el gouna

El Gouna - a little different vacation

 El Gouna is one of Egypt's most exciting places, a paradise carved out of the desert dunes and filled with Red Sea's inviting bathing water. Its unique design in the face of heat rays create sky blue shades in the lagoons, which has made it a favorite among many Egypt-lovers. With narrow streets and Nubian-inspired architecture in warm earth tones El Gouna is an exclusive holiday resort with distinctive charm.

El Gouna is designed in a network of canals around the islands and peninsulas of colorful buildings and shallow lagoons. The town is located only 25 kilometers north of Hurghada with the same good climate, making it a perfect destination - all year round.

 

Nightlife - where things happens

 

Nightlife is centered on two sites; Abu Tig Marina with the new expansion "New marina" which is a pleasant marina with yachts and a very pleasant waterfront promenade. The other; Downtown offers an exclusive selection of stylish cafes, shops, restaurants and bars with pleasant atmosphere. El Gouna is a smaller and quieter resort with a strong focus on relaxation and comfort.

Beach life above and under water

 Since the location is directly on the Red Sea, it is synonymous with adventurous underwater. Conditions in the crystal clear water provides some of the world's best diving and snorkeling conditions with a variety of fish and coral to look at. In addition, the gorgeous lagoons and shallow water are very child friendly.

popular activities

Flat beaches with stable wind conditions allow kite surfers from all over the world to come here. Several places along the west side of the Red Sea has thus established itself as a leading kitesurfing destination, and El Gouna is a favorite. The more experienced kiters will probably prefer Mangroovy Beach, it is the place to go to find stronger and more stable wind, sun and a lot of space. To try out kitesurfing for the first time, we recommend beginners course on Zaytoun Beach.

El Gouna has an 18-hole golf course in top class with gorgeous views and beautiful surroundings. The golf course is open all year round and suitable for experienced golfers and beginners. Here you can shop in the "pro shop" or rent all the equipment you need. On the golf course there is a well-placed terrace with bar and restaurant offering indoor and outdoor dining.

Honors

In 2014 won the resort town award "Global Green Award", an award that is sponsored by the United Nations Environment Programme and distributed to projects showing "significant measures" and "effort" of environmental sustainability. El Gouna is the first destination in Africa and Middle East which is awarded.

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Dine Around El Gouna

A unique opportunity for you to have a holiday in El Gouna

 

Dine Around El Gouna is an extremely good deal for those who book a hotel stay with All Inclusive. The concept is simple: A number of hotels and restaurants in El Gouna working together to offer its guests a wide range of dining options ..

 

Restaurants (dinner)

Beverages will incur additional cost*

 

For those who book 5* hotel:

 

You can choose any of the restaurants that are included (see which ones are included below)

 

For those who book 3-4* hotels:

 

You can choose freely among all 3-4* restaurants that are included (see below)

 

You who have booked 3-4* hotels also get great discounts if you want to eat at 5* restaurant.

 

Dine Around - Facts and questions

 

Who can take advantage of the offer?

 

Offer valid for those booking half-board or all inclusive at all our hotels:

 

5* Movenpick Resort& Spa, Steigenberger Golf Resort, Sheraton Miramar

 

4* Bellevue

 

Is there any limit to how many times I can take advantage of the offer?

 

For those who have booked 1 week stay in El Gouna, you get 3 restaurant visits included in the Dine Around.

 

For those booking two weeks, you get 4 restaurant visits.

 

Do I reserve a table?

Reservations must be made in advance to plan visits. To book a table at one of the restaurants please consult the hotel reception where you live. Booking must be made before 12.00.

 

Are drinks to food including me who ordered the All Inclusive?

Drinks are not included for the food, beverage will always entail additional cost and must be paid directly to the restaurant.

 

Terms:

Dinner reservations must be made before 12:00 in the lobby of your hotel

Check the rules that apply for children in that restaurant before ordering

Ask at reception whether it is "dress code" where you're going

Changes in program can occur without warning

 

Restaurants

 

5* Orient 1001 (a la carte/ Oriental)

 

Serves specialties from the Middle East.

Tip: ask if there are arrangements for the evening you are thinking of booking.

Location: Sheraton Miramar

Opening hours Thursday - Sunday 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

 

4* Dolce Vita(a la carte/ Italian)

Genuine Italian treats: pizza& pasta.

Location: TTC Rihana Inn

Opening hours: every day 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

 

Let Goonie (a la carte/ International)

Boat Restaurant with gorgeous surroundings of the harbor and ocean.

Location: Abu Tig Marina above Lax Gym.

Opening hours: every day 6:00 p.m. to 0:00

 

5* La Picina(a la carte/ Italian)

Fine Italian cuisine is served around nice atmosphere.

Location: Sheraton Miramar

Opening hours: Monday - Wednesday 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

 

5* Bua Khao (a la carte/ Asian)

Serves specialties from Thailand.

Location: Movenpick Resort

Opening hours: every day 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

 

3* Tandoor (a la carte/ Indian)

 

Serves Indian dishes with a nice view of the Abu Tig Marina

Location: Ali Pasha Hotel

Opening hours: every day 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

 

Mazagouna(a la carte/ Oriental)

Serves Lebanese and Egyptian cuisine

Location: Abu Tig Marina

Opening hours: every day 8:00 p.m. to 0:00

 

3* The Steakhouse (a la carte/ International)

Serves steak and seafood

Location: Captains Inn

Opening hours: every day 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

 

4* Chez Pascal (a la carte/ International)

Belgian restaurant with live music

Location: Ocean View

Opening hours: every day 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

 

5* La Rotiserrie (4-course menu/ International)

Beautifully situated on the highest point in El Gouna

Location: Steigenberger Golf Resort

Opening hours: every day 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

 

4* The Sail (a la carte/ International)

Location: Fanadir Hotel

Opening hours: every day 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

 

The Swiss House (a la carte/ Swiss)

Serves a great selection of cheese and desserts, both restaurant and bar.

Location: Downtown

Opening hours: every day 5:00 p.m. to 0:00

 

Breeze (a la carte/ International)

Location: Abu Tig Marina

Opening hours: every day 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

 

4* Morgans Beach Bistro (a la carte/ seafood)

Enjoy delicious seafood directly on the beach

Location: Club Paradiso

Opening hours: every day 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

 

The Smokery Yacht Club (a la carte/ International)

Charming atmosphere and lively stemming At the bar in the evenings

Location: New Marina

Opening hours: every day 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

 

4* Dawar El Omda (livestock)

Nestled in the heart of Downtown

Location: Dawar El Omda Hotel

Opening hours: every day 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

 

5* Fairways (livestock)

Location: Steigenberger Golf Resort

Opening hours: every day 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

 

5* Miramar (livestock)

Location: Sheraton Miramar

Opening hours: every day 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

 

4* Oceana (livestock)

With nice sea view

Location: TTC Ocean View

Opening hours: every day 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

 

5* Palavrion(livestock)

Location: Movenpick Resort& Spa

Opening hours: every day 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

 

4* Rihana (livestock)

Location: TTC Rihana Resort

Opening hours: every day 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

 

4* Sultan (bufe)

Location: Sultan Bey Hotel

Opening hours: every day 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.


4* Manara(bufe)

Location: Mosaique Hotel

Opening hours: every day 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m


 4* Marco Polo (bufe)

Location: Club Paradiso

Opening hours: every day 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m

 

 4* Bellevue (bufe)

Location: Bellevue Beach Hotel

Opening hours: every day 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

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Flight schedule/ Time Difference

Look online booking system for all days and times. 5½ hour flight.

+ 1 hour.

When Egypt switching between daylight saving time on dates other than in Norway leads to periodic displacements.

 

Visas/ Transfer

Visa requirement to Egypt.

Amisol Travel sells visas on board the plane or at the airport.

Visa costs USD 30, - per person and is payable in cash to our courier.

Visas through Amisol Travel applies only to Scandinavian citizens.

Other nationals must apply for a visa through the Egyptian Embassy in Norway.

Pass must be valid for at least six months after returning home from Egypt.

Distance between airport and hotel is between 15-30 min.

 

important information

 

It is not allowed to bring corals from the ocean.

It is not allowed to bring antiques out of the country.

El Gouna is a tourist area where it is common to dress like you would at other resorts.

 

Population/ Area

About. 10 000 inhabitants.

The town is located at 25 km north of Hurghada on the west side of the Red Sea

Activity center is Abu Tig Marina with the expansion New Marina and Downtown

Language is Arabic and English are very widespread.

 

Climate

Sunny with very low humidity.

Summer lasts well into September before the temperature drops slightly. The months of October and November are very comfortable temperature of 25-30 degrees. During the winter months from December to March, it is between 17 and 23 degrees during the day, evenings are cooler in winter. Summer time from April to August is hotter with temperature of 35 degrees.

 

City/ Beaches

El Gouna is a small resort that was built for tourism. The city was built by the famous Egyptian businessman Samih Sawiris and is relatively new and modern. Nearby cities are Cairo, Hurghada and Luxor. The beaches are shallow and lagoon-shaped and suitable for children.

 

Transportation

There is a regular bus service to Hurghada. It goes some bus and boat traffic in the area.

Currency/ Payment/ Tips

ATM in El Gouna.

Most credit cards accepted.

Customary to give tips in Egypt.

 

Price level

The higher price level within El Gouna than f. Ex Hurghada. Generally lower prices than in Norway.

 

Mobile Coverage

Good mobile coverage in most places.

 

Internet

Several internet cafes in the city.

Also available at many of the hotels at a slightly higher price.

 

Hygiene/ Vaccine

There is no general recommendation for vaccination to Egypt, we recommend to consult with a physician before departure.

Since it is a different microbiota can experience stomach problems during our stay.

 

Pharmacy/ Doctor/ Hospital

It's hospital at Hurghada. Pharmacies can be found in El Gouna, but it could be higher prices here than in downtown Hurghada.

 

Restaurants/ Pubs

in Downtown you will find shops, restaurants, bars, nightlife and outdoor cinema.

 

shopping

Shops and the market in Downtown, more widespread shopping found in the center of Hurghada.

 

Activities

Good opportunities for activities shall by 18-hole golf course, excellent conditions for kite surfing, a beautiful underwater world for diving and snorkeling.

 

Food& Drink

Restaurants Downtown. There are several restaurants adjacent to the hotels and there is a restaurant at the golf course.

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