The Jewel of Jordan–Aqaba

Sunset from hotel room

I love Aqaba! If I had it my way, we’d be living happily ever after (at least until we leave and return to DC) in Aqaba. Aqaba is about a three-hour drive south of Amman, but it feels like a world of difference. Perhaps the Red Sea is what makes it so spectacular, or maybe the ocean relieves the monotony of the vistas, unlike in Amman where I experience sensory deprivation from the lack of color in this monochromatic landscape.

The Kempinski

We were in Aqaba for just two nights. We didn’t really even do much other than eat, work out, and lay out. It wasn’t very warm, only about 65 degrees (F), but with the sun and the view, it felt heavenly as a relief from the crummy and cold weather in Amman. I cannot wait to return in just a few weeks for another two nights!

Drinking Tea on the Veranda

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21 thoughts on “The Jewel of Jordan–Aqaba

  1. Yeah!!! I triumph yet again! Poster #1? And what is my prize? I would like to request some Yemenese honey or a refill of the Jordainian evoo.

    1. Congratulations on being the first poster! Unfortunately, I cannot take the Yemenese honey out of the safe and I cannot share it with you. It’s too valuable. However, I do have a brand spanking new, unopened Foodie Fight game for you. I’ll send it off to replace the one that I bought for you which by now I’m sure you’ve played to death.

  2. What’s this I hear about a food fight.. Pictures look great and coming from Southern Calif. one needs the water around you to be happy.. Even in Old Town, the water is just feet away.. This place looks more like a vacation spot to me. Yes, I know the history and the statues are great but you are right, one needs some color. You both looked great under the covers while you are enjoying the tea.. Keep on posting, we all love it and I will try and beat Nicole to the punch on the next posting. Love, Dad

      1. Dad’s post sounded a little saucy. I don’t want foodie fight, I want food! I have entertaining book for you that you’ll love, Parties With Panache by Two Sisters guest edited by Christopher Lowell.

  3. I highly recommend Tala Bay either the Radisson or Movenpick! Next time try one of those!! Also, I recommend a trip to Pharoah’s Island…..its about 45 minutes by boat from Aqaba.

  4. I know you will say I’m posing as your father. Very cute photo of you and Raj. Looks like a lovely place. Happy you can find such a lovely spot to spend a couple of days. Love, Mom

  5. Jen! Your getaway place looks beautiful. So glad you found a colorful spot that makes you happy. Plus you and Raj have matching blankets!

  6. Quite the destination spot! Looks like you and Raj had an awesome time! I’m jealous. 🙂 Paula and I will have to find a time and save up some $$$ to come out and visit you two!

  7. Looooovw Aqaba…looking at this post gives me such great memories! Drinking sweet mint tea, watching the sunset, listening to Arabic music by the water–thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Blanche,
      There’s no place like Aqaba. We’re heading down there again next weekend. We just visited the Dead Sea Panoramic Center today–if you’re ever back in Jordan, you must make a stop here for lunch or dinner…great food, beautiful sunsets, great Arabic music.
      Thanks for stopping by.
      All the Best,

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