Adrère Amellal in Egypt classifies as one of those resorts that you have to see in order to believe. Reminiscent of Biblical times in appearance, the resort combines enjoyable asceticism, unique accommodation, and desert charm. Adrère Amellal is some 16 km away from the town of Siwa. It lies at the foot of the White Mountains. The area has been home to ancient civilizations for nearly 10,000 years which can be seen from centuries old traditional Siwan houses.
This eco-lodge, which took the second place on Condé Nast Traveler’s Green List of Best Resorts for 2005, has no electricity, TV, Internet, or any of the usual modern-day amenities that we are so accustomed to. And that’s where the beauty of it lies. It is “a place out of time”, forgotten by the civilization and industrialized world.
The resort has been renovated by Environmental Quality International which used only indigenous materials like kershef – a mixture of clay and rock salt – to construct the walls in order to maintain pleasant indoor temperature. The doors and windows, made from olive wood, are positioned in a way that makes air conditioning redundant, while oil lamps, torches and beeswax candles are used for lighting.
Adrère Amellal has 40 rooms, each decorated in authentic style, naturally blending with the landscape. The furniture is bespoke, and made from dried palm fronds. There are several courtyards which connect all the resort’s buildings, and which are perfect for sitting, relaxing and stargazing. The food (mostly organic, locally grown) is served under the palm trees, while you can sip your tea in the dunes. Time here is a non-existent category since you are encouraged to take it slow and adapt to nature’s tempo.
Although Adrère Amellal is all about moderate pace, there are a few adrenaline-fuelled activities that you can take up like driving, walking or playing in the dunes of the Great Sand Sea, trekking, and horseback riding.
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