SOFITEL LEGEND OLD CATARACT ASWAN, A MYTH REBORN
SOFITEL LEGEND OLD CATARACT ASWAN, A MYTH REBORN
Paris, October 1st, 2011 – A visit to the Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan (Egypt) is like walking into a legend. In the Nubian Desert on the banks of the Nile River across from Elephantine Island the Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan has risen from its ashes after a 3-year closure. The venerable Old Cataract’s story began in 1899 in the heart of sparkling Aswan, its very name taken from the marriage of the river and the granite wall that forms the first cataract of the Nile. More than a hotel, Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan is a destination unto itself.
Sofitel entrusted French interior designer Sybille de Margerie with the task of bringing the luxury of the myth to life once again while conserving the original beauty of the Victorian building. A true challenge, given the weight of history that every wall bears and the rich memories of the legendary visitors who once crossed its threshold.
The soul and splendor of the place are preserved, the architecture updated for a decidedly contemporary face – Sybille de Margerie has risen to the challenge by bringing together Victorian, Middle Eastern and French styles.
From its rose granite plateau rising above the sacred river, the Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan offers visitors two different experiences in the hotel’s rooms and suites. The historic charm of The Palace pervades its 76 accommodations, including 45 suites. From Agatha Christie to Sir Winston Churchill and including Agha Khan, many famous faces have stayed here, movie stars, heads of state and crowned heads. Once a legend always a legend, and here that has held true through the extravagant transformation that managed to preserve the site’s heritage in such touches as the Byzantine-style striped arches. The 2 most spacious suites are named Agatha Christie Suite and the Winston Churchill Suite which has its ow private terrace. Each one proposes an adjacent room.
The contemporary elegance of The Nile wing numbers 62 accommodations, 37 of which are suites, all with a balcony and a view of the famous river. The friezes and chandeliers found in the historic wing are reproduced here, inextricably linking the two buildings. Particular attention was paid to the bathrooms; some rooms even offer guests the luxury of taking a bath while gazing out over the Nile. The biggest suite in this wing is the Agha Khan Suite.
Some moments seem to exist out of time. Tea served in the setting sun, a ritual as Agatha Christie experienced it, is a must while visiting.
Emblematic spa and hammam created
The Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan unveils a brand new 1200m² So SPA that is a temple of well-being with 8 treatment booths, 3-room hammam and indoor pool. Impressive views, and elegant, original décor along with French cosmetic expertise from Cinq Mondes makes this So Spa space one of the finest new additions to the hotel.
So Spa treatments are an original well-being concept from Sofitel that draw inspiration from gastronomical French cuisine, another of Sofitel’s areas of expertise. The Starters, lasting 30 minutes, are aimed at active young urban dwellers seeking a moment’s rest after a full day. The Main Dishes and Desserts last an hour and include full massages, facial care, hot rock massages and other luxuries that will nourish you body and soul.
A veritable icon of fashion and cinema, Marisa Berenson has created a beauty ritual just for Sofitel that includes her secret to beauty and youth – Soin Sublime with precious prickly pear oil. A unique beauty ceremony, made truly stunning by the use of gold and crystal accessories from the maison Saint-Louis.
So SPA has also developed its own products, So Exhilarating and So Rejuvenating, exclusive treatments that become classics when accompanied by Sofitel music played on So SPA iPods for the full experience.
Every massage table offers an adapted version of the famous Sofitel MyBed concept, the bedding used in all Sofitel Luxury Hotels, for optimum comfort and complete relaxation.
Legendary 1902 Gourmet Restaurant
Sofitel Legend Old Cataract now boasts a choice of four restaurants, including the legendary 1902, made famous by its Qualaun crypt, 20-meter high dome and décor worthy of the Thousand and One Nights. A true experience to have diner in this breathtaking outlet, where as it was in old time, there is still a dress code to get in. Wooden floor, beautiful lights and chandeliers, delicate and elegant table settings offer to the guests an unforgettable moment…
In addition, you can enjoy the Mediterranean restaurant Oriental Kebabgy and its superb terrace overlooking the Nile, newly created. Le Palms, near the pool, welcomes guests with light snacks throughout the day. Lastly, a gem of the renewed hotel, a new restaurant was created, Al Saraya, for an exceptional moment over breakfast or dinner, inside the superb décor or outside with a breathtaking view of the eternal Nile.
As if it were still the Belle Epoque, four bars provide four different experiences and many more unforgettable moments, beginning in La Terrasse, with its famous “King Fouad’s Corner”. La Promenade on the rose granite walkway offers a first-class view of Elephantine Island, making it THE place in Aswan to meet for a cocktail or a traditional tea. In the lobby, THE BAR has all the magic of a piano bar amidst the elegance of Middle Eastern décor. The Yasmin Vitamin Bar & Lounge overlooks the pool and gardens.
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Created by Sofitel Luxury Hotels, Sofitel Legend is a label, a seal, an exclusive club of hundred-year old establishments, as often as not historic monuments, legendary places full of history, destinations unto themselves set like jewels in the cities or landscapes that surround them. Every Sofitel Legend is a unique gem, a guaranteed seat on a journey to luxury and history, where legend and reality become one.
Service, a true feature of the Legend hotels, is at the heart of this experience. Precision and elegance, discreet and devoted attention, delicate and effective service, every thought is given to guests’ needs and to making every day a pleasure.
The Metropole Hanoi was the first of the collection, followed by the Grand Amsterdam (Netherlands) and the Old Cataract Aswan (Egypt). As renovations are completed, more hotels will join the Sofitel Legend offering – the Santa Clara (Colombia), the Winter Palace Luxor (Egypt), the Palais Jamai (Morocco), the Cecil Alexandria (Egypt) and others.