The Dead Sea is the lowest point in the world, some 400m below sea level. For centuries, visitors have come to to float in its salty waters and coat themselves in the mineral-rich therapeutic mud.
The Dead Sea is a world-leader in therapeutic tourism. Legend has it that even Cleopatra came here for a mud pack, presumably after the milk bath didn’t work out. On the shores of what is essentially the world’s oldest natural spa, luxury hotels a fusion of ancient and modern, local and international practises to create some of finest spa treatments in the world.
Of course, the uniqueness of the Dead Sea extends beyond the mud into the water itself. Due to the high levels of salt, it is literally impossible to sink! Floating around gently like a corked bottle is essentially, not to mention very relaxing.
Baby soft skin achieved, it’s time to explore the cultural experiences Jordan has to offer. Just a ten minute drive outside the Dead Sea resort area is the breathtaking Bethany-on-the-Jordan, a winding maze of little channels beside the River Jordan. It’s said to be the site where John the Baptist baptised Jesus Christ.
Around two hours away lies the ancient city of Jerash, home to Byzantine ruins and a wonderful Roman amphitheatre.
To experience more of Jordan’s rich history and towering sandstone landscapes, a desert excursion is a must. 4×4 trips will take you through the red sand and wind between the dunes, with a knowledgeable local guide showing you sights like Mt Nebo, the presumed site of Moses’ burial. You can make camp in a luxury Bedouin-style tent and spend the night under the starry desert sky.
Plan your visit to the Dead Sea just the way you want it with a tailor-made luxury holiday using Lightfoot’s knowledgeable team, who will provide you with the best impartial advice and a concierge style service.