The Adrere Amellal Desert Ecolodge is located at the edge of the Great Sand Sea, approximately eight hours from the city of Cairo and the nearest airport. Its isolated location, despite being a hindrance to getting there, is one of the highlights of the lodge and the reason that many famous people have come here time and again to enjoy the peace and solitude.
There are around 40 rooms at the lodge and the buildings are all made up of mud and rock salt. They are designed by locals in the indigenous style and their interiors are decorated with locally crafted furniture, art and rugs. A spring-fed pool set among palms and olive groves tops-off the experience and gives Adrere Amellal the ambiance of something from out of the past. The food at the lodge is made from all locally produced ingredients and is comprised of regional Egyptian recipes.
In addition to the solitude, there is plenty to do while staying at the lodge. Jeep treks into the desert,
Adrere Amellal focuses on being both pristine and eco-friendly while retaining some degree of luxury. There is, however, no electricity at the lodge. Instead, rooms are lit at night by candles and oil lamps, coal braziers are used for heating during the winter and the paths around the lodge are lit by torches.
The one thing that might discourage you from visiting this amazing lodge is the price. The rooms run about $400-$500 per night, but at least it’s all-inclusive, so food, drinks and whatever activities you want to do are effectively free. If you can afford to pay, Adrere Amellal is a spectacular, isolated lodge where you can relax and shed the stress of the “real world.”