Hot List All-Stars 2012

Al Moudira

Luxor, Egypt

I love places that reflect one person’s passion, not some corporate strategy. In 2003, I traveled to Luxor and stayed at the Hotel Al Moudira, whose owner and namesake (Al Moudira means “boss lady” in Arabic) is Zeina Aboukheir, a Lebanese-born jewelry designer who collected salvaged doors, windows, and wooden screens in Egypt and Syria, then designed this desert palace to showcase her collection. The suites express both the austerity of the landscape and the visual richness of Old Cairo; the restaurant serves garden-fresh Levantine cuisine; and the pool is among the most beautiful in Egypt. Aboukheir also had the originality to build next to a rural village on the West Bank of the Nile, far from the mercenary tourism of Luxor’s main town. And it’s still a great bargain.—S., Hot List reviewer since 2000

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