The story of Taybet Zaman is a timeless tale…
Once upon a time, an ancient village called Taybeh found itself on the brink of extinction, unable to find its place in the modern world. Yet the local mayor, Abu Firas, never lost hope.
In an attempt to retain Taybeh’s rich heritage, as well as secure the livelihoods of its remaining families, Abu Firas presented an astonishingly progressive proposal to transform his village into a world-class resort.
His plan was simple: establish a cooperative relationship with a developer who would lease the village’s land and buildings, and allow the locals to participate in its growth. He understood, however, that it would take an exceptional investor to ensure Taybeh’s careful restoration.
Every story needs a hero…
Jordan Tourism Investment Group saw this old farming village as a cultural treasure that must be preserved.
The concept of conserving Jordan’s heritage wasn’t new to this group; they had already remodeled a 19th Century estate just outside Amman, creating an instantly successful tourist village called Kan Zaman. Inspired by its winning blend of ancient workshops and contemporary conveniences, Jordan Tourism Investment Group was convinced to go even further with Taybeh.
As their plans for Taybeh evolved, their ideas became more innovative, more inventive. Achieving the perfect balance between the past and the present became the foremost goal; only then could they create something timeless.
And, true to Abu Firas’ vision, the group recognized the importance of Taybeh’s original inhabitants.
"My father always placed great sentimental value on Jordan’s history and family structures," explains Yazid Abujaber, Managing Director of JTI. "Accordingly, one of the key principles behind the project was the establishment of a community partnership, which had never really been done to the extent we proposed. We completely understood, though, that it was the best way to preserve Taybeh’s cultural integrity."
Clearly, by employing Taybeh’s residents, Jordan Tourism Investment Group’s social impact is profound. But pioneering this ambitious project proved significant even beyond its cultural contributions, as JTI took great care to create an environmentally conscious, sustainable resort. From local stone and recycling programs to locally-made natural soap and food grown at nearby farms -- from beginning to end, conservation was crucial.
"Our intent was always to retain the true roots of this village," says Abujaber. "Taybeh was nearly lost to us all."
The greatest of stories enjoys the happiest of endings…
Introducing Taybet Zaman Hotel & Resort Village, a uniquely modern interpretation of 19th Century Jordan nestled in a luxurious five-star setting.
Ideally situated just 12 km from the rose-red city of Petra, the ancient Nabatean city aptly recognized as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Taybet Zaman enjoys breathtaking views of the Sharah Mountain Range, as well as endless vistas of the valley and sky. Only a 2 ½ hour’s drive from Amman, and 1 ½ hour’s travel from the Red Sea port city of Aqaba, Taybet Zaman achieves the ideal balance for those who wish to experience the spirit of the 19th Century style of living without sacrificing modern comforts whatsoever.
True to the style of the village homes in which Taybeh’s original inhabitants once lived, each of the stunning resort’s 102 guest rooms and suites, including a grand Royal Suite, are unique.
Imagine. Constructed of thick stone walls that magically 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.
Luxurious modern amenities complement the rustic accommodations. 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 center, 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 area comes alive every night, with regularly scheduled entertainment and a wide variety of food and beverage establishments to fulfill a guest’s every need.
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 refreshing outdoor swimming pool 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 colorful hand-woven cushions. Integral in Taybet Zaman’s five-star rating will be several exceptional restaurants that will offer the finest in Arabic and international cuisine. The first of the restaurants, , is already serving and has been well-received. A well-appointed ballroom is also available for special events and can accommodate large groups of up to 300 guests (The Saraya ballroom seats a maximum of 150 theatre-style).
We invite you to experience the old with the new…the past with the present. So much more than a resort, Taybet Zaman is a moment-in-time. Nearly lost. Now found. Quite simply, Taybet Zaman is the best of yesterday amid the best of today.
Taybet Zaman. Global winner of the British Airways Tourism for Tomorrow Award. Recipient of the Green Global Commendation Award, the EIBTM Greeting of Business Award, and the Guild of Travel Writer’s Otter Award.