You get that 'wow' factor from the moment you arrive at the Kempinski Hotel Ishtar in Jordan. A sprawling five-star resort in many buildings (there are golf buggies to ferry guests around), it offers a huge amount of pools (including one simply stunning infinity pool), several restaurants and bars, plenty of green space and brilliant views of the Dead Sea – and even its own section of beach on the famously salt-laden body of water, where you can slather yourself in mineral-rich black mud before wading in and having a float around while gazing at Israel on the other side.

There's a vast spa for some blissful pampering, plus a kids' club for ages up to 12 at a small extra charge. Rooms have tasteful contemporary decor; deluxe rooms and junior suites have their own enclosed balcony areas.

Read our feature on an October half-term family break in Jordan including a stay at the Kempinski Hotel Ishtar.


The Kempinski Hotel Ishtar is on the Dead Sea 70 km from Queen Alia International Airport.

Kempinski Hotel Ishtar

What to expect

Beach nearby
Connecting rooms
Family rooms
Kids club
Kids pool
Outdoor pool


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Kids' Club (ages 2-12 years; daily; 9am-11pm; extra charge including all food and drink; trained staff; adults may supervise children, with limited access but free of charge).

Babysitting (extra charge).


Superior and Ishtar Superior Rooms sleep 2 adults and 1 child in king or twin beds plus an extra child's bed. Ishtar Deluxe Rooms,
Ishtar Jacuzzi Suitesand Junior Suites add a balcony and free mini-bar; some Junior Suites can interconnect.
Ishtar Royal Villas, located on the beach, sleep 6 adults and 3 children in 3 master bedrooms, with dining and 2 living rooms plus VIP extras including a butler, a private pool and a personal chauffeur.

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Childcare (see above).
Indoor games (Wii; board games; films). 
Private beach.
9 pools.
3 bars.
4 restaurants (some with kids' menus and highchairs; children under 6 eat free, ages 6-12 at a discount).
Fitness centre.
Tennis court.
Yoga sessions.
Hair salon.