The Red Sea Is A Fantastic Year-Round Destination With Something For Everything

Sales Director for Red Sea Holidays, Jason Hilton has been with the company since its launch in the UK in January 2009. Always working within the travel industry Jason has held a number of exciting sales and development roles with Thomson Holidays and also My Travel overseeing the sales for both their charter and scheduled business (Airtours, Panorama, Manos, Cresta, Bridge and Tradewinds). Prior to joining Red Sea Holidays he has also spent time at the Co-operative Travel as Head of Product and Commercial for the direct side of their business.


It may sound clichéd but the Red Sea really does have something for everyone when it comes to holidays.

For those in search of a traditional holiday in the sun, there’s nowhere better, with year-round temperatures above 20°C, between eight and 13 hours sunshine daily and a balmy sea that’s as inviting in January as it is in July. Many hotels offer an all-inclusive package which is ideal for families – no nasty pocket-money surprises for parents – and are geared up to entertain the youngsters leaving some important ‘me time’ for Mum and Dad.

But there’s also plenty to attract those who are interested in getting under the skin of their holiday destination, adding a good smattering of culture to the guaranteed sun-tan. Nile cruises are growing in popularity with the combination of five-star relaxation and the chance to visit some of the world’s most spectacular historical sights proving a draw not just to the older age range but also to younger couples and honeymooners looking for something different to a traditional sun, sea and sand holiday. And for those who really want to get off the beaten track and ‘discover’ Egypt for themselves, there are plenty of independent and escorted tours taking in not just the attractions of the Nile valley but also exploring deeper into the deserts and lesser-known areas.

And with the Red Sea being within a flying time of just 5 ½ hours from the UK, all this choice and this guaranteed good weather can be had without the need for an energy-sapping long haul flight.

The Resorts

Sharm el Sheikh
The best-known and most-visited of the Red Sea resorts, Sharm el Sheik offers not just a choice of excellent hotels and super beaches but also, perhaps lesser-known, some great activities, excursions and entertainment.

Available as day excursions from Sharm, the area between Tiran Island and Ras Mohammed National Park boasts some of the world’s most amazing underwater scenery, much of which can be seen just by snorkelling although scuba divers will obviously be able to explore further. Other excursions bookable in resort include such varied themes as a camel safari with desert star-gazing , day trips to Cairo or Luxor and jeep trips into the Sinai desert…most definitely something there for everyone.

In the resort itself the Old Town is great for an evening out with plenty of bars, cafes and restaurants for all tastes and pockets and an array of shops selling everything from spices to handbags! Soho Square, in White Knight’s Bay, is a real alternative to the ever-popular Na’ama Bay; this complete entertainment centre has restaurants, bars and clubs – including a Queen Vic pub – together with Africa’s first ice-bar, a great place to ‘chill out’ as the walls, bar, seats, tables and glasses are all made of ice.

Hurghada is increasing in popularity from the UK with the addition of more regional departures and I believe that the resort will become a key gateway over the next few years.

It’s a great option for those wanting a ‘Nile cruise and stay’ holiday as the transfer time is four-to-five hours from Luxor; there are also major developments taking place at the airport which, once complete in 2011, will mean it can handle over 7.5 million passengers a year and these passengers will have access to a wide range of duty-free shops and restaurants.

In the resort itself, the new Senzo Mall – covering 60,00 square metres and open until 1 am in the morning- is a great addition offering a wide range of ‘fixed price’ shops – for non-haggling British visitors – as well as restaurants and fast-food outlets. Downtown Hurghada is a little like a mini-Cairo with its shops, restaurants and cafes while for a totally different atmosphere, Marina Boulevard has a much more European feel and a great place to kick back and do some ‘people watching’ during the evening.

Makadi Bay and Sahl Hasheesh
Makadi Bay, just south of Hurghada, is home to some superb new hotels which have been built to appeal to couples and families alike, while for Sahl Hasheesh it’s a case of ‘watch this space’ as a spectacular new development from Red Sea Hotels scheduled to open in 2012 will see the area become a cross between Las Vegas and Dubai!

It seems that the UK market is at last waking up to the fact that the Red Sea offers a real alternative to the Mediterranean in terms of quality, value-for-money and accessibility….not to mention that fantastic year-round weather.

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