KiteWorldWide add Panama and El Gouna to the Menu
The kitesurfing travel specialist, KiteWorldWide, has launched two new destinations in time for people to escape the winter cold; Punta Chame in Panama and El Gouna in Egypt.
Punta Chame is a resort right on the kitesurfing spot – a large flatwater lagoon, enclosed by the 20 km long and 500 m wide Punta Chame peninsula. Only ten minutes away by car, on the other side of the peninsula, there is a nice swell coming in for surfers. The weather is warm all year-round meaning the wetsuit can stay at home.
The Māalaea Resort, previously known as Nitro City, was an extreme sports resort for motorcross fans. Now the offer is a little more relaxed and family friendly with a children’s playground and swimming pool, but also offers a large cable wakeboarding – free for guests which makes a fun alternative to kitesurfing.
There’s always a party in Panama City’s old town “Casco Viejo” plus, the San Blas Islands is one of the last real paradise islands of the world. Guests can hike the volcano in Boquete, enjoy world-class diving on the Isla Coiba, visit the original Indian villages of the Embera inland and of course the modern wonder of the world, the Panama Canal. Other activities include surfing, hill trekking and quad-biking.
Prices, excluding flights, start at £1,150 and include seven nights’ accommodation in a bungalow, Full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner), a 12-hour Kite Course, plus rental at the end of the course, as well as a Beach BBQ with the team and all other guests
Return flights from the UK with a stopover at Madrid cost from £430.
The well-known Egyptian resort of El Gouna is on many scuba divers’ holiday list, but now kiters can enjoy the warm waters of the Red Sea too.
KiteWorldWide has partnered with the Makani Beach Club as it offers affordable, high-quality instruction and rental right on the kiting spot; a shallow lagoon with endless space on the water for kitesurfing.
Sara Jolly, UK Manager of KiteWorldWide says: “After extensively looking, we have finally found what we wanted in Egypt as the Makani Beach Club is a watersports centre which offers our kiters exclusivity and high-quality instruction that we have not found in El Gouna before.”
The Makani Beach Club also offers fitness options for those people for whom kitesurfing all day simply isn’t strenuous enough (!). These include wakeboarding, wreck and reef SCUBA diving, Playground Yoga (PLAY) which trains strength and flexibility with yoga movements, Spintonic – a mixture of spinning and toning, making it the ultimate workout for endurance and strength, Hot Iron – a sports game for tough men and women only. Under the Egyptian sun, all the muscles on the beach are steeled with weights. And afterwards: off into the cool water! There are also much-needed sports and relaxation massages on offer.
KiteWorldWide El Gouna accommodation includes the chic Captain’s Inn kitehouse, the boutique “adults only” hotel Three Corners, Ali Pasha or the luxurious golf resort of Ancient Sands.
Prices, excluding flights, start from £700 and includes airport transfer, seven nights’ accommodation in the Al Pasha, breakfast, a 12-hour kite Course, kite rental at the end, a BBQ with the team and all guests
There are direct return flights from the UK to Hurghada, the nearest airport only 30 mins away.
Both of these are good options for a winter getaway, where you can leave your wetsuit at home! More at kiteworldwide.com