Jordan's Ideal Spots to Experience Wellness

Jun 6, 2024 11:00:00 AM

Leen Hajjar

From the serene views of the Dead Sea to the star-lit sky of the Wadi Rum desert, Jordan is filled with immensely unique locations that help nourish the mind, body, and soul.

In celebration of Global Wellness Day on June 8, here are some of Jordan’s best wellness experiences.

1. Located 264 meters below sea level, Jordan’s Ma’in Hot Springs are an oasis-like terrain and the perfect place to relax in nature. Visitors can enjoy the mineral-rich waters of the hyper-thermal waterfalls by lounging or swimming in them. The waterfalls originate from winter rainfalls in the highland plains of Jordan and then feed the hot and cold springs in the valley. This water is heated to temperatures of up to 63°C by underground lava fissures as it makes its way through the valley. Being surrounded by the sound and views of the waterfalls is certainly a distinctive wellness experience.

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2. A natural wonder and the lowest point on Earth, the Dead Sea is one of the most spectacular places to experience wellness. The sea’s most popular feature is its extremely salty, warm, and soothing body of water that is full of rich minerals. The Dead Sea also consists of black and mineral-infused mud that is renowned for its ability to reduce skin impurities. Guests can enjoy Dead Sea-focused body treatments at one of the many 5-star hotel spas in the area such as the Kempinski Hotel Ishtar or merely float in the water and allow for their body to obtain all its benefits. Additionally, the scenic views of the Dead Sea are magical, especially at sunset.

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3. Jordan’s Wadi Rum desert is comprised of beautiful sandstone mountains, narrow canyons, red-colored rolling dunes, and a star-filled sky in the evenings. The serenity and fresh air of the desert coupled with its majestic features provides visitors an opportunity to sit still, camp in nature, and disconnect from life’s busyness.


4. The lush greenery and countless valleys in Jordan make it an ideal destination for a tranquil cycling or walking experience in nature. For example, there are many trails in the historic city of Umm Qais that is suspended on a hilltop overlooking the Jordan Valley and the Sea of Galilee. It has become a favored spot to explore, especially during the spring season, for its rolling hills, farmlands, and stunning landscape.


5. Situated south of the kingdom and a four-hour drive from Amman, Aqaba is a stunning beach city on the Red Sea. With its many 5-star resorts and spas, multi-cuisine restaurants, and a rich sea-life, there are plenty of ways to unwind in Aqaba. Visitors can enjoy the year-round sunshine by swimming and relaxing on the beach. They also can soothe their mind and body with a relaxing spa treatment at one of the city’s resorts. Whatever visitors choose to do, Aqaba is filled with leisure and wellness experiences.

Leen Hajjar

Written by Leen Hajjar

Leen Hajjar, born and raised in Amman, is JTBNA's blog editor. A recent graduate from Villanova University with a master's degree in Communication, Leen focuses on media analysis, specifically mainstream media’s portrayal of Arabs and the Middle East. Her previous experience as a writer for Al Arabiya English, inspired stories that shed light on the diverse and positive attributes of the Arab world, aiming to provide a more comprehensive representation of the region and its people.

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