The festive season will soon sweep over us with cheer and hope. Goals are set, promises renewed and a decent amount of food is consumed. Here's our list of the top places around Egypt to spend your holidays.
1. Cairo Marriott
Cairo Marriott has exciting events planned that will keep your joyous spirit high and your appetite satisfied. From the Christmas treats at The Bakery to exceptional buffets at Saraya Gallery and Roy’s, Cairo Marriott has you covered. On Christmas Eve, a fabulous dinner complete with lobster, duck foie gras and salmon soufflé with Champagne Sabayon at Saraya Gallery will be the perfect start for the holidays. The fun is not over because the next day, a delectable lunch of smoked duck, grilled sea scallops and roasted veal tenderloin will be served to perfection. If you’re in the mood for something a little different then go for Roy’s dinner buffet.
On the December 31, many Celebrations await to bid 2016 goodbye and welcome the New Year in style. For a dinner party, head to Saraya Gallery or JW’s Steakhouse for a meticulously crafted buffet. Do it the oriental way at Som3a Basha, while the Empress Show Lounge will have you entertained all night long with star performances, a DJ and a band. For reservations, visit their website.
2.Dusit Thani LakeView Cairo
At the peak of the festive season, Dusit Thani LakeView Cairo offers a variety of seasonal activities and packages, allowing guests to enjoy the holiday and celebrate in style.
From deliciously filling Thai Christmas meals to extensive buffets and mouthwatering delights prepared by the finest Thai chefs in Egypt. Spend a warm Christmas Eve with Santa Claus who will keep your little ones entertained. For reservations visit their website.
3. Fairmont Nile City
Fairmont Nile City and Hamleys are teaming up this Christmas on Saturday, December 17, from 11:00 AM to 08:00 PM at Magenta Ballroom and Terracotta Terrace to bring you one of the most anticipated bazaars of the season with a dazzling array of activities and entertainment for all family members.
Prepare to be inspired by the unique Christmas themed gift ideas for friends and family or treat yourself as you’ll be sure to find all you need for the festive season at Fairmont Nile City Christmas Bazaar.
Get the full Christmas experience and sit back while kids enjoy the best festive season traditional activities in partnership with Hamleys, the world’s largest and oldest toy shop. Warm yourself up with a festive drink as you browse the booths offering Christmas themed items from the city’s top notch vendors, including toys, apparel, collectables, accessories, leather products, traditional Christmas decorations, and much more providing a truly unique and festive shopping experience. For reservations, visit their website.
4. Semiramis InterContinental Cairo
Experience authentic Lebanese hospitality through Chef Bazarranges’ à la carte menus on Christmas Eve & Day at Sabaya. For a special New Year’s Eve don’t miss the festive Lebanese celebration as you share delightful mezzahs with friends and family and listen to oriental beats (LE 550 - all inclusive service charge and taxes).
Café Corniche is offering a scrumptious takeaway selection of Christmas goodies that includes yule logs, chocolate Santas & gingerbread cookies. Kids can also take photos with Santa Claus on Christmas Day for some memorable Christmas moments.
Serenaded by live Piano & Flute music all season long, come to The Grill’s fabulous ‘Noël sur le Nile’ gala dinner on Christmas Eve & relish in a five-course dinner (LE 650,- all inclusive service charge and taxes). For a spectacular night out, their New Year’s Eve ‘Gala Dinner Dance’ is also an elegant yet fun dinner event with live entertainment and special menu delights (LE 980,- all inclusive service charge and taxes). Private Christmas parties are also available to host upon request. At Birdcage, the tranquil waters, serene settings & creative Thai chefs bring out a special ambiance throughout the Holiday season.
Chef Narong’s irresistible à la carte menus are spectacular on Christmas Eve and Day, and their unique New Year’s Eve set menus (LE 650,- all inclusive service charge and taxes) will surely tantalize your taste buds. Go to Pane Vino for Christmas Eve (December 24) for an exclusive Dinner Dance with Cairo’s premier crooner Ahmed Harfoush (LE 500,- all inclusive dinner, service charge and taxes). To party like the Italians do, attend the ultimate New Year’s Eve celebration with delicious specialties alongside Sara & Khalid music band & belly dancer Bardis and DJ Bardis to top it all off (LE 900,- all inclusive service charge and taxes). Following the success of the recently relaunched Friday Brunch, Chef Textor and the culinary team will take you through a flavor journey of international level. Surrounded by a festive atmosphere, visit Night & Day for this memorable event. (LE 380 – all inclusive, service charge and taxes or LE 500 - all inclusive with free flow of alcohol).
For a lighthearted season of celebrations, treat yourself to appetizing Christmas canapes & desserts with music by the Trio Band at the Tea Garden and live piano tunes by Iman Shaker. For a spectacular New Year’s delight, their gourmet platters will surely fill your appetites as you celebrate the year to come, contemplating the Nile from their Tea Garden (LE 150,- minimum charge per person). For reservations visit their website.
5. JW Marriott Cairo Mirage City Hotel
Spend New Year’s Eve festivities at JW Marriott Cairo Mirage City Hotel and enjoy your vacation with your families and kids at their most prestigious and luxurious outlets.
On December 24, Mirage Café will be offering a warm Christmas lunch and on December 25 a Christmas inspired buffet with live entertainment and a la carte beverages. Plus, don’t miss their new year’s eve Mirage cafe Buffet with live entertainment, belly dancer, countdown, balloon drop and light show. In the midst of an oasis of tranquility overlooking the soothing greenery of the championship golf course and lively lakes filled with rows of flamingos with roseate wings, battalions of wild geese and different species of ducks at, you can enjoy your special dinner at the Christmas Eve at Plateau and family style lunch on December 25. Don’t forget to reserve your table and enjoy their festive New Year’s menu. Feel yourself being transported to the heart of Lebanon this Christmas Eve & the New Year’s Eve at Ahlein and delight in a four-course set menu and relish the flavors and aromas from an enticing array of hot and cold mezzah. Spice up the night with oriental melodies and sensuous performance of our belly dancer. In contemporary Asian surroundings enjoy your Christmas Eve at Lemongrass and get together with friends and family to feel the spirit of the New Year with the signature four-course set menu with live DJ.
Meanwhile, at Cucina savor the irresistible temptations on the four course set menu. Make it a night to remember as you welcome the Christmas Eve & New Year’s with roast Australian beef carved to succulent perfection and mandarin parfait served with dark chocolate shavings. At JW’s Steakhouse sink your teeth into succulent, hand-cut, perfectly grilled selections of Australian beef and other premium meats and enjoy with your family their four course set menu during Christmas and New Year’s Eve. The hotel also has a a special treat at Mandara Spa in mind for couples this festive season, valid from December 23 until January 8 – at 1.5 hour massage of your choice, tranquil bath, and use of swimming pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and relaxation area LE 1,800 (per couple). For reservations visit their website.
6. Kempinski Hotel Soma Bay
Cherish the sparkling mood and savor moments of pleasure in a true paradise unlike any other while counting down to 2017. Make the last days of the year the best days of the year and savor the time to treat yourself and your loved ones, to celebrate Christmas and New Year and to indulge in a joyous atmosphere at Kempinski Hotel Soma Bay. Ring in the New Year along the golden sandy beaches in a little sunny piece of paradise.
Let your worries wither away as you relax by the harmonious Red Sea shores whilst plunging into the astounding natural serenity, spending your days by the beach, lazy river, or pools and your evenings enjoying exceptional fusion of authentic cuisines in different restaurants to satisfy every food passion.
Kempinski Hotel Soma Bay is preparing some sumptuous treats to celebrate the magical flair of the traditional European festive season, dotted with an oriental twist for an unforgettable holiday experience. Enjoy home-made cookies and mulled wine, while eavesdropping on the strains of the children’s Christmas carols.
The team of Kimo Kids Club haven’t forgotten to keep your little ones busy celebrating on those blissful days to guarantee you are provided with unsurpassed special moments and have a truly memorable getaway. Little ones will spend a fantastic time by a specially decorated and joyful Christmas tree and will be fascinated with the surprises brought by Santa Claus. Enjoy the sparkling mood and welcome the Christmas and New Year with dazzling celebrations and specially organized gala dinners in dreamlike settings.
Their dedicated culinary team will pamper your taste buds with the traditionally themed Christmas and New Year’s Eve buffets at The View Restaurant. The wine pairing, along with the gastronomic extravaganza dinner treats, is truly unique and exceptional. Don’t miss sipping the international cocktails, spirits, wines and the best choice of single malts on the Red Sea, complete with live entertainment at Sultan Bar and Lounge. For reservations visit their website.
7. Le Meridien Cairo Airport Hotel
Unlock 2017 with an exhilarating celebration at Live Sports Bar. Get ready to dance away the old year to the latest tunes of their DJ while enjoying a festive selection of sparkling cocktails for only LE 300. A fortune teller and many more surprises await. Still, there is nowhere better to toast to the new year than at Mezzeh, with the unmistakable shakes of the phenomenal belly dancer, Magda, and a delectable Lebanese set menu, your countdown is guaranteed to be a one to remember. Book your table now for only LE 450++ per person.
You could also welcome 2017 with an extravagant dinner buffet at EVOO for LE 340++, and share the joy of the first day of the new year with an indulgent lunch buffet for LE 250++ per person. Moreover, get together and feel the magic of the festive season with family and friends at EVOO: A delightful dinner buffet for only LE 300++ on December 24 and a special Christmassy lunch buffet for only LE 250++ on December 25.
Last but not least, celebrate New Year’s Eve in unparalleled style with their exclusive room offer for only (EGP 900 per person in a double room) that includes: entrance to Live’s Sports Bar new year’s eve party, dinner at Mezzeh (2Pax), in-room dining Continental Breakfast, special welcome amenities, early check in and late check out and 20% discount on massage service. For reservations visit their website.
8. Le Méridien Heliopolis
This is the magical time of the year at Le Méridien Heliopolis to enjoy the cozy Christmas cheers. Have an unforgettable evening at Barracuda Discotheque (minimum charge LE 75 + applicable taxes. Or, have a family gathering, lunch or dinner at Marco Polo, St. Germain, and Rachawadee Thai restaurants with a la carte special menus. Jasmin lounge offers live entertainment (minimum charge LE 65 + 12% service charge & applicable taxes).
Escape to New Year’s Eve at their special open buffet dinner at St. Germain (200 + 12% service charge & applicable taxes) or have Marco Polo New year’s gourmet delights (LE 550 EGP including all applicable taxes). Meanwhile, Jasmin lounge has live entertainment in store (minimum charge LE 65 + 12% service charge & applicable taxes). Dance at Barracuda Discotheque (minimum charge LE 500.00 including all applicable taxes). You could also retreat at the 51 Bar for a contemporary atmosphere and live entertainment (LE 80 + 12% service charge & applicable taxes). Finally, don’t miss their Boulangerie pastry for Christmas goodies. For reservations visit their website.
9. Radisson Blu Heliopolis
Despite an unusually warm November in Cairo, to help you thaw out this holiday season, Spa on 9 rounded up eight spa treatments designed to help you look your best. Between the end-of-year work crunch, Christmas shopping, and a full calendar of holiday parties, treat yourself for an hour-long facial. Pop by Spa on 9 for a treatment designed to get your skin glowing. For reservations visit their website.
10. Renaissance Cairo Mirage City Hotel
Celebrate Chinese-style Christmas Eve set menu and Christmas lunch on December 25 with your family at Chinese restaurant Chinoix. There’s also nowhere better to countdown to the New Year than at Chinoix, where their Chinese Chef prepared a special set menu paired with Wine and Live Entertainment.
Get hyped with your friends this Christmas Eve and celebrate it with their live DJ and exotic belly dancer. Similarly, party in style this New Year’s Eve. Forget trends, clichés and passing crazes, because this year Vintage is taking you to a new level of style & elegance with their DJ. Don’t miss their Christmas Dinner buffet at CITRON and special Santa Clause giveaways on Christmas eve from 6:30 pm till 10:30 pm and their Christmas Lunch on December 25.
For New Year’s, the welcoming surroundings of Citron are also perfect. Share the occasion with family and friends and make it a memorable night with their generous dinner buffet with live cooking stations and live entertainment. For reservations visit their website.
11. Royal Maxim Palace Kempinski
Celebrate this holiday’s joyful moments within the festive surroundings of Royal Maxim Palace Kempinski. Feel the magic as you step into their palace and embrace the jolliness of the season with all its blessings.
This year’s celebration is an exuberant one with Amr Diab joining live at their ballroom for a special Christmas Event presented by Checkmate Events. Bring your friends and loved ones on Christmas day to make this evening a memorable one. Also, check their special resident package for the holidays and their restaurant offers. Book now at the palace and live luxury. For reservations visit their website.
12. Maritim Jolie Ville Resort & Casino
Celebrate Christmas Eve at La Fleur Restaurant with family and friends. They will feature an elegant set menu dinner from 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm. Enjoy their inspired live music during dinner. Santa Claus will be around! For reservations visit their website.
13. Sheraton Montazah Hotel Alexandria
Discover a selection of Christmas and New Year’s activities at Sheraton Montazah Hotel Alexandria to let you indulge in and celebrate the festive season in welcoming surroundings. Full programs and activities are prepared for couples, groups and families at Tabia Ballroom, Caesar Inn and Aquarius Discotheque. Whatever you decide to choose from, you’ll enjoy a new way to celebrate and live true fun. They offer different New Year parties with their specialty cuisine, including a gala party with a variety of entertainment shows; latest Arabic and foreign hits with Dj Mohamed Halawa, live songs by singer Hagar and fantastic belly dancing by “Hoda” and “Donia.”
Also, don’t miss their New Year party on December 31 at the following rates: LE 750 and 800 for the First Line at Tabia Ballroom, LE 600at the Aquarius Discotheque, and LE 550 at the Caesar Bar. For reservations visit their website. 14. Sheraton Soma Bay
Enjoy festive holidays. Book now and get a 20% discount for New Year and Christmas accommodation and gala dinners and an upgrade to next room category. Book by December 10. For reservations visit their website.
15. Westin Soma Bay
Enjoy festive holidays. Book now and get a 20% discount for New Year and Christmas accommodation and gala dinners and free transportation to/from airport. The last date for booking is December 10. For reservations, visit their website.
16. Sheraton Miramar El Gouna
Spend Christmas and New Year celebrations at Sheraton Miramar El Gouna with a unique festive ambiance. Every day will be filled with the joy and excitement required for a happy holiday season. Enjoy Sheraton Miramar dining outlets for nights full of endless possibilities and memorable experience. Sheraton Miramar Resort’s restaurants and bars offer an exceptional Christmas and New Year program. Mouthwatering dishes are served, varying from regional to Italian cuisine, in a fantastic atmosphere with amazing views of the sea or the pool. Miramar Restaurant serves delicious international buffets, while Orient 1001 offers authentic Arabic dishes, and the finest Italian delicacies are presented in La Piscinaff. For reservations visit their website.
17. Sheraton Sharm El Sheikh
Come together to an oasis of peace and tranquility with special rates starting from LE 525 per person per night in a double room based on all-inclusive accommodation. Celebrate Christmas and New Year with family and friends in the magnificent atmosphere and exquisite location of Sheraton Sharm. Guests will be pampered by the warm, exciting atmosphere and the decoration that reflects Christmas scents with sparkling lights, colorful ribbons, glass balls, room amenities and the beautiful Christmas tree with large famous gingerbread displayed in the lobby with Christmas cookies and chocolates. Enjoy an unforgettable New Year and new beginnings with their New Year sumptuous gala dinner, live music, folkloric show, belly dancer and more. Sheraton Sharm is the perfect place for a spectacular festive celebration. For reservations, visit their website. 18. The Nile Ritz-Carlton
Located on the Nile and overlooking the remarkable Egyptian Museum, the Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo, is the ideal destination to celebrate the magic and wonder of this festive season. Whether you are looking for the ideal romantic getaway or traveling with family, the breathtaking Cairo views, lush gardens, and Arabic hospitality of the Nile Ritz-Carlton await you this December. A carefully curated program of exciting happenings is guaranteed to create long-lasting memories for the whole family. From angelic carol singers, to indulgent Christmas day feasts, the Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo has everything you need, to make this special time of the year truly magical. During the Christmas season, Santa Claus will accompany children to lighten the Christmas tree in the lobby and capture the moments by taking pictures with him. The children will also get the chance to personally design and take away their own ornaments in celebration of the season.
In celebrating the season and starting the New Year in true Ritz-Carlton fashion, Culina offers a uniquely indulgent brunch experience with variety of proteins, rich bbq’s, sushi, carving stations, seafood, seasonal salads, and dessert offerings while enjoying live jazz entertainment and Christmas spirit. Prices range from LE 400++, 550++, and 750++. Starting dates are as follows: December 23, 24, and 31 2016 and January 1 and 7, 2017 Boasting authentic oriental dishes from all over the Middle East, Bab El-Sharq celebrates Christmas and New Year’s by offering prefix dinners and extravagant buffets featuring traditional oriental flavors while guests enjoy the artistic shows of the belly dancer. Prices are at LE 400++ and 600 ++. Starting from December 24 to 31.
For Italian cuisine lovers, Vivo is offering a five and seven-course dinner experience in a modern, contemporary setting overlooking infinite views of the Nile and Cairo tower. Price: LE 650 ++ and LE 900 ++. Starting from December 24 to 31.
Overlooking Cairo and the Nile in all its magical glory, NOX invites guests to celebrate the arrival of the New Year in a luxurious and fun night of dancing to one of Cairo’s best DJs. Price: LE 350 ++ and 500 ++. Starting from December 23 and 31, and January 7.
Intimate and elegant, Ritz Bar features a menu with an array of signature cocktails and live entertainment for guests. The Lobby Lounge also offers Christmas snacks, drinks and kids’ activities for your loved ones. Price: 150++. Starting date: December 24, 25 and 31.
The Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo also offers exclusive Christmas spa packages and activities for hotel guests and their children including cookie decorating and face painting. For reservations visit their website.