Adrère Amellal

Top choice hotel in Siwa Oasis

Backed by the dramatic White Mountain (called Adrère Amellal in Siwan language), this impeccable retreat lies in its own oasis, 13km from Siwa Town, with stunning views over Birket Siwa salt lake and the Great Sand Sea's dunes. It offers the ultimate in spartan-chic. Elegantly simple suites showcase traditional architecture techniques using kershef.

There is no electricity; the rooms are lit by candles and the garden by hurricane lamps and the moon and the stars. When sandy adventures are done for the day, guests loll by the natural-spring swimming pool until it's time for a gourmet dinner, mostly from their own oasis's garden, eaten under the stars. This truly magnificent – and highly romantic – hideaway is one of Egypt's most special and innovative places to stay.