If you look for this glamping experience online, you’ll find very little mention of it, which can be a little scary. It was for us. But we decided to take the risk, and thank heavens we did!
Offering a highly exclusive experience with only 6 tents, Discovery Bedu is 5 times more expensive than most of the other camps in Wadi Rum (approximately 1000 USD/tent/night) and you can see why as soon as you get there. A smattering of conical white tents are flanked by two day beds overlooking imposing yet hospitable hills of Wadi Rum is your first view of the camp and it only gets better from there.
You will be welcomed with cold towels, tea and dates, and shown to your tents, which are as well-appointed as tents can go, equipped with heaters, extra blankets, and king or twin beds as you request. The bathrooms offer hot showers, luxury towels and dead sea toiletries. The tents are beautifully insulated to shield from desert day winds and night chills.
Included in your room rate is unlimited alcohol, a traditional dinner and a scrumptious breakfast. Dinner is cooked in a traditional underground oven and buried under the sand to cook for 3 hours. The unearthing of your meal is a treat in itself, but nothing compared to the actual flavours of the lamb and chicken served, complete with Jordanian bread and wine in a bedouin tent. Breakfast is similarly impressive, served in a another location above the camp, where you can enjoy an omelette station that emerges from nowhere.
The sands of Wadi Rum are a rusty red and soft as cane sugar. You can walk around the camp barefoot (watch out for the beatles, they are harmless but kinda creepy). The camp can organize events for you – a tour of the region, camel ride, visit to the local bedouin village, even a hot are balloon ride (which we learned about later).
Wadi Rum itself is a spectacular destination. Staying at Discovery Bedu makes it the experience of a lifetime.