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Favorite Spa in Africa

Four Seasons Resort Sharm el Sheikh

Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt

This stunning resort sits surrounded by palm trees adjacent to the sandy shores of the Red Sea. The stark white Arabesque structure has the appearance of a desert palace, with open-air courtyards, pools, and gardens for relaxation. Also featured are indoor lounges and several fine dining options. Little luxuries enhance every stay at this impeccable retreat, such as underwater music in the swimming pools, beachside dining, and the shaded terraces of the hotel's 200 rooms. Outdoor activities such as snorkeling and tennis are available; a well-appointed fitness center is equipped with bicycles, elliptical trainers, and treadmills, stationed both indoors and out. For a taste of ancient Egyptian glamour, readers recommend a visit to the lavish Daniela Steiner Beauty and Wellness Spa. Besides traditional services, a few unusual treatments are also on the menu, such as a milk-and-honey bath and the Pharaonic massage, a treatment once reserved for Egyptian royalty that includes the application of herb-filled poultices for a skin-nourishing, muscle-soothing treat.