A beacon of conservation, this spare Berber-style hotel on the Siwa Oasis was constructed as part of a local sustainable-development plan. An eight-hour drive west of Cairo, the fortress-like compound of 40 rooms is made of kershef, a heat-resistant mixture of rock salt and clay, and has stylish palm-beam roofs, beeswax candles, and stone floors covered in locally woven rugs. Since there is no electricity, pathways are lantern-lit at night, and braziers keep things warm. Underground Roman springs feed the pool. When the dunes of the bordering Great Sand Sea beckon, guides are available to lead Toyota Land Cruiser excursions; once in the middle of the undulating landscape, the driver will cut the engine and prepare a late-afternoon pot of mint tea, brewed with leaves grown organically on hotel grounds.
Nestled at the foot of a majestic mountain overlooking ancient olive and palm groves, Siwa’s largest salt lake, and the dunes of the Great Sand Sea, Adrère Amellal Oasis offers travelers a return-to-nature experience in a unique ecological and cultural setting. The ecolodge, which ranks second on Condé Nast Traveler's Green List of Best Resorts for 2005, has been built with utmost sensitivity to socio-cultural and environmental considerations. Derelict Siwan houses have been restored and extended, using kershef - a mixture of rock salt and mud - to build the walls. This method keeps indoor temperatures moderate and ensures that the structures blend with the environment. The premises are free of electricity and telephones, in keeping with the lifestyle of the oasis. Doors and windows are strategically positioned to capture the desert breeze, eliminating the need for air conditioning. Oil lamps and candles are used for lighting, braziers for heating.
Each one of the hand-built 40 rooms is unique, combining distinction and authenticity. Earth buildings blend naturally into the landscape. All the furniture and crafts pay tribute to nature and to talented local artisanship. With no electricity, the rooms are softly lit with a dozen beeswax candles and the starry desert sky.
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Enjoy an exquisite cuisine that includes traditional dishes cooked in honey-glazed clay pots. All herbs and vegetables are handpicked daily from the lodge's organic garden.
Drive, walk, play or dine in the rolling dunes of the Great Sand Sea... Experience pure water flowing from the heart of the earth. Horseback Riding is available upon request. Siwan craftsmanship is celebrated for its exquisitely embroidered garments and stunning silver jewelry. Visit the city center, stroll through the marketplace and spend time absorbing the local scene. Dominating the atmosphere of the town of Siwa are the magnificent jagged ruins of Shali Fortress. Built in the 13th century from a mixture of mud, sand and sun-dried salt, harvested from Siwa’s salt lakes, and palm trunk ceilings.
(Cairo, Alexandria, Siwa Oasis, Bahariya)
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