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  • Four Seasons Resort Sharm el Sheikh (1 Four Seasons Blvd., Sharm el Sheikh; tel. 069/3603555; www.fourseasons.com): Perfect from the moment you ride through the front gate until the time you leave, the Four Seasons in Sharm sets the standard for service and restrained-but-lavish architecture.

  • Le Meridien Dahab Resort (Dahab; tel. 069/3640425; www.starwoodhotels.com): In addition to boasting top-notch facilities in a striking location, this stylish new resort impresses from the moment you walk into the lobby with its bold mix of colors and textures and innovative use of light and shadow.

  • Movenpick Quseir (Sirena Beach, El Quadim Bay, El Quseir; tel. 065/3332100; www.moevenpick-hotels.com): This low-key, family-friendly resort hugs the coastline, blending with the local scenery and making a perfect setting for a romantic getaway -- even if you have to take the kids along.

  • Oberoi Sahl Hashish (Sahl Hashish; tel. 065/3440777; www.oberoihotels.com): With standard rooms that would pass muster as junior suites anywhere else, bathrooms that could do double duty as a spa, and the best massage facility on the Red Sea coast, the Oberoi at Sahl Hashish is guaranteed to put a smile on your face even as it wipes away the lines from around your eyes.

  • The Palace at Port Ghalib (Port Ghalib, Marsa Alam; tel. 02/27351962; www.discoverportghalib.com): Sun International's debut on the Red Sea coast is set in a complete, purpose-built village on the edge of a full-size lagoon. The hotel is as top end as it gets, with imposing architecture, splendid dining, and everything from diving and beach parties to desert safaris.

  • Sheraton Soma Bay (Soma Bay, Safaga; tel. 065/3545845; www.sheraton-somabay.com): A hypostyle lobby and a beach that seems to go on forever make this expansive resort a great place for an active vacation or just lolling about in the sand. Fun architecture, great food, and unparalleled facilities mean a good time whichever way you decide to go.

  • Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.