I spent 2 nights in Sands Baharia and they were definitely worth writing about. The hotel itself is very comfortable and perfectly sized to give a true experience of coziness. The rooms are very comfortable and are done in such a way which brings the desert feel inside. Who would've thought that a straw bedframe is sturdy enough for a fully grown adult to sleep in AND sleep like a baby???!!! The outlets are really well designed. I loved hanging out in the living room at night and having a great time with my friends.
Now comes the food... Yes I did gain a few pounds but it was well worth it!!! The salads and appetizers were muy delicioso!!! (Everything came from their vegetable garden which is on site). Being vegetarian can sometimes be a challange. But in Sands Baharia there were so many yummy vegetarian dishes way more than any human stomache can possible take... But, I made sure not to miss out on any! My friends were also raving about the roasted chickens and savoring each bite of beef they had...
Now the good news for pet lovers is that this hotel is pet friendly. And trust me, this is very rare in Egypt. I had my 1 yr old Chihuaua with me... It was his first time in the desert and he couldn't believe there was a place that was actually bigger than out livingroom :) Throughout our stay, the staff was very very friendly to him and that added to my personal happiness!
The hotel organized a tour of Bawiti town. I almost skipped it in favor of staying in the hotel and enjoying the surrounding beautiful dunes and vegetable garden... But, I am glad my friends talked me into going. We were accompanied by the hoitel Manager who made sure everyone was comfortable and answered all our questions. We saw the golden mummies and several other Greco Roman remains as well as the local art museum. Then we headed off to the hot springs where we took a good dip followed by a relaxed chat under the palm trees sipping extra sweet tea made by a very nice and rather entertaining Bawiti guy. The last destination was the lake which we reached after driving through the desert and stopping at the "English Mountain". I really thought that we were just going to look at the lake and leave. But to everyone's great surprise, we arrived to a very nice seating area with cushions, rugs and low tables set up by the hotel staff who had arrived before us! And it was time for a "quick bite". The "quick bite" was not quick... The array of salads, appetizers and cold drinks were out on the tables to compliment the beautiful view of sunset by the lake!!! ...
Throughout our stay, every single hotel staff member was very courteous efficient AND fast!!! I can't remember anyone of them not wearing a smile on their face!
Oh! And starting off the day (remember you are literally in the middle of the dessert!) sipping aromatic expresso was a true luxury!
Although coming back to the crazy city of Cairo was a big anti climax, it is calming to know that Baharia is only a few kelometers away and doesn't need too much preparation. Actually, my friends and I are going back to Sands Baharia early April. And I just can't wait!!!
I am not sure who are the staff members who will read my review. But I do thank each and everyone one of them for the absolutely wonderful experience we had... And I look forward to being there again in April!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sands Baharia is an exquisite eco-friendly boutique lodge in the Baharia Oasis; ideal for a break from the big city. Building architecture, interior decoration and land construction are made from indigenous materials that are harmonious with the traditional lifestyle of the breathtaking Western Desert. 23 spacious, individually designed rooms and suites; each enjoying its unique theme, antique furniture, air conditioning and its own bathroom. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Sands Baharia Egypt/Bawiti