Occupying an airy promontory above Aswan, the Basma is itself a high point in Nubian-influenced contemporary architecture. A lobby accented with lively turquoise fabrics begins a gallery walk to interiors and grounds graced with sculptures, murals, fountains, and mosaics—many created by local artists. The large swimming pool and generous deck face the Nile, as do other common exterior spaces. Standard rooms have tile floors scattered with Nubian rugs. White sheets with mango-colored pillows and throws stand out against the dark wood of contemporary headboards and dressers. Sliding doors open onto private balconies, which may overlook the pool and gardens, offer a glimpse of the Nile, or take in the Nubia Museum, the Fatamid Cemetery, and the city. The friendliness of the staff comes across as genuine, an extension of local hospitality.
In front of the Nubia Museum, Aswan, Egypt