Amidst Cairo’s daily grind of traffic and e-mails and non-stop obligations, we daydream of running away to Sinai — to a simpler life and a calmer state of mind. Except that the 10-hour road road journey to South Sinai means that we have to wait for a major holiday to make the trip.
Ras Sudr, on the other hand, awaits us just across the tunnel to Sinai and is only an hour-and-a-half drive from the capital. Offering zen, stunning scenery and epic wind conditions for kitesurfers, Ras Sudr is the ideal weekend getaway for those of us who crave inner peace. And who doesn’t?
The beachside bungalows at La Hacienda offer gorgeous views of the sea, while Soul Kitesurfing is the ideal spot to chill in front of breathtaking views, indulge in satisfying meals (the burgers are phenomenal), practice yoga with instructor Osman and, of course, kitesurf.
Offering daily sessions in Soul’s new yoga hut outfitted with Inca Egypt‘s beautiful textiles as well as live music on weekends and a genuinely hospitable atmosphere, Soul Kitesurfing at La Hacienda is our first-choice seaside retreat to escape the city and all of its stress.
For a more active vacay, kitesurfing is a must, and Soul offers top-notch classes from knowledgeable and trustworthy instructors who will patiently guide you whether you’re a complete novice or a seasoned amateur. We tried an intro session and fell in love with the sport. The kitesurfers at La Hacienda’s windswept bay make it look much easier-said-than-done, but trust us, it’s doable and the adrenaline rush you experience when you succeed at even the smallest exercise is unmatched.
But above all the amenities and activities offered at La Hacienda, what really draws us there weekend after weekend is the spirit of the place: friendly, authentic and soul-soothing. We’re hooked.
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