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Holidays in Hurghada

This luxury resort town is the ‘capital’ of the Red Sea Riviera, where exciting dive sites, hot nightclubs and tranquil beaches await on your Hurghada holiday. Below its 40km of coastline are dazzling underwater coral gardens, awash with some of the world’s most amazing marine life – everything from butterfly fish to anemones that glow in the dark. Your choices for family fun are endless, with squeal-inducing banana boat rides and shallow white sand beaches perfect for paddling.

30 °C

The waters are warmest in summer, the best time for diving and snorkelling. Winter temperatures are more mild with temperatures of 21°C in November being the high and 16°C in January and February being the low.

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Hurghada International Airport lies approximately 8km southwest of central Hurghada.

Book a Thomas Cook holiday to Hurghada for snorkelling among the Red Sea’s fish, lazy days on the beach, and dancing under the stars to world-class DJs.

Recommended offers in Hurghada

SUNRISE Royal Makadi Resort

Makadi Bay, Hurghada

  • Thomas Cook Kids Club (selected dates)
  • Waterslides with heated pool
  • Amazing choice of 9 restaurants

What is included?

from

£370

Stella Makadi Beach & Gardens

Makadi Bay, Hurghada

  • Two waterslides and wave pool
  • Italian, Indian, Chinese & Lebanese a la carte restaurants   
  • Three heated outdoor pools   

What is included?

from

£340

Fort Arabesque

Makadi Bay, Hurghada

  • Superb coral reef
  • Five swimming pools
  • Directly on the beach

What is included?

from

£370

Stella Makadi Gardens

Makadi Bay, Hurghada Area

The All Inclusive Stella Makadi Gardens is a delightful 4 star property resting about a 10 minute walk from the Stella Makadi Beach Resort and a 15 minute walk from the Beach. Guests to this non-beach front part of the Stella complex can bask in the restful Nubian-Moroccan atmosphere with 744 rooms distributed over 39 low rise buildings. Onsite facilities around the resort include a Spa and Health club, a shopping mall and a discotheque, and the hotel is minutes from Souk Makadi, the vibrant and bustling shopping complex at the heart of Madinat Makadi, with a range of shops, restaurants, bars and busy nightlife.

Hurghada International Airport is 25 km from the hotel.

 

Local Tips: The hotel is in a perfect position for those who want to head offshore for a fascinating diving excursion, explore with desert and dune safaris in a 4 x 4 vehicle or embrace tradition and travel on a camel!

 

Please note: rates and conditions are not valid for Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Iraq, UAE, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria

FACILITIES:

Food, drink and entertainment: All Inclusive accommodation. The Main Aqua Marine Restaurant offers an assorted buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner with inside and outdoor seating. Chinese and Lebanese restaurants offer authentic cuisine with a la carte and set menus. The Sea Shell Bar is a favourite for beverages and snacks throughout the day & during the evening with daily musical entertainment. Guests can also dine at the neighbouring Stella Makadi Beach with their main restaurant Andalusia, main bar & terrace Mazazik, two pool bars, and a la carte dining with Indian and Italian restaurants.

Sports, games and activities: 5 different swimming pools around the complex offering many activities for a wide range of different ages including a heated pool activity pool, main pool, Jacuzzi pool, artificial lake pool and a kid's pool. SPA & Health Club offering free gymnasium and the following facilities at a charge: Sauna, Steam, Turkish bath, scrub, wide range of relaxing massage, Hydro therapy. Guests can enjoy the beach at Stella Makadi Beach with a 350 m long Jetty in the sea.

Additional: 24 hour reception, tour and travel services, telephone operator, shuttle bus, laundry and housekeeping, shopping mall with a variety of gift and clothes shops and a hairdresser, ATM machine, Internet Café, 24 hr clinic with lifesaving facilities. Honeymooner added value of fruit basket and flowers in the room. Christmas Eve and New Years Eve Gala meals with supplement (mandatory). The Stella Makadi Resort and the Stella Makadi Gardens are part of the same complex and share the same beach, guests staying at either hotel have use of all restaurants and bars in the resorts dine around concept.

What is included?

from

£320

Stella Beach Makadi Resort & Spa

Makadi Bay, Hurghada Area

The fabulous All Inclusive Stella Beach Makadi Resort & Spa is a delightful 5 star property resting on the calm, sheltered waters of Makadi Bay, with a private coral reef famous for spectacular snorkelling and diving. Guests to this stunning hotel can bask in the restful Nubian-Moroccan atmosphere with 605 bright and spacious guestrooms boasting modern amenities and delightful sea, garden or pool views. Onsite facilities include a Spa and Health club, a shopping mall and a discotheque, and the hotel is minutes from Souk Makadi, the vibrant and bustling shopping complex at the heart of Madinat Makadi, with a range of shops, restaurants, bars and busy nightlife. Hurghada International Airport is 25 km from the hotel.

 

Local Tips: The hotel is in a perfect position for those who want to head offshore for a fascinating diving excursion, explore with desert and dune safaris in a 4 x 4 vehicle or embrace tradition and travel on a camel!

 

Please note: Rates and conditions are not valid for Egyptian, Italian, Russian, Ukrainian and Slovakian passport holders.

FACILITIES:

Food, drink and entertainment: The all inclusive package represents very good value for money with varied dining options including open buffet style, a la carte and set menus. Indoor and outdoor seating is available, and there is also the choice of dining at the beach. The Main Restaurant offers an assorted buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner with inside and outdoor seating. Indian and Italian restaurants offer authentic cuisine with a la carte and set menus. The indoor Lounge Bar is a favourite for beverages and snacks with an extended outdoor shaded seating area, and the Beach Bar and Restaurant serves lunch and beverages and can be open in the evening for dinner depending on the weather. Finally, the discotheque offers the latest sounds, right up until the early hours of the morning.


Sports, games and activities: Sparkling supersized swimming pool, two further pools, both of which are heated from November to April, shaded poolside areas, sun beds, Gym with a spectacular view on the Red Sea, Diving Centre, beach volleyball, tennis courts, Kid's Club, animation team, Spa and Health Club offering a wide range of rejuvenating therapies and treatments along with a Turkish bath, Sauna, Jacuzzi, and health bar, 380m long jetty which takes snorkelling lovers right to the spectacular house reef.


Additional: 24 hour reception, tour and travel services, telephone operator, shuttle bus, laundry and housekeeping, 24 taxi service, shopping mall with a variety of gift and clothes shops and a hairdresser, ATM machine, Internet Café, 24 hr clinic with lifesaving facilities, fully equipped ambulance service and specialized doctor and nurse available throughout the entire year. Honeymooner added value of fruit basket and flowers in the room. Christmas Eve and New Years Eve Gala meals with supplement (mandatory).  The Stella Makadi Resort and the Stella Makadi Gardens are part of the same complex and share the same beach, guests staying at either hotel have us of all restaurants and bars in the resorts dine around concept.

What is included?

from

£352

Fort Arabesque

Makadi Bay, Hurghada Area

The fabulous Fort Arabesque Hotel rests on one of the most beautiful coves of the Abu Mahang Bay with Eden-like gardens and a coral reef famous for spectacular snorkelling and diving. Combining medieval Arabic exteriors with fresh and modern interiors with an Italian flavour, this delightful haven has a relaxing atmosphere with 397 guestrooms boasting modern amenities and delightful side sea views. The hotel is minutes from Souk Makadi, the vibrant and bustling shopping complex at the heart of Madinat Makadi, with a range of shops, restaurants, bars and busy nightlife.

 

Hurghada International Airport is 20 km from the hotel.

 


Local Tips: The hotel is in a perfect position for those who want to head offshore for a fascinating diving excursion, visits to the nearby Giftun Island National Park, the Monastery of St Anthony and St Paul or the ancient city of Luxor.

 

Please note: Rates and conditions are not valid for Egyptian passport holders.


 

FACILITIES:

Food, drink and entertainment: All Inclusive accommodation. The restaurants are run by French and Italian trained chefs, with a daily assortment of typical dishes of Mediterranean cuisine, as well local and international specialties. There is a friendly Lobby Bar, Cappuccino Bar, and swim up pool bar.


All Inclusive program with free buffet (breakfast, lunch, dinner) at the main restaurant, free snacks during the morning and in the late afternoon, please note that beach bars and à la carte service not included. All non-alcoholic drinks are included like soft drinks, juices (but not fresh fruit presses), tea and coffee (espresso and cappuccino) mineral water (still and sparkling), and alcoholic drinks like local beer, local wine and local spirits (Vodka, Rum, Whiskey Gin, Ouzo and Brandy). All beverages are served by the glass in all restaurants and bars, every day from 10 am to midnight. Products from the in-room mini bar are included in the all-inclusive formula. All imported spirits, fresh fruit presses and ice-creams are not included.


Sports, games and activities: Adult and children swimming pools and a private beach, where the staff maintains an alignment of sun beds, beach umbrellas and boats for excursions, 'i-dive' International Diving Centre, windsurfing, sailing, canoes, pedal boats, Mini Club, snorkelling, aqua aerobics, beach volleyball and football, horse or Camel back rides, Petanque (French bowling game), archery, table tennis and tennis. Some activities may incur charge.


Additional: 24 hour reception and concierge, telephone and fax services, doctor on call, laundry facilities, 24 hour shop, car parking, car rental. Compulsory Christmas Gala dinner and New Years Eve Party with supplements. VIP treatment for Honeymooners with fruit basket and flowers in the room.

What is included?

from

£358

Sunrise Royal Makadi Resort

Makadi Bay, Hurghada Area

The fabulous SUNRISE Select Royal Makadi Resort is a delightful 5 star property resting on the calm, sheltered waters of Makadi Bay, with a private coral reef famous for spectacular snorkelling and diving. Guests to this stunning hotel can bask in the restful oriental atmosphere with a total of 641 bright and spacious guestrooms boasting modern amenities and delightful garden or pool views. Onsite facilities include plenty of sports activities, a Spa and Gym, and delicious dining choices with excellent service.

 

Hurghada International Airport is 25 km from the hotel.

 

Local Tips: The SUNRISE Select Royal Makadi Resort is minutes from Souk Makadi, the vibrant and bustling shopping complex at the heart of Madinat Makadi, with a range of shops, restaurants, bars and busy nightlife.

 

Please note the hotel is located 5km away from the resort centre of Makadi Bay

 

Please note rates and conditions are not available to residents of the following countries - Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Iraq, U.A.E, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria.

FACILITIES:

Food, drink and entertainment: The two main buffet restaurants at the SUNRISE Select Royal Makadi Resort offer an assorted buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 7 a la carte restaurants including Asian, Mediterranean, Bedouin and Italian restaurants offer authentic cuisine with a la carte menus (reservations required for all). There are 4 pool snack bars, a beach bar, 24 hour lobby bar (chargeable after midnight), Shisha corner, and an Amphitheatre.

 

Sports, games and activities: Five sparkling free-form swimming pools (two heated in winter), sun terraces with free sun loungers and parasols, aqua centre, beach volleyball and soccer at the beach, 4 tennis courts (with flood light), table tennis, nearby diving centre and windsurfing station, 6 km long jogging at the beach, daily changing animation and sports program with multi-national team, Spa Centre with gym equipment (Spa min. age is 16, gym min. age is 12) sauna and Jacuzzi, and massage cabins (against charge, min age 16 years), 18 hole PGA golf championship course in 15 km distance.

 

Additional: 24 hour reception, Internet café, money exchange, hairdresser, laundry service and dry cleaning, 24 hour doctor service in the hotel, child prices at 13 years, meeting capacity for up to 350 person, parking area, honeymoon VIP treatment, and
Free Wifi-Internet-Connection in one specified public area. Christmas Eve and New Years Eve Gala meals with supplement (mandatory).

What is included?

from

£360

Hurghada Resort is your main hub with a huge choice of hotels. It was once a fishing village – difficult to tell in this buzzing resort, with a modern marina packed with fine dining restaurants, elegant bars and designer shops. Enjoy a laid-back holiday at unspoilt Soma Bay, where a dramatic mountain backdrop and 18-hole golf course make for an exclusive break. Also just a drive away from Hurghada, the desert landscape of Makadi Bay is a tranquil new resort, with a luxurious selection of watersports, restaurants, nightlife, and shopping at Souk Makadi.

Recommended offers in Hurghada

SUNRISE Royal Makadi Resort

Makadi Bay, Hurghada

  • Thomas Cook Kids Club (selected dates)
  • Waterslides with heated pool
  • Amazing choice of 9 restaurants

What is included?

from

£370

Steigenberger Aqua Magic

Hurghada Resort, Hurghada

  • 24-hour All Inclusive
  • Waterslides with heated lazy river & pool   
  • 9 hole, par 3 golf course with free golf introduction   

What is included?

from

£410

Three Corners Ocean View

El Gouna, Hurghada

  • El Gouna dine around offer
  • Adult only
  • Unbeatable location at the entrance to Abu Tig Marina

What is included?

from

£380

SUNRISE Holidays Resort

Hurghada Resort, Hurghada

  • Relax in the spa
     
  • Adult only   
  • Close to Hurghada centre   

What is included?

from

£340

Palm Royale Soma Bay

Soma Bay, Hurghada

  • Lebanese, Greek, Asian & Italian a la carte restauants
  • Superb area for watersports
  • Exclusive spa & sports benefits included

What is included?

from

£500

Slip on a snorkel and fins to float on the Red Sea’s dazzling coral reefs with luminous fish drifting below – look out for turtles, or moray eels teeming around reefs at Giftun Islands. For something more dramatic, try diving beyond the islands off Hurghada’s east coast, or perhaps delving around submerged shipwrecks. Advanced divers can up the ante and spot sharks at Careless Reef. Hire a jet ski and feel the wind in your hair, or take a windsurfing course and learn from the experts.

Fine dining and hot bars and clubs overlook sleek yachts at the contemporary Hurghada Marina Boulevard. Here, you can dine on sushi or even camel steak with chocolate sauce from a Michelin-starred chef. Then afterwards dance until sunrise at a Hed Kandi pool party at the award-winning Papa’s Beach Club, with Ministry of Sound DJs. If you want a taste of traditional eating and drinking in Hurghada, sip mint tea in an ahwa (traditional teahouse) with the locals in the old Dahar neighbourhood. Or take an off-road jeep trip for dinner in a Bedouin village for tasty local cuisine.

Don your life jackets and take the kids for a ride on a banana boat, a fun zip across the waves with the wind blowing in your hair. For something more tranquil, enjoy a cruise on a glass-bottomed boat; it’s a good way to see the Red Sea’s dazzling fish without getting wet! Or, take the whole family to Hurghada’s Red Sea Aquarium to see scary sharks and placid turtles and learn about life in the ocean. The soft white sands of Hurghada’s beaches are perfect for young visitors, with warm shallow waters for paddling.

Recommended offers in Hurghada

SUNRISE Royal Makadi Resort

Makadi Bay, Hurghada

  • Thomas Cook Kids Club (selected dates)
  • Waterslides with heated pool
  • Amazing choice of 9 restaurants

What is included?

from

£370

Stella Makadi Beach & Gardens

Makadi Bay, Hurghada

  • Two waterslides and wave pool
  • Italian, Indian, Chinese & Lebanese a la carte restaurants   
  • Three heated outdoor pools   

What is included?

from

£340

Fort Arabesque

Makadi Bay, Hurghada

  • Superb coral reef
  • Five swimming pools
  • Directly on the beach

What is included?

from

£370

HURGHADA IS BEST FOR...

Adventurers: Take a 4x4 off-road jeep experience across the desert to visit a Bedouin village followed by dinner.

Day trippers: Cruise to the uninhabited Giftun Island, relax on the white sand and swim or snorkel in the crystal-clear sea.

Families: Take a cruise on a glass-bottomed boat.


FAST FACTS

Language: The language spoken in Hurghada is Arabic.

Currency: The currency used in Hurghada is Egyptian pounds (E£).

Local time: Hurghada is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Hurghada International Airport lies approximately 8km southwest of central Hurghada.

Flight time from UK: 5-5.5 hours

Tourist Information: Further Hurghada tourist information can be found at www.egypt.travel

Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/egypt for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Hurghada.


WEATHER AND CLIMATE

Temperature: Can reach a sweltering 37°C between June and August.  Winter temperatures are more mild with temperatures of 21°C in November being the high and 16°C in January and February being the low.

Best time to visit Hurghada: The waters are warmest in summer, the best time for diving and snorkelling.

In Hurghada, enjoy 13 hours of sunshine each day in the summer, in a hot dry subtropical desert climate with cloudless skies. Bring plenty of sun cream and make sure you drink plenty of water. Even in December and January, enjoy seven hours of sunshine a day, with average highs of 22°C and the sea warm enough to swim – but bring layers for cold nights. Be prepared for strong winds in March.


GETTING AROUND

By microbus: Flag down a white microbus and hop on board to travel around Hurghada cheaply. There are no fixed stops, but the routes are fixed – just make sure the driver knows where you want to get off.

By taxi: There are plenty of taxis, though it’s wise to agree the price in advance and don’t pay anything until you have reached your destination. It’s also advisable to have plenty of change, and ask at your hotel what the fare should be.

By hire car: If you’re planning to hire a car, don’t forget your International Driving Permit.


EVENTS

For hobby anglers: Just as the winter ends, February sees the Hurghada Fishing Competition attract anglers from around the world in a prime contest.

Open-air clubs: From June, the resort gets into its stride and the summer fun begins – open-air clubs and beach parties mean that your nightlife is under a blanket of stars.

Watersports: In October, the International Yacht Racing & Water Skiing Festival celebrates the amazing watersports skills in the resort.

Religious festivals: The fasting month Ramadan won’t affect the resort of Hurghada as much as throughout the rest of the country. However straight afterwards, the festivals of Eid ul-Fitr and Eid ul-Adha see Egyptian families travel en masse to resorts, which will mean Hurghada and its surrounding region get busy.


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