Monday, May 2, 2011

Wadi Rum: Kate-William honeymoon getaway

The moment I read that the newly married Prince William and Kate were considering Wadi Rum, Jordan as a possible honeymoon destination, it reminded me of the dramatic and luxurious Desert Lodge carved out of deep sandstone clefts there.

Desert Lodge at Wadi Rum, Jordan

   While designing the structure,Florida-based Oppenheim Architecture+Design retained the natural fissures of the land to create a synthesis between the plush interiors and the raw elements of the nature.

Luxury redefined

On top of the world

    With floor-to-ceiling tinted glass walls, the guests can soak in the undiluted view of the nature but be untouched by the heat and glare. The accommodation for the guests include a rock lodge, spa lodge, tent lodge, hamams and reserve villa.

Plush interior

Enjoying the view from the other side

The Hamam
The outdoor pool in the midst of nowhere

The tents to recreate the Arabian Nights

   The Duke and Duchess are expected to take in some of Jordan's most famous sites, including the ancient city of Petra and the Wadi Rum desert valley. Jordan would also have great nostalgic appeal for Kate as her family spent two years there when she was a child. The 'rose-red city half as old as time’ was carved out of a deep sandstone cleft in the desert 26 centuries ago by the Nabateans, an Aramaic people. 

   Spread over seven miles it is Jordan’s star attraction, approached through a half mile-long entrance gully, and renowned for its amazingly preserved tombs. They are also expected to take part in a riding excursions to Wadi Rum, where it is thought they will stay in a luxury tented camp.

Via: Designboom, The Telegraph

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