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Glamping in Wadi Rum desert of Jordan

Glamping is a term meaning "glamorous camping". When I stayed in a Bedouin tent in the Jordan desert, it was not the type of tent most of us are used to on camping trips. It was a bit more glamorous. But don't mistake that for luxurious. There are luxury tents in the desert but that was beyond my pay scale.

As a follower of my blog, you know how I disdain paying for my accommodations. I "work" to secure enough loyalty points to use for the vast majority of my nights, but the points can only be used at major chain hotels. There is no such thing in the desert. So I had to reach into my pocket (ugh!).

The rate was a little over $100 USD per night. That was all -inclusive which means it included breakfast and dinner but no lunch. That's perfect for me as I normally only eat a snack during the day anyway.

Here is my accommodation in the desert:

Yeah, it had a wooden door and windows. It was also equipped with full plumbing for toilet and hot shower.

The water is imported by trucks from the Jordan River (long way!). It is pumped to a large tank on a nearby hill and piped to each tent. The head pressure is inadequate for sufficient shower pressure so it is aided by pump.

I didn't ask what they did with the waste water as I didn't want to know. But I expect there is some kind of reclamation and reuse of it as that is what is done in nearby Egypt.

The interior of the tent:

The bed was adequate but not as comfortable as most hotel beds. I'm not complaining, just explaining. I was happy to have any bed out there.

The room was equipped with air conditioning as well as heating. It was actually quite cool during my stay so I never used the a/c. I never turned on the heat either but just bared the cold mornings.

Access to the tent is by jeep. Although I had a rental car, I had to park it miles from the camp and be transported. That was a big pain because I didn't have cell coverage and I was unable to call for my pick up. After much confusing talk with locals, a ride fInally appeared about an hour or more later.

When I inquired to the driver (who was the tent owner) as to how this pick up process was supposed to happen, he got real defensive. He said if I wasn't happy with the process he would refund my money and I could go somewhere else.

Well, that wasn't practical! I informed him I wasn't complaining but simply inquiring as to the process. He calmed down and we got along great after that. Those touchy Jordanians!

Some views from my tent:

Unfortunately, no heated pool. :)

But I did have this cool outside chair on my patio.

Yeah, just desert! That's what I came for.

This was a unique experience for me as it is the only time I ever slept in the desert, it was so quiet and peaceful out there.

My excursions into the desert by jeep will be posted in the future.

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I think this is so cool. I definitely would love to stay in that type of tent. 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

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Yeah, especially if you don’t have to set the tent up!

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