There will be many more stories to tell (bedouin camps, desert trips, Petra) but I will start where we have started and create an instant hotspot: the Mövenpick Dead Sea Resort. I was invited to stay here. Located on the shores of the Dead Sea, this is the lowest point of the Earth. From Amman (where we stranded in the middle of the night and were invited to stay a night at a Jordanian family at home which was amazingly hospitable) we left to the Dead Sea.
After a long drive through the dusty desert you end up in a heavenly green oasis. I felt Aladdin and Jasmine at the same time. I imagined myself in the fairy tale of 1001 nights. The Mövenpick consists of authentic Jordanian buildings and has the effect of a village with sand-colored stone houses, romantic lighting, lots of greenery, lots of flowers and fantastic staff. They have several swimming pools, nine restaurants, a tennis court, a fitness centre, the resort is located right on the Dead Sea shore with a private beach and they have the best spa in the Middle East: the Zara Spa. The spa offers traditional treatments and healing therapies and is almost a village itself. I will never forget that sunset in the infinity pool with a cocktail in my hand. It is amazing to literally float in the Dead Sea while you look at Israel. We were offered a delicious treatment in the spa consisting of a salt scrub, mud wrap and a massage. That definitely took away all our stress factors from the past few months.
Our spot for the night, one of the 346 rooms, was wonderful. A fine large bed, bathroom with the most delicious authentic bathrobes, the softest towels and dead sea products. With dates and dried abricots on the table and a private balcony outside, it was perfect for a stay. Walking around in the resort (and at alternate laziness you take the golf car) is an experience itself: you can imagine yourself in an Arab village, the pink flowers and subtle lighting are magical. We had dinner in the restaurant at the main building and enjoyed an Arabic buffet. Normally I hate buffets, but hey, first meeting with Arab cuisine. I wanted to choose. LOTS. Falafel, lamb curry, cheeses, salads, sweets, pita, hummus, all this Jasmine loves about the Arab cuisine.
If you go visit Jordan and want to experience the effect of the Dead Sea in the middle of a desert paradise, then this is the place to be. Mövenpick Dead Sea resort is the most extraordinary resort out there. There is no budget accommodation in the local area, this is a very fine alternative. For me one night was enough still, so totally zen we leave to our next destination: world wonder Petra.