It’s no wonder travellers have flocked to the Dead Sea for centuries. From the healing water to the high oxygen levels in the air, it’s a place to rejuvenate and unwind. At 400 metres (1,300ft) below sea level, it’s also the lowest place in the world, its shores teeming with luxury resorts and hotels. Float in the mineral rich saltwater or luxuriate in the age-defying mud pools on the Jordan shoreline, at one of these hotels.
Floating in the Dead Sea is one thing, but gazing across its glittering surface from an elevated infinity pool is quite another. Enjoy both experiences at this five-star hotel, then indulge in luxury treatments at the Ishtar Spa by Resense. The Thalgo sessions here harness the minerals of the sea to revitalise and rebalance your skin and clear your mind. In addition, the Ma’in Hot Springs are just a 30-minute drive away.
Sitting on the northern shores of the Dead Sea, this modern, luxury resort is presented as a traditional Arabic village with quaint leafy gardens. Choose between rooms, suites and villas with pool and sea views. The award-winning Arabian Dead Sea Zara Spa is one of the most advanced spas in the Middle East and offers treatments far beyond a basic massage.
For a hotel with such gorgeous interiors, the Hilton does a good job at diverting your attention outside. Lounge on the hotel’s floating pontoon sundeck, surrounded by the salty Dead Sea, before an afternoon spa treatment. For a pre-dinner drink, head up to Sky Bar, the hotel’s open-air rooftop lounge that comes alive around sunset with ambient DJ beats. When you do go inside, most rooms and suites have deep sunken baths and sea views.
From the white pillars in the lobby to the manicured grounds and expansive blue swimming pools, the entire hotel glimmers. Here, the spa offers a whole range of treatments, plus an indoor pool filled with Dead Sea water. The rooms are of generous size, with marble bathrooms and incredible water views. If you can pry yourself away, the Mujib Nature Reserve, Jordan River and Mount Nebo are not far from the hotel.
The therapeutic qualities of Ma’in Hot Springs have attracted wellness seekers since the Roman Empire. Staying at this unique resort puts you in prime position for early morning spring dips and sweeping mountain views. The wood-clad rooms and suites are warm with king-sized beds, and breakfast is included. It’s not everywhere that you can swim in an outdoor pool at the foot of an enormous frothy waterfall.
A family-friendly resort worthy of all its four stars, the Dead Sea Spa Hotel offers waterslides and three fun outdoor pools for the kids, while the elevated terrace provides some peace with views of the sea. Rooms are ample in size and have west-facing balconies, while the spa itself has a slew of both indulgent and medical treatments, from massages and mud packs to cryotherapy. The hotel is less than an hour from Queen Alia International Airport.
They had us at “complimentary minibar”, but this hotel has more going for it than free snacks. The private beach on the edges of the Dead Sea and the spa are to be valued. A trio of palm-fringed heated pools that link up to the sea are perfect for holidaymakers who prefer to float rather than walk. Watch the sunset from the infinity pool, or perhaps swim out to the jacuzzi island. Your only worry here will be wrinkled fingertips.
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