Since its formation in 2007, the Green Star Hotel Initiative has awarded its Green Star Certificate to 16 hotels in El Gouna and 4 hotels in Taba Heights. These hotels have been recognised for their dedication to sustainability and for their commitment to protecting the local environment. Local hotels, businesses, residents and visitors to El Gouna and Taba Heights all work together to minimise any negative impact the resort’s ever expanding tourist industry may have on the local environment.
El Gouna is a popular destination for last minute holidays and is officially recognised as Egypt’s most environmentally-friendly holiday destination. The resort was chosen as the first location for the initiative because of its sustainable development concept, internal recycling and water treatment plants and its authentic architecture.
The scheme aims to improve environmental standards in the Egyptian hotel industry and is the first of its kind in Egypt. Hotels are awarded 3, 4 or 5 Green Stars based on the measures put in place and the hotels commitment to improving their environmental performance, saving of valuable resources and increasing the use of renewable energy.
Nine hotels in El Gouna hold Five Green Stars – Ali Pasha Hotel, Dawar El Omda Hotel, Mövenpick Resort & Spa, Sheraton Miramar Resort, Steigenberger Golf Resort, Sultan Bey Hotel, The Three Corners Ocean View Hotel, The Three Corners Rihana Inn and The Three Corners Rihana Resort. The Intercontinental, Marriott and Sofitel hotels in Taba Heights have also been awarded Five Green Stars. Seven hotels in El Gouna hold Four Green Stars – The Arena Inn, Captain’s Inn Hotel, Club Med, Fanadir Hotel, Mosaique Hotel, Panorama Bungalows Resort and Turtle’s Inn Hotel. The Three Corners El Wekala Golf Resort in Taba Heights has also been awarded Four Green Stars.
El Gouna is an upmarket holiday resort renowned for its luxury hotels, beautiful beaches, peaceful lagoons and picturesque islands. Offering a quieter atmosphere than resorts like Sharm el Sheikh, El Gouna offers amazing diving opportunities in its crystal clear waters which are rich in marine life. Cheap holidays during the warm and sunny winter season are popular with golfing fans and visitors just wanting a relaxing holiday with some winter sunshine. Many people holidaying in El Gouna find it hard to drag themselves away from their top class hotels but there is a lot to do and see in the surrounding area. Sightseeing excursions to places like Hurghada, Luxor and Aswan are very popular.
Taba Heights is also an upmarket holiday resort with beautiful beaches lapped by crystal clear waters and a backdrop of mountain and desert scenery. The sheltered waters and shallow dive sites here make the resort very popular with divers of all levels, from beginners to the more experienced. Taba Heights offers great value for money holidays which can include a round or two of golf, nightclubs, casinos, a good choice of restaurants and private beaches. The quieter months of April and June are an ideal time to visit Taba Heights along with the warm winter months which are great for a perfect family holiday in the sun.