A four-day weekend absolutely cannot be spent sitting at home, can it? Get out! Egypt's got plenty to be done.
Being given a four-day weekend for us adults illicits the same feelings as it would a child waking up early on Christmas morning and rushing down the stairs to the sight of all their gifts under the Christmas tree. We know it's Easter, but there's no such thing as an Easter tree so the simile wouldn't quite work. Anyway, we're ecstatic for a chance to take a break and breathe in the fresh spring air - that means we'll have to do things other than stay in bed all weekend, though. Good thing we've got plenty of options; our standards are pretty high when it comes to things better than staying in bed.
Cairo Jazz Club
It's the king, Mohamed Mounir. Need we say more? He'll be performing Monday night. To cut to the chase, get your tickets now here for 120 LE Standing Zone or 200 LE VIP Zone.
Put yourself in a total state of Trance with A & Z, Fad & Mina, Hazem Beltagui, and Tamer Hossam, for a night of Trance devotion this Easter weekend. Early bird tickets are 250 LE, pre-sale are 300 LE, and VIP are 500 LE. For further info and reservations, message the Egypt Trance Family on their Facebook page here.
We'd usually be spending Easter colouring eggs and chasing around bunnies, but it's now a perfect time for a party binge, and Royal Maxim Kempinski are treating us to a good dose. They've put together a rad three day Easter celeb with DJAD from Beirut, DJ Mari Ferrari and renowned producer DJ Ivan Spell from Russia, Italian JazzyFunk, and for the first time in Egypt The Secret Garden, along with a lot more surprises to come.
Have a fery lofely night with Fery, Philip Loupa, Peto, and belly dancer Magda putting that cherry on top of an awesome weekend for an Easter Extravaganza at Cavallini.
The arts of Easter are not simply to go on an egg hunt with a chocolate bunny, for it has to involve a farther journey. The moon, you ask? Think bigger. If you're one of the lucky ones, you, along with three other cool people, would be snatching up a trip to Gouna! We can totally keep you company if you're searching for +1s.
Roses are red, violets are blue. Eggs are white, but coloured by you! Easter has come around to let your inner Picasso loose for weeks of bungee trampoline, face painting, silly snaps, jewellery making, air hockey, and - you guessed it - egg basket colouring! Just don't actually eat the colours, although we're sure they look quite tempting.
InterContinental CityStars Hotel
Easter is a feast-er at Fayruz with a live band, an exotic belly dancer, and kids activities! The DJ will be spinning some cool tunes while you get some signature Easter stuff to munch on. For further info and reservations, call +(202) 24800009.
Bunnies bunnies bunnies, they're so funny, 'round Easter time! Le Sud's brunch offer of a live harpist and delicious platters for 330 LE got us singing like we're starring in Mamma Mia. Feel free to join!
Cairo Marriott Hotel
Easter weekend is as good a time as any to get our grub on, right? Plenty to choose from between Mirage Cafe, La Patisserie, Lake Promenade, and The Beach, with a special treatment at Mandara Spa to reward yourself after all the energy you exerted at the Egg Hunt.
It's not easy to please every member of the family if you're trying to get away for a long weekend, but there are a few options: killer tunes and belly dancer moves are over at Vintage Bar & Lounge, good food abounds at Citron for Easter and Sham El Nessim, and there's food and fun for the whole family at Sol Pool Bar as you enjoy your stay at the Renaissance. Everybody wins.
It's a holiday, so that's always a good excuse to eat something sweet. A leisurely stay at Ramses Hilton opens you up to all sorts of chocolate desserts at Garden Court Cafe and Sham El Nessim Brunch with all the sweet trimmings.
Four Seasons Hotel Cairo Nile Plaza
Seems like the North Coast isn't totally out of the game with Marassi spicing things up just in time for the sizzling summertime fun. This year, they're putting together their Spring Festival activities to hook all members of the family up with great hotel offers, beach yoga retreat, kids' entertainment, and much more! Give the city the well-deserved break from you... or the other way around.
Ostouret el Oshtoora is no farther away than the realm of the imagination, but the people behind it are offering you a piece of your dream composed of a camping musical festival of arts to guide you onto your experimenting shenanigans. Food, warm sun, beautiful scenery, and a massive musical lineup all seem like sorts of things you'd actually prefer over dreaming, no?
Easter weekend is bringing out lots of cheeky bunnies to play, and by cheeky bunnies, we mean you. Sharm Music Festival #SMF2016 is back around with a party sequel with the hottest lineup and the raddest tunes for you to get in touch with your inner cheeky bunny. Tickets are for 1100 LE/110 EUR/$125. For further info, call 011 214 22221 or 01091554755.
Your body is a temple, and so is your music library, which is why you need to be treating yourself to a good spiritual musical cleansing with a killer view of the sea – and Mohamed Sadek, Hamza, Shafei, Aguizi, Fahim, Gaser, and Moste will all be there to guide you through with their tunes. Tickets are for 200 LE.
Fourth year. Three days. Two words: 3al Ganoob. Marsa Alam is inviting you over for Easter weekend with lots of cool activities underwater, jam sessions, and delicious food.
Chubby bunny? You're normally stuffing marshmallows in your mouth, but it's time to swap it over for some feseekh. Easter is around the corner, and Color Beach Club is bringing you #EMF with DJ Fuzzy, Abou Samra, Gawdat, Baher, Ayman Nageeb, Sharkas, Aguizi and Fahim behind the decks for an awesome Hurghadian night.
EDX, Nora En Pure, Ahmed Kilic, Marc Vedo, Fabric, and Medy. We'll let that sink in. Easter is getting heavenly with an incredible lineup at Heaven Boulevard, and nothing inside is real except your dreams. Trust us, even the currency won't be in Egyptian pounds.
Work work work work work! Gouna is about to get steamed up with byGaz coming back to its shores for a grooving night and the sexiest retro kicks. Mr Louis and Sharam Jey are taking you back to the roaring disco 80s for a night of nostalgia - gymwear and all.
Easter has come around and brought along a hundred dozen awesome parties all across the country, but you better do Easter right this year. We're not talking about feseekh around the table with renga snacks, it's GOUNA GODDAMMIT! Bunnies have escaped their cages for the pools, and they're inviting you to sip on your favourite cocktails under the sizzling sun alongside. David Mayer has flown all the way from Berlin for this, and he'll be spinning them decks with Baher, Aguizi & Fahim, and A-Squared. For reservations and further inquiries call +2 0111 968 7339
Samia Gamal may not be around to steam up the tabla, but Heshek Beshek brought you the next best thing, Smakmak Girls. Their initials being the same is definitely not a coincidence, or is it?
We get a little excited whenever someone is named after food, or mentions food, or just food. You can only imagine how psyched we are now that DJ CHEETOS will be spinning some tunes alongside DJ Malak poolside right around time for Easter! Ditch the herrings and get yourself a bag of cheetos for God's sake. Get us one too. Thanks.
Get all groovy for Easter at Mangroovy's Easter Festival, which will be lasting for five whole days of a party marathon, and Gouna is known for raising the brightest party demons! DJs Safi and Akladios will be taking control to fire you up just in case the Gouna spirit hasn't kicked in yet.
Somabay has taken the full responsibility of turning all their grounds into one big happy Easter festival! Sports by the sea, egg hunting, and nightlife bunnies are all rounded up all over Kempinski, Westin, Sheraton, and all the details are over on the event's Facebook page here. Can we get a round of applause?
BLURR For A Change
Did you know that there's actually a marathon for kids? Called KIDATHON? Apart from learning new words, a whole bunch of kids are about to get introduced to the Sahl Hasheesh lifestyle in a two-day camp with a 2k KIDATHON! No kidding.
The way you spring is just not up to par anymore, but Sahl Hasheesh will fix that up for you. East is getting a whole lot Easter with a little Hurghada touch. You can thank us later. We totally accept handwritten love letters.
Gouna's Club 88 is egg-sceding your egg-spectations with an Easter weekend party that features Malak on Friday, Amr Hosny on Sunday, and to wrap it up with DJunkie on Monday. Are you out for colourful eggs or chocolate bunnies?
Stella Di Mare Ain Sokhna
As if Gouna's Marina needed anymore glorifying, they went and flipped the place head over heels every Friday with an outdoor extravaganza of live tunes, big shows, and - most importantly - lots of fun!
Sahl Hasheesh is making sure your Sham is totally Nessim. The Oberoi is offering some cool rates for a deluxe room for 1,900 LE, or the grand deluxe for 2,500 LE, or a grand suit with pool for 4,000, or the ROYAL suite with pool for 5,300 LE.
All throughout Easter weekend, you can get to enjoy a free night if you book two for only $140 for single or $160 for double per night. This includes breakfast, a steamy egg hunt competition, live baking station for the kids (and you too, sure), along with live cooking poolside in the breezy air and hot Luxor sun for 450 LE.
Aswan is exploding with fun facts and rich history, all up for the taking, along with an Easter weekend stay, at Sofitel Old Cataract. They're offering you a single room for $160 per night, or a double for $180 that will include a scrumptious breakfast, baking with the little kids, and fresh cooking by the pool for 450 LE per person. The most important part of all: a crazy egg hunting competition! Easter bunny's waiting for you.