The hotter the weather, the more we yearn for a beach escape, and with the summer holiday season in full swing, there’s no better time to explore the wondrous shores of the Middle East. From snorkeling and diving to sunbathing and relaxing, there’s a lot to enjoy in the exotic shores of the Arab region. Here is a sample of the region’s amazing beach resorts to help you start your summer trek of discovery…
MARSA ALAM, EGYPT
Commonly referred to as the Egyptian Maldives, Marsa Alam is a piece of Red Sea paradise famous for its vibrant coral reefs, clear blue skies, and even clearer waters. Its coastline is a diving fanatic’s dream destination, where long-standing beach camps are specifically constructed for those hoping to spend their vacation mostly underwater. Nestled on a lovely stretch of beach located 75 km from Marsa Alam International Airport, luxury boutique hotel Laguna Beach, offers all the facilities needed for diving enthusiasts.
DEAD SEA, JORDAN
One of the world’s foremost health resort destinations, Jordan’s Dead Sea attracts thousands of visitors from the Mediterranean basin and beyond. The area’s position below sea level reduces harmful UV rays and cures skin disorders like psoriasis, but its unusual name comes from the high water salinity that prevents aquatic organisms from surviving. Located 35 km from Amman, you are sure to enjoy the Jordan Valley Marriott, surrounded by rugged purple mountains and in full view of an idyllic sunny beach.
PALM BEACH, ALGERIA
Many travelers head to Algeria for the desert’s lure and mystery, but did you know about Algeria’s beautiful beaches? Algiers’ Palm Beach with its fully equipped sports facilities is ideal for beach lovers and swimming enthusiasts. After landing at Houari Boumediene Airport in Algiers, travel 35 km by car to reach Palm Beach’s well-known Vague d’Or Hotel. After a refreshing swim in the Mediterranean, let the hotel’s staff lead you to their remarkable spa center and sink into a foamy hot tub before drifting off into deep slumber.
Stretched out across Cap Bon Peninsula on the northeastern Tunisian coast, laid-back Hammamet famous for its orange groves and striking bougainvilleas is considered Tunisia’s original resort town. Expect endless stretches of fine white sands bathed in crystal-clear waters surrounded by lush vegetation, ideal conditions for a no stress vacation. Located 60 km from Tunis – Carthage International Airport along the Mediterranean coast, the magical golden beaches of Hasdrubal Thalassa & Spa Yasmine Hammamet Hotel will be awaiting your arrival.
Damour, a family-oriented sanctuary beach town named after the God of immortality, Damoros, remained the capital of Mount Lebanon for over three centuries. Damour’s stunning Mediterranean paradise of Janna Sur Mer Resort is located only five minutes from Beirut International Airport and is famous for being the best venue in Lebanon for a summery beach wedding! Indulge in the panoramic sea front view from its tropical-style private bungalows, where dream meets reality in a wondrous ambiance of utter tranquility.
Carved from majestic red stone arches that extend over an 8 km sandy beach is Legzira, Morocco’s most unique beach on the Atlantic Ocean. Located 10 km north of Marrakech, the area’s subtle natural beauty is embodied in a shimmering kaleidoscope of colours and the serene sounds of the Atlantic Ocean that captivate the soul. Auberge Legzira Hotel, known for its incredible hospitality and the ethereal landscape surrounding it, offers its guests an amazing spectrum of natural beauty without parallel anywhere in the region.