The Wadi Rum Desert is a beautiful and vast desert located in southern Jordan. It’s well known for its awe-inspiring landscapes, which include sandstone mountains, canyons, and cliffs. Luxury camping in Jordan at one of the iconic Wadi Rum bubble hotels is a great way to experience the true beauty of this special place.
There are many campsites located throughout this Martian looking desert. You can choose to either camp in a tent or in one of the luxurious Wadi Rum bubble hotels. Either will allow you to experience the magic of camping in Jordan and will accommodate all budgets.
As part of our world travel challenge, we jumped at the chance to visit Jordan and a unique glamping experience. It definitely deserves a spot on your bucket list. Here are the best Wadi Rum Bubble Hotels to have this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
Planning a Trip to the Wadi Rum Desert in Jordan
When planning a trip to a country like Jordan, you might feel intimidated about how to get around. We rented a car from the Amman airport and found the roads and country easy to navigate. The drive from Amman to the Wadi Rum Visitor Center is approximately 4 hours.
We broke up the drive by first heading to the Dead Sea (1 hour), then Petra (3 hours), and finally Wadi Rum (1.75 hours).
If you feel more comfortable having someone else drive and plan everything for you, take a guided tour.
Best Time For Luxury Camping in Jordan Wadi Rum Desert
Spring and fall are ideal times to visit the Wadi Rum desert for the best weather. That said, you can visit year round.
- March to May – Generally you can expect warm days. In the earlier part of spring, wind and rain (and snow) are possible but not a big issue. The evenings are comfortable. It’s nice to have a tent with temperature control to adjust for the climate.
- June and August – This is the hottest time to visit and air conditioning in your tent is a.
- September to November – We went in October and it was perfect. You need a light jacket for the evening but it’s very comfortable and the weather is beautiful.
- November to February – It’s very cold during the winter but you will definitely save on hotel rates. Make sure your tent has a heater and bring warm clothes.
9 Best Wadi Rum Bubble Hotels
The beautiful red-sand desert is famous for its awe-inspiring sunsets and magnificent landscape. As soon as you arrive, you will feel like in an entirely different planet. That is why so many people swarm from all across the world to take in the magical atmosphere.
But to enjoy Wadi Rum at its best, you have to spend at least one night there and, ideally, stay at a camp. Now, forget about all the stereotypes and misconceptions that pop in your head while hearing the word ‘tents’. Camping can be a luxurious experience too. Here is a list of the best luxury camping and bubble hotels in Wadi Rum Desert.
Wadi Rum Bubble Luxotel (Most Romantic Luxury Camping in Jordan for Couples)
Right next-door to the place we stayed is the Wadi Rum Bubble Loxotel (9.0). This is high end Wadi Rum Glamping taken up a notch. Each bubble suite includes a bedroom, a separate living room, a private bathroom and a patio with jacuzzi.
In some Wadi Rum desert camps, tents are closely put together, which makes it challenging to get some well-needed privacy. Here that is not an issue since the tents are spread out.
A highlight of the bedroom is its clear roof that allows the guests to do late-night stargazing right from the bed while the sides of the tent are covered for complete privacy.
Breakfast and dinner are included too, so you don’t have to worry about getting hungry.
What guests like most: beautiful surroundings, fun tours available • Consideration: limited vegetarian options
Wadi Rum UFO Luxotel (Next Best Wadi Rum Bubble Hotel if the Hotel Above is Booked)
Starting with the Wadi Rum Bubble Hotel where we stayed, the Wadi Rum UFO Luxotel (9.0) was a terrific experience. We highly recommend the hotel and the staff.
The hotel has a driver that meets you at a local gas station where they pick you up and you can leave your car. Our driver looked quite young but was very skilled in his dusty 4×4! The 15 minute trip though incredible desert surroundings to the property, got us really excited about the experience we were about to have.
The reception area includes a lobby, dining area and bar. They have a speedy check in and tell you about various activities that are offered. There’s no hard sell and you definitely want to plan something. We signed up for the sunrise tour – so great!!
You are then taken via golf cart to your private bubble tent, which has a comfy king sized bed, a seating area, full bathroom and even a terrace. The room is equipped with air conditioning, wifi, and outlets where you can charge electronics.
There’s a great view of the desert and other bubbles. It definitely looks like you are living in an upscale Martian colony. A quick walk through your new community will take you to breakfast or dinner at the restaurant for a pretty decent meal in the middle of nowhere.
What guests like most: excellent location, delicious food • Consideration: bathroom behind a wall with no door
Memories Aicha Luxury Camp (Best Food)
When adventuring in Jordan, you won’t find a better place for Wadi Rum luxury camping than Memories Aicha Luxury Camp (9.2). Exceptional food, lavish decor, and friendly staff are what make the accommodation so special. All tents are equipped with a private bathroom (which includes plenty of toiletries) and a private seating area.
Guests of the camp can also enjoy its garden, barbecue, and sun terrace. Rich fabrics and antique furniture will make you feel like true Bedouin royalty. It is hard to believe such a level of luxury can be provided in the desert.
What guests like most: excellent food, the panoramic dome • Consideration: wifi is not available
If you have ever wondered what it would be like to stay on Mars, this is your chance to find out. Well, almost. Sun City Camp (8.8) is one of the coolest camps in Wadi Rum. Guests may choose between more simple tent accommodations or ‘martian domes’. If you don’t mind a splurge, the second is a better option since it offers a clear view of the stars.
Whichever room you decide to pick, know you will have access to a private bathroom. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning so that you can stay cool.
On-site, enjoy an array of activities like hiking and horse riding. There are many tours and evening entertainment options available too. Just ask the front desk – they will happily help you.
What guests like most: delicious traditional food, spacious rooms • Consideration: lack of hot water
Hasan Zawaideh Camp (Best Pet Friendly Camping in Wadi Rum)
Another great example of Bedouin camps in Wadi Rum is the Hasan Zawaideh Camp (9.0), which offers both private and shared tents. Those who wish to have a more luxurious experience can opt for a ‘martian tent’. Set amongst the red dunes of Wadi Rum, the accommodation is the perfect place to explore the Jordanian Desert.
At the camp, you get everything you need for a comfortable stay – spacious, clean rooms, which are equipped with air-conditioning. On-site, you can enjoy communal dinners, which are an excellent opportunity to meet other adventurous travelers.
Similarly like before, the staff of Hasan Zawaideh Camp offers to arrange tours. Keep in mind that towels may not be included in your stay, so it is best to bring them with you.
What guests like most: breathtaking sights, excellent service • Consideration: lack of hot water
Palmera Camp Wadi Rum (Best Property in Wadi Rum Desert)
For a family trip, the Palmera Camp Wadi Rum (9.6) will be the best choice since it offers a lot of space regardless of which room you decide to pick. The property has opened its doors just recently but has managed to become one of the most loved Wadi Rum desert camps. In fact, this is the place where Martian was filmed.
Our tip: choose the dome lodge with a mountain view. The gorgeously furnished tents include a private bathroom with a hot tub, as well as complimentary toiletries. If you get a late-night craving, make use of the lodge’s room service. Before setting off for your adventures, join the morning buffet and enjoy a delicious breakfast.
What guests like most: fantastic, quiet location, great facilities • Consideration: no internet is available
Wadi Rum Bedouin Camp (Best Budget Friendly Camping in Wadi Rum Option)
Camps in Wadi Rum don’t have to break your bank. If you are looking for a stay that is a more budget-friendly option, the Wadi Rum Bedouin Camp (9.5) will be a fantastic choice. You will have to share your bathroom with other adventurers, but don’t let that scare you because they are spotless and set close to the tents.
A highlight of the Wadi Rum Bedouin Camp is its amazing beds. They are so comfortable you will sleep like a baby.
The large common area, which includes a large fireplace and stunning traditional rugs, is a guest favorite. Jeep tours, camel rides, and hiking trips are available too. Plus – don’t forget to taste the campground’s continental breakfast.
What guests like most: beautiful views, spacious rooms • Consideration: breakfast options are limited
Rum Angel (Best Wadi Rum Bubble Hotels for Families)
To feel at home away from home, book a stay at Rum Angel (9.4), which takes Wadi Rum camping luxury to a new level. Whether you pick a room, a “martian tent”, or a triple room with a mountain view, you will have a private bathroom, along with bathrobes and complimentary toiletries.
Perhaps the best part of Rum Angel is that you get a fully equipped kitchen, which is especially convenient for families and bigger travel groups. So enjoy a sunset jeep tour or simply relax in front of your tent, admiring the stars – whatever you choose to do, you are guaranteed to have a great experience.
What guests like most: excellent atmosphere, spacious rooms • Consideration: during winter, tents get cold
Another excellent example of Wadi Rum luxury camping is the Aladdin Camp (8.9). Get away from all the traffic and the lights. The sky will be your greatest entertainment! Choose between a deluxe tent, a family suite (which can host six people), or a panoramic dome.
Like in other accommodations, you will have a private bathroom (some even include a bidet) and complimentary toiletries. Make sure to try the accommodation’s buffet breakfast – it will be a fun journey for your taste buds.
What guests like most: beautiful decorations, fun tours available • Consideration: the wifi works poorly
We wanted to include plenty of great Wadi Rum desert camp options because they get booked up. Book as early as you can. Camping in Jordan is a top activity, especially in high season, spring and fall. Bubble hotels are available at many different price points, so there’s a Wadi Rum luxury camping experience that will fit any budget. Get ready for an amazing adventure!
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