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Remarkable Red Sea holidays 2018 / 2019

The idyllic Red Sea coast is a beach lover's paradise, with miles upon miles of golden sands, year-round sunshine and clear waters with spectacular coral reefs. Conditions are perfect for watersports and divers flock here to enjoy some of the top dive sites in the world. Red Sea resorts can be found across several beautiful countries, including Egypt, Israel, and Jordan, and with some unbelievable cheap flight deals and all inclusive packages available, it's the perfect time to snap up a holiday bargain.  

Holidays to the Red Sea are all about fun in the sun. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway for two or an action-packed family break, holidays to the Red Sea offer beautiful beaches to relax on and bright blue seas to play in. If you fancy anything more active, there are plenty of sports and historical sites to enjoy in the likes of Hurghada, but it’s very easy to while away many a happy day in Soma Bay or Marsa Alam simply lazing on a sun lounger as you enjoy the warm sun and the sea views on your 2018/2019 escape.  

Top resorts in Red Sea

Hurghada
Deposit from £49 per person

Hurghada from £234 pp

Marsa Alam
Deposit from £49 per person

Marsa Alam from £246 pp

Makadi Bay
Deposit from £49 per person

Makadi Bay from £285 pp

Most popular hotels in Red Sea

Jasmine Palace Resort
Jasmine Palace Resort
Jasmine Palace Resort

Hurghada, Red Sea

from £316 pp
Hawaii Le Jardain Aqua Park
Hawaii Le Jardain Aqua Park
Hawaii Le Jardain Aqua Park

Hurghada, Red Sea

from £294 pp
Jungle Aqua Park
Jungle Aqua Park
Jungle Aqua Park

Hurghada, Red Sea

from £365 pp
Hawaii Riviera Aqua Park
Hawaii Riviera Aqua Park
Hawaii Riviera Aqua Park

Hurghada, Red Sea

from £285 pp
Coral Hills Resort Marsa Alam
Coral Hills Resort Marsa Alam
Coral Hills Resort Marsa Alam

Marsa Alam, Red Sea

from £264 pp
Titanic Palace & Aqua Park
Titanic Palace & Aqua Park
Titanic Palace & Aqua Park

Hurghada, Red Sea

from £316 pp
Serenity Fun City
Serenity Fun City
Serenity Fun City

Makadi Bay, Red Sea

from £346 pp
Hilton Hurghada Resort
Hilton Hurghada Resort
Hilton Hurghada Resort

Hurghada, Red Sea

from £346 pp

At a glance

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  • Time Zone: GMT +2
  • Average flight time: 5h 30m

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Top Attractions

Top Attractions

Aside from their picture-perfect beaches and relaxed holiday atmosphere, visiting the Red Sea is a chance to discover a new and exotic culture. From lively souks, to UNESCO World Heritage sites and desert camel rides, this area of the world has a vibrant culture and a rich history dating back to ancient times. Eilat, Israel offers a multitude of historical buildings and majestic monuments, many with religious significance, such as the Masada, a rugged ancient fortress overlooking the Dead Sea. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is equally as monumental, and many visitors flock here to see the site where Jesus was supposedly crucified and buried. The magnificent exterior is worth the visit alone, with the interior of amazing mosaics and the Tomb of Christ.

Or perhaps the famous Egyptian culture appeals? Take a break from the beach with a day trip to Cairo where you can gaze at the monumental pyramids – an ideal break for those little explorers craving some historical magic. A foray into Taba is also fun, with the Wekala District serving some of the best in Middle Eastern cuisine. Here you can grab some slow cooked beef or koftas, with pancakes and flavoured shisha pipes serving as the perfect desserts. And if you can’t get enough of the golden sand, head to Jordan where you can explore the expanse of the desert on the back of a camel.

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Wine and Dine

Wine and Dine

There are plenty of dining options in the Red Sea, from atmospheric rooftop restaurants serving traditional mezzes and kebabs to stylish eateries serving the best in international cuisine. Whether you’re in the mood to try something exotic, or you’re craving your favourite pizza, you should find something you like. And there’s some lovely chilled out beachfront cafes, serving Bedouin food in beautiful settings with low tables and colourful rugs. Nothing could feel more exotic than enjoying a drink and some ocean views in somewhere so different from our everyday bars! 
 

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For Families

For Families

The Red Sea is a fantastic destination for family holidays, with a wealth of attractions and activities geared to kids of all ages. The beaches, of course, are the main attraction, whether you choose to base yourself in lively Sharm El Sheikh or laid-back Marsa Alam, and you’ll find world-class facilities for a huge range of water sports. There is a wide choice of hotels, including great value all inclusive options, which are geared towards families, and offer special activities, mini clubs, kids’ pools and more. There is a wealth of local history and culture to discover, and children will never forget a visit to the pyramids of Luxor, or a boat trip along the Nile, or even a camel ride across the spectacular desert dunes.

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Action and Adventure

Action and Adventure

The Red Sea is one of the world’s foremost diving locations and all the resorts boast fantastic facilities for scuba diving. The Ras Mohamed National Park at the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula is home to some of the region’s best diving sites, but you’ll find plenty more throughout the Red Sea, including the spectacular Samadai Reef. Thanks to the spectacular beaches and warm waters, the resorts all offer a host of water sports, from sailing to kite-surfing. On dry land, you can have a go at everything from driving dune buggies through the desert to taking camel safaris, or going hiking, canyoning or climbing in some truly spectacular scenery.

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Life's a Beach

Life's a Beach

Ocean views looking out to the sparkling Red Sea are not hard to come by, with resorts such as Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada City boasting vast stretches of beaches and fantastic views. If you want to dip your toes in the waters, you’ll find them wonderfully warm. Most Red Sea resorts offer an endless selection of watersports to enjoy, whether you want to get your heart racing with a jet-ski ride, try your hand at kite-surfing, or explore the coral reefs with some snorkelling.

If you fancy getting up close and personal with deep sea creatures on your holiday to the Red Sea, try a visit to the resort town of Eilat in Israel. Here you can dive down deep to view the colourful marine life at Aqua Beach, or if you’d prefer a more controlled environment, the Underwater Observatory Marine Park allows you to gaze at the world-famous coral reef, with virtual tours and informative galleries answering any queries. Alternatively, you can head to the Dolphin Reef and encounter these beautiful creatures up close for an unforgettable ocean experience.

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Nightlife

Nightlife

The Red Sea coast is littered with vibrant resorts and seaside cities bursting with after-dark life. There is a form of evening entertainment to suit absolutely everyone. From neon-lit clubbing and dancing till dawn on the beach in the likes of Hughada and Sharm El Shiekh,to classic Beduoin nights in El Gouna. There are fantastic all inclusive resorts which offer family-friendly entertainment, as well as discos, cabaret, and classy cocktail lounges (all part of the package).There's also an ample supply of sedate, romantic, and tranquil ways to spend your evening, wandering through the old-town of Hughada, or strolling along Makadi Bay and popping into beach-bars for a drink. However you picture your holiday nights, the Red Sea has the perfect resort for you.

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For Couples

For Couples

Whether you’re in search of fantastic nightlife, laid-back beach life or simply want to soak up the fabulous, year-round sunshine, the Red Sea offers a host of options for a romantic holiday. You could hit the bars and clubs of vibrant Sharm El Sheikh or Hurghada, or chill out in El Gouna or Marsa Alam. The list of activities in this spectacular region is endless: enjoy a traditional Bedouin dinner, take a camel ride, go diving (Red Sea diving is world class), climb Mount Sinai or visit the enchanting and historic city of Luxor. There is a huge choice of hotels, whether you want to splash out on a luxury holiday to remember or go for a budget-friendly self catering or all inclusive option.

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Culture

Culture

Egypt is the cradle of one of the world’s oldest and most advanced civilisations, and is home to some of the world’s most spectacular cultural sights. You could combine your beach holiday with a visit to Luxor, where the ancient capital of Thebes was located. and where you can still gasp in amazement at the magnificent temples and the remarkable tombs of the Valley of the Kings. Hidden away in the hills beyond the Red Sea coast are two of Egypt’s oldest monasteries, dedicated to St Paul (the larger of the two) and St Anthony, which date back almost two thousand years to the very beginning of Christianity. Mount Sinai, one of the most important sacred places in the Christian, Jewish and Islamic religions, is home to another ancient monastery, St Catherine’s, which overlooks a spectacular gorge. A path ascends to the summit of Mount Sinai, where Moses is said to have received the tablets inscribed with the Ten Commandments. 

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