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The Essential Guide to the Dead Sea

The Dead Sea is easily one of the most unusual bodies of water in the world. Its super-salinity makes swimming all but impossible, though trying, failing, and bobbing up and down is great fun. After a dip, slather yourself with the purifying local mud or treat yourself to some pampering at a spa in one of the many hotel resorts along the coast.
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Dead Sea Road Dead Sea Road Dead Sea, 18186, Jordan
The Dead Sea, it must be said, is shrinking. Every year, evaporation causes the giant lake to get ever saltier and the water level to get slightly lower, turning the coastline into a series of cliffs with precious little beach. The hotel resorts...
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Aghwar Janoobiyah District, Jordan
As its name implies, this museum on the Dead Sea’s southern peninsula sits a staggering 1,329 feet below sea level. There’s more to see than just the rather impressive altimeter in negative figures, however. Housed in a beautiful...
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Dead Sea 40, AlBalqa, Jordan
You don’t need to go swimming to enjoy the Dead Sea. At the appropriately named Dead Sea Panorama Complex, you can enjoy views all the way across the water to Israel. There’s also a small but decent restaurant offering traditional...
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Dead Sea Rd., Sweimeh 11180, Jordan
The Dead Sea has deservedly become known as something of a spa destination, with visitors helping themselves to goopy masks of the local, mineral-rich mud for decades. For something slightly more luxurious, book an appointment at Zara Spa in the...
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Swaimeh, عمّان، Jordan
Why we love it: A grand resort with subtle style and top-notch amenities

The Highlights:
- Stylishly minimal guest rooms with balconies and deep-soaking tubs
- An infinity pool overlooking the Dead Sea
- Impeccable service from an expert staff