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|April 17th, 2008, 01:31 PM||#1|
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Perth, Amman
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NEW-Dead Sea-Evason's Ma'in Hot Springs
Six Senses develops Evason's Ma'in Hot Springs in Jordan
Jordan's Ma'in Hot Springs is the inspired site for the latest Evason property being developed by Six Senses Resorts & Spas.
Set like an oasis in the dramatic terrain - 264 metres below sea level, with views towards the Dead Sea, the Evason Ma'in is just a one-hour drive west of the capital of Amman. The healing benefits of the hot springs has lured visitors for centuries, with legend having it that Herod the Great bathed in the medicinal waters.
Originally constructed in the 1980's, the resort building is currently undergoing a twelve million dollar make-over to convert it to an Evason. This includes a new free-standing Six Senses Spa complex that will focus on the therapeutic properties of the mineral-rich waters, offering Healing Mineral and Dead Sea therapies such as salt scrubs and the famed mud wraps. The spa will also feature an a la carte menu of Six Senses signature treatments including the renowned Sensory Journey.
The purpose-built Six Senses Spa complex has been chosen as the best environment friendly architectural project in a competition organized by the Jordanian Association of Engineers. The award ceremony held on January 12, 2008 recognized the great effort contributed to the project by the Jordanian firm of DARB Architects & Engineers.
The reconfigured accommodations will offer ninety-four deluxe guestrooms and suites, including two Royal Suites. Several suites will feature personal spa facilities. Décor will reflect the Evason concept of fresh and colourful furnishings focusing on the use of natural materials.
Refurbishment of the dining and refreshment outlets will include a Chef's Table - a concept proving overwhelmingly popular in many Six Senses properties, and an olive press where guests can create their own oil and enjoy it with various types of olive specialties. A traditional Jordanian tray-restaurant with plump cushions and carpeted floors, will be created, while a Wine Cellar will offer regular degustation dinners and tastings. A Brown Bar and a White Bar will also be installed. Additional outdoor service will be available beside a new infinity pool, which overlook the hot spring waterfalls. Wood-fired oven specialties and a pizza bar will be featured.
Evason Ma'in will also operate the Panorama Restaurant, which is located a ten-minute drive from the resort and sits on a cliff top at the edge of the Dead Sea. From this vantage point, guests will experience beautiful sunsets reflecting across the waters, and catch a glimpse of the lights of Jerusalem.
Due to re-open in late 2008, the refurbishment of Evason Ma'in has been under the direction of the Six Senses Creative team.
The leaseholder of the property is Ma'in Jordan Spa Company.
|January 23rd, 2009, 02:30 PM||#2|
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Six Senses opens Evason Ma'In Hot Springs & Six Senses Spa in Jordan
22 January 2009
Six Senses' Hub, Bangkok - Renowned for developing and operating resorts in inspirational settings, Six Senses is once more preparing to launch just such a property. Evason Ma'In Hot Springs & Six Senses Spa brings the eco-sensitivity of the group to an extraordinary and rugged location in Jordan, just minutes from the Dead Sea and a one-hour drive west of the capital of Amman. Sitting in a rocky ravine 264 metres below sea level, the resort features hot mineral spring waterfalls, which legend has that Herod the Great bathed in the waters. The therapudic benefits of the hot springs has continued to lure visitors over the centuries.
Today, visitors from around the world mingle with regular patrons to the hot springs and thermal pools, with the Evason Ma'In entrusted as custodian of the public portion, whilst retaining the therapeutic falls at the resort and the Six Senses Spa for the exclusive enjoyment of its guests.
Originally constructed in the 1980's, the main resort building has completed a twelve million dollar make-over to convert it to an Evason. This includes a new free-standing Six Senses Spa complex that will focus on the properties of the mineral-rich waters, offering Healing Mineral and Dead Sea therapies such as salt scrubs and the famed mud wraps. The spa will also feature an a la carte menu of Six Senses signature treatments including the renowned Sensory Journey.
The purpose-built Six Senses Spa complex, with its own thermal waterfall and pool, has been chosen as the best environment friendly architectural project in a competition organized by the Jordanian Association of Engineers. The award recognized the great effort contributed to the project by the Jordanian firm of DARB Architects & Engineers.
The reconfigured accommodations offer ninety-seven deluxe guestrooms and suites, including two Royal Suites. Several suites feature personal spa facilities. Décor reflects the Evason concept of fresh and colourful furnishings focusing on the use of natural and environmentally friendly materials.
Dining and refreshment outlets include a Chef's Table - a concept proving overwhelmingly popular in many Six Senses properties, and a traditional Jordanian tray-restaurant with plump cushions upon carpeted floors. The Wine Cellar offers regular degustation dinners and tastings. A Brown Bar and a White Bar have been created, with a feature being an impressive array of local olives and olive specialties including fresh-pressed oils. Alfresco dining beside the newly installed swimming pool overlooks the hot spring waterfalls. Wood-fired oven specialties and a pizza bar are featured.
Each evening, as another glorious Jordanian day turns to twilight and the sun slips behind the Dead Sea, the place to be is on the terrace, from which vantage point the lights of Jerusalem glow in the distance and a myriad stars twinkle overhead.
The LIFE (Learning-Innovative-Fun-Experiences) hosts at Evason Ma'In offer an array of fascinating excursions, most of which are day-trips. These include visits to the Dead Sea and the historic mosaic city of Madaba. An Amman city tour is a must, with its colours, smells, exotic tastes and ancient ruins. Overnight trips include the Bedouin Experience in awe-inspiring Wadi Rum and the glorious city of Petra - carved into the mountainside.
With its first opening on February 14, 2009 and a grand opening scheduled for April 2009, the total make-over of Evason Ma'In Hot Springs & Six Senses Spa has been under the direction of the Six Senses Creative team in collaboration with the leaseholder of the property, Ma'In Jordan Spa Company.
|August 19th, 2009, 08:12 AM||#4|
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If you can't make it there I got the next best thing. This website gives away free Dead Sea Salt with any purchase. Cool eh? As a freebie conisseur I thought it was a valid freebie to include. Link is in my signature.
|October 8th, 2009, 02:24 PM||#5|
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Doing Jordan justice
by Louise Oakley on Oct 4, 2009
Operators have identified both an undersupply of luxury resorts and a lack of international hotel brands in Jordan. In a country aiming to attract four million tourists by 2013, Louise Oakley discovers that this provides maximum opportunity for accommodation development.
A relatively-quick recovery from terrorist attacks at three hotels in Jordan in 2005 — revPAR and occupancy dropped initially, but then increased to pre-attack level by 2007 — paints a picture of a tourism product that has proven itself resilient to crisis.
This resilience has continued over the past 12 months, with the hotel business in Jordan remaining fairly static despite the downturn — the occupancy rate is 53%, down from 54% in 2007, according to the Euromonitor International Travel and Tourism Jordan report (July 2009).
The Jordan National Tourism Strategy of 2004 to 2010 has proven successful, according to Euromonitor, with the goals of doubling GDP to JOD 1.9 billion (US $2.7 billion), generating JOD 408 million ($576 million) in tax revenue and supporting 308,000 jobs nationally, achieved a year early. A new strategy will be introduced in 2010 to build on this.
This has led to positive predictions for the market by The World Travel and Tourism Council, which expects the contribution travel and tourism makes to GDP to rise from just over 18% (JOD 2.8 billion / $3.9 billion) in 2009 to almost 20% (JOD 6.1 billion / $8.6 billion) in 2019.
Of course, Jordan’s economy has not escaped the global crisis, but a predicted reduction in visitor numbers from Europe and the US is expected to be balanced by an increase in visitors from Asia, resulting in a likely growth of 2%. This is smaller than in previous years, but the rate is expected to pick up over the next two years and match that seen in 2007 by 2012.
But while inbound tourism is not of huge concern, tourism spending is. It decreased by 9% in 2008 and is not expected to recover for several years.
In an attempt to offset the potential effects of the global economic downturn on hotel revenue, the government recently reduced the sales tax on hotels to 8% from 14%. This should lower prices without the hotel losing income and thus support occupancy rates.
The strategy is particularly aimed at alleviating one area of concern — the potential drop in European visitors, who accounted for almost 18% of hotel guests in 2008.
Lack of luxury
The government may be quick to support existing hotels in Jordan, but development of a more diverse hotel offering has been slower.
Operators with experience of the country are unanimous in the opinion that Jordan lacks luxury resorts and hotel destination developments.
Six Senses Resorts & Spas managing director Bernhard Bohnenberger says that despite having “so much to offer”, Jordan was “a country which to date has hardly any resort or hotel products that do the country and its culture justice”.
In February this year, Six Senses opened Evason Ma’in Hot Springs & Six Senses Spa, a 60-minute drive from Amman Queen Alia International Airport, and has since announced another Evason property planned for Petra.
“We are eager to develop several more resorts in this wonderful destination and are looking at this with the same partner developer [The Pharaon Group from Jeddah and a Jordanian national, Nabil Barakat], with whom we created our first resort in the country, ” says Bohnenberger.
Despite opening during difficult economic conditions , Bohnenberger says business has been positive, highlighting the resort’s attraction to the local market.
“What is particularly encouraging is the strong following that we are building up from the local market, who are rediscovering a wonderful paradise-like destination which was overshadowed and tainted by the very poor quality facilities that were offered in Ma’in prior to Six Senses redeveloping the destination.”
Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea general manager Bugra Berberoglu also acknowledges an under supply of luxury hotels in less-developed areas of Jordan, highlighting significant gaps in Petra and Wadi Rum.
“Amman, the Dead Sea and Aqaba have their fair share of luxury hotels with more to come in the future. Other spots such as Petra and Wadi Rum could really use more luxury offerings. There is an undeniable demand on these two locations in particular,” says Berberoglu.
Aqaba saw an increase of 44% in bed nights in 2008, largely due to new developments in the region, with the Dead Sea showing growth of 31% for the same reasons.
The Jordan Tourism Board is also attempting to promote other destinations around the country, such as Irbid, Jerash and Ajiloun, although these towns do not offer any luxurious accommodation.
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), which currently has a portfolio of six hotels in operation or under development in Jordan, also regards the country as a “market with significant potential,” according to vice president — development Middle East and Africa Phil Kasselis.
However, Kasselis said that demand was for more international hotel brands.
“The tourism industry in Jordan is still evolving in some sectors and as that evolution takes place, there will be a natural growth in certain markets. Currently, there is an under supply of internationally known branded hotels and as the industry evolves and the demand grows, the market will need additional support from leading international hotel companies such as IHG,” says Kasselis.
However, following the opening of Holiday Inn Express Dead Sea this year, IHG has delayed the opening of its Crowne Plaza Dead Sea until 2010 and announced that its InterContinental Hotel planned for the same area is on hold.
Hilton Hotels also has future plans for Jordan, a market it has yet to enter. President Middle East and Africa Jean-Paul Herzog says: “We identified Jordan as a high-potential destination due to the substantial strides it has taken in developing its travel and tourism infrastructure and diversifying its tourism offering. The country pro-actively undertook strategic steps to highlight its unique selling propositions such as geography, climate, history, archeological attractions and bustling modern cities.
“Under the aegis of the Cultural, Heritage, Tourism & Urban Development Project, the country is also restoring, protecting and promoting several of its most important heritage sites, a move that has led to an influx of cultural tourists to the country. Jordan is also now a prime destination for religious tourism, eco-tourism, adventure tourism and is nurturing a fledgling medical tourism industry, besides hosting high-profile political conferences like the annual meetings of the World Economic Forum and sports events like the upcoming Petra Marathon,” continues Herzog.
“To support the country’s growth in business and leisure travel, we have two properties in the pipeline — the 531-room Hilton Amman Jordan Gate opening in Q2 2010, and the 346-room Hilton Tala Bay Aqaba opening in Q4 2011,” he adds.
As mentioned by Herzog, Jordan is focused on developing alternative tourism streams. Under the National Tourism Strategy, which was developed with the assistance of United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Jordan was well-advised to focus on niche hospitality offerings to target religious-, eco-, adventure- and cultural- tourists, who consistently spend more and in turn enjoy an enhanced visitor experience, reports Euromonitor.
This approach has been taken seriously, with the first Middle East Conference on Sustainable Eco-tourism Development held in 2008 at the Radisson Blu Amman and Wild Jordan, established by The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature. According to Euromonitor, no location in the Middle East provides any real competition to Jordan as an eco-tourism destination.
The same could be said for medical tourism, with Jordan ranked the number one country in the Middle East and fifth in the world for medical tourism by The World Bank.
Currently, the industry brings in an estimated US$1 billion in revenue each year. Alongside this, spa tourism is growing around the Dead Sea and near to the 60 natural thermal springs at Hammamat Mai’in near Madaba, where Six Senses has established.
And finally, there are an increasing number of packages available tailored towards religious tourism.
Hoteliers would do well to tailor their product to these sectors and focus on a multi-faceted offer.
|October 10th, 2009, 07:51 PM||#10|
Join Date: May 2008
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i wanna go thereeeeeeeee
definately on my list of sites to visit when i come to jordan
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|January 10th, 2011, 01:22 PM||#12|
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: مدينة الكويت
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Wow, just wow. I really ought to travel to Jordan. Beautiful place.
Bring back the Dishdashas!