Snorkeling, diving, and beaches are Hurghada’s claim to fame. Once a fishing village on Egypt’s Red Sea coast, Hurghada is now a busy resort town stretching along more than 20km of sandy beach.
Tourism has been ramping up over the past decade. For British travelers, in particular, the direct flight options from the UK, relative affordability, and easy access to beautiful beaches have made it an increasingly popular destination. The Red Sea offers mesmerizing turquoise waters and a stunning coral reef to explore to your heart’s content.
Hurghada’s diving schools provide an entry point into the world of scuba diving, with world-class diving and snorkeling just off-shore. For travelers who want more than sand and sun, the old town of El Dahar provides local culture with Egyptian coffee shops and souks.
Planning a trip to Hurghada for the first time? Consider staying at one of the top ten best resort hotels in the area.
1 Hurghada Marriott Beach Resort
This upscale beach resort offers two outdoor swimming pools, a private sand beach, and three restaurants. Its 283 rooms include air conditioning, wired internet (for a surcharge), satellite TV, minibars, and rainfall showerheads.
Guests note the panoramic beach views and excellent staff hospitality.
2 Hilton Hurghada Resort
Hurghada's Hilton is just 15 minutes from the airport and boasts three outdoor pools, a private sand beach, and three on-site restaurants. The 401 rooms open onto furnished balconies or patios and come equipped with air-conditioning, minibars, and intriguingly—a pillow menu.
For those with business needs, each room has a desk, laptop-compatible safe, and telephone. The resort has an on-site diving center, and guests have nothing but praise for the resort's animation team.
3 Steigenberger Pure Lifestyle (Adults Only)
The Steigenberger claims to be the Red Sea's only adults-only boutique hotel. This elegant beach property has its own on-site golf course, along with two outdoor pools and a private sand beach.
In its 132 specially decorated rooms, guests can enjoy private spa tubs and 49-inch flat-screen TVs in addition to standard amenities like air conditioning.
4 SUNRISE Crystal Bay Resort - Grand Select
This 5-star resort with a private sand beach boasts a full-service spa and six restaurants. Its 364 air-conditioned rooms are individually decorated and equipped with wifi, 21-inch satellite TV, furnished balconies, and patios.
The Sunrise Crystal Bay Resort is classified as a green/sustainable property through Travelife. This means its impact is measured on the local environment, community, cultural heritage, and economy. Guests have good things to say about the restaurants, cleanliness, special holiday celebration events, and overall helpful staff.
5 Sunny Days El Palacio Resort & Spa
Sunny Days offers four on-site restaurants, a private beach, and a full-service spa. This large resort—with 825 rooms—offers a kids' club for families with supervised activities for children between ages four and 12. This is the only hotel in the area that guarantees that all rooms will have spectacular ocean views.
And thanks to the resort's distinctive U shape, most suites have an unobstructed panoramic view of the Red Sea. Rooms are outfitted with blackout curtains, which may also be of interest to families with young children. And notably, a considerable percentage of this resort's visitors have reported excellent diving and snorkeling experiences here.
6 Hilton Hurghada Plaza
This upscale beach resort offers a private beach, two outdoor swimming pools, and a complimentary water park, along with three on-site restaurants. The hotel has just undergone a state of the art renovation.
Guests are raving about its new and improved "romantic, stylish rooms," which provide more luxury than many of the other luxury resorts on this list. Some of the luxuries included are deep-soaking bathtubs and 55-inch smart TVs with satellite channels, in addition to standard "extra" amenities. The city center is only 1km away from the resort, making it easy to get out and about for more cultural experiences throughout your trip.
7 Sentido Mamlouk Palace Resort
This five-star property offers pools, a private beach, and a full-service spa. Guests can eat at one of four resort restaurants. The 530 rooms are equipped with free wifi, pillowtop beds, and Egyptian cotton sheets, and open onto balconies or patios.
Business travelers will appreciate in-room desks, telephones, and safes. Guests applaud the high standards and the hospitality of the staff. This has become a repeat destination for many prominent travel reviewers because of the fact that this resort always opts to add a personal touch to every guest's stay. The Sentido Mamlouk Palace Resort is also classified as a green/sustainable property through Travelife.
8 Sunrise Garden Beach Resort
Sunrise claims the most awards for all-inclusive resorts in the Red Sea. And their Garden Beach Resort is no exception to that standard. The most notable features of this resort are its three outdoor swimming pools and a full-service spa.
Having just gone through a renovation, all 480 rooms here are air-conditioned with free wifi, bottled water, designer toiletries, desks for working travelers, and telephones. The resort caters to both families and couples, with a family pool and water park for kids, along with an "adults only" beach area for couples on their own.
Visitors report excellent experiences with the resort diving center instructors. The Sunrise Garden is also classified as a green/sustainable property through Travelife.
9 Jaz Aquamarine Resort
The Jaz Aquamarine Resort bills itself as the "ultimate family destination." It offers a whopping 15 outdoor swimming pools, a water park, and a private sand beach. As the largest resort on the list, it has 1001 rooms.
Guests can eat at the five restaurants and enjoy air-conditioned rooms equipped with satellite TV, free wifi and blackout curtains. Guests rave about the high quality of service, clean, spacious rooms, and excellent activities for children.
10 Hurghada Long Beach Resort
The Hurghada Long Beach Resort has six swimming pools, an on-site restaurant, two lounge bars, a coffee shop, and a snack bar. Guests will appreciate the breakfast buffet, free wifi in public areas, complimentary self-parking, and the health club.
At the same time, children can enjoy their own line of entertainment activities and kids' club programs. The resort's 956 rooms offer luxe fireplaces, deep soaking tubs, and rainfall showers. In-room massages can also be requested, and the rooms here open onto balconies.