Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea
Dead Sea, Jordan
The Kempinski Ishtar Dead Sea is a luxurious and exclusive hotel overlooking the northern shores of the Dead Sea. It has its own private man-made beach on the Dead Sea, a number of swimming pools as well as the largest spa in the Middle East.
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
There are a number of swimming pools to choose from
The hotel has a man-made beach and offers direct access to the Dead Sea
Go for an Ishtar room, rather than one in the main building, for more of a feeling of privacy and separation.Scott Dunn team
If you don't want to just spend your vacation floating in the sea, head to Mount Nebo for spectacular views - where Moses looked out over the Promised LandScott Dunn team
The signature dish at the Italian restaurant, Ashur, of steak stuffed with parmesan is delicious, and a glass of Jordanian red wine makes a lovely accompanimentLucy Bailey
To start planning your vacation to Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea
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, making this the ideal place to unwind and rejuvenate after adventures Petra or Wadi Rum.
Set amidst pretty gardens dotted with lagoons, waterfalls and private pools, the resort has 345 rooms and suites divided into two sections; the first being the main building at the top of the resort, offering sea facing rooms, and the other being the 'Ishtar Village' in the middle of the resort, offering rooms clustered in low-rise buildings.
The rooms are large and modern, although like most of the hotels in Jordan, it is perhaps best not to expect quite the same level of opulence that you might find in luxury hotels in the rest of the Middle East. This being said, the Kempinski Ishtar is the most luxurious hotel on the Dead Sea, and certainly one of the best hotels in the country.
The hotel has a range of good restaurants from Thai to Italian. The hotel also has nine outdoor freshwater swimming pools, and the man-made beach leads to steps down to the Dead Sea. The Ishtar Spa by Resense is a real highlight, with 20 treatment rooms and a number of excellent facilities including a steam room, sauna, whirlpool and hydro-pool.
The Kempinski offers 345 rooms and suites, split between the main hotel and the Ishtar and Spa rooms in the gardens. Rooms have en-suite bathrooms and are spacious and modern, with most offering sea views. All feature modern amenities including air-conditioning, flat-screen TV, a safe and Wi-Fi.
Children are welcome at the Kempinski Ishtar, and there is a good Kids Club offering a nice range of activities, although please note that this is chargeable. Rooms can accommodate an extra bed, and connecting rooms can be requested.
Facilities at the hotel include a man-made beach, nine swimming pools, health club, spa, Kids Club and a tennis court.
There are plenty of dining options, including the main restaurant, Obelisk, serving buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner, the Akkad Pool Grill offering sandwiches and salads, the Ashur Pizza & Grill which has an Italian menu, and Codes, which features Thai cuisine.
Whilst the highlight of any stay on the Dead Sea is surely enjoying the extraordinary experience of floating on top of the water, there is still plenty of history to explore in the area. To the north of the Dead Sea lies Bethany, regarded as the baptism site of Jesus, and to the west is the town of Madaba, which houses an ancient mosaic, and Mt Nebo, which is believed to be the site where Moses was shown the Promised Land.
Location & 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.
When to go
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.