The revamped Old Cataract Hotel has several top-end outlets, but none grander than the 1902. Under its Moorish-inspired dome, the chefs – trained here and in France – serve some of the finest food in the country. The outcome is sophisticated, expensive and mostly nouvelle cuisine.

There is usually duck from France, fresh fish from the Red Sea, perhaps some foie gras, good Italian oils and cheese, a serious wine list from around the world…Service is as attentive as the room is grand, and guests are invited to play their part by dressing for the occasion. As a dining experience, there is simply nothing else like this south of Cairo.