Discover how the lowest place on earth can leave you on a high. No visit to Jordan would be complete without floating on the Dead Sea. Read a book while you soak in the mineral-rich waters renowned for their healing powers. The coast is dotted with world-class spas where you can try a rejuvenating mud treatment.
Effortlessly bobbing on this dense sea, sundowner in hand, is one of life’s most instagrammable moments. As the sea is nearly nine times as salty as other oceans, it’s best to wear waterproof shoes to make wading out on the uneven sea bed more comfortable and preferably choose an older swim suit. Lying 365 metres below sea level it means you can sunbathe for longer as harmful ultraviolet rays are filtered through an extra thick ozone layer. Ideal if you have fair skin or are looking to soothe skin conditions.
If you don’t fancy coating yourself with therapeutic mud while in the sea, you can treat yourself to a spa experience at one of the many luxury hotels nearby. Boasting the longest private beach in Jordan, the Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea offers spa packages which includes mud mask facials and salt water whirlpools. You can also enjoy a final float in a purpose-built pontoon at the Hilton Dead Sea before you leave. Bliss!
Additional notes about the tour
Don’t shave your legs just before taking a dip as this can cause irritation. Wear protective waterproof shoes as the sea floor can be jagged from the high salt content. It is best to wear an older bathing suit as the salt water and mud can discolour clothing. The Jordan Tourist Board advises not to visit on a Friday as it can get very busy with local visitors.