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LUXURIOUS EGYPT now’s the time africa ABERCROMBIE & KENT Travelers visiting the Great Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza today will find a lot less tourists to contend with. E rick shively 88 october 2011 onsite september 2011 review Egypt, the mother of mystery and an immortal icon of the old gods, is still wearing the exotic and mesmerizing robes of antiquity. But today, it’s accessorized by a new, fresh energy generated by a contemporary revolution still in its infancy that’s taken nothing away from its appeal as a once-in-a-lifetime vacation experience, where visitors can still be comfortable and enchanted by a historical and cultural experience incomparable with anything else in the world, safe and secure—today, no less than yesterday—in a culture that honors hospitality above all. But circumstances throughout its region and media coverage of the revolution itself, have left too many North American travelers wary and insecure about security, hesitant and unsure about whether they would be welcome in the “new” Egypt. Be assured, nothing could be further from the truth. The “old” Egypt still lives on—with its incredible treasures of antiquity and fascinating history, its unique culture that has grounded itself in tradition and enhanced its modern appeal with vacation delights that range from mesmerizing historical and cultural attractions found nowhere else, to desert safaris, deep-sea fishing and incomparable diving adventures, biking, shopping and religious tourism. And for the high-end traveler who seeks vacation “experiences,” coupled with comfort, luxury and value above all else, Egypt today is a Nirvana of exclusivity—five-star hotels, private transportation, private guides, and special entree into attractions and museums, it’s all here waiting for them and with value pricing they’ve never seen before and will probably never see again. cairo On our recent visit to the Land of the Pharaohs—a third time experience, we might add—we were more overwhelmed by our welcome than we had ever been in the past. Our initial Cairo stay was in the venerable Sheraton Cairo, one of the “grande dames” of the 20-odd five-star properties spread throughout this bustling 24-hour city of more than 24 million people. On our stay, it was readying itself for a 7-month closure during which time it will get a multi-million dollar facelift to rejuvenate what is already an elegant lady. Even now, with its employees facing months of unemployment, the service level and the friendliness of its staff is astounding, the accommodations and dining options

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Editor's Notes/Agent Speak
Hotel Desk: Coworth Park, London
Tour Talk: Cox & Kings
Paws Up Ups "Glamping" to New Heights
"Alpine" Adventure at Four Seasons Resort Vail
Hotel Beaux Arts Miami
Out & About in New York City
Adventures on Hayman Island
It's the Good Life at The Leela Kovalam Beach
Peninsula Shanghai & Hong Kong
Silversea's Silver Spirit
Thailand Travel Planner
Luxury in the Wilderness, by Best of Patagonia
Savoring St. Vincent & the Grenadines
CuisinArt Resort & Spa, Anguilla
Luxurious Egypt
A Good Turn for Bern, Switzerland
Mexico's Luxury Trail

Recommend October 2011