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.
- 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