Well, how the world turns. Kitesurfers far from being the free spirits of the surf culture used to living out of camper vans and shitting in buckets are snobs of the windsurfing culture with bmw's and soft toilet paper.
I stay in 4 & 5 star hotels for work all of the time, but when I'm on my kitesurfing holiday, the Magawish has everything you need: a room with the basic facilities you need and within a few minutes of the kite centre. Sure the evening meal buffet is not very inspiring, but at 20p for a trip into town and a slap up meal including beer for about Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â£6 who cares.
Far from the earlier comments all the staff at Magawish from the receptionist to the boys pouring (the admitidly smelly water on the grass) will all greet you with a smile and do anything they can to help you. The lads seconded from the hotel to work at Colona are all (well mostly) eager and keen to please and know how to handle your kite when launching / landing or rescuing.
Only one person has mentioned the partner factor, my girlfriend has been twice with me and was happy enough with the Magawish, but got a bit fed up with Egypt so I get to go at least once a year without her and concentrate soley on kiting (the only excuse for wanting a softer hotel option is the femail nag factor). Being able to fall out of bed to the kite centre, stay there all day and hae access to your room if necessary is a perfect option. After kiting and a sundowner, back to the room to get showered and changed and get a bus to town for the evening - what could be simpler.
I'm in the process of organising a lads trip for next spring for some of my local bro's and will be staying at Magawish and Colona again.