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Jewels of Jordan
Jewels of Jordan

From sparkling seas to captivating deserts, Jordan has so much to offer. A place where ancient ruins sit comfortably among modern skyscrapers, the nation has a beautiful and rich history, while also looking ahead to the future.

Jordan is a welcoming country with timeless allure, and filled with centuries of culture, religion and hospitality. Here we look at just four of the nation’s amazing locations, truly the jewels of Jordan.

Amazing Amman

Mostly a creation of the 20th century, capital city Amman’s architecture is relatively young compared to older Jordanian locations like Jerash or Madaba, but what it lacks in age, it more than makes up for in culture.

Filled with coffee houses, mosques and marketplaces, Amman is brimming with life and creativity. Rainbow Street serves as an artistic hub for the city, lined with bookshops and art galleries, while the suburbs are leafy and quiet, and equally as picturesque.

Right in the heart of this thriving city is Kempinski Hotel Amman - the perfect base for exploring all that Amman has to offer. After dining in one of the hotel’s restaurants, head out to see the fascinating archaeological exhibits in the Jordan Museum or venture to the stunning ruins of the Amman Citadel for a glimpse into Amman’s history.

Float Away at the Dead Sea

Truly a natural phenomenon, the healing mineral waters of the Dead Sea attract visitors from all over the world. Alongside the famous skin-restoring properties of its black mud, this vast salt lake has gorgeous blue water so buoyant you can’t sink, as well as unrivalled views of the mountains and canyons that surround it.

Right on the edge of the Dead Sea is the 5-star Kempinski Hotel Ishtar, the perfect vantage point for looking out over the breathtaking lake. It offers luxurious accommodation alongside a relaxing spa and world-class restaurants and bars.

Walking in Wadi Rum

With its pristine red sands, Wadi Rum offers a glimpse into a bygone era. Also known as the Valley of the Moon due to its almost lunar landscape, Wadi Rum can be explored by Jeep or on camelback for those looking for a more traditional experience.

Day trips regularly leave from nearby city Aqaba, but if you can spare the time, spend a night in one of the desert camps for a truly unforgettable experience. See if you can spot the Milky Way or a shooting star as you take in the captivating night sky and step into the shoes of the millions of desert travellers who have passed through Wadi Rum over thousands of years.

After a night of bare-essential camping, you will have earned some pampering so head to Kempinski Hotel Aqaba on the white sandy beach of the Red Sea. One of the finest hotels in Aqaba, it offers a luxurious spa, several restaurants and bars, and a multi-level pool overlooking the beach.

Perfect Petra

This ancient city leaves you no option but to see it through rose-tinted glasses due to the hue of the sandstone from which it was cut. Voted as one of the New 7 Wonders of the world in 2007, the untouched metropolis is a must-see. Allow yourself at least two days to really make the most of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, taking in gorgeous sights like the Royal Tombs or the Hellenistic Monastery nestled among the winding canyons.

There are also fantastic hikes and desert camping here, so you can really make the most of the hidden city. Perhaps make the trek down to Siq al-Barid affectionately known as ‘Little Petra’ which shares the sandstone canyons and ornate carved exteriors of its larger namesake, but manages to keep away the crowds and retains an atmosphere of stillness.

A trip to Jordan offers some truly life-enriching experiences, from untouched natural beauty and unique ancient structures, to captivating culture. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our teams in Amman, Aqaba or Ishtar if you are planning a trip.

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