The Ecolodge Adrère Amellal lies in the oasis of Siwa, the western-most part of Egypt’s oasis group in the middle of the Libyan desert, at the foot of the mystical White Mountain. The oasis’s history can be traced back to the year 1,500 before Christ. Siwa offers large gardens, plantations of date palms and olive groves, and numerous salt lakes. Around 23,000 people inhabit the oasis, the majority being Berber. The Ecolodge Adrère Amellal is around 16 kilometres away from the main village, which is also named Siwa. The impressive ruin of Shali Fortress, which was built in the 13th century with a mixture of mud, sand and sun-dried salt, shapes the landscape. Further highlights are old olive and palm groves, bubbling Roman fountains and an extraordinary cuisine with traditional dishes. All ingredients such as the seasonings and vege- tables are organically grown and hand-harvested in Adrère Amellal’s garden. Torches, beeswax candles and the stars illuminate the village by night, as there is no electricity at Adrère Amellal. Given that nothing is meant to disturb the environment’s peace, mobile phones are not allowed outside of the rooms. Guests can choose from a variety of activities, which are solely limited by the conditions in the desert. These include exploring the sand dunes of the Great Sand Sea, swimming in Lake Siwa, travelling back in time to Old Shali and its historic fortress or horse riding and relaxing by the hotel pool with natural spring water. The calm and originality of this extraordinary location as well as the kindness of Siwan will deeply touch guests at Adrère Amellal.
Adrère Amellal is a stylish environmentally friendly ecolodge built of rock salt in traditional Siwan style with 2,500 year old techniques. The hotel offers guests an extraordinary stay using first-class quality in an original environment. Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall have already vacationed at Adrère Amellal. Each of the 42 rooms is unique and authentic, equipped with local handcrafted furniture.