Decided to go with Kempinski dead sea after staying at their Aqaba hotel. The place is amazing is perfectly groomed there is not a hair out of place. Having several different pools to choose from gives you plenty to do and floating in the dead sea is something that everybody should do at least once in their lives, it's not like anything you have ever felt, just don't shave your legs before you go.
I did find the property felt too big to a point of being impersonal, but I think that was only an issue because I was on my own. Its not easy to get around to anywhere else really unless you have your own car so you have to buy in house and the prices reflect that. I am not a frugal traveller but the spa prices stopped me in my tracks. However I doubt you would find much cheaper on the dead sea.
I would recommend this beautiful hotel to couples who want some space, don't mind paying a little more for things and like hanging out in the hotel/resort all day. But not for more than a couple of days, get yourselves down to Aqaba after you have got your dead sea experience in.
If you like a little bit of adventure hire a car to take you the short drive from the hotel to Wadi Mujib to do some canyoning, its beautiful!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Kempinski Hotel Ishtar gives you the opportunity to enjoy its riches where Queen of Sheba and Cleopatra once strived to unravel mystery. Situated gracefully on the shores of the largest spa in the world the Dead Sea, unique for its ozone-rich air, mineral sea water and ultra-violet filtered sunshine. Surely there is no region on earth where nature and history have more wonderfully conspired, where so exciting drama has obtained a so beautiful theatre. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kempinski Hotel Amman
- Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea Jordan