Hotel review: Four Seasons Resorts, Sharm el-Sheikh – 30 Aug 2007

The Four Seasons Resort Sharm el-Sheikh lives up to its five-star billing – which is not always the case on the Sinai Peninsula.

Sitting on the limestone cliffs that fringe the Sinai coastline, the Four Seasons is every inch a luxury property. From the moment the staff handed me a welcome cocktail and cold flannel in the elegant lobby, I knew that I would be pampered.

The low-rise resort – all the accommodation is in single or two storey villa-style buildings – is spaciously spread out village-style, gently sloping down to the aqua-blue ocean.

The level of service exceeded all my expectations. Staff were attentive and alert to my every need, and a spell in the Spa and Wellness Centre left me feeling totally soothed.

The Four Seasons has special permission for diving guests to depart from its private jetty. That means no lengthy transfers from the hotel to the dive boat and reduces journey times to the Straights of Tiran sites, one the two world-class dive locations in Sharm, to less than one hour.

These shorter boat journeys enabled our dive boat to be back at the resort in time for a massage before tiffin.

Facilities: 200 rooms and suites, various swimming pools including a children’s play pool and outdoor whirlpool, five restaurants, beach bars, tennis courts, gym and spa, water sports and PADI five-star scuba centre.

Get there: 15-minute drive from Sharm el-Sheikh International.

Verdict: 5/5

Book through:Abercrombie and Kent, Carrier, Kuoni, Planet Holidays and others.

Sample product: Abercrombie and Kent offers seven nights’ accommodation in a superior village view room in October from £1,678 per person, including club-class flights on British Airways and transfers.

A deluxe room with economy-class BA flights is £1,223. A three-day (six dives) dive package starts at £150.

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