My title sums up this hotel. The position is superb, looking right down the Gulf of Aqaba. All rooms face the sea, Corridors and services are to the road side of the building so little traffic noise. The architecture from the street is reminiscent of Le Corbusier, very striking but not particularly inviting. The group of pools are very exciting, including large outdoor bubble bath.
Rooms are very spacious and all have balcony to the sea ( the sun sets over the Sinai peninsular).Everything worked and was well maintained. The insect screen suffered minor damage when I walked into it, forgot it was there. When I returned to the room it was repaired. The cleaners had noticed and reported it.
The restaurant is very good. Some reviews have criticized breakfast. There is a huge choice,you do not need to eat everything every day. The choice is yours, but this is a nominally Muslim country and so pork products are missing. So many western breakfasts rely on pork.
The town is like most working towns, shops and facilities for locals. Our tour manager took us for an orientation tour on the first evening there. No pressure to buy anything, just a look around. We were reassured by this and ventured out along on the following evenings. I do not think I have felt so welcome anywhere. Everywhere the greeting was Hello Welcome to Jordon, are you enjoying your holiday? No hustling, no hassling just genuine warmth and a desire to chat. I talked to one gentleman who had been born in a cave in Petra; another who happened to be the Imam and showed me round the mosque. ( I was wearing shorts but this did not worry him as long as I removed my shoes).
Three nights of true luxury.
I travelled with SAGA.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Gracefully situated on the white sandy beaches and azure waters of the Red Sea, The Kempinski Hotel Aqaba offers a transcendent sensory experience. With an array of culinary options, leisure activities, and top-tier pampering and perfectly at home within its picturesque surroundings, this resort is heaven to explorers and leisure seekers alike. Set against a stunning backdrop, the hotel combines the warmth of the Jordanians with the highest standards of a luxury European resort. Style is contemporary chic and the resort’s fascinating tear drop design guarantees sea views from every room, complemented by luxurious facilities and state-of-the-art technology. There are three lounges and three eateries to choose from serving everything fromextensive gourmet buffets, delicious fresh seafood and an assortment of tantalising treats. At night the hotel blossoms with wondrous façade lighting, paving the way for an unforgettable evening of cocktails and malts, around the sunken pool or at Aqua Lounge, a favourite with romantics due to its gorgeous views of the Red Sea.For pampering and healing both inside and out, Kempinski The Spa offers a journey of tranquility with treatments using an assortment of luxurious elixirs and ingredients. With a fully equipped gym overlooking the ocean, the resort offers everything your body needs to unwind and rejuvenate. It goes without saying that the diving here is incredible and guests can explore the largest collection of natural soft corals in the world when delving into the glittery, calm waters. Aqaba is a warm and inviting city, fringed with palm trees, shopping and a vast array of leisure, sporting and entertainment facilities. Ideal for year round sunshine, Kempinski Aqaba is the perfect location to explore all the delights that Jordan has to offer. ... more less
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- Kempinski Hotel Aqaba