Your Hotel Stay by the Dead Sea
There is an excellent choice of hotels around the Dead Sea, all offering luxurious spa and pampering options, and a spectacular view of the water and surrounding hills from your room or balcony. Use Expedia’s search features to help you find the location, room type, dining options and spa features that are right for you.
The Dead Sea Region
One of the world’s natural wonders, the Dead Sea is part of the great Rift Valley that extends to East Africa and is the lowest point on the Earth’s surface. The River Jordan empties here to form a super-saline lake that offers nervous bathers a reassuringly buoyant float, and waters and muds that are cherished for their therapeutic qualities. The Dead Sea region is steeped in biblical history and religious tradition, with a wide range of historical and scenic attractions around its shores. Wherever you base yourself, you will find no shortage of things to see and do.
Sweimeh is a luxury resort area on the Dead Sea’s north-east coast, and has a range of five-star hotels as well as a state-of-the-art events complex, the King Hussein bin Talal Conference Centre. As well as all the room comfort, hotel amenities and fine wining and dining that you would expect in this top-end price bracket, Sweimeh’s hotels make the most of the Dead Sea’s healing waters and muds with their extensive spa and wellness facilities. With a choice of pools, saunas and steam rooms, gyms and treatment rooms featuring the best pampering traditions from around the world, Sweimeh’s hotels offer the perfect complement to the natural wonders of the Dead Sea itself.
The Jordanian East Coast
There are many things to see and do around Jordan’s eastern Dead Sea coast. The historic town of Madaba is rich in Greek Orthodox tradition, so do pay a visit to the Church of St George to view its famous mosaic floor map of the Dead Sea and Jordan Valley region. Then climb Mount Nebo, where tradition holds that Moses gazed down on the Promised Land, to enjoy the astonishing panoramic views of the whole Dead Sea region. Mujib Nature reserve allows you to splash along watercourses carved from the rainbow-hued rocks, and the Dead Sea Museum offers a blend of fascinating exhibits and dramatic views.
The Palestinian West Bank
Cross over to the Palestinian West Bank to enjoy some of the region’s most spectacular historical attractions. The Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered by chance in the Caves of Qumran in the 1940s and visitors today can visit the museum, view the interesting collection of ruins, and trek up the dramatic cliffs to view the caves. South, on the edge of the Negev Desert, stands Masada, the spectacular hilltop stronghold where the Jewish Sicarii sect were besieged by Roman forces two thousand years ago. More intrepid visitors can make the ascent to the fortress by foot, while the more leisurely, may opt for the cable car.