A Week in Jordan: Adventure, Glamping, History, Beaches & Food
The many reasons why this fascinating country should be on your travel bucket list… and a complete guide for your trip.
Day 3 & 4: The Dead Sea
The Dead Sea, the lowest point in the world, isn’t too far off from downtown Amman. The sea is called “dead” because it has so much salt in it that it prevents anything from living in it. It’s a peaceful one-hour drive from the heart of Amman with very little traffic and a calming scenery throughout the journey.
The most conventional and easiest way to get there is by a car. Now, there are two ways to go about this: you can rent a car or you can hire a driver. My family and I hired a driver and I personally found this to be much better than when we had rented a car for our visit to Petra. Most upscale hotels and glamping sites can hook you up with a trustworthy driver. Our driver was a native Jordanian and had extensive knowledge about the history of Jordan, so our two our trip was in no way mundane. He also knew where to stop in between to buy beautiful mosaics, shop for Dead Sea products, or stop at some of the best restaurants on our way.
Going swimming in the Dead Sea is an absolute must. The Dead Sea mud is absolutely amazing for your skin; it helps to control skin oils and acne and makes your skin softer. But I would suggest that people who have very dry skin use little to no mud, because the mud mostly works on removing excess oil from your skin.
Kempinski Hotel Ishtar is right on the dead sea and is an absolute must-stay. You cannot say that you had the full Jordan experience if you haven’t stayed here for at least two days. This luxurious boutique-style hotel has an excellent view of the Dead Sea; the hotel provides you with fresh Dead Sea mud, slowly heated in a large clay pot, to put on your skin after your relaxing swim. And despite having the Dead Sea right at its threshold, it has plenty more freshwater swimming pools for when you need a break from floating in salt water.
The access to the Dead Sea is the best through Kempinski Hotel, although there are other public beaches that can be used. But the sand and water under the Kempinski Hotel is especially clean. They also provide complimentary use of their beach-themed sauna.
If you want to switch it up, stay a couple of extra nights at:
Evason Ma’In Hotel
Evason is a luxurious and large hotel, a little further away from West Amman. It is snug between mountains and hot springs that make your stay here even better! Evason has one elegant Honeymoon Suit that is privately located on the top floor and is perfect to spend you night in with your partner. Evason serves some of the best foods in the region, ranging from regional to international cuisine. It even offers various dining options, including dining at the edge of a cliff that hangs over the Dead Sea.
Next up: The local cuisine, the lost city of Petra, luxury glamping, and what to wear…