Other family holiday destinations
If you’re looking for other family holiday destinations, one thing’s for sure – you’re not short on choice. If you would prefer a short hop from home soil with a flight time no longer than 4 hours there’s the likes of Spain, Greece and Italy. Or perhaps another area of Egypt, then there’s Marsa Alam – the reefs here team up with turtles.
For the ultimate family explorers there’s the Caribbean. It’s tropical islands Jamaica and the Dominican Republic boast a number of child-friendly resorts and their own natural playgrounds. Think treetop zip lines, cycle trails and national parks brimming with wildlife.
Family-friendly hotels in Hurghada
Families can rest assured knowing that there’s plenty of family-focused resorts in Hurghada that suit all tastes and budgets. Typically, at your resort you can expect kid’s clubs, pool areas, games rooms, fitness centres and day-to-night entertainment. Most come as All Inclusive and have everything you could possibly need right on your doorstep, such as their own shops, chemist and the likes.
Most of Hurghada’s hotels are dotted along its scenic shorelines and come with their own private beaches and paddle-friendly waters. Aqua babies will be well and truly in their element as some properties have so many swimming pools, you’ll need more than two hands to count them all. Many have their very own waterparks too.
For those without a beach at their resort, there’s other family-friendly beaches that are accessible too. In South Hurghada you’ll find Dream Beach – a long, sandy bay with sunbathing spots, shade and snacks. Or there’s Old Vic Beach located near the town centre, this is the oldest public beach in Hurghada. Here you can hire sun loungers and umbrellas for the day and there’s a bar for all of your refreshments.
If you’re a family that likes to explore there’s some beautiful bays within easy reach too. Makadi Bay, Soma Bay and Mahmya on Gifton Island are just a few that should be on your must-visit list.
Family activities in Hurghada
With year-round sunshine and an activity list longer than your arm, it comes as no surprise that Hurghada is a popular holiday destination for families.
As the place that puts Egypt’s Red Sea on the map, expect to see coral reef like no other. Snorkelling or diving is an absolute must do in Hurghada – you and the children can swim side by side with eels, dolphins, turtles and the famous Nemo clownfish. If the kids are too young or getting in the water isn’t your thing, then there’s glass-bottomed boat trips where you can still witness the spectacular underwater marine life.
The Hurghada Grand Aquarium is another place you can discover the underwater world. The kids may be off school but it doesn’t mean they can’t do some homework and get clued up on the Red Sea marine creatures. Besides, once you’ve been here you’ll know all the different names of the fish for your snorkelling trip.
For activities completely away from the water, embark on a safari in the Sahara Desert. This is a fantastic day out for all the family where you can experience the Bedouin lifestyle first-hand, choose between riding camels or quadbikes, or both. And if you want a real thrill, you can ride a 4×4 up and down the windswept sand dunes.
For the shopaholic parents or teens, hit the bazaars for a unique shopping experience. Whether the kids are looking for souvenirs to take home for their friends or you’re after some exotic spices to try in the kitchen back home, you’ll find plenty here and the best part is you can have a bit of fun haggling too. If you’re looking for the big-brand-names, there’s also The Senzo Mall.
The award-winning Jungle Aqua Park Hotel is a fantastic resort for families thanks to its elegant bungalows, plentiful swimming pools and next-level All Inclusive. Another property that's big on its waterfront — the kids will love the choice of waterslides, wave pools and splash features here. As for the grown-ups they've got a relaxing spa and several bars to kick-back in. All the family can enjoy its private beach at the neighbouring Dana Beach Hotel, just a short free shuttle bus away.
If you're all about the water, the Sinbad Aqua Resort has a plus-sized aqua park to explore. There's multi-lane race slides, plug-hole slides, a mammoth wave pool and areas with shallow waters and tipping buckets so the little ones can get involved too. This hotel has splashed out when it comes to dining too, there's plenty of globe-trotting grub to choose from when the hunger kicks in after all the swimming.