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Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea

Dead Sea, Jordan

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

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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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Insider's View

Go for an Ishtar room, rather than one in the main building, for more of a feeling of privacy and separation.

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 Land

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 accompaniment

Not only is it great fun to float on the Dead Sea, your skin feels amazing afterwards!

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Description

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.

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.

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Accommodation

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. 

Childcare

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

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.     

Activities

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.

Reviews

4

Lucy Black (Staff)

I had such a lovely stay at the Kempinski Hotel Ishtar. The staff were very friendly and the hotel has a good ambience.

Interesting sites are within easy reach, such as the baptism site of Jesus Christ and the town of Madaba, where you can see the incredible mosaic of the Holy Land in the Church of St George.

The Dead Sea is an amazing experience, although I would perhaps suggest against the traditional image that is supplied of reading a book in the water - the buoyancy can flip you over rather quickly! Not only is floating on the water great fun, your skin feels lovely afterwards. It is easy to see why the water and mud are credited with so many benefits.

The Codes Restaurant, which offers Thai food, is very good and the Italian restaurant, Ashur, is excellent. The waiters are very attentive and make great suggestions, including wines to accompany your dish. The signature dish of steak stuffed with parmesan is delicious and I would recommend the desert of lemon sorbet with sparkling wine as a tasty palate cleanser.

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(Press)

Supposedly inspired by the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, this lavish 318-room resort on the shore of the Dead Sea is awash with pools, fountains and watery delights: a guilty pleasure in a country so short of the wet stuff. Price rating: 3/5

5

Clare Monro (Staff)

This is a very large, resort-style hotel but probably the most up-to-date of all of those on the Dead Sea. Being based on an ancient temple gives it quite a nice touch but it is also very modern and polished in feel. The spa is fantastic, although quite pricey, so a great way to treat yourself when not floating on the Dead Sea or swimming in one of the nine pools. The kids club is amazing as well!

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Sophie Jones (Staff)

The Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, can be described as 'the worlds oldest and very first natural spas'. The Kempinski Ishtar offers a completely different seaside experience from any other Beach hotel I have visited, this is down to the Dead Sea being the worlds saltiest bodies of water. My Superior Ishtar room exceeded my expectations, it was spacious, comfortable and had a wonderful view of the Dead Sea. My stay at the hotel made me feel incredibly relaxed and healthy.

Experiences

  • Ajloun Castle

    Ajloun Castle sits on top of Mount 'Auf, towards the north of Jordan. The castle has a fascinating history, offering an insight into the many changing empires, armies and societies that have inhabited this part of the Middle East through the centuries.

  • Ajloun Forest Reserve - Houses Trail

    The Houses Trail is guided and takes 3-4 hours, stretching 7-8km. Winding through the lovely Ajloun Forest Reserve, you eventually reach Orjan Village where you visit the Soap House and the Biscuit House, and then the Calligraphy House in Rasun Village.

  • Ajloun Forest Reserve - Orjan Village Tour

    Covering a distance of 12km and lasting around 6 hours, this tour explores Orjan Village, giving visitors the opportunity to explore the Jordanian rural lifestyle. With beautiful scenery, you will hike through orchards, past dramatic rocks and springs.

  • Ajloun Forest Reserve - Soap House Trail

    The Soap House Trail is guided lasting 2-3 hours over a distance of 7km. It begins at the visitors center of Ajloun Reserve, a beautiful evergreen forest reserve, ending up at the Soap House in the village of Orjan where local ladies make natural soap.

  • Amman Walking Tour

    Visit Amman's Roman Theatre, Byzantine Basilica and the Citadel and Ummayyad Palace during a walking tour of Jordan's capital city. During the tour you will also be able to take in the varying architecture and bustle of Amman's downtown area.

  • Bethany Beyond the Jordan

    Visit the site where it is believed John the Baptist performed baptisms in the river Jordan. The site is referenced a number of times in the Bible, most notably as the baptism place of Jesus Christ. A handful of churches have been built in the area.

  • Floating in the Dead Sea

    Floating in the Dead Sea is a rather extraordinary experience, and a must-do when visiting Jordan. This is one of the few cases where pictures really can be believed, and it is possible to float practically on the surface of the mineral-rich water.

  • Jerash

    Jerash is famous for its spectacular Roman ruins. The archaeological site presents you with one of the finest examples of a preserved Roman city anywhere in the Middle East. You will have a half-day tour of Jerash with a private local guide.

  • Jordan's Desert Castles

    Jordan's desert castles are beautiful examples of early Islamic art and architecture. Some features include fine mosaics, frescoes, stone and stucco carvings and illustrations. Visit Amra, Azraq and Kharraneh for a full day from Amman.

  • Kerak Castle

    Built in 1161 by the Crusaders, Kerak is a perfect example of medieval castle design. The castle is a dark maze of stone-vaulted halls and passageways. Its most famous occupant was Reynald de Chatillon, who had a reputation for treachery and brutality.

  • Madaba

    Known as the City of Mosaics, Madaba is most famous for the Church of St George which contains a superb mosaic map of the Holy Land dating from 560AD. There is an interesting visitors' center which explains the map in more detail.

  • Mt Nebo

    According to the Bible, in the book of Deuteronomy, Mount Nebo is where the prophet Moses was shown the Promised Land for the Hebrew people. Today, the site contains a church and impressive mosaic collection.

  • Petra by Night

    Petra by Night occurs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8.30pm. You enter the Siq, and the canyon which leads to the Treasury.

  • Royal Automobile Museum

    Enjoy a visit to the Royal Automobile Museum in Amman. This is a great option for motor enthusiasts, or even for those with just a mild car interest. The museum features over 70 classic cars and motorbikes, each with their own story.

  • Showbak Castle

    Showbak is an isolated Crusader castle, located around an hour north of Petra. Whilst it is more dilapidated than other castles such as Kerak, the setting is very dramatic; perched on a hillside and offering extensive views of the surrounding area.

  • Tour of Petra with a Local Guide

    A two-hour tour of Petra with a private local guide which will include a walk through the Siq before moving to the Treasury (El Khazneh), the intricately carved Royal Tombs, Street of the Facades and finishing at Qasr al Bint.

  • Umm Qais

    Umm Qais, previously known as Gadara, lies to the northwest of Jordan, in the hills above the Jordan Valley. It was once one of the cities that formed the Roman Decapolis, and offers impressive ruins and wonderful views.

  • Wadi Mujib Ibex Trail

    The Ibex Trail is a guided trail within Wadi Mujib, running parallel to the Dead Sea and hiking through a number of dry wadis before ascending into the nature reserve. The trail lasts approximately four hours.

Vacation Ideas

  • Classic Jordan

    Amman, Petra, Wadi Rum & Dead Sea

    from $2900 pp 9 nights

    • This itinerary takes in the key sites of Jordan's fascinating history, whilst still leaving plenty of time for relaxation at the end of the trip
    • It is always worth taking the King’s Highway to Petra rather than the newer Desert Highway, as it winds through glorious wadis (valleys) and small towns. There are a number of interesting places to stop, such as the Crusader Castle at Kerak or the religious sites of Mt Nebo or Madaba.
    • Even Wadi Rum is bursting with history, being the location in which Lawrence of Arabia's Arab Revolt was launched
  • Classic Jordan

    Amman, Petra, Wadi Rum & Dead Sea

    from $2900 pp 9 nights

    • This itinerary takes in the key sites of Jordan's fascinating history, whilst still leaving plenty of time for relaxation at the end of the trip
    • It is always worth taking the King’s Highway to Petra rather than the newer Desert Highway, as it winds through glorious wadis (valleys) and small towns. There are a number of interesting places to stop, such as the Crusader Castle at Kerak or the religious sites of Mt Nebo or Madaba.
    • Even Wadi Rum is bursting with history, being the location in which Lawrence of Arabia's Arab Revolt was launched
  • Jordan and Oman

    Amman, Petra, Wadi Rum, Dead Sea, Muscat & Jebel Akhdar

    from $6000 pp 12 nights

    • Experience highlights of both Jordan and Oman with this balanced itinerary
    • The flight between Amman and Muscat is only three hours, meaning you don't need to worry about too much traveling time
    • You can enjoy the mix of ancient and modern in both countries, with time in historical sites such as Petra and Nizwa and nights in the capital cities of Amman and Muscat
  • Jordan and Oman

    Amman, Petra, Wadi Rum, Dead Sea, Muscat & Jebel Akhdar

    from $6000 pp 12 nights

    • Experience highlights of both Jordan and Oman with this balanced itinerary
    • The flight between Amman and Muscat is only three hours, meaning you don't need to worry about too much traveling time
    • You can enjoy the mix of ancient and modern in both countries, with time in historical sites such as Petra and Nizwa and nights in the capital cities of Amman and Muscat
  • Jordan for Families

    Amman, Petra, Wadi Rum & Dead Sea

    from $2400 pp 7 nights

    • A superb family itinerary, ideal for children 8 and up
    • Ideal times to visit are during Easter Vacations, May Half Term or October Half Term
    • Spend a night as a family under the stars camping out in the desert in Wadi Rum, and why not enjoy a camel ride amongst the dunes
  • Jordan for Families

    Amman, Petra, Wadi Rum & Dead Sea

    from $2400 pp 7 nights

    • A superb family itinerary, ideal for children 8 and up
    • Ideal times to visit are during Easter Vacations, May Half Term or October Half Term
    • Spend a night as a family under the stars camping out in the desert in Wadi Rum, and why not enjoy a camel ride amongst the dunes
  • Jordan in Depth

    Amman, Dead Sea, Dana, Feynan, Petra, Wadi Rum & Aqaba

    from $4800 pp 12 nights

    • Takes in all of the highlights of Jordan, including iconic sites such as Petra, and off the beaten track gems like the Dana Nature Reserve
    • Combines culture, activity, adventure and relaxation
    • Plenty of opportunities for stargazing and watching stunning sunsets
  • Jordan in Depth

    Amman, Dead Sea, Dana, Feynan, Petra, Wadi Rum & Aqaba

    from $4800 pp 12 nights

    • Takes in all of the highlights of Jordan, including iconic sites such as Petra, and off the beaten track gems like the Dana Nature Reserve
    • Combines culture, activity, adventure and relaxation
    • Plenty of opportunities for stargazing and watching stunning sunsets

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.

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