PHOTO: Red Sea beach Movenpick Resort and Residences Aqaba

My Movenpick Resort and Residences Aqaba Review. Where to go for some winter sunshine? You want to  stay in a great hotel, enjoy beautiful private beaches,snorkelling and diving?  Only 5 hours from Europe it is easy to get to Jordan.  It is a great choice for a year round holiday, flights are not expensive and the hotel prices for quality 5 star hotels are unbeatable.

Aqaba is a good choice as a destination alone or as part of a tour around Jordan. Movenpick Resort and Residences Aqaba review.

PHOTO: Beautiful Lobby at Movenpick Resort and Residences Aqaba

Movenpick have 2 hotels to choose from in Aqaba.  Movenpick Resort and Residences Aqaba, situated in the town by the sea in Aqaba.  Movenpick Tala Bay Resort is about 10 minutes drive away from town.  I stayed at the first and enjoyed a wonderful stay.  The hotel is located in downtown Aqaba so you just step out of the door to explore the city.  The airport is only 10 km.


PHOTO: Movenpick  Resort and Residences Aqaba

Regular readers will know this is my second visit to this lovely country in just 2 months!  Movenpick hotels in Jordan are all delightful places to stay and I recommend them to my readers.  Movenpick  Resort and Residences Aqaba is no exception. The hotel is beautifully decorated, the rooms stylish and comfortable.  All of the staff at Movenpick hotels are always a delight and this will make your stay extra special.

I love the warm and welcoming interior design with traditional Jordanian decor including soothing water features, comfortable sofas and an air of tranquility and calm.

I stayed in Suite 646 and it was super comfortable with a living room, bedroom 2 bathrooms and even a kitchen! The Suite looks out over the beautiful Red Sea.

PHOTO: Suite 464 at Movenpick Aqaba Resort and Residences

A Nespresso Machine, tea, coffee and Mineral water are complimentary.  The generous selection of Dead Sea bathroom products and every little thing you could possible need all make a stay very comfortable.  I particularly like the generous hanging space for my many clothes!  I must learn to pack less one of these days!

The most important Diva essential? A comfy bed! and this one did not disappoint, really good nights sleep.

PHOTO: Enjoying my lovely suite and some Movenpick treats!


Two long months since I have seen any sunshine, so it is a pleasure to enjoy the beach and Swimming Pools.  January is wintertime in Jordan but it is perfect Springtime weather.  Sunny days at about 24 degrees but the nights are chilly, so pack some warmer clothes for the evening.  In summertime the hotel has 4 swimming pools open for guests, in winter just two pools and the beautiful private beach and Watersport centre.  The beach is Blue Flag certified and spotlessly clean.

PHOTO: Pool at Movenpick  Resort and Residences Aqaba

Enjoy the rooftop pool too!  or, get fit in the gym.  I must confess to being very lazy and not trying out the gym, despite my best intentions!   I must also try the sauna and Jacuzzi next time.

PHOTO: Rooftop Pool at Movenpick Aqaba Resort and Residences

I like to travel in low season, places are not crowded, hotel rates are low and the weather not too hot.  If you like to travel in high season and have hot weather you should visit in summer.

Then there is also a Watersports centre on the hotel beach which can arrange everything for you, from boat trips, speed boats, jet skis, water skiing and diving.

The Kids Club is available to children.


Enjoy delicious meals too! It is impossible not to find something you want to eat in the Palm Court Restaurant with a huge buffet selection of tasty dishes from around the world, or a la carte dining if you prefer.  I like the fact that it is open from 6.00 am for breakfast  until 10.30 am then again for a long lunch til 3.00 and dinner in the evening , so just choose to eat whenever you want through the day , rather than having to stick to strict times!

PHOTO: Palm Court Restaurant and Terrace at Movenpick Aqaba

The terrace at Palm Court Restaurant is gorgeous and nice for lunch.  In summer the perfect location for dinner too.  I really enjoyed every meal!  Lots of healthy options too. The Head Chef has worked here for a long time and runs the kitchen superbly producing a wonderful choice of dishes.

PHOTO: Terrace of Palm Court Restaurant

There is a lovely Restaurant Cafe called Al Shatt down by the beach.  A great chill out vibe and delicious food again!

PHOTO: Al Shatt Restaurant by the beach at Movenpick Aqaba Resort

All of the staff are so lovely, helpful and friendly!  Here I am, above, with the chef at Al Shatt and some of the staff.  They even carried an umbrella for me as I burn within seconds in the sun!

Also make sure to visit the very cool bar Al Nafoura Bar and Terrace next to the lobby.

PHOTO: Al Nafoura Terrace

Enjoy drinks or something to eat at Al Nafoura Bar and Terrace.  How lovely is this terrace above?

PHOTO: Al Nafoura Bar

You will not get bored at Movenpick Resort and Residences Aqaba, there are no less than 8 restaurants to choose from including Abu Nawwas Fun Pub with live music every night.  There is even a delicious Bakery Shop and Cafe to visit!

Every Movenpick I have visited in Jordan has the most exquisite gardens and it is a pleasure to stroll through the gardens and enjoy the flowers.

PHOTO:  The gardens at Movenpick Aqaba Resort

This hotel is Green Globe certified and has won numerous awards.


The hotel is based downtown, so you can just step out of the door and explore.  I was travelling alone and always feel very safe wherever I go in Jordan.  Jordanian people are friendly and welcoming to guests.

You can walk around town directly from the hotel.  There are a lot of local bars and restaurants everywhere in town. I hope my Movenpick Resort and Residences Aqaba Review is helpful to you.  Do contact me if you want to know anything else or need more information.


Aqaba has lots of interesting Spice shops and everything else you can imagine to buy.  I particularly like the Jordanian embroidery on scarves and clothes.  A Bedouin coat is on my wishlist for next visit!

If you plan on taking a tour around the country and visiting other areas in Jordan, check out my blog posts on Dead Sea Jordan and Petra.

Wadi Rum Desert is only an hour away by car, great place to visit:


The hotel is smart casual as one would expect.  You can wear whatever you like in the resorts.  However, I always dress a little more conservatively when out and about and tend to cover my chest and arms more than normal.  It is a conservative country and most Jordanian women are covered. A shawl to keep warm is also a good idea.


Read my review about my Zara Spa in the sister hotel Movenpick Taba Bay Resort and Spa. I hope my Movenpick Resort and Residences Aqaba Review is helpful, email me with any questions!

Movenpick Resort and Residences, King Hussein Street, 11171 Aqaba, Jordan

Tel: + 962 3 203 4020 email:

Movenpick Resort and Residences







Wellness at Zara Spa Tala Bay Aqaba

Who loves a beautiful Spa and superb treatments using both traditional and modern techniques?  Me!  I am sure you do too.  Zara Spa Tala Bay Aqaba is truly beautiful and uses mainly natural and local ingredients reflecting the culture and natural environment of Jordan.

Zara Spa Tala Bay is situated in the grounds of Movenpick Tala Bay Resort.  This is a beautiful hotel, about 10 minutes drive from the town of Aqaba is set amongst the most beautiful gardens and looking out over the Red Sea.

PHOTO: Enjoying my time at Zara Spa Tala Bay Aqaba

I spent a blissful afternoon enjoying Zara Spa. The spa covers an area of 1,200 SqM that includes 11 different types of treatment rooms, a sauna, a steam room, and a hydro pool with skylight. Zara Spa Tala Bay also includes Spa shop, a beauty salon, and a nail studio catering to the needs of its guests. Zara Spa at Mövenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay Aqaba is open to hotel guests as well as to the general public.

PHOTO: Hydra Pool Zara Spa Tala Bay Aqaba

Choose from face and body treatments ranging from anti ageing facials using Dead Sea Mud to Marine wraps to detoxify the body.  I was lucky enough to try a Dry Flotation Body Wrap using Dead Sea Mud.  The Spa use a state of the art Dry Flotation bed which mimics the soothing motion of the Dead Sea.

The therapist slathered me in Dead Sea Mud wrapped me up and switched on the soothing Dry Flotation bed.  60 minutes later, I emerged detoxified with baby soft skin and super relaxed in mind and body.  I actually fell asleep it was so relaxing!

PHOTO: Hydra Pool at Zara Spa Tala Bay Aqaba

Then after a reviving cup of tea, complimentary to guests, I enjoyed the Hydra Pool, ice fountain, Sauna and steam room.  It is impossible not to emerge from Zara Spa feeling relaxed and revived and looking good after your treatment.

PHOTO: Zara Spa Tala Bay Aqaba by night


If you are staying at Movenpick Resort and Residences Aqaba you can arrange to visit this sister hotel

Reservations call: +962 3 209 0300 email:

Zara Spa

Movenpick Resort and Spa Tala Bay, South Beach Road, Tala Bay area, Aqaba, Jordan