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The Siwa Oasis, located between the Qattara Depression and the Egyptian Sand Sea in the Libyan Desert, nearly 50 km (30 mi) east of the Libyan border, and 560 km (348 mil) from Cairo is about 80 km (50 miles) in length and 20 km (12 mi) wide. Siwa Oasis is one of Egypt's isolated settlements, with 23,000 people, mostly ethnic Berbers who speak a distinct language of the Berber family known as taSiwit. Its fame lies primarily in its ancient role as the home to an oracle of Amon, the ruins of which are a popular tourist attraction and gave the oasis its name.

















 

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wow !! splendid !!! would love to go there... any idea how the oasis formed ? is it drying out or somthing ? that place needs more hotels and resorts perhaps even museums and stuff....
 

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Nope its permanent, It won't ever dry out. THere are a range of hotels from 5 - star to 2-star, but the best are the eco-lodges, these are hotels which don't use any elevtricity or modern appliances, very peaceful :)
 

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hmmm very intresting indeed but 80km from cairo :O omg... it might take upto an hour and a half to get there... maybe more... and omg the ruins in the pictures are really bad, they should try to rebuild them so it could be like a super large heritage village...

any more information about its history ? when did the settelment form etc... more pictures and photographs if available please :D
 

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Brilliant find ya Mido. I wonder if electricity reach these places?
 

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:lol:

But seriously, I love how all the city is in this style.
 

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King of the sandcastles! Egypt's stunning desert hotel where mobiles are banned, there's no electricity and it costs £460 a night


Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visited the socially-conscious Adrère Amellal resort in Siwa
There are no phones in the rooms and guests are not allowed to use their mobiles in public areas of the resort
Buildings designed to look like they are rising out of the surrounding desert and all 40 rooms rely on candles for light
Meals are cooked using traditional methods and made using herbs and vegetables picked daily from the hotel garden

This amazing Egyptian eco-hotel, which looks like it rises up out of the desert, has no electricity and bans mobile phones outside the bedrooms.
Rooms at the stunning Adrère Amellal, which start from £460 a night, are made from materials like salt-rock and palm for the roof.
The thick, earthen walls absorb the heat of the sun during day, maintaining a cool interior at the 40-suite hotel. At night, when the temperature drops, the walls radiate the heat captured from the scorching sun.
Torches, beeswax candles and stars help illuminate the completely electricity-free 40-room resort.
Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall have both been guests at the hotel near Siwa, staying in the £1,420-a-night Royal Desert Romm, which boasts the only bathtub at the property - installed especially for the couple.
The earthen buildings are designed to blend in with the surrounding desert, along with the olive and palm groves and the relaxing slow-bubbling Roman springs.
A spokesman for the hotel said: 'All our furniture and accessories pay tribute to the talented artisanship of the Siwan people.'
Adrère Amellal sits only 16km away from Siwa, an ancient city famed as the location of the Oracle of Amon, who was consulted by Alexander the Great before he continued with his Persian conquest.
The city is surrounded by seven stunning salt lakes, the largest being Al Zaytun, which is 25km long.

A wondrous mirage: The incredible Adrère Amellal resort in Siwa is made entirely out of salt rock and looks like it's rising out of the desert. The resort is close to Siwa, an ancient city near the Libyan border and overlooks Siwa Lake

A wondrous mirage: The incredible Adrère Amellal resort in Siwa is made entirely out of salt rock and looks like it's rising out of the desert. The resort is close to Siwa, an ancient city near the Libyan border and overlooks Siwa Lake

Lit up by stars: The hotel is completely electricity-free and relies on starlight, torches and beeswax candles for light. Made of kershef (a mixture of salt rock and mud) the thick earthen walls absorb heat in the day and radiate warmth at night

Lit up by stars: The hotel is completely electricity-free and relies on starlight, torches and beeswax candles for light. Made of kershef (a mixture of salt rock and mud) the thick earthen walls absorb heat in the day and radiate warmth at night
Romantic lighting: Lanterns illuminate the stairways to the rooms (left) and candles brighten the indoor dining area (right). Guests can also opt to have dinner outdoors

Romantic lighting: Lanterns illuminate the stairways to the rooms (left) and candles brighten the indoor dining area (right). Guests can also opt to have dinner outdoors

Romantic lighting: Lanterns illuminate the stairways to the rooms (left) and candles brighten the indoor dining area (right). Guests can also opt to have dinner outdoors
Wander around the resort and discover open courtyards and roof terraces which can be converted into private dining rooms. Dine under the stars or request for candles to illuminate the table

Wander around the resort and discover open courtyards and roof terraces which can be converted into private dining rooms. Dine under the stars or request for candles to illuminate the table
An oasis of calm: The Berber-style hotel is part of a local sustainable development plan. The hotel roofs are supported by felled palm trees. All other wood used in the hotel is taken from the yearly trimming of surrounding olive trees

An oasis of calm: The Berber-style hotel is part of a local sustainable development plan. The hotel roofs are supported by felled palm trees. All other wood used in the hotel is taken from the yearly trimming of surrounding olive trees

Stunning: The 40-room resort faces the Siwa Lake (left) and has a natural spring fed-pool. Enjoy traditional delicacies (right) in one of the many dining areas


Stunning: The 40-room resort faces the Siwa Lake (left) and has a natural spring fed-pool. Enjoy traditional delicacies (right) in one of the many dining areas
Classy: Most of the food served comes from the hotel's organic farm and almost everything is home-made. There isn't a menu for lunch or dinner but individual dislikes are taken into consideration when food is being prepared

Classy: Most of the food served comes from the hotel's organic farm and almost everything is home-made. There isn't a menu for lunch or dinner but individual dislikes are taken into consideration when food is being prepared
Visitors can relax under the shade of palm trees by the natural spring-fed pool (right) or just lounge on the comfortable floor cushions in their rooms

Visitors can relax under the shade of palm trees by the natural spring-fed pool (right) or just lounge on the comfortable floor cushions in their rooms

Visitors can relax under the shade of palm trees by the natural spring-fed pool (right) or just lounge on the comfortable floor cushions in their rooms
Communal area: Gaze across Siwa Lake and while away the afternoon in silent contemplation or grab a book from the resort's library, conveniently located by the lake

Communal area: Gaze across Siwa Lake and while away the afternoon in silent contemplation or grab a book from the resort's library, conveniently located by the lake

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/t...lectricity-costs-460-night.html#ixzz3CNwgRNPJ
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