Siva Oasis, Gaafar Mountain
Siwa 11211, Egypt
“This is a place to forget about the outside world, relax and explore some truly unique surroundings.” Wilfred Jennings-Bramly
Sixteen kilometers from the charming town of Siwa, lies Adrère Amellal. An ecolodge overlooking Lake Siwa and nestled at the foot of the mystical ‘White Mountain'. Adrère Amellal is host to 40 rooms, all built in the traditional Siwan style, walls made of salt-rock, and palm used for the roofs.
Every room is unique, combining distinction and authenticity. The earthen buildings blend naturally into the landscape, and all furniture and crafts pay tribute to the talented local artisans.
All herbs and vegetables are handpicked daily from the organic garden. A plethora of activities are available with the only limitation being the desert’s mood: relaxing by the pool which is fed by a natural spring and is free of any chemicals, refreshing oneself by Lake Siwa, discovering the sand dunes of the Great Sand Sea, traveling back in time in Old Shali and its historic fortress, or horse-back riding among palm and olive groves.
With no electricity and no telephone, Adrère Amellal is in perfect harmony with its natural surroundings. Torches, beeswax candles and infinite stars illuminate the setting, while old style braziers warm the cool evenings.
- Adrère Amellal attracts travellers who are looking for unique, high quality, environmentally and socially conscious accommodation. The ecolodge’s distinctive guests, which have included Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, are a testament to its success.
- The uniqueness of the location, the architecture, and the visitor experience continue to attract coverage by reputable publications, bringing international recognition to both the ecolodge, and the Oasis at large.
“Adrère Amellal has been designed to operate as a low-profile structure with no lighting and producing very limited noise.”
being local - authentic experiences
The fourty rooms are all built by hand and filled with furniture and crafts that pay tribute to nature and talented local artisanship. Since there is no electricity, every room is softly lit by beeswax candles, creating a romantic atmosphere.
- Natural spring (Pool)
- Salted Lake
- Spa Treatment (massage with siwan oil, mud bath….)
- Siwa Creations Artisanal Products
- Fireplace in selected rooms
The Story of Siwa Oasis
Famed as the location of the Oracle of Amon, whom Alexander the Great consulted before continuing his Persian conquest, Siwa Oasis exists today much as it always has, boasting majestic rock formations, lush groves and brilliant salt lakes throughout the oasis. Pilgrims from all over the world travelled to Siwa in Egypt to seek the Oracle’s divine counsel, which, in its day, was as venerated as the Oracle at Delphi.
Siwa is populated by descendants of the Berbers, or Amazigh, who are distinct in their traditions, dress, tools, and language.
Siwa Sustainable Development Initiative
Adrère Amellal has been built with indigenous material using traditional Siwan building techniques and styles which have a minimal impact on the environment.
Kershef, a mixture of sun-dried salt rock mixed with clay, is used for wall building. This material maintains indoor temperatures at moderate levels. Ceilings are made of palm beams, while doors, windows and fixtures are made of olive wood from annual tree trimmings. Furnishings are simple, yet of the highest quality, drawing exclusively on local materials and designs.
- Recycling Water
- Food & Furnishing
Contemporary plumbing is used throughout. Wastewater is first settled in self contained sedimentation tanks, allowing the supernatant to flow through perforated pipes into a sealed wetland where indigenous papyrus plants are grown to complete the biodegradation and waste reduction process.
Food & Furnishing
Food prepared at the lodge is organically grown and predominantly local.
Furnishing is simple, yet of the highest quality, drawing exclusively on local material and design. Accessories reflect the rich and colorful traditional handicrafts of the oasis.
Adrère Amellal has been designed to operate as a low-profile structure with no lighting and producing very limited noise. Only minimal changes in the natural landscape of the area have been made and no chemical of any kind fertilizers are used on the property. Interference with the natural habitats of the area in both the construction and operation of the ecolodge is avoided. Adrère Amellal is not operated with electricity. Lamps and candles are used for lighting and on cold nights, coal-filled braziers are used for heating. Natural ventilation systems that rely on strategic positioning of doors and windows have been adopted, eliminating the need for air conditioning.