Ma’in, Jordan

Photo: Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas
Photo: Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

You’re about to disappear. At least for a few days. No work, no cell phone, and certainly no kids. You’re heading to a place where few people could find you—and even fewer would think to look. Central Jordan, here you come.

Most people arrive in Jordan and make a beeline for the Dead Sea, Petra, or Madaba. Not you. You’re heading away from the deepest salt lake in the world, pass the dolmens of Al Megheirat (Jordan’s Stonehenge), and deep into Wadi Zarqa. The gorge is filled with palm trees, sheer rock walls, hot mineral springs, and cascading waterfalls. It’s also home to Evason Ma’In Hot Springs, a gorgeous resort that feels like an Arabian palace.

You arrive to find a sandstone building that looks like a traditional Jordanian house. It’s filled with dark wood furniture, Bedouin rugs, and Middle Eastern lamps. Yet it’s completely modern. Your room is very spacious. It has a marble bathroom, a huge soaking tub, and a balcony overlooking the mountains. But, most importantly, you can hear the waterfalls when your louvered doors are open.

Photo: Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas
Photo: Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

It doesn’t take you long to head out in search of those waterfalls. You don’t have to look very far. Water plunges down the cliffs right behind the pool. More water sputters from between the domed rocks. While steam rises from the basins overflowing with water. The Six Senses Spa sits underneath one of the waterfalls in a natural cave. Treatments are, not surprisingly, based on the water’s healing properties. Book your spa appointments for the next few days—an olive grove scrub and a Dead Sea mud body wrap—right away. Then return to a sun lounger by the pool, where the water will lull you into a relaxed, almost nap-like, sleep within minutes. You only wake up when homemade mango ice cream is delivered to cool you off.

This is how you plan to spend most of your time at the Ma’in Hot Springs: back and forth between the pool and the spa. Sure, you’ll try the resort’s restaurants. Panorama sits atop a cliff with the Dead Sea and the twinkling lights of Jerusalem in the distance. Olive serves a traditional dinner in a lamp-lit Bedouin tent. Plus Brown Bar has daybeds and cocktails on the terrace. You’ll hike through the black basalt canyon, stopping at more waterfalls, natural pools, and ancient rock drawings along the way. You might even try mountain biking through the sandy valley bordered by solid granite. Let’s see how long you can stay hidden.

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