The Dead Sea was our second stop while exploring Jordan and it’s definitely a place you should visit, if you are discovering Jordan. Floating in the Dead Sea is something I always wanted to try and my wish was finally fulfilled! Arriving from Amman located at 700m altitude (or more), we drove down to Hilton Dead Sea Resort & Spa, right next to the Dead Sea – the lowest point of land on Earth with more than 400m below the sea level. The whole experience – our stay and our floating is something I’ll remember for the rest of my life.
A few facts about the Dead Sea that you might find interesting:
- The Dead Sea is actually a salt lake, bordering west to the Israel and the West Bank, and Jordan to the east. It was formed by the motions of the African and Arabian plates and of shear-zone faulting.
- The Dead Sea is the lowest point of land on Earth more than 400m below the sea level and each year the elevation is getting lower and lower – Dead Sea is disappearing, the surface level is dropping more than a metre per year.
- You cannot normally swim in it and also cannot sink because it is 8x-9x saltier than the oceans. You float! And it’s fun!
- It doesn’t look and feel like normal sea water, it’s sort of oily. It contains high concentrations of sodium chloride and other mineral salts – with over 33% salinity.
- There are several health benefits reported – from favorable atmospheric conditions, mineral-rich water, unique detoxifying and cleansing mud…
- There’s no life / no living animals in the Dead Sea. Only some bacteria and microbial fungi are present. Also, you shouldn’t stay in for hours and be aware the water doesn’t get in your eyes! The first time you step in you might encounter some tingling, especially if you have freshly shaved legs, blisters or any wounds whatsoever.
Where to stay at the Dead Sea? Hilton Dead Sea Resort & Spa is an excellent option – scroll down to discover why!
Hilton Dead Sea Resort & Spa is a place to stay at when enjoying the Dead Sea
Located at the heart of the Jordan Valley, around 50km from the capital Amman, right next to the Dead Sea with direct access to the beach, Hilton Dead Sea Resort & Spa is a hotel that never disappoints. With a superb location, welcoming and helpful staff, well-secured property, multiple dining and pampering options, close proximity to many attractions (such as Bethany Beyond the Jordan – the site where John the Baptist baptized Christ, Ma’In hot springs, Madaba at the top of Mount Nebo and canyoning The Siq at Wadi Mujib…), this Hilton hotel offers a lovely upscale escape.
Pampering your taste buds with diverse dining options at Hilton Dead Sea
Even during Ramadan month. There are plenty of dining options at Hilton Dead Sea Resort & Spa – from local to international cuisine, you can pamper your taste buds on seven locations. You can enjoy your cocktail or ice-cream directly from the pool or by any of the pools, have breakfast with a view at their Spectrum restaurant (or even Executive Lounge), lunch or dinner at casual Italian restaurant by the pool named Bacchus and or enjoy the Arabic-dining at Hilton’s 1312 restaurant. The latter was our choice two evenings in a row and it was a true gourmet experience.
Let me tell you, the Dead Sea will surprise you with magnificent views!
The road itself by the Dead Sea is an unforgettable experience. There are plenty of breathtaking locations with a superb view! What is so special about Hilton Dead Sea Resort & Spa, is its location – it is built right next to the shore on the foothills. And this is why the view is spectacular from the hotel lobby, restaurants, most of the rooms, all of the pools (especially the infinity ones), the whole pool area (they even have a volleyball court) and the beach of course! The hotel is divided into sections – making this large hotel not feeling so crowded. We had our spacious room in the Madaba section and had a marvellous view of the whole hotel complex and the sea with Israel on the other side – our room was spacious, the large bathroom connected to the bedroom was definitely my favourite part. On the very lowest point of the hotel, there’s a sandy beach with a mud pool and deckchairs, where we relaxed, floated in the Dead Sea for the first time and of course pampered our skin with some mineral mud.
If you are looking for a hotel right next to the Dead Sea, Hilton Dead Sea Resort & Spa is a brilliant choice that won’t disappoint and the Dead Sea itself is such an interesting thing to encounter. This part of our Jordan trip was definitely one of the most unique experiences in our life.
Special thanks to Hilton Dead Sea Resort & Spa for hosting us. This blog post was written in collaboration with Hilton. My opinion is, nevertheless and as always, my own and sincere.