The Dead Sea was my next point of interest to explore. This is the lowest point on earth being 400m below sea level and it is, as expected, one of the main tourist attractions in Jordan. As you have probably guessed from the name, there is no sign of life in the Sea. The salts, minerals and mud found in the Dead Sea have many skin benefits and it has been proven to relieve skin ailments such as eczema, psoriasis and acne. The minerals work to make your skin healthy and soft by boosting your skins ability to retain moisture so it’s no surprise why this is a renowned highlight for tourists. You can’t voyage here without experiencing the Dead Sea mud mask. I sometimes suffer from a bad case of eczema so I was a little reluctant in trying the mud mask on my face, fortunately, I can confirm that the result was nothing more than silky smooth.
The coast of the dead sea is lined with many luxury resorts to choose from, my choice being the Holiday Inn. The hotels offer the use of a private beach on the Dead Sea, allowing our time at the Dead Sea to be peaceful and hassle-free. The black mud is contained in buckets on the beach, which you cover yourself in. Leave it on for 20 minutes and then hop into the sea to rinse it off. The lack of tourists granted us to take our time while floating in the Dead Sea. We discovered early on that swimming is near impossible because of the high content of salt. For me, even trying to float was somewhat of a disaster as the water continuously rolled me around. I reluctantly opted for more of a bob rather than an elegant float, miraculously avoiding getting salt in my eyes and mouth – which I was told on numerous occasions, is plain agony if you duck your head under the water.
My escapade was enhanced further by how friendly and approachable the local Jordanians were. They are eager to be of assistance to tourists and it is clear how much pride they have of their native land. Taking their advice, I seized the opportunity to watch the sunset across the water at one of the many shisha restaurants along the coast. This is a must for any traveller if you get the chance to stay in the Dead Sea region in the evening time, as you will capture the beautiful distant view of Jerusalem. You may not have realised, but the surface level of the Dead Sea is progressively decreasing because of the Middle Eastern sun, falling by more than a metre every year. So, get a move on to experience one of nature’s living miracles as it has been predicted that the Dead Sea will be just a puddle by 2050!