We stayed at the Kempinski Aqaba at the end of an exhausting 9 day trip all around Jordan. So this was like a treat to the senses after a week or so of B&B stays and rushed itineraries.
First things first- if you want to swim, snorkel or engage in any water sports, would strongly advise you to stay in one of the beachfront 5-stars. Jordan is a conservative country and you'd feel awkward in a swimsuit on a public beach with fully dressed locals-it is just not the done thing here. That was one of the main reasons we picked the Kempinski. Plus, they are the newest hotel in Aqaba and plenty of things going for them
Rooms- Big plus. Fantastic rooms, all rooms face the lovely blue waters of the Red Sea. Big sea front balconies to sit out and enjoy a meal or cocktails. Drinks in the bar are complementary ( really nice !!) and replenished once a day. The transparent bathrooms are really fun and give the hotel a really cool, glamorous kind of feel. Dont worry- they have blinds for privacy too :)
Service- Very warm and friendly staff. Special mention of Oliver in room service
Pool- the pool was warm and pre heated to 30 deg celsius plus there was a hot jacuzzi , all very welcome in the cold Jordan winter. Also , they have a very nice beachfront with peaceful waters which are wonderful for a swim. They offer water sports through Sindbad tours (which seemed a bit expensive ). If you want to, you can easily find a glass bottom boat, with a bit of haggling with the locals to snorkel and spend the day on.
Food- Food was great. well made and decent variety although they did have a lot of restaurant renovations going on. We really enjoyed our relaxed lunch and wine on the beachfront hotel- a perfect top off to our 9 day Jordan trip!
Would highly recommend this place for a short romantic break or for a relaxed beachfront/ water sports vacation or if you want to explore the amazing corals of Aqaba. Not much in the city per se outside of that, so for long stays the place itself (no fault of Kempinski!) can be a bit dull.This is also an extremely child friendly place , we saw they were equipped with a play room fully stocked with everything including shovels and buckets.
The only funny thing that put us off was that this hotel at the time went catered to a mostly senior crowd-most of the guests were a bit stuffy and would not even smile at breakfast! Quite unlike the smiles all around in Jordan and the hotel staff.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Kempinski Hotel Aqaba