I’m willing to bet that if Moses was alive today, he would have
roamed the desert of Sharm El Sheik, worked on another commandment
and ended his day with a cocktail on his terrace at the Sheraton
Opened in 1999, the Sheraton Sharm Hotel, Resort and Villas is a
five-star property located away from the cramped strip of the other
250 hotels, making it private and contained ideal for honeymooners,
couples and small families, all of whom are its primary clients.
But, like all hotels in Sharm El Sheik, Sheraton Sharm is situated
between the commanding Sinai Mountains and the tranquil Red
There are 300 rooms (including 18 suites), 423 resort rooms and
102 villas that comprise this seven-floor property. Of the seven
floors, only two are above ground, while the remaining five descend
along the coast toward the Red Sea. (The government doesn’t allow
more than two floors in the Sinai so as not to further disrupt the
landscape.) The resort’s rooms are identified as those that face
the garden, the sea and Tiran Island (Tiran rooms), and the others
that face Naa’ma Bay or have a mountain view.
Just like most beach resorts in Sharm, the Sheraton embraces its
North African heritage with Moorish architecture and decor with
carved surfaces and facades. On the exterior, lush gardens surround
the property, while inside a range of artwork (contemporary to
ancient) charm the white walls.
The lobby is quite grand, featuring high ceilings and a white
baby grand piano, with two personal check-in desks and a concierge.
It lacks the cacophony of bulk groups and shouting families, and
the staff is effortlessly at your service. You don’t feel
constricted here, as the halls and common areas are spacious and
Though conferences are rare in Sharm El Sheik, the Sheraton is
prepared with four meeting rooms, one of which can accommodate 300
people. A business center doesn’t exist, but there are two computer
terminals and a fax machine behind the lobby bar.
My room on the 6th floor was quite large with two single beds,
satellite TV, work station and a lounge area. Wireless Internet
access is available in increments of 30 minutes ($6) and one hour
($10). The bathroom featured Sheraton-branded amenities and a nice
touch was the mosaic pattern in the floor tiles and robed curtains
at the tub.
A wonderful highlight was the spacious terrace that looked out
onto the pools, a half-mile beach with thatch umbrellas and the Red
Sea (the Sheraton has the longest beach). I sat in one of the two
comfy chairs, kicked my feet up on the table and watched the
A resort is not complete without a full-service spa, and the spa
at the Sharm is one of its best features. A variety of treatments,
some unique to Egyptian tradition, are reasonably priced and the
hydromassage pool is just as good as a massage. It features
everything from aquabeds to neck jets, back jets and foot baths.
The fitness center is comprised of four cardio machines and free
weights, and there is a large Jacuzzi and sauna in men’s and
women’s locker rooms.
There are six restaurants, three dedicated to either section of
the hotel (all with buffet options for breakfast, lunch and
dinner), and three on the beach. In the center of the resort is the
roofless Rumors bar that features evening entertainment. It seems
like its own entity separate from the resort, as it has a tiki feel
with bridges and platforms made of tethered wood.
Rates for the Sheraton can get as low as $85 in the off season
(Feb.-March; May-June; Sept.-Oct.) and reach no more than $220 for
a standard room in high season (April; Aug.; Dec.-Jan.).
Al Pasha Coast
Sharm El Sheik, Egypt