Africa’s leading resort, 2011 (World Travel Awards) is certainly maintaining the buzz created by last year’s accolade and is looking forward to the coming year with renewed vigour after being named Best Luxury Hotel in Egypt, 2012 in the Business Destinations Travel Awards.
It is also helping to preserve the natural beauty of the area – situated in a protected area of the Red Sea with rare fossil coral headland – Savoy protects the natural beauty of Sharm El Sheikh by reducing activities that might cause pollution. Super diving and snorkelling, optional 4×4 desert treks including Bedouin dinners are all run through sustainable methods.
Bars & restaurants
Top international chefs offer the finest fish, meat and vegetarian meals at six mouth-watering restaurants. The high-quality restaurants at the Savoy reflect the authenticity of each culinary tradition. Each restaurant has been designed to provide unobtrusive intimacy for those wishing privacy and the flexibility to accommodate family and larger groups. Guests may also choose from the array of international fine cuisine on offer at Soho Square. All reflect dining excellence, with only the best local and imported ingredients, including fish caught locally the same day. It also features bars inside and outside, including the African-themed Safari Bar, a waterall cave bar as well as places to drink at the pool and on the beach.
The Savoy Arabian Spa’s top-notch workout facilities and services overlook the pool and include fitness rooms, saunas, steam rooms and Jacuzzis. Qualified therapists are always on hand to help guests unwind and a variety of massage therapy treatments, manicures and pedicures with head-to-toe body treatments available. The grounds also feature two floodlit tennis courts, two squash courts as well as table tennis.
The Savoy’s pools are a favourite with guests for sunbathing and swimming, while jetties on the White Knight Beach have boats from which to explore the Red Sea. Volleyball and beach games are encouraged and the hotel’s own dive centre offers courses and training. From here guests can dive and discover the hundreds of wrecks, including the Thistlegorm. One of the most beautiful of all dive sites is Ras Mohamed National Park, where Manta Rays, dolphins and turtles can sometimes be seen. You can book excursions into the desert to Bedouin villages, the Coloured Canyon and St. Catherine’s Monastery close to Mount Sinai.
Rooms and guest services
The Savoy Sharm El Sheikh features 470 superior rooms ranging from singles, doubles and triples as well as a lavish Presidential Suite. Rooms feature Wi-Fi, multi-channel TVs, big balconies with super sofas alongside excellent service. Many also provide great views of the Red Sea and the tropical gardens.
For the morning, a hearty breakfast is provided and guests may drop off the kids at the Kids’ Club and go off to the Red Sea. For lunch, poolside snacks are available and guests are invited to relax by the lagoon pools. For the evening, why not enjoy a cocktail with dinner, or wherever the mood takes you.
Twenty-four-hour guest services include a business centre, concierge, a shuttle bus to Sharm El Sheikh International Airport and to Naama Bay, a bank & ATM machines, car rental, a medical clinic, laundry and dry cleaning. Tourism experts speak English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian and Arabic. They can also arrange visits locally and to places such as the Giza Pyramids, a boat trip on the River Nile or to Alexandria or Luxor.
Just a few steps away from the Savoy hotel, consistently voted Sharm El Sheikh’s leading hotel, Soho Square is the most popular place for visitors to eat, drink, have fun, shop on the Red Sea and the best place to eat and drink of all Red Sea resorts according to international restaurant reviewers.
Unique dining, exciting venues
The top-notch restaurants offer a variety and quality of cuisine from Europe to the Far East. Each has a specialised resident chef, with the knowledge and skills to ensure a memorable evening. Meals are prepared from the freshest foods and local fish is caught the same day whilst meats are carefully selected.
The interior decor for each restaurant is stunning, with entire walls decorated by enchanting murals. Screens separate each room, showing a live feed of the beautiful coral reefs of the Red Sea.
Unique, sophisticated, exciting and fun, Soho Square hosts some of the best venues for dancing and socialising in Sharm El-Sheikh. It is a magnet for young and old alike and everyone can enjoy dancing into the early hours, meet friends and enjoy every kind of bar, from the traditional to the latest fads.
The new El Kahwa traditional Egyptian café is a wonderful, relaxing spot to sit in the shade and watch the world go by. El Kahwa café imbues the atmosphere of an authentic Egyptian café, serving tea and various types of coffee, including Turkish coffee and minerals. The traditional water pipe (shisha) can be taken with a variety of flavoured tobacco whilst play games of chess, dominos and backgammon.
Traditional English afternoon tea is served at the Salon de Thé with finger sandwiches, scones and an assortment of French afternoon tea pastries.
These are accompanied by a wide selection of teas, which include Earl Grey, English breakfast tea, organic Japanese classic, Assam Irish breakfast and others.
Opening out into Soho Square, Café Chino is the perfect place for a relaxing drink of coffee or tea, or a soft drink. It’s a very Lebanese style bistro, with a great selection of light meals – perfect to watch the Fountain’s fascinating colour-changing display in the centre of the square or to end a night out at Pangaea. Sandwiches on freshly baked bread are also one of the hotel’s specialities.
Soho Square ice rink attracts both young and old and there’s always room for fun at the popular state-of-the-art 10-pin bowling alley. For the cutting edge in immersive entertainment, guests are invited to the ‘Culturama Panorama’ – an innovative panoramic display that surrounds the audience. By night Soho Square attracts crowds enjoying top international artistes and the ‘cool club set’ at night. It is increasingly the most popular spot for top-ranking artists from the Middle East and elsewhere. The open air stage beside the Dancing Fountain hosts international artists such as leading Arab singers including Carol Samaha and Wael Gassar and international artists including Boney M, singer songwriter Peter Andre and Ukrainian idol Ani Lorak.