I hardly pay too much attention to hotels as they generally are similar within their ratings but I must mention Jordan Dead Sea Marriott as it is definitely one of my favourite having been back several times when I passed through Jordan. The main thing is of course the Dead Sea, but the facilities in the hotel for the price charged in comparison to the other hotels within the area is definitely good value for money!
The Dead Sea is a must-see site when travelling to Israel, but Jordan also shares one side of the Dead Sea with Israel. As you can imagine, both sides of the Dead Sea are lined with resorts and hotels. One clear difference will be the Jordan side is occupied by established international hotel chains like Kempinski and Movenpick, whereas Israel side is serviced by fantastic local Israeli hotels & resorts. The cost of the hotels differ greatly too, where Jordan’s room prices are almost half of that of Israel’s room price for rooms of similar ratings. So the same dollar can go a little further in Jordan for the Dead Sea.
The Marriott Jordan Dead Sea is located within the cluster of other major Dead Sea international hotel chains. The Marriott Jordan Dead Sea is a resort and thus it is built wide rather than high with maximum of three and four storeys, depending the wing. The drive way into the hotel from the main gate is about 50 metres, past a road lined with palm trees on both sides.
The reception area decor immediately set me to resort vacation mode, all ready to slow down and unwind. The reception area is the central place where the various room wings are connected, and the stairs at the end leads to the dining area, which further leads to the outdoor pool area.
The Jordan side of the Dead Sea is perfect for sunset, whereas Israel side is perfect for sunrise. There was once Marriott put me in a room where I had access to the roof top garden. The sunset over the Dead Sea from the roof top is breathtaking!
One thing you cannot miss when staying at Marriott Jordan Dead Sea is their spa. Depending on your room package, but a standard room does not include the use of the spa. You just need to pay an additional USD 25 and you can enjoy the facilities for a day. This of course does not include massages and other personalised services.
The spa has a pool filled with Dead Sea water. The Marriott’s private Dead Sea beach is less than 50metres away from the spa but I enjoy this pool a lot more. The Dead Sea beach at Jordan side is a little rocky and rough, so not as comfortable while walking out, but Marriott provided us with jelly shoes to get there without pricking out feet. Many times I end up enjoying a Dead Sea floating experience within the comfort of the spa.
I am not a sauna person, but there are sauna facilities that looked really comfortable. There is another pool that I love. This pool is kept at the temperature of 40 degrees celsius (104 Fahrenheit) which is great in relaxing all the tight muscles of the body. Immediately I feel my body loosen up and the mini fall of water helps to massage the shoulders too. Right next to this is an indoor swimming pool, perfect for winter days.
Another facility that I love is their outdoor pools. The one closest to the main building is a heated pool. It was great for spring, autumn and even winter swimming outdoor in the refreshing chilly air but warmed by the water. This vast stretch of pools is great delight for me as I love to have my little private space. It was at this pool that I saw my first circular rainbow around the sun. I was not able to take a photo of it as I did not have my camera with me but it was quite a sight!
Besides the facilities and the comfort of the resort, I must commend the international breakfast spread, and also their international dinner add up to the whole experience. I always enjoyed my stay in Marriott Jordan Dead Sea and looking forward to going back again.
P.S. This is NOT a paid advertisement but a writeup by a very satisfied customer!