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Eco Stars: 5 star
Stars: unrated
Location: Africa
Country: Egypt

Adrère Amellal

Siwa Oasis and its surroundings represent one of the most interesting and distinct regions of Egypt. Siwa possesses a unique natural environment with exceptional geological features, a diversity of flora and fauna, and some 230 natural freshwater springs fed by the Nubian aquifer.

One of the world’s last remaining pristine oases, Siwa is home to ancient historical ruins and unique cultural traditions that have been maintained for thousands of years. Famed as the location of the Oracle of Amon, whom Alexander the Great consulted before continuing his Persian conquest, Siwa exists today much as it always has; boasting majestic rock formations, lush groves and brilliant salt lakes throughout the oasis.

At the foot of the White Mountain in Siwa Oasis, Egypt – Adrère Amellal is born. A Nature Lodge attracting discerning travellers looking for a unique experience. Earth buildings blend naturally with the landscape, and furniture and crafts all pay tribute to the talented local artisans. Every room is unique, combining distinction and authenticity. Rooms overlook Lake Siwa, the Great Sand Sea and ancient olive and palm groves. Cuisine is a fusion of traditional-recipes, contemporary-creations and Pharaonic cooking know-how using herbs and vegetables handpicked daily from our organic garden.


Green Star Rating Results:
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Overall Rating: ★★★★★ (5)
Special Achievements:
National Geographic Adventure for Top 50 Eco-lodges of 2009,
Tatler (2008) for Best Eco-Hotel,
Travel and Leisure Global Vision Award in the category of Green/Eco Hotel (2006);
International Chamber of Commerce and UNDP World Business Award for the Siwa Initiative (2006);
Condé Nast Green List Top 5 Lodges award for Adrère Amellal (2005);
Talents du Luxe Well Being Talent Award (2005);
Hip Hotels Orient 2005 Top 20 Hotels;
British Airways Tourism for Tomorrow Award.
Adrère Amellal also received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Ministry of Tourism for “A remarkable effort in promoting tourism in Egypt” on the occasion of World Tourism Day (2004).

Energy Rating: ★★★★★ (5)
Staff Comment - Adrère Amellal operates with no electricity. Lamps and candles are used for lighting and on cold nights, coal-filled braziers are used for heating. Natural ventilation, which takes advantage of the dry desert climate of the area has been adopted, ruling out the need for expensive energy and maintenance intensive air-conditioning. Currently, an alternative is being designed to substitute the use of gas heaters for heating the water of the rooms. Adrère Amellal is the centrepiece of a greater sustainable development initiative which includes traditional women’s artisanship; organic agriculture and renewable energy. Within the renewable energy component of the project we are experimenting with bio-gas technology which in essence will take animal and agriculture waste and produce bio-gas and organic fertilizer. The result of this pilot project will later be used towards the implementation of a renewable energy source for the gas heaters allowing the facility to be completely operated using renewable energy sources.

Water Rating: ★★★★★ (5)
Staff Comment - The number of rooms is limited to the amount of water available in the natural spring located on site, which supplies the needs of the ecolodge and its guests. All the buildings constructed were built at the foot of the mountain so as 1) to build on non-arable land and 2) to properly nest the structures in a way that allows them to blend in with the mountain rather than detract from the beauty of the landscape. All agriculture on the land is organic and free of chemicals. Wastewater is first settled in self-contained sedimentation tanks, allowing the supernatant to flow through perforated pipes into a constructed wetland where indigenous papyrus plants are grown, completing the biodegradation and waste reduction process. The wetland is completely sealed from the surrounding environment to avoid any possibility of contamination of surface and ground water resources. The technique used relies on biological systems free of any mechanical parts for the conveyance and treatment of sewage.

Disposal Rating: ★★★★ (4)
Staff Comment - Food waste is composted on site and local residents pick up the recyclables. Most items are biodegradable organic materials, very few are non degradable. At this stage our waste disposal strategy is focusing on two main areas: one is finding an alternative to the bottled water provided for the guests, which unfortunately in Egypt is primarily packaged in plastic; and secondly, we are establishing an awareness program for staff to familiarize them with importance of proper waste disposal. The objective is to empower them with this knowledge not only for the purpose of lodge operations but more importantly to apply in their day-to-day home life as well as to communicate this knowledge with friends and family of the community.

Eco-Active Rating: ★★★★★ (5)
Staff Comment - Adrère Amellal is the centrepiece of the Siwa Sustainable Development Initiative (www.siwa.com). The Siwa Initiative is an integrated sustainable development plan, designed by Environmental Quality International (EQI) that addresses economic, cultural and environmental challenges in the Oasis of Siwa. Our investments in Siwa are in the following areas: (1) Lodging (2) Women’s Traditional Artisanship (3) Organic Agriculture and (4) Renewable Energy. Our approach thereby relies on the integration of these areas of engagement with the local community. Together, these activities have established a sustainable private-sector-led development model which aims to be socially and environmentally responsible.

Protection Rating: ★★★★★ (5)
Staff Comment - The initiative was designed with utmost respect for social, cultural and environmental considerations, mobilized the participation of the community at all stages of project design, planning and implementation, and ensured maximum benefit to the community at large. EQI organized the Siwa City Consultation, where local community representatives were formally invited to participate, for the first time, alongside the local authorities and other stakeholders, in making decisions regarding Siwa’s future. Moreover, during the initial land purchase, instead of buying public land directly from the government, EQI first met with a council of two tribal sheikhs and thirty community elders, formed specifically to discuss the sale of the land. Only after local leaders were satisfied that the sale posed no threat to their way of life did they sign a document of consent. Socio-cultural considerations were also incorporated in the design and implementation of the ecolodge, which is designed to harmonize with the landscape and cultural setting of the area. All units are built in keeping with traditional architecture using local building materials and techniques. The local community has benefited from the creation of job opportunities and the revival of old trades, while EQI has benefited from the incorporation of local knowledge and expertise in the management of the environment.

Contact Details

Name:
Adrère Amellal
Address:
Siwa Oasis,
Egypt
Telephone:
+202 2736 7879
Website:
www.adrereamellal.net
and
www.siwa.com
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