The Siwa Villa in Siwa Oasis, Egypt and The Village Hotel in Breb Maramures in Transylvania Romania are Somewhere Different’s two destinations. If you are interested in having an adventure holiday or cultural experience, but like the thought of your own boutique hotel style villa to stay in, from as little as 40 euros per villa, per night, then Somewhere Different is for you. There are over 300 pages of information on our two destinations that are constantly being added to as we delve deeper into the deserts and mountains that surround us.
Somewhere Different started as an idea 10 years ago and now, three books later, is our dream, our life. We hope you enjoy the site and look forward to meeting you when you come and stay with us – Somewhere Different.
Want to see somewhere different in Egypt? Away from the crowds and the hassle?
The last remaining peasant culture in Europe. Come and see it, before it’s gone for ever.
All inclusive holidays to Egypt. Experience the Pyramids on horseback. Loose yourself in the Khan El Khalili before enjoying the comfort of the Siwa Villa on one of our all inclusive holidays.
Designed to Boutique Hotel standard, the Siwa Villa becomes your home whilst you stay with us in Siwa Oasis. It is made of mud, up to a meter thick in places and is in the heart of the old town.
Transylvania, the place in your mind where Dracula lives. Visit the last remaining peasant culture in Europe and experience a lifestyle your Grandmother would have know when she was young.
The person staying next to you is not a guest, they are from the village. The reception is our kitchen. Immerse yourself in a way of life not seen in Western Europe, in one of our traditional villas.
Siwa is somewhere different. The only Berber culture in Egypt and a flood irrigation system that has not changed for centurys. It’s a long way from Cairo, but that’s what makes it so special.
There are a few places in the world where you can sandboard. Siwa is one of them. We have ten boards and a jeep that can get to the biggest dunes. Come and try it out, and get that facebook pic.
Maramures is in Northern Transylvania. The pace is slow, the countryside stunning – but its the people that make it what it is. Its the land of fairy tales. Romania’s best kept secret, and where we live.
We spent months traveling the Balkans, looking for the perfect traditional village. We wanted a lively community that was truly somewhere different. We found it, and now want to share it with you.
We live in Siwa, we know all the best springs and how hot they all are, and when no one else goes there. Gaze up at the stars or out on to the dunes from a hot spring without any one else around.
The largest Sand Sea on the planet, it is the Sahara desert after all. Siwa has some of the most spectacular dunes within easy reach of the oasis. Why go to Gilf Kebir when it’s on our doorstep?
Want to sleep in Dracula’s castle? Meet the Count? Get a stamp in your passport to prove to your friends you slept there? We run two Dracula tours, one to the real location, one to Bran Castle.
If anything goes wrong – Gypsies get the the blame. We are slowly building up trust with some local Gypsy tribes in Transylvania. We will take you to meet them when you arrive from Cluj if you like.
You will stay in the Siwa Villa when exploring Somewhere Different’s desert destination in Siwa, except when you sleep out under the stars in the Great Sand Sea. The villa sleeps 9/10 people and is very private, even though it is located in the heart of the old town below the Shali Fort. The villa is made of mud and has been carefully restored to be in keeping with the local ways of building, at the same time as providing all the mod cons you would expect from a Boutique Hotel. To check availability and cost for staying at the Siwa Villa and we’ll see you here.
The Village Hotel
The idea in our Transylvania destination, is to immures you into village life from the moment you arrive; surrounded by the traditional strip farming culture that has existed here for centuries. You stay in the luxury of a completely renovated traditional Maramures House in the village, surrounded by locals. We keep the milk for your breakfast in the cow next door, it will be very fresh in the morning. You can cook yourself or have dinner out with the neighbors. Like Siwa, every one gets to know you and you feel by the end of the week you have lived her for months.