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Summer may be just around the corner for the thawing cities of Europe and North America, but on Egypt’s sunny Red Sea coast it’s already arrived, with warm days giving way to starry ni
Nestled between rugged desert mountains and a gentle azure sea, at the El Gouna resort flowers are in bloom, the golf course is trimmed, the warm water beckons, and the friendly staff awaits your arrival, eager to show off the jem of Egypt’s Red Sea Riviera.
The destination’s year-round sunshine is only a small part of its appeal. El Gouna’s picturesque Abu Tig Marina unique architecture adds charm and beauty while offering some of the best cuisines and shopping experiences to be had in Egypt.
Conveniently located just minutes from an international airport, El Gouna is a short flight from any European capital, and yet upon arrival it quickly becomes clear that it is a world apart. It’s not unusual to pass camel-borne Bedouin on the way in from the airport as El Gouna comes into view, an oasis of stately oriental architecture and dazzling lagoons fringed with sandy beaches and verdant fairways.
One of a Kind
The resort is Egypt’s first fully-integrated beachside village, where guests are treated to luxury amenities and services on par with the world’s best seaside destinations. With miles of sandy beaches, a wide choice of accommodations, and endless opportunities for outdoor activities El Gouna combines the warm hospitality and allure of the East with the luxury conveniences of the West, making it a perfect year-round retreat.
What sets El Gouna apart more than anything is its strong sense of community; travelers can expect smiles and friendly greetings from the moment they arrive, not only from the staff, but from residents from all over the world who call this place home.
El Gouna enjoys its share of luxury accommodations operated by respected international hoteliers like Moevenpick and Sheraton, but it also includes an upscale residential neighborhood, sailing marina, an international school, state of the art hospital, and a lively town center with plenty of shopping, restaurants, and nightlife.
Endless Opportunities for Active Travelers
During the day guests can enjoy the Red Sea itself, kept warm by the sun’s rays. Experienced and novice divers alike can arrange for guided tours of world-famous reefs, coral walls, and shipwrecks while the less adventurous soak up the sunshine on white sandy beaches. Families will appreciate the gentle waters of El Gouna’s protected lagoons while more active travelers can enjoy water sports, wind and kitesurfing.
There’s plenty of fun to be had for land lovers as well. The village center and marina town are a shopper’s dream, offering the best of Europe’s runways, hand-made local wares and souvenirs aplenty. Those looking to experience a slice of Arab life can arrange for desert safaris (by camel or jeep), and longer holidays accommodate the short flights to Cairo or Luxor plus guided tours of Egypt’s Pharaonic heritage, including the Great Pyramids at Giza, the Valley of the Kings, and the Temple at Karnak.
Tee-Time, Anytime, on El Gouna’s 18-hole Course
Golfers tired of waiting for summer can tee-off any time of the year on El Gouna’s lovely and challenging 18-hole PGA golf course, meticulously landscaped and maintained with recycled water. Designed by golfing greats Gene Bates and Fred Couples, the course accommodates golfers at all levels, and resident pros are available to provide lessons for novices and helpful tips for the more experienced.
Scenically located at the foot of the mountains, the course unfolds around inland lagoons and offers breathtaking views of the town, the beach, and the ocean. A pleasant sea breeze keeps things cool, the sun always shines, and no round is ever rained out.
Nightlife and Dining
After a long day, whether out on the water or out on the greens, guests can look forward to a cool night under a desert sky alight with endless stars. Those who prefer to stay up will find that El Gouna is as exciting by night as it is by day. With more than a hundred establishments offering everything from traditional Middle Eastern dishes and Chinese food to hamburgers and pizza, El Gouna caters to a wide variety of palates.
Those looking for a taste of the East can follow up dinner with an Oriental dance show at the Bedouin Oasis or enjoy a relaxing shisha (water pipe) under the stars. Night owls will find that the town stays up late, offering a wide range of bars, cafes, and nightclubs.