winter activities in el gouna including yoga on the red sea

Winter Activities in El Gouna

El Gouna is a stunning tourist resort and exclusive town in the beautiful Red Sea region. Unlike anything else in Egypt, it is full of stunning lagoons and numerous exquisite beaches to enjoy. This is your perfect winter holiday destination.


Winter is generally synonymous with wrapping up warm, having the heating on and staying indoors with a nice steaming cup of hot chocolate. But what could be better than spending your winter in short sleeves and flip-flops? Put those big thick coats and oversized sweaters away and come and have a fun and exciting holiday that won’t cost the earth but also comes with endless options for sun, adventure, relaxation and the opportunity for marvellous memories to be made.

It may sound too good to be true, but it is not. This is the beautiful town of El Gouna, conveniently located by the tranquil, turquoise waters of the Red Sea. You can enjoy life as it should be this season. Fitted with an almost endless option of restaurants and bars, a variety of outdoor and indoor activities and an atmosphere second to none, your winter holiday stay in El Gouna will be the envy of all your family and friends.


Soothing your senses at the El Gouna Hotel Spas


If you have come away to get out of the hustle and bustle of city life, do not miss the opportunity to relax and unwind whilst being treated to a luxurious treatment or massage from one of our top-class spas in El Gouna five-star hotels

International chain, Planet Spa, have 3 locations in El Gouna alone: the Steigenberger Golf Resort, Club Paradiso and Casa Cook El Gouna. These offer a variety of packages to suit your needs and will have you feeling like you are walking on air. 

There are other options that too offer a variety of treatments to suit your needs so if these are more conveniently located to you, definitely try them out. These include the Moevenpick Resort & Spa, and Lagoona Spa next to Cook’s Club, The Sheraton Miramar spa as well as the picturesque spa La Maison Bleue.

lady getting a massage in casa cook el gouna spa


Swim, Relax and get some Vitamin D at one of El Gouna’s Heated Swimming Pools

Sip on a cocktail whilst lazing around a delightfully heated swimming pool found at all 4 and 5 stars hotels. All the pools are set in serene environments offering peace and tranquillity whilst ensuring luxurious services and quality. Have a relaxing swim whenever you need to regardless of the outside temperature. 

If you’d prefer less sun exposure be sure to check out the indoor pool at  Casa Cook Spa where you can truly indulge in some ‘me’ time as well as at  Steigenberger’s Planet Spa, which too offers an indoor pool with a huge amount of space to relax. Perfect if you want a little more privacy and a little more luxury.


winter heated pool at steigenberger golf el gouna hotel


Yoga is increasing in popularity as individuals start to understand the physical, mental and spiritual benefits. El Gouna is positioned perfectly for yoga in that you have a choice of views including flowing lawns, the calming sea and the eternal desert.  KBC offers a purpose-built yoga room, The Shala,  directly on the beach with perfect views of the sea. Contact Meagan for this specialized experience in yoga and mindfulness.

Women by the Sea is hosting a 2- week workshop in February with Dylan Bernstein which promises to be enlightening as well as fulfilling. Bookings are available on their website.

El Gouna hotels also host their own yoga sessions with the Sheraton Miramar offering classes for their guests while Casa Cook and Cook’s Club open their sessions to the public.

yoga lady on Zeyounta pier in el gouna red sea

Beach around and Kitesurf at El Gouna Hotels

Prefer sand to pool sides? Head over to any of the El Gouna hotels that will provide you beach access and the chance to bask in the sun as you sip on a colorful cocktail while you deepen your tan.

But for those who like some action, take up one of El Gouna’s most popular sports, kitesurfing, which the town  is legendary for. Whether you are a seasoned kiter or a newbie, El Gouna’s near-constant winter winds will provide the best opportunity for you to learn and practice this international sport. 

Children will also enjoy the warm weather as they build sandcastles, play on the jungle gyms and re-fuel on their vitamin D. But be sure to apply sunscreen – the sun can still burn in winter. 

Join a volleyball game at Moods Beach or play a quick game of backgammon as the sun warms your back by the seaside.

kitesurf sail on red sea in front of El Gouna town

Photo credit : Beshoy Bushra – Makani Beach club

Mesmerizing Sunsets

With year-round perfect weather, El Gouna is blessed with a truly magnificent sunset every evening. The only question is where you will choose to enjoy it.

To catch the best vistas this side of the Red Sea, you can take a Catamaran boat trip right off the marina and experience a sunset like no other; with pink-tinted clouds and an amber filled sun descending into the Sahara skyline.

If you prefer to be on land, you can climb the 70 steps of the Steigenberger Golf Resort’s tower, one of the highest points in El Gouna, to get a 360º view of the town, and sip sundowners as the day gives itself over to the night. You will not regret it.


El Gouna golden hour at Steigenberger tower and the magical view of sunset

Gouna Mountain Goats

Enjoy a challenge whilst exploring nature in a different way. Go and climb with the exceptionally experienced and knowledgeable Gouna Mountain Goats hosted by El Gouna’s talented Sytze Boomsa. These excursions take you up the mountains parallel to El Gouna and give you a truly magnificent view of the town and the sea. 

Look out into the night sky and see the milky way like never before. You can enjoy a traditional Bedouin dinner around a wood fire whilst enjoying the company of family and friends, old and new. There is also the option to spend the night camping in a one of a kind experience that you will remember for life. 

This is not to be missed if you are an avid hiker. These excursions are tailored to different abilities and the hikes are scheduled at different times of the day so there really is a perfect hike for everyone in the family. Call Mountain Goats on +20 101 261 8910 for more information, or find them on Facebook


night camp in red sea mountain with Gouna Mountain Goats

If you want to start experiencing the best of El Gouna’s winter activities, waste no more time and book now to take advantage of some of the El Gouna Hotels Winter Wonder Offers . With special hot offers and exclusive packages, you can benefit from the reduced cost and maximise on the excellent services provided all over El Gouna this winter!

Craig Botes

Craig Botes

South African by birth, Craig Botes has traveled the world, living in many areas, absorbing the cultures and ways of different people. Travelling the world broadens the mind and Craig has learned the width and breadth of different cultures. Yet, he has decided to make El Gouna his home due to the child friendly environment, lavish blue waters, and the wisdom of the desert beyond.

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