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Best family hotels in Egypt: find the best child-friendly hotels for your desert adventure

With a wonderful climate, some of the world's most famous monuments and sensational resorts, Egypt has a lot to offer to all travellers, including families with children.

By Nela Lukic | Last updated Feb 16, 2024

Best family hotels in Egypt

If you are looking for a beach holiday, the Red Sea coast is famous for its incredible beauty and a plethora of excellent hotels and resorts, ranging from affordable to luxurious. Whether you opt to stay in Hurghada, a 40 kilometre long stretch of the dazzling Red Sea Riviera, or in Sharm El Sheikh, a well-known tourist area on the southern tip of Sinai Peninsula, you are guaranteed to enjoy first-class facilities, beautiful coral reefs and many exciting attractions.

If, however, you and your family are eager to absorb some culture and history, there are few places better to visit than Cairo.

Renowned for its ancient pyramids and shrouded mystery of its tombs, Egypt is a magical destination for adults and children alike. From exploring ancient cities to modern holiday resorts, you’ll be hard pressed to have a boring moment in this North African country.

Best family hotels in Egypt: a roundup

To help you plan your holiday in Egypt, find a roundup of the best family hotels in Egypt.

1. Best overall: Steigenberger Aldau Beach Hotel, Hurghada

Steigenberger Aldau Beach Hotel, Hurghada

Steigenberger Aldau Beach Hotel, Hurghada | Check availability

Part of the Steigenberger Aldau three hotel resort in the heart of Hurghada, the all-inclusive Aldau Beach is perfect for a family hotel in Egypt. This immaculately maintained haven of luxury is a four minute walk from a private sandy beach where you can just relax, or scuba dive, snorkel, go windsurfing, water skiing or parasailing.

The Steigenberger Aldau Beach Hotel is famous for its luxurious spacious rooms, superb restaurants, and lazy river floating through the landscaped gardens until it reaches an enormous pool. A nine hole floodlit golf course will tempt you to show off your skills under the night sky, and there is a luxurious spa for pampering body treatments.

Your kids will enjoy the aqua park with its slides and water playground, plus they’ll have opportunities to forge new friendships at the hotel’s well-organised activities at the kids' club… You know, for days when you want some peace and quiet by the pool.

  • Distance from airport: Hurghada International Airport 2.9 km aways from the Steigenberger Aldau Beach Hotel.

What Mumsnet users say

“We stay in Egypt regularly with our DC's and we absolutely love it for the children, our favourite has been this one [Steigenberger Aldau Beach Hotel]! Very short transfer, amazing staff, food is good, great beach and on site water lake. Kids clubs and activities are also amazing. They do a kids movie every night followed by a disco and facepaint before the evening entertainment.” TheHopefulMum

2. Best for golf lovers: JW Marriott Hotel Cairo

JW Marriott Hotel Cairo

JW Marriott Hotel Cairo | Check availability

A private man-made beach, four swimming pools, one of which is for children, a themed water park, kids’ club, children’s indoor playground and outdoor play equipment, volleyball court, a gym that’s one of the biggest to be found in any hotel: JW Marriott Hotel Cairo has it all.

What really sets this resort apart is its championship golf course. The Mirage City Golf Club features 27 challenging holes on two lush courses, including an 18-hole, par-72 Championship Course. How’s that for a golfing challenge!

Some dozen restaurants offer exquisite and diverse dining options, including Lebanese, Italian, and Asian dishes. For days when you want to venture out, the hotel provides a complimentary shuttle bus to the Cairo Festival City Mall and also a complimentary airport pick-up service.

  • Distance from airport: JW Marriott Hotel Cairo is only 6 km from Cairo airport. The Giza pyramids are about a 40-minute drive away.

What Mumsnet users say

“We are in Egypt (albeit Cairo) right now and feel very safe. Kids are 4 and 6. We’ve done 2 days out with a tour company to see the sights and have spent 2 days just relaxing at the hotel pool—alternating sightseeing days with pool days to keep everyone happy. Can recommend the JW Marriott which has brilliant pool cabana rooms that will sleep a family of 4. The hotel has a free shuttle service that even did our passports for us on arrival, so we have been looked after the entire time. Have a look at High End Journeys if you want days out—we hired them for a private car and guide for our days out and and they have done a fabulous job making our sightseeing interesting and fun for the whole family. Everyone we have met in restaurants and markets have been so kind and welcoming and we have not felt unsafe at all. Just bring boostapaks as none of the cars have car seats!” Linguaphile

3. Best for swimming pools: Jaz Aquamarine Resort, Hurghada

Jaz Aquamarine Resort, Hurghada

Jaz Aquamarine Resort, Hurghada | Check availability

When you are in Hurghada’s Jaz Aquamarine Resort, you can go to a different pool every day! The resort has 20 swimming pools and three aqua parks with a variety of slides suitable for kids and adults. Pool areas are well-maintained and never feel too cramped.

This huge all-inclusive, family-friendly resort is about 600 m from a private beach. It has its own diving club, which guests can use at an additional charge. Beach volleyball, tennis court, a spa and wellness centre, kids’ club and a children’s playground are among the facilities offered.

There are also seven restaurants.

Guests are especially happy with the service at Jaz Aquamarine. “What sets this place apart is the staff”, says one returning guest.

The sea is very shallow at the Jaz Aquamarine beach; you need to walk a long distance to reach the depth where you can swim. But there are all those pools!

  • Distance from airport: Jaz Aquamarine is 11 km from Hurghada airport.

What Mumsnet users say

“TBH I’d stick to a Jaz hotel. The head chefs there are usually superb at cooking for your special requests and will prepare special weaning meals if you ask.” Smellslikebiscuits

4. Best for snorkelling and water sports: Fort Arabesque Resort, Spa & Villas, Hurghada

Fort Arabesque Resort, Spa & Villas, Hurghada

Fort Arabesque Resort, Spa & Villas, Hurghada | Check availability

The white-washed exteriors of the Fort Arabesque Resort, Spa & Villas beautifully complement the immaculate gardens with green lawns, palm trees and bright flowers.

Situated in Hurghada’s Makadi Bay, the all-inclusive Fort Arabesque is an ideal destination for water sports. Resort’s long stretch of private beach is blessed with remarkable coral reefs. You can snorkel directly from the beach. Just walk out a few metres and there is an abundance of highly colourful fish to see. You will feel like you are swimming in a giant aquarium.

You can also enjoy diving and windsurfing in the property’s private beach area. The spa and the gym carry an additional fee. As for children, they have their own club and a dedicated playground.

The hotel has two swimming pools. In addition, guests (who need to be over 16) staying at the more expensive villas have private access to a secluded swimming pool.

An important note about the wi-fi at this hotel: : free wi-fi is available only in public areas (the lobby of the hotel).

  • Distance from airport: Hurghada airport is 22.5 km away.

What Mumsnet users say

“I stayed at the Fort Arabesque hotel in Makadi Bay which is about 20 minutes away from Hurghada. It's a really good hotel with a nice mix of nationalities and an excellent beach for snorkelling.” Fluffy1234

5. Best for young children: Coral Sea Waterworld Sharm El Sheikh

Coral Sea Waterworld Sharm El Sheikh

Coral Sea Waterworld Sharm El Sheikh | Check availability

Situated on the southern tip of Sinai Peninsula, the Coral Sea Waterworld is very secluded, ideal if you want a quiet family beach holiday in Egypt. The private sandy, shallow beach is about 300 m away from this all-inclusive resort.

The outstanding feature of Coral Sea Waterworld is the waterpark that guarantees splashing good times. It has thrill rides, a wave pool and a lazy river, plus a dedicated children’s area.

Some slides in the water park are suitable for children aged eight and up, but the lazy river and the Pirates of the Mediterranean splash pool are superb for younger kids. In addition, the resort has two lake-style pools, if you ever get tired of the slides and chutes.

For sports lovers, there is a tennis court, a basketball court, and an artificial grass football pitch. In the morning, you may join stretching and aerobics classes. All in all, Coral Sea Waterworld offers a wide range of activities that are suitable for all ages, from toddlers to parents. There is even a mini-disco for kids.

An important note about the wi-fi at this hotel: offers a limited free wi-fi (2GB for 7 days, 3GB for 10 days, 4GB for 14 days).

  • Distance from airport: this child and toddler-friendly hotel in Egypt is 9 km from Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport.

What Mumsnet users say

“It was lovely. My lil man is 3 and 3 months old and we took a buggy that was really useful to walk him round to have an afternoon nap. Doesn't nap at home but needed to here!” lAuR3n2011

6. Best for older children: Kempinski Nile Hotel, Cairo

Kempinski Nile Hotel, Cairo

Kempinski Nile Hotel, Cairo | Check availability

The Kempinski Nile Hotel is in the perfect spot for discovering the wonders of Cairo. It is located on the banks of the Nile River in the affluent Garden City. The Egyptian Museum, the Cairo Opera House, the luxurious shopping areas and Tahrir square are all within walking distance. This makes Kempinski ideal for families with older kids.

This sophisticated family hotel has a spa, a gym, and a rooftop pool with a seating area offering  great views of the Nile, especially at night.

Kempinski Nile Hotel has a variety of restaurants and bars. One restaurant specialises in Turkish cuisine and another serves Italian dishes. Their Jazz Bar is praised for great music and ambience. There is also a cosy chocolate lounge and a chic piano bar.

The Pyramids of Giza and the Cairo Citadel are 20 minutes away by car.

  • Distance from airport: Cairo International Airport is 25 km away.

What Mumsnet users say

“You may want to consider staying in Cairo itself. I'd recommend the Kempinski Nile if it is within your budget. Very safe. In the embassy district. It is an amazing hotel with a rooftop bar and pool.” DazedandConcerned

7. Best budget: Titanic Palace, Hurghada

Titanic Palace, Hurghada

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With its relaxing atmosphere, this all-inclusive kid-friendly resort in Hurghada is a great getaway for families. Titanic beach is 450m away, and while the sea at the beach is shallow, you can enjoy snorkelling at the nearby marina.

Titanic Palace features an extensive network of swimming pools. Some even lead directly to the rooms! There is also a water park with perfect artificial waves and a rafting river. Other facilities include mini golf, spa with massage treatments and saunas, fitness centre, tennis court and table tennis.

Children can play in the kids’ club, swim around the pirate ship or chute down one of the 8 kids’ waterslides.

All that, plus an amazing animation team, ensures that the whole family will have fun, and make Titanic Palace a great budget family hotel in Egypt.

The hotel has two restaurants serving international cuisine, a coffee house, snack bar, and a bar.

  • Distance from airport: Hurghada International Airport is 11 km from Titanic Palace.

What Mumsnet users say

“We like the Titanic palace in Hurghada. There is a fantastic waterpark and private beach with the most amazing reef. We have always found the food fine despite some reviews. I suppose it could get a bit repetitive if you were there for two weeks but then this is true of many all inclusives. There are shops and a few restaurants in the area but you do have to get a taxi to the centre, however this is very cheap and we feel the hotel and its facilities more than make up for this.” pinkmagic1

8. Best all-inclusive: Aqua Blu Sharm El Sheikh

Aqua Blu Sharm El Sheikh

Aqua Blu Sharm El Sheikh | Check availability

This all-inclusive hotel on the southern tip of Sinai Peninsula is located near a 450 m promenade with cafés and shops, a 4-minute walk from a private beach. The beach is sandy and not far from a fantastic reef.

Aqua Blu Sharm El Sheikh has 6 swimming pools. Two of them are for kids and feature toys, and two are for adults only. The resort’s water park has so many attractions that it feels like a small city. There is a lazy river and over 60 slides.

Guests can cross the lagoon on a pedal boat or play a game of tennis or minigolf. Aqua Blu Sharm also has a well-equipped gym, a spa, games room, kids club and a playground. Every night during summer, an entertainment team organises fun events aimed at all ages.

Buffet-style dining is offered in Asian, Mediterranean and Italian-themed restaurants.

  • Distance from airport: Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport 16.2 km from this all inclusive family hotel in Egypt.

What Mumsnet users say

“I've been to Aqua Blu in Sharm. It's not luxury but it's clean with big rooms. The main thing is the water park, seriously the boys will love it. The grounds are immaculate, pools are clean. The downside for me was how big it is. But there's about eight different pools.

Six restaurants, food was fine.” VivaLeBeaver

9. Best water park: Jungle Aqua Park, Hurghada

Jungle Aqua Park, Hurghada

Jungle Aqua Park, Hurghada | Check availability

The all-inclusive, family-friendly Jungle Aqua Park hotel represents a unique combination of casual elegance and affordability. It also offers the largest water theme park in Hurghada.  Tourists are even brought here from other hotels for a day-long water park excursion!

The Red Sea beach is also not too far, about 11 minutes on foot. There are regular bus shuttles, but since the sea there is shallow, many guests choose to stick to the pools and the water park.

And there are numerous crystal-clear pools of different depths all over the resort. Many feature different aqua games suitable for all ages. This huge water paradise also has 35 water slides, ensuring fabulous water fun for you and your family. Out of the water, you can play tennis, football, or visit the spa, and your kids can have fun at the kids’ club or in the children’s playground.

  • Distance from airport: Hurghada International Airport is 10.1 km away.

What Mumsnet users say

“The rooms are lovely, there's a massive double bed room then partition with 2 beds in ours it could have done with being swapped round as the kids beds were in the half near the balcony so you had to pass them to sit outside on a night. It's a massive resort and we were exhausted every night from walking but would definitely recommend it.” south345

10. Best luxury family hotel: Rixos Premium Seagate, Sharm El Sheikh

Rixos Premium Seagate, Sharm El Sheikh

Rixos Premium Seagate, Sharm El Sheikh | Check availability

Nestled among palm trees on a shallow beach along the Red Sea on the southern tip of Sinai Peninsula, the plush Rixos Premium Seagate hotel boasts a private jetty and a protected coral reef.

This luxurious resort has numerous swimming pools: two are for kids, five are all-ages, and seven are adults-only. There is also an aqua park, a gym, tennis court, plus a spa. Or you can join a workout programme such as CrossFit, spinning, Pilates, Aqua Bike, Aqua Jumping and gravity Yoga.

The unique kids concept of Rixy Club features game rooms, a special kids’ restaurant and Teenage Club for children from the age of 13 years old.

Rixos Premium Seagate has 14 restaurants onsite. Guests can enjoy an authentic Japanese, Indian, French, Italian, Brazilian and international dining experience, as well as seafood and grill/BBQ dishes.

  • Distance from airport: Sharm El Sheikh International Airport is 9 km away from this luxury family hotel in Egypt.

Top tip when making dinner reservations

Many of the all-inclusive holiday places featured in our selection of the 10 best family friendly hotels in Egypt have so many restaurants specialising in a variety of cuisines that you could enjoy a dish from a different part of the world every day during your stay.

Alas, there is a snag: you usually need to book your spot, and the restaurant reservation systems in place across the resort seem to be somewhat complicated. So, be sure to sort this out on day one to avoid disappointments!

Where can I get cheap flights to Egypt?

You can get reasonable flights to Egypt online. Direct flights are available, however, prices are usually more reasonable with a stop over.

  • Direct flight from London to Sharm El Sheikh: 5 hours 30 minutes

  • Direct flight from London to Hurghada: 5 hours 45 minutes

  • Direct flight from London to Cairo: 5 hours 20 minutes

Do I need to hire a car in Egypt?

You can rent a car, but driving in Egypt is not for the faint-hearted. Cairo is well covered with buses, minibuses, trams, taxis, river taxis and a subway system. You will also be able to book tours from your hotel or resort.

All hotels from our list of 10 best child-friendly hotels in Egypt offer at least a shuttle to and from the nearest airport, at an additional fee. Only JW Marriott Hotel Cairo provides this service free of charge.

Is Egypt family-friendly?

Egypt had serious upheavals in the recent past and some regions of the country are still volatile. However, it is very safe for families to travel as long as you stick to tourist destinations and reputable tour operators. Do note that specific Covid-related requirements may still apply.

Diving, snorkelling and swimming in the Red Sea

Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada are among the best snorkelling and diving spots in the world. For spectacular views of the underwater world, it is best to go on a boat tour, but you can also marvel at the colourful fish, corals and sea flora in the crystal clear waters close to many beaches.

When it comes to swimming, some Red Sea beaches, beautiful as they are, are shallow for a long, long way off, especially during low tide. Also, many beaches are privately owned by hotels and resorts, and trespassing is not allowed. On the up side, every hotel and resort on our list of the 10 best hotels for families with kids in Egypt boasts pools on the premises, so you can swim to your heart’s content.

Where can kids go in Egypt?

Hurghada and Sharm El Sheikh offer families with children so much more than sunshiny days on the beach and exciting water sports. Here is what else you can do with your kids:

From Hurghada:

From Sharm El Sheikh:

From and in Cairo:

The list of what-to-do in and around Cairo is very long. Here are just a few musts...

  • Explore the Egyptian Museum

  • Go to the Giza pyramid complex

  • Visit the Amr Ibn Al As Mosque

  • Take a walk on Al-Muizz street

  • Visit the Hanging Church

  • Take a look at the Saint Samaan Monastery

  • Chill out in Al-Azhar Park

  • Dine on a Nile-cruising boat

  • Go shopping in Khan el-Khalili

When is the best time to go to Egypt?

With sunshine and warm waters all year round, Egypt’s Red Sea coast is a favourite destination of beachgoers. The summer months are hot, with day temperatures between 30 and 40°C, though the dry desert air and the closeness to the sea make the heat bearable.

These months also get very crowded. If that is not to your taste, plan to visit from March to early May or from late September to November. Many holiday makers flock to Red Sea resorts in the winter too, finding the 20 to 25°C day temperatures quite balmy. However, the nights can get rather cold.

The temperature of the Red Sea itself reaches 30°C in the summer, and falls down to 20°C degrees in the winter.

December to February are peak seasons in Cairo. To avoid swarms of tourists and higher prices, you may want to visit in March to April or October to November. Even though Cairo hotels offer discounts during the summer, the heat may not be worth the savings.

Blasts of sandstorms usually occur during the month of March, clouding the clear skies and potentially disrupting your touristy activities for a few hours. And during Ramadan, many tourist sites, shops and services operate shorter hours, while some non-tourist orientated restaurants and cafes only open after sunset.

How we chose our recommendations

Before selecting the 10 best family hotels in Egypt, we consulted our Mumsnet forums. We rely on the views and opinions of real parents who have visited Egypt with their families.

We analysed the reviews of TripAdvisor and users to help us assess every individual hotel and resort, taking into account both the positive and negative experiences.

The official Egyptian websites such as Egyptian Tourism Authority, Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and Egypt e-visa were also of great help, as were media outlets such as Daily News Egypt and travel portals such as Earth Trekkers.

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