Contributing Monkie Sarah Backhouse
Published on December 19, 2007
Take it from Herbert Ypes, the creative force behind the The Hip Hotels series. He ranks Egypt’s Adrère Amellal Oasis in his all-time top 20. This from a man who out jet-sets Paris Hilton. And with one glance, you can clearly see why.
The Adrère Amellal Oasis is the destination for those looking for a luxurious getaway in a unique, ecological and cultural setting. Situated in Western Egypt, the resort is “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.”
As for the resort itself, derelict Siwan homes were restored and expanded using traditional Berber techniques. The walls are built from kershef, a mixture of rock salt and mud. This keeps the interior cool, while ensuring that the exterior blends in with the surrounding environs. Strategically placed windows and doors eliminate the need for air conditioning, which is just as well, as the entire resort is free from electricity and telephones. The former is replaced with oil lamps and bees wax candles, while the latter… well, considering this is an oasis, it’s best to leave the BlackBerry at home.
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