Follow in Kate Middleton’s Footsteps: Holiday like a Princess in Jordan
Thursday 17, March 2011
Following the release this week of childhood pictures of “Princess Catherine” enjoying family life in Jordan as a toddler on the official royal wedding website, the Jordan Tourism Board is celebrating this Royal connection by welcoming UK families to follow in the Middleton's footsteps and discover the many treasures the destination has to offer.
One of the safest destinations in the Middle East, Jordan is fantastic for families and all little girls can be made to feel like princesses by enjoying a unique and awe-inspiring holiday experience. Kiddies visiting Jordan will learn about the fascinating history of the country which traces back through the Romans times to the age of the Nabateans some 2000 years ago and most importantly, have lots of fun doing so! Exciting activities for littl’uns which Kate Middleton would have enjoyed when living in Amman, include: experiencing chariot racing and gladiator battles in the ancient Roman city of Jerash; discovering Indiana Jones’ lost city of Petra; re-enacting scenes from Lawrence of Arabia amongst the huge dunes of Wadi Rum; discovering the rich marine life of Jordan snorkelling in the Red Sea beach resort of Aqaba; topped off with an unmissable (and unsinkable!) float in the healing waters of the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth and the biggest natural spa in the world.
For the more grown-up ‘princesses’ who identify more with the Kate of today, Jordan also offers the most exclusive and luxurious of holiday experiences to ensure that us less regal visitors feel that little bit closer to royalty.
Jordan is a hotspot for luxury holidaymakers and spa lovers alike, boasting an ever increasing number of high end spas and hotels based primarily in the Dead Sea and perfect for a “right royal pampering”. For the most indulgent experience, visitors can head to The Ishtar Royal Villas; part of the Kempinski Hotel Ishtar, these private villas are set on the shore of the Dead Sea and are not classified as “Royal” for nothing… An architectural masterpiece, each villa is connected to two Ishtar beach chalets located directly on the beach, making it a secluded retreat for families, groups or couples seeking personalised luxury and privacy.
Guests staying at the Ishtar Royal Villas will feel utterly spoilt, benefiting from: three master bedrooms; a private dining room; two living rooms; complimentary massage upon arrival in the privacy of the villas’ very own wellness area including a treatment room, steam room, sauna and shower; private infinity edge pool and outdoor Jacuzzi; personal butler; personal chauffeur; and luxury car during the entire stay.
Guests of the Kempinski Ishtar can also enjoy the extensive and superior facilities and treatments on offer at the hotel’s Anantara Spa - the biggest spa in the Middle East.
To follow in the Middleton’s footsteps, family packages to Jordan this Easter are available from Explore Worldwide (www.explore.co.uk); Exodus (www.exodus.co.uk); The Adventure Company (www.adventurecompany.co.uk) or Families Worldwide (www.familiesworldwide.co.uk), among others.
For those looking for more tailor made itineraries to bring out the “Royal” in them, the following operators will be able to cater for your every luxury whim: Mosaic Holidays (www.mosaicholidays.co.uk); Abercrombie & Kent: (www.abercrombiekent.co.uk); Scott Dunn (www.scottdunn.com); or Bales Worldwide (www.balesworldwide.com), among others.
For more information on the Ishtar Villas, please visit: www.kempinski.com/en/deadsea/Pages/RoomsAndSuites.aspx
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