A five-star resort destination, Saraya Aqaba is found on the Red Sea coast, in the ancient port city of Aqaba. It’s especially sought after for its waterpark, which was the first of its kind in the area and the largest in Jordan; packed with exhilarating rides to provide thrills and spills for all the family, it also offers cultural value, designed to emulate the significant archaeological sites located within the Kingdom. Favourite activities within the resort, include glass-bottomed boat trips, scuba diving, jeep rides through the Wadi Rum and tours to the iconic city of Petra.
Al Manara, a Luxury Collection Hotel
This Marriott property follows traditional Jordanian architectural lines with curved and pointed archways, glossy, polished white floors, lanterns and paintings depicting desert life. The colour scheme is largely monochrome, with accents of deep red and dark wood creating a modern, yet regal feel. The hotel occupies a section of private beach, with some complimentary watersports and upgraded rooms have balconies overlooking the sea. There are a lot of activities laid on for kids, a DJ beside the pool for those seeking a lively holiday experience, and a spa for a more relaxing vibe, as well as a seafood restaurant and onsite shops.
Kempinski Hotel Aqaba Red Sea
With clean lines and a Scandi-style minimalist design, this hotel will suit those seeking a more Western contemporary aesthetic. It’s surrounded by restaurants, nightclubs and shops, but there’s plenty on-site to keep you occupied. There are two main restaurants; one serving fusion cuisine, the other being alfresco and hosting theme nights with live music to accompany your buffet meal. There are two bars; one with a sports theme, the other beside the pool. Kids have their own club, plus there’s a spa and gym. The Kempinski’s purpose-built crescent shape maximises access to views with all 200 serene rooms overlooking the beachside pool and the sea.
Hyatt Regency Aqaba Ayla
Part of the Ayla complex of amenities (which includes an 18-hole golf course, a wake park, shops and man-made lagoons), the Hyatt Regency is a gleaming white edifice on the horizon. It has four deep blue pools, some built like rivers with bridges over them, complemented by equally blue loungers. At this hotel, you can play pool or ping-pong, sun yourself cocktail in hand at the private beach club, pop to the spa, and dine in its two restaurants (one of which themes food on cuisine from olive oil-producing countries). The kids can hang out in both indoor and outdoor play zones and there’s a rooftop bar for the adults to indulge in a few sundowners.