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 …
... nothing to declare' line at customs – this occasionally involves an x-ray of your luggage; once in China they used a sniffer dog, which found a contraband apple – collect your baggage, and off you go. Typically, at no point in this process does anyone smile at you.
Imagine our surprise and delight, then, to finish our walk across the DMZ between Israel and Jordan and approach the soldier standing at the gate with ...
... tour. I had decided to make my way to Petra the next day, and thus really only had the one day in Aqaba to make the most of. The travel agent sensed my state of mind and suggested I join a boat cruise leaving in 5 minutes! I sprinted back to my hotel, quickly grabbed a bikini and a towel and hopped on the shuttle bus to the southern beaches. News of my joining the tour hadn't even reached the ...
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Breakfast is extremely busy and noisy with Arabs shouting and screaming over their hummus. It's not exactly a peaceful start to the day but then someone walks into the restaurant, claps their hands and shouts something in Arabic and all of a sudden they all disappear. Assume it's a day trip ...
... called Ali-Baba in the town, and were able to find coals to make a baby-fire on the beach for smores, which Adam had never tried!! How do the English survive without smores?!! The whole inn was covered in beautiful vines and Bedouin seating areas, all of which we thoroughly enjoyed. I was able to chat with my boyfriend for the first time in 7 weeks on Friday night, shortly after he graduated Navy Bootcamp. Definitely a good talk. We woke up the ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Fitness/Health center
TravelPod Member ReviewsKempinski Hotel Aqaba Red Sea
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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