This hotel review was written by Maya Lewis.
Arriving at the Kempinski Dead Sea Ishtar Resort, is a grand experience. The long sweeping driveway delivers you to the main entrance – a huge lobby where a cold towel and smiling check-in staff are waiting to greet you.
Service is everything at the Kempinski and the staff really leave no stone unturned to ensure that your stay will be a memorable one. Standard hotel rooms are located in the same building as the lobby with villa suites scattered in front, but every room in the resort boasts an ocean view – which will take your breath away.
As soon as you’ve taken in your sumptuous abode you’ll be keen to explore the rest of your surroundings. It’s fun to navigate the network of paths by foot but if you’re in holiday mode and don’t want to walk you can summon a golf cart to whisk you around to wherever you want to go. One of the lively bars is a great place to start for a delicious cocktail or tasty snack.
If kicking back and soaking up the sun is what you’re after, there are no fewer than 6 swimming pools to stretch out next to, but the circular infinity pool in the centre of the resort is the jewel in the hotel’s sparkling crown, and a great place to lie and gaze across to Israel on the horizon.
And you can’t come to the Dead Sea and not get give floating a try – it’s one of the most bizarre feelings in the world and something you can’t do anywhere else! The salt content of the water is such that you can lie back without burning a single calorie – aside from those you use up laughing at your feet sticking up in the air of course! Apparently, to reap all the benefits from the minerals in the Dead Sea water, you must first smother yourself head to toe in Dead Sea mud, let it dry on your skin and then return to the sea to rinse it all off – you’ll realise pretty quickly that looking silly is well worth it :)
But if you’d rather stay mud-free, the impressive spa offers a range of luxurious treatments which include the use of exclusive facilities complete with a private floatation pool, chill out lounge, sauna and steam room.
Don’t lose yourself for too long however as you won’t want to miss the Jordanian sun setting over the mountains. Just magical. As the sunlight fades, the resort will start to twinkle with lights while the pools come alive with coloured illuminations – you’ll feel like you’re in a fairytale.
And to end the story, the property boasts four fabulous dinner restaurants for you to chose from as well as the most impressive buffet you’ll ever lay eyes on.
Maya Lewis packed up her life in London and moved to the Caribbean in 2010 in pursuit of a lifestyle most can only dream about. She aims inspire people to live their own dream through tales of her adventures and stunning photos on her blog, Caribbean Snowflakes. You can also follow her on Instagram, @caribbeansnowflake