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Many North American visitors to Egypt return home after only touring its Pharaonic temples and tombs. That’s a pity. The Red Sea beach resort of Sharm El Sheikh is a wonderful place to relax for a few days after a hectic cultural itinerary. It is only an hour’s flight from Cairo and is as famous for its snorkeling and diving as Giza is for its pyramids.After taking part in all the standard sightseeing in Egypt, we made a wise decision to settle in at the Hyatt Regency Sharm El Sheikh. Spread out over 80 acres, the serene 471-room, Mediterranean-style resort is terraced down a hillside hugging the brilliant turquoise sea. Accommodations are clustered in two-story, whitewashed villas with shingle roofs, wrought-iron balcony railings and handpainted tiles. They overlook stone pathways and lush gardens bursting with pink and purple bougainvillea and palm trees. The centerpiece of the resort is a network of cascading pools with a winding lazy river, lagoons, waterfalls and a 265-foot corkscrew waterslide popular with children.
Regency Club accommodations are worth booking. In addition to a private check-in/check-out area, guests can enjoy an exclusive pool and private beach set apart from the main resort area. Pool and beach butlers lay out towels, provide cold, scented washcloths and offer complimentary cappuccinos and bottled water.
The clubhouse at the Hyatt Regency Sharm El Sheikh // (C) 2010 Janice Mucalov
Hyatt Regency Sharm El Sheikh 800-633-7313www.sharmelsheikh.regency.hyatt.com
Red Sea Diving College www.redseawaterworld.com
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