We can’t deny that the end of summer has us all singing the blues. So long, endless carefree days on the beach. Now that working days have eaten up all our time – and sanity – once again, the next long weekend is giving us flashbacks of a time when our tans were on fleek and waves crashed on our feet as we sipped on a piña coladas, but you can't always get what you want, so we'll settle for these gorgeous mini-getaways until Sunday rolls around.

JW Marriot 

This shiny, upscale hotel is perfectly situated, twelve kilometres away from the Islamic Art Museum and fifteen kilometres away from the Heliopolis Palace. In addition to the pool and numerous dining options, the hotel’s luxurious suites offer living areas as well as four-poster beds, as well as a golf course, a water park, and a spa. Breakfast and airport transport are complimentary. You can book now with rates starting at 3250 LE per night, and, most importantly, we're sold so you should be too.

Address: Ring Road- Mirage City- Box 427 Heliopolis, Cairo
Phone: 02 24115588

Renaissance Cairo Mirage City 

Enjoy the splendour of the luxurious Renaissance Cairo hotel while still just a mere ten minutes away from Heliopolis. The hotel offers an expansive pool and varied dining options, as well as a fitness centre –after all, holidays are no excuse for you to neglect your fitness routine. The hotel also offers you a complimentary shuttle bus ride to Cairo Festival City Mall for a shopping splurge to brighten up your mood. Book your room now at a starting rate of 2100 LE per night.

Address: Ring Road, Mirage City Box 250, Heliopolis, Cairo
Phone: 02 24063333 

Westin Cairo

The five-star luxury hotel offers golf fanatics an impressive 27-hole golf course as well as a pool bar and free WiFi throughout the hotel –yes, even in your room. For the ladies, every room is equipped with a Heavenly Shower/Bath that you will especially enjoy. Call them up for a relaxing weekend with rates starting at 2000 LE per night.

Address: Road 90, New Cairo City, Katameya Dunes, Cairo
Phone: 02 23228000

Dusit Thani Lakeview Cairo

Enjoy Dusit Thani’s famous spa facilities or satisfy your inner foodie at one of their six dining restaurants – we hear Thai is especially good. The high-end, modern hotel also has not one, but two pools and bars for your enjoyment. Book your spot now, with rates starting from 2200 LE per night.

Address: El Tesaeen St., City Center, Fifth Settlement, New Cairo
Phone: 02 26140000

Mena House 

Wake up to the iconic hotel’s majestic view of the pyramids and enjoy a dip in the pool or a round at the 18-hole golf course, for rates starting at 1850 LE per night. We know you can afford it!

Address: Kafr Nassar, Al Haram, Giza
Phone: 02 33773222

Intercontinental CityStars 

No need for introductions here. Right next to one of the most popular shopping malls, Intercontinental Citystars offers you glamorous nights right in the heart of Cairo with ten different dining options and a large outdoors swimming pool. Call up your marriage certificate co-signatory and book your room now for a rate of 2200 per night.

Address: Kelani Mohammed Kelani, Masaken Al Mohandesin, Madinet Nasr, Cairo
Phone: 02 24800100 

Sofitel Cairo ElGezirah 

How does an early morning walk along the Nile sound? Enjoy Sofitel’s private promenade for reflective mornings and nights, and maybe also enjoy a night at the Opera, a day at the Egyptian Museum or a colourful night at Khan ElKhalili which are all a convenient walking distance from the hotel. Book your room overlooking the Nile and Cairo’s skyline at a starting rate of 1600 LE per night.

Address: 3 El Thawra Council St Zamalek Downtown, Cairo
Phone: 02 27373737  

Ramses Hilton

The sublime high-rise tower overlooking the Nile promises you a glamorous stay with classic décor and a gorgeous, panoramic city view as well as four restaurants, an outdoor pool and a casino. You can also go for an excursion through downtown Cairo’s historic streets with Tahrir Square just a 12-minute walk away. Start planning your weekend with Ramses Hilton with rates starting at 599 LE per person including service charges, taxes, and a complimentary breakfast.

Address: 1115 Nile Corniche, Sharkas, Cairo
Phone: 02 25777444 

Cairo Marriot Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino

Located on Gezira Island, the casino hotel offers Nile river views and access to an executive lounge with a free, HOT breakfast. The dining options all sound scrumptious, ranging from sushi to Italian, while the casino is equipped with slot machines, cars, and various table games. Call them up and book your stay for rates starting at $130 including service charges, sales taxes, car park, and a complimentary breakfast.

Address: 16, Gezira St, Cairo
Phone: 02 27283000

Sinbad Club Beach Resort
 

A palm-lined paradise overlooking the Red Sea, Sinbad Club Beach Resort is for those of us who just can’t escape the lure of one last seaside vacation. A mere minute’s walk from the nearest beach and just five kilometres from Hurghada Airport. The hotel promises a relaxing, quite stay, as well as Italian and Asian dining options. Don’t forget your tanning oil and book your sea view room now for rates starting at 800 LE per night.

Address: Village Road, Hurghada
Phone: 065 340422

Old Cataract Aswan

River views, a pool overlooking the Nile, majestic terraces, dramatic archways and butler-serviced suites are not the only things the Old Cataract has to offer. Once the inspiration of guest Agatha’s Christie’s thriller novels, this Aswan gem is a mere two kilometres away from the unfinished obelisk and seven kilometres away from the Philae temple. You can also enjoy one of four upscale restaurants or bars and maybe spend your night binge watching Grand Hotel whilst placing where each shot takes place. Book Nazli’s room now for rates starting at 3350 LE per night.

Address: Abtal El Tahrir Street, Aswan
Phone: 097 2316000

Sofitel Winter Palace

This nineteenth century palace overlooks the Nile and the Theban Necropolis with a sprawling landscape that will surely get your mind off your career woes. When you decide to step out from the gorgeous outdoors pool, however unlikely, you can head to the Luxor temple which is a mere ten-minute walk from the hotel. Breakfast is complimentary, and the hotel is fully equipped with three dining options and four different bars. Book your mini vacation now with rates starting at 1415 LE per night.

Address: Kornish Al Nile, Luxor
Phone: 095 2380425