I am so so so proud of Jordan for this! My cousin Basma recently told me about this and sent me the website and I was very shocked for not hearing about it before... I'm talking about the Feynan Ecolodge.
Located in the heart of Dana Biosphere Reserve, resting in Wadi Feynan, is the Feynan Ecolodge. With beautiful yet simple 26-rooms and a candle-lit complex with courtyards and terraces, the solar powered Feynan Ecolodge offers a socially and environmentally conscious atmosphere. Rather than 'beautifying' the desert with artificial infrastructure, this unique Ecolodge promotes the beauty in the simplicity of nature and serenity of the desert through its untouched outdoor views. You can guarantee that only here will you get the best eco-experience you can in Jordan with adventures that include exploring the local archaeological sites, sitting down for tea with native Bedouins, hiking through the mountains and beautiful outdoors, canyoning and biking, and even unwinding under the starlit night.
The Feynan Ecolodge is made possible through the unique partnership between EcoHotels and The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (a Jordanian NGO devoted to the protection of the Kingdom's natural landscape), and it has been widely recognised for its eco-friendly efforts. It has been hailed as one of the top fifty ecolodges in the world by the National Geographic Adventure Magazine and has also been chosen for the Guardian's 2010 Green Travel List. Well deserved!!
Check out how the lodge maintains minimal damage to the environment:
• solar power: Feynan exclusively generates its own electicity through
solar/photovoltaic (PV) panels and is not connected to the electricity grid. In order to
efficiently utilize stored energy, only essential electrical appliances are used, and
those employed are certified to use very low amounts of energy. The kitchen,
washrooms and office are the only areas electrically lighted with CFL 8 watt bulbs.
Appliances such as the refrigerators in the kitchen are Energy Star (US rating) or
A/A+ (EU rating) certified. Laundry is air dried, reducing the need for energy
consuming driers. Batteries store 54kWh, enabling the lodge to store 3 days worth of
electricity to account for cloudy days.
• solar heating: To hear water, an extensive solar heating system is in place that
provides all necessary hot water for the kitchen, guests, and washing machines (the
washing machines do not heat water electrically).
• limited water consumption: The lodge is kept hydrated by local spring water
from one of the nearby Wadi Dana springs. Kitchen water use is strictly controlled
while aerators limit water flow from room faucets and showers.
• heating: Due to warm climate at Feynan, heating is only required for a short part of
the year. For 60-90 evenings each winter, waste from olive pressing known as jift in
Arabic or olive pit charcoal is burned in the two fireplaces at the lodge to provide
heat. This preserves Jordan's trees and utilizes a renewable source of energy that is a
natural by-product of Jordan's annual olive harvest.
• composting: To minimise waste and utilise resources, the lodge has composting
facilities where all food excess and waste is transformed into fertilizer.
• recycling waste: Although only minimal amounts of paper and plastic are used on
site, most waste is recycled and recycling bins are placed in convenient locations
around the lodge for guests to take part in this important initiative.
• reusable material: Locally produced clay jars for water are placed in guest rooms to
avoid disposable plastic water bottles. Feynan Ecolodge is currently in the steps of
introducing reusable water bottles for hikes in an effort to further eliminate disposable
|A Nubian Ibex, one of the endangered species that guests can spot in the Dana Biosphere Reserve.|
Definitely a place I will be visting very soon! Feynan Ecolodge is perfect for those seeking a relaxing getaway or an exciting touristic journey around Jordan especially that it's en-route to Petra! I love that you can relax and enjoy yourself without feeling the least bit guilty. Go ahead and treat yourself to an environmentally responsible & unique experience :)
For more info and details check out their Facebook page here and their website here.
Sources and images from feynan.com