We stayed at the ecolodge over the Christmas period for 4 nights with family and 3 young children. the lodge is out of town, which makes it quiet at night, and pretty safe for kids to run around. The rooms are very spacious and clean. we unfortunately had a problem with bad smell in our bathroom that wasn't repaired during our stay.
The food was plentiful and mostly interesting (we even had grilled pigeons one night, and some barbecued chicken). Be aware that no alcohol is sold or offered at the lodge (we took our own with us). Because of the children, we could only do some visits (museums and tombs) in the mornings, had lunch at the lodge, and spend the rest if the afternoon playing, the kids just having a great time playing in the sand with their toys; We had a day trip into the black and white desert ( worthwhile, really, fabulous rock formations to be seen, and plenty of sand for the kids to play with!), but I am afraid that the springs were a terrible disappointment (especially after spending time in Siwa). Most of them are very exposed (women cannot undress, really!), and the surroundings extremely dirty...or noisy with electric water pumps runnning non stop. A pity..
The manager Mahfouz at the lodge tried his best to help us organize our outings, and overall, with a bit more training for the staff, the place will be the perfect hideaway for those in search of authenticity and quietness.
If you don't want to be far away from the hustles of town, or if you don't have your own transport, you might find it too isolated. But If you enjoy authenticity (including bedouin music, drums, woodfires and rustic comfort), this is the place for you.
All what the ecolodge would need to be perfect is.. a hot tub fed by the hot springs! That would make this place a real gem!
Good luck to the owner Mr Mohamed, who truly tries to make this place special and comfortable, and who really cares for the opinion of his visitors.
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