my favorite!). We were also introduced to our Resort Experience Manager who ensured us he was nothing more than a call away if we needed anything during our stay. It’s the little touches like this that really put Four Seasons on top.
After only about 5-10 minutes, we were whisked away on a golf cart to head to our room. The resort is on a slight hill setting and a bit spread out, hence the golf cart chariot. During the quick ride to our room, we were given an overview of the resort layout and locations of things like the included breakfast, spa, pools, and beach.
Since the resort is on a hill, they have an adorable tram that will take you from the reception area down to the pool and beach area. All you have to do is click the button and it’ll head your way!
Rooms & Suites at the Four Seasons Sharm El Sheikh
There are many different types of rooms and suites at the Four Seasons, most of which have a sea view. The rooms and suites are broken up into 4 different categories: Guest Rooms, Suites, Family Suites, and Signature Suites. Below is a little breakdown of what you can expect within each category.
Guest Rooms: Superior Room, Deluxe Partial Sea-View Room, Premier Sea-View Room (all 650 sqft / 60 m2)
Suites: One-Bedroom Suite, One-Bedroom Suite with Plunge Pool (both 1,291 sqft / 120 m2)
Family Suites: Two-Bedroom Sea-View Family Suite, Two-Bedroom Village-View Family Suite, Two-Bedroom Poolside Family Suite, Four-Bedroom Villa (range from 1,291-3,282 sqft / 120-305 m2)
Signature Suites: Presidential Suite, Royal Suite (range from 4,040-5,273 sqft / 375-490 m2)
Every room and suite in the resort offers a King bed option. The suites with more than one bedroom have mixed bedding and the suites with one bedroom offer a King bed and a sofa bed. The Partial Sea View and Premier Sea View guest rooms offer Twin beds in addition to the King bed option. The Superior Room only comes in a King configuration, but has options to add a rollaway bed if needed.
Staying in a Premier Sea View Room
I stayed in a Premier Sea View Room during my time at the Four Seasons Sharm El Sheikh. The room was incredibly spacious at 650 sqft, especially considering it’s the smallest room size available at the entire resort. On the left as soon as you walked in was the bathroom. It featured a spacious shower, deep soaking tub, and separate room with a toilet for privacy. The resort hung up robes to be used during the stay in the bathroom as well which was a nice touch.
Directly across from the door into the room (and to the left heading out of the bathroom) was a big walk-in closet. There was plenty of room to hang up clothes, even for two people. There was a safe to keep your valuables protected during your stay. Plus, there was ample space for suitcases in the closet without taking up too much room.
Finally walking into the bedroom, there were two big Twin beds (you can also opt for a King) to the left. Even with the two Twin bed option, there was more than enough space in the bedroom. The bedroom was also equipped with a big-screen TV sitting on a dresser. Further back, there were two sitting areas with tables.
The highlight of the room was the balcony that looks over this gorgeous beachside resort. The views are incredible, not only because of how the resort is on a very small hill, but because of the beautiful Red Sea and the view of Tiran Island in the distance. The balcony had a table and two chairs – a perfect setting to have breakfast in your room or watch the sunset.
Restaurants at the Four Seasons Sharm El Sheikh
There are six dining options at the Four Seasons Sharm El Sheikh and three lounges. Every restaurant we ate at was absolutely delicious! Unfortunately we weren’t able to try the Italian restaurant because it was closed during our stay. I guess that means I’ll just have to come back to try it another time! Below is some information about each restaurant with a link to each menu.
- Arabesque: Mediterranean, Moroccan, Lebanese, and international food with Middle Eastern decor
- Il Frantoio: the signature restaurant, offering Italian cuisine with breathtaking views of Tiran Island and the Red Sea (dress code: smart casual)
- Waha Pool Bar & Restaurant: salads and Asian-influenced casual dining
- Reef Grill: local specialties, with grilled and BBQ options
- Gezira Pool Bar & Restaurant: swim-up bar with a sandwich and pizza menu
- Sails Asian Food Lounge: Asian-inspired small plates (open seasonally)
- Nafoura Lounge: shisha lounge with coffee and meze
- Citadel Lounge: snacks, fresh smoothies, and cocktails
- Observatory Lounge: cocktail lounge with light snacks
In addition to the great selection of restaurants, the hotel offers 24/7 room service. Additionally, you can opt for special experiences like a Bedouin Dinner Under the Stars or breakfast on the beach.
One of the options when booking the Four Seasons Sharm El Sheikh is to include breakfast. I highly suggest not missing out on the breakfast here. It was one of the best breakfast buffets I’ve ever seen. Anything you could ever want for breakfast was included and then some.
Activities at the Four Seasons Sharm El Sheikh
There are so many different activities at the Four Seasons. Whether you just want to lounge by the pool or beach, get into the Red Sea and swim with the fish and stunning coral reefs, or relax at the spa – there’s something for everybody here.
If you want to take it easy, there are a few pools on the property. The main pool is large with ample seating. You could easily spend all day lounging by the pool with easy access to restaurants – not to mention the excellent service at the pools provided by the Four Seasons staff.
After you spend time by the pool, head down to the beach to soak up the sun while gazing at the incredible views of the Red Sea and Tiran Island. The beach is a little bit of a cove surrounded by a mini-cliff on either side. There are ample lounge chairs set up to relax. You’ll get the same top notch Four Seasons service here at the beach like you would up at the pool.
You can stick your feet into the water, but due to the house reef being very fragile, you’re not allowed to walk right into the water and wade. If you want to go into the water, you’ll have to walk down the pier right off the beach to take a dip. Don’t worry, the pier is only steps away and the water is heavenly! Plus, you can check out the colorful fish swimming around the house reef while you swim around off the end of the pier. Lifeguards are standing by to make sure you’re safe.
Sharm El Sheikh is home to the Ras Mohamed Nature Reserve which has some of the best scuba diving in the world. The Four Seasons has a house reef too, so the incredible underwater world is right at your fingertips. If you’re not a certified diver, the resort’s in-house dive shop, Sinai Blues, offers programs like Discover Scuba Diving and Bubble Maker (for kids).
For guests staying longer, you can take the PADI Open Water Diver Course. You can also take courses like Advanced Open Water, Adventure Diver, and Enriched Air Diver. If you’re already certified, you can purchase packages through Sinai Blues and get dives as cheap as $69 per dive. The dive center offers dives on the house reef, Northern Sharm, Straits of Tiran, Million Hope Wreck/Light House, Ras Mohamed, Dunraven, Thistlegorm, and Abou Nahas.
If scuba diving isn’t quite your speed, you can rent snorkel equipment from the dive shop for $10/day and snorkel right off the pier. The house reef looked incredible and the water was so clear. You could see right through to the bottom even from above water. The dive shop also offers daily snorkeling trips to Northern Sharm and the Straits of Tiran.
Lastly, if you want to enjoy the water from above, you can arrange activities like sunset cruises, glass bottom boat tours, parasailing, and more!
You can find more information about the water sports directly with Sinai Blues. They can be contacted through their website.
Spa & Wellness
I’m a firm believer that spa treatments are just better when you’re on vacation, and the Four Seasons did not disappoint in this department. The spa at the Four Seasons is open from 6:00 AM – 9:00 PM daily and offers spa treatments beginning at 10:00 AM.
Two fan favorites at the Four Seasons spa are the Egyptian Masterpiece and Arabian Coffee Ritual. The spa also offers body treatments, facial treatments, massages, yoga, meditation, and more. I opted for the 90-minute Pharaonic Massage (when in Egypt, right?) and it was absolutely perfect. I highly recommend the treatment, especially at the end of a crazy hectic trip throughout Egypt.
The spa also features a steam room and sauna. Arrive to your spa appointment early to get the full experience. If you really need to get your body and mind in check, you may consider the Three-Day Wellness Spa Package. A list of all services and prices can be found on the Four Seasons’ website.
If you need another way to beat that jet lag, you should check out the fitness center at the spa. It’s one of the best hotel fitness centers I’ve ever seen. Adults can also enjoy the lap pool right next to the spa. The resort also has four tennis courts available for use.
There are so many services offered at the Four Seasons, so I don’t want to leave anything out. Anything that I didn’t mention above but want to include to be thorough is listed below. Always feel free to comment below if you have any questions that weren’t answered above as well!
- Baby Amenities / Babysitting Services: different amenities such as cribs, baby food, and toys are available, as well as babysitting services by the hour
- Beauty Salon: adjacent to the Spa, offering professional hair styling and beauticians for manicures and pedicures
- Business Center: located next to the Concierge Desk at the lobby, with computer stations, Internet access, printing, and more
- Children’s Club: Four Seasons’ “Kids for All Seasons Club” is available for children up to 12 years old
- Drinking Water: bottled water is provided in the room and the tap water is produced in the resort and is safe for drinking
- Foreign Exchange: foreign exchange services of major foreign currencies are available at the Front Office Cashier
- Golf: tee times can be arranged at a nearby golf course
- Laundry: same day laundry services are available
- Nutrition: the resort is able to handle any dietary requests
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading all about the Four Seasons Sharm El Sheikh! It was truly one of the best resorts I’ve ever been to. I’d recommend a minimum 3-night stay at the resort to be able to fully enjoy every moment. If you’re in major need of a relaxing holiday or love diving or snorkeling, I would recommend staying 7 nights or longer. I’m already dying to visit again!
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