There was a lot said about this hotel in the previous reviews, I agree it is an excellent one, with one of the best breakfasts we have ever seen. This time I would like to share my spa experience as as I could not see any reviews for it, so other people would escape my unpleasant overpriced experience. We were into the second week of travel and I thought I'll take an opportunity of a little bit of beauty in this nice place. The booking was available for the same day. I wanted to book a Dead Sea facial (for the sake of something local) but was talked out of it and suggested an anti ageing one which suits me better, uses nicer products and also has peeling, face massage and a mask included in it, so I took a professional advice and was looking forward to relax. Later on, on arrival, I was nicely greeted an taken to the massage room. The room is next to the free jacuzzi where people come and use. During the whole treatment jacuzzi was on and off running its motor, people loudly speaking there etc, not much of a relaxation happening in such environment. There was no music in the massage room, no nice smell (as one would expect), only the lights were low. I was told to lay down on the table. To my question about taking T-shirt off the beautician lady told it was not necessary as I have short 50 minute treatment which includes only face. To my amusement 50 minutes $100+ treatment would not qualify for an express facial with T shirt on and I told this to the lady. She allowed me to take t-shirt off and told she would do additional neck and décolleté if I wanted. I surely wanted. She washed the face, put peeling stuff on and started mist heating machine blowing to my face. The machine had very strong light on and it was on the whole time. No eye pillow to protect my eyes, nothing. Probably she needed that much light to see what she was doing. To me it was unwelcome addition. After the peeling I got a mask on which was put on the whole face, including the eyes and lips. I asked what was in such a mask and was told that she would answer this question later. (Later she showed me the big jar, how it looked like). During the mask time I was given 2 minutes arm massage which went all the way up to the shoulder touching the stripes of the bra and dirtying them with massage oil. The lady probably went her way out to please me and did more than required. I was glad I perviously took my nice t-shirt off and it was not soaked with massage oil. After massage was ticked off, the rest of mask time I spent just laying down and listening to the outside talks. The procedure was finished off with slight face massage and application of a moisturiser after which I was suggested to keep it on for at least one hour, even better overnight.
Adding 17% taxes to those 60 JD I paid for this lousy spa experience my recommendation to others would be to avoid it if you can. I could have had two of much nicer facials at home for this price.
I do not want the beauty lady who treated me to be in trouble, she ticked all the boxes and did more. I thing the problem is at the management level with the quality of rooms and the spa treatments.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A PRIVATE PARADISE ON JORDAN’S RED SEA. InterContinental Aqaba Resort combines relaxing atmospheres and welcoming accommodations. This Red Sea beach resort has exceptional views of the Gulf of Aqaba, which is well known for its coral reef scuba diving and water sports. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Intercontinental Aqaba Hotel Aqaba
- Aqaba Intercontinental