If everything seems perfect in the Egyptian Red Sea lagoon resort of El Gouna, it's because the town has literally grown out of the sea at the hands of thoughtful developers who have created an intimate and exclusive resort with beaches, hotels and marinas filled with mega yachts.
Holidays in El Gouna are akin to breaks in Europe's most exclusive seaside destinations. Holidaymakers looking for a high-end experience flock here to take advantage of excellent accommodation, designer shopping, tremendous restaurants and sophisticated nightlife - all baked in year-round sun.
El Gouna dazzles in the bright sunshine and the Red Sea gently caresses the islands that make up the resort, which sits within the Hurghada resort area. Located in the East of Egypt, day trips to Cairo and Luxor can be arranged from El Gouna should you wish to explore the soaring monuments that testify to Egypt's fascinating past.
Diving and watersports are popular during El Gouna holidays as the treasures of the Red Sea are mere moments away. If all you wish to do is swim in the sea and laze on the sand, then you'll find the manmade beaches of El Gouna to be pristine.
Stay in Kafr el-Gouna for a more traditional Egyptian village atmosphere, while accommodation and amenities around Abu Tig Marina are glossy and modern. There are spa hotels to stay in, and plenty of high-end options where your every desire is catered for. Golf enthusiasts might want to stay near the immaculate and - naturally - new course.
As the sun sets over El Gouna, many guests choose to take advantage of the 'Dine Around' scheme offered by the all-inclusive hotels, which are operated by the same family and add some variation to your holiday dining - and there are plenty of bars, restaurants and nightclubs to discover.
Families are just as welcome as couples, and the red-sand deserts, islands and mountains that surround El Gouna spell hours of fun for all ages. There's also a go-kart track in El Gouna for everyone, including the really big kids in your party.
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El Gouna sizzles under the summer sunshine, with temperatures pushing above 35C in July and August - it can be too much for some. Many choose to travel in spring and autumn to avoid the intense summer sun. Winter is also pleasant and temperatures rarely fall below an average of 18C.
Marina Street Festival; weekly: Make a beeline for Abu Tig Marina every Monday and Friday from 8pm to see live bands and free entertainment. Many hotels offer free shuttle buses to the marina.
Oasis Night; weekly: Every Wednesday there's a chance to spend the evening in the environs of a Bedouin tent, following a camel ride, to sip tea, tuck into dinner and watch traditional performances. Gaze at the twinkling stars in the black sky as you get a feel for the desert. Transfers from El Gouna are included.
Tamr Henna Square Event; weekly: Every Sunday and Thursday from 9.30pm the square comes alive with an oriental-inspired show.
Best of El Gouna holidays for...
Active types: The rich underwater life of the Red Sea makes El Gouna an ideal spot for diving and snorkelling enthusiasts. Whether you're looking for beginner training or are in search of a more advanced wreck or night dive, this location won't disappoint.
Grown-up families: Take a trip to Luxor to marvel at the history of ancient Egypt. Known as the world's greatest open-air museum, you can explore ancient temples and monuments, and experience the eerie Valley of the Kings.
Shopping: Enjoy a spot of shopping at Abu Tig Marina. After wandering around the small boutiques, enjoy a refreshing drink or snack at one of the many restaurants or bars.