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At a glance

  • The Kempinski Hotel Ishtar has the largest spa in the Middle East, and offers Thai massages in addition to Dead Sea treatments

  • Yoga classes are available through the spa, both group classes and private by appointment only

  • The Ishtar section of the resort has a separate reception so check-in feels more exclusive

  • The kids club is available for children from the age of 2 years

  • There is a kids menu available in Akkad and Ashur restaurants, as well as a kids breakfast corner in Obelisk restaurant


The hotel is located on the banks of the Dead Sea, famous for its ozone-rich air, mineral loaded seawater and ultra-violet filtered sunshine. It is the perfect setting for a final stop in Jordan, or as a destination in itself where you can do day trips to Petra or the nearby Dana Nature Reserve.

Set amidst glorious gardens dotted with lagoons, waterfalls and private pools the garden is divided into two sections – the first being the main building offering 201 sea facing rooms and the other being the gardens, featuring sumptuous villas with private terraces overlooking the Dead Sea.

The rooms are large and stylishly modern, with complimentary internet access and a minibar. The hotel has a range of restaurants from Thai to Italian. The hotel has nine outdoor freshwater swimming pools. The Anantara Spa is the largest in the Middle East offering 28 spa suites, Hammam pools, outdoor and indoor Jacuzzis, ice cave, steam room, Ayurveda, Asian therapies and local salt and mud treatments. The hotel also has a tennis court, Kids Club and a health club.


The Kempinski offers 345 rooms and suites split between the main hotel and the Ishtar and Spa rooms in the gardens. Rooms are carved in natural stone and delicately styled with contemporary fittings boasting enchanting sea view balconies (except the Spa Duplexes), complimentary minibar and internet, and luxury Dead Sea-inspired bathroom amenities.


Children are welcome and there is a babysitting service available on request. The kids club is open to children between the ages of 2 and 16 years at a cost of 12JD a day, which covers all drinks and snacks. It has a rubber floor and is fully supervised at all times, and is open from 9am to 11pm. The kids club features a cosy storytelling corner and a mini-theatre where children can watch cartoons and movies, as well as a Nintendo Wii and ball pit. There are also iced juice and ice cream corners, a large selection of treats and home-made cookies and muffins which are all complimentary for visitors of the club.


Facilities at the hotel include the longest private beach in Jordan, nine swimming pools, health club, Anantara Spa (the largest in the Middle East), nine restaurants and bars, tennis court and Watsu Pool.

Dining options include the main restaurant, the Obelisk, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner every day in buffet style. The Akkad Pool Grill offers sandwiches and desserts as well as cocktails next to the infinity pool.

Services at the resort include complimentary high speed internet, a complimentary local newspaper, complimentary minibar (soft drinks, beer and snacks), Kids VIP welcome set, turn down service, farewell gift, plus laptops and iPods on request.


Aside from the nine fresh water swimming pools, the extensive fitness facilities, tennis and the incredibly spoiling spa there is plenty to explore in the local area. The Dead Sea and surrounding region is bursting with breathtaking natural sceneries, vast deserts, and tranquil countryside, from historical and religious sites, to adventurous valleys. Visit the lost city of Petra, the ancient city of Jerash, Wadi Rum where colossal mountains rise up out of the stunning desert landscape, the Wadi Mujib Gorge and the baptism site of Jesus Christ.


Services at the resort include complimentary high speed internet, a complimentary local newspaper, complimentary minibar (soft drinks, beer and snacks), Kids VIP welcome set, turn down service, farewell gift, plus laptops and iPods on request.

When to travel

For a small country, Jordan has an extraordinary range of climates. The best time to visit climate-wise is in spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November), when the daytime temperatures aren't too extreme. April is probably the best month, when temperatures are warm and wildflowers are in bloom. March can be cold and rainy in the north but is balmy by the Gulf of Aqaba and the Dead Sea.

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Location and directions

Dead Sea, Jordan

Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea sits at the lowest point you can get to on Earth while remaining on its surface, at the north end of the Dead Sea in Jordan, east of the West Bank. Needless to say, it is central to some of the most pivotal sites in Western and Middle Eastern history, including the baptism site of Jesus Christ, the ancient city of Jerash, and the Lost City of Petra.

How to get there

5-hour direct flight from London Heathrow to Queen Alia International Airport, Amman. The Kempinski Hotel Ishtar is a 45-minute private transfer from Amman airport, where a meet and greet service is included as standard, with assistance through customs and immigration.

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