7 Best Honeymoon Destinations & Hotels in Egypt
Updated: Dec 15, 2022
Whether you’ve never been to Egypt and are looking for the honeymoon of a lifetime, or an Egyptian looking to celebrate your marriage in the most romantic, luxurious spots that Egypt has to offer, then this Egyptian honeymoon destination list is for you.
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We broke down each destination based on what kind of honeymoon you’re looking for, and we recommend some of the best honeymoon hotels in each destination to make your research just a little bit easier. We opted for more adult, 5 star accommodations but there are lots of other budget options for each destination if you’re on a tighter budget.
Sahl Hasheesh is ideal for honeymooners who: want an excellent beach and 5 star luxury in a quiet, private area
Best honeymoon hotel in Sahl Hasheesh: The Oberoi Beach Resort
This resort town was built on a bay in the Red Sea south of Hurghada back in the 1990s, and is known for its beautiful stretch of coastline and long boardwalk. Because this area is dedicated primarily to resorts, each hotel has its own private beachfront and is protected from the usual hustle and bustle of Hurghada beachgoers, lending an air of seclusion and privacy.
The best hotel in Sahl Hasheesh for honeymooners is the Oberoi Beach Resort. Not only does it have 5 star luxury restaurants and facilities across the board, it’s an all-suite hotel perfect for couples. Their grand suites even have their own private pool per suite, plus bathtubs that overlook private gardens.
Sahl Hasheesh honeymoon activities: swimming & sunbathing at private beaches & pools, spas, couple massages, yoga, Red Sea boat trips, snorkeling and diving (for all levels)
Sharm el Sheikh
Sharm el Sheikh is ideal for honeymooners who: want an all-inclusive beach holiday with tons of restaurants and activities without having to leave the hotel
Best honeymoon hotel in Sharm el Sheikh: Rixos Sharm El Sheikh (Ultra All Inclusive Adult Friendly)
Sharm el Sheikh is one of the most internationally famous Red Sea beach cities in Egypt, and definitely the most famous one on the Sinai Peninsula. It’s home to literally hundreds of hotels, and if you’re looking for an all-inclusive beach resort with restaurants, activities and water sports galore, then Sharm is the perfect place for that.
The Rixos Sharm el Sheikh is ideal for honeymooners for myriad reasons: 1) it’s adult only (16+), so you can relax by the beach or the pool without having to put up with screaming kids, 2) besides its private beach, it has seven (yes, seven) pools, 3) it has seven restaurants and nine bars, where you can eat and drink all you want with your all-inclusive package, 4) you have access to the neighboring Rixos Premium Seagate resort’s restaurants and bars as well (so a total of 16 restaurants for both resorts!), and 5) there’s an adventure water park. Plus if you’re willing to splurge, you can book the suite with its own private plunge pool.
Sharm el Sheikh honeymoon activities: sunbathing and swimming at the beach and pool, water sports, resort activities (eg. Rixos has a waterpark, tennis courts, a fitness center, an open-air club, beach volleyball and go-karts), diving and snorkeling, boat trips, day trips to Ras Mohammed National Park, desert safaris
Luxor & Aswan Nile Cruise
A Nile cruise is ideal for honeymooners who: want to explore the Ancient Egyptian temples and tombs of Luxor and Aswan (and those in between!) while enjoying a luxury stay down the Nile
Best honeymoon Nile cruise ship: The Oberoi Zahra or Nour El Nil Dahabiyas
A Nile cruise is one of the best things you can do while in Egypt, and because they’re expensive, a honeymoon is enough of a special occasion to warrant the cost. The Nile cruises in Egypt usually start and end in Luxor and Aswan, where you can see the best of what Ancient Egypt has to offer.
There are dozens of cruise ships, but the Oberoi Zahra (and its sister ship Oberoi Philae) are known as two of the very best cruises you can book (and the priciest, though!). We’re talking on-deck pool, full spa, restaurant, bar, cigar lounge and 5 star accommodation and service across the board. The cruise’s itinerary includes the main sights of Luxor, Aswan and the main Ancient Egyptian temples peppering the Nile shore between the two ancient cities.
If you want to go even more traditional (but still keep it luxury), you can opt for a dahabiya instead of a cruise ship. A dahabiya is a large sailboat similar to what they used in Pharaonic times, and then you won’t have to worry about the sound of the cruise ship’s motor breaking into your peace and quiet. A dahabiya won’t have as many facilities and amenities as a regular cruise ship, but they still provide luxury accommodation and the added benefit of being able to access smaller towns and sites in between Luxor & Aswan that the bigger ships can’t dock at. Nour El Nil has a fleet of different-sized dahabiyas (keep in mind however that their itineraries only include the sights on the Nile in between Luxor & Aswan, not the cities themselves).
Nile cruise honeymoon activities: daytime sightseeing, relaxing on the deck and enjoying the Nile river cruise, swimming in the pool, unwinding at the spa
El Gouna is ideal for honeymooners who: want to be at a Red Sea beach destination where they can leave the resort, walk around, and try different restaurants and activities
Best honeymoon Gouna hotel: La Maison Bleue or Casa Cook (Adults Only)
If you want to be by the beach but actually go out and explore as opposed to staying at your resort for the whole trip, then Gouna is the place for you. (You can read our full local’s guide to Gouna here). Gouna is a cute little Red Sea beach town that’s super easy to navigate whether on foot or by tuktuk. It has plenty of restaurants, bars and activities both on land and in the water.
There are also plenty of hotels to choose from, but for a honeymoon the ones we recommend are La Maison Bleue or Casa Cook; both boutique hotels with an emphasis on luxury (but with a steep price tag!). There are other 5 star resorts like the Sheraton or Movenpick, but those tend to be more family-oriented so you won’t get the peace and privacy that the boutique hotels offer.
El Gouna honeymoon activities: swimming and sunbathing, snorkeling, diving, kitesurfing, biking, tennis, golf, go-karts, horse riding, desert safaris, Red Sea boat trips
Siwa is ideal for honeymooners who: want a desert adventure, to disconnect from the world and get away from it all somewhere remote
Best honeymoon Siwa hotel: Adrere Amellal
If you want your honeymoon to be more about adventure and exploration, or just going off the grid even – then Siwa Oasis is for you. This extremely remote town is about a 10 hour drive from Cairo, unless you manage to snag two seats on the rare private flights into Siwa. Most accommodations there don’t even have electricity for most of the day - there’s usually a generator that gives power at certain times of the day if you need to charge your phone or any other gadget. Other than that, it’s just you two and nature!
Adrere Amellal is a luxury ecolodge in Siwa that’s been visited by both celebrities and royalty - so it’s not cheap. But the service, food and experience are all five stars. If you want to stay at a place that’s a bit more budget friendly, other ecolodges like Taziry or Talist are good options too.
Siwa honeymoon activities: explore the town of Siwa, see the Shali Fortress and Mountain of the dead, swim in the hot springs and salt lakes, go sand-duning in 4x4s, adventure into the Great Sand Sea
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Hurghada is ideal for honeymooners who: want to stay in affordable luxury beach resorts but not be isolated from the rest of the city
Best honeymoon Hurghada hotel: Steigenberger Pure Lifestyle (Adults Only) or Sunrise Holidays Resort (Adults Only)
Hurghada, along with Sharm el Sheikh, is the most popular Red Sea destination in Egypt. Hurghada’s international airport is very close to a plethora of excellent beach hotels, and there are dozens of international and domestic flights daily, so you can literally be on the beach in no time flat.
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Hurghada City itself is close to other destinations in the greater Hurghada area like Sahl Hasheesh and Makadi Bay, but the city of Hurghada offers more in the sense of you can leave your resort and walk around the different areas of Hurghada like the marina or El Mamsha where most of the restaurants and bars are. However their 5 star resorts do offer all-inclusive packages if you want to stick to your hotel. Steinberger Pure Lifestyle and Sunrise Holidays Resort are both adult-only and their rooms have stunning Red Sea views. They’re also pretty affordable considering they’re luxury hotels with gorgeous beaches!
Hurghada honeymoon activities: swimming, snorkeling, diving, boat trips, ATV desert safaris, day trips to Luxor
Red Sea Yacht
A Red Sea yacht is ideal for honeymooners who: love to scuba dive or just love being on the water
If you’re looking for total privacy (and we’re talking middle of the sea kind of privacy), then why not charter your own Red Sea yacht? If it’s too pricey for just two people, you can find other yachts where you can book a room on board and share the boat with a few other guests.
If you and your partner are into scuba diving, then this kind of honeymoon is ideal – there are multiple dives a day in different locations in the Red Sea, and you can relax and sunbathe on the yacht’s many sundecks in between dives.
Even if diving isn’t your thing, just being on the yacht, visiting the numerous Red Sea islands, swimming in crystal clear water and having a drink under the stars is reason enough to charter a private yacht for your honeymoon.
Red Sea yacht honeymoon activities: swimming, snorkeling, diving, island hopping, fishing, relaxing, eating & drinking on the boat
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