Photo: Petra one of the Seven Wonders of the World

Where to stay for a visit to Petra, Jordan?  Well, I recommend a stay at Movenpick Hotel Petra.  The hotel is perfectly situated just outside the entrance to Petra and is a really relaxing and comfortable hotel with friendly staff, good food and lovely rooms.  Movenpick resort Petra Review, Jordan.

PHOTO: Beautiful Al Multaqa Lobby Movenpick Resort Petra

I loved the traditional design, with beautiful Jordanian furniture and lamps complimented by beautiful artisan created wall and ceiling art.

PHOTO: Lobby and Dining Room

The hotel is warm and welcoming and all the staff are a delight.

Petra is a magical place to visit and I will be sharing another blog dedicated to advice for a great trip to Petra.  The Lost city of Petra, magical, full of history dating back to the second century A.D. when the Nabateans built the centre of their trading empire here.

If you stay at Movenpick Resort Petra you will be able to visit early in the morning and late in the afternoon and all evening.  This means you will avoid the big tour groups and most of the tourists will have left!  Enjoy the magical experience all to yourself and transcend time walking into history.

PHOTO:  The Treasury, Petra, Jordan

A ‘must visit’ at least once in a lifetime!  Petra is vast and you will be exhilarated and tired after a busy visit.  This is why Movenpick Hotel is the perfect place to stay.  It is right outside the entrance and you can pop back to the hotel to rest and revive.

PHOTO: Al Maqa’ad Bar, Movenpick Resort Petra

Relax in the beautiful bar, which is really a work of art in itself.

PHOTO: Al Maqa’ad Bar

Make sure to sample some of the Jordanian wines and Beer which are very good. Enjoy some snacks from the bar menu.

PHOTO: My Room at Movenpick Resort Petra

PHOTO: Delicious Jordanian treats and Jordanian Wine

Then I needed a delicious glass of Jordanian wine (really very good indeed! This is a bottle of St Georges) and a nap!

PHOTO: Breakfast time at Al Saraya Restaurant, Movenpick Resort Petra 

RESTAURANTS:

Enjoy one of the seven places to eat at the resort.  There is a roof top bar, which was closed during my visit. Afternoon tea at Al Baraka Tea Room.  Buffet dining at Al Saraya restaurant pictured above. Al Maqa’ad Bar, Al Multaqa Lobby Lounge or Burckhardt Lounge.

Enjoy a delicious breakfast after a good nights sleep.  Everything you could possibly want provided at the buffet breakfast.

OUTDOOR POOL:

Take a refreshing dip in the lovely pool.  My early morning dip didn’t go according to plan because I slept so well in the super comfy bed that I didn’t wake up in time!  Make sure you make time to enjoy the Pool and well equipped gym.

PHOTO: Movenpick Resort Petra Pool

Entrance to Petra viewed from the rooftop of the Movenpick Resort Petra.  This shot shows just how close the entrance to Petra is from Movenpick Resort.

PHOTO: Entrance to Petra

PHOTO: Entrance to Movenpick Resort

The distance between these last two photographs is literally a stone’s throw!  Enjoy a wonderful stay at Movenpick Petra.  Do message me if you have any questions.

Helpful information:

Fly to Amman Airport

I flew to Amman Queen Alia Airport.  An impressive, modern airport.  I paid for a Jordanian Visa when I arrived at the airport.  Check on the website, different nationalities have different requirements.

Getting Around Jordan:

I hired a limousine and driver and drove from The Dead Sea to Petra.  The roads are good and safe.

My original plan was to hire a car and self drive but I discovered the night before my trip that my driving licence had expired!  So that was the end to that! One of my famous ‘blonde moments’ …regular readers are familiar these moments!

Safety:  I travelled alone and felt perfectly safe at all times.  Jordanians are polite and respectful to women travellers.  I received so many messages from followers concerned for my safety during my road trip, but it is a very safe country.

WHEN TO GO:

I travelled in November, the weather was perfect, sunny days but not too hot around 24 degrees.  Evenings were a little cooler and I needed a shawl to keep warm.  November and December are high season at Petra.

Entrance to Petra: I bought a 2 day ticket and this cost me 55 JD

CONTACT: Movenpick Resort Petra  

Telephone: +9623215711

Jordan Tourist Office: http://www.visitjordan.com

After Petra I drove to Movenpick Resort DeadSea

Read my review of Movenpick Resort Dead Sea

 

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PHOTO: Movenpick DeadSea Resort Infinity Pool

Are you wondering which hotel to book by the Dead Sea in Jordan?  Well, wonder no more!  Book this one immediately.  It is a very special hotel in Jordan.  Magnificent, traditional style set in exquisite gardens nestled above the Dead Sea.  This definitely has the Diva seal of approval! Here is my Movenpick Dead Sea Resort Jordan Review.

PHOTO: Welcome drink at Movenpick Dead Sea

You will receive a very warm welcome and a delicious refreshing lemon drink.  The vibe at Movenpick Dead Sea is relaxed, calm and friendly.  I was so laid back the whole stay!  This has a lot to do with the friendly and helpful staff.  A great hotel alway has efficient staff.  Nothing was too much trouble and I felt very at home.

PHOTO: Beautiful lobby at Movenpick Dead Sea

Enjoy the beautiful lobby, I hope my photo does it justice because it is magnificent.  You will feel immediately at home here, the traditional decor is just beautiful with magnificent ceilings painted by artisans.

SUITE No. W22:

PHOTO: Beautiful Suite with large living room, bedroom and vast terrace

Splurge on a beautiful suite like this one!  Definitely worth every penny.  However, all the rooms are lovely no matter which you choose.  I enjoyed Suite W22, looking out over the Dead Sea and enjoying magnificent sunsets every night.  A very chic living room leading onto a a large well appointed bedroom.

Enjoy the free mini bar with soft drinks, Nespresso machine and mineral water.

PHOTO: Super comfy bed at Movenpick Dead Sea Resort

Do you agree the most important thing is a good nights sleep?  THE most crucial thing for me for sure!  This huge bed was super comfy and I slept so well.  I also write in bed every morning and this was so luxurious here.

My personal bug bear about hotels is the lack of wardrobe space,  too few coat hangers and big mirrors. No problem here at Movenpick Resort Dead Sea.  There is a huge dressing room area with enormous wardrobe space and lots of hangers.  Large mirrors too, perfect! Plenty of electric sockets too.

BATHROOM:

The Bathroom was absolute bathroom heaven, a choice of large bath tub (another of my personal heaven ‘must haves’, I love a bath, don’t you?) and large walk-in Shower.  You will love the little touches such as fresh flowers, great array of Dead Sea products and so much more!  The bathroom is HUGE and one of the best I have enjoyed.

PHOTO: My beautiful bathroom at Movenpick Resort Dead Sea

TERRACE:

The terrace for Suite W22 is a wonderful space to enjoy.  Take your Room Service meals on the outdoor table and sunbathe privately on a sunbed looking out to sea.

PHOTO: Terrace of Suite W22 Movenpick Dead Sea

MOVENPICK RESORT DEAD SEA SWIMMING POOLS:

Do you prefer a warm or cold swimming pool? Well, find both here!

PHOTO: Swimming Pool heaven at Movenpick Dead Sea

Of course, the most magical part of a stay here is the Dead Sea!  Situated on the lowest point ON EARTH, 400 metres below sea level and the most extraordinary place to visit at leat once in a lifetime.  Float on the sea, absorbing the Dead Sea minerals into your skin.

First smother yourself in Dead Sea mud then enter the sea and float blissfully around.  Then find that it is impossible not to relax and be totally zen for the whole of your stay.  Then you will be so chilled out….. I can honestly say this is the most relaxing place I have ever visited.

PHOTO: Float about on the Dead Sea

A totally lazy few days for me!  Enjoy Spa treatments at Zara Spa.  This was closed during my visit so I couldn’t take pics for you.  The medical facility was open but is exclusively for patients receiving treatment. The Spa looks magnificent, so make sure you book up.

PHOTO: Zara Spa

BEAUTIFUL GARDENS:

The Movenpick Resort is set in 20 acres of lush gardens, beautiful designed and landscaped and it is a pleasure to stroll through the resort.

PHOTO: Gardens at Movenpick Resort Dead Sea

A few snapshots above of the Dead Sea and gardens at Movenpick Resort.

DINING at Movenpick Dead Sea

Choose from:

AL SARAYA RESTAURANT:

Breakfast, lunch and dinner at this fantastic buffet restaurant.  A feast at every meal!

PHOTO: Al Saraya Restaurant, Movenpick Resort Dead Sea

THE GRILL RESTAURANT:

Enjoy a warm, inviting ambience with candlelight and great food and wine.

PHOTO: The Grill Restaurant, Movenpick Resort Dead Sea

A great choices of steaks and the most enormous Prawns which were delicious, pictured above, with an extensive wine menu.  Jordanian wine is very good indeed, enjoy sampling all the different varieties during your stay.

AL KHAYYAM BAR AND AL HANA LOUNGE

 

Enjoy drinks and snacks in this gorgeous bar.  Don’t forget Happy Hour!

Al Khayyam Bar and Al Hana Lounge

A dizzying choice of nine restaurants,bars and Cafe’s means you will never be bored. The Movenpick Dead Sea Resort Review.

Do let me know if you would like more information about the Resort or The Dead Sea,  just message me.

ROOM SERVICE:

PHOTO: Room Service in my Suite

Regular Diva readers will know that my favourite treat in a hotel is Room Service.  Such a lovely treat! Room Service and watching the Sunset at the same time, how lucky am I?

PHOTO: Sunset Resort Dead Sea

Enjoy the magnificent sunsets every evening at Movenpick Dead Sea Resort.

USEFUL INFORMATION:

Transport:

I arrived by car, arranged through the Movenpick Dead Sea Resort.  This cost me 55 JD for an airport transfer.  The same Limousine company arranged for a car and driver to take me to Petra and back too.  The cars are comfortable and the drivers are very good drivers.

My driving licence ran out the day before I arrived in Jordan which is why I didn’t self drive! Blonde Diva moment again…. the roads are perfectly safe and it would be easy to drive in Jordan.

Definitely try and visit Petra if you have time.  It is an easy 3 hour drive.  Read my review of Movenpick Resort Petra.

Safety:

I travelled all around Jordan and felt perfectly safe at all times.  Jordanian people are polite and friendly and respectful of women travellers, if a little surprised that I was alone!

Dress:

I travelled in November, the days were warm about 24 degrees on the Dead Sea with slightly cooler evenings about 18 degrees, when you will need a shawl or jacket.  Normal swim wear at the pool and beach, chic casual at the resort.

Covered arms and legs when travelling around the country, to protect from the sun and to respect the cultural tradition.  Wandering around alone, I tend to cover up more.

Top Tip:

Take a Magnesium supplement for a couple of weeks before dipping in the Dead Sea.  I have no idea if this is true! But, I did and avoided any red skin rashes with my very pale skin after reading that it is a good idea.

Contact Movenpick Resort Dead Sea

Tel. 00962 5 53561111

Movenpick Resort Petra

Read my review of Movenpick Resort Petra http://luxurytraveldiva.com/movenpick-resort-petra/

http://www.visitjordan.com

 

 

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