We were in Tala Bay last November and this trip is one of our favorites so far. The hotel area felt and was very safe, it was just for turists and apparently waiting for its better times. Some things were odd. We got an apartment, so we had room enough. We did not make our food ourselves, but we were allowed to bring all kind of drinks or fruits with us, which was not allowed to them, who had only one room without kitchen corner. We enjoyed the breakfast and supper in the hotel restaurant. That was the best part of the week! The food was excellent, the philippinian waitresses were very friendly and helpful. The rooms vere quite oldfashioned, however. Both rooms had a tiny balcony, which did not give so much to enjoy, and we could only look to the inner pool yard. Weather in November was sunny but rather windy, so there was not much possibility for hot weather clothes. The hotel arranged minibus drives to the main city Aqaba, which was rather dirty at least on its bazaar streets. Personnel at the hotel was friendly, too, even though it seemed that some of them were very eager having flirt chats with women. The resort area was very clean, without any dogs or cats, but there was not so many shops as was written on the quide tables. We enjoyed also very much the very talented singer at the pool every night. Finnair flight was fine enough. The airport of Aqaba is poor and expensive; in the Aqaba city you can find anything in good price, although everything was not worth of buying.
We visited the famous Petra, too. It was an experience! But, for a day trip you surely need to use toilets, and the bus stop was there in the middle of anything, miserable building with eager sellers offering their junk to the visitors. I, however, found a silky scarf and went for paying it. I did not see anything odd happening, but when I opened my bag after returned to the hotel, I noticed that it was changed to a polyester scarf, coloured quite the one I had chosen. It is so easy to become cheated there!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A beautifull 4 star hotel located in Tala Bay Marina, 15km south of Aqaba city in Jordan. Enjoying a private beach club on the Red Sea, swimming pool, restaurant, spa with massage, kid's playground, it is a great place to stay and enjoy the Red Sea Beach and Sun or while visiting the sightseeing of Jordan. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Marina Plaza
- Marina Plaza Aqaba