By Dearbhla Doyle, Guest writer for Unwind and let go.
The Kempinski Ishtar Hotel at the world famous Dead Sea was the perfect place to end a wonderful five day tour of Jordan. Having spent a dusty day in the Wadi-Rum desert, undergone the trauma of losing my luggage for more than three days, and spent two days hiking in blistering heat through the spectacular city of Petra in flip-flops (I kid you not), myself and my travel companion were in serious need of some rest and recuperation.
The Kempinski Ishtar has everything you would expect from a five star resort on the shores of the Dead Sea but we were specifically there to avail of its award winning luxury spa. Given its proximity to mineral rich waters and detoxifying muds, the menu of treatments allows for a Dead Sea salt immersion in a comfortable and intimate surrounding. That been said, I still took a dip in the Dead Sea waters in the early evening and watched as many fellow bathers covered themselves from head to toe in blue grey mud, a ritual dating back centuries.
It was only fitting therefore that I had opted for a ‘Polish & Swathe’ treatment at the Spa that evening, an invigorating Dead Sea salt body scrub followed by a Dead Sea Mud wrap accompanied by a gentle head and neck massage. The treatment did not disappoint, the polish combined the Dead Sea salt detoxifying cleanse, with an Apricot and Avocado polish allowing me to drift peacefully swathed in a body wrap to the accompaniment of gentle Arabic music. My therapist was accomplished and attentive and gently coaxed me through the whole process, so that it felt truly relaxing. Afterwards as I sipped a glass of mint tea, I felt thoroughly cleansed and relaxed, and my skin felt deliciously soft, just what was needed after a few days of exposure to the desert sun.
Visiting the Dead Sea, is of course a one in a lifetime experience and the Kempinski Ishtar Hotel is a great stopover. Asides from the luxurious spa, there is a super choice of restaurants. We dined in the resorts excellent Italian restaurant, having by that time had our fill of the delicious local Jordanian ‘Mezze’ platters (there is only so much hummus one can eat!), but here at the hotel you can take your pick of Western, local, or Asian cuisines. There is also a number of swimming pool options, as well as the obligatory Dead Sea bathing experience on the shores of the hotels private beach. I ended my too-short a stay with a sumptuous breakfast on the terrace overlooking the Dead Sea, alas minus my travelling companion who had to leave early to catch her flight. As I sat, staring out across the still waters of the Dead Sea, I made a mental note to return someday to the beautiful country of Jordan.
Kempinski Hotel, Ishtar Dead Sea,Swaineh, Dead Sea, 11194, Jordan
Dearbhla is a sometimes Irish Diplomat living and working in Brussels. When not lamenting the current sorry state of the world, she enjoys fine food and wine, good conversation, opera, reading and seeing new places. She is also not averse to some well deserved pampering from time to time.