We had high expectations of Feynan but were sadly disappointed.
The location, the 'theme' and the rooms were all very appealing but unfortunately the reality of the Lodge didn't live up to what we had hoped.
The rooms, while spacious and cool were lit only by candle light. In February, this meant it went dark at 7pm and we were shuffling our way around in the half light from then onwards. Navigating the suitcases was bad enough but the stairs were a different matter entirely and for my Mum, in her 60's, a real challenge because of the dim light.
Dinner was eater literally in the dark and the food was mediocre and tepid at best. Having sampled delicious vegetarian Jordanian food all week, this was tasteless and uninspiring. To top it all, every now and again, a 'waiter' would lurch out of the dark to check if everything was ok, but dressed in a fleece, could have been an over-familar guest.
Despite the hilarious disaster that was the lodge, we enjoyed our stay purely because of the private guided walk with Mohammed. He took us to a beautiful mountain top where he baked fresh bread in a fire which we ate with sardines and fresh mint tea. He then led us to a bedouin camp where we met locals, saw new born kids and enjoyed fresh goat milk around the fire. This was a wonderful experience and worth the bizarreness of the Lodge.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hailed as one of the top 25 ecolodges in the world by National Geographic Traveler Magazine, Feynan provides an adventurous, enchanting escape into the Dana Biosphere Reserve. The solar powered lodge is lit by candles and stars by night, with 26 en-suite rooms boasting unique arabesque designs. Enjoy regional vegetarian dishes made from local ingredients. Hike or bike across diverse landscapes, discover local Bedouin culture, and explore archeological sites including some of the world's oldest copper mines. All stays are all-inclusive of 3 meal, accommodation and a range of guided activities and experiences including hikes, Bedouin experiences, cooking classes and demonstrations and stargazing. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Feynan Eco-Lodge Hotel Dana