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Villa Belle Époque
Why we like it
- Boutique property along the East bank of the Nile
- In the heart of the Maadi district home to stately residences
- Built in the 1920s, and recently refurbished to reflect its colonial origins
- Each of the hotel's thirteen rooms with spacious balconies is named after an Egyptian city, evoking the world of discovery that awaits our guests
- The swimming pool is surrounded by lush gardens filled with patios, citrus & olive trees and centennial palms
- Attentive, discreet service and superb cuisine
For travellers who wish to feel a part of a place, not just visit it, Villa Belle Époque holds the key to all the best that Egypt has to offer.
Everything was excellent. Except when I had to leave and return home. I didn't want to.
- BM, Hertfordshire
The Maddi district location is where wealthy, cosmopolitan Cairenes built their stately residences and filled their sprawling gardens with a stunning array of exotic plants and trees. Now home to over a dozen embassies, and much of the capital's multi-cultural expatriate community, Maadi is a relaxed, sophisticated and sought-after area of the capital.
Richly, yet understatedly decorated with a period feel, and embellished with works of contemporary Egyptian art, Villa Belle Époque allows visitors to relive the comfort and elegance of a bygone era while enjoying every modern amenity. The shaded patios and luminous conservatory that serves as a dining area, allow you to enjoy the tranquillity of Maadi's sunshine and birdsong.
In springtime, Maadi bursts into flower: blue-blossomed jacarandas, fragrant yellow mimosa, and the flaming-scarlet bloom of the tree known locally as 'flamboyant'. Year round, the neighbourhood streets with their café's, restaurants and shopping centres, invite leisurely strolls.
Best time to be there
Winter (October to April) for cultural trips, although May to September is great for the Red Sea. Ramadan is a particularly exciting time to be in Egypt - it is celebrated here with more exuberance than anywhere else in the world.
Cairo, Luxor (British Airways, Egypt Air); Sharm el Sheikh (British from Sep 2015, Easyjet); Hurghada (Easyjet)
4 hours 50 minutes direct
GMT +2 hours
Required - obtainable in advance or on arrival
No mandatory vaccinations
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