Enjoy the small-town charm of this seaside resort with sandy beaches and gorgeous diving and snorkelling.

With year-round warmth, sandy beaches and beautiful dive sites, Aqaba is the perfect place for a few days’ relaxation. Located right in the south of Jordan, Aqaba is close to the border with Egypt, Israel and Saudi Arabia. The beaches here may not be huge but they are pristine and there are great opportunities for snorkelling and diving. King Abdullah II himself is a keen diver and he places great importance on the preservation of the reefs.

The best diving is found around Tala Bay, a smaller town a few minutes south of Aqaba. For those who don’t dive there is some good snorkelling and the sea is safe and calm for swimming. We have hand picked the best hotels in Aqaba all of which offer private beaches, perfect for relaxing and soaking up the sun.


Our favourite luxury hotels

Hotel Kempinski, Aqaba, Jordan

Hotel Kempinski Aqaba

Kempinski Aqaba is one of the top hotels in this beautiful Red Sea resort. Offering lovely views of the sea and a private beach as well as three different pools, the facilities here are second to none. The rooms here are spacious and contemporary with views of the sea or charming Aqaba. Known for its top-notch spa with a range of Arabian-inspired treatments, this is the place to relax and get away from it all on a luxury Jordan holiday.

Hotel Al-Menara, Aqaba, Jordan

Hotel Al-Manara, Luxury Collection

This is a delightful hotel on the shores of the Red Sea. Combining Jordanian traditions with modern day style, Al Manara is charming and sophisticated. Take advantage of the hotel’s private beach and enjoy a swim in the sea or one of their own pools. The cuisine here is delicious and you can choose from several restaurants serving typical Jordanian and Mediterranean dishes. This is a beautiful and welcoming hotel in a beautiful location.

Hotel Intercontinental, Aqaba, Jordan

Intercontinental Resort Aqaba

InterContinental Resort Aqaba is a luxurious 5-star hotel with a private beach along the Gulf of Aqaba. This elegant hotel offers rooms with balconies overlooking the expansive, lagoon-style pool and the Red Sea.

Hotel Movenpick, Tala Bay, Jordan

Movenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay

Located 15 minutes from the centre of Aqaba, on the southern shores of the Red Sea, this is a luxury hotel in a delightful location. Tala bay is the best spot for snorkelling and diving, and this is the hotel of choice in Tala Bay. The hotel offers a variety of rooms, an award-winning spa and excellent leisure activities including its own diving centre. Choose from a range of bars and specialty restaurants and enjoy a relaxing stay in this luxury hotel in a prime location.