Taybet Zaman Village, Wadi Mousa
Taybet Zaman Hotel & Resort Village is a uniquely modern interpretation of 19th Century Jordan. Situated just 12 km from Petra, Taybet Zaman enjoys breathtaking views of the Sharah Mountain Range.
The village of Taybeh had once been a thriving farming community but by the end of the 20th century it found itself on the brink of extinction. In an imaginative project inaugurated by the local mayor, in association with the Jordan Tourism Investment Group, the entire village was sensitively converted into a hotel complex, with the Taybeh community actively involved in the whole process.
The 102 renovated and converted rooms where modern guests stay were formerly the village homes in which Taybeh’s original inhabitants once lived. Constructed of thick stone walls that keep cool through the harsh summers and warm during the winters, the houses’ windows and doors are adorned with rustic shutters of weathered arrowroot wood. Inside, supporting arches are still blackened by fires of long ago. Furnishings are comfortable, yet remain true to 19th Century style with an exotic dash of Arab indulgence. Modern amenities complement the rustic accommodation. All of Taybet Zaman’s climate-controlled rooms feature private bathrooms with hairdryers, satellite televisions with remote control, direct-dial telephone service, well-stocked mini-bars, 24-hour room service, and access to secure safe-deposit boxes.
Well-tended walkways meander through the resort, ultimately leading to the old village centre, with its original water-well and marble benches. Vivid bougainvillea vines cascade over the stone walls and grand archways, creating vibrant natural artwork at every turn. The history of Taybeh village is always evident, whether at the handicraft souk or the small shop that sells a selection of incense, tea, hand soaps, and body creams. During the warmer months, Taybet Zaman’s outdoor swimming pool (pictured below) is a welcome respite after exploring the many sights in the area. The resort’s Hammam, designed with original Ottoman features, offers professional massage as well as traditional Turkish spa rejuvenation and relaxation services.
Guests may enjoy a leisurely evening cocktail along with Petra’s stunning sunset views at a garden bar decorated with local farming artifacts and colourful hand-woven cushions. There is a restaurant offering the finest in Arabic and international cuisine (a second restaurant will open later this year).