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Adrère Amellal Oasis, Siwa, Egypt

Adrère Amellal Oasis, Siwa, Egypt
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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, Adrère Amellal Oasis offers travelers a return-to-nature experience in a unique ecological and cultural setting.

The ecolodge, which ranks second on Condé Nast Traveler's Green List of Best Resorts for 2005, has been built with utmost sensitivity to socio-cultural and environmental considerations. Derelict Siwan houses have been restored and extended, using kershef - a mixture of rock salt and mud - to build the walls. This method keeps indoor temperatures moderate and ensures that the structures blend with the environment.

The premises are free of electricity and telephones, in keeping with the lifestyle of the oasis. Doors and windows are strategically positioned to capture the desert breeze, eliminating the need for air conditioning. Oil lamps and candles are used for lighting, braziers for heating. Furnishing is simple but of the finest quality, drawing exclusively on natural materials, traditional design, and local skills. A team of trained Siwan staff offer quality hospitality services. The ecolodge, which is a product of the ancient wisdom and creativity of Siwan master builders and craftsmen whose trades were becoming extinct, has led to a revival of traditional building techniques in the oasis.

Posted on 12/01/09 under: oasis, egypt, siwa, eco, lodge,