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Egypt : 7 Activities I Did in El Gouna

1. Diving in The Red Sea

Like all scuba diving lovers, I could not ignore a dive in the Red Sea!

During my short stay in El Gouna, I had a nice dive with the Colona Diving Club. I did not dive deep, within 20 meters, but with a good visibility. Perfect as a refresher, after more than a year without diving! The whole team is very professional.

Leaving early in the morning by boat, we returned in the middle of the afternoon. After my first (and unfortunately unique) dive, I had a seasickness because there were a lot of big waves. But the landscape and the color of the water were stunning.

2. Discovering By Bike El Gouna

What is better than a bike ride?

Created 25 years ago north of Hurgada, this small seaside town, facing the Red Sea, is covered with countless lagoons. We ride a bicycle in a gradient of blue and turquoise. Pure happiness for the eyes!

There is a lot of wind and small bridges. We often ride on wooden bridges, while discovering points of view that are difficult to access otherwise. It’s a real pleasure! To experience early in the morning or at the end of the day, to avoid a strong sun.

3. Riding A Quad In The Desert

El Gouna is at the gateway to the desert

So we tested two types of activity to visit “the desert”: the jeep safari and the quad with Alex Safari. Both have strengths. But, I preferred the quad, because the tour is more active and spectacular.

It feels like entering the decor where the dust is master. We drove fast enough, with a first stop in the camp of a Bedouin family.

All along the trail, there are some small stops to “explore” geological curiosities, such as caves (photos above). The highlight of the excursion: the sunset facing the Dry Canyon, a landscape from a western!

5. Relaxing In A Beach Club

Yes, Lazing In The Sun!

We did not look far. Ideally located opposite our hotel, the Three Corners Ocean View, we had lunch and spent the afternoon at the Moods Restaurant & Beach Club.

The view is lovely and the atmosphere young and cool. I felt asleep while scanning the horizon and the sea, listenning some lounge music! Like everywhere in El Gouna, there is a lot of wind (which can be cold).

6. Jeep Safari In The Desert

Back To The Desert!

This time in a jeep! Nice tour (with a stop in the same camp of a Bedouin family) as when we were on quad. Same view for the sunset on the Dry Canyon.

Only the rhythm changes (longer stops along the trail). So I might recommend the jeep if you don’t like the quad, or go with your parents (and they don’t like or drive a quad, lol!). 

7. Dining In The Marina

El Gouna By Night

The two hotels where we stayed are very comfortable. So we had most of our dinners there. That’s why I would not be able to do a review of the restaurants in the marina of El Gouna.

We only dined in a restaurant in the marina : a delicious and delightful experience. And as we strolled along the pontoons cluttered of yachts, I saw several restaurants with beautiful terraces. The atmosphere is very nice and laid back.

I also spotted some shops, like Malaika which offers linens (with Egyptian cotton? Photos below).

Photos : © Mademoiselle Le K – Tous droits réservés

Informations  

Sunweb.com, diving : www.colona.com, quad & jeep safari :  wwwalexsafarielgouna.com, Moods Restaurant & Beach Club

Related articles : Destinations & Hotel Review

Many Thanks to Sunweb for this beautiful invitation. And many thanks to Colona, Alex Safari and Moods. As always these are my opinions.

Egypte : 7 activités à faire à El Gouna

1. Plonger en Mer Rouge

Comme tous les amoureux de la plongée bouteille, je ne pouvais pas faire l’impasse sur une plongée en Mer Rouge!

Lors de mon court séjour à El Gouna, j’ai fait une belle plongée, organisée par le club de plongée Colona. Je n’ai pas plongé profond, dans les 20 mètres, mais avec une bonne visibilité. Parfait comme refresher, après plus d’un an sans plonger! Toute l’équipe est très professionnelle.

Partis tôt le matin en bateau, nous sommes rentrés en milieu d’après-midi. Après ma première (et malheureusement unique) plongée, j’ai eu un sérieux mal de mer, car il y a avait beaucoup de vagues. Mais le paysage et la couleur de l’eau étaient juste superbes.

2. Découvrir El Gouna à vélo

Quoi de mieux qu’un tour en vélo?

Créée il y a 25 ans, au nord d’Hurgada, cette petite ville balnéaire, face à la Mer Rouge, est parcourue d’inombrables lagunes. On se promène à vélo dans un dégradé de bleus et turquoises. Un pur bonheur pour les yeux!

Il y a beaucoup de vent et de passerelles. Aussi souvent, on roule sur des ponts en bois, tout en découvrant des points de vue difficilement accessibles autrement. C’est un réel plaisir! A faire plutôt tôt le matin ou en fin de journée, pour éviter un soleil fort.

3. Rouler dans le désert en quad

El Gouna se trouve aux portes du désert.

Donc nous avons testé deux types d’activité pour visiter “le désert” : le safari  jeep et le quad. Les deux ont des points forts. Mais, j’ai préféré le quad, car plus actif et spectaculaire.

On a vraiment l’impression d’entrer dans le décor, où la poussière est maître. On roule assez vite, avec un premier arrêt dans le campement d’une famille de bédouins.

Tout au long de la route (non tracée), il y aura quelques petits arrêts pour “explorer” des curiosités géologiques, comme des grottes (photos ci-dessus). Point culminant de l’excursion, le coucher de soleil face au Dry Canyon, un paysage sorti d’un western!

5. Se relaxer dans un beach club

Oui, paresser au soleil!

Nous n’avons pas cherché loin, idéalement situé face à notre hôtel, le Three Corners Ocean View : nous avons déjeuné (photo ci-dessous) et passé l’après-midi au sympathique Moods Restaurant & Beach Club.

La vue est superbe et l’ambiance jeune et cool. Je me suis endormie en scrutant l’horizon et la mer, sur fond de musique lounge! Comme partout dans El Gouna, il y a beaucoup de vent (qui peut être froid).

6. Safari jeep dans le désert

Ah, le désert!

Cette fois en jeep! Belle excursion (avec arrêt dans le même campement d’une famille de bédouins) que lorsque nous étions en quad. Même point de vue pour le coucher de soleil sur le Dry Canyon.

Seul le rythme change (des arrêts plus longs). Aussi je recommanderai la jeep si vous n’aimez pas le quad, ou partez avec vos parents (et qu’ils ne conduisent pas de quad, lol!).

7. Dîner dans la marina

El Gouna by night

Les deux hôtels où nous sommes restés, sont très confortables. Nous avons eu la flemme d’aller dîner dehors. Aussi je ne vous ferai pas une revue des restaurants dans la marina d’El Gouna.

Nous n’avons dîné que dans un restaurant (d’aileurs très bon). Et en nous promenons le long des pontons encombrés de yachts, j’ai vu plusieurs restaurants avec de belles terrasses. L’ambiance est très agréable.

J’ai aussi repéré quelques boutiques, comme Malaika qui propose du linge de maison (avec du coton égyptien? Photos ci-dessous).

Photos : © Mademoiselle Le K – Tous droits réservés

Informations  

Sunweb.com, diving : www.colona.com, quad & jeep safari :  wwwalexsafarielgouna.com, Moods Restaurant & Beach Club

Autres articles : Destinations & Hotel Review

Un grand merci à Sunweb pour cette superbe invitation. Merci aussi à Colona, Alex Safari et Moods. Comme toujours ce sont mes opinions.

France: Wellness & Yoga Week-end in La Clusaz

  

Day 1

The Yoga

I had the pleasure of rediscovering the mountain in the summer, during the Satiam Yoga Festival in La Clusaz, in the French Alps. An epic arrival after a day between two flights, two airports! In the morning, I flew back to Belgium (first trip), then changed airport that turned into an odyssey via the train (lol). Followed by a big thunderstorm over the airport of Geneva that has us (a journalist friend and I) held an hour and a half in the air … Then transfer by car to La Clusaz. 

So the next morning at 8 AM, sitting on my yoga mat, I can’t wait to benefit from the first yoga and meditation “Master Class” with Robin Golt marking the opening of the festival. In the background, the mountains! Very good meditation session followed by workshops and activities around Yoga and well-being. In the photo above: SUP yoga (or Stand-up paddle yoga) at Lac de La Ferriaz, in a beautiful setting!

  

Sushi Time

Lunch break at Sushi Fumi: cool little restaurant with a slightly surfer atmosphere. Very nice sushi dishes with traditional sushi and others reinterpreted by the two cooks and patrons, with local ingredients and more Western flavors (photos above and left).

We ate so much sushi that we had trouble getting off the restaurant, where you can also have a drink in the afternoon. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beauty Discovery : SNÖ Eternelle

The workshop that I really liked (you know I’m a beauty junky, lol): the meeting with the founder of luxury organic cosmetics and relaxation, Snö Eternelle and also former multiple World Champion in moguls skiing, Raphaëlle Monod.

The range of the brand includes sun protection (“Mon fluide protection”), a face skin care (Ma crème riche) and a body oil (“Mon huile S.O.S”) with 100% natural ingredients.

As soon as I have tested them, I will give you my thoughts. As they contain essential oils, I prefer to wait this fall or this winter, my skin being more reactive in spring and summer. Coached by the bubbly Raphaëlle to tone our face, we made a lot of grimaces (and laughed a lot). A kind of facial yoga (photo below). 

The Dinner

We go up to the Chalet du Lac, an altitude restaurant of Savoyard traditional cuisine based on local products. Awesome landscape! The cottage is in the Aravis nature reserve. Too bad that night falls quickly.

The dishes are delicious, with huge portions and the atmosphere really cosy thanks to the very friendly owner who made us taste many different Génépi. Photo below: a 5 kilo bread made especially for the restaurant.

  

Day 2

Finally in Nature!

As I didn’t want to try for the first time mountain biking, I took the Beauregard cable car and then walked for an hour through the pastures in altitude. 

Feeling of peace and euphoria sourrounded by the mountain tops and my friends, the cool cows (lol). Then again the cable car to join the group for lunch.

Bucolic Lunch

While part of the group arrived by mountain bike, we arrive on foot to the Chalet de Paccaly located at 1490 meters (photo above and photo on the right). The Aravis chain is spectacular! And the weather oscillates between threatening clouds and blinding sun.

The dishes are simple, but tasty based on flowers and cheeses (photos below). A pure moment of relaxation. 

  

The spa

And to finish in style this short weekend in La Clusaz: 2 hours Deep Nature Spa, one of the largest spa in the French Alps (with an area of 850 m²). The water course of 160 m² is designed by Serge Blanco (a French famous former rugbyman) and includes multiple hydromassage jets …

Exactly everything my body needs before the long drive to Geneva by car and then the plane! 

Photos : © Mademoiselle Le K – Tous droits réservés

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Many thanks to the Tourism Board of La Clusaz for this beautiful invitation. As always theses are my opnions.