I have always wanted to visit the Dead Sea and float in its salty and mineral rich water. During my visit to Jordan in the Middle East, I was able to visit some of the most renowned destinations in the country. My first day outside of the capital city of Amman included a stop at Mount Nebo (where the Hebrew prophet Moses was given a view of the Promised Land), a visit to the city of Madaba and finally residing for the remainder of the day at the Dead Sea.
A few factoids about the Dead Sea:
- Many people associate this destination with Israel, when in fact, it lies directly on the border of Israel and Jordan. Jordan to the East and Israel to the West.
- The Dead Sea is the lowest point of land on Earth at over 400 meters below sea level.
- At over 30% salinity (salt to water ratio aka about 10 times more salt than sea water), the water is incredibly dense. So much so that you are able to effortlessly float on the surface of the water.
I arrived at the Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea in the early afternoon and was surprised to hear that I had been upgraded to one of their Executive Suites. The day was already off to a good start!
The Dead Sea in Jordan is home to some of the most luxurious resorts in the entire country. I was so blown away by my suite that I made a short video tour to share with you. The view from my balcony was incredible!
Time to Float!
I quickly changed into my bikini and headed down to the sea. The resort has the Dead Sea equivalent to what I would describe as “pool boys” employed by the resort. A few of these “Dead Sea boys” are down by the beach area of the seaside ready to offer you a chair, towel and water.
When traveling alone it’s hard to capture those magic moments without someone else playing photographer. But, I found a solution! I brought my LifeProof waterproof iPhone case and XShot camera extender so that I could capture my first float in the Dead Sea. Photography gadgets in hand… it was time to get to floating!
There are a few guidelines you MUST follow when visiting the Dead Sea:
- Do NOT shave for a few days before your swim. I waited almost four days and could still feel the slight tingling of the salt on my legs. Shaving will most definitely ruin your trip and make contact with the salt water unbearable.
- Do NOT get the water in your eyes! No joke it’s like being temporarily blinded. Many people wear goggles in for extra precaution. I wore my sunglasses in and accidentally got a tiny drop of water in my right eye. I had to get out and cry it out. It was painful.
Check out my video of the floating action!
Time to Mud Up!
I’m like a little kid when it comes to getting messy so when I heard you could cover yourself in the Dead Sea mineral mud… well, you can guess what happened.
When I arrived everyone was getting smeared with the Dead Sea mud by the Dead Sea boys but nobody approached me. I assumed it was an additional service that I had to pay for. After an hour of relaxing I asked one of the guests if it was a spa treatment. Apparently there’s a little unspoken insider mud code I was unaware of. Simply let the Dead Sea boys know you want “new mud” and the scrub. (It’s free for hotel guests!) They’ll then go scoop out some of the dark virgin sea mud and cover you in it. Sometimes beauty is just plain ugly!
Scrub a Dub Dead!
After waiting 20 minutes for the mud to dry and then washing off in the Dead Sea, return to the Dead Sea boys for a full body scrub made of a fragrant oil and salt crystals. After a third dip in the Dead Sea your skin will feel softer than a baby’s bum!
An important note: Be sure to leave your favorite bikini behind. I wore an all black bikini and the Dead Sea mud didn’t seem to wash out. Even after a few soapy scrubs the water was still murky with remnants of mud.
Sunsets and Belly Dancers
After parting ways with the salty sea, I went up to the soup bowl shaped infinity pool at the resort to watch the sunset. I think pictures will describe the moment better than I could ever put into words.
The sunset was, very simply put, spectacular. I ended my evening with dinner and a show. An outdoor BBQ served all sorts of Middle Eastern food while a live band and belly dancer performed.