Holiday Inn to open third resort in Egypt

The Holiday Inn Amphoras ... aims to capitalise on its natural assets.

The Middle East's newest Holiday Inn resort development will capitalise on its unique location and natural assets when it opens shortly in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

The Holiday Inn Resort Amphoras Sharm El Sheikh, set to welcome its first guests on September 4, occupies a prime beach and sea front location overlooking the famous "Amphoras" diving site, and has 272 rooms, 24 suites, 38 sea-view villas and 152 chalets all offering a choice of sea, pool, garden or lakeside views.

The hotel becomes Egypt's third Holiday Inn resort property, while another four Holiday Inn hotels are under development and will open by the end of next year in Alexandria, Cairo, Hurghada and Ras Sudr.

"The property has a unique location with excellent diving advantages, and we believe it will become one of the leading resort hotels not only in Sharm El Sheikh, but the whole of the Middle East," said David Atkinson, area director, sales and marketing, Holiday Inn, Six Continents Hotels, Middle East and Africa.

"Added to our two existing resort hotels at Safaga and Sharm El Sheikh, the new resort gives us a major presence in Egypt, which is a vital destination in our regional development programme."

Golf enthusiasts can take advantage of an 18-hole golf course only 12km from the Holiday Inn Resort Amphoras Sharm El Sheikh, while the resort's own range of sports and leisure facilities include a diving centre, six outdoor swimming pools with children's pools, water sports, tennis and squash courts, beach volleyball, billiard room, health club, sauna, Jacuzzis, gym and horse riding.

Guests can choose from a variety of dining and entertainment options; the resort's 540-capacity restaurant, seaside restaurant, coffee shop, cocktail bar, beach cafŽ, six pool terraces and nightclub.

The resort also offers complimentary airport, city centre and Naama Bay shuttle transfers, golf cars for internal transport, parking, a shopping centre, bank and conference facilities for 300 persons.