05 February, 2018
The Jordanian capital has something about its spirit that does more than attract archaeology buffs. In recent years, it has become increasingly buzzy and forward-thinking, drawing in food bloggers and fashion mavens alike. If you're looking for a desert escape but have already done Joshua Tree, this one's for you.
Alternate between buying jewellery for everyone you know at Souk Al-Bukharieh, getting a 360-degree look at the green and golden hills from Ghoroub Rooftop Lounge, and exfoliating your worries away during a day trip to the Dead Sea. For a serene and scaled-down stay, check into The House Boutique Suites.
Plan an afternoon around visiting the Byzantine Caves of the Prince. Our favourite, the Cave of Seven Sleepers, is nestled within the area's olive groves and is where you'll find intricate sarcophagi that have been housed here since the 15th century.
A trip to Amman wouldn't be complete without visits to the King Hussein and King Abdullah Mosques, so work both architectural wonders into your itinerary.
You'll find the best food in town on Rainbow Street, an ancient road dotted with cafés, shops and restaurants. For an al-fresco exquisite lunch or dinner, Sufra is a must. Set in a stone villa bedecked with olive-green shutters and climbing vines, visit for roasted aubergine with tahini and lemon, Amman's best falafel and rosewater-pistachio custard.
Who to take with you
This is the destination made in heaven for a mother-daughter getaway consisting of sightseeing, shopping and spa trips.
When to go
February to May. This time of year brings moderate temperatures, allowing you to explore the city's ruins without risking desert summer-induced heat stroke.
Most likely to bump into
Art history students on holiday.
Essentials to bring with you
Given the traditional values held by a large majority of Jordan's population, err on the conservative side when packing. Bring midi and maxi dresses, as well as loose-fitting trousers and tops that cover the shoulders and upper arms. Pair with Jackie O sunglasses and espadrilles.
How to get there
Fly into Queen Alia International Airport; British Airways and Royal Jordanian both offer non-stop services from Heathrow into Amman, getting you there in just five hours.