The Kempinski Aqaba is a sophisticated and stylish hotel with a private beach on the Red Sea, boasting views over the Gulf of Aqaba, excellent service and very good facilities. It is located within an easy distance of Wadi Rum and the spectacular Petra.
At a Glance
The Kempinski has a kids club, but it is quite small making it a much better hotel for adults, particularly due to its serene and sophisticated atmosphere
The bathrooms have huge windows so guests can look out across the bedroom to the Red Sea and Sinai mountains beyond
The Panoramic Rooms have amazing views, directly onto the Red Sea
Seafood is available at Fish In
The main restaurant, AM/PM, doesn't serve lunch
Head into town for some local seafood. It is quite an easy walk and gives you a good opportunity to visit a Jordanian town.Clare Monro
If you are coeliac, the chef will happily make you gluten-free pancakes for breakfast - make sure you warn them!Clare Monro
The pool is very stylish, with a number of different areas meaning you can do laps, lie in the shallows or enjoy a cocktail or two at the swim-up bar.Lucy Bailey
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To start planning your vacation to Kempinski Aqaba
The Kempinski Aqaba has 201 rooms and suites, all of which overlook the Red Sea, due to the curved design of the hotel. The decor is clean and contemporary with a bit of a seaside feel to it and there are interconnecting rooms available for families.
There are a number of dining options, including AM/PM, the main restaurant which serves breakfast and dinner. The Walk is located along the beachfront offering food such as pizza as a lunchtime option. Seafood is served at Fish In, and Aqua Lounge and Sea Breeze are also quite informal. Black Pearl, the hotel's bar and nightclub, is open from 9pm until 3am.
The hotel has a spa equipped with a sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi, as well as treatment rooms for a range of beauty treatments and massages. Products used include local ones made from Dead Sea mud and salt, as well as thalassotherapy. There is also a well-equipped gym and an outdoor pool located just steps from the beach.
There are lots of watersports activities available, including jetskis and kayaks, and the Red Sea is one of the best places in the world for diving and snorkeling.
Aqaba is a mere hour from the breathtaking Wadi Rum, for those who fancy a night spent in the desert camp, which can easily be arranged through Scott Dunn. It is also around two hours from Petra, and so private sightseeing can also be booked through Scott Dunn so that guests can experience one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
Kempinski Aqaba offers 201 rooms and suites and a Royal Suite, all of which have balconies and a view over the Red Sea. Rooms are equipped with bathrooms, safe, climate control, complimentary minibar and an interactive television.
Children are welcome to come and stay at Kempinski Aqaba. The hotel has a kids club as well as inter-connecting rooms to comfortably accommodate families.
The Kempinski Aqaba has a spa and health club, stretched over two floors, comprising of a gym, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi, beauty salon, and massage and treatment rooms.
Dining options include AM/PM, the main restaurant serving breakfast and dinner; Fish In, the seafood restaurant where guests can sample the local catches; Sea Breeze, the pool bar; the Walk which is the beach-front dining option, and Black Pearl, the nightclub and bar open until 3am.
Services include mini-bar, complimentary internet access, safe and climate control.
The Red Sea is one of the best places in the world for diving and snorkeling, and this is easily organized through the hotel's watersports center. Guests can swim in the hotel's pool and in the sea, and can use the health club. Scott Dunn can tailor-make excursions to places such as the breathtaking Wadi Rum, the legendary Nabatean city of Petra and the Crusader castles such as Kerak and Shobak. Guests can also visit the town of Aqaba independently, where Aqaba Castle, a Mamluk fort is located.
Location & Directions
Kempinski Aqaba is within walking distance of the city center, where the cafes and shops are located, on the northern edge of the town. It is located on King Hussein Street on the banks of the Red Sea, facing west, with views over the Gulf of Aqaba and the Sinai Peninsula.
When to go
For a small country, Jordan has an extraordinary range of climates. The best time to visit climate-wise is in spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November), when the daytime temperatures aren't too extreme. April is probably the best month, when temperatures are warm and wildflowers are in bloom. March can be cold and rainy in the north but is balmy by the Gulf of Aqaba and the Dead Sea.