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Milky Way Ecolodge
Ranked #25 of 138 Specialty Lodging in Wadi Rum
Reviewed May 23, 2012

A small Bedouin style camp in Wadi Rum desert. There are a total of 15 well-maintained clean tents, (also a family tent) each with a couple of beds and although there are no en-suite facilities, the shower and toilet block (towels are also provided) is clean with running water - solar powered showers and external lighting. The main Bedouin tent, partially open to the skies, is where meals are served and the tasty local dishes are cooked under the sand in deep pits. Beer and wine are available at an extra cost. The views are spectacular and there is an open terrace set under the cliffs where you can sit and enjoy the surroundings. Another big advantage of this camp is that it is small and so absolutely no loud blaring music which people seem unable to live without these days. The sunrises and sunsets are spectacular and the night sky is amazing and so clear; I have never seen such a clear Milky Way - the camp lives up to its name!

The camp will arrange desert treks - walking - 4x4 or on camels, which ever you choose, and provide a trusted guide together with a picnic lunch. We did both a camel trek (takes about 2 hours from Wadi Rum village) and a full day jeep tour as well as walking in a gorge or two and climbing sand dunes. The owners answer e-mails promptly and are very helpful.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 9, 2012

There are many camps in Wadi Rum now and it is hard to find the good ones. Milky Way is not the cheapest but it is value for money. The rooms are stand alone tents with real beds, the food is nice and they have a nice natural terrasse overlooking the camp offering great view.
Another advantage is the nice atmosphere of the tent used as "living area", the set up is nice and practical, we really had a great time there!

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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2  Thank ChristineRicateau
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Reviewed April 24, 2012

This camp is clean and chic with every detail carefully thought out. There's an open-air lounge for coffee in the morning and star-gazing at night, there's a Bedouin-tent for the tasty, freshly cooked local dishes, and there are 15 clean and well-maintained tents (with beds) for the guests. The day trips out in the Jeep are safe, interesting and flexible. The camp offers beer/wine (at an extra cost) and the relaxed atmosphere at night helps you unwind while you are star-gazing. ALL of the staff (owners, drivers, cleaners, cooks) are professional and courteous and it's a safe environment for females travelling on their own as well. It's a relief to see a camp that is practicing an eco-style with solar-heated showers, recycling, and candlelight at night, etc. Annie (one of the owners) responds quickly to email requests (the preferred method of communication) and can help to customize your trip including camel or horse rides, treks, special meals, etc. It was wonderful to leave the hordes of people at Petra and camp in this small, exclusive area. Yes, the price is higher than some of the larger camps but it includes your food (5 meals if you stay 2 nights), the day trip and the fact that you can wake up and see camels trekking past your tent - not coach buses loading up with the masses. Be prepared for the star sightings!

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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2  Thank SingaporeGo_Girl
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Reviewed November 23, 2011

I have been to the Milky Way lodge many times and had only great times. The staff was extremely friendly and the facilities great and comfortable. The Bedouin meal we were served had been cooked under the sand and was absolutely delicious. I highly recommend the full day trekking package with the guide, it was an unforgettable experience. Don't miss the sunset on the desert experience either, there is no other sunset nearly as spectacular as this. Go for a walk under the stars or schedule your trip to coincide with the full moon, a truly unique experience. The silence is like nothing you have ever heard. Wadi Rum is a must for any adventurer's bucket list, and Milky Way is the place to stay when in Wadi Rum.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Stephane B
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Reviewed November 20, 2011

A very nice and clean camp; it is beautifully situated within the protected area. We have tasted the best Foul in Jordan (had it as a warm lunch in the middle of Wadi Rum), dinner was also a very nice surprice (and of good quality)!

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with friends
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2  Thank DesireeOne
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Reviewed November 14, 2011

Its lovely and romantic, perfect for couples. The jeep tour in the desert was fun, food was good and you sleep on real beds. Its not for those that want evening entertainment but for starry nights and camp fires in a real atmosphere of beduin life this is great. The camp is eco so no waste - solar powered showers so don't forget to bring a flashlight. The only drawback was the lack of wine and beer in the evening so to be sure I would BYO.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Ann-Charlotte O
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Reviewed November 8, 2011

I cannot praise Milky Way highly enough. We designed our own trip including Petra with their expert and patient help.This is comfort adventuring without being over the top. The lodge is beautiful, clean and the food simple but good. Warm and welcoming staff. We loved the desert and experienced it by camel, foot and 4x4 truck - impressive. Transfers meticulous. Three kids under 11 loved it.

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  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Milky Way Ecolodge

Address: Wadi Rum Protected area, Wadi Rum 11191, Jordan
Location: Jordan > Al Aqabah Governorate > Wadi Rum
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #25 of 138 Specialty Lodging in Wadi Rum
Price Range: $52 - $98 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Milky Way Ecolodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of Wadi Rum Protected Area, the ecolodge Milky Way provides comfort and a magnificent view over the desert. Our accommodation consists in private Bedouin tents that can accommodate one to six people. Each tent is equipped with beds, mattresses, pillows, bed linen and comfortable duvets. ... more   less 
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