The Old Village Resort

Wadi Mousa, Petra, Jordan

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

  • The Old Village Resort is above the town of Wadi Mousa, with great views over the valley and mountains

  • This hotel is not luxurious, however it is comfortable and has plenty of character

  • 15-minute drive from the entrance to Petra

  • The resort has a heated indoor pool, which is a welcome benefit on chillier days

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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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Insider's View

Try to get up as early as possible for your Petra sightseeing - there won't be nearly as many people, it'll be cooler and the sunlight is beautiful.

Although a little further away from the entrance to Petra than some, the Old Village Resort offers a more traditional Jordanian experience than the international hotels in the area

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The Old Village Resort (formerly Beit Zaman) is located in Wadi Mousa, close to the famous Petra site. Originally a local village, built around the 19th-century, the property has an authentic feel, and plenty of character, although it is fairly simple.

The Old Village Resort (formerly Beit Zaman) has tried to stay as true to its heritage as possible, with the property still maintaining a village layout and feel. The resort features winding pathways, arched doorways and rustic local stone, and the site is peppered with olive trees and gardens.   

The rooms are also in a traditional style, varying in shape, size and layout. The design features a mixture of modern and traditional furnishings, and the rooms all have en-suite bathrooms, TVs and air-conditioning. Due to the village layout of the resort, all the rooms have an external entrance, rather than being lined along a corridor, and some are located around small courtyards.     

The Old Village Resort has a heated indoor pool, and given that Jordan can get chilly in the Autumn and Spring, and actually very cold in winter, this is a welcome benefit. However for warm days there is an outdoor sun deck, and plenty of seating areas around the grounds to enjoy too.

The restaurant is relaxed, and offers a buffet breakfast and international and local a la carte dishes for lunch and dinner. One side of the restaurant offers fantastic views over Wadi Mousa and the surrounding mountains.    

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The Old Village Resort has 142 rooms and suites. These are all designed to be in keeping with property's heritage, mixing modern and traditional design, and the size, layout and location can vary.

All bedrooms have sitting areas and en-suite bathrooms, as well as modern amenities including air-conditioning and heating, TV, a safe and tea and coffee making facilities.


Children are welcome to stay at the Old Village Resort, although there are no facilities for them. There are triple rooms available.   


The Old Village Resort has one restaurant, which serves an international buffet for breakfast, and then a la carte international and local dishes for lunch and dinner.

There is a heated indoor pool, sun deck, and plenty of outdoor seating spots around the resort. Wi-Fi is available throughout the resort.  


The resort is around a 15-minute drive from the entrance to Petra. Nearby there is also Little Petra, and should you wish to learn about Arabic cuisine, Petra Kitchen offers cooking classes. Aqaba and Wadi Rum are within a two-hour drive.



Clare Monro (Staff)

Beit Zaman is a sweet hotel if you are looking for something with a bit more character and history to it. Its location is not hugely convenient as you need to get transferred to the site of Petra by car, but then it does have some great views out over Wadi Musa and towards the mountains. It is not as luxurious as the Movenpick and the furnishings are not very contemporary-looking.


  • 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

  • Classic Jordan

    Amman, Petra, Wadi Rum & Dead Sea

    from £2800 pp inc flights & transfers for 9 nights

    • This itinerary takes in the key sites of Jordan's fascinating history, whilst still leaving plenty of time for relaxation at the end of the trip
    • It is always worth taking the King’s Highway to Petra rather than the newer Desert Highway, as it winds through glorious wadis (valleys) and small towns. There are a number of interesting places to stop, such as the Crusader Castle at Kerak or the religious sites of Mt Nebo or Madaba.
    • Even Wadi Rum is bursting with history, being the location in which Lawrence of Arabia's Arab Revolt was launched

Location & directions

Wadi Mousa, Petra, Jordan

The Old Village Resort is located in the town of Wadi Mousa, about a 15-minute drive from the site of Petra.

How to get there

5-hour direct flight 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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