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“First step into the desert!”
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Bait Ali
Ranked #38 of 138 Speciality Lodging in Wadi Rum
Reviewed 4 January 2018

Well, for the first visit into a desert, it was amazing! Knowing what to expect, Camp Bait Ali was nice.
There are several kinds of accommodation there, starting from tents and till at Deluxe chalet (we didn't see those). We had a small chalet. Note that we visited the camp at 30.12.2017 till 01.01.2018. on the nights, outside temperature dropped to about 2 Celsius and small chalet have no heating, so we suffered a little because of the cold. The chalet itself its a small building like 2,5 x 4 metres, including a small bathroom with WC and shower on the back (we had hot water all the time), two separate beds and a hanger on the wall. Around the door, you can see the light... no matter where it comes from (inside or outside :) ). So, if you need comfortable accommodation, you better choose a deluxe chalet, especially in hot and cold periods, they have air condition.
But, if you want to feel closer what life into the desert is, take a tent or a small chalet. They are not cosy, but if is that what you search for, you are in the wrong place. Life in desert is rough even when weather is not hot.
The food is not very diversified, but enough to have what to eat, at breakfast or diner.
They have limited choices on alcohol drinks (2 kinds of beer, one red and one white wine).
There is a pool on the camp, with a bar and sunbeds area. We didin't use it since our best weather was 15C.
At the entrance of Bait Ali you can find easily bedouins with jeeps to rent for a short or long ride through the desert. You must try (ask for the best choice at the reception)!
The camp can provide transportation from the Israeli border ( Aqaba is one hour away) or to Petra (2 hours distance), for a fee.
Maybe Bait Ali its not the best choice, since there are many camps around there, but for sure it is a decent one. We felt good, safe and welcomed there!

Room Tip: If you can and want comfort, take a deluxe chalet!
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  • Stayed: December 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 December 2017

Bait Ali is a small camping site built in Wadi Rum. The place is really beautiful and includes small chalets and tents. While the interior might need a bit of maintenance, they are in general clean. In October, the weather is just perfect there. Not too hot and not too cold. Food served there is relatively fine. The surrounding area of the camp may be not the best of Wadi Rum but still maintains amazing views of the famous mountains.

Stayed: October 2017
Thank Ahmad H
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Reviewed 4 November 2017 via mobile

After crossing the northern border between Israel and Jordan we spent 3 days in Jordan. Taking in Jehresh, Mount Nebo and the beautiful mosaic floor in Madaba, Petra and then this unbelievable desert retreat Bait Ali. Of many wonders it was the highlight of our journey through the length of Jordan. Arriving in the starry night was just the first taste of the splendor of the desert. Awaiting us was a delicious dinner by an open fire. Wine selection was only red or white, but we didn’t let that distract us. Lamp lighted paths took us to the tent where we spent the night. We got up during the night, draped the blankets over our pajamas and waked to the bathroom through the still night. No one about but two puppy dogs that were deliriously happy to have some company. In the morning we had breakfast before driving out to the desert with this handsome Bedouin that doubled as our guide. The desert is a true wonder with its constantly shifting forms and colors and untouched splendor. If ever I get the chance again I won’t hesitate to go back there again - do some horse riding or mount a camel and stay much longer. One night is way to short as it only wets your appetite.

Stayed: October 2017, travelled with friends
Thank Kolka2014
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Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

We knew what we were getting into, a Bedouin experience lite.
When we pulled up, it seemed to live up to the expectation . There were tents and and small stone chalets for those who wanted plumbing and AC. The grounds were beautiful with a hill trail to climb and view the Wadi. Then came meal time. I was expecting a nice buffet, perhaps some Bedouin music and a communal type dinner. What we got was high school cafeteria food, with staff in jeans and tennis shirts. Even water was extra. Breakfast the next day basically the same. If I were to do it again I'd go to a hotel, they have nice views too.

Stayed: October 2017
Thank bschoenb
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Reviewed 27 October 2017 via mobile

The compound for this lodge is picture postcard. Viewed from the hill behind at sunset it is a spectacular setting and starting point to explore Wadi Rum which is 4km away. Of course it is not the real desert experience that you will get by staying in tents in Wadi Rum, but if you want a good shower, a bar and good food along with a roaring fire under the stars this is a fantastic place to stay. Note that they only accept cash, and you will have to have cash for your tours into Wadi Rum so bring plenty with you. The nearest ATM is very many KMs away!

Stayed: October 2017, travelled with friends
Thank Charles C
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Reviewed 18 October 2017

We stayed at Bait Ali Camp as part of a package trip through Tourist Israel (Two day/One night trip to Petra from Tel Aviv). It was organised by Fun time tours Israel in conjunction with Jordan tours. Very good location. Landscape is beautiful. Nice camp in the wadi rum desert. Dinner was good. had good options for vegetarians as well. There are few stay options like tents (no bathroom / showers inside, have to go to common ones), chalet (small and big) with private bathroom and shower. Good breakfast.

  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank MAB-India
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Reviewed 4 October 2017

I stayed at Bait Ali Camp as part of a package trip through Tourist Israel (Two day/One night trip to Petra from Tel Aviv)
I have traveled extensively worldwide and this ranks as one of my favorite experiences. The beauty of the landscape is breathtaking...and the starry night sky is a joy to behold. The dinner was amazing! You get to experience the traditional Bedouin Zarb (lamb and vegetables) cooked in a special pit. And there was wine you can buy which was a nice surprise.
Breakfast was also amazing with made to order eggs and fresh home made Shrek bread (to die for) along with local cheese, zaatar and olive oil, hummus, just to name a few of the breakfast items. I was the first one at breakfast and the chef made the Shrek bread for me fresh off the grill. It was so interesting watching him grill it on the traditional domed metal griddle, known as a saj.
I stayed in the tent accommodation for the experience. They are comfortable but would not recommend if you were staying there in the heat of the summer. Would choose the air conditioned rooms.
I also took the morning Jeep Tour. My Bedouin guide was a gem and so interesting as was the landscape.
I want to thank Yousef, the manager, for a wonderful stay at Bait Ali in Wadi Rum.

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled solo
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Thank TucsonElJay
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Address: Wadi Rum, Jordan
Region: Jordan > Al Aqabah Governorate > Wadi Rum
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #38 of 138 Speciality Lodging in Wadi Rum
Price Range: $101 - $105 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1 star — Bait Ali 1*
Number of rooms: 15
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