Dana Nature Reserve, Jordan
Feynan Ecolodge is nestled at the bottom of a valley in Jordan's beautiful Dana Nature Reserve. The lodge is simple, but perfectly comfortable and very charming. This is a great base for off the beaten track adventures and fantastic hiking.
At a Glance
Feynan Ecolodge is eco-friendly, using solar power to provide any electricity
Stargazing can be done from the roof terrace using the telescope, or with the naked eye, as Feynan Ecolodge is located quite far from the nearest town, meaning that there is no light pollution
There are lots of hiking itineraries which can be done around Feynan
Feynan Ecolodge serves only vegetarian food
The Ecolodge can only be reached on foot or by 4x4
Make sure you head up onto the roof at night to sit back and watch the stars.Daniel Smith
As the hotel doesn't have electric lights, it looks spectacular after sunset when lit up by candles.Scott Dunn team
This is ideal for hikers as there are loads of itineraries you can do with local guides.Scott Dunn team
Although the majority of the hotel has no electricity, there are lights in all of the bathrooms and hot showers, which are welcome added comforts!Lucy Bailey
To start planning your vacation to Feynan Ecolodge
Feynan Ecolodge has 26 en-suite rooms. Most of the lodge does not have electricity, but solar panels provide enough power to offer lights in the bathrooms and a few of the public areas, as well as hot water. In the evenings, the rest of the lodge and rooms are lit up by hundreds of candles, which is wonderfully atmospheric. Although the hotel is not luxurious, it has won a number of international awards including being selected by National Geographic Traveler Magazine as one of the top 25 ecolodges in the world.
Feynan offers something very different from the larger more traditional hotels in Jordan. The rooms are clean and comfortable, and whilst they do not have fans or air-conditioning, they have windows which catch the breeze, and temperatures do get much cooler in the evenings.
Another positive aspect to the lodge's conservation ethos is the benefits it brings to the surrounding community. All of the staff are from local families and the gifts available in the lodge's shop and the candles used each evening are hand-made by local women. In fact, over fifty per cent of the revenue from the lodge stays within the local community and the drivers that take guests to and from the nearby village keep one hundred per cent of the revenue from the transfers.
The location is ideal for walks into the surrounding area, with number of trails of varying difficulty available. Hike over unspoiled terrain, visit local Bedouin encampments, canyon through the magnificent Wadi Ghwayr, mountain bike past ancient ruins, and descend into 4,000 year old copper mines. The food is exclusively vegetarian and locally produced using fresh produce with a range of options. There is a small cafe serving freshly grilled sandwiches, salad, juices, hot drinks and desserts throughout the day.
The lodge has 26 rooms. We recommend Deluxe Rooms, as these are significantly more spacious, and have large windows and balconies. There are some Family Rooms available which can accommodate four people. The rooms are simple but comfortable, and there are mosquito nets should guests wish to sleep with the windows open. The en-suite bathrooms have electricity and hot water showers.
Children are welcome to stay at Feynan Ecolodge, but there are no specific facilities for them. Whilst the usual way to arrive at the lodge is by a five-hour trek through the valley, it possible to drive from the nearby village. Given the lodge's activities, basic facilities, and the remote location, Feynan Ecolodge is better suited to families with older children or teenagers.
The lodge has a dining room where guests take meals at the same time, serving only vegetarian food. It also has a cosy sitting room which is ideal for reading a book. There is a gift shop, rooftop terrace with telescope, inner courtyard and numerous outdoor seating areas.
Feynan Ecolodge lies in the Dana Biosphere Reserve, which covers 300km of land, making it the largest reserve in Jordan. Dana is an area of tremendous variety in terms of wildlife, geology and landscape. Dana Biosphere Reserve hosts a wide array of flora and fauna. Over 800 plant species thrive within the reserve, three of which are unique to Dana. 449 different animals have been recorded, including threatened species such as the sand cat, Syrian wolf, lesser kestrel and spiny-tailed lizard.
Feynan offers guiding services tailored to suit personal interests and hiking styles. The guides are local Bedouins who have traversed the region their whole lives. For those travelers who prefer to explore on their own, Feynan’s staff are also happy to recommend suitable outings and help plan routes.
Hikes include sunset (complimentary), sunrise, half day and full day hikes to various nature spots, canyons, and archaeological sites.
Other activities include mountain biking, candle lighting, stargazing and cooking classes. Bedouin experiences and a day with a shepherd are also available.
Location & Directions
Dana Nature Reserve, Jordan
Feynan Ecolodge is located at the South Western edge of Dana Biosphere Reserve, approximately 215 km south of Amman off the Dead Sea-Aqaba highway. Please do not follow signs to Dana Biosphere Reserve, or head to the village of Dana (off the Kings Highway) unless you plan on hiking to the lodge.
When to go
For a small country, Jordan has an extraordinary range of climates. The best time to visit climate-wise is in spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November), when the daytime temperatures aren't too extreme. April is probably the best month, when temperatures are warm and wildflowers are in bloom. March can be cold and rainy in the north but is balmy in Feynan, by the Gulf of Aqaba and the Dead Sea.