Fronting its own 850-metre stretch of private beach, the resort is set within 48 acres of palm-studded grounds with panoramic views of the brilliant blue sea. The hotel's design is inspired by Arabic Islamic architecture. Inside, there are cool marble colonnades, galleried courtyards and atriums, open to the sky, where fountain pools cascade. Outside, paths meander between the domed private suites, set in green lawns with palms for shade and bougainvillea for colour.

The luxurious accommodation includes 102 Deluxe, Grand and Royal suites. Overlooking a private open-air courtyard, all suites have luxurious glass-walled bathrooms with sunken marble baths and separate shower stalls. A total of 18 suites have private swimming pools, heated in the winter. There are 6 Royal Suites with separate living/dining room and adjoining pantry as well as an open private courtyard with a swimming pool and an elevated dining pavilion.

The main restaurant offers an à la carte menu of international cuisine, served either al fresco or inside. Tagen, an oriental restaurant serves Middle Eastern and Indian fare for dinner. Snacks, light meals as well as cocktails and desserts are served throughout the day at the Pergola, located by the split-level, freshwater swimming pool.

You can play tennis on the resort's floodlit court, enjoy horse riding along the beach or go snorkelling or scuba-diving from the dive centre. There is also a well-equipped gym plus sauna and steam rooms.

Trained Thai therapists at The Oberoi Spa, by Banyan Tree, offer a range of holistic therapies designed to promote a deep sense of relaxation and wellbeing.

Memphis Barker travelled with us to Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh and wrote about his experience for The Independent. Read article here >>

  • Although we bothered Lydia on several occasions over small matters, she was always patient and very helpful. The whole organisation from Heathrow and back was seamless and first class. Game watching on this trip surpassed all that we had seen before in the one trip. Our thanks to Ultimate yet again

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    Colin & Wendy Crawford October 2013