Me and my boyfriend stayed at the Arena Inn for 2 weeks at the beginning of september and It is by far the best holiday we have had. We have been on many holidays mainly to Greece but thought we'd give Egypt a go and we are so glad we did.
The resort of El Gouna is an extremely laid back and relaxing resort, there is not much nightlife, there is however many bars and resturants in downtown and at the marina so there are plenty of restaurants etc to choose from. There are a variety of different resturants from Thai, Greek, Spanish & Mexican, Chinese and of course Egyptian -but we didn't think much of the egyptian food!! Everyone is so friendly in the resturants and around El Gouna-they all want to get to know you which we found very welcoming. The hotel seems to attract many germans- I would say only 10% English! Not a major problem, except the towels!
The hotel is lovely, so much better than what we expected especially with the low price we paid. Hotel room was fairly large, had balconly, tv, large comfy double bed, fridge, plenty of cupboard space and a brilliant bathroom (without bath). The swimming pool was lovely, spent many days there soaking up the rays and enjoying the lagoon view.
Mohammed from Strong Waves is lovely! We booked the Dolphin House snorkelling trip with him and what an amazing experience!! Full day out on a boat in the red sea, lunch included- we must have saw up to 100 dolphins, we soon jumped in and swam with them, took some lovely underwater photos which I still can't get over! I would advise you take a decent underwater camera if you plan to do this or even if you want to see the fish or corals. We did 2 other dives at coral reefs where there were loads of amazing fish so a good camera would make it better!! brilliant day out!
We also booked Cairo and went with our own private tour guide (who spoke very good english)- we booked through our thomas cook rep on this one. This was also a brilliant day out as you get to see the pyramids, a chance to ride on a camel, go inside a tomb and visit the Egyptian museum. Do not let any local egyptians take photos of you, even if you say no they may grab your camera and do it anyway then demand money even when you say you have none! If this happens tell your tour guide straight away. Also be aware of how much things should cost before you even think of buying anything-you will soon be ripped off even if you think you are getting a bargain.
We also did quad biking in the desert, we booked through Alex Safari. It was another trip that exceeded our expectations- we were out for hours riding in the desert, we even saw the bedouin camps and met some local people. Another great experience!
..I would advise going bed and breakfast- the food at the hotel doesn't seem great and having heard from others-there is not much choice and all very much the same etc..breakfast is more than fine though- egg station/choice of about 7 cereals/toast and jam etc/ bread / fresh melon/ croissants / cake and other random things for b'fast. so you will never get bored. A nice english breakfast would have made it even better but never mind.
We will definately be coming back here and even to this hotel! We always like to try somewhere different but we know this hotel is great and very reasonably priced so there will be no hesitation.
Overall great hotel, perfect location, amazing holiday- One not to be forgotten!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Arena Inn Hotel is a convivial mid-sized El Gouna hotel offering all the amenities expected of a Red Sea holiday resort. Built along the saltwater lagoon that separates the island of Kafr El Gouna from the Downtown mainland area, the hotel offers a peaceful waterfront setting a few steps from all the facilities and services of the fully integrated resort town of El Gouna. Cafés, restaurants, supermarkets, shopping galleries, and evening entertainment venues with live music and shows are all within walking distance. The hotel's infinity pool overlooks a swimming lagoon bordered by a small sandy beach. Arena Inn guests also have access to the hotel's sea beach on nearby Zeytouna Island, reached by shuttle boat or bus, where some of the best snorkeling in El Gouna can be found. Arena Inn's main restaurant, Laguna, is built to resemble a wooden ship's interior. It boasts splendid views over the turquoise lagoon from its panoramic wooden deck. The Arena Inn counts 144 hotel rooms in three main buildings facing the lagoon on one side and the golf course on the other. This Red Sea hotel is family friendly, offering entertainment opportunities, a kids playground, as well as connecting rooms for added convenience. It also welcomes couples and groups of friends. The Arena Inn is particularly appreciated for its very nice atmosphere, and repeat guests praise the staff's friendliness. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Arena Hotel El Gouna
- Arena Resort El Gouna