spa - ZARA spa, Dead Sea
Written by Ayesha Khan
At the lowest point on Earth, the Dead Sea’s air is pollen-free and rich in oxygen, while the water and black mud are replete with minerals.
For over 10,000 years people have flocked to this unique land-locked body of water, nestled in the Jordan Valley. The oldest resort here dates back to the time of Herod the Great, but today, the 6,000sq m ZARA spa at the Mövenpick Resort and Spa offers its guests a therapeutic haven unlike any other.
While there is a great variety of treatments at the spa, the black-mud body wrap is not to be missed. This mineral-rich mud is known to soothe muscle tension, emotional stress, and rheumatic pain, and improve blood circulation. Guests who book JD 100 (US$140) worth of treatments receive complimentary access to the five pools (all with varying concentrations of salts), the Kneipp foot massage pool, an array of thermariums, and the spa’s infinity pool, which has sweeping views of the picturesque Dead Sea.
The therapeutic qualities of Dead Sea salt have been known since the times of the Ancient Egyptians; Cleopatra was believed to send away regularly for these salts. Modern research has shown that its unique mineral makeup relieves a host of ailments from acne and skin allergies to rheumatism. Research also shows that wrinkles are reduced by up to 40% when treated with Dead Sea salts.