Christmas & New Year in yoga holiday in Egypt
Description of Christmas & New Year in yoga holiday in Egypt
On this alternative Christmas and New Year yoga holiday, you’ll head to Dahab, Egypt, where, as well as learning, or brushing up on your yoga practice, you can also dive or snorkel in the Red Sea, hike up Mount Sinai, explore the desert by camel, jeep or on foot, or just relax by the pool and have a massage. This holiday is also great for singles - it’s easy to meet people and Dahab is a safe place for solo female travellers.
Formerly a Bedouin fishing village, Dahab, meaning “Gold” in Arabic, sits on the Sinai Peninsula’s south east coast. It has a huge amount to offer tourists, from coral reefs bursting with life to gorgeous beaches to a waterfront filled with lively restaurants and cafes. And surrounding the town are vast expanses of desert and mountains. It’s warm throughout the year, and the relaxed atmosphere makes it an ideal location for a yoga holiday.
The Dahab yoga holidays take place in a charming well established hotel situated on a quiet beachfront a short distance north of Dahab's Asallah village. The hotel is a small and friendly with simple but comfortable rooms.
All rooms have A/C with either a balcony or terrace, en-suite and either sea or mountain views. Sunra Yoga is now delighted to offer the addition of three stunning superior rooms. The swimming pool has the best poolside views in Dahab, from where you can see the whole bay, the stunning scenic mountains behind you and Saudi Arabia in the distance in front of you.
The hotel has a magnificent custom built yoga room making your yoga practice special & inspirational. It is built into the foot of the mountain in the grounds of the hotel giving it a cave like ambiance, which is perfect for yoga practice considering yogis have been meditating in caves since yoga started over 4,000 years ago.
Daily brunch is included in the price. There is a restaurant serving a reasonably priced and wide range of middle eastern and European dishes, vegetarians & vegans are well catered for.
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.
This holiday works well as a taster for yoga newbies, but also provides old hands with a chance to develop their skills further. Classes are based on the gentle Sivananda style, which focuses on breath, stretching and meditation. They’ll revitalise and de-toxify your mind, body and spirit, as well as clean your lungs and strengthen your heart.
There are two Sivananda yoga classes per day, each lasting 90 minutes 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. We have highly qualified professionals to take care of you, and people have been known to change their lifestyle considerably after spending just one week with us.
Day 1 - Arrival, meet & greet
Day 2 - 08:00 Yoga class, 9:45 Brunch. Introduction to holiday & Dahab. Free time. Relax by the pool, have a treatment, swim in the sea or participate in one of Dahab's many water/land based activities. 17:00 Yoga class, Meditation & Chanting
Day 3 - 08:00 Yoga class, 9:45 Brunch. Free time. 17:00 Yoga class
Day 4 - 08.00 Yoga class, 9.45 Brunch, 10.45 Optional trip to Three Pools. 17.00 Yoga Class
Day 5 - Free day, no classes
Day 6 - 08.00am Yoga class, 9:45 Brunch. Free time. 17:00 Yoga class. Optional Desert Dinner/Meditation (minimum 4 people)
Day 7 - 08.00am Yoga class, 9:45 Brunch. Free time. 17:00 Yoga class
Day 8 - 08:00 Yoga class, Brunch and departure
Please note that Christmas Day & New Year's Day will be the scheduled days off.
These include diving, snorkelling, riding a horse or a camel, wind or kite surfing, sea kayaking, hiking in the mountains or visiting Moses Mount at Mount Sinai. You could also go on an excursion into the desert with a Bedouin guide. The Bedouin have a very similar lifestyle to that of yogis, and it’s an enriching experience to spend time with them and get an insight into the way they have lived for hundreds of years.
Apart from the yoga, you can also book a full body massage, a perfect compliment to yoga!
PlanetThe hotel where our guests stay is Egyptian owned. The most important difference we make is in the intention and ability we have to cooperate and learn from our hosts. Cultural exchange and respect is fundamental to our program as yoga is a spiritual and moral exercise for the wellbeing of all. We give what is lacking in most mass tourist activities—ie. an aid for travellers to get to know the culture in which they are visiting in a down to earth and real way. We pay our workers fairly and encourage travellers to follow the protocol for a Muslim, tribal culture.
Within the Hotel we have a system of waste disposal. Waste is separated into food waste, plastic waste & non recycle waste. Food waste is collected by local Bedouin women to feed their livestock, goats, sheep and camels. Plastic waste is also collected by an entity who then sells onto a recycling plant in mainland Egypt. Other waste is collected by local authorities and disposed of.
Energy: All our lightening uses energy saving bulbs and local government have recently installed solar powered lampposts along the streets. Guests are advised to limit AC use and hot water heaters, to only when they need it and for limited times. Housekeeping staff are briefed to switch off all AC’s & water heaters when guests are out of the room.
Travelling with respect: The hotel is locally owned by a Bedouin Sheikh and his family, built on lands belonging to their ancestors. Lease fees are introduced directly into the local community and distributed between family members. By avoiding major hotel chains whose profits disappear out of the country, opting for locally owned hotels for your holiday ensures that the money you pay benefits the local economy.
We are proud to state that the vast majority of our staff are local, originating from the mainland Egypt or the Sinai Peninsula. We provide in-house training to all new members of staff, encouraging inexperienced locals by offering an opportunity to start a career in the hospitality or dive industry.
The local Bedouin culture is still predominant in Dahab and within the hotel. Our Bedouin tent has a constant source of Bedouin tea on the fire and it a welcoming area for guests to meet the locals. The aesthetics of the Hotel and grounds are in harmony with the surrounding nature and with locally inspired decoration, keeping rooms simple and serve local cuisine to ensure that guests really get a feel for “Dahab” when they stay with us.
PeopleWe know where to find all things local and we support/ recommend our neighbours, spreading tourism income to those most in need. All day trips are organised by locals as they have the best knowledge of the desert and surrounding areas. All the restaurants we recommend are run and owned by either Bedouin or Egyptians, the choice is huge and varied.
We offer local people good working conditions, a fair wage, and empower them with training opportunities. We have been working with many of these employees for years and have an excellent working relationship with them
We work to create good relationships between tourists and the local community and have taught them how to engage & give the best service to our Western guests. We teach our guests some basic Arabic on arrival and just a simple hello and goodbye to the locals is greeted with the biggest smile.