Jordan’s unique Feynan eco-lodge makes it into global ranking
By Dian Hasan | September 14, 2009
The desert has always had captivating qualities. It’s all about a landscape that seems so vastly different from what we are accustomed to in our daily lives. Savannas, deserts and mountains. Dry, desolate, arid, limited water resources… all seem so inhospitable. Not to mention the climate that is replete with nasty elements, be it sand storm, unbearable heat or cold. And yet deserts are also characterized by stunning landscapes, amazing flora & fauna, and a color palette that changes with the sun’s position. And let’s not forget the many soothing Oasis, watering holes in the desert that offer respite against the blazing sky. Feynan Eco Lodge in Jordan is one such oasis in environmentally-friendly accommodation.
Amid highly challenging terrains, it also offers compassionate and environmentally friendly lodgings for you to relax and then continue your expedition. So when it comes to hospitality, Jordan’s Feynan Eco-lodge, comes as a truly unique experience.
Won National Geographic recognition:
Recently namd as one of the top 50 eco lodges across the globe by National Geographic.
The selection puts Jordan on the world ecotourism map… People who read the magazine will know that besides the archaeological sites, Jordan possesses a variety of nature reserves which offer different activities and allows visitors to explore its unique culture ~ Yahya Khalid, the RSCN Director, gloats in honors conferred by National Geographic.
Beneficial for nature and residents alike:
Jordan’s Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature has done a commendable job in empowering the native Bedouin who were relying on goats for survival. The eco-lodge, specially constructed to provide them with a stable source of income, also helps the local inhabitants to trim down their dependence on wild flora and fauna. The 116 square mile Dana Biosphere Reserve embraces this exceptional lodge. It is crafted in local materials employing the unique arabesque design. Moreover, the eco-friendly 26-room cottage utilizes solar power for its energy requirementsduring the day, while wax candles’ illumination brightens its nights. These candles are made by Bedouin women working in the candle workshop that forms part of the lodge. And the eco-lodge is staffed and run entirely by local Bedouin.
It’s not the easiest place in the world to reach, but that’s part of its appeal. After a long drive from the Dead Sea Highway to the reception in the nearest village, followed by another half hour in a Bedouin truck over a very rough and bumpy track to get there. Half of the adventure is getting there.
Source: Green Diary