As part of a new series of posts on the best hotels in your favourite holiday destinations, we take a detailed look at the Iberotel II Mercato in Sharm el Sheikh. Read on to discover the local attractions, the best beaches nearby and find out what facilities the hotel has to offer.
This palatial 5* hotel is a top choice for those who demand a little luxury from their package holiday. As soon as you see the grand pillars standing either side of reception, you know you’ve picked a special place for your well-earned break away. The hotel is situated in the busy Hadabet Om El Seed region so you’ll be perfectly placed to explore the local area.
All rooms have a bath and a shower, air conditioning, hair dryer, a safe, a mini-bar and satellite TV. Not all rooms have balconies so make sure to check when you book.
All of the restaurants operate on a buffet basis so there’s something for everyone – plus you can have as little or as much as you like. Alcoholic and soft drinks are free for all-inclusive guests. The hotel is right on the strip if you fancied a change of dining venue one night.
Plenty of Choices for a Dip
The hotel has four swimming pools (two of which are heated in the colder months) including a child’s pool so it’s safe for the little ones to swim too. If you prefer lying on hot sands, there’s a free shuttle bus ready to take you to the intimate private beach nearby. Grab a taxi a little further north to Na’ama Bay if you like people watching on a busy beach.
Activities for All
Sharm el Sheikh is famous for its amazing offshore corals and it attracts would-be scuba divers from all over the world. If you haven’t donned a wetsuit before, this is the place to do it. Swimming with sharks (safely!), rays, eels and octopus makes for an unforgettable holiday.
You can ask about diving at reception and there’s tuition available for all skill levels if you happen to have dived before. If diving’s not for you, there are plenty of other activities for the whole family to enjoy – including glass-bottom boat cruises, quad biking in the Sinai desert, or a traditional Bedouin dinner under the stars.
If you’re after a taste of the real Egypt, head to the Old Market where you can haggle with the locals to pick up souvenirs for loved ones back home, or just have a stroll and soak up the authentic atmosphere. It’s within walking distance of the hotel.
If you’re tempted by a holiday to Egypt this summer, then why not take a look at our recent… Guide to Egypt.