We stayed at the Intercontinental for 10 nights during Christmas and New Year. The hotel itself is in a good location on the beach and about a 10 minute walk into town. We stayed in a club room and made the most of the delicious cakes in the afternoon and nibbles in the evening which if you'd had a big lunch were more than a substantial alternative to dinner, with this we also got free alcoholic drinks for an hour and there was a very good choice available. Our room was on the 5th floor over looking the pool/sea, it was a good size and cleaned on a daily basis with a turn down service in the evening. The pool area was very nice with plenty of sunbeds, there were a few cats around but not enough to bother you. The staff were very friendly and attentive but the hotel was quiet so not sure how it would be at the height of the season.
Aqaba itself is expensive, especially alcohol and with the 10% service charge and 7% tax added to everything it made it even more pricey. We only ate in the hotel once, walked into town to Ali Baba's which was ok although we weren't sure why some people raved about it, we also ate at Romeros at the Yatch Club which was very nice and for some relatively cheap food the Rovers Return was a good option!
My husband went diving every day, the sea was cold but he had a dry suit, he did comment on the amount of 'faffing' they seem to do and hadn't experienced anything so dis-organised before but once in the water he was happy!
The only downside to the holiday was the 3-1/2 transfer from Amman airport. Aqaba does have an airport but BMI who we flew with didn't fly direct, so we there arrived very late (3am!) and had to leave very early (2am) for our flight home!
Overall the holiday was good, can't complain about the hotel or Aqaba itself, however if it's a diving holiday you're looking for, Egypt would be a better option, less hassle to get to and cheaper!
- 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. The hotel is within walking distance of the city centre, where a variety of historical ruins, the aquarium and a taste of Middle Eastern culture can always be found. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Intercontinental Aqaba Hotel Aqaba
- Aqaba Intercontinental