Kempinski Hotel Ishtar
Dead Sea, Jordan
A mirage? Thankfully not. The Hotel Ishtar will strike you as chimeric. Surrounded by olive groves and palm trees, this resort occupies premium real estate on the Jordanian side of the legendary Dead Sea. Though historic Petra, 3 hours away, warrants a day trip, plan to set aside plenty of time here to float in the salty sea -- or to luxuriate in Ishtar's 6 outdoor pools. Treatments at coddling Anantara Spa take advantage of nature's largesse. Try a -- what else? -- Dead Sea Salt Body Scrub.
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