Movenpick Resort and Spa Dead Sea
Dead Sea, Jordan
At a Glance
The resort has accommodation in the main building as well as in a village-style area towards the sea
The Movenpick has a fantastic spa, with a number of different pools and therapy rooms
The resort has a man-made beach and offers direct access to the Dead Sea
The Movenpick has very pretty gardens and courtyards filled with flowers and lush greenery
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
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.
The Movenpick Dead Sea is located on the northern banks of the Dead Sea and is designed to replicate an Arabic Village, set amid lush green gardens. The resort has an award-winning spa, man-made beach and plenty of dining options.
The Movenpick consists of a total of 346 rooms and suites. The resort is split into two sections; the main building and the village. The main building’s rooms mostly have views over the sea, while the other guest rooms are located in a two-storey village complex in front of the main building, created using traditional stone. The rooms are fairly simple, but this adds to the relaxed atmosphere. Like most hotels in Jordan, the focus is on comfort and good facilities rather than being overly glamorous.
There are nine restaurants and bars, mainly located in the Village Square, offering a complete range of culinary options, from Chinese cuisine at Chopsticks to traditional Italian fare at Luigi's. The Zara Spa is one of the largest and most advanced in the Middle East, offering a whole range of 'Dead Sea’ treatments. The resort has a number of pools, including one which is heated in winter. They also have a children’s pool and Kid’s Club, and there is a tennis court and wellness center.
Movenpick Resort offers 346 rooms, split between the main building and village complex, which sits between the main building and the sea. Standard amenities include air-conditioning, satellite TV, coffee and tea-making facilities and a safe. There is also a complimentary minibar available in all rooms. The decor is modern, but fairly simple, using a neutral color scheme.
Children are welcome at the Movenpick Resort, and there is a Kids Club. The resort also has specific Family Rooms, which have an interconnecting twin and king room.
Facilities at the resort include nine restaurants and bars, which cover a variety of cuisine including Chinese, Italian, Mediterranean and Grill dishes. The resort has a number of swimming pools and a man-made beach.
The Zara Spa is fantastic, and offers a fabulous range of treatments to help relax and rejuvenate your mind and soul. The spa also includes hydro pools and whirlpools, steam rooms and tropical scent showers.
As well as floating on the Dead Sea, there are a number of historical sites within easy each, including Bethany Beyond the Jordan, Mt Nebo and the town of Madaba, which is home to an ancient mosaic.
|Floating in the Dead Sea||
Floating in the Dead Sea is a completely unique experience
Clare Monro (Staff)
The architecture at the Movenpick is a little more traditional than the other Dead Sea hotels which I think makes it feel more authentic and traditional, as well as giving it a bit more character. Not all of the rooms have views of the Dead Sea due to the Arabic village layout. This is probably the best hotel on the Dead Sea in terms of service.
Sophie Jones (Staff)
The Movenpick is built as a traditional arabic village, which made my stay here feel very authentic. This hotel is located in between the Kempinski Ishtar and the Marriott hotel on the Dead Sea. The interconnecting rooms and well established kids club makes this a perfect hotel for a family vacation. If you are feeling more adventurous than relaxing and floating in the Dead Sea, Golf and Hiking is on offer from the hotel.
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 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.
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.
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.
Madaba & Mt. Nebo
Be marveled by the impressive mosaics of St. George Church in Madaba, followed by an excursion to Mount Nebo where Moses once viewed the Holy Land from.
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.
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 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, 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.
Amman, Dana, Feynan, Petra, Wadi Rum & Dead Sea
from $4000 pp 11 nights
- Great for those who want to get more off the beaten track in Jordan
- The Dana Nature Reserve offers fantastic trekking, and if you are lucky, some rare wildlife
- The scenery in Wadi Rum is incredibly dramatic, as well as offering beautiful sunsets and awe-inspiring starry skies
Location & directions
Dead Sea, Jordan
Set on the northern shores of the Dead Sea at the lowest point on Earth Located on the northern shores of the Dead Sea, the resort is just 55 km from Amman city. The Dead Sea is conveniently located, just 1 hour from Amman and 45 minutes from the airport and 3.5 hours from Petra.