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“sunny for ten months of the year”
Review of El Gouna

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merseyside
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
97 helpful votes
“sunny for ten months of the year”
Reviewed October 23, 2007

cosmopolitan area ,but has a lot of building going on around the region ,not really suitable for children more geared to adults.
Nice marina with pavement cafes and bars ,some designer shops and some tourist shops.Very few discos or night clubs
Down town area called Tama Henna plenty of cafes restuarnts covering most types of food ,internet cafe ,pharmacy,photography shops,local craft shops,and european supermarkets for those self catering in apartments or villas
Some good standard hotels in region,mixed nationalities visiting, none particulary dominant.
Lagoons and beach front dotted throughout the region mainly safe swimming,
Kite surfing popular in windy region behind marina
Good place to acess other regions for trips and historical culture but none locally.
Friendly people ,no hassle , good cost of living and value for the pound.

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Liverpool
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
12 helpful votes
“Dawar El Omda and El Gouna”
Reviewed June 8, 2007

El Gouna is a pleasant and attractive resort. Although it is a purpose built resort, it does have a heart! It was out of season when we visited (1st week in June) and was fairly quiet.

The hotel was lovely - peaceful, small, clean and friendly. (Dawar El Omda).

Beaches aren't great, but breeze was very welcome.
Couldn't find any boat trips, but divers should have a good time.

The Thai restaurant - White Elephant- was fantastic. Food amazing and cheap compared to England. You can choose your own grade of spicy - from a bit spicy (1) to Thai spicy (5).

Don't go to Hurghada. We spent a day there and have never visited anywhere so awful. It's like a demolition/buiding site.

Would have liked to go to Cairo or Luxor, but maybe next time....

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Kent
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
27 helpful votes
“El Gouna - love it or Hate it!”
Reviewed January 11, 2007

El Gouna: A new, small, up-market resort. All built within the past 15 years.
Ideal for a simple hastle free holiday, but not a typical taste of Egypt, if that is what you are looking for.

English is widely spoken and is probably the main language used with tourists.
Very safe, friendly and hassle free. It is like an up market, European seaside/Marina town, (not 3rd world). There are no beggars; no bartering; no litter on the street; the building are all freshly painted.

There is a simple shuttle bus service around the resort - only 2 buses routes and their total journey times are about 5 minutes!
You buy unlimited travel for the week for 15Ep. Or if you prefer to get a taxi - again all the prices are set. Anywhere in El gouna 10Ep, airport or Hurhgada 100Ep (approx. £10). It took 20 minutes to drive to the airport.

There are a variety of restaurants covering international cuisine. Generally you could dine for the equivalent of £10 per head or less. We ate in the Moroccan restaurant one night: there were a number of veg*n options on the menu. The food was pleasant, edible but bland and unexciting. If you don’t like spicy food, you do not need to be cautious of eating in here. The Indian restaurant had a very limited menu with almost nothing Vegetarian. Our favourite was the Lebanese Cafe next to the Foul House.

With a 4 year old we did not sample the night life. There is a playground and mingolf - for small children - near Marina. A small museum and aquarium, which may interest small children. Gold course with driving range (in to the lagoo?).
You can have a 'sight seeing' boat trip around the lagoon. There aren't any 'real' sights, you are just looking at the hotels, but it was interesting enough.

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England
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
42 helpful votes
“Not quite perfect - yet !”
Reviewed May 30, 2006

El Gouna is very different to anywhere we've ever been before and we liked it. Maybe I'm being a bit harsh but I was unhappy with the very rough and dusty roads especially when using the very cheap open-air transport aound the town. Even the roads in "Downtown" (village centre) were not finished. The pavements were a bit tricky with big drops into the unmade roads.

Went to the toilet in one bar and it was not a pleasant experience for a so-called "upmarket" area. The rest of Downtown is OK but nothing really special, usual shops, bars, restaurants, Banks, ATMs, tourist info, Post Office etc, free live entertainment several times a week. The New Marina is much better and seems almost complete, but is more expensive to dine out. Saturday night brings out the Hotel chefs who setup around the roadway and server dinner with free entertainment - really nice. Shops, banks, ATMs etc here also. Diving, Golf, Windsurfing, Kite surfing all on offer - did not see any Jet skis (maybe too dangerous with the reef). Overall nice to have everything in one VERY SAFE place when going out from the Hotel.

There lots of building around but it's on the outskirts so not "next door" to anything you're likley to be near. The idea of being on a set of lagoons is nice but it's all man-made and there not really any real clear water until you get out to the beach front.

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