Summer is kicking into high gear, with the North Coast’s hottest venues ready for this year’s beachgoers. While prices are soaring, Sahel is as crowded as ever and beach chairs along this 1,200 km stretch of the Mediterranean Sea between Alexandria and Marsa Matrouh are already fully booked. We bring you Sahel’s hottest spots, whether you are looking to relax by the sea, party across the coast or enjoy an outing with the family.
by Ahmed Goher and Lamia El-Etribey
Eve Ladies Beach Eve boasts itself as an exclusive international brand dedicated to “you hard working females that deserve a little pampering every now and again.” The private women-only beach & Spa is located in Marina 5 on a 5 sqm plot by the sea. With an array of indoor facilities and activities, the resort promises a fun and relaxing escape from Egypt’s hectic city life.
Sachi By the Sea If top-notch food is your thing be sure to visit Sachi By the Sea in Hacienda. The food is undoubtedly expensive, as are the cocktails, but visitors swear its scenic setting overlooking a lagoon is well worth it and makes for exceptional evenings. The bar/restaurant is open every day from 7 pm to 1 am.
Diplomatic Village 5 While it is not really a new addition, this Sahel staple is still going strong. Those looking for an excellent, quite beach spot for some tanning and swimming would do well to come here. Keep in mind, however, that activities are sparse.
The Beach Bar by The Lemon Tree& Co. Ever since it launched a couple of years ago, this venue has solidified its spot as the go-to-place in Sahel with its beachside views, shows, and impeccable dining. Drop in anytime before 7 pm, otherwise make sure you reserve well-ahead of your visit (preferably a few days earlier).
The Park If you’ve got kids, make sure to visit the newly opened The Park at Marassi. With 2.5 sqm of gardens, vacationing families can spend the day walking and cycling as kids have fun at a number of attractions, including the Animania petting Zoo, Adrenalin Paintball, a Bubbles play area, a squash and martial arts academy, an open theatre featuring movies and plays, and mini Football and Volleyball courts.
6IX Degrees Located in Hacienda Bay, this is undoubtedly THE hottest party destination in Sahel. Their reservation number is useless – you absolutely need connections to get one of its highly sought-after tickets. Be warned, however, this place get crowded – and if that’s not your thing your better off finding a less intense party spot.[caption id="attachment_522317" align="alignnone" width="620"] 6IX Degrees[/caption]
Trux Sahel just got its own version of street food with Trux, a food-truck park offering a variety of gourmet delectables to hungry beach goers. From gourmet hot dogs and burgers to Cold Stone Creamery’s signature ice cream and scrumptious lebanese bites from Bab Tooma make sure to pass by Trux to grab a quick meal. You can even get a quick hair cut at Mohamed Al Sagheer’s truck. Trux is located right outside Amwaj, directly on the high way Km 136, Alex. Matrouh Desert Rd., Sidi Abdel Rahman. On weekdays it is open from 5pm to 4am and on weekends from 5pm to 6am.
Martin’s Beach Club Situated in Marassi’s North Beach, Martin’s Beach Club is one of the trendiest places this summer, attracting select guests from all over the country who come to chill from 11 am to sunset. The venue offers a beautiful shore, delicious food cooked up by La Bodega and supposedly really good cocktails. Shisha is also available. Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG), the award-winning loyalty programme from Starwood Hotels, also boasts its exclusive “SPG Sahel Beach Lounge” at Martin’s Beach. From July 6- August 14, SPG members along with one accompanying guest will enjoy complimentary access daily between noon and sunset to this chill out space with DJ entertainment, a dedicated SPG bar and also get rewarded with summer essentials. SPG members are required to make reservations at least one day prior and present their membership cards or provide a valid SPG number at the Lounge entrance to enjoy exclusive access and benefits.[caption id="attachment_522320" align="alignnone" width="620"] Martin's Beach Club[/caption]
Uber Sahel Available 24/hours everyday, Uber has you covered in the North Coast – whether you want to secure yourself an excellent location on the beach early in the morning, or after a long night of partying. You’ll be able to order your uberTukTuk in Telal at the North Coast and the ride from your chalet to the beach roughly costs LE 10.
IKEA If you’re heading to your chalet in the North Coast and want iconic swedish furniture and accessories to make your vacation as comfy as possible, fret not – Ikea has you covered. Simply vist Ikea’s Villa in Amwaj Sidi Abdel Rahman, choose the items you need, pay at the bank, bring back the receipt and Ikea will have the items delivered and installed for you at your place.
Elves This innovative app has arrived to the North Coast to present you with an army of hardworking elves to cover your every need. We’re not talking about majestic Lord of the Rings elves here, but more like Santa’s little helpers. Whether you want advice on the best restaurants, party spots, or beach spots, the app has a dedicated helper just for you. Its like having your very own personal assistant. Their elves will even rent your Sahel home for you, promising handle “contracts, cleaners, keys, and most importantly screening.”
Andiamo Pizza Bar Sun beds will have you tanning here during the morning. At night, get ready to spend a delightful evening as you sip on cocktails and enjoy the view overlooking a lagoon as classy music plays in the background. They also offer really good pizzas.
Sea Salt Beach Bistro & Bar While complex and decadent French cuisine is not really the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the beach, Sea Salt Beach Bistro & Bar’s wood-oven pizzas topped with truffles and lobster will probably change that. The restaurant/bar is located in Telal.
The Tap North Whether you go early in the morning or late ate night, The Tap North in Marassi has some guaranteed fun in store for you. In addition to drinks and wild pool fun, beach Volleyball, Ping Pong and Foosball will ensure you aren’t bored for a single second. If all that wasn’t enough, we’d go just for the to-die-for chicken wings.
Lake Yard Touted as the largest food court in the North Coast, Lake Yard in Hacienda has set up a huge amount of booths for you to satisfy your craving for all sorts of cuisines: from Egyptian, Italian and Lebanese to Mexican and Asian.
Ciel The Smokery being on board to serve up their amazing creations isn’t the only reason you should visit Ciel this summer. Water activities, two Jacuzzis nestled inside VIP lounges, and a beautiful pool also work to lure you there. Moreover, watch out for their occasional beachside party where big DJs come and spin classy beats.
Tabla Fret not if you’ve exhausted all your efforts and still could not get your hands on a ticket to 6IX degrees. Situated between Amwaj and Blu Mar, Tabla offers just as much fun with a lot more accessibility.
White Coast Located in Bianchi, Sidi Abdel Rahman, White Coast has finally hit Sahel this summer for some amazing bites, cocktails and the latest beats. The picturesque setup, inspired by the Greek Santorini, and their palatable cuisine attracts a diverse crowd. Aside from the indoor area, they have a terrace area and pool where you can sit back and lounge.
Coca-Cola It might be a bit strange for Coke to earn a spot on our Sahel guide this year, yet here it is – and for good reason: Coca-Cola Ice bottle. This year Coca-Cola has hit all the top beaches in Sahel with bottles made completely out of ice for a new and unique experience of the world’s most famous soda.[caption id="attachment_522318" align="alignnone" width="620"] Coca Cola[/caption]