Photographed at the Al-Babinshal Heritage hotel in Siwa, Egypt.
The remote and tiny Siwa oasis is brimming with spectacular eco-chic hotel options (including Talist eco-lodge and most notably the luxe monastic eco-resort Adrère Amellal) all of them unique and memorable in their own rights. But I must admit, I have a personal favorite. My heart belongs to Al-Babinshal.
Al-Babinshal gets my vote for the most authentic hideaway in Siwa Oasis. It offers a truly one-of-a-kind experience and its location takes the cake. This stunning traditional Berber-style heritage hotel is practically attached to Shali Ghadi, the rock-salt-and-natural-clay 13th century citadel that is the very heart of Siwa and its fascinating history.
A maze of tunnels and stairways connects the cool and serene desert-style rooms, seemingly art-directed with their monochromatic earthy palette, date-palm furniture and traditional wooden-shuttered windows. The rooftop restaurant is hands-down the most romantic dining spot in Siwa with its sweeping views of the oasis and front row seating to the most spectacular North African sunsets.
Wearing tribal linen harem pants I bought in Thailand (similar here) with a Theory safari shirt (similar here and here) and vintage high waist belt (similar here).
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Explore the beautiful Siwa Oasis:
Shali Ghadi | Salt of the Earth | Berber | Eco-Chic Living at Siwa Oasis | Adrère Amellal (Part 1) | Adrère Amellal (Part 2)
8 thoughts on “Al-Babinshal: A Desert Hideaway (Part 1)”
I bet it would be so nice to just laze around at the roof top and look at the stars.
This is the perfectly place to unwind, relax, and reconnect with yourself.
I’ve fallen in love with Al-Babinshal! Hope to visit this country one of this days.
I can feel the warmth of this place!
Waking up to a peaceful place like this is the most beautiful thing!
Going crazy over those pants! Haven’t seen any of those anywhere. Loooove!
I adore what you’re wearing!
This reminds me of Greece’s Santorini, with Al-Babinshal being more authentic and earthy.