The Village Hotel in Breb, Maramures in Transylvania Romania and The Siwa Villa in Siwa Oasis, Egypt are Somewhere Different’s two destinations. For reasons that are obvious, our Siwa offering is now closed for the next few months until peace returns to Egypt. If you are interested in having an adventure holiday or cultural experience in Romania, but like the thought of your own boutique villa from 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 updated as we delve deeper into the mountains and deserts that surround us.
Somewhere Different started as an idea ten years ago and is now 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.
Somewhere Different’s desert destination in Siwa is currently closed, but when we are open, it gives you the opportunity to stay in Siwa Villa or sleep out under the stars in the Great Sand Sea. The villa sleeps 9-10 people and is located in the heart of the old town, below Shali Fort. We restored the villa using traditional methods of mud building, adding all the desirable mod cons of a boutique guest house. See below to check availability and make a booking.
The Village Hotel
From the moment you arrive in Breb, you will be immersed in local culture. It is a step back in time to beautiful wooden gates, a self-sufficient farming culture and a simple way of life. Our villas are renovated traditional Maramureș houses that back onto fields of wildflowers leading to the mountains. Milk arrives fresh from the cow each morning, and you can either take advantage of the villas’ fully equipped kitchens or enjoy a Romanian dinner with the neighbours. See below to check availability and make a booking.
All inclusive holidays to Egypt. Experience the pyramids on horseback. Lose 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 while you stay with us in Siwa Oasis. It is made of mud, up to a metre thick in places and is located in the heart of the old town.
Transylvania, the home of Dracula. Visit the last remaining peasant culture in Europe.
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 centuries. It’s a long way from Cairo, and that’s what makes it so special.
There are 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.
Maramureș is in Northern Transylvania. The pace is slow, the countryside stunning – but it’s the people who make it what it is. Step back in time into Romania’s best kept secret.
We spent months travelling 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 when they will be busy or deserted. Gaze up at the stars or out onto the dunes and soak up the natural beauty.
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.
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 want a glimpse of a fascinating lifestyle.