Escape to a bygone era at the boutique Villa Belle Epoque in Cairo.

A beautifully renovated colonial-style home, in one of the world’s most enchanting cities.

Attentive, discreet service and superb cuisine are just two of the things that will make you want to keep coming back to the Villa Belle Époque. Built in the colonial heyday of the 1920s, its swimming pool, sundecks and patios are surrounded by lemon, mango, olive and guava trees, mingled with the odd centennial palm.

The hotel is located in Maadi, a Nile-side suburb just 12 kilometres from the centre of Cairo, where much of the city’s ex-pat community have their homes, alongside grand foreign embassies.

Thirteen rooms with spacious balconies and contemporary Egyptian art provide a balance between the grandeur of a bygone era and the stylish modern touches that we all expect nowadays.

It’s convenient close to Cairo, too, providing the perfect base for exploring this exciting city. Check out the Great Pyramids of Giza on the edge of the city, wander the backstreets of the Khan el-Khalili bazaar, largely unchanged since the 14th-Century, or immerse yourself in a magical history tour in the city’s magnificent churches, monuments and temples. It’s all here waiting.

The Inside Word

We Love...

Maadi in springtime. This is when everything bursts into flower, from blue-blossomed jacarandas to fragrant yellow mimosa, the place is awash with bright colours.

Indulge Yourself...

With a shopping trip back through time. The labyrinthine Khan el-Khalili bazaar has hardly changed since the 14th-Century, selling spices, perfumes, gold, silver, carpets, leatherwork, glass, ceramics and pretty much anything else you can think of. Shop ‘til you drop, or simply stroll and soak up the exotic scents, it’s not to be missed.

Learn Something New...

Try a few words of Arabic! Maadi is a great area for walking and the local people are extremely friendly. Begin with the basics like shukria (thank you) or al salaam a' Laykum (hello) and before you know it, you’ll find yourself being invited in for coffee.

Experience a Taste of...

Egypt’s food is a melting pot of cultural influences, including Greek, Roman, Lebanese, Palestinian, Syrian and Turkish. Try mouthwatering mezzes like tabouleh (a parsley and mint based salad), hummus, magloubeh (made from rice, aubergine and spices). Or better yet, roasted kebabs of lamb seasoned in onion, marjoram, and lemon juice. They’re divine.?Try dining at Abu El Sid restaurant  in the  Zamalek area of the city, for a taste of Egyptian Cuisine. There’s an incredible amount of bars and restaurants to choose from, making Cairo ideal for a long weekend away.

Jaw-dropping Moment...

Your first view of the magnificent ancient pyramids of Giza, on the edge of the city. No question.

Flying Time From The UK

Just under five hours.

The Last Word

This private luxury escape to a bygone era at the Villa Belle Epoque in Cairo is for travellers who wish to feel a part of a place, not just visit it.

Don't Forget

We can arrange wonderful private guided tours, too. Why not explore the pyramids and sphinx Memphis and Sakkara; the citadel and Islamic Cairo, or the sound and light show at Giza? What’s more, we offer a selection of hotels in Cairo, so just let us know if you’d like an alternative option.

If you do opt to stay at the Villa Belle Époque, the concierge service can organise high-tea by the Nile, visits to Cairo’s opera house, museums, art galleries and craft workshops and walking-tours of Maadi’s historic homes and gardens.

We can tailor make any escape to suit your requirements so if you wish to amend the suggested itinerary in any way, just let us know.

Price From

£980 to £1,200 per person, based on two sharing four nights’ B&B accommodation, including flights and private transfers.

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Highlights

  • The Great Pyramids and Sphinx
  • Khan El Khalili Bazaar
  • The Egyptian Museum
  • The Citadel and Islamic Cairo
  • Memphis and Sakkara

When to Escape

October to April

These are the cooler months making travelling conditions more comfortable.

May to September

In July and August the city and desert temperatures can reach 40-degrees Celsius.
The heat is manageable whenever you travel, though, and bottled drinking water is always available.

“Cairo has all the ingredients for a great short break. There’s the history of the old city, from the Pharoahs and the Nile, to the Christians and the Muslims; add to that the merchants, craftsmen and traders in the ancient bazaars and street markets, plus all the restaurants and bars, and you’ve got an experience that you’ll be talking about for years.”

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