"A unique chance to experience a true Egyptian oasis first hand"
Escape to an Egyptian Oasis for the ultimate eco-lodge experience! Deep in the Egyptian Desert lies Adrère Amellal, a place that looks frozen in time. With authentic earthen buildings that seem as though they have been carved from the mountain they sit below, this retreat provides an amazing traditional experience. The rooms are made from salt rock and lit exclusively by beeswax candles – you will feel a million miles from the modern world you have left behind. No Wi-Fi, no signal but no worries – Adrère Amellal will relax you to the point where your troubles drift away.
Spend your mornings by the soothing swimming pool, it’s fed by a natural bubbling spring that will provide you with a perfectly calm atmosphere. Later, you could occupy your afternoons exploring the beauty of the local area, with vast sand dunes and towering palm trees dominating the landscape. Your dinner in the evenings will comprise of traditional local cuisines and ingredients grown on site. Forget the pyramids, the Siwa oasis is the place to visit in Egypt if you want a truly memorable getaway.
The Adrère Amellal Lodge is the centrepiece for the Siwa Sustainable Development Initiative, a project funded by Environmental Quality International (EQI). This project was initially conceived in order to preserve Siwa’s natural and cultural heritage as it is an area previously isolated from the rest of Egypt. As a result, much of its architecture and landscape have not changed for hundreds of years. The overall aim of the initiative is to strive towards sustainable development, benefitting the local community whilst minimising potential negative environmental impacts. Subsequently, Adrère Amellal has created jobs for hundreds of local people, providing valuable investment for the local economy.
When developing the lodge, its design called upon traditional handicrafts and methods of managing the environment. As a result, not only does the accommodation suit the local rustic style but the method of producing food mirrors local traditional techniques, preserving these handicrafts whilst also being eco-friendly. By producing much of its food on site as well as isolating the site from electricity, the lodge strives to lower its carbon footprint as well as provide a thoroughly enjoyable experience for its guests. As a result, Adrère Amellal succeeds in both maintaining the heritage of the area whilst also achieving sustainable development.