If you’ve ever dreamed of chilling out on a private beach, relaxing under palm trees, the Intercontinental Hotel Aqaba is the place for you because it offers just that. Set on the glorious Gulf of Aqaba, this exclusive resort is located 15km from King Hussein International Airport, in the heart of the Aqaba business district, and just a short walk from the shopping area and old market.
The hotel is rightly proud of its InterFit spa, which offers a range of therapies in a candlelit Oriental setting. As well as a number of Dead Sea mineral treatments (detoxifying, contouring, revitalising, for instance, or a hydro bath with Dead Sea salts), you can opt for Swedish or Thai massage, a facial, or even a special chocolate-based experience. Or you can hang out in the Jacuzzi, steam room or sauna, then head over to the juice bar. If the gym’s more your thing, there’s also a 24-hour fitness centre.
This exclusive resort offers 255 stylish rooms, including 17 suites. All provide cable/satellite TV, DVD player, internet access, air-conditioning and minibar – as well as a private balcony. Those in executive rooms and suites can enjoy a range of free drinks and snacks, while suite guests also benefit from views of the private beach and a separate living area and kitchenette.
There’s so much to do here, though you may not want to leave that 300m private beach, or the outdoor pool. Other activities on offer at the resort include aerobics, squash and table tennis. Outside, you’ll be richly rewarded as you’re in a truly amazing part of the world – with everything from Aqaba Fort and one of the world’s oldest known church to a range of watersports such as jetskiing, diving and parasailing on your doorstep. The famous rose-coloured ruins of Petra are a two-hour drive away.
The trouble will be deciding which of the hotel’s dining options to pick. You can venture onto the outdoor terrace at Corniche, where you’ll enjoy buffets with a local and international flavour. Or there’s fine Lebanese cuisine at Burj al Hamam, for stunning sunset views as you tuck into your mezze. Delicious home-made pastries and jams are the draw at Deli Café, or – the name says it all – you can stop off for a sip and appetisers at trendy Martini’s Lounge.
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