Sitting there around the camp fire with the wind in my hair, the stars shining on my face, and laughters from eight different countries echoing in my ears I wished that time would stop. That the stars would cease in their trek across the sky, that I could push pause and look around at the faces of the people I had grown fond of frozen in their laughter. Time should have stopped because three days wasn’t enough to experience the joy of Wadi rum.
Let’s rewind. Go back five days.
My leave was fast approaching and I was still clueless as to where I would go. It wasn’t until my mom sent me this link: http://www.wadirumnight.com and said look at the Bubble tent and the King sized tent.
Bubble tent? Done Tickets booked, let’s yallah.
I decided to book the tent and the bubble to get the most out of my stay :}
Three days later my taxi driver Khalid dropped me off in the village of Wadi Rum I transferred over to a truck that could go off road. I would soon come to find that there were no roads to this camp. It was in a secluded valley and you had to know it to find it. The next thing I know I am sitting in truck with a Bedouin (who wound up becoming a very good friend and guide) who told me that this is the last point where there is network service on my phone.
After getting checked in by Anas the manager I was given a tour of the camp, including the facilities (shower and lavs, they don’t call if Glamping for anything!), the tent where all meals would take place, and the best mountain to climb up for the views of the setting sun!
I can’t describe the serenity. As someone who is constantly glued to her phone and surrounded by noise and the hum of technology this was a shock. I kept thinking I am going to be so bored but the truth is I didn’t notice time was passing so fast until it was time to leave.
Night One-Bubble Tent
It’s a bubble tent. My whole life I have wanted to stay in one of these things. They are so out of this world incredibly awesome.
Photo above courtesy of Wadi Rum Luxury Camp
Unlike the tents there is a full shower and water closet inside the tent which was pretty handy. You have to enter the tent in stages. You need to enter and zip up the first door (making sure to close it behind you so the air doesn’t go out), inside there are two beanbags. Then you unzip and enter the main bubble room (making sure to again zip behind you), off to the side you unzip and enter the washroom.
Below I’ve included two videos of the inside of the bubble at night
Dinner started around 7 and I blown away by how delicious everything was! It was buffet style, everything is locally sourced and cooked onsite. There is a chef onsite to oversee everything. During the day the boys called me over to see who dinner was made which was incredible! There are a variety of beverages offered including water, a selection of soft drinks, as well as hot drinks.
Afterwards I took my chai and went back to the bubble. I dragged a bean bag outside and sat down and looked up for the first time. Before I knew it my eye sight had gone blurry and I realized that I was crying. I was so overcome with the symphony of stars dancing across the sky. Words simply cannot describe what I saw. The first thing I thought of was an old Serbian proverb ‘be humble for you are made of earth, be noble for you are made of Stars’.
Inside the bubble I lay on the bed and watched the stars until my eyes could stay open and when I slept I dreamt of the stars.
The next morning I woke up at six a.m and began the day by bouncing around inside the bubble! When I returned from Petra I would be trading my bubble for a Bedouin tent.
Night Two and Three- Bedouin Tent
When I came back from Petra I hit the shower and wouldn’t come out for twenty minutes. Dusty and tired I was ready for dinner and the stars but first I wanted to check out my tent!
My dress I bought in Amman blended perfectly with the traditional embroidery on the pillows. Each tent is completely stocked like a hotel. There is a charging port, towels, a bath robe, a heavy fur jacket for winter, shower and sand shoes, and toiletries.
The photos below show what the tent looks like during the day and how amazing it is during the night.
The next morning I set an alarm for six am and when I stumbled out of my tent this is the sight I was greeted to! Wild camels had entered the camp and were having breakfast!
As all good adventure must end I prepared for my final night at the camp. I took a seat at the campfire and listened to the music. The camp was full that night and spirits were as high as the night sky.
Some of the local bedouins had brought their instruments to the camp and when the sun set, the fires were lit, and the smell of shisha filled the air music began to play and there was traditional dancing around the fire. I sat with an Arabic family with a child on each side and a little boy drowsing in my lap staring at the stars and thinking to myself how blessed I am to be here in this moment.
All in all an incredible stay! I feel like I have a new respect for the bedouins of Wadi Rum and their way of life. Not only did I learn about their culture but I learnt so much of myself, I pushed myself to my limits climbing and rejoiced when I made it to the top of the mountains. I explored siqs filled with marking left by humans that are over 2,500 years old.
All bookings can be made through the Wadi Rum Luxury Camp website: https://www.wadirumnight.com/wadi-rum-night-camp-hotel-booking/index.php
Alternatively you can contact Fayez who is absolutely lovely and all make sure your entire stay is properly planned: firstname.lastname@example.org
On the website you will also find a list of activities that can be booked with the camp:
•Camel Ride (highly recommend!)
•Sand Board (laughed myself silly watching the kids do this!)
•Jeep Adventure (totally worth spending the afternoon doing this)
Things to keep in mind when making your booking:
•In June its very hot during the day and cold at night. Sunblock and a jacket are a must!
•No cellphones, no wifi. You can live without it.
• Bring outdoor shoes. You will spend your time living like a goat and climbing everything!
•This is the best thing you will ever do
I will have another blog post about my adventures during the day in Wadi Rum that I was able to book through the camp as well as information with two guides I highly recommend to take you exploring around the area!