About This Listing
Our typical and comfortable bedroom offers a view over the ancient city of Petra. It's located 10 minutes away from Petra entrance, in the heart of the Bedouin village. Breakfast and typical dinner are included in the price.
Come & live a different experience of life!
Our house is new and very comfortable. There are a typical Arabic guestroom, a nice and full equipped kitchen, two bedrooms and one bathroom. The room we rent is a really nice typical room with a unique view over the Red Rose city of Petra from our bedroom and the roof. The room can fit up to 4 people. This room is ideal for lone female travelers, friends, couples or families travelling around Jordan who would like to live among the Bedouins and discover the culture. Our house is situated 2 minutes walk from the nearest supermarket and 10 min drive from Wadi Musa Bus station and from Petra Visitor Center (Petra entrance).
In the room, you will find :
*4 comfortable mattresses you can arrange as you like
* typical rugs to keep the room warmer.
* 1 seat couch to relax after your long and dusty day in Petra.
*1 bedside table.
*A folder with some house rules and the services we can do for you to make your trip easier and/or cheaper (for ex. lunch boxes, tours in Petra, ...)
*To come : Wireless Internet. For now : Internet through a USB key.
The bathroom :
* just a few meters from the bedroom. Have Arabic and normal toilets facilities.
* Hot water guarantee --- As you may see in the reviews, the water pressure was very poor. We fixed it the 01/03/2014. Taking a shower now is like enjoying the Hot Ma'in Spring ;)
* We can provide towels if needed.
You will have access to any part of the house. As soon as you enter our house,we'll do our best for you to feel that you are in your home far away from home.
Our guests will have their own keys.
Interaction with Guests
We do interact with you as much as possible as the Bedouin motto say : '' Come as a guest, leave as a friend''. We will welcome you with traditional cups of tea.
I provide for you typical dinner and breakfast that we share together.
The dinner :
- Mansaf : the Jordanian typical dish made of lamb or chicken cooked in a sauce of fermented dried yogurt and served with rice
- Maqlouba : including meat, rice and fried vegetables (tomatoes, potatoes, cauliflower, eggplant, ...) placed in a pot, which is then flipped upside down when served, hence the name maqluba, which translates literally as "upside-down". It is served with yoghurt and a tomato and cucumber salad.
Please, if you are vegetarian, lets us know.
We will do our best if you want to see around and to meet locals.
The neighborhood is just magic : you will feel you are in the heart of Petra. In the morning, you will see the Bedouins heading off to Petra on their donkeys and camels. If we have time, our guests should experience a night or just a dinner in the middle of the desert in order to enjoy the magic sky full of stars.
There are buses from Amman, Aqaba,... to Wadi Musa - the closest town. To get to the Bedouin village, called Umm Sayhoun, you need to take a taxi. If we have time, we can come to pick you up. We send you more indication about how to reach our house as soon as you book. In this file we send, you will also find all the service we can offer for you (as an alternative tour of Petra, lunch box, drives...)
Other Things to Note
We have a puppy.
We are smokers.
Please, if you have any question about your trip Jordan, do not hesitate to ask. We will be happy to give you good advice as much as we can. If you are looking for a (safe and good) trip in Wadi Rum, we can help you for that.
Ahlan wa sahlan (Welcome!)
Ahmed & Sophie!
Sophie and Ahmed were excellent hosts!
I'm glad to have had the opportunity to share this authentic Bedouin experience.
The meal prepared by Ahmed's mom was probably the best of our entire trip. They also provided us with a tour of Petra that was off the beaten path. Overall it was an amazing stay!
Merci encore à Sophie et Ahmed pour leur accueil chaleureux.
Yoann et moi avons beaucoup appréciés notre séjour dans le village. Ce fut une excellente expérience.
Exciting days we had with Sophie Ahmed. Very hospitable and uncomplicated. Nice room with great views. Fortunately we had chosen to Ahmed had to show us the back way to Petra. It was an amazing trip. Back to the fun, family atmosphere with excellent food (thanks to Ahmed's mother) where we were taught Bedouin eating behavior. Breakfast was an equally exciting experience. We can only say thank you for a wonderful experience.
Regards a couple around 60 years.
Where to go with your 2 year old kid in Petra? Directly to Ahmet and Sophie! It was a real Bedouin experience: first of all very warm hosting: super child friendly. Ahmet guided us through Petra and surroundings, we ate like locals (Ahmets mother cooked a delicious diner), we met a lot of Ahmets family, Sophie organises whatever you want to do!
My trip to Jordan was amazing because of Sophie and Ahmed's apartment. First off, the area is incredibly safe, located in Pertra. Use they "taxi"!!! So safty, andf good price! The apartment is perfect for visitors. There was everything we needed to perfect tour. Communication with Sophie and Ahmed was seamless, and check-in and check-out were smooth. Sophie and Ahmed was so nice, and they personal touches in the apartment really made it feel like a bedouin home. Our tour guide (Ahmed) with Petra's secrets, roads, care... and everything be perfect. I would recommend everyone to stay at this place! Sorry about late feedback, and thank you, I never forget my trip! Adrienn
A really amazing and unique experience to stay in Umm Sayhoun. The free breakfast and dinner was delicious. So nice to be away from the tourist areas, though downtown Petra was just a 5-minute, 3 JOD ride away.
About the Host, Sophie
I'm a 24 year old, smiling and dynamic girl. I am from Belgium but I m currently living in the Bedouin village, close to Petra. I rent a very nice house here and I enjoy sharing my way of living with people. I can speak French, English and Spanish. Everyone is very welcome to stay with me!
To learn is the only tool in life that allow us to grow up :) ! I'm open to learn everything you are open to teach me!