When most people think of Jordan they think of Indiana Jones, Petra and desert. However, as I learned on my own trip to Jordan, this country is more than meets the eye. One side to Jordan many don’t get to see is the country’s luxurious side. Whether you’re hanging in the capital of Amman, camping under the stars in Wadi Rum or getting your float on in the Dead Sea, there’s a place perfect luxe travelers with discerning tastes.
Located in the hear of the country’s capital, the Four Seasons Amman is the perfect beginning or end to your Jordanian adventure. The hotel is a short 30-minute drive from the airport and set atop the highest of Amman’s seven hills. Four Seasons Amman offers 192 of Amman’s largest hotel guest rooms and suites – each with a panoramic view of the city, it also features a luxurious spa that uses salt from the Dead Sea in its treatments, indoor/outdoor pools, two restaurants, two lounges, 24-hour room service and is close to major tourist attractions like Rainbow Street and the Dead Sea.
One of the attractions of every visitor’s list is the Dead Sea. Now just because the sea is dead, doesn’t mean your stay in the area has to be. The Kempinski Hotel Ishtar is located on the shores of the Dead Sea and breathes luxurious life into the area with complimentary wi-fi, 24-hour concierge service, a tennis court, 9 celestial pools, 7 restaurants and bars to indulge your palette and the Resense Spa – the largest spa in the region at 107,639 sq ft.
The Mövenpick Resort Petra is located directly at the entrance to the historic city of Petra, which makes it a hotspot. However it’s not just the Mövenpick’s location that makes it just as famous as its namesake. The resort’s oriental flair features an exciting combination of natural stone, handcrafted wood and Middle Eastern fabrics and textures. It also features 183 newly renovated rooms and suites and a wide variety of restaurants.
I’m a city girl, so the normal style of camping has never been my thing. Fortunately even camping in the deserts of Jordan can be a luxe experience. At Wadi Rum Night, you stay in a luxury Bedouin style tent that feature almost all the comforts of home. Staff on site cater to your every need, and if the regular tent experience isn’t luxe enough, you can even sleep in a luxe room with a view of the stars.
From the Dead Sea to the Red Sea. The Intercontinental Aqaba resort is surrounded by a private white-sand beach and turquoise waters, luxury guestrooms with balconies overlooking a lagoon-style pool, chic restaurants that cater to any tastes and a full-service spa help you stay refreshed and relaxed. The amazing concierge can even help you book trips to explore the more than 500 species of coral in the Red Sea, discover Aqaba Castle, shop along Princess Salma Park or book the hottest restaurant at the Royal Yacht Club.