Basata Ecolodge

Basata Ecolodge

Sit back and take in the spectacular seascapes and tranquility of the Egyptian Red Sea, set in a haven respecting Bedouin culture.

Tucked between two desert hills and overlooking the soothing Red Sea in South Sinai, Egypt, Basata Ecolodge values simplicity and respect for its surrounding environment and native Bedouin culture above all else. Founded as an antidote to the exhausting rat race of life in overstimulating cities like Cairo, Basata invites visitors to switch off and reconnect with nature. 

 

With a devotion to thoughtful hospitality that considers both people and place, Basata Ecolodge has thoughtfully designed bamboo huts and traditional adobe chalets that sit on the shores of the Red Sea in the Gulf of Aqaba. The lodge’s activities allow guests to take a step back from the modern world and appreciate the historic wonder that sits in Egypt’s South Sinai mountains.

 

Highlights & Activities

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Hike through historic mountains
Take in the immaculate sights and sounds of the historic South Sinai mountains during a desert hike. Marvel at impressive rock formations and arid terrain, providing complete silence while you explore the majestic mountains.
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Snorkel in the Red Sea
Soak up the wonders of the Red Sea’s beautiful marine life. A far cry from the desert sands on land, Basata’s snorkeling expeditions allow you to see what Egypt’s famed underwater world has to offer.
Safari
Venture on ethical camel safaris
Experience the slow and relaxing rhythm of camels making their way through endless desert, a mode of transport used by the desert-dwelling Bedouin community for centuries. A sweet escape from the noise and chaos of modern traffic, a camel safari allows you to switch off and tune in to South Sinai’s soothing surroundings.
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Visit ancient monuments and sites
Behold the historic wonders of St Cathrin monastery or visit the impressive Salah el Deen Castle, which was built during the time of the Crusaders. Enjoy watching the sun rise or set after summiting the mighty Mount Moses.

Regenerative Impact

Founded in harmony with the South Sinai mountains and Red Sea coastline, Basata Ecolodge strives to preserve and honor the landscapes and culture of its local Bedouin community.

Bedouin Woman at Basata
The lodge’s rooms, either bamboo huts or adobe chalets, were designed using natural materials to blend in thoughtfully with its surrounding desert landscape. The huts and chalets were built and decorated in keeping with Egyptian architecture and Bedouin artisan craft.
Fully aware of the damaging effects of global warming on coral populations, Basata takes care to educate guests and team members on how best to preserve the coral and prohibits fishing and boat use along the coastline. They also closely monitor the health of the reefs.
Basata Ecolodge prides itself on being Egypt’s first ecolodge and is leading the way in reducing human impact on the environment. Basata is working to eliminate single-use plastic in its operations, 80% of its waste is currently reused or recycled and it has no air conditioning on-site to reduce energy use.
Basata owners Sherif and Maria maintain close ties with the local Bedouin community and in 1998 established an NGO, Hemaya, dedicated to supporting it in several areas. Basata only works with local Bedouin guides to provide them with sustainable employment opportunities, supports Bedouin women in showcasing and selling their artisan crafts at the lodge, and distributes Ramadan boxes every year to ensure vulnerable families in the community are fed. They also converted a local house into a kindergarten for Bedouin children and during afternoons, this house becomes a training center to empower local Bedouin women.

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Hotel Location

Basata Ecolodge

Set in Egypt’s majestic South Sinai mountains and on the Red Sea’s calming shores, Basata Ecolodge combines comfort, tranquility and a profound respect for South Sinai’s terrain and history. This nature-focused lodge is hidden between desert mountains and faces the azure waters of the Red Sea, perfect for escaping external demands and stresses.

Hotel Address

South Sinai, Egypt

Closest Airport

Sharm El Sheikh Airport

Travel Time From Airport

2 hour drive

RT+ Membership Perks

Receive $99 credit towards the Basata x Regenerative Experience for $1,300 (2 people) including:

  • 3 nights in a double chalet
  • All inclusive (breakfast, lunch & dinner (without alcohol)
  • Immerse yourself into a world of mystery by taking a guided snorkeling tour
  • Enjoy an interesting and informative conversation with the owners about Basata, the area, local community and culture

 

Enjoy one of the experiences below:
 

  • A guided three hour hike into one of our nearby mountains
  • A 50 minute massage on the beach using all natural oils
  • Baking bread and having tea with the local Bedouin women
  • Enjoy an authentic local bedouin dinner in the Mountains of Sinai

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