History of EL Gouna
About 30 years ago, the Egyptian Samih Sawiris, from a wealthy Egyptian family, found this beautiful place in a cheap location north of hurghada on the red sea.
Actually, he just wanted to find a quiet place for a small cottage by the sea, but the story went differently than planned.
History of El Gouna
It didn’t take long until sawiris friends, impressed with the splendor of the azure water and the beautiful mountain scenery, came to him to plan the beginning of a city and put it into reality.
Sawiris visited the German evangelical high school in Cairo. After graduation in 1980 as a diploma engineer of the technical university of Berlin, he founded his first company with National Marine Boat Factory. In 1996 he founded orascom hotel holding and 1997 orascom projects for touristic development.. He acted as president of the group since its founding in 1989. in the same year the construction of the Egyptian city el gouna starts.
The first hotels were built in 1989, today paradisio, the mövenpick resort & Spa (1995), the dawar el omda, the sultan bey (both 1996) and the Sheraton Miramar Resort (1997). ).
Popular Beaches in El Gouna
More than 15.000 inhabitants, el gouna counts today, residents of the most part living in lush villas, a place that does not have much mean with traditional Egypt.
The chic places, dozens of restaurants, known for its lagoons, coral reefs and sandy beaches, including the long, wide mangroovy beach, which is popular at kite, are the meeting point of the Egyptian Upperclass.
El Gouna, a rotortenstadt, is as artificial as dubai and as chic as a European Mediterranean.
El Gouna is particularly focused on the German clientele. 80 percent of the guests are German. The reasons for this lie above all in the affection of sawiris to Germany.
In El Gouna,
The most famous public sandy beaches are mangroovy beach, Marina Beach, buzzha beach and zeytouna beach.
Cheap Flights to Hurghada
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El Gouna Hotels
Suitable for families and adults looking for a tranquil retreat, the Mosaique hotel offers day use pool for 300EGP per person including pool use, towel and free Wi-Fi. The team at the Mosaique can host a party of up to 15 persons around the spacious pool area, with a swim-up bar and a team of accommodating waiters, guests can comfortably enjoy the enclosed area from 10 am until sunset.
Famed for fantastic food, the pool area at the Fanadir hotel serviced by the team at Kiki’s Italian restaurant. At Kiki’s, there is no entry fee, free Wi-Fi and fresh towels. I recommend a visit for everyone looking to relax, unwind and enjoy delicious fresh fruit cocktails at the swim-up pool bar from 10 am until the sun goes down!
The Marina Beach Club
During the annual El Gouna Film Festival, the Ancient Sands Golf resort and residence is often called home to the glittering stars of the big screen, however, guests can enjoy the strip of private beach from 10:30 until 18:00 all year round. For 300LE per person, the Ancient Sands, Mosaique, Ali Pasha, Captain’s Inn, Turtles’ inn and Fanadir team are waiting to set you up for the perfect day of sun, sea and stillness with a fresh towel, cozy sunlounger and complimentary refreshment ready for you.
Steigenberger golf resort
For 500LE per person, adults and families alike can lounge at the lazy lagoon or choose from one of the two pools at the luxurious Steigenberger golf resort from 11:00 until 17:00 each day and enjoy a delicious buffet lunch (with a soft drink) at the main restaurant. If you’re looking to spend the day with your family or friends, be sure to get in touch to make a reservation beforehand as availability is limited.
Spend your day admiring the spectacular surroundings of the Sheraton Miramar, walking through winding waterways connected by romantic bridges and gardens filled with flowering shrubs all year long.
From 9 am until sunset, 350LE grants each visitor access to any of the hotels four private beaches and five pools – two of which exclusively reserved for adults – with a guaranteed sunbed and fresh towel.
Mövenpick Resort & Spa
Parties of six or less can see how the swiss switch off at one of the three pools or private beaches at the Mövenpick Resort & Spa from 9 am until 6 pm. A day-use charge of 400LE applies to adults which is redeemable against your bill at one of the hotels restaurants or bars; children under 12 can enjoy the facilities free with a responsible adult present. Be sure to get in touch with the hotel before your visit, to ensure they have space to accommodate you and your loved ones!
The newest addition to the portfolio of unique hotels in El Gouna, Casa Cook is a sophisticated hangout located north of New Marina. This secluded spot is ideal for small groups; aged 12 and older. Visitors can enjoy a day of lazy luxury lounging at the pool bar, snacking from the delicious menu or sipping something delicious – all guests will be subject to a minimum 400LE charge, regardless of age, and residents and owners can enjoy a 10% discount on any food or beverages purchased.
Cook’s Club El Gouna
Cook’s Club is an ideal retreat for adults looking for a day at a laid back, yet classy, day at the pool or beach. Choose to switch off, or stay plugged in and be the first to share your new find with your followers using the hotels complimentary free Wi-Fi from 10:00 until 1:00, after midnight!
The hotel doesn’t charge an entry fee, but applies a minimum spend rule of 400LE per person which is redeemable, and easily spent at the pool bar which offers a sophisticated menu of bar snacks and sumptuous cocktails – plus, if you’re lucky enough to call yourself a resident, you’ll be happy to know that you can enjoy a 10% discount off all food and beverages purchased during your visit!
Sultan Bey and Dawar El Omda Hotels
Families and adults can enjoy sweeping panoramic views one of Gouna’s meandering waterways at the peaceful Sultan Bay hotel and adults can unwind at the oriental-style, romantic Dawar El Omda boutique hotel, situated in the heart of downtown. For 600LE, up to two guests can enjoy the pools and grounds of either of these hotels from 10 am until 5 pm – depending on availability.
For those looking to spend the day at a secret snorkelling spot, I highly recommend a visit to the famous Zeytouna beach – owned and run by The Three Corners team – situated on its’ own island equipped with sun loungers, umbrellas, a beach bar and 250 metre long jetty. Guests at the island will be welcomed with a fresh towel and secluded sun lounger each, where they can rest comfortably. Visit either the Three Corners or Rihanna hotels and ask the helpful receptionists how to gain access to this trendy hot-spot via shuttle boat.
Patrons of the Bellevue Hotel can expect a lively atmosphere, thanks to the active animation team at its pool and beach area, providing entertainment to suit all ages. Guests can indulge in Hotel’s unmissable F&B package which includes lunch from the buffet with restaurant tea, coffee and soft drinks included at 800LE per person.
Labranda Club Paradisio
The perfect retreat for families, Labranda Club Paradisio can host parties of up to 10 from 11 am until 6 pm at one of three pools and a perfectly positioned beachfront. Day use includes beach, pool and gym use at 800LE per adult, including a towel and sunbed – with children under age 12 welcome to join their accompanying adult for free. This package also includes a generous F&B offer with soft drinks, lunch buffet at their Marco-Polo restaurant, coffee and tea.
- 1 History of EL Gouna
- 2 Popular Beaches in El Gouna
- 2.1 In El Gouna,
- 2.2 Cheap Flights to Hurghada
- 2.3 Mosaique Hotel
- 2.4 Fanadir Hotel
- 2.5 The Marina Beach Club
- 2.6 Steigenberger golf resort
- 2.7 Sheraton Miramar
- 2.8 Mövenpick Resort & Spa
- 2.9 Casa Cook
- 2.10 Cook’s Club El Gouna
- 2.11 Sultan Bey and Dawar El Omda Hotels
- 2.12 Zeytouna Beach
- 2.13 Bellevue Hotel
- 2.14 Labranda Club Paradisio