The Dead Sea Spa Experience
|Nothing like a little mud between friends|
It's easy enough to get on a tour to the Dead Sea from Amman, but I had a private driver. Taxis are harder to find going back to Amman, and therefore could be pricier than a taxi bringing you there. Be sure to check around for the best deal. My driver stayed at the hotel while I played, so I knew how I was getting back to Amman.
When the hotel was built, it was originally on the beach. Because the salty sea is drying up, the beach is now quite a hike, so it's a good idea to wear shoes with your bathing suit. Better yet, wear water shoes so you can just go into the sea and not feel the rocks and mud under your toes.
|This was where the sea level was in 2000|
|The current beach- full of sharp rocks|
|It helps to have a buddy willing to get messy|
You really don't want to get the sea water in your eyes because it burns, so there was that hose to clean your face. Basically it's like self inflicted waterboarding. Turn on the hose and spray the cold water at your face.
After floating for awhile, I walked back up to the pool area and did some swimming. It was only about 55 degrees, and the pools weren't very warm, but it was refreshing. The sea felt warmer somehow, though you can't swim. It's almost impossible. You just float. Even putting your feet on the bottom can be challenging.
|Floating is easy in the sea|