The Luxury of Jordan
Jordan is known for its amazing glimpses into the past.
From the stunning Petra, famous for its rock-cut architecture and water conduit system, to the roaming Bedouin, one gets a senses the majesty of country’s history.
But, that’s not all there is to Jordan. It is also an understated luxury destination that comes in less expensive than other destinations. As of this writing, a room night at The Four Seasons in Amman starts at US$219 and at the Jordan Valley Marriott Resort & Spa on the Dead Sea a room with pool view starts at US189. These are excellent prices for the luxury both properties deliver. I enjoyed both during my visit to Jordan.
In Jordan, luxury does not necessarily mean typical.
There are six nature reserves in Jordan that are managed by the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature. Some have ecolodges that offer a kind of luxury that only nature can deliver. Yes, the rooms and views are special but so is the landscape and even the soundscape. Walking the trails, listening to the birds in the morning, it all makes for a luxurious connection to nature.
Luxury in food.
The spices of Jordan’s cuisine deliver distinct but not overpowering flavors – their bread is often freshly baked, their Lime & Mint drink sends me to heaven. I enjoyed everything I ate in Jordan: hummus, baba ghanoush, tabbouleh… Start your day or top off your meal with an espresso with cardamon. It’s all wonderful!
Shopping in Jordan
Aquaba, on the Red Sea, is known as a shopping city but there are many places to shop in Jordan. My focus was rugs and jewellery.
In Jordan, jewellery is often sold by Noor Al Hussein Foundation supported stores. One of the objectives of the Foundation is to empower women to be income earners. Some of the jewellery is simple and inexpensive. You can find lots of this in the Bedouin shops at Petra. There are also shops set up for tourists where the jewellery is beautiful and more expensive. The money still goes to the foundation.
Below is a photo of a rug store where I bought a very thin, runner-style rug. It’s old, I don’t know how old, and made by Bedouins. Rugs are a common purchase in Jordan though most are available and new.
When shopping in Jordan, remember that the purchase price includes a sales tax of 16%. As a tourist from outside Jordan, you can get a refund on sales tax on the goods purchased. If you see a “Premier Tax Free” sign in the store, that store will ensure that your sales tax refund is automatically sent to you.
Other luxurious activities in Jordan
There are so many wonderful things to enjoy in Jordan from snorkelling in the Red Sea to camel rides in Wadi Rum and exploring the Roman city of Jerash. Read more about my time in Jordan.
My thanks Emirates Airline for supporting me with this post.
When I went to Jordan it was as a guest of Jordan tourism.