Without a doubt, Ma’in Hot Springs is one of the most spectacular sites in the Dead Sea area of Jordan. Its allure is not only in the beauty of the location but also in the health benefits of its warm waters. In this post, we provide you with the essential details you should know if you wish to visit this unique spot.
What and Where is Ma’in Hot Springs in Jordan?
Ma’in Hot Springs in Jordan refers to a series of hot waterfalls located in the Madaba Governorate, between that city and the Jordanian coast of the Dead Sea. Locally, they are known as Hammamat Ma’in, but their distinctiveness makes them a destination primarily frequented by foreign travelers.
The warm temperature of the waters is due to the heating they undergo from being accumulated during the wet season in the underground lava fissures, which later spring to the surface. It’s important to note that some of the waterfalls exceed 60º Celsius, which means baths are typically short-lived in all cases.
Although more than 60 waterfalls have been identified in the region, the most well-known are primarily three, and they are closely associated with a hotel-spa situated beside them. For two of them, you will need to be a guest of that hotel to enjoy their waters as they are located within its premises. The third one has a semi-private nature: although managed by the hotel, it’s open to travelers not staying there. However, to access it, you will need to purchase an entry ticket.
A Spa Destination
While the sheer beauty of the sight is worth the visit, with its waterfalls cascading from tens of meters high surrounded by a rocky setting, there’s no doubt that many travelers include this spot on their itinerary for a therapeutic bath. Indeed, the composition of its waters makes them advisable for treating specific ailments or merely for relaxation purposes.
Although they spring at different temperatures, their composition is similar, containing elements like sodium, calcium, chloride, radon, hydrogen sulfide, and carbon dioxide. Consequently, those who suffer from cardiovascular, dermatological, muscular, joint, or bone conditions often take a therapeutic dip here seeking health benefits.
How to Get There and When to Visit Ma’in Hot Springs
The secluded location of Ma’in Hot Springs means access is only feasible via a private vehicle on the road. To put it in perspective, it’s about 30 km from the city of Madaba and 20 km from the main Dead Sea resorts (Amman Beach).
Choosing the right season to visit is also crucial. In this regard, winter stands out as the best option for two reasons. Firstly, there’s a higher likelihood of encountering a more voluminous waterfall (especially at the end of this season and the beginning of spring). Most importantly, during summer, the combination of the ambient high temperatures and the hot water might make the experience less pleasant. However, during winter, when the atmosphere is cold or crisp, immersing oneself in the warm waters of Ma’in Hot Springs is pure bliss.
As you can see, adding a bath at Ma’in Hot Springs to your travel itinerary can be a profoundly enriching experience. If you wish, you can suggest this when we’re crafting your trip. We’ll handle all related aspects: reservations, transportation, etc.