City of Petra, Jordan
Wadi Rum desert, Jordan
Wadi Rum desert, Jordan
Petra, Jordan

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Jordan

ANCIENT KINGDOMS & DESERT SANDSCAPES

Nothing quite prepares you for how remarkable Jordan is. Be inspired by ancient kingdoms found in steep gorges and sweeping deserts that change with the wind.

From its cosmopolitan capital, Amman, to the ancient, rock-hewn city of Petra, Jordan is one surprise after another. It’s a place which will engage you as sensually as it does visually – experience the emptiness of the desert at Wadi Rum, the weightlessness of the Dead Sea and the inviting crystal-clear waters of the Red Sea.



“The beauty of Jordan is that its sights are only a few hours apart. A week in Jordan will show you its highlights, giving you a fascinating glimpse into this cultural corner of the Middle East.”

Sarah Woodthorpe

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Petra, Jordan

Rock On

The spectacular Nabaetean ruins at Petra are Jordan’s big draw – and rightly so. As you wander along the narrow, mile-long gorge known as the Siq, the entrance to Petra, it’s impossible not to be awe struck as the morning sun glints off crystals in the rock. It was originally carved as a tomb for King Aretas around 100BC and for once the cliché is justified: it really will take your breath away. But Petra, the “Pink City”, is much more than just this one building.

There are more than 800 archaeological sites here and over a few days you can explore the whole area. Notable is the monastery, a theatre that seated over 8,000 people and secluded vantage points such as the High Place of Sacrifice, where shards of two-thousand-year-old pottery (and in springtime oleander and aloe plants) line the paths.

Wadi Rum desert, Jordan
Wadi Rum desert, Jordan
Wadi Rum desert, Jordan

Desert Calm

To the south of Petra lies Wadi Rum, where the legend of Lawrence of Arabia was born, and is home to the Bedouin who guide you in this captivating area of desert. Its orange sand floor is peppered with gigantic rock formations that look like building bricks petulantly tossed by the gods.

This is where you’ll witness the inkiest black sky you’ve ever seen, lit only by the moon and a billion stars – the perfect backdrop for night time feasts around a glowing fire at a luxurious desert camp, your base for exploring the mountains and canyons.

Dead Sea, Jordan

Sea Exploration

There is sand…and then there is sea. The beauty of Jordan is that it is a compact country, with its highlights never more than a few hours apart. The Red Sea’s clear waters are a haven, alive with coral reefs offering fantastic diving and snorkelling while the buoyant Dead Sea, which with its high salt content may prohibit sea life but benefit our own with its glorious mineral qualities.

Both make a relaxed stop within an itinerary that features ancient kingdoms and sparsely beautiful deserts.

Lizard, Jordan
Camel, Jordan

Rare Wildlife

In a land where nine tenths is semi-arid desert, it is hard to imagine lush beauty spots where nature lovers can go to linger but there are six protected wilderness reserves in Jordan, all different from one another. We highly recommend a hike in the Dana Biosphere Reserve, which reaches from the top of the Rift Valley to the desert lowlands of Wadi Araba.

Within it are four distinct vegetation zones and two major bio-geographical zones; the result is incredible biological diversity with tiny oases, wooded uplands and stony deserts supporting more than 700 plant, 215 bird and 38 mammal species including the extremely rare Syrian wolf.

Wadi Rum desert from Little Bridge rock formation, Jordan

Jordan Property Spotlights

Four Seasons Hotel Amman, Jordan
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Four Seasons Hotel Amman

Set on the tallest of Amman’s seven hills is the elegant, white stone Four Seasons Amman. Comfortable and stylish, the hotel makes a sleek retreat from the maze-like streets of cosmopolitan Amman.

Rooms are spacious, furnished in a classic opulent style with fabulous views over the city. An indoor and outdoor pool plus spa means relaxation is nearby and the seductive cocktail bar makes a great pitstop before hitting the city’s chic bars and restaurants, where you’ll find a range of refined Middle Eastern cuisine.

Must do

Amman will likely be the start of your trip in Jordan and the gateway to explorations in Petra, Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea. But first, get to grips with the country and learn about Jordan’s history at the Jordan Museum.

Visit the impressive Roman Amphitheatre, built in the 2nd century Ad, which is a stunning sight at sunrise or sunset.

Kempinski Hotel Ishtar, Jordan
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Kempinski Hotel Ishtar

One of Jordan’s true pleasures is a soak in the Dead Sea, where relaxation can be found floating on the high mineral content water. Kick back at the five-star Kempinski Hotel Ishtar in a suite or royal villa on the hillside of this luxurious residence which has scenic views over the Dead Sea.

It’s the perfect antidote to desert escapades and exploring ruinous kingdoms. The hotel also has acres of tropical gardens which are dotted with swimming pools, waterfalls and lagoons, and in the evening you can dine at the Italian restaurant.

Must do

As tempting as it is to stay close to the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea, we would recommend a trip to the Wadi Mujib – a sandstone gorge which forms part of Jordan’s most famous river canyon. Hike along river bed through the narrow gorge walls in crystal-clear ankle-height water until you reach the 20 metre high waterfall, where you can cool off under its refreshing spray.

Movenpick Petra, Jordan
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Movenpick Petra

Located at the entrance of the historic kingdom of Petra, the Movenpick Petra hotel is ideally placed for those who want to spend time exploring the pink city. Its proximity to the site means that you can benefit from seeing the magic of Petra during the day but also at other times when crowds are noticeably thinner, for example in at sunrise or at night, when the carved rock is lit up by candle light.

Back at the hotel, there are culinary delights to enjoy including afternoon tea in the Lawrence of Arabia tea room or a cocktail accompanied by live music in the roof garden with views of Petra hills.

Must do

As Petra is located in a valley, the sun sets almost without you realising. However, if you’d like to experience the magnificent mountains change to gold, we recommend travelling to the outskirts of Wadi Musa, where its vantage point within parkland means a sensational vista of the lowering sun over the surrounding valley, peaks and city of Petra.

Wadi Rum Luxury Camp, Jordan
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Wadi Rum Luxury Desert Camp

Spending a few nights in a luxury desert camp will give you time to appreciate the peaceful solitude within the desert wilderness of Wadi Rum, just over an hour from Petra. Stay at Wadi Rum Luxury Desert Camp, a mobile camp led by Bedouins who will choose the best spot for your camp, amid the red cliffs, shifting dunes and sand valleys.

Enjoy watching the sun slide behind dunes and see the inky night sky reveal twinkling stars as you bed down in a traditional yet luxurious Bedouin-style tent, complete with proper beds, ensuite bathrooms and Dead Sea toiletries.

Must do

Although there are activities abound for desert-lovers including camel rides, sand boarding and 4×4 jeep rides, we would also suggest that a hike on foot is a great way to appreciate the quiet seclusion of this rugged, ever-changing landscape.

Come back to camp and enjoy an authentic Bedouin feast with roasted meats and vegetables marinated with traditional herbs and spices.

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