It used to be that adventure travel was the exclusive domain of a few intrepid individuals on a scientific mission to explore the far corners of the world, courtesy of organizations such as National Geographic, The Smithsonian, or Jacques Cousteau. And while this still holds true, opportunities for today’s avid traveler abound (just as daring a traveler, I might add!) in seeking adventures that are as simple as the journey of reaching a hotel. Such is the experience that awaits you at Adrere Amellal, a luxe eco-retreat in the Egyptian desert that defies categorization.
When considering a trip to Adrere Amellal, at the foot of the White Mountain in Egypt’s Siwa Oasis, travelers need to do some soul searching beforehand, for example, do you expect your hotel to be made out of bricks and mortar? Does living without 24-hour room service bring you out in a rash? Is air conditioning essential, or even, is electricity itself essential? If you answer yes to any of the above, you may wish to click your browser’s “back” button, as the Adrere Amellal will feel like a step into another world.
Of course, for the people who answered no to the above questions, a step into another world is exactly what they are looking for. Adrere Amellal is a serious eco-lodge. It was built using all local design, manpower and materials, and everything that is eaten, (carnivores beware as the menu is primarily vegetarian) is grown in the gardens.
The 34 rooms and suites are simply furnished, but quality is of a high standard, so the thought of a palm-frond door shouldn’t put you off. Despite the lack of electricity, hot water is available thanks to a gas heating system, and lighting at night is from lanterns and candles. Included in the price of a stay at the Adrere Amellal are a variety of excursions including a trip to Cleopatra’s Bath and visits to the picturesque village of Siwa.
Just to reiterate; there is no reception, air-conditioning or electricity. What there is is a pool, and less tangibly a feeling of total seclusion and peace. If you want some insight into what it feels like to be a Berber living in the Sahara, a stay at the Adrere Amellal is by far the easiest and most pleasant way to get a taste.
How to get there:
Adrere Amellal Resort is approximately an 8 hour drive from Cairo. The bus from Alexandria is also approximately 8 hours long.
Source: Unique Travel Destinations