Posts Tagged With: Mediterranean

Celebrate Ramadan the Mediterranean Style

Those who like to celebrate Ramadan in style, Sheraton Montazah Hotel in Alexandria, Egypt offers a variety of outlets where guests can enjoy their Iftar and sohour in luxury. For Iftar, guests can break their fast with family and friends at the “Café Coquillage” with its daily sumptuous Iftar buffet and that features an array of different traditional oriental dishes and sweets while watching their favorite TV Shows.  Guests can also bring friends and share quality time at “La Terrace Outdoor Café”   or try the hotel’s wide selection of oriental desserts at the Café Rendez vous. For Ramadan nights’ fans, the “Bedouin Tent” at Beach Café, overlooking the Mediterranean seashore, is the place. In this exotic Mediterranean atmosphere, guests will enjoy a mouthwatering sohour  meal and Ramadan traditional drinks in addition to their choice of flavored shisha along with the oriental tunes of takht sharky and  live songs.

Atef Wilson, general manager of Sheraton Montazah Hotel, calls visitors of the Mediterranean city to be the hotel’s guests and discover a memorable Ramadan experience in Alexandria. “We offer great room deals in the holy month of Ramadan, in addition to a variety of dining options, authentic festive cuisine prepared by our highly-skilled chefs, oriental entertainment together with the ultimate Alexandrian hospitality and smiling faces of our associates,” he said.

The Bedouin Tent for fans of Ramadan Nights

The Bedouin Tent for fans of Ramadan Nights

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Celebrate Valentine’s Montazah Sheraton Style

As the Valentine’s Day is approaching, Sheraton Montazah Hotel Alexandria, is preparing an exquisite program for their guests for the occasion. For LE180, guests can enjoy the finest romantic dinner with live music at La Mamma Restaurant or join a spectacular party at the Caesar Bar featuring Duo Ehab and Reem and belly dancer.

Couple Celebrating Valentine

A couple celebrating Valentine’s Day

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Whether they like to eat, dance and enjoy a great dining experience or they prefer to stay overnight, they can avail the attractive hotel special offerings for this festive occasion for only L.E 600 for single, 650 for double room including service charge, taxes and buffet breakfast. “We promise our customers a peaceful, comfortable stay with their beloved ones in Valentine and a real romantic evening and celebration that they will never forget” said Azza El Desouki, director of public relations at the hotel.

The Sheraton Montazah Hotel is ideally located in Alexandria with its magnificent beaches, archaeological and cultural attractions. The hotel is located 15 Km from Nozha airport and 220 Km from Cairo. It overlooks King’s Farouk Palace and gardens on one side and the bright blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea on the other. It’s your perfect getaway to relax and feel at home.

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The facade of Montazah Sheraton Alexandria Hotel Photo: Montazah Sheraton Hotel

Guests can enjoy amazing views of the Mediterranean and the Montazah Park in a brightly decorated guest room. They may gather with friends or family for a delicious meal in one of the restaurants .They may also head to our outdoor pool overlooking the sea or just relax by our private sandy beach under the warm sun.

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Enjoy luxury at Montazah Sheraton rooms Photo: Montazah Sheraton Hotel

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One Night in Alexandria- A Photo Tour

I was invited to my cousin’s wedding in Alexandria, Egypt in January 18, 2015. Although it was extremely cold in Cairo, the capital, it was warm in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria. The weather was very inviting to take a walk by the Corniche and to have a good fish meal in one of the local restaurants before we head to the wedding party.

My husband and I decided to spend the night in the historical Cecil Hotel in Ramleh Square. It is one of my favorites. The history of the Steigenberger Cecil Hotel dates to 1929, it was built by the Italian Alessandro Loria from Tuscany, having been commissioned by the French Metzger family. Loria built the Cecil Hotel to be a landmark building, with its elegant revolving doors, two beautiful wooden elevators, and its bar, which was carefully kept unchanged since World War II, making it one-of-a-kind in Alexandria. The rooms have high ceilings and large shuttered windows, and the richness of the classical French-style burgundy and gold drapes, and soft furnishings decorating the space give the place an atmosphere of centuries gone by.

Here are several photos I took in the Ramleh neighborhood and in Cecil Hotel in downtown Alexandria

From the Balcony of Cecil Hotel

The Corniche from our balcony in Cecil Hotel

 

Ramleh Square with the statue of nationalist Saad Zaghloul in the middle

Ramleh Square with the statue of nationalist Saad Zaghloul in the middle

 

 

Ramleh Square and the Corniche in the morning

Ramleh Square and the Corniche in the morning

 

Ramleh Square and the Corniche at night

Ramleh Square and the Corniche at night

 

Corniche Road on a bustling day

Corniche Road on a bustling day

Locals on their way to work

Heading to work

 

Fishermen trying their luck

Fishermen trying their luck

 

An ill-fated sail

An ill-fated sail

The lift of Cecil Hotel-feeling nostalgic

The lift of Cecil Hotel- Feeling nostalgic

The foyer of Cecil Hotel

The foyer of Cecil Hotel

 

The stairs leading to the rooms- Cecil Hotel

The stairs leading to the rooms- Cecil Hotel

 

My favorite corner at Cecil's foyer

My favorite corner at Cecil’s foyer

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Montazah Palace and Gardens: when old meets new

Montazah in Alexandria, is distinguished from other tourist sites in Egypt in that it is a place where the past and present intermingle. For the history buff it is a pleasure to roam around the vast estate where, before the July 23 Revolution, the royal family had their summer quarters and where the palace and the Salamlek (annex) can be seen. For those in search of the beautiful beaches, Montazah has facilities for rest and recreation. It has, in addition, magnificent gardens with royal palms that date, most appropriately, from the royal era.

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Palm trees in Montazah Gardens

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Montazah beaches

The site, situated west of Alexandria, was developed over a century ago, in 1892, in the time of Khedive Abbas Helmi II, who built the Salamlek, which today faces the Palestine Hotel.  The summer residence of the royal family is situated on an elevated mound overlooking a beautiful bay and beach, and the vast garden covers an area of 370 feddans.

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Montazah Palace, overlooking royal gardens

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Salamlek, built by Khedive Helmi II

When king Fouad came to the throne he built a bridge to join the palace to the Island of Dreams, which sounds somewhat romantic but was, in fact, a fairy-tale site covering about 13 feddans and with exotic plants, Byzantine style status and aquaria adorning various parts of the undulating land. There is also a delightful “kiosk” where the king and his friends used to enjoy their afternoon tea.

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Famous bridge of Montazah

Later still, when king Farouk acceded to the throne, he built the famous clock of Montazah; whenever the clock strikes, a soldier appears from each of its four sides.

After the July 23 Revolution, Montazah was opened to the public, and visitors were permitted to enter various parts including the island, the bridge, the kiosk and the gardens. The Salamlek and the palace are not open for visiting.

About two million visitors visit Montazah every year. It is open all the year round and operates 24 hours a day and caters for all visitors requirements. It has various shops, restaurants, coffee shops and bazaars to cater for the visitors.

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Palestine Hotel, overlooking the Mediterranean

Not to be missed is the plant nursery and greenhouse: many tourist groups come to Montazah for the sole purpose of visiting them. The greenhouse has exotic plants that have thrived from the rule of King Fouad. It supplies all the plants needed in the gardens, and there is a surplus for sale.

Summer is here, the beaches are packed with holiday makers and Montazah is enjoying a bumper season. 

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