IMPORTANT UPDATE: The El Gouna waterski site has closed down. I have no official statement but it seems that the hotels next to the slalom lagoon complained about the noise. The former man ich charge, Chris Mol has left the place and is in the process of opening a new waterski location in Abu Dhabi.
When you are looking for a place to waterski in Egypt, El Gouna is the place to go.
Located 30 minutes from the city of Hurghada at the red sea, El Gouna is a huge artificially built holiday resort with several big hotels spreading around a small Egyptian village.
Contrary to the city of Hurghada, much emphasis has been given to build a styleful resort. A vast lagoon system, tropical plants and Nubian style bungalows make the place one of the best holiday spots at the red sea.
The Sheraton Miramar in El Gouna:
One of the hotels located in El Gouna is the Sheraton Miramar. For waterskiers it is the only real hotel option since the waterski lagoon is next to the hotel. If you stay in one of the other hotels, you can still ski but you will have to take the bus to get to the Sheraton lagoon.
Hint: The food in the main restaurant and the pool restaurant is not very special. Go to the oriental restaurant at the lighthouse and take the “dine around” passport that gives you the opportunity to eat in the other hotels. (Steigenberger and Mövenpick)
Hint: You will get only one room key, which is particulary annoying if you share your room with somebody with other interests.
Hint: Everybody uses the minibus shuttles to get around in El Gouna. Get a week pass at the main station in the village for as much as $ 5 for unlimited usage!
The waterski lagoon next to the Sheraton:
This 360 degree picture was taken from the lighthouse located directly at the waterski dock. It shows the concept of El Gouna pretty well. Instead of a huge hotel building facing the beach, there are dozens of smaller bungalows on islands surrounded by lagoons.
At the left hand side you can see the main building of the Sheraton hotel with its lobby and the main restaurant. A couple of hotel bungalows are located directly at the waterski lagoon.
There is also a lagoon reserved for windsurfing wich is especially good for beginners.
At the opposite side of the lagoon construction work is going on for a new marina hotel. It should be finished at the end of the year 2001.
This 360 degree picture was taken from the border of the lagoon. Both shots are quite distorted and you must bear in mind that the lagoon is completely straight.