Siwa Villa

The Siwa Villa is a completely restored old Siwan mud house, located in the centre of the old city just behind the Shali. Spread out in the villa’s many rooms for a bit of luxury, or keep the cost down by filling the house with nine people and split the price per head. We treat all our guests the same, we bend over backwards to make sure your stay in Siwa is a special one.

The Siwa Villa is a traditionally built mud house completely restored to Boutique Hotel standards. Accommodation for families on holiday, safari groups or travelers who want to experience ‘Somewhere Different‘ and not just another hotel room. The villa is quiet and very private behind the old Shali fort in Siwa, five minutes from the Market Square. There are four large bedrooms that can accommodate up to nine people. The roof terrace has a large fire place big enough to roast a lamb or two with several quite areas around the house for people to relax. To see the different areas of the Siwa Villa inside scroll down the page to see them all. Please also see the relaxation and entertainment sections as well.

Roof Terrace

The roof terrace is 120 square meters on top of the Siwa Villa, giving you a 360 degree view of the old city. Enjoy privacy and relaxation during the day, or entertain a group around the fire at night.


The inside of the Villa is laid out in the traditional Siwan way. The living area is in the centre of the house to protect the family from the heat of the sun in the summer months, and from the cool nights in the winter.


Outside is the centre of the old city, where you are surrounded by a mixture of locals and foreigners. The sound of car alarms is replaced by passing donkey traffic and old men walking to the mosque.

Stone Room

Huge double bed and plenty of space to spread out and make yourself at home. The wardrobe and side tables are made out of stone from the edge of Siwa. Air conditioning and warm blankets make the villa a suitable destination for all weather.


There is no TV in the Siwa Villa. There is a pack of cards, monopoly, an extensive library, and the fire pit on the roof, it’s all here for you to entertain your group. Have a dinner party, spin a lamb…


Relaxing in the Siwa Villa after adventuring out in the desert is what it’s all about. Sit around the open fire and chill; read about the explorers who came to Siwa or the Long Range Desert Group.

Bath Room

I chose the piece of stone in the picture above, Penny made the footprint stone the shower sits on and tiled every mosaic. Hot water 24/7.


Meet the guys and gals of Somewhere Different. Penny runs the show and Mohammed has been with us for 9 years, but there is a whole support team behind them. See their profiles for a bit of info.

The villa is serviced by a full time Siwan house keeper and Penny who lives here in the winter months.

Mohammad will take care of your every need from morning to dusk doing all the washing up, changing the sheets, providing fresh towels, fresh bread in the morning and making the fires to taking you to the hot springs in the resident donkey and cart.

Penny will make sure you have everything you need and will sort out all your excursions into the desert or swimming in the many Roman springs around the oasis.

Duncan (if in Siwa) will drive you anywhere you want to explore in the Oasis in our jeep, and if you want to go exploring somewhere he has never been, even better.

The main part of the house is long room that runs right through the middle of the house. It is traditional for Siwan houses to have one large living room facing north south to catch the breeze that blows through the house through the day to keep it cool.

There are exposed palm tree beams on the ceiling, making the room look like an English baronial hall. This is the traditional way of making ceilings in Siwa. The lighting is provided by wall fittings made of salt giving a nice warm glow in the evenings. The floor throughout the house is a soft lime stone about 3 centimetres thick and needed a five tonne truck to deliver! It took Penny nearly a month of solid tiling to get the floor laid, but it was worth it.

Throughout your stay Mohammad, the housekeeper, will be around to keep the fires burning on the roof using local olive wood and the kitchen sink free of washing up.

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