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Let’s Do It For Jordan
July 26, 2010, 3:53 pm
Filed under: Jordan, Pictures Post

Today was another incredible day in Jordan, even better than the last. I don’t know how that’s possible, but it is.

This morning I decided to take a trip to the Dead Sea, which is a salt lake in Jordan and the lowest point on earth. The sea is one of the saltiest bodies of water on earth, and it is aptly called the ‘Dead Sea’ because animals can’t live in it. It’s also incredibly difficult to swim in the Dead Sea, which makes floating on top of it incredibly easy.

So because there are no buses directly to the Dead Sea from Amman, I had to hire a private car to take me there. My two Aussie friends from yesterday (Ben and Jamie) didn’t come along because they were planning to go to the Dead Sea later in the week, so I ran into two other guests in the hostel who were looking to go to there as well, and we split the cab. The hour -ish drive along the Dead Sea Highway is amazing. Again, the pictures I have don’t do it justice.

Chris and Julie, a New Zealander and Australian, are absolutely lovely people and we had a pleasant talk the whole car ride. While we were driving, they told me they were headed to Zara Spa, which is supposed to be one of the best Spas in the Middle East. For 40 JD (about 50 dollars) you can use their Spa, Pools, and Beach Club (which is on the Dead Sea). Feeling a bit reckless (and as the regular beach cost 15 JD and I ended up paying way less for the cab fare since they came along, it almost evened out), I asked if I could tag along.

It was the BEST money I have EVER SPENT. The Zara Spa is AMAZING. The best spa I have EVER been to. I cannot begin to describe to you how pleasantly surprised I was to enter the most gorgeous resort/hotel I had ever seen and walk down twisted alleyways that looked right out of Italy, into the most unbelievable hydropools, Dead Sea pools, foot baths, saunas, laconians, caldariums, fog showers, the beach club, 8 totally different pool areas… I would have been completely satisfied if I had spent twice as much there.

We spent a full five hours lounging at the Mövenpick Resort at the Dead Sea (which has the Zara Spa), and I felt pampered beyond belief. Not only did I get to hang out with two really fun people and spend the day with them, not only did I get massaged by about 30 different jets and bubbles in the hydropool, not only did I get a foot bath and mud body mask followed by a sea salt scrub, not only did we have the most gorgeous view and stimulating conversation during our lunch of chicken wraps, salads, and iced mint teas– but I also got a sun tan, a wonderfully hot and amazing shower, and floated in the Dead Sea!

It was the most extraordinary day. I am now relaxing in my hostel back in Amman, with wonderfully soft skin and a huge smile plastered on my face. If you ever go to Jordan, have a bit of money to splurge, and want to visit the Dead Sea, GO TO THIS SPA. It is 100% worth it.

I met up with Ben and Jamie tonight, and we grabbed some dinner and walked all around the city buying vegetables, pita bread, falafel, hummus, sweets such as baklava, and LOTS of water for our big trek to Petra tomorrow. We will be getting up at 5:15 to take a 3 hour bus, and I’ll be seeing another wonder of the world!! I am so lucky. I absolutely love Jordan, and I am having an amazing time. It is a beautiful country with wonderful people. You must come here if you have the chance.

Check out the pictures below to see our Spa experience!

Note: So I know that this sounds like a total advertisement for Zara Spa, since I’m showcasing and talking about all of their amazing amenities. I wanted to show these for two reasons: 1) To give you a picture of what this incredible place is like and why Jordan is awesome, and 2) Because it was totally unexpected that I would go to a place like this, and I spent the entire day in complete awe and appreciation of all of these things that I got to use. So check it out, enjoy, and visit Jordan!

The Dead Sea Highway. I wish I had a panoramic picture to show you how beautiful this area was.

The beginning of the hydropool at Zara Spa

Dead Sea foot bath

One of the Dead Sea pools

The outside area of the Hydropool- the pool goes underneath this bridge

A view of the Dead Sea from the hydropool. You can sit in one of those spaces and relax under the jets.

The Dead Sea!

More of the Hydropool. There are about 50 different kinds of jets in this pool- four as a massager for  your neck, three for your entire body, a whole bunch as a sort of bubbly lawn chair, and even a foot massager! Amazing.

You can see Israel from here.

Chris taking in the gorgeous view

Inside the Zara Spa

The Mövenpick resort

The Beach Club has mounds of mud in buckets for us scrub on ourselves. Julie and I with our mud body masks after dipping in the Dead Sea

The Dead Sea- up close and personal

It is the coolest experience floating in the Dead Sea- Chris demonstrates how easy it is to read a book

This resort is incredible.

One of Zara’s 500 pools

Julie and I relaxing and watching the world go by after lunch

This is a ‘Tropical Rain Shower,’ which makes you feel as if you are in a rain forest. Very refreshing.

The Laconium. It’s kind of like a sauna, but you inhale mint and the seats are incredibly hot.

The Tropical Fog Shower. Super hot jets spray you all over. I used this about 6 times.

The Caldarium. A steam room, but the steam has some kind of menthol in it, so your entire face and body feelings amazing.

The ‘relaxation’ area at the Spa. Because apparently all of the other areas aren’t relaxing enough.

The ‘Soap Massage’ room. You rub yourself up and down with soaps and sea salts.

Thank you Mövenpick, for catering to budget travelers on the occasional splurge, with your unbelievable 40 JD for a day price!

Peace from the phenomenal Middle East,

Brittany


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