Salt encrusted rim of the Dead Sea at sunset

Dead Sea Tours and Travels

About Dead Sea

Located at the lowest point on the earth’s surface, roughly 400m below sea level, the Dead Sea is a natural phenomenon and high on the 'must-do' list. Straddling the border between Israel and Jordan, the intense blue waters of what is technically a lake stretch 75-km-long and 10-km-wide reaching depths of 40 metres with a salinity that is almost eight times as high as the oceans. Consequently, the Dead Sea waters are much denser and make swimming nigh on impossible. In fact, half the fun of visiting the Dead Sea is the experience of floating in the mineral-rich waters that have long been believed to have curative properties.

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It’s called the Dead Sea as nothing resides in it - there are no fish, seaweed or plants of any kind in or around the water. What you’ll see on the shores are clusters of white salt crystals. However, this is no ordinary table salt, the salts found in the Dead Sea are mineral salts, just like you find in the oceans of the world, only in extreme concentrations. The water in the Dead Sea is deadly to living things. Fish accidentally swimming into the waters from one of the several freshwater streams that feed the Sea are killed instantly, their bodies quickly coated with a preserving layer of salt crystals and then tossed onto shore by the wind and waves.

For more resilient human visitors, the best way to enjoy the Dead Sea is to stay at one of the numerous luxury resorts where you can relax on the beach, coat yourself in thick mud and bob around in the waters under the warming sun. Many of these hotels will have onsite spas where you can be pampered to your heart's content with massage therapies or just vegetate in the sauna.

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Dead Sea Tours

Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Dead Sea

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Dead Sea Hotels

If you are planning a Dead Sea holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:

Crowne Plaza Dead Sea

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Enjoying an enviable beach front location, the Crowne Plaza Dead Sea Resort provides superior luxury and exclusive services. Guest rooms are beautifully appointed with excellent en suite facilities and extensive modern amenities. The 3 on site restaurants offer a wide range of delicious cuisine and the Aqua Pool Bar is the perfect way to spend an afternoon with refreshing drinks and light bites. The hotel is located on the eastern shores of the Dead Sea just outside Madaba.

Holiday Inn Resort Dead Sea

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Graced with interconnecting palm fringed swimming pools leading to the Dead Sea, the Holiday Inn is an Arabesque style hotel. Guest rooms are elegantly furnished and benefit from complimentary high speed internet. The hotel also has an on site fitness centre and a fine choice of Spa facilities. The 24 hour sleek bar is the perfect place for a tipple at any time of the day or night. The accommodation is located on the shores of the world famous Dead Sea.

Kempinski Ishtar Dead Sea

Our Category: Lavish   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Deluxe Hotel

Set amongst beautiful lagoons, waterfalls and private pools, the Kempinski Ishtar is a luxurious hotel and spa on the banks of the Dead Sea. Guest rooms are delicately styled with contemporary fittings and excellent amenities including complimentary minibar and Wi-Fi as well as luxurious Dead Sea bathrooms goodies. The onsite Anantara Spa has a range of treatments on offer, from massages to wraps and body scubs, as well as a traditional Hammam - perfect for ultimate relaxation. The hotel is located on the Jordanian side of the Dead Sea.

Ramada Resort Dead Sea

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Ramada Resort Dead Sea (formerly the Winter Valley Warwick Resort & Spa) offers a selection of warmly decorated rooms and suites with terraces overlooking the still, salty waters of the Dead Sea. The well-equipped rooms come with free WiFi. A wide range of treatments are available at the hotel's spa with a pool, sauna, steam room and jacuzzi the perfect way to unwind after a busy touring schedule. The resort also features a Kid's Area and variety of food and beverage outlets.

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