Feynan Eco Lodge: Staying on Jordan’s Largest Nature Reserve

Feynan Eco Lodge….a destination in itself. The lodge is situated on the western edge of the three hundred square metre Dana Biosphere Reserve, Jordan’s largest nature reserve that is about 3 hours from Amman.

Landscape of the Dana Biosphere in Turkey  

It’s an area that is dedicated to protecting the landscape and over eight hundred species of flora and 449 different animals that are found within the area, some of which are threatened species.

At the entrance to the park, we have to stop and transfer from our bus to vehicles driven by the local Bedouins who will take us to Feynan.
Fascinated by the stark rocky landscape and questions from our driver in his broken english, our time on the bumpy road goes quickly and soon we see our oasis in the desert.

Feynan Eco Lodge, Turkey

National Geographic Adventure Magazine has listed Feynan Eco Lodge as one of their top fifty eco-lodges in the world and it is not hard to see why.

Feynan takes its environmental responsibility seriously. Its policies advocate minimal damage to the environment. Solar power generates electricity that runs essential appliances, solar systems heat the water, water consumption is restricted and rubbish is recycled. At night, candles create a romantic atmosphere in the twenty six room lodge. The kitchen here prepares fresh vegetarian food that is grown locally.

Feynan Eco Lodge, Turkey


But it is the people that make Feynan special. The staff are all from the local Bedouin communities. The lodge helps them to sustain their culture and generate income for the communities. Our drivers  are part of this….they keep all the transfer fees they received to bring us to the lodge. 

Our drivers at the Feynan Eco Lodge, Turkey

Our drivers!

Local tourism is also encouraged to give visitors an insight into the Bedouin culture.

We spent a fabulous afternoon learning how to make shrak…the local bread that we had been eating at the lodge.
We head to one of the tents where a Bedouin women sits mixing the dough. One by one, the balls of dough are pulled over the upturned disc that has been heated over the fire. It only takes a few minutes and then we are eating…delicious!

Making local bread at Feynan EcoLodge, Turkey


Making local bread at Feynan EcoLodge, Turkey


Freshly made bread at Feynan EcoLodge, Turkey


From here we hike to the top of a nearby hill to watch the sunset. We pass the homes of Bedouin families who live in the valley.

Bedouin Camp at Feynan EcoLodge, Turkey


goats at Feynan EcoLodge, Turkey


The sunset is stunning…the stark landscape takes on a glow as the day disappears.

Sunset at Feynan EcoLodge, Turkey


Sunset at Feynan EcoLodge, Turkey


Sunset at Feynan EcoLodge, Turkey


Have you stayed at an eco lodge? 


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21 Responses to Feynan Eco Lodge: Staying on Jordan’s Largest Nature Reserve

  1. Corinne April 7, 2014 at 12:49 pm #

    Looks so wonderful, and making shrak…very cool! We stayed in Dana and had a great experience, but not quite as posh.

    • Jenny Freedman April 7, 2014 at 8:15 pm #

      It was a wonderful experience to stay at the Ecolodge Corinne. I’m sure you had just as much fun where you stayed. Did you do the bread making?

  2. Muza-chan April 7, 2014 at 5:30 pm #

    Great photos 🙂

    • Jenny Freedman April 7, 2014 at 8:12 pm #

      Thanks Lili!

  3. Ann April 7, 2014 at 8:00 pm #

    Confession: Even though I know it’s not true, I tell myself that anyone can take a beautiful beach photo. But you made the desert look really inviting (except for those goats, not a fan) and that next to last photo is gorgeous!

    I love seeing the different methods various countries have of making bread. very cool.

    • Jenny Freedman April 7, 2014 at 8:11 pm #

      Thanks Ann. The desert is really quite beautiful! Feynan was a fabulous place to stay to see it in different lights. I did enjoy the bread making…they make it look so easy!

  4. Rhonda Albom April 7, 2014 at 8:40 pm #

    Jordan remains the top of my bucket list, mostly to see Petra. But now I will be adding Feynan to the list. The photos or wonderful and the experience sounds amazing. Thanks.

    • Jenny Freedman April 7, 2014 at 10:03 pm #

      There’s a a few other places in Jordan that you should miss as well as Feynan and Petra, Rhonda. It’s an amazing country. I hope you visit there soon!

  5. Jessica | A Passion and A Passport April 7, 2014 at 9:50 pm #

    This eco lodge looks simply amazing. All that wildlife- yes please! Gorgeous photos as always!

    • Jenny Freedman April 7, 2014 at 9:59 pm #

      Yes, lots of wildlife, beautiful scenery and wonderful people! A great place to stay Jess!

  6. Calli April 8, 2014 at 12:34 am #

    Wow, really gorgeous photos, especially of the sunset in the desert! While I’ve always wanted to visit Petra, I’m learning more about other parts of Jordan and now want to visit even more! great post.

    • Jenny Freedman April 8, 2014 at 7:02 am #

      Thanks Calli. Yes, there are other parts of Jordan you shouldn’t miss…Wadi Rum, Jerash and Amman are also fabulous.

  7. Ashley @ A Southern Gypsy April 8, 2014 at 3:30 am #

    Fantastic photos! I love eco lodges and this place looks great 🙂

    • Jenny Freedman April 8, 2014 at 7:04 am #

      Thanks Ashley. Feynan was a fabulous Eco Lodge. I loved how they were also helping the local Bedouin tribes maintain their community.

  8. Ipsita Banerjee April 8, 2014 at 12:19 pm #

    Always , always wanted to travel to Jordan. This post is really great. We have stayed at Ecolodges. One was in the Sunderban in West Bengal, India. Another one was in Assam, near Kaziranga, famous for the Rhinos!

    • Jenny Freedman April 8, 2014 at 7:03 pm #

      Ooh.. your Assam ecolodge intrigues me Ipsita. I’ll have to look into it! Jordan is fascinating. I hope you do get to visit one day.Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Tiffany April 8, 2014 at 3:30 pm #

    Oh god the Bedouin bread. That stuff is so freakin’ amazing! I’d probably fly to Jordan again just to get a taste of that delicious goodness again.

    • Jenny Freedman April 8, 2014 at 7:34 pm #

      It is amazing isn’t it Tiffany. Nothing beats eating it the minute is has come off the fire! We’re hoping to head back there again later in the year…I’ll have a few extra pieces for you!

  10. Leigh April 8, 2014 at 10:22 pm #

    I have stayed at an ecolodge – most recently in Costa Rica – Finca de la Anita. It wasn’t fancy but it was a fantastic three days with great people running it.

    This looks like a first class experience and one I’d absolutely love to be doing. Your pictures are wonderful – ad I love the look of the bread you made. Jordan is very high on my wish list to visit.

    • Jenny Freedman April 9, 2014 at 10:57 am #

      I remember the ecolodge you stayed at in Costa Rica Leigh..it looked great! There’s a lot of adventures to be had in Jordan..I hope you do visit one day

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