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A host of new experiences this year at The Kempinski Hotel Soma Bay

The Kempinski Hotel Soma Bay has a great line-up of experiences available this year. Here’s just some of what’s on offer: Learn a new skill – Arabic cooking lessons Banish Friday-night takeaways and boring beans on toast with a masterclass in authentic Arabic cuisine now available at the beautiful open-air Al Mar Restaurant. Guests will discover exciting new culinary flavours and delicacies from Egypt, Lebanon and bordering Mediterranean regions. Young and old will return home with a plethora of delicious new recipes added to their culinary repertoire, including Kofta, Mousaka and Taboula. Every guest at the Kempinski Hotel Soma Bay will receive a one hour complimentary cooking class, plus a full chef’s uniform and printed recipes to take home so all meals can be enjoyed again and again! Improve health & wellbeing – sensational spa experiences We’re all often guilty of working long hours and not spending enough time on ourselves to totally relax and rejuvenate. Make 2012 the year of self-indulgence and enjoy some quality time at the renowned Kempinski Hotel Soma Bay Spa. There are a variety of exotic massages to choose from including Swedish, Deep Tissue and Balinese plus Shirodhara, Elakkizbi, Ayurvedic and Facial Purification treatments. For an ultimate healing experience, visit Les Thermes Marins des Cascades Spa & Thalasso Centre for a seaweed wrap and underwater massage rich in mineral salts, vitamins and amino acids to truly discover the new you. Experience new cultures – historical Egypt This year after a day or two by the pool, why not take an excursion to discover the fascinating history and stories surrounding this captivating country. The Kempinski Hotel Soma Bay is in the ideal location to reach the Ottoman Fortress of El-Quseir dating back to the 16th century and the ancient sites of the Valley of the Kings and Queens, the Karnak and Luxor Temples. The monasteries of St. Paul and St. Anthony are another intriguing insight into the history of the Red Sea Mountains that both still observe rituals that have hardly changed in 16 centuries. Take a walk around the charming self-contained village with gardens, a mill, bakery and churches plus a library that boasts over 1,700 ancient manuscripts. Try a new activity – beginners kite-surfing & diving lessons Thanks to its flat water conditions, fantastic sandy beaches and side shore winds, Soma Bay is the ideal location to try your hand at kite-surfing or scuba diving amongst some of the world’s most beautiful reefs. Professionals and beginners alike are fully catered for with video and headset training aids that make learning and improving their wind-surfer skills easier and safer. The Soma Bay Dive Centre also has a 420 metre jetty that extends directly to the reef with electric cars available to carry equipment and divers for effortless access to Soma Bay’s underwater world, perfect for beginners just finding their ocean feet!

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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