Feynan Ecolodge

  • Feynan Ecolodge

Unplug in an ecolodge in the middle of a natural reserve

Set at the foot of the Dana Biosphere reserve, it’s my favorite place in Jordan. It is as if the time stands still. It’s been voted one of the top fifty ecolodges in the world by National Geographic Adventure Magazine

The whole concept is about sustainability meaning preservation of nature and support of the local Bedouin community.

Be sure to take the half board as there is no way you can find another place to eat. Remember: you’re in the middle of nowhere!

Dinner is served at 8. Be on time, otherwise the other guests will have eaten it all! It seems that everybody going there is starving! It’s vegetarian!

In the evening, the whole hotel is lit by candles, which gives it a magical atmosphere. There is no electricity except in the bathroom and there’s no hairdryer. To recharge your phone/camera batteries, the only place is the reception desk. That’s also where you will get wifi access.

After dinner, head to the rooftop. It’s the perfect place for stargazing as there is no light pollution there. They have a telescope and they will tell you the name of the stars. Speaking of which, a cool app you can download is Nightsky: it will tell you which star you are currently looking at.

Breakfast: don’t expect continental breakfast: it’s Bedouin breakfast with Arab bread, lebaneh cheese, hummus & tea (or powder coffee).

How can you reach the hotel? Only 4 wheels drive can make it. So either you are on foot because you have just descended the whole Wadi Dana (which is spectacular!) or you came by car. If it’s not a 4-wheel drive, you have to arrange a pick-up by the hotel (can be booked online).

The hotel organizes several walks or other companies can organize them for you (see our tip “Wadis”). Take at least the sunset walk (it’s 20 minutes and free).

Combine it with the Wadi Dana walk or Wadi Ghweir.

The staff is super kind.

There is no alcohol but they don’t mind if you bring your own bottle of wine/beer. Just be discreet.

A last piece of advice: bring your shampoo! There ‘s no shampoo provided just soap.

The boutique is often closed but you can ask to open it. Or else, go to the Wild Jordan shop in Amman (see tip)

It’s superbly well in integrated in its surroundings. It’s not luxurious (bathroom simple & the mosquito net could be replaced). But the real luxury is the breath-taking environment, the silence, the nature, the stars: that makes it really unique.

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