Hyatt Zaman

Taybeh Village, Petra

Jordan has become a bucket list destination over recent years and because of this we suggest booking your trip to Jordan at least six months prior to departure and even earlier if you are looking at travelling over school holidays.

At a Glance

  • Set in a peaceful location on the outskirts of a village close to Petra

  • The Hyatt Zaman has plenty of character, built in and around a traditional Jordanian village 

  • There is an outdoor pool, although this is seasonal, and a Hamman

  • This is a lovely alternative to the more international-style hotels which are common in Jordan

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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 by the Gulf of Aqaba and the Dead Sea.

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Call us on 020 3993 8476 to start planning your holiday to Hyatt Zaman or take a look at our itineraries to Petra


Hyatt Zaman (formerly Taybet Zaman) is a charming local hotel situated on a hillside in the village of Taybeh, close to the famous rose-red city of Petra. Whilst it is fairly simple, the Hyatt Zaman provides a comfortable base and plenty of character.

The Hyatt Zaman has been built in and around what was once a traditional village. The hotel has maintained most of the original architecture, with plenty of local stone and winding pathways. The 111 rooms and suites are all different, with many featuring archways and split levels. The decor is in keeping with the local feel, using traditional furnishings and materials.

There is one main restaurant, Sahtain, which provides Middle Eastern and international buffet and a la carte options. The Diwa Coffee Shop has a pleasant terrace, where it is possible to relax and take in the wonderful views over the mountains, as well as enjoy a traditional hookah pipe should you wish. There is also an enticing local bakery on-site, boasting a variety of Middle Eastern breads and pastries.     

The Hyatt Zaman has an inviting outdoor pool, although it is worth being aware that Jordan can get cold in the winter, and so this is seasonal. For an extra Arabian indulgence, the hotel also has a traditional Hammam.        

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Children are welcome to stay at the Hyatt Zaman, although there are no specific facilities for them.


The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool, although as Jordan can be cool in the autumn and spring, and cold in the winter, this is not open year-round. There is also a traditional Hammam with a Turkish bath.

The main restaurant, Sahtain, serves international and Middle Eastern cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner, offering buffet or a la carte. There is also a welcoming coffee shop and local bakery.


The main reason for visiting this area is of course to see Petra, and the entrance to the rose-red city is only a 15-minute drive from the Hyatt Zaman. Little Petra is also close by, and Petra Kitchen is located with the town of Wadi Mousa for those who want to try their hand at Middle Eastern cuisine.


  • Jeep Ride in Wadi Rum

    Wadi Rum offers stunning vistas, wide open spaces and fascinating natural rock structures. You will have a one-hour jeep ride here to visit the Khazali Canyon, the rock bridges, Lawrence of Arabia's house and ancient Nabataean inscriptions.

  • Kerak Castle

    Built in 1161 by the Crusaders, Kerak is a perfect example of mediaeval castle design. The castle is a dark maze of stone-vaulted halls and passageways. Its most famous occupant was Reynald de Chatillon, who had a reputation for treachery and brutality.

  • Madaba

    Known as the City of Mosaics, Madaba is most famous for the Church of St George which contains a superb mosaic map of the Holy Land dating from 560AD. There is an interesting visitors' centre which explains the map in more detail.

  • Mt Nebo

    According to the Bible, in the book of Deuteronomy, Mount Nebo is where the prophet Moses was shown the Promised Land for the Hebrew people. Today, the site contains a church and impressive mosaic collection.

  • Petra by Night

    Petra by Night occurs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8.30pm. You enter the Siq, and the canyon which leads to the Treasury.

  • Petra Kitchen

    Short taster course into the delights of Jordanian cooking.

  • Showbak Castle

    Showbak is an isolated Crusader castle, located around an hour north of Petra. Whilst it is more dilapidated than other castles such as Kerak, the setting is very dramatic; perched on a hillside and offering extensive views of the surrounding area.

  • Tour of Petra with a Local Guide

    A two-hour tour of Petra with a private local guide which will include a walk through the Siq before moving to the Treasury (El Khazneh), the intricately carved Royal Tombs, Street of the Facades and finishing at Qasr al Bint.

  • Trek into Petra

    For your first day in Petra, you will trek in via the back route with a private local guide. Travelling this route allows you to beat the crowds, arriving at the famous Monastery whilst most visitors are still at the start of the site.

Holiday Ideas

  • Active Jordan

    Amman, Dana, Feynan, Petra, Wadi Rum & Dead Sea

    from £3600 pp inc flights & transfers for 11 nights

    • Great for those who want to get more off the beaten track in Jordan
    • The Dana Nature Reserve offers fantastic trekking, and if you are lucky, some rare wildlife
    • The scenery in Wadi Rum is incredibly dramatic, as well as offering beautiful sunsets and awe-inspiring starry skies

Location & directions

Taybeh Village, Petra

The Hyatt Zaman is located on a hillside on the outskirts of the village of Taybeh. It is a 15-minute drive from the Hyatt Zaman to the entrance to Petra.

How to get there

5-hour direct flight from the UK to Queen Alia International Airport, Amman.

Petra lies about 3.5 hours south of modern Amman and about 2 hours north of Aqaba on the Red Sea.

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