The Holiday Inn is a large complex that provides an excellent base from which to enjoy the Dead Sea. It is an excellent hotel for families or couples, and its beach is possibly the best of any of the Dead Sea hotels.
Kempinski Ishtar Dead Sea
The Kempinski Ishtar brings modern design and luxury to Jordan, with its spacious, well-appointed rooms offering a serene place to relax overlooking the Dead Sea. The variety of carefully-sculpted swimming pools are a delight, while the hotel's private beach has been built up with fine sand from the Red Sea. You can pass the day away by floating in the Dead Sea or relaxing in the spa's hydro pool, while more active guests can take advantage of the property's tennis courts and fitness center.
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There's a wide choice of accommodation to choose from, including rooms, suites and villas, which are split between the main building situated nearer the entrance to the hotel, the Ishtar area of the hotel located near the Dead Sea and the beach, and the spa section of the hotel. All provide a complimentary (non-alcoholic) minibar, free Wi-Fi access, a safe and tea/coffee making facilities, as well as an en suite bathroom. They've also been designed to offer views of the Dead Sea from their balconies.
Room categories differ in terms of space, starting from the 40 square meter Superior rooms up to the expansive 475 square meter Ishtar Royal Villas. All have king size beds with space for one extra bed, while the luxurious Ishtar Royal Villas can accommodate up to six adults and three children in their three bedrooms and two living rooms, featuring a full kitchen, dining room, Jacuzzi and private infinity pool.
The hotel has its own 300 meter private beach and is situated on the shores of the Dead Sea. Aside from its own facilities and the Dead Sea itself, there's unfortunately little to do or walk to in the vicinity of the hotel.
Food and drink
There are four restaurants and three bars to choose from. The Obelisk serves an international buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Codes is open for breakfast and dinner, has views over the Dead Sea, and serves Asian fare. The Akkad Pool Grill is open all day for light snacks, while the Ashur pizza and grill serves Mediterranean fare for most of the day. Kish Bar is the place to head at sunset, where you can relax with a refreshing drink while looking out across the Dead Sea. Sumerian Bar has a Babylonian theme and makes a relaxing venue for enjoying a cup of tea or coffee, while the Isin Lobby Bar has views over the Dead Sea and serves light snacks along with a good range of beverages.
There's a kids' club with qualified instructors in the entertainment center, which offers network gaming, play stations, slides and bouncy castles, among other child-focused facilities. Weekly activities are also organized, including face-painting and beach volleyball.
Facilities and activities
In addition to a large fitness center and a tennis court, the hotel boasts nine freshwater pools, which include four infinity pools, two secluded pools, one kids' pool, and a lazy river pool. All are conveniently located within a few steps of any room or suite, and offer stunning views of the Dead Sea. The hotel also benefits from the longest private beach in Jordan. However, the keystone of the Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea is the Anantara Spa, which boasts 20 treatment rooms and 27 spa suites, plus outdoor therapy lounges.
With excellent facilities and a spectacular location right on the edge of the lake, we think this is a great choice of hotel at the Dead Sea.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Offering a private beach with access to the Dead Sea, this hotel offers everything you’d expect from a Marriott property, including a lavish spa.
The Mövenpick Dead Sea is a very pleasant resort, with lots of traditional touches. The village-style rooms in particular are very comfortable, quiet and offer great access to the beach.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Mt Nebo is the site from which Moses first saw the Holy Land at the end of the Exodus. It is also the presumed site of his death and burial.