The August Choice for Your Most Beautiful Hotels in the World is the Sofitel Old Cataract Hotel in Aswan, Egypt. The setting for Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile, this historic colonial hotel is perhaps the best hotel in all Egypt.
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It is and experience, together with artifact hunting and tomb seeing which must be on the list of each luxury adventure traveler’s listing.
The Old Cataract Expertise
Envision this situation: Enter the big high-ceiling lobby and note the blend of Victorian elegance and eastern arabesques. Keep straight on until you get to the terrace. Gaze out at the Egyptian sailing boats called feluccas gliding across the waters of the Nile on either side of Elephantine Island. Feel the warm breeze as you sit down and notice the long-robed porters softly scuffing down the wide halls. Research this confluence of yesteryear and the present, of East and West and as the server hands you your icy martini or cold lemonade, and consider the peacefulness and tranquility of it all. That is the Old Cataract Hotel, welcoming visitors into its relaxing interiors because 1899 and unanimously considered one of the best resorts in all of Egypt.
Perched atop a granite outcrop at the Nile river’s edge in Aswan, Egypt, the hotel takes its name from the rivers First Cataract (rapids). The big spacious guest rooms feature antiques, nice Egyptian linens, high ceilings, and many have achingly beautiful Nile views.
The expansive restaurant, 1902, one of several in the hotel, was inaugurated to the opening of the first Aswan dam, with Winston Churchill, assorted royalty and dignitaries in attendance. French Continental cuisine is served in a grand vibrant Moorish interior. There is also a freshwater swimming pool with terraces overlooking the Nile. The languorous beauty of the Nile will capture you at the Old Cataract, an adventure not to be overlooked.
Luxurious experiences for the daring from your base in the Old Cataract:
You can bargain for a boat to engine you over to find this wonderful isle that’s filled with temples that were moved there to be maintained when the Aswan Dam was created.
Take a 2-hour airplane ride to go to the enormous Abu Simbel — gigantic seated figures presiding over a little temple that may be entered.
Go for a cruise on one of the feluccas, the most adorable sail ships that course around the Nile.
Luxurious style: Adventurers who love the whiffs of the Old Cataract’s colonial past; dreamers who want nothing more than just watch feluccas drift lazily across the Nile; historians who wish to walk into the shoes of Howard Carter; Agatha Christie fans who wish to glimpse shadow of”Death on the Nile”; actually just about everyone who’s had the idea that they would like to see the tombs of the ancient pharaohs as one of their life list accomplishments.
What we’ve discovered: When there was a competition for most beguiling spot on the planet to while away the hours, the terrace at the Old Cataract hotel would definitely be a contender.
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Letitia Fairweather is the nom de plume of a travel and publishing maven that has taken upon herself the glorious job of deciding upon the most beautiful hotels in the entire world. After stints in the world of luxury travel and publishing, she’s traveled near and far and deems that no’life list’ is complete with outside arranging a stay at a number of these heart-stopping, entirely five-star properties in some of the most stupendous settings imaginable.