Kempinski Blog Article
One of the best resorts on the shores of the Red Sea, Soma Bay offers visitors everything they could possibly want for leisure, activities, food, drink and total relaxation.
One of the Red Sea's most established holiday resorts, Soma Bay has something for everyone, although those who love adventure – above and below the crystal-clear waters – are most likely to see the location from its most captivating angles.
Relaxing Soma Bay
If there is one thing Soma Bay offers, it is relaxation - and plenty of it. There are championship golf courses, indulgent spas and a range of water sports centres. Under the bright sunshine of this popular area of Egypt, there is always something available to capture your interest, from the white sandy beaches to the dramatic mountains that rise up into the sky across the bay.
The most popular activity in Soma Bay is diving. Whether you choose to snorkel, join a scuba diving course or dive fully recreationally (if you are already qualified), the shores of this area are home to an amazing amount and variety of marine life. This includes hundreds of varieties of small tropical fish, rays, moral eels and lionfish, all living amongst beautiful corals that, just a few metres under the surface, offer a calm and safe diving experience.
Soma Bay's Cuisine
Whatever variety of food you are looking for during your stay in Soma Bay, there is a wide range of delicious dishes on offer at the resort's many fine hotels and restaurants.
For delicious Egyptian cuisine, head to The View Restaurant, where live cooking stations prepare a range of traditional dishes in front of diners. Alternatively, head to La Pergola for dishes with a Mediterranean flavour, influenced by the national cuisines of France, Spain and Italy.
For a delicious grilled lunch, head to Al Mar Restaurant and Bar, where skilled chefs create the hotel’s signature dish and one of Soma Bay's most delicious dishes, Sengari Fish Fillet with Spicy Sayadeya Sauce – a wonderfully rich and delicious combination of tomato, onion, coriander, lemon, garlic and green pepper.
There are lots of things to experience and enjoy when staying at Soma Bay, entertaining and fascinating every kind of traveller.
Soma Bay is home to one of the region's best golf courses, The Cascades at Soma Bay Golf and Country Club, an 18-hole, par-72 championship course designed by the famous South African professional golfer, Gary Player. Here you can perfect your game in the sun by enrolling at the course's Cascades Golf Academy, or enjoy a game with friends with the mountains as a wonderful backdrop.
One of the biggest draws for many travelling to the Red Sea region are the plentiful and at times mesmerising diving opportunities on offer, and Soma Bay is no exception.
Reef diving is the main activity here, and there are a range to choose from, including shallow dives at Tubya Arbaa, Ras Abou Soma and Ras Umm Hesiwa, and amazing diving out to sea at Middle Reef, Abou Kafan and the amazing Panorama Reef, which descends from 12 to 100 metres – hovering over the drop gives the feeling of true weightlessness!
If you prefer staying closer to the surface, you can still get a bird's eye view of Soma Bay's underwater life by snorkelling. Put on a pair of fins, a mask and snorkel, and swim over the corals and shoals that the bay is famous for. Most snorkelling sites are easily accessible straight from shore.
Soma Bay is home to one of the biggest spas in the world, and certainly one of the best in Egypt, The Cascades Spa and Thalasso. With lots of pools, Greek Thalasso therapy sessions and spa treatments, it is the best place to go after a day spent under or surfing the waves.
Wind and kite surfing
One of the best things about Soma Bay is the steady breeze that keeps the heat down during the otherwise scorching days. This breeze is perfect for wind and kite surfing on the bay's azure waters. There are a number operators to choose from, and the consistent wind, flat water and clear skies ensure you will have a fun experience.
Visiting Soma Bay
Most travellers visiting Soma Bay will land at Hurghada International Airport, just 45 minutes from the resort. The airport is serviced by a wide range of European and Middle Eastern Carriers, as well as a number of charter services, and EgyptAir offers a number of flights each day to Hurghada from Cairo.
Once you have landed, you can easily catch a taxi to Soma Bay, or arrange a transfer service with either the hotel or a transfer operator.
The resort can also be reached by car along the coastal highway from Cairo, although be aware this is a 500 km trip.
There are a range of hotels to choose from in Soma Bay, however the most exquisite is certainly Kempinski Hotel Soma Bay. A large, exclusive resort with a range of delightful accommodations, many exquisite restaurants and bars, and access to one of the best spas in Egypt, the hotel offers plenty of places to unwind, alongside a number of pools and a private beach.
If you want to find out more about Soma Bay and the great experiences on offer at Kempinski Hotel Soma Bay, click here to contact us and our team will be happy to help.