Want to Go to Mars? Visit Wadi Rum Desert First

Apr 20, 2018

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You might recognize this desert landscape from films such “The Martian,” “Transformers,” “The Red Planet” and “Prometheus,” just to name a few. Now you can get a glimpse of the “Mars on Earth” experience firsthand at the Sun City Camp hotel in Jordan.

Located in the heart of Jordan’s Wadi Rum desert, the Sun City Camp hotel offers its guests a stay in a “martian dome”— spaceship-like tents made of glass walls. Custom-made in Germany for Sun City Camp, the martian dome covers 430 square feet and is large enough to accommodate up to four guests.

Inside The Martian Room Dome
Outside the Martian room Dome

There are currently 162 tented camp domes in Wadi Rum desert, according to CNN, and the domes includes a bathroom with a shower, air conditioning, a personal terrace and panoramic views of the desert and surrounding mountains.

The camp’s CEO and Owner Sultan Al-Nawafleh told CNN that the domes have magically transformed the Wadi Rum experience.

“When we began setting up the design (of the camp), it seemed as if the scenery around the domes with the vast desert was taken directly from the movie,” Al-Nawafleh said to CNN. “We thought instead of going to Mars, you can come see it here in Wadi Rum.”

TPG himself took a similar glamping trip to the Wadi Rum desert, and he found it to be one of the most unique hotel experiences he’d ever had, especially for a peaceful getaway for a night or two.

In addition to the scenic views, Sun City Camp provides its guest with a variety of activities, including Arabian horseback and camel riding, jeep tours and dune drives, hot air ballooning, star gazing and rock climbing.  A one-night stay, including breakfast and dinner, costs about $320, CNN reports. Prices may vary upon request

Check out all that the Sun City Camp hotel has to offer and book a night using one of these hotel credit cards. Remember, if you book through Hotels.comCapital One Venture will get you 10x miles on hotel stay.

Featured Photo of Wadi Rum landscape by Westend61// Getty Images.

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