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8 Days Christmas and New Year Yoga Holiday in Egypt

  • Christina Beach Hotel, Dahab, South Sinai, Egypt

Overview

Yoga Holiday Egypt

You can have a different Christmas this year, get away from it all and head to the sunshine in beautiful Dahab for something different. Come on a yoga holiday where you can also scuba dive, snorkel, and ride camels or horses. Go sea kayaking, trekking, try a desert safari by camel or jeep, dine or sleep under the stars, climb Mount Sinai, or just chill out and have a massage and sunbathe.

Highlights

  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Daily Sivananda yoga classes
  • One free day for other activities
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Return airport transfers
  • Daily breakfast
  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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The Dahab yoga holidays take place at the Christina Beach Hotel, overlooking its own private sandy beach and beach cafe with amazing views over the Red Sea. The rooms are simply but tastefully furnished and all have safes, en-suite shower rooms, balconies or terraces. It is located a short stroll away from Dahab Bay where you'll find an eclectic, colorful abundance of restaurants, bazaars and bars all located directly on the beach front. A wonderful place to watch the world go by!​

The restaurant and beach cafe offer a wide range of Middle Eastern and European dishes and vegetarians are well catered for. The hotel has a wonderful custom built yoga room making your yoga practice special and inspirational.

There are two Sivananda yoga classes per day, each lasting one and a half hours, generally at 08:00 and 17:00 with one free day per week. Sivananda is a soft, gentle style of Hatha yoga. Each class incorporates pranayama, asanas, stretching, and meditation and is tailored to the individual needs of each student.

During the week, you are invited to join an optional dinner in the desert, an incredible experience where you can also meditate in a silence incomparable to any other. Watch for shooting stars in a sky with a million and have dinner cooked by local Bedouin in traditional style.

You will also have the opportunity to go on a mini safari to the Three Pools diving and snorkeling site, weather permitting, where you practice your morning yoga session by the sea shore. Afterward, you can dive or snorkel, eat a delicious lunch prepared by the Bedouin, and spend the afternoon enjoying the sun, sea, and tranquility of the Sinai.​

The group generally goes out for dinner together a couple of evenings in the week to one of Dahab's many great restaurants. On your day off, you can visit the famous Mount Sinai or visit Saint Catherine’s monastery, or explore Dahab's reefs. You can also go snorkeling​ at Ras Abu Galum, a small Bedouin village one hour north of Dahab up the coastline, either by foot or camel. Bedouin live there as they have done for centuries and it is still without electricity.

There is still plenty of time for additional activities which include diving, snorkeling, camel, or horse riding, desert dinner or meditation, trekking, mountaineering, and wind or kite surfing.

Schedule​

Day 1

  • Arrival

Day 2

  • 08:00 Yoga class
  • 9:30 Breakfast
  • Relax by the pool, have a treatment, and go to the beach
  • 17:00 Yoga class

Day 3

  • 08:00 Yoga class
  • 9:30 Breakfast
  • Relax by the pool, have a treatment, and go to the beach
  • 17:00 Yoga class

Day 4

  • Free day with no yoga classes and excursions can be arranged on this day

Day 5

  • 9:30 Breakfast
  • Relax by the pool, have a treatment, and go to the beach
  • 17:00 Yoga class

Day 6

  • 9:30 Brunch
  • Relax by the pool, have a treatment, and go to the beach
  • 17:00 Yoga class

Day 7

  • 9:30 Brunch
  • Relax by the pool, have a treatment, and go to the beach
  • 17:00 Yoga class

Day 8

  • 08:00 Yoga class
  • Breakfast and departure
  • Barbara Gordon

    Barbara has been teaching yoga for over thirty years. She has taught yoga to over a quarter of a million people over the years and trained many of London's now leading teachers. She teaches yoga and runs courses all over the world and to date has certified over three hundred yoga teachers.

Dahab is a small and friendly village on the gulf of Aqaba, South Sinai, Egypt. A northern reach of the Red Sea, it developed from a tiny Bedouin settlement to one of the most popular scuba diving areas in the world due to its extremely beautiful coral reefs. It has a very relaxed atmosphere so this is a good idea for a yoga holiday.

Dahab sits between the magnificent Sinai mountains and the Red Sea, an unusual and spectacular combination. It hosts warm weather all year round, so it is an ideal place to get away from the cold winter of Europe. It is also perfect for singles as it is considered a very safe place for women travelling on their own and so easy to meet people there.

Activities
  • Camel riding / rental nearby
  • Diving nearby
  • Horse riding / rental nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Kitesurfing nearby
  • Massage
  • Scuba diving nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Stand up paddle boarding nearby
  • Surfing nearby
  • Swimming nearby
  • Swimming pool
General
  • Balcony
  • Bar
  • Beach nearby
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio
Services
  • Free Wi-Fi

Daily delicious breakfast is included in the price. There is a restaurant serving a reasonably priced and wide range of middle eastern and European dishes and vegetarians are well catered for. The fish feast is an absolute must. There is also a bar area which sells mineral water, soft drinks, and local alcohol including beers and spirits.

There are many restaurants in Dahab with every cuisine imaginable served, from falafels to hummus, barbecue grilled fish and meats, fresh pasta to sushi. The prices are very reasonable and you will be recommended to the best places.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Attend yoga diving and scuba diving
  • Enjoy desert dinner under the stars
  • Experience a camel and boat safaris or desert safaris
  • Ride horse and camel alongside the beach
  • Snorkeling and explore the undersea world
  • Take a mountain climbing
  • Try the wind and kite surfing
  • Visit mount Sinai and Saint Catherine's monastery

Full body massage treatments will be available at a cost of 25 GBP.

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily delicious breakfast
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Daily yoga classes
  • One free day for other activities
  • Return airport transfers from Sharm El Sheikh International Airport (SSH)
  • Additional activities
  • Airfare to Sharm El Sheikh International Airport (SSH)
  • Dinner in the desert
  • Holiday insurance
  • Snorkeling trip to Three Pools with lunch, weather permitting
  • Transport to Sharm El Sheikh International Airport (SSH)
  • Trip to Mount Sinai and Saint Catherine's monastery, weather permitting

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Sharm El Sheikh International Airport (SSH). Transfer from the airport is included. Sunra Yoga will pick you up from the airport.

  • Review by Tessa

    "I've had a lovely yoga week in Gozo. It turned out it was only a max of 4 students sharing a house and taking the classes twice a day. The house in Sannat was lovely, roof terrace overlooking the hills and the host of the house, Karen, also cooking us diner every night, was the most lovely lady you can imagine. The other 3 girls and I had the most amazing time together. Jon, our yoga teacher, was most willing to live up to our yoga wishes so there was a lot of individual attention.Communication wise, Sunra was not as professional as they present themselves online. It turned out this was the first time they had the yoga week on that location in Sannat and it came with a lot of unclarities. There was not enough space on the rooftop terrace to fit 4 yoga mats, the described optional trip to Comino wasn't mentioned during the week, the sunset mediation we had to ask for and arrange ourselves, half of the pictures showed online were from a different location, there were no cushions and props provided, and so on. It was in the little things, but added up. It was pretty disappointing that Barbara, the owner, started in defense when answering my email about these things that they've presented to me online differently. Although the yoga itself and the location was great, the communication from Sunra wasn't and that's something to mention."

    ""

    "Response from Sunra Yoga:"

    "Dear Tessa,"

    "I am very sorry for your disappointment with some aspects of the holiday but very pleased nonetheless that you did enjoy yourself and that you were very happy with the yoga, location and food. It was our third holiday, not the first at this venue, but it is our first summer working in Gozo so we have experienced some teething problems. In addition I have had a number of health issues and have been unable to be as hands on as I normally would. We are currently addressing all of your issues, the yoga roof space has been improved to accommodate 5 people and we have updated the itinerary to make it clear regarding the Camino trip on the day off is optional and not arranged by ourselves. Jon had been instructed to do a sunset meditation but didn’t realise it was supposed to be at the beach and instead did it on the roof, which is my mistake. After you wrote to me regarding it not being at the beach I rectified this immediately by arranging for the yoga and sunset meditation to take place the next day at the Azure Window which as I understand you all thoroughly enjoyed. Given this is my first summer working in Gozo I should’ve taken the 5pm beach yoga off the site during the summer as it is really too hot. Regarding the different pics online, it was stated that the holidays were taking place at two different locations in Gozo and pics of both were on the websites. Throughout August all were in the venue in Sannat, which was the info all guests were given upon first enquiry. Regarding props and cushions I explained that in the Sivananda system we do not use props ie blocks, straps or ropes & as far as I was concerned I felt the cushions available in the house were adequate, having used some of them myself when teaching there. Since your feedback we will be considering props for future guests unfamiliar with the Sivananda system. I’m really sorry if I came across as defensive in response to your email, but it was in no way my intention. I appreciate your honest feedback, am addressing all the issues & hope you continue with your practice."

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  • Review by Maria
    10 out of 10

    "Just came home after such an amazing week in Gozo. It was fantastic. No words. It was my first experience, but I can say with 100% confidence it was unforgettable. People I met on this retreat became my souls and teachers. Beautiful place, very special atmosphere, lots of sun, lots of emotions. The best for me and reason why I chose specifically this retreat, was small groups to stay and practice yoga with. We always had attention of our lovely teacher, John and enjoyed time spent together. Anyway, I will definitely repeat it! Thank you."

    BookYogaRetreats.com, edited

  • Review by Catherine from Vienna, Austria
    8 out of 10

    "The Bedouine Moon Hotel is a really nice hotel with very beautiful rooms and a great pool area. The staff is very friendly and they read your wishes from your lips so that you already feel familiar after a few days of vacation. I also really enjoyed the morning yoga classes with our great teacher Natalie. The divesites (blue whole, murray gardens and the canyon) were fascinating and I felt really safe due to our professional diving instructor Camal from Reef2000. Although because of the political situation there a very few tourists that visit Dahab, which is very sad and brings negative business for the local people."

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  • Review by Ford from USA
    10 out of 10

    "Barbara Gordon is a personable host. She's loved in the community, which she knows deeply and enjoys sharing. In yoga class, she shows precise attention to details, using adjustments to allow for the optimal alignment. Nataly Dubok taught evening classes with incredible efficiency and intelligence. Once I articulated my aims, she knew how to lead me on a fun, unique, and rewarding journey, using a vast repertoire of poses. In my ten years of practice, she's the most unpretentious yet knowledgeable yoga teacher I've met, capable of inspiring laughter, trust, coordination, and progress.I highly recommend Sunra Yoga. These ladies are talented, compassionate, and original. They genuinely want you to have a fun and worthwhile holiday."

    January 15, edited

  • Review by Annie Minns from UK
    9 out of 10

    "What an unexpected loving week, magical week. I realize how I can focus better now."

    July 2012, edited

  • Review by Sandra Jetten from USA
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you for a wonderful week full of unexpected experiences. Words can't really do it justice."

    June 2012, edited

  • Review by Kara from UK
    10 out of 10

    "Babs, Monica and everyone else, what a fabulous holiday! Thanks for my first proper yoga! Really enjoyed it and have been inspired. Magic!"

    June 2012, edited

  • Review by Simon
    10 out of 10

    "It's been a special week in so many ways Barbara and Monica have ensured that each day was in its own way something that I will carry with me."

    2012 Sunra Yoga website, edited

  • Review by Claire
    10 out of 10

    "What a week! We so enjoyed it, each and every individual experience! Barbara, you are truly a beautiful person who taught me much this week, on yoga & myself I feel the yoga more when I breathe and let my body relax into it. Now I understand and will be teaching your ways within the year!"

    2012 Sunra Yoga website, edited

  • Review by Dee
    10 out of 10

    "It's been a fantasy week, much relaxation and taking on new life experiences which for me is something of great value. Barbara, thanks for my gentle introduction to the art of yoga I can say it's been some time since I've felt so good within myself."

    2012 Sunra Yoga website, edited

  • Review by Jeremy
    10 out of 10

    "My Sinai experience has been magical and only enhanced by losing my yoga & meditation virginity to you both. Ohm Shanti Barbara and Monica, looking forward to lots more breathing."

    2012 Sunra Yoga website, edited

  • Review by Nicky
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you Barbara and Monica...for your kind eyes, generous minds & healing souls. You have taught me SO much and inspired confidence in me to live a gentler path, more self reverence, more compassion...I will remember this place of stillness and great elemental beauty...etched on my heart. For the first time in 10 years of severe ME Syndrome I feel energy!"

    2012 Sunra Yoga website, edited

  • Review by Veronica
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you! Everything has been just so so fun, so chilled, so special. And I'm leaving that bit different to when I arrived (so stressed!)"

    2012 Sunra Yoga website, edited

  • Review by Clare and Raja
    10 out of 10

    "We've had a wonderful and inspiring time here. Thank you so much for an experience we'll never forget hope we can repeat it sometime."

    2012 Sunra Yoga website, edited

Dahab, Egypt

Sunra Yoga runs yoga holidays for 30 years, yoga classes, meditation, sun bathing, swimming and yoga diving.

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