Soma Bay Holidays
Soma Bay Holidays – An upmarket resort on the Red Sea’s western shore
A modern, purpose-built resort located on the western shores of the Red Sea, Soma Bay holidays are all about luxury. You won’t find the cheap-and-cheerful ambience of party town Hurghada here; instead of tequila slammers and blaring dance music there’s fine dining and upmarket spas. The resort is situated on peninsula with some of the best beaches of the Egyptian Riviera; long, white sandy expanses lapped by the sapphire Red Sea waters. This is very much a hotel-based holiday destination; there are no bars or bazaars outside the hotel grounds, and nightlife is strictly in-house, with belly dancers, fire-eaters and singers.
Those looking to explore further afield won’t be disappointed however, with a number of excursions on offer ranging from day trips to Luxor, tours of the Temple of Seti I at Kanais and trips to the Emerald Mines at Marsa Alam. What’s more, the resort boasts a huge 18-hole Gary Player-designed golf course, scuba diving at some of the best coral reefs on the planet, superb windsurfing and kite surfing, and one of the biggest spa and thalasso centres in the Middle East - Les Thermes Marins des Cascades.
Soma Bay is a great choice for those after plenty of activities and 5-star luxury, with access to some amazing beaches. For a livelier nightlife scene, try Hurghada around 45km away, and for a more cultural break, look into Cairo or Luxor.
When to go
For those looking to sunbathe on the beaches and enjoy excursions to sites inland, the best period to visit Soma Bay is between October-April, when there is plenty of sunshine but manageable temperatures of between 20-30C. April and November are traditionally the busiest months over this period, seeing higher accommodation prices, as will Christmas and New Year.
The summer months of May-September can get very hot indeed, which some may find uncomfortable. However, due to its peninsula location the resort does benefit from a constant cooling breeze coming in from the Red Sea. This wind makes the summer months some of the best for windsurfing, and June-August are regarded as the best months for scuba diving, with clearer water and more sea life.
The weather in Soma Bay
You will find the temperature feels slightly cooler in Soma Bay than many other destinations in Egypt, due to its coastal peninsula location. The resort is effectively a year-round destination. The winter period is the most popular with tourists, stretching from October-April with temperatures ranging between 22-30C and 9-10 hours of sunshine a day. The summer months of May-September can get swelteringly hot, with temperatures ranging from 32-34C on average and highs well into the 40’s. Bear in mind that in the depths of winter, the nights may become chilly, so it pays to bring a warm top.
Getting the best deal
If you are planning to visit Soma Bay in the popular winter season, you’ll find the best deals by booking as early as possible. The best-priced rooms tend to sell out fast, especially in the more desirable hotels. For the summer months, the opposite is true – hold out till April or May, and many hotels will drop their prices to try and fill empty beds. Of course, this is only a good idea if you think you can handle the heat!
Avoid UK school holiday periods such as Easter and half term, as these will be busy and therefore more expensive. Booking an all-inclusive holiday to Soma Bay is a good way to keep check of your holiday spending; while the initial price may be more, you won’t have to worry about paying for food or drinks for your entire stay. Find the best prices we have to offer by looking at the deals below or alternatively by visiting our late deals page here.
Airport and transport need to know
Visitors to Soma Bay will land at the small but clean and modern Hurghada International Airport (HRG), located around 45km north. It takes around 50 minutes to reach the resort from the airport. You’ll fly into one of the two terminals here, both of which are well served by boutique luxury goods and duty free shops, as well as cafes, restaurants, telephones and care hire businesses. Disabled travellers should note that facilities for the disabled are limited here; however wheelchairs can be arranged from the airline counters. If you need any extra assistance, you should inform your airline before you fly.
A number of UK airports run flights to Hurghada, including all the main London hubs, Liverpool, Birmingham and Manchester, and smaller regional hubs such as Bournemouth and Newcastle. The flight time takes between 5-6 hours depending on where you depart from, and the time difference is GMT+2 (+3 between April and September).
The majority of hotels in Soma Bay will include a transfer as part of your holiday package; however if you need to make your own way to the resort it’s fairly easy to arrange yourself. Taxis are parked outside the Arrivals halls and operate on a ‘fixed price’ basis. Be prepared to haggle, as some taxi drivers will attempt to charge arriving passengers way over the odds for a fare. You can expect to pay around 200LE for a one-way fare. Before you get in the car, make sure the fare is for the vehicle not per person and agree on the currency you’ll be paying in. Alternatively, you can pre-book a taxi to Soma Bay through companies such as Easy Airport Taxis for around £30 for a vehicle carrying 4 people.
Catching a public bus to Soma Bay is also possible. The journey will take between an hour- an hour and a half. You’ll need to catch a minibus from outside the airport grounds to El Dahar (Hurghada downtown). The fare will be around 5LE. From here, you can pick up a connecting bus to Soma Bay for around 15LE.
Finally, arranging car hire is an option for getting to the resort. You can arrange for a care to be hired for the duration of your holiday, to be picked up and dropped off at the airport. Companies such as Europcar provide this service from around £225 per week, depending on the make and model of car.