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fenyan ecolodge surroundings

LOCATION

Jordan’s original eco-lodge, Feynan Ecolodge is found deep in the beautiful Dana Biosphere Reserve and surrounded by rugged mountains. One of the country’s most sought-after stays, its 26 rooms are all unique and arranged around sun-lit courtyards.

Every one of the rooms has private en-suite bathrooms, solar-heated water, and beds arrayed with Syrian saya silk. Choose from a cozy standard to a spacious deluxe—roomy enough for a maximum of four people. The latter also comes with a balcony from which to contemplate the stunning orange-hued rock and vibrant oleander springing up in this former copper-mining valley.

WHAT MAKES THIS HOTEL UNIQUE?

It’s really grounded in its location, using only solar energy to heat the showers and run the refrigerators. At night, the staff light hundreds of candles transforming the process of returning to your room after dinner into a magical experience.

The cuisine is made with ingredients sourced from local villages and farms. A Bedouin mother supplies freshly baked bread for the lodge on a daily basis (whether her many children assist in the dough production is something to find out while at the hotel). From your terrace, while you dine on the coffee, falafel, and fresh fruit of a typical Arabic breakfast, you can see the shepherds taking their herds into the valley.

Join them as one of the cultural immersions you can plan through the lodge, or take a cooking class with the locals. Hikes and other forays into the desert—by mountain bike, for example—are also easily arranged.