Saturday, 14 August 2010

A day at the Mövenpick Hotel, Dead Sea

For the past week we have had some friends from Abu Dhabi staying, so I have been busy showing them a little bit around. One of the things we planned was of course a day trip to the Dead Sea and this time we chose The Mövenpick Hotel and we really had a lovely day. Bibs and my friends' son had a great time in the pool, of course it was really hot and this time I felt the humidity as well, specially compared to Amman where the weather is so dry. I was impressed by the grounds of the Kempinski Hotel next door, but the grounds of the Mövenpick are as lovely and I preferred the ambiance of the hotel. The entrance fee is 20JD for the use of the pool and 20JD pre-paid for F&B. I guess they really want people to use the restaurants as well. I managed to negotiate so we only paid the entrance fee (we still had lunch though) - but I don't really like being "obliged" to pay for something I might not use. It only worked because it was a manager at the gate, otherwise we would probably have had to pay.

Views of the hotel

The pools are located beneath the hotel, so you have to walk a little bit to get there. As usual in Jordan we were missing some signs and had to ask our way - but then I start to believe that it is part of the Jordanian experience!

The first 2 pools are for everybody - by that I mean that kids are allowed... There is also an adult area, where kids are not. I think it is a good idea - well I liked it before I had Bibs, now I would like to have access because all the other kids are still making too much noise haha! but hey, that's the way it is. There is also a children's pool with most of it in the shadow, but it is small so quickly crowded.

This is the "adult only" part, located just before the access to the beach. I like the lounge part very much. I don't know if the restaurant part is only adults as well. As with the other neighbour the Marriott, there are stairs all the way to get down to the beach and the sea.

My friends thought that the dead sea experience was hilarious. We had lunch by the bar - the service was very good (for a pool bar area!), the food was just average - missing a bit of taste. The life guards at the pools were really nice as well - they came with toys for Bibs, which I thought was a lovely touch.

As usual I haven't seen the rooms, but I liked the hotel a lot and would give it a try.

Some more pictures of the grounds...


Ulrike, Dubai said...

That looks fabulous, we will definitely stay there when were next in Jordan. Thanks for sharing.

Babs said...

Welcome Ulrike! Hope you enjoyed your holidays :)

Bogdan Stelistul said...

Salut!!!My name is bogdan from Romania!!!
We can be friends ???

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