This was Fantasyland on the Dead Sea with absolutely no relationship to anything Jordanian or even Middle Eastern! That said it was fabulously luxurious and kitted out like a cross between the Hanging Gardens of Babylon and the Jetsons.I remember when the only thing at the Dead Sea was a concrete toilet block ,barbed wire and a cold tap, so viva la difference!
. You get driven by golf buggy to your room, and they seem to vacuum the beach every morning. The apartments had lovely views and the bathrooms were very swish with Dead Sea mud soap (natch) which doesn't lather.
Like another reviewer I was a bit surprised that a man was slapping mud onto undressed women in an islamic country, and the proportion of Russian men with 17 year old model "girlfriends" was also umm..unusual.
The staff were lovely and breakfast on the upstairs terrace was breathtaking. The spa area was huge and deserted, so we frolicked around under huge water jets and swam in a pool with salt water pumped up from the sea.The outdoor infinity pool is heated which was great for February, but the other pools were not . There was even a Baywatch style lifeguard who was serious about preventing any horseplay.
- 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