While all Nuweiba lovers have their favourite camp, if you want a camp with a sandy rather than rocky beach and some of the most gracious hosts around; try Soft Beach. Located at the south entrance of Tarabin beach in Nuweiba, Soft Beach provides sweet serenity and a magical retreat from the Cairo chaos.
Whether you’re taking the bus or brave enough to drive yourself; the camp isn’t hard to find. Located directly off the highway on the Taba-Nuweiba Route, the camp is approximately a 30-minute drive after Ananda towards Nuweiba town andthe Nuweiba hospital.
The camp will take over six hours to reach from Cairo. Nestled along the shoreline with clear blue waters and plenty of coral reefs, Soft Beach is a wonderful spot for snorkelers. While the sandy beach itself is rather spacious, it’s perfect for activities ranging from frisbee to yoga.
If you’re up for sleeping under the stars, the beach can be your bed for 30LE a night. Bamboo and wooden huts are also available including large huts that can hold between two to three people (60LE per hut for one person, plus 30LE per additional person), or smaller huts that are ideal for no more than one person unless you like to cuddle real close (40LE per hut, plus 30LE per additional person). During this reviewer’s many visits, the huts have always been clean and provide a locked door, electricity outlet and bedding, as well as mosquito nets.
Western-style shared bathrooms are found on site, divided between men’s and women’s. The bathrooms may not be fancy but they are clean and tidy, and the toilets and shower get the job done. The newly remodelled showers are open to the sky for any open-air shower fans.
A free breakfast is also included in the cost of all overnight stays and is cooked up in the only café at the camp site. Cushions line the walls as lanterns dimly light the open-air café. Whether you opt for sweet pancakes with banana and honey, or a traditional Egyptian breakfast; their food is substantial and satisfying. The full-scale menu ranges from mezzas including hummus and salad to pizza and pasta dishes; all ranging between 15LE to 45LE. Drinks include fresh juices, iced coffee and beer and wine. Open until 11PM, the open-air café also makes for a great place for a game of cards at night.
If you left your reading material behind, there’s a small collection of books on site, free of charge. Snorkelling gear is also available for rent or purchase and day trips to St. Catherine’s or a hike in the mountains can be arranged as well.
From the camp’s liberal atmosphere (read: few rules apply) to the outstanding customer service, owners Cristina and Kamal never fail to help you feel right at home. They treat you like family and after a visit or two, getting a discount isn’t difficult to come by.
For a day at the camp including a night’s stay, food, drinks, and rentals, expect to pay between 100 to 120LE; which makes Soft Beach a reasonably priced holiday option. If you’re an internet junkie, Wi-Fi is also available free of charge; but seeing as how you’re at the beach, do you really need a laptop?
Soft Beach is a consistent choice and is never disappointing. From its usual cleanliness to the sandy beaches and staff that knows how to make you feel at home, there might be nothing better.
For reservations, contact Soft Beach on (002) 0693500010 or check out their website for more information.