- Limits plastic use
- Actively reduces consumption
- Ecosystem preservation
- Sustainable build
- Solar powered or renewable energy
- Employs local people
- Promotes local businesses
- Local or organic food
- Preservation of cultural heritage
- Community based
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Feynan is a striking square building in a former copper mining valley and the heart of Jordan’s largest nature reserve, Dana. Built with a nod to the region’s ‘caravanserai’, old inns along the trading route of the silk route, rooms are focused around a large courtyard and communal living and dining area.
Feynan is one of the world’s best eco hotels. Rooms are cool and spacious, with solar-heated showers and nights lit by locally-made candles. Each of the 26 rooms are unique, with smooth stone walls and floors and splashes of copper, red and burnt orange in furnishings. Hot water bottles are provided for cold nights, and mineral water is kept in clay jars.
The lodge is entirely run on solar and water comes from a local spring. Food waste is composted and most (minimal) waste is recycled. Most employees come from the local area, and the lodge buys food and handicrafts from the community living in the region. Bread for visitors is cooked in a local woman’s family tent.
Dana Nature Reserve is a spectacular place to go hiking, and the country-long Jordan Trail passes through Feynan for adventurous souls. Bursts of bubblegum pink oleander and spiky acacia bushes dot across the rocky wadi landscape, as do traditional Bedouin tents. Guests at Feynan can borrow bikes, follow a shepherd for the day or scramble up to the rooftop at night for a lesson in astronomy.