Egypt provides a phenomenal playground with consistently windy conditions for 75% of the year The warm, dry African winds pass through the desert to provide an enjoyable hairdryer type breeze as you cruise over the crystal clear Red Sea. The water is flat, turquoise and great for freestyle. It is a relatively short hop from Europe and is usually available at reasonable prices.
Base yourself from one of the many hotels and use their free transfer bus to the beach or nearby hotels, spas and golf courses.
The food in this part of Egypt is well thought out with the European traveller in mind. Every morning there is a buffet from muesli, cereals, eggs, pancakes, ham, cheese, breads and much more. At lunch time there is a simple yet delicious menu from wraps, to pizza and salads and for dinner each evening the hotels put on a daily themes from Greek, Italian, Oriental, Kitchen, Beach bbq and more. There is a huge amount of time and effort put in to preparing great food and it’s a definite highlight to the trip.
Golf, spas, snorkelling, diving or chilling out by the pool. This is a fairly chilled holiday where kitesurfing is your main option, but there is a tranquil vibe for those no wind days and afternoons where you can take up any of the above activities within the hotel complex very easily.
Good – there is wifi around the hotels in the main areas and in some of the rooms too. For the rooms where the wifi does not reach there is an internet cable so you can hard wire yourself in.
The Breakers Surf & Dive Lodge is a great and relaxed choice for kitesurfers. Arguably the first choice because the management are kitesurfers themselves. There is a sky bar to enjoy relaxed drinks as the sun sets over the mountains or you can make the most of the airy yoga studio if you need to ease out any kinks from your long day on the water. There are also other great hotels such as Robinsons, Sheraton & The Cascades. All the hotels are on a half board basis and built around 2010 so they have great quality rooms with air conditioning, excellent service, refreshing swimming pools and well kept beaches.
The wind blows here from March – November. June, July and August are the warmest months when you do not need a wetsuit on the water or long sleeves for the evening, but the months either side of the summer you may need a shorty on the water and a hoody for the evenings. The sun here is really strong, so I recommend wearing good sun protection when you are on the water with regular reapplication. To be safe it may be worth it to bring long sleeves and a hat to wear both on the water and off! The wind strength varies with some days blowing around 30+ knots and other days around 15-18 knots. A minimum kite requirement is your 12m and 9m, but if you have a 7m then throw that in too.
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