Where: Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at the First Residence
The Lowdown: With sweeping views over The Zoological and Botanical Gardens, you could be mistaken for thinking you have stepped outside of bustling Cairo. In fact, situated on the west bank of the Nile, the Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at the First Residence could not be more perfectly placed for discovering every historical wonder that the city has to offer. The hotel décor is an ode to Egypt’s Napoleonic history, filled with rich mahogany woods and gilt finishes. Each room offers the scale and grandeur that could only be expected from the Four Seasons brand. Make sure to stop by open-air pool for some much-needed relaxation before taking the thirty-minute journey to The Great Pyramid of Giza in the comfort of your private limousine.
Stylish Eats: With three lounges and one restaurant, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to dining. The poolside restaurant, Aura, offers modern Shami cuisine, an authentic mix of Lebanese and Syrian flavors. In particular, the Chef’s special, Zenoud El Banat, is a must-try. The experiential highlight, however, is taking afternoon tea underneath the astonishing Great Ocular in the Tea Room. Available between 3-6pm daily, the talented pastry team serve up an unexpected regional twist on a traditional afternoon tea, with Turkish and Arabic sweets accompanying French classics such as Macarons.
Suite Talk: The feeling of tranquility continues inside each of the 262 rooms with lavish and soothing interiors. Whether you are travelling with family, or in Cairo on business, the Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at the First Residence has the perfect room for your needs, including 50 sumptuous suites. For the ultimate luxury stay, however, a fully-staffed Royal Suite is the only way to go. Located on the 19th and 20th floors of this grand building, the two suites feature ultimate Cairo views – either of the Nile or of the Pyramids, expansive marbled bathrooms, and private terraces.
Insider’s Tip: Avoid the crowds and take your very own private tour of Cairo’s famed Egyptian Museum with renowned Egyptologist Zahi Hawass. Organized exclusively by the Four Seasons concierge, the evening will conclude with an intimate dinner in the museum’s garden. Alternatively, if you are looking to unwind and relax, head for the couple’s suite at the luxurious spa to indulge in the King and Queen Ritual. With views over the Nile, this exclusive space features a sauna, whirlpool, and Turkish Hammam.
Vogue Verdict: A serene oasis in the heart of bustling Cairo with unparalleled service and luxurious comfort.
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