the Middle East


Since we moved to Jordan 2 years ago, we have been to the Dead Sea quite a few times: either for the day, together with friends and/ or family and as a mother of a wonderful and energetic child.  A couple of months ago, when my husband was away, myself, my mum and Alexander went on a little adventure and undertook a little road trip to try out a new Hotel and we set out to try the Hilton as I heard many great stories.

The first impression about the hotel was great: the lobby is, Huge! Well lit, warm and welcoming. A bar with soft armchairs and lounge music invite relaxation from the minute you walk through the door. We were welcomed by the Hilton staff and swiftly checked in, reception staff were professional and kind giving the impression the hotel is not just for business but really welcomes families too: Alexander was given a little water gun for in the pool, which he mainly spent shooting at his slightly vexed mummy!

We were assigned a King Deluxe Room with Sea View, located on the 3rd floor. Two comfortable big beds, well equipped bathroom, mini bar, complimentary tea and coffee and a nice desk/workspace. The hotel also has free wifi in the room, air conditioning and tv. Essentially all the Hotel usual’s with a Hilton twist.

The swimming pools are wonderful, and we made a point of checking them out as soon as we’d unpacked (Lifeguards are on duty the whole day and there is even a separate pool with permanent shade for babies and small children).

If you love food, then relax. You can enjoy regional and international cuisines at their seven on-site restaurants. We decided to have dinner at 1312, which has a contemporary Lebanese menu created by famed Chef Joe Barza. The relaxed oriental setting is the ultimate place to unwind while listening to the sounds of music.

If you follow this blog, you may know that our family highlight of any hotel stay is the buffet breakfast and the one at Hilton Dead Sea didn’t disappoint. A large indoor space coupled with a beautiful terrace overlooking the Dead Sea sets the mood. The buffet is varied, fresh fruit, a selection of cold and hot food. Tea and coffee and a large selection of cereals, breads and pastries.

Alexander’s favourite ‘cornflakes’ were available and located at a child-friendly height (a nice little detail that makes a world of difference in terms of being kid friendly).

Unfortunately the weather wasn’t great the next day but we managed to go for a swim before lunch at Bacchus, the Hilton’s casual trattoria specialising in Italian cooking. Selections include a variety of freshly hand-made pastas and Italian specialties in a friendly environment. Their Italian Chef Mariangela Ruggiero offers a high level of personalised attention in both food presentation as well as service delivery.

We had a lovely time at the Hilton Dead Sea and we are happy to recommend it for families. For the most pleasant experience, get a room overlooking the Dead Sea.


Pool time!

Beautiful beach

Hardly ever take them off. My lovy bracelets.

Our room for the night

Kids pool

floating in the Dead Sea just before sunset

Quick swim before dinner

Lunch at Bacchus


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The reason why I did’t post about our experience sooner is because that weekend many people, mainly schoolchildren and teachers, died after flash floods swept away a school bus near the Dead Sea, only a few meters away from where we were staying. It didn’t feel appropriate to post at that time.

Alexander is wearing a T-shirt by The Harbour Kids, swim shorts by Mini Rodini via Kidshop. Sunglasses by Some Day Soon via CookieDough boutique, a T-shirt by Mini Rodini via Kidshop and his Ben Simon shoes are available at Kidshop as well.