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Petra, Wadi Rum & the Dead Sea: Modern Luxury in Jordan

A pocket of timeless mystery, Jordan sits seemingly immune from the touch of the world around it, all the while propelling a culture that is aeons ahead of the game. Here, hotels run on solar power, organic and locally sourced cuisine comes as standard and the approach to wellness is not to be sniffed at either. Jordan’s ability to seamlessly blend ancient realms with impeccable modernity has us hooked. Freshly back from our latest discovery, we’re sure it will leave you similarly infatuated as you forge your own path through this land of luxury and surprise yourself with all that contemporary Jordan has to offer. Spend six nights learning to live as modern Jordanian’s do in the cookery schools and craft beer breweries of Amman before seeing the country’s traditional side in Petra and Wadi Rum. Dusted off with a soak in the Dead Sea, you’ll come back glowing.

AMMAN’S CONTEMPORARY KICKS

Hit the tarmac in Amman and you’ll instantly feel the heat and buzz that comes with a thriving capital city. Let our private guide introduce you to all that present-day Amman has to offer, like cosmopolitan Rainbow Street where stylish crowds and fledgeling hipsters enjoy a spectrum of boutiques, cafés and cocktail bars. And don’t forget to try the innovative food offerings—go for contemporary organic dishes at Wild Jordan and help support Jordan’s nature reserves, or craft your own four-course feast at Beit Sitti’s family-run cooking school, one of the city’s immersive dining concepts. Still going strong? Sit back with a few cocktails before dancing the night away at Cube Lounge, before bedding down in the luxurious Fairmont Amman.

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TASTINGS AND TEACHINGS

After a rejuvenating slumber, you’ll be eager to sample some more of Jordan’s cultural delights, so we’re sending you off to the country’s first craft beer at Carakale Brewery and the award-winning wines at Oscar Zumot’s vineyards where Jordan’s wine scene first took root. Though if your curiosity lies with the local community, pick up some life hacks such as how to grow your own tomatoes or create your own recycled notebook with the Zikra Initiative. Feeling adventurous? Hiking the Dana Biosphere Reserve has got to be on your agenda: 600 plant species, from citrus trees to date palms, prosper here along with 180 species of bird, wolves, red foxes, sand cats and mountain gazelles. It’s a modern-day hiker’s nirvana.

ROSE CITIES & DESERT GLAMPING

Leaving the capital behind, no trip to Jordan would be complete without visiting Petra’s rose-hued city. It’s one of the country’s timeless attractions and a must-see marvel. After your private tour through the Siq, onto the Treasury and Monastery, we’ll whisk you back to the modern-day luxury of the Mövenpick at Petra. The next day, it’s off to Wadi Rum’s ‘Valley of the Moon’. The monolithic lunar rockscapes that lie ahead of you here are about as close you’ll get to space travel on earth. Your evening accommodations comes in the form of a luxurious Bedouin desert camp where meals are prepared on open fires and enjoyed al fresco beneath a sheet of stars before you bed-down in your luxurious tented suite. Even in the middle of the desert, Jordan’s got contemporary comforts nailed.

SPA DAZE

Now, we couldn’t let you leave Jordan without some serious pampering, so to finish your trip it’s off to the Dead Sea for a much-deserved spa break. Jordanians have been using this natural spa for centuries and you can go traditional and simply enjoy floating in its healing waters or, for a more modern take, take your pick from the extensive spa menu at the Kempinski Hotel Ishtar —a destination all on its own. Either way, the Dead Sea is a relaxing way end your taste of modern Jordan that we guarantee you’ll never tire of, no matter how much time passes.