The most unique place to stay in Petra
If you have been following along for some time, you will know just how much I love finding unique places to stay. From treehouses in Sri Lanka to monasteries and castles in Italy, I’ve got a love for staying in places that are authentic and far from the ordinary. With my trip to Jordan, I wanted to focus on staying in places that fit this to the tee and I hit the nail on the head with my stay in Petra.
Petra is listed as one of the 7 new wonders of the world and it’s pretty easy to see why. The giant metropolis of monuments, tombs and religious structures have been carved from the stone cliffs, creating the most breathtaking, distinctive and now unhabituated city. It’s fair to say that Petra is the reason as to why most travellers visit Jordan. Back in 312 B.C. the Nabataeans called Petra home, but instead of houses, shacks or even tents, the families lived in the caves.
So, in light of this, I decided to do the exact same. I stayed in a cave listed on Airbnb for 2 nights and lived it out like a true cave woman. Yep, that means no showers, no toilets and no electricity for three days. I will admit, I didn’t feel top dollar when I left, but I couldn’t rate the experience of a cave stay any higher and would 100% recommend it.
So, without further to do, let me spare with you the details and some photos of this incredible cave stay.
The 2000-year-old cave has been taken down through the family, with Ghassab, the owner, now creating this unreal, authentic experience for all those that pass-through Petra. When I first thought about staying in a cave, I admittedly started to question my safety. I mean, what about all those wild animals that could come attack me in the middle of the night? Not to mention, the geckos that could swarm me in the middle of the night (I am absolutely petrified of geckos). With the hospitality of Ghassab and his hosts, the fences enclosing the entire cave and the cute & cuddly but very good watchdog, I never once felt unsafe.
What to expect and what not expect
I’m sure you can imagine just how different life in the caves was 2000 years ago. Some might think that even though you are staying in a cave, that you will have those everyday luxuries you have at most places listed on Airbnb. But you see, Ghassab has kept this experience as authentic as possible, meaning that you will have to rough it out with no showers, toilets or electricity. This may be off-putting for some, but I can tell you now, it really isn’t as difficult as you think, and you sure do become at one with nature. What you do get, is so much more than what money can buy. It is an insight into what life was like some 2000 years ago, a connection much better than your fluctuating wifi signal and moments of serenity with nobody else around.
The location of the cave
The cave is located in Little Petra and I can assure you now, you won’t be able to find this one on Google Maps. It really does feel like it’s in the middle of nowhere but somehow it is still in such a great location. Although it is some distance from the main entrance for Petra, it is so close to the back gate that you almost couldn’t get a better spot. For those that haven’t heard of the back gate, it is a longer walk that takes you from the back of Petra, passing through to the Monastery before everything else. By going this way, you avoid the huge tourist crowds and can really embrace the beauty of Petra without another thousand people around.
If you are looking for a truly unique place to stay in Petra, this really is it. I’d love to know if you book in at Ghassab’s cave and if so, tell him I said a big friendly hello! You can have a look at it here…
All the love in the world,