A mirage by the foot of the White Mountain in the Oasis of Siwa, in the Western Egyptian desert.
et in sublime isolation, Adrère Amellal is a true mirage. Perfectly situated by the foot of the White Mountain in the Oasis of Siwa, in the Western Egyptian desert, the exclusive lodge is a statement on sustainability and luxury.
Beyond the luxury of the finest Egyptian fabrics found in each room and stellar service, Adrère Amellal enhances the luxury of being present, in blissful solitude, finding balance between a relaxing spa treatment and a visit to one of the many ancient sites.
This endeavor is the work of Egyptian environmentalist and sustainability entrepreneur Dr. Mounir Neamatalla. His passion is shown in every single detail on the property – from the collaboration with local artisans and community to the eco-ethos of the place.
Siwa Oasis is a pleasant 8 hour drive from Cairo through enchanting desert scenery. The oasis itself is a place immersed in history– discover the ruins of the Temple of Amum, the most famous oracle of the ancient world, tombs of nobles with beautiful hieroglyphics, and stories of Alexander the Great whose burial site is believed to be in the region.
Once at the lodge, one can enjoy the natural-fed spring water pool and see the sunken Roman ruins of the original baths at the deep end. The property borders the sand dunes of the Great Sand Sea and the Salt Lake, where you can float in an experience similar to the dead sea. Guests are welcomed by an elegantly dressed team carrying warm smiles and glasses of cold karkadé – a hibiscus and mint tea.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at a location of your choice: under the palm trees, in one of the many atmospheric shaded spaces or even on the dunes. The experience of having your meal prepared and set in the vastness of the desert is unforgettable. All food is sourced locally and the gourmet treats are many – black olive & rosemary jam, roasted duck, stuffed tomatoes and zucchini flowers.
The 40 architecturally intriguing suites are set throughout the many different buildings spread around the property. Built in traditional Siwan style, the walls are made of salt blocks and mud, roofs are made of palm leaves, and traditional metal work is seen particularly in the heavy wooden doors. The luxurious rooms follow a Berber interior design style with wonderfully crafted rugs, pillows and objects of art. There is no reception or keys nor electricity. The nights are lit solemnly by bees wax candles, oil torches and the thousands of stars of the northern African nights.
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