Fresh Picks: Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan

- Joy Pecknold, Passport blog editor

Fresh Picks features the latest luxury properties admitted into the Kiwi Collection. This week, we walk like an Egyptian through Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan.

Where: Located in Aswan, Egypt, at the Nile’s first cataract—hence the name—the hotel is perched atop a pink granite shelf offering views of sailboats and nearby Elephantine Island.

What: Late last year the hotel reopened after a three-year reno, and while it’s a ways from Alexandria where Cleopatra reigned, it’s fit for a pharaoh. To suit those with classical tastes, there are 76 suites in the Old Palace Wing, and for guests keen on contemporary, there are the 62 more modern rooms in the newer Nile Wing. There are eight restaurants and bars to dine in, including 1902, the hotel’s signature restaurant serving French cuisine under an awe-inspiring Arabian dome ceiling. Their new So Spa features a three-room hammam, eight treatment rooms and a pool.

Who: History buffs and serious souk shoppers (travelers boast Aswan’s is the best in Egypt in terms of prices and experience).

Why: As one of the three oldest civilizations in the world, Egypt should be on everyone’s bucket list… and not only the pyramids at Giza.

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