Kempinski Hotel Aqaba Red Sea
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23 January 2010 :
Mehedi drove us from the camp site to the village where we picked up our car. We met the friendly Bedouin children from yesterday and bought them some food from the village grocers before bidding them farewell.
We left Wadi Rum reluctantly – back on the Desert Highway heading southward this time to the …
... not to have the usual mundane chat of a hairdresser "Are you on your lunch break?" (No I'm having breakfast). "Where you going for your holidays this year?" (Not Ibiza like you). "What you doing this weekend?" (Not going clubbing, drinking myself silly and getting "frisky" every night with a different lad (applies to both male and female hairdressers)). Through the course of limited conversation barber misunderstands and thinks I'm currently working in Irbid. When asked how much it ...
... very calmly, into the night,a sea day tomorrow,and then we have the Suez Canal... We are very busy seeing and learning such amazing things... Early this morning our phone announced we were in Egypt and when we looked out we were a stones throw from , closest yet,Sharm El Shiek and the Sinai Peninsular, a resort part of Egypt ,such a surprise,and we watched for probably nearly an hour...we then turned to head up to the Canal... We have sailed up the coast of Egypt ...
The boat trip from Taba was speedy and we made landfall in Jordan at the Aqaba yacht club. Talk about a change of scenery. Jordan is cooler, clean and hassle free (almost). Al now taking stemetil which seems to be helping a bit. We met our guide, Okla, and our driver, Mahmoud, who very quickly took care of the immigration procedures and had us on the road with a minimum of fuss. Both Okla and Mahmoud are very nice and extremely helpful. They took us to a place in Aqaba where ...
... and I snorkelled 3.5km from the marine reserve back to our hotel. Great fun! When we arrived back at the beach, Alberto and Olga had found us after their trip to Wadi Rum and we all enjoyed a good dinner. We headed into town and paid our $500 fare for the privilege of travelling four hours on a ferry from Aqaba to Nuweiba (Egypt) in order to avoid Israel. This is due to certain middle eastern ...
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- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Fitness/Health center
- Wheelchair accessibility
We booked to stay at Kempinski Aqaba for 1 night in January. We had wanted to pamper ourselves in a 5-star hotel after living it "rough" in Petra and camping in Wadi Rum on preceding nights.
We know Kempinski is a 5-star hotel but the hotel's service and décor is way beyond our expectations! From the main gate entrance where our car was checked right until the time we checked out, the service of ALL the staffs has been excellent. We were treated with utmost respect and greeted with friendly, genuine smile.
Our double room was impeccably clean and luxurious. The furniture and décor of the entire hotel is first class in terms of design and quality. The same can be said about the toiletries in the bathroom. Everything is beyond luxurious! The mini bar is complimentary, so is the internet service in the room, if you have your own laptop.
The view from our room is amazing - it faces the Red Sea and beyond that, you can see Israel on a fine, clear day. The beach is beautiful and as we were there during winter, it was not crowded but the sea was a bit cold. Along the beach, there were many beach chairs with mattress so soft and comfortable you have to tear yourself away! Besides the beach chairs, there were also many gazebo-like huts for guests, complete with soft mattress and throws of pillows.
The swimming pool is large and overlooks the Red Sea and there is a bar in the middle of it, with stone stools discreetly constructed underneath the surface of the water level.
We had dinner at the Fish-In Restaurant and again, we only have good things to say about it. We were greeted by the chef who came to our table personally to introduce the specialties on the menu and to make recommendations to us based on our preferences. We had the best grilled sea bass, preceded by a delicious starter called Arab Mezza, which is a mixed of local Arabic specialties in small portions, both highly recommended by the chef.
The breakfast was another thing to rave about! Fist, the view of the dining room - large, spacious and overlooking the Red Sea again. The food - hmmm...you have to be there to fully appreciate the mind-boggling range of choices you have and uniqueness of their presentation! We have certainly not seen anything like it in any other 5-star hotels which we have stayed at. Just to illustrate the exaggeration of the hotel's thoughtfulness - they have 3 different kinds of milk for you to choose from: low fat, semi-skimmed or full cream!
We can go on and on about all the good things to say about this excellent hotel, as described by the title of our review. The only disappointment for us is the fact that we only have 1 night to spend in this luxurious paradise!
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