The glittering coast of Marsa Alam is renowned for its coral reefs, next time you visit make sure to choose one of these charming picks.
Beyond the glamour of Gouna, the happy hippy-ness of Dahab and the tried and tested sun, sea, and sand stomping grounds of Sharm, Hurghada etc, Marsa Alam is perhaps one of the most underrated yet also one of the most truly spectacular spots on the shores of the Red Sea. A seven to eight hour drive from Cairo - with flights sporadic at best - the journey is enough to deter most. We ask you to put your fears aside and seize the trip. The shimmering magnificence of its sparkling still waters teaming with some of the best coral reefs in the world, all set against a stark desert landscape can feel truly transformative. Here's a whole array of spots by the sea for you to choose from…
MARSA SHAGRA VILLAGE || redsea-divingsafari.com/villages/marsa-shagra
For the most authentic (and iconic) Marsa Alam stay, take a tent on the very edge of the water and hang out for a while with the diving enthusiasts and nature lovers that occupy this stretch of the coastline.
UTOPIA || utopiabeachclub.com
This family managed resort sits upon the remote bay of Ras Allasad and boasts an incredible house reef. Wake up, slip into the sea, swim with rays. Decide to never come back.
TUI BLUE ALAYA || tui-blue.com/en/en/hotels/tui-blue-alaya/
This adults-only five-star hotel boasts lush Arabesque interiors by the Red Sea.
JAZ MARAYA RESORT || https://www.jazhotels.com/marsa-alam-madinat-coraya/hotels/Jaz-Maraya.aspx
This modern hotel is one of the most popular stays in Marsa Alam, with riveting sea views and luxe interiors.
ALBATROS SEA WORLD
For families and couples only, this hotel features an infinite selection of outdoor pools, which run across the entirety of the resort’s length.
DEEP SOUTH ECO-LODGE AND DIVE CLUB || deepsouthredsea.com
This hut and tent ecolodge in Um Tondoba Bay is best for divers seeking a community— the gorgeous graffiti murals aren’t so bad either.
BLUE VISION DIVING HOTEL
This boutique diving hotel is a prime spot for those seeking an underwater excursion with like-minded people.
MARSA NIKARI || redsea-divingsafari.com/villages/marsa-nakari
A charming, intimate glamping village with its own private bay and house reef.