Located 12 kilometres from Petra, the village of Taybeh has been converted to a 5 star resort with the support of the local community. The old village was almost deserted as the community had moved away during the 1960s, and in the early 1990s the mayor proposed turning the old village houses into a tourist resort, rebuilt and owned by the local community, keeping alive old crafts skills and bringing employment and money to revitalise the villagers.
There are 111 guest houses and a royal suite, each with modern facilities including private bathrooms, satellite TV, telephone and minibar. Tucked away off the old village streets is a swimming pool, Turkish bath with traditional Ottoman features and the services of a professional masseur. The Sahtain Restaurant serves both traditional Arabic meals and international dishes, while there is a separate bar and terrace from where guests can enjoy views of the Petra mountains. There is also a bakery producing fresh bread and local pastries. A small market area sells locally produced pottery, glass, jewellery and textiles.
Since its completion in 1994, Taybet Zaman has won numerous awards, including the 1996 British Airways Tourism for Tomorrow Award and the 1997 Green Global Commendation Award.
Location: Taybet Zaman is located in the village of Taybeh about 12kms from Petra. The village has been restored to provide a resort for tourists who want to experience Bedouin-style accommodation and hospitality.
Rooms: There are 102 Bedouin-style guest rooms and suites, including a grand Royal Suite, all built of thick stone. Furnishings are comfortable but adhere to the 19th century village style. Modern features include individual climate control, satellite TV, direct dial ‘phone, minibar and en-suite bathrooms.
Activities: Exploring the historical city of Petra, stroll around the village of Taybeh.
Facilities: The restored village has walkways, a water well, gardens and marble benches. There is a small shop selling local handicrafts, tea, soaps and body lotions and a bakery. The resort has an outdoor swimming pool, a gym and a hammam offering spa treatments and massage. There is a bar, a restaurant and a snack bar offering Arabic and international dishes. There is a lounge where guests can relax. There is dancing and entertainment in the village square some nights.
Dining: Meals are taken at individual tables.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
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Communication: There is free Wi-Fi in the lounge and bar.
"I thought we might have made a mistake when we drove away from Petra towards this hotel, but once we got there we were delighted. We were upgraded to a bigger room with a courtyard, and it was very comfortable; after spending the day with the crowds in Petra, it was great to be somewhere so peaceful. The food was good, and the staff helpful. We had two slight niggles: one that they never offered a no smoking area in the restaurant, we had to ask each time, and the second was the poor wifi, though they tried hard to rectify this. We would recommend this hotel for visiting Petra, the short drive was no problem."
Tribes Travel, The Old Dairy, Wood Farm, Ipswich Road,
Otley, Suffolk, IP6 9JW.
Office hours: Monday - Friday: 9am to 5.30pm
Telephone: 01473 890499