You can combine historic culture with five-star comfort by staying at the Mövenpick Hotel in Wadi Musa, the gateway town to the ancient city of Petra in Jordan. It's the best base in town, located right by the entry to the archaeological site and well as just a couple of minutes' walk from Petra Kitchen with its highly recommended Middle Eastern cookery lessons.
This stylish luxury hotel has an outdoor pool for cooling off (unheated, so a little chillly out of season), kids' games and a spa. There is also a wide choice of bars (1 rooftop) and eateries, including a deli snack shop, a traditional afternoon tea room, a buffet restaurant and a fine dining option. Rooms are modern and low key; many have their own balconies.