For Eid al-Fitr, my husband and I went to Sharm El Sheikh with his family for 4 nights and had the most incredible time. In Egypt, Eid al-Fitr is a huge celebration, and lots of people travel both in and outside of Egypt with their families. We were worried that it would be extremely busy and flights would be full so we reserved our hotel one month in advance and made sure we booked confirmed flight tickets (rather than staff standby ones!).
We arrived on the first day of Eid and flew from Cairo International Airport. We stayed at the Xperience Kiroseiz Parkland hotel which is located by Naama Bay and has its very own waterpark on site, perfect for families.
We arrived just after lunch time and went straight to the pool to cool down and enjoy the poolside entertainment. It was pretty busy as we expected, but the atmosphere was great and everyone was really enjoying themselves. Later on in the evening, we had dinner at the hotel as our package was all-inclusive and then took a taxi to Naama Bay where we strolled along the shops, cafes and restaurants.
The next day, we headed to the beach. Our hotel did not have a beach on site, but there was a free shuttle bus included which takes you to a private beach nearby owned by the hotel. The beach was beautiful and the sea was crystal clear, great for swimming. We spent the whole day there, in and out of the sea and relaxing on the sun loungers.
That evening, we visited the Old Town which is home to the beautiful Al Sahaba Mosque and Old Market. We stayed here for hours, wandering around the local shops and picking up souvenirs. We sat down in a cafe for juice and coffee and then finished off the evening with some local food from a stall.
The following day, we went on a boat cruise which stopped off at several islands and had snorkelling and a BBQ lunch included. This was by far the best day of the holiday as we had so much fun. The boat was pristine and the scenery was beautiful. We stopped off at two different snorkelling spots and saw some incredible coral and fish. The BBQ lunch was delicious and the staff on the boat were so helpful, friendly and fun. We even saw dolphins swimming beside our boat which was such a highlight.
In the evening, we went to Soho Square which is an outdoor entertainment centre featuring shops, restaurants, bars, shows and a water fountain. It had such a great vibe, we walked around and then found a place to sit and get a drink. We all tried a different mocktail and then people-watched for hours. We wanted to watch the belly dancing show, but there were not any tables available so we agreed to come back again tomorrow night.
The next day was our last full day in Sharm so we decided to take it easy and stay in the hotel. We had not been to the waterpark yet either so we thought it would be a good idea to check it out. The hotel was also much quieter now as most of the guests who had visited for Eid had left as it had already finished. We had one of the pools pretty much all to ourselves, then in the afternoon, we went to the waterpark which was absolutely brilliant. I’m not quite sure it compares to the waterparks in Dubai, but it was pretty good and we all had so much fun.
We went back to Soho Square in the evening and reserved a table for the belly dance and live music show. I am so glad we did as it was brilliant. The dancer and musicians were so talented and it was the perfect way to end our holiday.
The next morning, we checked out of our hotel and made our way back to Cairo. From there, Mamdouh and I said goodbye to his family and continued our journey to the UK. We all had the loveliest time celebrating Eid in Sharm El Sheikh and spending time together. Sharm is a wonderful holiday destination and I couldn’t fault the place. The hotels are beautiful, local people are friendly, the weather is fantastic, and most of all, it is so cheap! All in all, an incredible holiday!!!
Stay tuned for my next post all about my time in London…
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