There’s always something magical about the realm of nature, its simplicity is captivating.
Have you ever kept it simple and turned down luxury for the sake of breaking a routine choice for the holidays?! Preparing your own meals instead of getting served? Sleeping in flicker huts instead of air conditioned rooms? Mingling with other cultures instead of shutting down on your own?
Basata, where we’ve stayed in spring 2012, a village that meant simplicity in the Arabic language. Basata village is the first Eco-lodge in Nuweiba ever introduced in Egypt on one of the top white sand beaches in the world southern Sinai, which was founded by Mohamed Sherif El Ghamrawy in 1986. He established Basata to become the hub of environmental protection, reviving the Bedouin heritage, approaching sustainability and most importantly enjoying an original piece of nature.
Everything is made out of bamboo, flicker huts, wood, stone, floor seatings, kilim Bedouin rugs, simple designs and handmade accessories. Everything is made out of nature to serve a simple lifestyle at the village. No TV, no music and no noise are allowed to reinforce the power of nature. There’s a library behind the Kitchen area, massive space to read and contemplate.
Everyone who gets to visit Basta, has to meet El Ghamrawy while staying over. He, certainly, appears to be a man of vision who has a lot to explain about the place and how he is thinking about everything. Listening to him will sure make your stay more worthwhile.
Although everything seemed simple and very relaxing, the Eco experience was truly richer than ordinary travel, especially that it was on the coast line of the irresistible Red Sea.
Hiring a new philosophy of an environmentally sustainable tourism, visitors approach needs to be nature-motivated over luxury. Walking barefoot on sand, shooting-star watching at night, everything is organic..etc.
Basata also shares precious values and concepts about nature and social responsibility with their guests like:
Based on a great policy of trust, Basata offers sheets of paper in their nicely prepared kitchen trusting every guest to write down his/her list of bakery, vegetables, fruits, dairy products, or canned food that was consumed during your stay which reflects a trustworthy cozy environment.
Beautiful things in Basata are within your reach and they are extremely unique, just put in mind that everyone else owns it too. Some rules and regulations entitle guests for recycling, saving water consumption, taking shoes or slippers off at any porches, and it is forbidden to take any Coral Reefs out of the sea water.
Basata offers something more than just an accommodation, it offers a very rich cultural experience, engaging visitors with some Bedouin traditions and customs. It's the art of community living and social responsibility where everyone learns to consider, appreciate, enjoy and respect others’ differences and the environment.
My favorite part was spending a time preparing our meals with our group and new people cooking TOGETHER in Basata’s kitchen, then enjoying every moment before the sea view reading, sitting on floor tables chit chatting or eating with new guests. I’ve truly experienced the quality of time.
Rates are really suitable for backpackers, it only costs € 20 a night per person, € 80 for chalets, € 12 for renting a camping area.
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