The Temple of Hathor – Egypt | Photo Courtesy: Dennis Jarvis
A tour of Egypt is like flipping through the pages of a National Geographic magazine. Even after you have been in the country for a few days, you might not believe that what you are seeing is actually real. Egypt has that strange, dissociative power over people. However, between your Great Pyramid excursion and your three-day Nile Cruise, you are still going to have to find a place to sleep at night. Pitching a canvas tent in the desert like Indiana Jones might be romantic, but it is impractical and ill-advised. After all, you are not on an archaeological dig. You are on a once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon trip. Egypt might be a fertile landscape of crumbling temples, historic monuments and rare antiquities, but it is also a place of luxury and breathtaking modern resorts. If you are looking to hang your hat in a beacon of sophistication and hospitality, then be sure to reserve a holiday at one of these 3 hotels.
1. Mena House Oberoi
Built in 1869, Mena House Oberoi is a regal and historic palace. While its towers, minarets and colonnades are impressive, it is the hotel’s location that is the main attraction. Mena House Oberoi is just 700 meters from the Pyramid of Cheops. The interior of this hotel is like a museum. It is outfitted with art, antiques, murals, gilding and mosaic tiles. The 40 acres of gardens that surround the Mena House Oberoi is like something you would find in One Thousand and One Nights. It is paradise in the desert, and the night air is always scented with the smell of jasmine and bougainvillea.
2. Le Meridien Pyramids
Le Meridien Pyramids is another beautiful oasis amidst Egypt’s shifting sands. Similar to Mena House Oberoi, the hotel boasts an unrivaled few of the Seven Wonders of the World. Located just twenty minutes from Cairo, this hotel emphasizes modern amenities over ancient antiquities. There is a restaurant, a swimming pool and spa facilities. There are also on-site tennis courts. A trip to Egypt is a crash-course in history. After a day of traversing archaeological sites and ancient tombs, there is nothing better than a relaxing at the spa or sipping a glass of white wine in an upscale restaurant.
3. Four Season Cairo at Nile Plaza
If you desire a more resort-like setting, then look no further than the Four Season Cairo at Nile Plaza. The hotel is located on the banks of the Nile, and it has stunning views of both the river and the Citadel. From the Four Seasons, it is only a short taxi ride to the tourists attractions in the centre of Cairo. There are eight different restaurants and entertainment venues in the hotel, so your dining options and nightlife choices are diverse.
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