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Luxury is in the details

I recently had a conversation with several fellow bloggers about what distinguishes a luxury hotel from its peers. We exchanged notes about our stays in hotels and resorts around the world and we quickly concluded that it’s the small touches and the attentiveness of the staff that make the difference. There was a time when […]

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The majestic Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum, also known as the Valley of the Moon, is a desert region in southern Jordan that consists of a broad valley with extensive dunes and impressive rocky outcrops, some as high as 1,500m (or close to 5,000ft), carved out over time by the eroding effects of water, wind and frost. These days, Wadi […]

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Plane views: Dead Sea and Israel

I’d just spent eight amazing days in Jordan but there was one more awesome treat in store for me as I boarded my flight from Amman to Amsterdam. I was seated in row ‘A’ and minutes after the plane took off (in a westerly direction), the East Bank of the Dead Sea came into view. […]

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Featured destination: Jordan

Jordan – the name itself conjures images of breathtaking desert landscapes, ancient cities and Biblical scenes. Located in the heart of the Middle East, this desert kingdom has a history that dates back to the times when the prophets walked the earth, and ancient empires ruled vast swathes of Asia, Europe and northern Africa. Present-day […]

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Enchanting spots: Evason Ma’in hot springs

Jordan is home to numerous places that can justifiably be called ‘enchanting'; walking through Petra by night or floating in the Dead Sea at sunset are some of the most magical experiences I’ve ever had. Another place that absolutely fits the bill is the Evason Ma’in Hot Springs. The Ma’in hot springs are located near […]

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A warm welcome in Amman

“Good evening Mr. Jenkins, would you like to see our drinks menu?”. I looked up at the waiter with an expression of pure amazement. I’d checked into the Four Seasons Amman twenty minutes earlier and decided to head to the bar for a night cap. How did he know my name? I was seriously impressed. […]

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Ten things to do in Petra

You may have seen images of Petra – or its most famous structure, the Treasury – in magazines, documentaries, movies (‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’ is a good example) or even this blog – but it’s not till you’re there that you begin to feel a real sense of awe for the place. Imagine […]

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Experiencing the Dead Sea

There it was! I stood at the edge of the cliff and marvelled at the scenery. It was one of those unforgettable travel moments. A place I’ve read and heard so much about and finally… I’m here! Stretching from below me to the distant horizon was the blue expanse of the Dead Sea; famous the […]

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Enchantment and romance in Petra

The moon shone brightly, illuminating the façade of the Treasury – the most famous of the monuments in Petra, an ancient city in southern Jordan. In the square directly in front of the Treasury, hundreds of candles cast a warm glow on the faces of the people who had come to experience Petra by night […]

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Experiencing the magic of Wadi Rum from above

m4s0n501 Wadi Rum is a famous desert region in southern Jordan. Predominantly inhabited by Bedouins, some of whom still lead a nomadic lifestyle, Wadi Rum is a wondrous land of awe-inspiring sandstone and granite mountains which rise dramatically from the pink-ochre sands. T.E. Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia, set up his base here […]

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