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
Evason Ma’in is located very close to the Dead Sea, one of the lowest points in the world. The natural beauty of the surrounding landscape is breathtaking.
As soon as you enter the hotel compound, you are greeted by the sound, and later the sight, of huge, beautiful waterfalls. The falls are natural hot water springs that emerge from the mountains around the hotel. At the point where the spring starts, the water is close to 80 degrees celsius, but by the time it reaches the ground, it cools down to around 35 degree celsius. The water contains many minerals including bromide, iron, iodide, calcium, and hydrogen sulphide gas, all of which are said to have therapeutic and healing properties.
The hotel as well promises to offer a relaxing and regenerative atmosphere. Calm, soft music plays continuously in the lobby, and in keeping with the mood, all the staff are dressed in white cotton. The hotel, which only started operations in February this year, has not yet been able to attract many guests, and authorities told us that it is only seeing a 30 percent to 40 percent occupancy rate.
All the 97 rooms in the hotel offer views of the waterfalls, and the interiors have an oldish-rustic feel. The standard rooms cost around $270 per night (depending on the season), while the Honeymoon suite, which has a personal spa room and a private terrace, costs $1,500 per night. The hotel also has a variety of restaurants, which serve regional and international cuisines.