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About Siwa

Siwai Oasis and the Western Desert covers millions of miles towards Libya. It’s a spectacular and harsh landscape described by the Arabs as ‘the land abandoned by God’. Much of the land is still undiscovered. The best places to stay in Siwa are eco lodges for varying budgets.

Siwa is a Berber region filled with date palm and olive groves. Olive oil from the region is a main export to Europe.

Amongst many attractions to see there is Cleopatra's Bath, a natural hot spring, the Temple of Hibis, the Oasis Heritage Museum, Temple of the Oracle, and the Monastery of al-Kashef. There are many activities ranging from camel safaris, desert jeep rides, sand boarding, bathing natural springs, and candle lit dinners in the desert. It's rather romantic though there are lots of things to do for families.

The best places to stay in Siwa are mud brick lodges in the style of the desert.

Luxury lodges:

  • Adrere Amellal - luxury desert eco lodge, romantic open-fires, candle lit dining, private balconies, swimming pool, organic food.

Family lodges:

  • Siwa Villa - charming mud brick villa, ideal for families, self-catering with a chef on request.

Budget lodges:

  • Albabenshal - a desert guest house with basic rooms, rock bottom prices, lovely roof top terrace restaurant, bikes to hire.

Best Hotels in Siwa

  • Albabenshal 13 rooms from £24

    Siwa (Fortress Of Shali)

    Basic simplicity in this desert guest house. An eco friendly mud brick building with bare-walled rooms and a cool roof terrace restaurant. Fantastically cheap rates, bikes to hire, and lots to do in the desert. A hotel for families, sporting enthusiasts, and those on a budget.

    Value chic
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Birdwatching  -  Good birding near the hotel.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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  • Siwa Villa from £125


    A charming mud brick villa ideal for families or groups of friends. Simple chic rooms, fantastic roof top terrace with an open fire place, chef on request. Plenty to do in the desert. Excellent value.

    Active Holiday
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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  • Adrere Amellal 40 rooms from £272


    A luxury desert eco lodge. Sandstone rooms and suites with traditional decoration, fireplaces and private balconies. Authentic organic cuisine served under the stars, swimming pool, open air fires, and lots of desert activities. Very romantic!

    Eco break
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Kiwi Collection, CN Traveller
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