FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

Amman, Jordan, Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea, ZARA Spa

Dec 1, 2012
2012 / December 2012

It was dark and rainy when I arrived at the Mövenpick Resort, perched on the edge of the Dead Sea in Jordan, so there was no hope of seeing the famous sea until morning. When I woke it was still raining, but miraculously the skies cleared for about a half-hour, enough time to throw on my bathing suit and get down to the sea for an early-morning float.

The Dead Sea isn’t a sea at all but a salt lake bordering Jordan to the east and Israel to the west. The lowest place on Earth, the Dead Sea is approximately 1,300 feet below sea level. Since the high salt content keeps the body buoyant, it is impossible to sink, making floating ridiculously easy.

Floating in the Dead Sea © Ellen Clark

Besides the novelty of making one unsinkable, the Dead Sea has plenty of health benefits. It is almost eight times saltier than other bodies of salt water; its high content of minerals and salt is beneficial to the skin. Awareness of the Dead Sea’s healing properties is nothing new. Aristotle wrote of its remarkable waters, and in Roman times, Herod the Great established one of the world’s first health resorts on its shores.

Another remarkable phenomenon in the area around the Dead Sea is that the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays are filtered through multiple atmospheric screens here which results in reduced risks to the skin. But sun wasn’t much of an issue the day I was here, and the skies were beginning to look ominous again, so I climbed out of the water and headed for the spa.

The resort’s award-winning ZARA Spa is state of the art and covers almost 20,000 square feet, making it one of the largest spas in the Middle East. Its list of treatments and amenities is impressive.

A gentleman dressed in a sparkling white outfit and traditional head covering greeted me at the spa’s entrance and ushered me to the front desk, where a pretty Jordanian woman signed me in and gave me a tour of the facilities. I learned that along with my treatment, I’d have unlimited day use of the spa facilities, which included a flotation pool with 28 percent Dead Sea salt concentration, a fitness studio, wet and dry steam rooms, a relaxation lounge with Dead Sea views and a juice bar. Considering the inclement weather, hanging out in the spa for the day sounded like a good plan.

In the locker room, I slipped into a fluffy white bathrobe and plastic sandals and headed to the restfully decorated lounge to wait for my therapist. As I was sipping a cup of herbal tea, a Middle Eastern woman with glowing skin and liquid black eyes appeared and introduced herself as Hannah. She led me to a tiled treatment room and briefly explained what I could expect from my treatments. I’d chosen the Natural Dead Sea Salt Scrub followed by a Dead Sea Mud Wrap, topped off with an Algomega Warm Facial.

First step in the process was to get some steam. I emerged from the toasty steam room feeling not unlike a limp piece of broccoli and crawled up on the treatment table, prepared to be scrubbed with the world’s most famous salt.

The idea behind the salt scrub is to leave the body exfoliated so it can reap all the benefits of the mud wrap to follow. Hannah managed to massage the coarse salt over almost every inch of my body. I have to admit, it was a little abrasive at first, but after a few minutes I got used to it and envisioned all those layers of dead skin being stripped away.

After showering off the salt crystals — not so easy, as it turned out — I headed back to the steam room. I swear it was even hotter than before. I am, by my own admission, a confirmed spa wimp, and I can’t tell you how happy I was when Hannah finally sprung me from the inferno.

Back on the treatment table, I was slathered in warm Dead Sea mud. As Hannah rubbed the mud over me, she explained what makes it so special. It seems Dead Sea mud contains a unique blend of more than 20 minerals which nourishes skin cells and acts as a natural moisturizer. The mud’s fine grains work as a deep exfoliant and cleansing agent, dislodging toxins, impurities and oily secretions. It felt great and gave my skin a warm, tingling sensation.

Once I was completely covered in mud, I was wrapped in plastic, the lights were dimmed, and I was left to marinate. I was beginning to wonder if Hannah had forgotten me when the door finally opened. She unwrapped me, and I hopped into the shower to wash off the curative mud in preparation for my final treatment.

The facial started with cooling lotions applied to my face and neck. This was followed by warm goo applied to form an Algomega mask. Hannah explained Algomega combines the benefits of two algae, both rich in omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, to produce a nourishing facial treatment.

Again, Hannah left the room while I lay there, my face absorbing all the healing benefits of the mask. She returned in 15 minutes to remove the mask in one piece. It felt like soft, pliable plastic. She applied another cream to my face, and I was good to go.

My skin was the softest it ever felt. Vibrant with physical and mental well-being, I headed for the Tranquility Lounge. I saw out the window it was still raining, but I didn’t care. I settled into a lounge chair with a cup of tea and congratulated myself on finding the perfect way to spend a rainy day at the edge of the Dead Sea.

ZARA Spa The Dead Sea

Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea
Sweimeh, Dead Sea Road
Amman 11180, Jordan
tel 962 5 356 11 11
moevenpick-deadsea.com

Introducing

FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

Explore Excursions

#globility

Insta Feed
Daily
Feb 23, 2024

The Radical: A New Boutique Hotel, Opens in Asheville, North Carolina’s, River Arts District

Once an abandoned 1923 constructed warehouse in Asheville, North Carolina, it took a creative group of designers, artists, musicians, chefs and business folks to transform a neglected, 100-year-old structure into one of Asheville’s most interesting and daring hotel projects.

The Argosaronic Islands Are Calling

The Saronic or Argo Saronic Islands of Greece call travelers to explore its seven small islands and islets brimming with history, natural sites and more. With most easily accessible by boat, the islands’ proximity to ports of Athens make the Saronic Islands an ideal destination for those preferring shorter boat rides. In fact, trips from Athens ports to the islands take only between 10 minutes and two hours, depending on the island you choose, making them perfect for day or weekend trips. From Piraeus port, you can access Hydra, Spetses, Aegina and Poros directly. Come explore these stunning islands with us and find the inspiration to plan your next trip to these islands. Hydra Hydra town curves around a slope overlooking the Argosaronic Gulf like an amphitheater and is considered one of the most romantic destinations in Greece. Most unique to the island is its lack of vehicles. People on the island get around on mules and donkeys as well as water taxis, making for a peaceful and laid-back day. Hydra lies a two-hour ferry ride from Piraeus port in Athens.

February 2024
Feb 23, 2024

Pickle Up: Get in on America’s Fastest Growing Sport

Early on, pickleball had something to do with pickles. Pickles the dog, that is. In one story, the game was named for a family dog that ran off with the ball between sets.

Daily
Feb 23, 2024

Hôtel Norman Opens Near the Top of Champs Elysées

Located a short walk from the Arc de Triomphe, Olivier Bertrand recently opened Hôtel Norman for those looking to explore the city.

Travel Tips to Help Protect Your Health and Your Trip

Five Tips to Help Minimize Potential Travel Problems

Daily
Feb 23, 2024

JW Marriott Hotel Mexico City Polanco Completes Renovations

JW Marriott Hotel Mexico City Polanco recently completed renovations of its entrances, lobby, culinary concepts and meeting space. This marks the final stage of the renovation, which began in 2021 with the revitalization of its 269 guestrooms and 45 suites.

Daily
Feb 21, 2024

Make Alberta, Canada, Your Next Wellness Getaway

Rich in mountains, prairies, forests and hot springs, Alberta, Canada, takes nature and wellness travel to a whole new level. Combine the beauty of this western Canadian province with relaxation and you’re in for a treat.

Share Your Travel Preferences with Global Traveler in a Short Survey & Win

Learning more about our readers’ travel habits and preferences ensures Global Traveler delivers the content you desire. As the travel industry has adapted and changed over the last few years, it’s more important than ever to connect. To best meet your short- and long-term travel content needs, please help us!

eFlyer Reviews
Feb 21, 2024

Amantaka Review

You know what you’re going to get at an Aman hotel, and also you don’t. Expect peerless service, obsessive attention to detail, architectural elegance worthy of a fashion magazine, a holistic approach to wellness and astounding levels of comfort. But each property is also intimately connected to its setting, and that’s where the surprises lie. For instance, finding yourself on your knees on a sidewalk in Luang Prabang handing out sticky rice to Buddhist monks at 5:30 a.m. isn’t something we expected.