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Hotel Movenpick Resort Spa Dead Sea Hotel 5 star
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Hill Villas Rd, Qesm Hurghada, Red Sea Governorate, Egypt Suweimah, Jordan -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

This is an establishment that you cannot miss out on for an enjoyable and welcoming stay by the Dead Sea. The Movenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea offers all the mod-cons and is housed in a building of traditional architecture with oriental and sophisticated interior decor, in the centre of a fragrant and lush green garden. It is an ideal hotel for families and couples and it is our favourite Dead Sea establishment.

This hotel review is a translation from the French published on our French site Easyvoyage.com.

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    • Hotel Movenpick Resort Spa Dead Sea

      Movenpick Resort Spa Dead Sea   -   © Marco Toninelli / EASYVOYAGE

    • Hotel Movenpick Resort Spa Dead Sea

      Movenpick Resort Spa Dead Sea   -   © Marco Toninelli / EASYVOYAGE

       
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    Location 10.0 /10

    The Movenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea hotel is in between the hotels of Marriott and Kempinski, facing the Dead Sea, on a background of ochre-coloured mountains. The sites of Bethany and Mount Nebo are a half-hour drive away. Amman is some 48 mi away.

    Accommodation 7.70 /10

    The Movenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea has 358 rooms which are spread throughout the main building, with various little traditional clay 'cottages' making up the 'village'. The fact that the rooms are spread out over the gardens means that you can be guaranteed peace and quiet. The interior decor of the rooms is oriental in style, but it is neither overdone, nor kitsch or too glitzy. Cast iron, wood, wicker, cushions and coloured fabrics are the main elements that make up the interior. A few pictures adorn the walls, and the floor is tiled, which makes it cleaner and is a relief for people who are allergic to acarids. The rooms have a television, a telephone, air-conditioning, a minibar, a safe, a ceiling fan, tea and coffee-making facilities and Internet access. Rather original oriental-style slippers are also available in a wide range of colours (red, ochre orange, yellow). All the rooms have a balcony or a terrace.As for the bathroom, it is concealed behind a green-painted wooden door with an iron lock. It is a traditional Jordanian door. The interior is very light-coloured and pleasant (white walls, blue mosaics, etc.) and amenities include: a bathtub, a hair-dryer, a small mirror and Dead Sea hospitality products.

    Overview 8.20 /10

    The Movenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea hotel includes a section reserved for guests on business trips, with a conference centre, and another section for entertainment. This second part includes a main building that houses the reception area, a bar and a restaurant, along with a few rooms. The interior, as in the rest of the hotel, is oriental in style, tasteful and refined. Every detail has been carefully thought about. A little further down, there is lush garden with flowers, plants, palm trees, olive trees and lemon trees etc. that conceal small two-floor houses built in the traditional Jordanian style with ochre-coloured earth. Continue downwards, and you will come across the village square, with its bars, restaurants, amphitheatre and boutiques. Still, a little further down, there are two tennis courts, a children's club and a swimming-pool for children as well as a spa. Massages, treatments with Dead Sea products, no less than 5 pools (Dead Sea water, outdoor infinity pool, freshwater pool), jacuzzi, and Turkish baths are all on offer for 25 Jordanian Dinars for guests, and 40 Jordanian Dinars for non-guests. The interior is tasteful and oriental in style (cast iron lamps, candles, thick wooden door, stone wall, mashrabiya...).As you continue towards the sea, there is a beautiful infinity pool that has the particularity of being divided into two sections, one with sand and seawater, the other, like a standard swimming pool with tiling. A poolside bar serves refreshing drinks.When you get to the sea, you discover the last swimming-pool, long and narrow, next to the Wadi rum restaurant. Not far from here is the therapeutic centre, and there is a lift that will take you to that part of the hotel. Finally you will arrive at the beach. The hotel blends in perfectly with the surrounding countryside. There are no big buildings, but rather a series of small structures built out of ochre-coloured clay, in the traditional Jordanian architectural style.

    Food and drink 8.20 /10

    The main restaurant, the Al Saraya, is just below the entrance hall. The guests are welcomed into one of two rooms. There is the indoor room with a fountain, cast iron chandeliers, vaults and a couple of paintings adorning the stone walls, and another room with big windows that open onto the garden. There are also a couple of fans that provide some fresh air. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served as a buffet, with local and international cuisine on offer. The other restaurants are on the 'village square'. There's Luigi's, the Italian restaurant that serves home-made pasta, antipasti and Italian wines. It is particularly nice as the stone walls of the room open onto the square and a terrace where you can enjoy the summer evening breeze. There is also the Chopstick, an Asian restaurant which is open in the evening and which has been decorated in an Asian style that is rather kitsch. This restaurant has the best terrace though, and affords the most splendid views of the sea and surrounding mountains. It is the perfect place for a romantic candle-lit dinner. On the same square, there is a grilled steak house, open in the evening, that serves grilled fish and meat. It also has a few tables set out on a terrace. Otherwise, there is a restaurant bar located at the Wadi rum swimming-pool (by the sea), where you will be able to eat right by the sea and enjoy a superb view of the Dead Sea. Furthermore, this restaurant is quite far from the hotel (it's down by the beach), and therefore much calmer and there are big sofas in which you can lay back and enjoy the lounge-like interior. On the 'village square' there are cafés and bars where you can listen to live music while enjoying a hookah pipe. Last but not least, if you are looking for a cosy atmosphere and more oriental interior, go to Al Khayyam bar, next to the reception area.

    Beach 7.70 /10

    In order to gain access to the beach, you either have to walk a bit and take the stairs, or take a small lift that will take you directly down to the beach. The beach is slightly higher than sea level and it consists of very nice, fine sand. Deckchairs, straw parasols and beach towels are laid out for guests to use. If you want to take a dip, you have to go down a flight of stairs and cover yourself in mud (mud-filled buckets are available). However, this part of the beach mainly contains stones, so bringing a pair of sandals with you is not such a bad idea. There are showers available for you to be able to rinse off after your swim. be aware that the beach closes early, at around 4:00pm (the hour varies from day to day).

    To know

    A lift takes you directly to the beach, so you can avoid taking the stairs, which is very practical for disabled and elderly people. The rooms are equipped with air-conditioning and a fan. This may seem to be a small detail, but it is important as some people can't stand air-conditioning.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, sauna, hammam, thalassotherapy, keep fit, spa, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, fitness, sports

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The hotel has been desgned like a traditional village
    • The resort is in full bloom
    • The infinity pool is original and affords a splendid sea view

    disadvantages

    • The rooms do not have a sea view
    • People with disabilities will find the terrain rather steep and rough and the distances quite considerable

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    • Overall Score nc/10