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“beautiful place, wonderful people” 5 of 5 stars
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Flower of Light Centre
Howard Carter Street | Gurna El Tarif, Luxor, Egypt   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #12 of 28 Luxor B&B and Inns
Rome, Italy
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“beautiful place, wonderful people”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2010

In the midst of the chaotic and intense experiences an independent traveler can have while exploring Egypt, Flower of Light is an oasis of peace and tranquility. Located on the quiet west bank, at the edge of the desert, close to the valley of the kings and all other sights, this place makes you feel miles- and centuries away from the noisy tourist crowds. A wonderful shady garden, a lovely pool and simple, clean rooms in chalets built in traditional egyptian style, make Flower of Light full of atmosphere, and made our stay here unforgettable. We spent 4 nights here in mid october, and then returned for an extra night at the end of our travel. It is run by an Irish family, very experienced about life in Egypt. Antoinette and Donny are welcoming, laid back and helpful, and were full of suggestions and insights which helped us for the rest of our trip. Meals can be cooked on request by the couple's son Dylan, who has picked up the best of Egyptian homemade cooking.
The place was born as a retreat center for groups exploring the magical and mystical sides of Egypt. But even the most skeptical traveler will have a wondeful time here, as the owners do not try to force their personal views onto anyone.
The only downside may be that the place is so nice, spacious and peaceful, that it makes sightseeing less urgent, and you might feel as if you never want to leave. Free wireless internet really works well (which is rare) and waking up to the sound of the birds singing is wonderful.
Very highly recommended for independent travelers and those looking to experience Egypt far away from the typical tourist spots.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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English first
leersum
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2010

What an incredeble place to stay.
It is so great to relax in the beautiful garden after a day in at the temples.
You can feel the love and hard work that they put in he place and that makes the place so wonderful.
It is not a hotel, but it is a home away from home.
Antoinette tells you everything you want to know about the ancient history, the mistery's and much more.
Dony and Dylan are a bit at the background, but they are such good guys!
Thanks again for the wonderful vegetarian food and your company.

If you want to visit Luxor in a hurry or in a superficial way: stay away!
If you want a very special trip to Luxor, a trip you won't forget: don't look any further and yust contact them.

See you next time.

Barbera and Gerry

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Stourbridge, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2010

This is the most peaceful place you can find to stay in Luxor. It has been created with love and a lot of hard work by Antoinette Glynn and her husband Dony, a real oasis of peace and tranquillity on the edge of the desert. Here you will receive personal attention that is not possible in the large hotels, beautiful fresh food cooked by Dillon, and a lovely garden to sit by the pool and relax, areas to meditate and beautiful domed ceiling rooms. This is a real gem of a place to stay and be nurtured by wonderful people. It is close to all the sights on the West Bank and easy to get across the Nile to the East Bank where you will find the temples of Luxor and Karnac.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2010

I have been to the beautiful Egypt 3 times. On my first visit i stayed in the St. Joseph hotel on the east bank of the Nile but it had not got a patch on Antoinette's amazing Flower of light centre. Gorgeous weather accompanied by relaxing and peaceful accommodation is the perfect combination in having the greatest trip to Egypt. Antoinette's centre includes domed chalets with spacious rooms and comfortable beds a great nights sleep is a guarantee!. I really found my spiritual side in Antoinette's company with great tales of ancient Egypt she really helps you find your inner self. The place really adds to your experience of Egypt and The Flower Of Light Centre is defiantly the ideal accommodation while on your visit.
Thank you Antoinette, Doney and Dylan

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2010

I arrived to palm trees, sandy mountains and a warm breeze. We were met at the airport by one of Antoinette's colleagues, a local Egyptian. He was friendly and brought us to our accommodation. When walking through the centre you cant help but notice the tall trees and the aroma of the beautiful flowers. There are lots of things I love about the centre. The meditation area to sit and listen to the wonderful stories of Antoinette About ancient Egypt and how she gives mean to life, the swimming pool were you can take a quick dip to cool down, the sun beds, and The Food! Dylan was an amazing chef and cooked tasty Egyptian meals if you wanted. The rooms were spacious, clean and comfortable and the sound of the mosque's prayers really set the atmosphere. As a 17 year old girl in leaving cert year, it is a great place to go and get away from the stressful and hectic life of Ireland.
Thank you so much to Antoinette, Doney and Dylan. You really made my trip wonderful.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Antwerp
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2010

At our arrival at the Flower of Light Centre, Antoinette said to us: ‘this is not a hotel’, and indeed it isn’t, but it is soooo much more than that.
First of all the location is just an island of rest within the chaos Luxor is. And belief me, Luxor can be quite a ‘distortion’ – ask e.g. any woman traveling alone.
Antoinette is really ‘looking after you’ to be sure you are comfortable. She will lead you around all the tourist pitfalls Egypt is presenting you. She organizes trips for you if you would like to. She knows a lot of people and put you in contact with the locals who can be trusted – drivers providing services for the correct price, restaurants making food with the correct water (which can make a whole lot of difference in how you ‘enjoy’ your holiday).
Furthermore Antoinette knows a lot about the ancient wisdom and all the power places/temples in Egypt. She shares her knowledge and wisdom with such an enthusiasm and she is able to put it all into perspective – making links with e.g. today’s religions and what’s happening in the world nowadays.
And the food … We have been in Egypt before and for veggies it can be a struggle. At the ‘Flower of Light’, they cook for you if you want. Dylan puts such creativity and good energy in the dishes he makes, that you have every day another surprise based on the local ‘seasonal’ vegetables.
As explained we have been in Egypt before using the 5star accommodations. And of course, these hotels are good. But the ‘Flower of Light’ was just such a marvelous experience – not just ‘a holiday’ – that has put our staying there at a much higher level.
Thank you very much, Antoinette, Donal and Dylan.

Lieve and Wim (Belgium) – March 2010.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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dublin
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2009

I stayed at the flower of light centre in feb 09 with my partner and two children on a teenager the other a four year old. This really is a place of total relaxation an oasis in the middle of a chaotic world. we felt we could easily retreat into our spiritual selves here as the place seems to have some magical and spiritual qualities. it is eco friendly and so natural. The owners Antoinette and Dony an their son Dylan were really helpful if we needed to get anywhere and all our needs were met . If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life this is the place to be. We will be definitely going back there and i would recommend it to everyone from families to single travellers.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Flower of Light Centre

Address: Howard Carter Street | Gurna El Tarif, Luxor, Egypt
Location: Egypt > Nile River Valley > Luxor
Amenities:
Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 28 B&Bs / Inns in Luxor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Flower of Light is totally unique, perfect for guests to connect with the Sacred Sites of Luxor. Nestled quietly on the Nile's West Bank beside the Valley of the Kings. Directly facing Thoth Hill the centre resides on a powerful energy point. Reflecting the character and charm of an old Nubian Village our domed Eco-Friendly chalets will give you the perfect taste of authentic Egyptian Culture in a beautifully relaxed setting. ... more   less 

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