Kempinski Blog Article
If you have never seen the Middle East’s most majestic landscapes, wandered through its countless historical attractions or felt the warm hospitality of the local people, Jordan is one of the best places to do so. Despite being well known for its desert landscapes, there is actually a surprising range of water-based activities that must be experienced during your time in this spectacular country.
The Dead Sea
A 45-minute drive from Jordan’s capital, Amman, is the Dead Sea - famous for its skin-purifying, mineral-rich waters and muds, large numbers of important Islamic and Christian holy sites and its record-breaking nature – it is the lowest body of water on the planet, and is incredibly saline.
This saltiness allows swimmers to float when enjoying the warm waters. Covering oneself in the mud, then washing it off in the salty lake is something of a ritual for visitors, and while the area is rather barren, the beauty of the surrounding desert, salt formations and the water’s mirror-like surface more than make up for it.
The properties of the Dead Sea have led to the opening of high-end spa hotels like Kempinski Hotel Ishtar. As beautiful as the lake it is located by, the hotel has luxurious spa facilities, five-star accommodation and a number of delightful restaurants and bars – the perfect place to explore the area and nearby religious sites such as Bethany, Mount Nebo and the Jordan River.
The Red Sea
Compared to the Dead Sea, the Red Sea in Jordan’s south is a complete contrast. Accessed from the only coastal city of Jordan, Aqaba, the Red sea is a pristine body of water and is home to a huge variety of sea life, the likes of which gather around the region’s beautiful coral reefs.
Due to this, it is a paradise for divers and snorkelers who come to enjoy the warm waters. Under the surface, you can see amazing sights such as fan corals, moray eels, rays, seahorses and wrecks, before heading back to shore and enjoying some relaxation in the sun on one of the area’s plentiful beaches – the 12 km-long South Beach is a particularly good sunbathing spot.
In terms of accommodation, Kempinski Hotel Aqaba Red Sea should be your first choice whenever you visit here. The hotel’s indulgent spa treatments, restaurants and rooms are second-to-none, and after a long day exploring the depths, there really is nothing better than enjoying first-class service in total comfort.
Jordan is home to two of the world’s most famous bodies of water, with each offering one-of-a-kind experiences. If you are looking for a unique holiday then consider Jordan for your next adventure.