Feynan Lodge has been developed by Jordan's Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature and opened in the summer of 2005. It is set among the arid mountains of Wadi Feynan on the western border of Dana Nature Reserve. This is right at the bottom of the Dana reserve and is usually reached by a five-hour walk down through the gorge of Wadi Dana to the desert floor at Feynan. It can also be reached by a 4x4 road if you don't fancy the walk.
The lodge, also known as the Wilderness Lodge, has been set up as a cool, atmospheric retreat for tourists wishing to explore this undiscovered and archaeologically rich area of Jordan. It is an interesting piece of architecture built entirely of local materials and designed by a local architect. The unique arabesque desert design uses traditional adobe methods and lends a romantic feel to this remote location. The RSCN have been keen to incorporate some eco-friendly technologies, which include solar power by day and candle light at night. The staff are all from the local Bedouin community which makes it an important asset to this remote area.
It is a great place to stay and can form the base for longer explorations and treks into the area.
Open: All year.
Location: The lodge is located in Wadi Feynan in the Dana Biosphere Reserve.
Rooms: Guests are accommodated in 26 rooms, all with en-suite bathrooms. Hot water (solar generated) is available 24 hours a day. Rooms are categorised as standard, superior and deluxe. The last sleep up to 4 people and have a private balcony. There is no heating, air conditioning or fans in the rooms. In the summer guests can open the windows to cool the room down and are welcome to sleep out on the terrace. In cooler months, the lodge supplies thick duvets.
Activities: Hiking along the many trails, guided or self-guided mountain biking in Wadi Feynan and the Dana Biosphere Reserve. Sunset hikes can be arranged. Guests can also visit a local Bedouin community. Guided activities & bike & helmet hire must be arranged and paid for locally. Enjoy star gazing from the terraces at night.
Facilities: There is an open dining area leading from the buffet area to a large terrace. The café serves sandwiches, juices and hot drinks. There are several courtyards and terraces, including a panoramic rooftop terrace, where guests can relax. Indoors there is a lounge/library with comfy sofas and a supply of books and board games. There is an open fire in winter. The lodge has a small shop selling local handicrafts as well as a range of toiletries. There is a leather and candle workshop on site. The lodge’s electricity is limited and is solar generated. Mobile phones, cameras and laptops can be recharged at reception.
Dining: Meals can be taken communally or at individual tables indoors or out on the terrace. The lodge serves exclusively vegetarian food, using fresh local produce.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Health: Jordan is not a malarial country.
Communication: There is no internet access. The lodge has a landline ‘phone.
Notes: Although the lodge has credit card facilities, these are often unavailable so guests should plan on paying in cash. The lodge accepts Jordanian Dinars, Euros, Sterling and US Dollars.
Trek through wadis, valleys and mountains in remote Jordan to reach the red rose city of Petra.
Built and owned by the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature, a percentage of the lodge income goes towards the nature conservation & protection of endangered species in Dana Biosphere Reserve. It also supports initiatives to help the local community. This is a really pioneering eco-lodge.
"The long walk was worth it. This was most unexpected after the night before....and most welcome. Star gazing a particular high point with jovial staff. Food excellent and room likewise."
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Office hours: Monday - Friday: 9am to 5.30pm
Telephone: 01473 890499