For many, the mother-daughter holiday is a yearly tradition not to mention the perfect excuse to leave the boys at home and have a little ‘girl time’ whilst topping up tans, relaxing, shopping, drinking cocktails and taking in some local history. Having been to Egypt several times with my own Mother, from the bustling Cairo to the more demure El Gouna, I can tell you that it is the perfect holiday destination to take some time out with Mum in tow.
As a country well-known for its fantastic culture and ancient history as well as its glorious weather and luscious hotel resorts, you can be sure that you will be able to plan a holiday perfectly suited to both of your needs and desires, whether you want to trek around Luxor from dusk till dawn or dwindle away the hours lazing on a remote sandy beach.
El Gouna is a world-class tourist resort and the perfect place to spend some quality mother-daughter time. Built across miles of gorgeous beach and spread atop islands linked by stunning turquoise lagoons, it is not difficult to see why it is such a popular holiday hot spot. Luxury 5 star hotels such as the Steigenberger and the Mövenpick give you a taste of the famed Egyptian hospitality that will make your holiday just that extra bit special, whilst free services such as the El Gouna shuttle service that pick you up from your hotel, allow you to manoeuver around the resort easily and safely.
Abu Tig Marina is host to an array of international restaurants, bars and shops, and the beautiful yacht harbour makes it one of the most picturesque places in Egypt. The first of its kind on the coast of the Red Sea, it is the perfect place to spend an evening in El Gouna. The free shuttle buses will be able to take you down and pick you up from the Marina at your leisure. Alternatively, at the slightly livelier Downtown, you will be able to find some souvenirs for both yourselves or your friends and family in the form of jewellery, beautiful hand-blown glass ornaments, clothes, and of course, your traditional holiday gifts such as fridge magnets and bottle openers.
For those mother-daughter pairs looking for a more action-packed holiday then the old capital of Luxor might be more suitable. Boasting great historical sites such as the Valley of the Kings, Luxor Temple and Amenophis III’s Palace as well as the Savoy shopping centre, you can have a healthy balance between sightseeing and shopping. Similarly the metropolitan capital of Cairo has a good mix of shops, restaurants and historical points of interest such as The Egyptian Museum and Old Cairo, whilst being within close distance to the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx.
If you are looking to indulge in a little bit of extra luxury and some quality pampering time on your next mother-daughter holiday, then look no further than a girly cruise holiday. Egypt is famed for its fantastic cruises, which allow you to not only enjoy gourmet food and relax by the pool whilst soak up the all-year-round sun, but also to get a look at the history behind one of the world’s move ancient and fascinating cultures. Most cruises even have a licensed Egyptologist on board who will be on hand to not to act as your guide on on-shore excursions, but will also be available onboard to answer and questions you may have.
Of course, one thing that Egypt is renowned for is its diving community, with the Red Sea offering some of the best dive sites in the world. If you and your mother or daughter are looking to try something a bit different this year, then perhaps a stay in Sharm El Sheik, which has some of the country’s most well-known and respected diving schools, would be something to consider.
One thing is for certain, no matter where you stay in Egypt, from the bustling cities to the scenic tourist resorts, and whether diving is your thing or you live to shop, Egypt has all you need to ensure that you both have a holiday that you will remember forever.