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Imperial Shams Abu Soma

4 stars

Safaga, Red Sea and Middle East

For your diving holiday to Safaga, the Imperial Hotel is a comfortable all-inclusive hotel set directly on the beach with the dive centre a few minutes’ walk away.

Directly overlooking the beach, approximately 45 minute drive south of Hurghada airport, 7km north of Safaga and approximately a 5 minute walk to the dive centre. Nestled in the foot of Soma Bay the hotel is located in between the sister hotels, 3* Shams Safaga and 5* Shams Prestige.

322 comfortable air conditioned rooms set around the pool with full or partial views of the sea/ pool. Room categories include Standard, Superior Duplex or Superior Seafront. Maximum occupancy is 2 adults and 1 child in a Double Room, 3 adults in a Triple Room, or 2 adults and 2 to 3 children in a Family Room with connecting rooms available on request. WiFi is available with an extra charge payable locally.

The Standard Rooms are comfortably furnished with air-conditioning, ensuite bathroom, satellite TV, safe box, mini-fridge, phone, a balcony or terrace and for an extra charge.

The Superior Duplex rooms are approximately 40m², with a sitting room, small kitchenette (not equipped for cooking), ensuite bathroom and a balcony. The mezzanine upper floor features the bedroom and a small bathroom.

The Superior Seafront rooms are approximately 30m² in size, with a larger balcony, with a Jacuzzi and panoramic views of the bay and sea.

The hotel is all inclusive; this includes buffet style meals for breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner plus a teatime and late snack menu. Drinks are served by the glass (with set times) soft drinks, mineral water, local beer, wine and spirits. Internet access and WiFi are available in the hotel at an extra charge. The hotel offers 3 restaurants; including 2 á-la-carte Italian and Oriental restaurants (reservations required) as well as a coffee shop, internet café, pool and beach bars.

There are 2 swimming pools (one heated in the winter months), a children's pool, sun terrace, spa centre and fitness room. Tennis, squash, volleyball, football and table tennis facilities are available. Massage’s, a jacuzzi and sauna are available with an extra fee. The Shams Spa Centre is independently managed and located at the hotel. There is an indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, steam bath, Egyptian Hammam, beauty salon or a specialist massage treatment such as a Chocolate Oil, Oasis Stone, Pharaoh Massage or full body Sea Weed scrub. All services are payable locally for an additional charge. The Shams scuba diving centre is located on the beach in front of Hotel Shams a short walk along the beach. Tennis, squash, volleyball, football, gym, billiard and table tennis are all available.

Children up to 5 years stay free of charge and for children between 6-12 years discounts of up to 50% are available. Extra facilities for children include a Kids’ pool and play-ground and Kids Club for children from 4 to 12 years.

PADI Dive Centre located on site. More >

Fact File

Diving Conditions

House Reef Shore Diving Boat Diving Wreck Diving Tech Diving






Best Time: Year round

Average Air temps: 20-33°C

Average Water temps: 21-27°C

Visibility: 5-100m (Jan-June)
Up to 200m (July - December)

Safaga Dive Sites: Panorama - excellent wall dive, Salem Express -  excellent hard & soft corals and same size as Thistlegorm. Abu Qifan - exciting wall dive. Sha'ab Saiman (Mantas - winter), Abu Qifan - hammerheads late spring. More >

Safaga Dive Centre:
Shams Safaga Dive Centre Shore & boat diving & PADI courses. More >


Great Reasons to Dive in Safaga

  • Shallow reefs ideal for learn to dive
  • Drop offs, walls & overhangs
  • Large pelagics & Mantas
  • Fast drift dives off shore
  • Wreck diving
  • Liveaboard options
  • Good for families and non-divers
  • Multi sport options - windsurfing & kitesurfing



Dive Holidays Sportif

Sportif Dive is a specialist tour operator offering a wide range of diving holidays all over the world. Our choice of destinations is extensive from established locations in the Red Sea, Maldives, Caribbean and the Far East to the exotic and unusual such as Rodrigues Island in the Indian Ocean, Wakatobi, Truk, Palau, South America & the Pacific. Whether you are looking to for a Learn to Dive course, group expedition or trip of a lifetime we can help. With over 30 years experience and a personal approach, we can advise on the ideal location to suit your needs, at a price to suit your budget.

Our extensive knowledge of the destinations means we can recommend the right location for you. Our diving centres are selected for their excellent standards of service and safety. Whatever your priority, whether starting out or wishing to dive a technically challenging site we can recommend a range of options offering the best diving for when you wish to travel. We can organise all your travel arrangements for you, pre-book equipment and diving packages in advance to maximise your time when you get there.

As an independent tour operator, we select only the hotels, liveaboards and diving centres that offer the best standards and quality of service but at the right price. Without the overheads of a large mass market operator, we can offer the best value diving holidays often with great discounts and special offers.

Our consultants have many years experience in travel and are divers. They are able to closely match your needs and take time to recommend from a carefully selected range of accommodation and diving packages. With first hand knowledge, they are passionate about diving and travel and providing the perfect holiday for you.

Sportif also have a specialist multisport division offering instruction and rental packages for windsurfing, kitesurfing and surfing. Our specialist centres are located in some of our diving resorts, often minutes from the Dive Centre for easy coordination of activities. Packages offered included taster and learn to right through to intensive coaching weeks up to expert level. Children can start from 8 years.

Sportif Dive are an ATOL bonded operator which means that every element of your holiday is secure. With the worry of disruption to your holiday plans from weather disruption or airline failure you can be sure that we will be there to help every step of the way.