The Dead Sea is one of the world’s most famous, and fabled, water masses – bordered by Jordan to the east, and Palestine’s West Bank and Israel to the west. A natural marvel, the famous salt lake has fascinated visitors across the globe for centuries, thanks to its healing properties and the ability for guests to float – weightless – on its surface (the water is tenfold saltier than the ocean). The lowest place on earth, the Dead Sea has been mentioned in the Bible, frequented by ancient monarchs and nobles and is encircled by archaeological sites and religious landmarks – making it a fascinating vacation spot. The best place to explore the Dead Sea is from Jordan, and while day trips from Amman are possible, there are a handful of lovely hotels in the area to make an overnight stay of it – or indeed, enjoy a more leisurely escape. These Dead Sea hotels offer amenities such as spas, private beaches, multiple swimming pools, fitness centres, tennis courts, and restaurants serving varied international cuisines.
Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea
The Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea is a five-star hotel that offers a perfect blend of comfort and elegance. The hotel’s stunning location on the shores of the Dead Sea, coupled with its exceptional service and luxurious amenities, make it an ideal choice for travellers seeking a relaxing and rejuvenating vacation. The hotel offers 345 rooms and suites – all decorated in soothing neutral hues and with balconies offering Dead Sea views, and facilities include nine swimming pools, a beach and hotel spa, offering a range of treatments such as massages, facials, and body wraps plus a hydro pool, steam room, and sauna. The property is moments from Dead Sea beach – meaning constant access to its famous, healing waters – plus there’s a tennis court and five stylish restaurants. This is arguably the most luxurious Dead Sea hotel in Jordan.
Doubles from AED 1,076 per night, kempinski.com
Dead Sea Marriott Resort & Spa
Nestled against the backdrop of rugged mountains and overlooking the Dead Sea, this upscale resort offers a variety of amenities and services for a relaxing escape or a cultural adventure. The resort boasts newly renovated and smoke-free guest rooms with flat-screen TVs, marble bathrooms, walk-in showers, ergonomic workspaces, and private balconies with stunning views of the Dead Sea. Savour a meal at one of the on-site restaurants, offering Italian, international, and steakhouse cuisine. Indulge in a range of beauty and health treatments at their signature spa, which features a Dead Sea salt pool and natural products. Discover nearby attractions such as Mount Nebo, The Baptism Site, Mujib Reserve and more.
Doubles from AED925 per night, marriott.com
Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea
Situated in a traditional village setting amidst verdant gardens, the Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea is a premium resort that offers a peaceful haven on the northern shores of the Dead Sea. Modern, yet with touches of traditional Jordanian design, this contemporary hotel offers total access to the Dead Sea and has its own private beach, not to mention nine trendy restaurants and bars. A 6,000 sq m spa offers therapeutic treatments inspired by the locale, and the property is conveniently located within an hour’s drive from Queen Alia International Airport and is close to many cultural and historical attractions, such as Jerash, and Mount Nebo, and day trips to Petra are possible – making it a great base for further exploration.
Doubles from AED750 per night, movenpick.accor.com
Nevo by Isrotel Collection
Nevo by Isrotel Collection is a stylish and modern offering for Dead Sea hotels in Jordan, offering rooms in a contemporary tower block with luscious gardens and swimming pools. Guests reside in spacious and comfortable rooms, all with balconies that offer splendid views of the Dead Sea, and have access to the outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre and private beach, where they can relax and soak in the sun. The Zer Hazahav Restaurant serves a delectable breakfast and a diverse dinner buffet, with local and international dishes to satisfy their palate. The hotel is famous for its spa facilities, which include a sulfur pool, massage rooms, a private sun deck, sauna, and a steam bath. Guests can indulge in a variety of treatments and therapies that will rejuvenate their body and mind.
Doubles from AED900 per night, isrotel.co.il