Say hello to your next-door neighbor: Cheops, Pharaoh of the Old Kingdom
Over three thousand years ago, the Pharaohs of Egypt’s Old Kingdom, built the massive Pyramids to house their remains and their riches for eternity. This astonishing Wonder of the World has attracted tourists for centuries, but only The Mena House Oberoi is located a mere 700 yards away, right on the sandy plain. Originally built as a hunting lodge in 1879, but has been a destination for Grand Tour travelers for nearly a century.
One can explore the interiors of the great pyramids, but perhaps the best way to view them is from the tranquility of a suite at the Mena House, where one can contemplate the immense age and magnificence of the ancient Egyptian civilization.
The 523 rooms are scattered over several wings: the palace wing with ultra-luxe suites with period furnishings; the garden wing, a more modern additions but still featuring a rich contrast of textures and fabrics; and the cabana rooms which are positioned in a wing around the magnificent pool.
Besides the Pyramids, the Mena House has 40 acres of jasmine-scented gardens and an 18-hole golf course right at the foot of the pyramids. The swimming pool, situated in the gardens also has the million-dollar pyramid view. The adventurous will be fortunate to experience the Pyramids in the most romantic and thrilling way — a horseback ride out into the desert to view the Pyramids from their most stunning angle. Camels are also available for this expedition.
The Mena House boasts five restaurants including the noted Moghul Room serving fine Indian cuisine and the Al Rubbayat (above) a majestic room serving Continental cuisine.
Mena House Oberoi
Location: Pyramids Road, Giza, Cairo, Egypt; 45 minutes to airport.
Luxury style: The original palace is an incredible Moorish fantasy; add to that the opulent period decor and the balcony overlooking the Pyramids and you have the perfect adventure/luxury ratio that will be enjoyed by almost every type of luxury traveler.
What we’ve heard: Ease your entrance into very foreign and sometimes chaotic Cairo by utilizing the meet-and-greet service offered by the hotel. It will smooth your way through airport red tape and have you to the Pyramids with the minimum of stress.