We travelled on my mums birthday so took this Millie's Cookies cake with us,
We arrived quite late at night and were sent to get dinner before we had checked in and seen our rooms. The next morning we woke up and noticed there were huge mountains behind the hotel that we hadn't seen the night before!
The lobby looked pretty spectacular at night.
I missed the memo to take a maxi dress with me. We had an impromptu photo shoot and this was our best 'Egyptian' pose that we could come up with.
We spent most of our time by the 'quiet pool'. Although, being a group of 7 we were probably the loudest there and got to know everyone. Apparently we had quite the reputation by the end of the trip!
We didn't actually spend much time by the beach, but the sand and the water was pretty warm.
The hotel viewed from the pier.
The most exciting part of the holiday was the power cutting out leaving the hotel complex with no food, sanitation or air conditioning. Our travel company, Thomson, evacuated all its customers to a hotel two hours away in a town called Dahab for the night. It was nice to get cool air, safe food and one of the comfiest beds I've ever slept in, but the 160+ steps up from our room to the lobby and restaurant wasn't so good!
Funny story from the evacuation- we made friends with a family who had a mum who had swam in the Olympics, and a daughter and son who were also swimming at junior elite level. When we were getting the bus back early the next morninh we were waiting for one missing family- theirs. They were found down by the pool having their early morning swim! It's been pretty cool to follow the daughters progress in swimming as she has now competed at World Championships and has Commonwealth Medals.
Back at the Sofitel and trying to get artsy with the photos from the tower.
The view from our room- the mountains in the background are in Saudi Arabia.
So thats some of the best photos I took in Egypt! I always take way more photos of the scenery rather than the people for some reason... so the photos with me in must be on someone elses computer. It was a super pretty place and so so so warm! I'd love to go back to the hotel... if only it was in another location. The area is now so unsafe that no flights even go into the airport anymore. Oh well, lots more places in the world to go and visit!