Part of the reason that National Geographic considers Feynan to be so successful is due to its genuine conservation initiatives, which is due to the fact that the eco lodge was developed by Jordan’s Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN). RSCN developed and opened Feynan in the summer of 2005.
Yahya Khalid, the RSCN Directory, said that “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.”
Feynan is located within the Dana Biosphere Reserve, a 116 square mile nature reserve with diverse habitats and animal species. The eco lodge helps raise funds for the reserve and also provides employment opportunities for local Bedouins.
The 26-room eco lodge is completely solar powered during the day. By night the lodge is lit by candles made on site by Bedouin women, serving both a romantic and an environmentally friendly function.
Designed by a local architect and constructed entirely from local materials, the lodge blends organically and unobtrusively into its natural surroundings. Its location within the reserve (which is completely free of paved roads and, instead, houses a mountain bike trail) facilities hikes and the observation of animals.
Check out the video below to experience the views in the Dana Reserve, Feynan, and other natural Jordanian areas: