areas of basata


Basata is an environmentally sensitive community with each member and space integrated and essential to the whole.

All work together for the seamless operation of a unified ecological and cultural system. All areas are unique and contribute to Basata’s success as a fully functioning eco-lodge and a very special retreat. 

 

The Kitchen / Reception
The kitchen is open 24 hours a day and reception staff is available from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm.

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The Bakery
Every morning, the smell of fresh bread fills the air.  You can have your choice of pita, fino, cheese bread, break sticks, feta pockets or any number of other fresh baked delicacies.  At lunch-time mini pizzas appear magically in the straw baskets or you can order a larger pizza (tuna, eggplant, mushrooms, etc). 

 

The Living Area/Main Hut
This Bedouin inspired room, with low tables, mattress and cushions covering the ground, is the heart of Basata, the central gathering place.

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The Bedouin Living Room/Library
A room, decorated with Bedouin arts and crafts, beautiful bronze, copper vases and ceramic pots. It is a quiet little area annexed to the main living room.

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The Bathrooms
There are two large bathrooms located on either side of Basata.

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The Office, Snorkel Room and Prayer Room

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The School
Sherif built the Basata Primary School and Kindergarten as an educational forum for both his children and the local Bedouin children.

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The Bazaar
Behind the kitchen, on one side of the courtyard, is the Bazaar.

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The Mosque
The beautiful white domes and the tall minaret of the mosque add a gentle picturesque quality to the sharp severity of the mountains.  Every Friday, the Muslims in the area walk up the hill and listen to the Khutba delivered by either Shaykh Ibrahim or Sherif.  At night, walking along the path to the huts, one cannot help but notice its brilliantly illuminated walls in the distance.

 

The Farm
Basata’s farm functions as a source of pleasure and entertainment (kids love the animals) and as a vital step in the recycling process.

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The Greenhouse
In our greenhouse, we grow organic fruit and vegetables such as tomatoes, eggplants, cucumbers, melons, and peppers.  Some years, we have an over abundant harvest, which we then sell to local hotels.