Long story short, Ian and I left the kids at home for a few days and went to the Eveson Ma'In Hot Springs Resort. The place was mostly deserted (except for the family with screaming kids across the hall from us.... seriously Eveson? There's 5 people staying at your hotel and you put them on the same floor across from each other?)
Anywho, the hot springs are just over an hour from Abdoun, so we knew if anything went down we'd get home easily. But first, a stop at the marker we pass every time we head the Dead Sea way: Sea Level. And then you keep on going and going, down and down.
Hang a left when you hit the Dead Sea. Pass all the resorts. Hang a left again at the sign for the Panorama and hot springs. Go up and up and up on a steep and twisty road. Hang a right at the sign for the Hot Springs, and go down and down on a steep and twisty road. It may only take an hour and 20 minutes, but it feels a lot longer the first time it's driven.
On arrival, the springs and pool were "not working." That raises the question of how nature doesn't "work," but they assured us that it would hopefully be working the next day. The main spring was running, but the springs for the spa were not and the pools were dry. Nature is fickle that way. Ian assured me that nature does in fact come in circle form and made out of plastic or metal and naturally brings water from somewhere to where we were, but I have my doubts. Nature seemed to need a whole lot of help to get, and keep, the springs going. I'm even wondering why the natural temperature of the spring is 34C but after it tumbles 50 feet through the air and over rocks and into the pool it heats up to 38C. Ian promises that the perfectly round hole in the side of the pool that spewed really really hot water was also part of nature.
I do know what had nature all over and in it: the hot spring pool, loaded with floating blobs of green globs, and the sides that were overgrown with remarkably squishy white and green and brown... oh, just don't touch the sides, ok?
The first night we ate from the in-house buffet, the second night we took the shuttle to the Panorama restaurant overlooking the Dead Sea. None of the other 5 families joined us, so we had the shuttle to ourselves, and upon arrival the restaurant was ours as well. Not a soul aside from the waitstaff. That can be an uncomfortable situation for both sides. Thankfully it didn't stay that way the entire meal.
Our room was nice and had a view of one of the waterfalls, with odd balconies off both the bedroom and the bathroom. We made up our list of what we needed (more than one hand towel, an extra bath towel, the mini fridge stocked even though we don't eat/drink from there, a bottle of water, a second glass, a second coffee saucer, spoons, a DVD player...) and we spent our time mostly lounging and enjoying the quiet. We did watch and enjoy nearly the entire first season of "The Americans" and we kept in contact with the kids between naps, meals, and episodes.
We enjoyed ourselves quite a bit and did pretty close to nothing. The kids survived at home. Win-Win.