In the shadow of the pyramids of Giza, the Mena House Oberoi couldn't have a more memorable setting. Originally a royal hunting lodge, this historic hotel retains a feeling of regal grandeur and is an oasis of calm, which is surprising considering its proximity to one of the world's greatest tourist attractions. Regular calls to prayer are the only reminder of the outside world.

Luxurious interiors include exquisite antiques, ornate furnishings and hundreds of photographs of past explorers and dignitaries.

Don't miss the nightclub, decorated in swathes of fabric and candlelit booths circling the stage and dance floor. Its interior wouldn't be out of place in a Bond movie, with 007 sipping a martini, mesmerised by the exotic belly dancer.

Wow factor
: The views of the Great Pyramid of Khufu.

Flight time:
From five hours five minutes.

: Abercrombie & Kent (0845 618 2200; offers three nights B&B in a Mena Garden Pyramids View room from £898 per person, including British Airways flights, transfers and a guided tour of the pyramids.