From jewelry designer Francesca Visconti.
“My husband and I cruised by motorcycle through the Libyan Desert, and crossing through the Egyptian border, we came across one of the most extraordinary oases. Home to a small village, it is called Siwa and is about 350 miles from Cairo, Egypt. It is a magical place. We arrived as the sun was setting and giving off its warm orange glow. The Adrère Amellal hotel was lit only by lanterns and torches. At first, you don’t even see the hotel, because it is part of nature and appears to be built into a mountain.
“Siwa is where Alexander the Great came in 331 BC to consult the oracle. It is the location of the first ecolodge in Egypt, built by owners Laila and Mounir Neamatalla, both environmentalists, using mud and rock salt. It’s set at the foot of a white tabletop mountain that looks down at the azure salt-lake oasis.
“The cuisine is very fresh and healthy, from their local garden. As the sun comes out, you can have breakfast out on the...