Three miles from the Dead Sea and 264 metres below sea level, Evason Ma'In Hot Springs & Six Senses Spa is a desert oasis in every sense.

Out of the parched landscape spring naturally hot waterfalls, enjoyed for centuries for their mineral-rich, therapeutic properties, and the centrepiece of the hotel's stylish spa is a waterfall. You can soak in algae-rich Dead Sea mud or spend hours lazing beside the hot springs, moving only for meals.

Despite the desert setting, there's lots to do within easy reach of the hotel: explore the ancient city of Petra, Indiana Jones-style; spend a night in a Bedouin camp in Wadi Rum, Jordan's spectacular moonscape desert wilderness; or shop for carpets, textiles and mosaics in the town of Madaba.

The food is outstanding - don't miss the traditional Bedouin zarb dinner, lamb baked underground for hours until it's meltingly soft.

WOW FACTOR: Standing under the spa's hot waterfall is bliss.

FLIGHT TIME: From five hours to Amman.

GO: Cleveland Collection (0845 450 5732; clevelandcollection.co.uk) offers seven nights B&B from £849 per person, including flights and private transfers.