My recent trip to Jordan brought me to a unique seaside paradise, the Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea. Set on the shore of the Dead Sea, this large, beautiful hotel takes full advantage of its special environment, offering spectacular vistas of the Dead Sea valley, lush hanging gardens inspired by the ancient wonder of Babylon and many outdoor terraces and swimming pools from which to enjoy the rich oxygenated air and UV filtered sunlight that typifies this area at the lowest altitude on earth.
The Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea not only provides a spectacular outdoor environment to relax and rejuvenate, the indoor offerings are of the highest caliber as well. The clean lines, modern style and peaceful color palate of the hotel’s elegant décor enhances the spa-like feel of the property and enables the stunning outdoor scenery to take center stage. Dining options abound at the property with the highlight being the pan Asian cuisine at the hotel’s premier restaurant, Codes. Wherever you choose to dine, each restaurant on the property has a terrace where diners can choose to enjoy their meal in the beautiful natural surroundings. If you prefer a more private experience with the ultimate in luxury, you can choose to stay in one of the hotel’s large, private, Royal Villas each of which are sumptuously designed in a traditional Arabian style with ample living space and a private kitchen and dining room.
The Dead Sea is well known for its mineral rich mud and waters, 10 times saltier than the ocean. The salt and mud are often used in beauty treatments due to their salubrious effect on the skin. With access to the Dead Sea right from the hotel’s grounds, it’s easy to enjoy a long soak in these healthful waters. If that’s not enough, the very large and welcoming Ishtar Spa by Resense offers all of the spa treatments you could want, again taking advantage of the setting by offering some services on terraces overlooking the Dead Sea valley.
A sense of the history and ancient culture of the area is blended into the hotel’s architecture and design but for an even more powerful sense of having traveled through time, it is well worth visiting some of the archeological wonders of the area as well. For me, that meant touring the remarkable ancient city of Petra, a famous landmark since ancient times when the city was literally carved out of the landscape to capitalize on the rich trade routes that ran through the area. Seeing the city and meeting several of the local people gave me a real taste of Jordan’s special charm and beauty. For an adventurous traveler with an appreciation for luxury, there’s nothing better.