Baron Palace, Sahl Hasheesh – Egypt
There’ so much charm to Sahl Hasheesh, which is particularly attributable to its ‘untouched haven’ vibes, but more so stems from its subtlety in drawing visitors from all walks of life to its pristine beaches. However, what really sets the bay – located on the Red Sea coast of Egypt – apart, is the fact that it has attracted investment from hotel operators that truly embrace the essence of what it stands for.
Among these was Baron Hotels and Resorts, an independent chain which had been operating in the country since 1980 and boasts a portfolio of properties in Cairo and beyond. Its Sahl Hasheesh property, Baron Palace, can best be described as an amalgamation of nostalgic, beautiful moments, which one may have visited throughout their life at different points in time.
It’s hard to miss the hotel; built on an area of 100,000 square metres, the massive property is a rather expansive château, with three different buildings housing over 600 rooms and suites. Recently renovated, Baron Palace is impeccably clean – which with its primarily white exterior and garden-filled pathways constitutes no easy task.
Staff are dedicated, paying full attention to their hotel and aware of the intricacies of handling such a large, luxury resort. Like clockwork, they swiftly attend to guests; from beach boys to the F&B team, they are attentive and motivated.
Baron Palace’s rooms and suites all offer views of the deep blue seas, preceded by family, adult and infinity pools which all overlook the vast greatness of the waters. The pool bar is set within Infinity, an international cuisine restaurant, which also offers barbeque nights where a variety of cuts of meat, seafood and more is available – as fresh as can be. From plump shrimps, to garlic lamb chops, there’s something for everyone at this seaside spot.
An absolute proof of Baron Palace’s exceptional food and beverage offering is the buffet offered for breakfast and dinner. As one approaches the main traditional, Arabian courtyard, beautiful “Mashrabiya” panels welcome you, lined with ornate fountains. The main restaurant serves up a variety of dishes, with a selection that is constantly switched up.
For the first meal of the day, everything from the ever-traditional falafel to English pudding, made-to-order omelettes and grilled tomatoes is on offer, while dinner comprises vegetarian sushi, perfectly cooked beef fillet and even theme nights where seafood takes over the menu – in every shape and form one can think of, freshly caught and served piping hot off the grill.
The dessert selection at Baron Palace is equally as impressive, with homemade baked treats and ice cream, artisan croissants, cakes and mousse of every consistency, and much more. Served alongside all types of bread, a carb overload would be almost inevitable, if it weren’t for the balanced selection of vegetables, fruits and protein on offer – with the chefs always focused on offering options for the health-conscious, and the occasional fried chicken for those who fancy.
The resort is also home to a group of a la carte restaurants, which offer Japanese, Egyptian and Indian cuisines, and more, each with its own décor and personality, and menus that reflect the true essence of what they serve, prepared by chefs who have studied the culture behind every dish.
Despite its grand positioning, Baron Palace is family-friendly, and kids enjoy the resort as much as adults – if not a tad more if the joyful giggles are of any indication. The beach makes for quality sand play, and an aqua park just for little ones makes the hotel’s colourful offering perfect for little ones.
For adults, the spa is ideal for refreshing afternoons after a shopping trip to the in-house bazaar. Housing a salt cave, the extensive wellness list includes a myriad of treatments, and a salon is a welcome addition for female guests who are looking for some beauty time.
Baron Palace is among Sahl Hasheesh’s most unique, visit-worthy properties. Whether it’s relaxation, a trip with/for the kids, some time off from work or a honeymoon, the property somehow manages to cover all the bases of a good time, while maintaining consistency and standards in an exceptional manner.