As amazing as our visit to Jerash was, day 1 wasn’t over yet! We were heading to the Dead Sea! It was a 1.5-2 hour drive, and of course, we had to stop for a photo when we reached Sea Level.
And then we proceeded to drive down to the lowest point on earth…1,200 feet below sea level!
Since we can’t get enough Switzerland, we were staying at the Mövenpick Resort & Dead Sea Spa. It is the low season, so the resort was pretty quiet. But, first things first before anyone is allowed to relax, you and your luggage must go through security! Welcome to Jordan.
We had to wait a few minutes for our rooms, but no complaints from this group, because we were being UPGRADED! When our rooms were ready, attendants in golf carts took us on a quick tour of the property before dropping us in our rooms. We didn’t hang out long, because we only had a few minutes until sunset. We went down to the beach to see it, and it was so lovely!
[Someone couldn’t wait until morning to experience the Dead Sea. A sunset float was a must! When he came out, he described it as a “vujàdé” experience. The opposite of déjà vu…something completely new to him. I love that!]
This was the moment where I fully entered vacation mode. The only thing we had to consider for the next 36 hours was which pool or jacuzzi we wanted to use, which restaurant we wanted to try, and what time we needed to be at the spa for our appointment. It was fabulous!
[My mama will be happy to know that the hotel was decorated for Christmas – including this rather ridiculous looking gingerbread house. Made me think of her!]
[A do-it-yourself mud bath is available before getting into the Dead Sea. I chose to wait for the professionals in the spa to give me my “Dead Sea Journey” – inclusive of a mud wrap and mud facial.]
[FLOATING!!! No hands!! I love this picture! And yes, it burns like CRAZY when you get Dead Sea salt water in your eye! Probably because it’s 31% salt!]
[Finding a hammock to read / nap / swat flies was amazing!]
[This woman had the right idea to sit under a net. There were SO MANY flies! I was shocked by this. Made me realize that I would’ve DIED attempting to withstand the plagues in Egypt!]
[This same creepy Santa Claus was at the Montreux Christmas Market. Maybe it’s a Swiss thing?! I only remember him because his nose and cheeks are the same size!]
[Someone in the group hadn’t seen Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Since Petra is the home of the Holy Grail in the movie, we thought it was a must to watch it before going to Petra. Unfortunately, we didn’t have a cord to hook the iPad Mini to the TV, but that didn’t stop us from having a movie night!]
After watching Harrison Ford and Sean Connery, we were ready to take on Petra! The Dead Sea was a perfect stop on our journey to get us relaxed and ready for more adventure!