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Die Strandpromenade von Soma Bay, Bild: Mohamed Ramez / shutterstock

Soma Bay – Egypt’s new tourism hotspot

For many years, Hurghada was the hotspot of all if you wanted to enjoy a relaxing holiday in Egypt and at the same time take advantage of all the possibilities of the country. In recent years, however, the area has developed into a spot for mass tourists and many holidaymakers are looking for new opportunities and a little peace and quiet in the country that is mentioned by so many German-speakers as the first travel destination. The development of Soma Bay is therefore only a logical consequence. Located directly on the Red Sea, the peninsula not only promises easy access to various activities, but above all attracts with luxury.

The luxury holiday in Soma Bay

Soma Bay, Egypt
Soma Bay offers pure luxury, (Image: Sheraton Soma Bay Resort), Image: Kiev.Victor / shutterstock

Within just a few years, Soma Bay has built up a reputation of its own within the diverse nature of Egypt’s tourism. The focus here is mainly on luxury and this can also be seen in the hotels and the offers. Private beaches, comprehensive wellness services and the emphatic absence of all-inclusive are just a few signs that providers in Soma Bay are more likely to target holidaymakers who want to experience Egypt in a different way. Therefore, there are only a manageable number of hotels here, most of which come from the ranks of the upper middle class and are available with correspondingly high-priced offers.

Soma Bay is located about 50 kilometers south of Hurghada and is a purely artificially created place. Even in the design of the hotels and the beaches, it can be seen that it is primarily about exclusive access to the sea and a corresponding barrier to the rest of the tourism world. Here you are on the beaches in a rather private environment – and yet you have a variety of offers from jet skiing to diving courses in the world of the Red Sea. It gets interesting from the point when you want to see more than the facilities of the hotels. There is hardly anything in the immediate vicinity. There are many good offers to the sights in the immediate vicinity.

Adventures and excursions with the base in Soma Bay

Soma Bay is therefore primarily intended to be a large oasis of well-being, where holidaymakers can spend their holidays in Egypt with a certain luxury. Of course, this does not mean that you have to do without the classic sights or tours through ancient Egypt. The hotels have extensive offers for discovering the pyramids and all the other magic and wonders associated with this wonderful country.

Pyramids of Giza
The Pyramids of Giza, Image: AlexAnton / shutterstock

For example, it is no problem at all to book a tour to the pyramids from these hotels. A visit to the Valley of the Kings is not only offered with a guide who speaks different languages, but usually in a complete package. This includes a full meal on site and visits to the most interesting local stops. Together you can discover the different sights in the most important places of the excavations of Egypt and with the exclusive guided tours there are no waiting times at the most important places. So it’s all the more helpful that all the necessary information is available directly in your own hotel. An advantage of the luxury that Soma Bay and the hotels offer for their holidaymakers.

A visit to the big cities of Egypt is of course also on the list of possible excursions. Discovering Cairo would actually take a few days, but with the companions, the crucial sights should definitely be in the program. Of course, there is also the possibility to plan a corresponding tour yourself, where you discover the sights outside of the guided tours and thus discover this exciting country with all its facets on your own. Especially in the case of Egypt, however, it should be noted that you should look for partners in your own hotel. This is the only way to ensure safety in the long term.

On-site activities and what you have to experience and eat

If you decide to spend your holiday in Soma Bay, you will have the Red Sea right on your doorstep. There are a variety of activities here that you can use for yourself, but diving in particular seems to enjoy great popularity with many holidaymakers. So it’s no wonder that many diving schools are on site and offer courses for different experiences. From beginners to advanced divers, the experts on site will help you explore the world deep beneath the water and make the odd discovery. With its own reef, the coast also has the right destination for excursions, which can be explored either alone or with the companion from the diving course.

The on-site restaurants cater for all tastes and of course you can enjoy the food at the hotel – but the authentic cuisine also finds its raison d’être in Soma Bay. It can be worthwhile if you break out in this luxury area from time to time and make your own experiences with the surroundings, discover a bit of the country and make your own experiences. At the end of the day, however, you can return relaxed and enjoy what is probably the most relaxing holiday ever in Egypt.

Tips with children in Soma Bay

  1. Water sports activities: Soma Bay is known for its excellent conditions for water sports such as windsurfing, kitesurfing and sailing. Many resorts offer classes for beginners, which is a great way for older kids and teens to learn a new sport. Snorkeling and diving are also popular, as the Red Sea is known for its beautiful marine life.
  2. Beach Days: The beaches of Soma Bay are ideal for families. You can spend relaxing days on the beach, building sandcastles, swimming in the sea or simply soaking up the sun. Many resorts also offer special children’s areas and pools.
  3. Coral reef excursions: Take a glass-bottom boat ride to explore the coral reefs without getting wet. This is a fantastic way for kids to see the colorful underwater world.
  4. Horseback riding: Some resorts in Soma Bay offer horseback riding lessons or guided horseback riding excursions. It’s a great way to explore the surroundings and learn something new at the same time.
  5. Mini golf and other games: For days when you might want something other than beach and water, many resorts offer mini-golf, tennis, and other sports activities.
  6. Wellness and relaxation: While the children are busy in the Kids Club, the adults can take the opportunity to relax in the spa. Many hotels offer special treatments aimed at recovery after sports activities.
  7. Local culture: Take the opportunity to learn a little about Egyptian culture with your children. Some resorts offer cultural evenings with music and dance performances that offer a glimpse into local culture and tradition.
  8. Exploration: Take a trip to the historical sites nearby, such as Luxor or the temples of Karnak, if your children are interested in history. These may be a little further away, but they offer an unforgettable experience.