Instead of seeing tourist friendly Petra, Kipp went to a hotel spa in the middle of nowhere, and managed to get away from it all.
September 28, 2009 4:47 by Aarti Nagraj
If nestling in between mountains while being surrounded by gushing waterfalls – completely cut off from the rest of the world – sounds tempting, you should probably pay a short visit to Jordan. I recently got a chance to travel to the country for a two day trip and the experience was unforgettable.
There are many options to fly from Dubai to Amman, Jordan’s capital, and I travelled by one of the cheapest airlines, FlyDubai. The ticket cost AED1000 (with taxes), and the journey took just three hours.
Nationals from numerous countries including Canada, US, most of Europe and the Middle East can get visas on arrival. Being an Indian passport holder, I had to get my visa in Dubai, but the process was simple and took only a day. A single entry visa costs JD10 (around $14), a multiple entry visa costs JD20 (around $28).
When I arrived at the Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, what hit me most was the emptiness; at around 11pm in the night, when the Dubai airport would have been flooded with a mass of humanity, I was only surrounded by the people from our flight.
Once the formalities at the airport was complete, I started on a 60 minute journey from Amman to the Evason Ma’in Hot Springs and Six Senses spa, the hotel which was to be my paradise for two days. The route to the hotel is extremely mountainous, and for those with motion sickness, it is advisable that they bring medicines or a disposable bag. But for those with stronger stomachs, the journey is scenic, especially after your get out of the capital.