Marriott International has recently unveiled its Jordan Valley Marriott Resort & Spa at the lowest point on earth, 400m below sea level. The hotel features over 200 guest rooms facing the Dead Sea and an extensive 3,000 sq-ft spa providing holistic therapies.
Situated on the east shore of the Dead Sea, the Marriot Resort presents unique spa treatments that include the exclusive Jordan Valley signature treatment, where the body is exfoliated with natural Dead Sea salts and wrapped in Dead Sea mud. Other facilities include three swimming pools, four whirlpools, a health club, sauna, solarium, beach-front terraces, tennis, beach volleyball and an entertainment amphitheatre.
SECRETS OF THE DEAD SEA
Situated in the heart of the Great Syrian - African rift valley that stretches throughout Israel and beyond, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth (400 meters - 1,320 ft. below sea level). It is flanked by the Judean Mountains on the west, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the Mountains of Moab on the east, the Jordan Valley and Sea of Galilee to the north, and the Negev Desert plus the Read Sea to the south. It is a unique place on the planet with unique, natural healing properties…
DEAD SEA WATER. The water of the Dead Sea contains 21 minerals including magnesium, calcium, bromine and potassium. Twelve of these are found in no other sea or ocean and some are recognised for imparting a relaxed feeling, nourishing the skin, activating the circulatory system and for easing rheumatic discomfort and metabolic disorders. As an example, the Dead Sea contains 10 times more salts and minerals than the Mediterranean Sea. The high salt and mineral concentration enables visitors to float in its waters but does not allow the proliferation of fish and other marine life.
THERMO-MINERAL SPRINGS. Found in several locations along the Dead Sea shores. The many minerals contained in the warm water are dominated by sulphur. Soaking in the heated sulphur pools activates the circulatory system and increases the oxygen supply to the body.
NATURAL MINERAL SPRING. Water flows from the Judean Hills into the lower areas fronting the Dead Sea. When hiking along the area’s wadi (seasonal dry river beds) and oasis, visitors can often splash in waterfalls and cool streams. Natural Mineral Spring Water is bottled and locally marketed throughout the country.
THE SUN. Dead Sea is the only place on earth where visitors can sunbathe for extended periods with little or no sunburn as, it is said, that the harmful ultraviolet rays are filtered through three natural layers; an extra atmospheric layer, an evaporation layer that exists above the Dead Sea, and a rather thick ozone layer. It is recommended, however, that visitors to the Dead Sea maintain careful and progressive exposure to the sun.
THE AIR. The region’s miraculous dry, unpolluted and pollen-free air with low humidity is due to constant evaporation. The air contains high concentrations of several minerals, mainly bromine, providing a genuinely relaxing effect. Because of the high barometric pressure it has approximately eight percent more oxygen than anywhere else on earth and consequently makes breathing easier.
BLACK MUD. A signature element of the Dead Sea, black mud is a homogeneous mixture of Dead Sea minerals, important organic elements from the shoreline as well as earth. Indulging in a black mud body wrap has both cosmetic and therapeutic benefits - known to cleanse and stimulate the skin, relieve muscle and emotional tensions, improve blood circulation, and ease rheumatic pain.