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With its own touch of radiance, Lumière Beach is a glowing addition to the North Coast scene. Set up in a prime location at El Masyaf compound, Ras El Hekma, just 75km from Marsa Matrouh, this idyllic seaside retreat by M squared Developments offers an escape like no other from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Enjoying an impressive 171 acres of land, and fringing a pristine 1km beachfront on the Mediterranean shore, the compound offers a range of attractive units for sale, covering stand-alone villas, twin and town houses, staggered chalets and cabanas.

We arrived in desperate need of some serious R&R, and left tanned, relaxed, invigorated and eager for a return visit. From the moment we entered, it captured us with its vibrant yet laid-back energy, distinctive style and myriad amenities. Divinely understated, the interior of our day-use cabana was the epitome of today’s swerve towards a more world-traveler chic, drawing on authentic textiles, organic materials and a nature inspired palette.

The neighboring cabana offered a huge day-bed and shower with skylight, while our cabana boasted a compact kitchenette and bar with high stools, perfect for a well-mixed sundowner. Our cabana was also set off by a private pool overlooking the pristine beach and beckoning sea.

Comfort and all the facilities we could want were there, but in a way that merged seamlessly with the pearly white sand, amazingly azure sea and wind-sculpted rocks. Sheltered by a striking range of mountains, Lumière Beach offers a feeling of exclusive intimacy that we hadn’t found in other spots.

We headed straight for the pet-friendly beach with the family pooch in tow, and found the bay offered just the right number of nooks and crannies to give a nice level of privacy, before going back to our own personal pool to chill while enjoying the vista in front of us.

By midday hunger pangs were setting in so we made the most of the grill facilities on the beach, which came with waiter service. We cooled off with fresh juices from the beach bar while we lunched on freshly grilled fish. Doesn’t food always taste better in the sea air?

Lumière Beach offers a great variety of games, entertainment and sports facilities; the kids found plenty to keep them amused, with beach rackets, kites, baby soccer and water pistols. We kept them at a comfortable distance, within eyesight, while we eased back on the huge beach-beds and sleeping pillows on the shore just out of the reach of the gently lapping waves.

It took a lot of willpower to budge from that perfect setting and pack up for the journey home. We sadly had to forgo the tempting offer of Arabian tea while enjoying the sunset. Next time…

The hot topic for the next few hours’ drive was how long it would be before we could buy one of the charming units to make our very own, with many more blissful days to enjoy year after year. Not long, we hope.

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