Radisson SAS opens resort in Egypt

SHARM AL-SHEIKH, Egypt -- Radisson SAS Hotels & Resorts opened its first property in Egypt here, the Radisson SAS Golden Resort.

The 328-room hotel is located at Nabq Bay, on the southern tip of the Sinai peninsula, and features an assortment of conference rooms, restaurants, pools and spa facilities.

The $45 million property is owned by El Dahabia for Touristic Resorts, an Egyptian firm. It is a short drive from the city's airport.

The grounds cover more than 30 acres, with a landscape that showcases waterfalls, streams and 22 small bridges, plus a variety of flora.

Cuisine options include French, Italian and Lebanese venues; the resort also contains other dining and bar areas.

Clients also will find saunas, steam rooms, an exercise room, three pools, a dive center and a private beach more than 200 yards long.

Three conference rooms can host up to 250 people; groups also can use a 200-seat, open-air theater.

Radisson SAS, which is the sole franchisor of Carlson's Radisson brand in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, plans to have 10 hotels in Egypt by 2003.

Early next year, the group will add hotels in Taba and Al Ghurdaqah, with another on the way in Quseir by 2003.

Rates start at around $200 per night, double. For bookings, call (800) 333-3333.

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