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.