Traveling with kids is a completely different kind of travel. Instead of looking for comfort and luxury, you start looking for facilities, activities, and entertainment to keep your children busy. With the holidays coming up, you’re bound to go absolutely bonkers if you stay with your kids at home for 2-3 weeks. So, if you’re looking for a child-friendly destination, here are a few places in Egypt you can head to:

 

Jaz Makadi – Hurghada

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There’s a reason why this resort is extremely popular and it’s not just because of its proximity to the private beautiful sandy beach. Located in Madinet Makadi in Hurghada, the highlight of this resort is the 40,000 sqm of pure excitement also known as Makadi Water World Aqua Park. With 50 water slides suitable for all ages, it is the perfect source of entertainment that your kids will absolutely enjoy.

 

You’ll also find several swimming pools, and if you want to take a break from the kids, you can leave them at the supervised kids club where they will have a blast in the playground or in the kids’ pool. If you’d like to expose your children to the beautiful marine life that Hurghada is known for or just enjoy some water activities as a family, you can enjoy the diving and surfing centers at the private beach.

 

Highlights:

  • Water park
  • Snorkeling, diving and water activities
  • Beach
  • Heated pools
  • Supervised Kids area

 

Steigenberger El Dau – Hurghada 

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Another travel-friendly location for children in Hurghada is Steigenberger El Dau. Not only do you have access to Aqua magic which is truly a magical experience for the kids with the incredible water park activities, but you won’t even have to leave El Dau due to the amount of activities they have for your kids. You’ll also find a designated area for kids on the beach and a heated pool area for kids for when the weather gets too cold.

 

Highlights:

  • Water park
  • Snorkeling, diving and water activities
  • Beach
  • Heated pools
  • Kids area

 

Jungle Park – Hurghada

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There’s an abundance of Aqua parks in Hurghada, but this one is super special. With 35 slides and 14 pools (including heated pools), it’s an exciting place for the entire family to enjoy. If you have toddlers, you’ll be glad to know that there is a super shallow pool with aqua slides for toddlers as young as 2 years old to enjoy. With lifeguards roaming around the place, you’ll feel safe.

 

Highlights:

  • Water park
  • Snorkeling, diving and water activities
  • Beach
  • Heated pools
  • Kids area

 

Coral Seas Hotel – Sharm El Sheikh

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Sharm El Sheikh has always been a popular destination in Egypt and one with mesmerizing weather all year round. During the winter, it is a great travel destination with kids as the weather can still allow your children to delve into the water without it being too cold. From boat trips, diving, snorkeling and an abundance of water activities, there’s so much to do in Sharm El Sheikh and so much underwater beauty that the kids can enjoy.

 

Highlights: 

  • Snorkeling, diving and water activities
  • Beach
  • Boat trips

 

 

Sheraton Soma Bay Aqua Park

Photo Credit: Booking.comA bit further away from Hurghada, you’ll come across this incredible water park in Soma Bay that the kids will have a blast at. The hotel itself is inspired by Luxor’s Karnak Temple, giving it an ancient Egyptian vibe that makes it extremely beautiful. The whole family will be able to enjoy the water park, the many water sports popular in Hurghada as well as the spacious greenery in the resort.

 

Highlights: 

  • Water park
  • Beach
  • Heated pools
  • Kids area

 

Cascades – Soma Bay

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Another option in Soma Bay that is definitely worth a visit with kids is Cascades. While it does not have a water park, it does have a kid’s area and game room that the kids will enjoy. With the playing facilities being supervised and another babysitting option available, you can get some time to yourself and enjoy the beautiful scenery. The babysitting services can even be responsible for accompanying the children to the beach if that’s what you are after.

 

Highlights: 

  • Baby-sitting
  • Kids area
  • Beach
  • Heated pools

 

 

Rihanna Resort Three Corners – El Gouna

Photo Credit: HotelsWith Gouna being a little part of heaven, it’s so easy to enjoy a vacation there, although it is rather on the expensive side. At Rihanna Three Corners Resort -not the Rihanna Hotel- there are three different swimming pools with water slides, one that is specifically designed for toddlers.

 

For older kids, you can find many fun activities to do in Gouna such as Sliders Cable Park which is a water park where your kids can experience wakeboarding and water skiing. In addition to the Cheeky Monkey Playground and Amusement Center at Abu Tig Marina.

 

Highlights: 

  • Water park
  • Snorkeling, diving and water activities
  • Beach
  • Heated pools
  • Kids area
  • Boat trips

 

Fayoum

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There are many different ways to enjoy Fayoum depending on your budget as well as how much time you have. The best thing about it is that if you decide to go for a day trip, it’s doable because Fayoum is only a 2-hour-drive from Cairo. You can enjoy visiting the Wadi El Rayan waterfalls with the kids, sandboard on the magnificent dunes and enjoy the view of the lake. You can also experience the adventurous sand dunes in a 4×4 Jeep and choose between a Bedouin dinner around a bonfire or eating feter with the Bedouins.

 

If you still have time on your hands or you’re staying overnight, you can head to Tunis Village where your kids will be able to experience the traditional pottery making with an introduction lesson and getting their hands all muddy, or just taking a stroll to see the fantastic handmade crafts that they have to offer.

 

Highlights: 

  • Sandboarding
  • Sand dunes
  • Bomb fires
  • Camping
  • Pottery
  • Tunis village
  • Bird watching

 

Dahab

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Dahab is one of those destinations that is super chill and perfect for the whole family. If you can get over the 7-hour-drive with kids (or decide to take a flight instead), then what awaits you at Dahab is a vacation to remember. You can stay at one of the kid-friendly hotels that have a play area, kids’ pool and also water activities area where the kids can take a pedalo or a boat out to the middle of the sea to snorkel. If they’re old enough, they can experience wakeboarding or wake surfing.

 

There are also numerous places where you can go diving or snorkeling and enjoy the incredible marine life by heading out to the Blue Hole or Three Pools that are considered one of the best dives sites in the world. At night, you can head to the mamsha and go shopping or have dinner.

 

For kids friendly hotels check out Tirana or Meridian.

 

Highlights: 

  • Snorkeling, diving and water activities
  • Beach
  • Heated pools
  • Kids area
  • Boat trips
  • Horse riding

 

Marsa Alam

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When it comes to water activities and marine life, Mars Alam has a lot to offer. From snorkeling to diving or spending a day on a yacht in the middle of the clear blue waters, your kids will have the time of their lives. It is one of the best diving sites due to the incredible marine life that this area has to offer.

 

  • Snorkeling, diving and water activities
  • Beach
  • Boat trips

 

Basata Village – Nuweiba

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Teaching your kids the simple life and being surrounded by beauty is more than enough to keep your kids entertained. With the sea being extremely shallow, it is safe for kids. Spending the nights in huts will allow you to stargaze and wake up with the rising sun to an area that is safe, kids-friendly and just super laid back. The camp’s rules will teach children the true meaning of self-serving and independence. However, Basata has zero-tolerance for loud noise by children or adults.

 

Highlights:

  • Camping
  • Stargazing
  • Beach and water activities
  • Snorkeling
  • Diving
  • Rock climbing

 

Luxor and Aswan

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Getting to know the history of the country and experiencing an important part of our culture will make Luxor and Aswan a great destination. You can enjoy boat rides on the Nile, riding camels, getting to know Pharaohs, visiting the Valley of the Kings and the Karnak Temple in Upper Egypt. During winter, the weather and scenery is absolutely spectacular.

 

You can also take a hot air balloon at the brisk of dawn and see the beauty of the city from a bird’s eye view.

 

Highlights: 

  • Culture
  • camel riding
  • Temples
  • Hot air balloon
  • Nile cruise
  • Camel Riding

 

White desert

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Visiting the white desert is an experience your kids are bound to remember for a long time. With the incredible beauty of the 300 sqm of the National park, you’ll get to experience the white chalk-looking rocks covering various pieces of the desert.

 

When the sun lights at sunset or sunrise, the rocks become orangy-pink and look absolutely magical. The sand around them is covered with many fossils that allow the kids to bring out the archaeologist in them and go exploring. And with sand dunes surrounding the area, your kids can roll down sand dunes, go sandboarding and enjoy camping in the desert and star gazing at night. They’ll also get the chance to swim in magical, natural springs and experience something entirely different.

 

Highlights:

  • Stargazing
  • Camping
  • Fossil finding and exploring
  • Sand dunes
  • Natural springs

 

Baron Palace Resort – Sahl Hasheesh

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With a lot dedicated to kids at Baron Palace, it is an extremely child-friendly destination in Egypt. With a heated pool and a kid’s area available, there are so many things to keep your kids busy. For off ground activities, you can easily organize a boat trip to see the spectacular marine life that Sahl Hasheesh uncovers and even go snorkeling or diving.

 

Sahl Hashish also has a zoo and an aquarium for the kids to visit.

 

Highlights:

  • Kids area
  • Kids shows
  • Kids pool
  • Beach and water activities
  • Aquarium
  • Zoo
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