Head to Egypt for winter sun, snorkelling and desert adventures

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Why you should escape the cold and enjoy Christmas in the Sharm el Sheikh sunshine...

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When Red Sea Holidays asked us if we'd like to come along and see for ourselves why a trip to Sharm el Sheikh is an even better idea during the winter, unsurprisingly they got a hell yes. Here's how it all went down.

The Grand Hotel, Sharm el Sheikh

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The 5* Grand Hotel really is on the beach'

Though we didn't pick the hotel ourselves, we'd quite honestly stay there again out of choice.

Why? Because it has 10 swimming pools, luxe looking poolside cabanas, 3 buffet restaurants separate to 6 more eateries offering Mediterranean, Mexican, Indian, Caribbean, Fusion and seafood menus.

Yep, all in one resort. You also get free beach towels (score), the hotel has its own private beach and there's a jetty for snorkelling.

Eating and Drinking in Sharm el Sheikh

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Spicy dishes, cocktails, Bedouin tea and ice cream. Yum.

As already mentioned, the Grand Hotel covers all manners of food. If you're a fussy eater you wont struggle, while more experimental dinners won't get bored either.

We ate at the Mumbai Indian restaurant on the first night, sampling a little of everything with a taster menu. Delish.

On the last day (we were there for two nights), we headed to the Beach Club restaurant for a salad starter, pizza entré, mixed grill main and dessert of fruit salad. Amazeballs.

Breakfast is a buffet situation where you can find pretty much anything from fruit and yogurt to pastries, Egyptian sweet breads, or a full cooked English. There's also an omelette station where you pick your fillings as they're cooked infront of you. Yummy.

If do you fancy a wander off the resort, take a taxi to Nama Bay. You'll find Egyptian culture in the shops and malls, while the surrounding bars (we sat atop the Camel bar and enjoyed an awesome view) offer up everything from cocktails, beers and wine, to teas, mocktails and shisha pipes.

What To Do in Sharm el Sheikh

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Snorkelling and quad biking are a must in Sharm el Sheikh

In terms of activities, staff at the hotel can help you organise outings such as a Bedouin feast and stargazing experience (camel ride included), day trips to Cairo, Luxor, or St Catherine's Monastery and Mount Sinai, where Moses is said to have received the 10 Commandments.

There's also a chance to learn scuba diving, or enjoy a snorkelling and quad biking experience. Which we did.

The snorkelling trip is arranged via the Snorkelling Lodge in Sharm, where you'll head out on a boat taking in views of the Red Sea and Ras Mohammed National Park, while stopping off to enjoy three snorkelling spots. We found Nemo.

Quad biking, if you've never done it before, is awesome. You get your hair all wrapped up in a headscarf before taking to the desert at speed. You'll get dusty for sure, but to experience the deafening silence of the Sinai Desert, it's totally worth it.

Note: Marc by Marc Jacobs heart shaped sunglasses aren't so good at protecting your eyes from the flying sand, beautiful though they are. We'd also suggest you wear something more supportive than a bikini top under your vest. There's a lot of bouncing.

The Facts

Temperature wise, we enjoyed 30 degrees Celsius during the day (early December), which was fine to laze around in while wearing a bikini. Since Egypt can hit the 40s during summer, the cooler temperature made our activities a lot more enjoyable, though you'll need a cardigan for the evening.

7 nights all-inclusive at the 5* Grand Hotel start from £499 per person, including flights from London Gatwick, 20kg luggage and resort transfers – with a fixed child price of £439pp for any date and duration.

To book visit www.redseaholidays.co.uk or call 0845 026 5980

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