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
There is a good choice of restaurants, including fresh seafood
There is a great pool at the front of the hotel, divided into different sections
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
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.
To start planning your holiday to Kempinski Aqaba
The Kempinski Aqaba is a modern 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.
The Kempinski Aqaba has 200 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, featuring lots of bright whites and blues.
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 sports bar, is open until the early hours.
The hotel has a spa equipped with a sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi, as well as treatment rooms for a range of beauty therapies and massages. Some local products are used, which contain Dead Sea mud and salt, as well as thalassotherapy. There is also a well-equipped gym and a great 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 snorkelling.
Kempinski Aqaba offers 200 rooms and suites, 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. The decor is bright and modern, using a palette of whites, creams, blues and light-coloured wood.
Children are welcome to come and stay at Kempinski Aqaba. The hotel has a kids club and some of the rooms are able to interconnect, although this is only on request. Rooms can also accommodate an extra bed.
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, which is the hotel's sports bar, open until the early hours.
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 snorkelling, and this is easily organised through the hotel's watersports centre. There are also other watersports available including jet skiing and kayaking.
Lucy Black (Staff)
The Kempinski Aqaba is a very modern and light hotel right on the shores of the Dead Sea. It definitely has a seaside feel, including (tasteful) fish and coral patterns on the bed linen.
The bathrooms are very nice, with a glass wall meaning you can lie in the bath looking across your room out to the sea. There are of course blinds to pull down over the wall!
There is complimentary internet in all of the rooms, however this is through a cable rather than wireless. Wi-Fi is available in the lobby.
The pool is lovely, with quite a quirky design. There are different sections which are good for children to splash around, swimming laps, or relaxing in the water. There is also a swim-up bar.
It is worth noting that Aqaba is a port town. Therefore there are often shipping containers and ships out in the bay, and there are also dock stations along the coast. Whilst this doesn't have any particularly negative impact, it does mean the view isn't perhaps as idyllic as other destinations.
Clare Monro (Staff)
This was one of my favourite hotels in Jordan, with its light and airy atmosphere and beautiful bathrooms. The beach is great and the food on the Walk is very well situated for those who don't want to move very far to get a snack or lunch. I found the seafood a bit overpriced, particularly as it is quite easy to get into the town for some local seafood, but it was still of a very good standard and the service was excellent.
Diving in Aqaba
Diving or snorkelling in the Red Sea at Aqaba is like entering an entirely new world. The water is incredibly blue and the coral and fish so brightly coloured that it is difficult to tear yourself away.
Jeep Ride in Wadi Rum
Wadi Rum offers stunning vistas, wide open spaces and fascinating natural rock structures. You will have a one-hour jeep ride here to visit the Khazali Canyon, the rock bridges, Lawrence of Arabia's house and ancient Nabataean inscriptions.
Jordan in Depth
Amman, Dead Sea, Dana, Feynan, Petra, Wadi Rum & Aqaba
from £4200 pp inc flights & transfers for 12 nights
- Takes in all of the highlights of Jordan, including iconic sites such as Petra, and off the beaten track gems like the Dana Nature Reserve
- Combines culture, activity, adventure and relaxation
- Plenty of opportunities for stargazing and watching stunning sunsets
Location & directions
Kempinski Aqaba is within walking distance of the city centre, 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.
How to get there
5-hour direct flight from London Heathrow to Queen Alia International Airport, Amman, withBritish Airways. Due to the timings of this flight it is necessary to spend a night in Amman before heading to Aqaba in the morning, either via a 4-hour drive or 1-hour flight.