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If you’re looking for a romantic getaway in the cold winter months, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has some wonderful options, from star-gazing in the Wadi Rum desert to bathing in the natural hot springs of Ma’an. Whatever the occasion, here are some of the most romantic getaways in Jordan.
A weekend in the desert with your loved one is the perfect way to detach from the pressures of everyday life. Spend some quality time star-gazing under the night sky, appreciating the sound of uninterrupted silence. There are a number of camps in the desert, all of which are run by locals and will cater to all your needs. You’ll also be treated to home-cooked traditional food.
Located in south-central Jordan, Dana Biosphere Reserve is an area of staggering beauty and natural biodiversity. Camp in one of the eco-lodges here and appreciate the only natural reserve in Jordan. It boasts four different bio-geographical zones, including Mediterranean, Irano-Turanian, Saharo-Arabian and Sudanian. Take a long hike among the rolling hills in the day, and gather around the fire when the weather gets chilly in the evening.
Dana Biosphere Reserve, Tafilah Governorate, Jordan, +962 7 9869 2588
Ajloun is a hilly town located in the north of Jordan, with green and fertile terrain. There is much to discover here, from the historical ruins of Ajloun Castle to the natural wonders of the forest nature reserve. The town is located close to the capital and can be reached via a short bus journey from Tabarbour Station in Amman.
If a city break is more what you’re after, then luckily for you the capital Amman is fast becoming a real hub for arts and culture in the region. Head to Jabal l’weibdeh and Jabal Amman and enjoy strolling around the numerous galleries that display work from local and international artists. Darat al Funun regularly hosts exhibitions housed in their beautiful 19th century buildings. You can also enjoy a hot cup of tea or coffee in their gardens overlooking downtown Amman.
+962 6 464 3251
Located 264 metres below sea level, Hammamat Ma’in (also known as Ma’in Hot Springs) is one of the most breathtaking desert oases in the world. A perfect solution to battling the winter chills, come here to bathe under the hyper-thermal natural waterfalls created from the winter rainfall in the north of Jordan. The water can reach up to an amazing 63 degrees Celsius, as it is naturally heated by underground lava fixtures deep under ground. There are several hotels and spas located here, where you can enjoy the day or weekend on your romantic winter getaway.
Hammamat Main, Maeen Sub-District, Madaba Governorate, Jordan, +962 5 324 5500
Being one of the 7 New Wonders of the World, Petra is by far the most famous of Jordan’s tourist attractions. If you are planning a romantic trip, then opting for ‘Petra by night’ is a great alternative. The winding road leading up to the magnificent Treasury is illuminated by tea lights, making for the most magical and romantic of experiences.
Petra, Petra District, Ma’an Governorate, Jordan, +962 3 215 6060
Sitting at the lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea is known for its hyper-saline waters and mineral-rich black mud. Float atop the still waters of this great lake and soak up the health benefits from the minerals. If you choose to spend the weekend here, there are a number of luxurious hotels you can stay in. Alternatively, opt for the public beach, which is free for all to access.
If you’re looking to escape winter altogether then head to the south of the country to the sea town of Aqaba, where temperatures remain a bearable 14 degree Celsius. Here you can explore the wonders of the underwater world and dive among a beautiful array of colourful sea-life. Alternatively, if the weather allows, you can relax on the beach at one of the luxury hotels or in a private villa further south of Tala Bay.