This hotel is In a great location, on the beach and just a 5 min walk into the centre of town for the (slightly dismal) selection of restaurants. Check in was efficient. The room was very pleasant, a little too minimal for my taste but everything is clean and modern. Separate bath and shower, and well appointed. Mini bar is free, but this was only restocked twice during the six nights we were there. On two occasions the housekeepers left us with no bath towels after cleaning the room. These were minor annoyances.
By far the worst thing at this hotel is the poolside service. There are not enough sun loungers, and not enough towels. We went down to the pool at 1pm one day, and we had to wait for an hour for a towel. The staff at the pool kept saying 'five minutes' but didn't seem to be doing anything to sort out the situation. In the end we had to go swimming and get out of the pool to drip dry in the sun. Luxury!! We were also let down by the service on the beach here. On one day we came down to the beach, there were no free loungers with cushions on. We had to stand next to the bare longer for twenty minutes before someone came along. I tried waving and catching attention of other staff up by the pool but no luck... I would say that the beach is far better service though, the pool is much more dominated by locals, and on the weekends it was much much busier. We went in March, the pool was too cold in the mornings, but by the afternoon was ok for a refreshing dip. The jacuzzi is lovely and warm though, the sea is an ok temperature for swimming.
The breakfast buffet was a good international spread. I did try the hotel restaurants as they were so much more expensive than the local options.
The service desk gave us directions to go to the coral bay resort along the coast for snorkelling. This is where the royal dive club is based, and I have written a separate review about this. From here we also drove over to wadi rum for the day.
- 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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