With 345 beautiful and spacious rooms, decorated in an elegant, modern style and overlooking the Dead Sea, plus two very special Royal Villas for guests who prefer the feel of a luxurious private home, the Kempinski Hotel Ishtar is a five-star hotel that ranks among the best in the world for its facilities and amenities, not to mention its spectacular location and stunning vistas.
Long celebrated for its mineral rich waters, high oxygen level, filtered sunlight and warm climate, the Dead Sea is a paradise for relaxation and rejuvenation. At the Kempinski Hotel Ishtar, the relaxation goes a step further with an unusually large spa, featuring plenty of sunlight, a wide variety of services, including an outdoor massage on a terrace surrounded by the area's natural beauty. There are several restaurants on the property and each offers guests a choice of seating outdoors or indoors. The hotel's numerous terraces, draped with greenery and housing multiple swimming pools offer many ways to take in the view and succumb to the relaxing nature of the valley. In addition, easy access for a soak in the Dead Sea's fabled health-giving waters makes the property extra special.
I would hardly have left the hotel during my visit if it weren't for the opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream by visiting the nearby ancient city of Petra. Built over 2,000 years ago, Petra was a prosperous trading center in the ancient world but it owes much of its fame to the way in which it was built, carved into the walls of the great sandstone cliffs that dominate the region. To see this ancient wonder up close is the only way to appreciate the size of the buildings and their quiet, ancient beauty. The past and present combine for a special experience in Jordan's Dead Sea region.