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!

SWIMMING POOLS:

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.

RESTAURANTS:

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.

HELPFUL INFORMATION:

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.

EXPLORE:

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: http://luxurytraveldiva.com/wad-rum-desert/

WHAT TO WEAR:

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.

Information:

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: resort.aqaba@movenpick.com

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Where to travel 2018? There is a whole big wide world to explore! My top 3 new discoveries for 2017 were Morocco, Russia and Jordan.  I love them so much, I’m booked up to go back in January 2018!  All 3 are not expensive countries to stay in and travel around.  You won’t feel as if you are a walking ATM machine!

  • Not Expensive
  • Unique
  • Friendly welcoming people

MOROCCO:

First up is Morocco.  Whatever you like be it Desert, beautiful beaches or fabulous old towns it is in Morocco.  One of the best things about this country is that it retains its identity.  It is still very different from anywhere else and choc full of history.

MARRAKESH:

Friends said to me ‘Oh you won’t like it, its dirty, crowded and you are hassled to buy things all the time”.  I stupidly listened and avoided Morocco for years!  Well, I was enchanted by Morocco and its people from the minute I stepped off the plane.  Marrakesh was a delight.  The first trip in February I stayed in Palmeyria about 20 minutes out of town and the second time in the old Madena in a traditional Riad.  I would recommend both.  More about Marrakesh here: http://luxurytraveldiva.com/magical-marrakesh     http://luxurytraveldiva.com/diva-road-trip

My first trip was so good, I went back a few weeks later on a girls road trip.  More about that in my blog.

Morocco is perfectly safe with good roads and careful drivers.  We hired a car and enjoyed the trip, apart from one speeding ticket all went well.  Beware, they are very hot on speeding!

AGADIR:

Stopped for lunch and it is a typical beach resort mostly dating from the ’70’s and ’80’s.  About 30 minutes north of Agadir we stayed at   Paradis Plage    on the most beautiful beach, perfect for surfers.  Read about it here:

ESSOUIRA:

Possibly my favourite place.  It can be windy but we we’re very lucky and experienced lovely sunny days without any wind in March.  A stay in a Riad in the old town was a great experience. Exploring the souks, restaurants and cafe’s I soon felt like a local.

Wherever you go in Morocco everyone is so kind and friendly, we did not meet one unfriendly person.

ATLAS MOUNTAINS:

PHOTO: Hike in The Atlas Mountains

Then it was off the the mountains! I would like to spend another couple of days hiking in the mountains, our trip was short but perfect.  Even if we did manage to get lost finding the excellent Kasbah Bab Ourika    Read about it here.

My next country to visit in 2018 is:

RUSSIA:

Where to travel 2018? An instant love affair with Russia! St Petersburg is an enormous, majestic city with beautiful museums, palaces, restaurants and cafes with very friendly and beautiful people as well.  Morocco and Russia have more in common than friendly people, they have both retained their individual identity and you will be in no doubt that you are in Russia.  Globalisation has homogenised so many other places in the world.

ST PETERSBURG

PHOTO: Church of the Spilt Blood, St Petersburg

Read my blog about it here:  luxury travel diva     Stay on the main street running through the city, Nevsky Propsect at the Corinthia Hotel, which was a wonderful choice and perfectly located right where you will want to be!  I stayed at Corinthia Hotel

PHOTO: The Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg

Explore the museums, galleries, walk around this beautiful city a be captivated.  How about a night at the Russian Ballet? A traditional Russian restaurant? There is a lot to do! I liked it so much I am returning to visit Moscow.

PHOTO: River Neva in St Petersburg, Russia

JORDAN:

PHOTO: The Dead Sea, Jordan

Where to travel 2018?  Last but not least, JORDAN! Again, I had such a great time, I’m going back in January.  Situated in The Middle East sandwiched between Syria, Israel, Egypt Jordan is a surprisingly peaceful country.  The question I am asked most frequently : “Is it safe”.  I felt perfectly safe at all times, wandered around alone all over the country and loved the friendly and hospitable Jordanian people.

Read my blogs here:  Luxury Travel Diva      Stay at the wonderful Movenpick Hotels, they are excellent.  http://www.movenpick.com.Travel from Amman to The Dead Sea and then float on the healing waters enriched with minerals, 400 metres below sea level at the lowest point on earth.

PHOTO: Sunset over The Dead Sea, Jordan

Then travel to Petra and enjoy The Pink City, one of the 7 wonders of the world.  Below is the world famous Treasury built in 200 AD by the Nabatean people, explore the old trading route and walk through time! Stay at The Movenpick Hotel Petra

PHOTO: The Treasury, Petra, Jordan

Further south enjoy the Desert of Wadi Rum and then Aqaba, on the Red Sea perfect for diving and relaxing.  I will explore these on my next trip!

Let’s hope for a fabulous 2018 full of exciting adventures.  Write and tell me if you go to any of my suggestions! Where to travel in 2018 – How about Morocco, Russia and Jordan!

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Photo: Petra one of the Seven Wonders of the World

Where to stay for a visit to Petra, Jordan?  Well, I recommend a stay at Movenpick Hotel Petra.  The hotel is perfectly situated just outside the entrance to Petra and is a really relaxing and comfortable hotel with friendly staff, good food and lovely rooms.  Movenpick resort Petra Review, Jordan.

PHOTO: Beautiful Al Multaqa Lobby Movenpick Resort Petra

I loved the traditional design, with beautiful Jordanian furniture and lamps complimented by beautiful artisan created wall and ceiling art.

PHOTO: Lobby and Dining Room

The hotel is warm and welcoming and all the staff are a delight.

Petra is a magical place to visit and I will be sharing another blog dedicated to advice for a great trip to Petra.  The Lost city of Petra, magical, full of history dating back to the second century A.D. when the Nabateans built the centre of their trading empire here.

If you stay at Movenpick Resort Petra you will be able to visit early in the morning and late in the afternoon and all evening.  This means you will avoid the big tour groups and most of the tourists will have left!  Enjoy the magical experience all to yourself and transcend time walking into history.

PHOTO:  The Treasury, Petra, Jordan

A ‘must visit’ at least once in a lifetime!  Petra is vast and you will be exhilarated and tired after a busy visit.  This is why Movenpick Hotel is the perfect place to stay.  It is right outside the entrance and you can pop back to the hotel to rest and revive.

PHOTO: Al Maqa’ad Bar, Movenpick Resort Petra

Relax in the beautiful bar, which is really a work of art in itself.

PHOTO: Al Maqa’ad Bar

Make sure to sample some of the Jordanian wines and Beer which are very good. Enjoy some snacks from the bar menu.

PHOTO: My Room at Movenpick Resort Petra

PHOTO: Delicious Jordanian treats and Jordanian Wine

Then I needed a delicious glass of Jordanian wine (really very good indeed! This is a bottle of St Georges) and a nap!

PHOTO: Breakfast time at Al Saraya Restaurant, Movenpick Resort Petra 

RESTAURANTS:

Enjoy one of the seven places to eat at the resort.  There is a roof top bar, which was closed during my visit. Afternoon tea at Al Baraka Tea Room.  Buffet dining at Al Saraya restaurant pictured above. Al Maqa’ad Bar, Al Multaqa Lobby Lounge or Burckhardt Lounge.

Enjoy a delicious breakfast after a good nights sleep.  Everything you could possibly want provided at the buffet breakfast.

OUTDOOR POOL:

Take a refreshing dip in the lovely pool.  My early morning dip didn’t go according to plan because I slept so well in the super comfy bed that I didn’t wake up in time!  Make sure you make time to enjoy the Pool and well equipped gym.

PHOTO: Movenpick Resort Petra Pool

Entrance to Petra viewed from the rooftop of the Movenpick Resort Petra.  This shot shows just how close the entrance to Petra is from Movenpick Resort.

PHOTO: Entrance to Petra

PHOTO: Entrance to Movenpick Resort

The distance between these last two photographs is literally a stone’s throw!  Enjoy a wonderful stay at Movenpick Petra.  Do message me if you have any questions.

Helpful information:

Fly to Amman Airport

I flew to Amman Queen Alia Airport.  An impressive, modern airport.  I paid for a Jordanian Visa when I arrived at the airport.  Check on the website, different nationalities have different requirements.

Getting Around Jordan:

I hired a limousine and driver and drove from The Dead Sea to Petra.  The roads are good and safe.

The Limousine Company is based at Movenpick DeadSea. Call Ibrahim to arrange your car.  The cars were large, new and comfortable with good drivers. Tel: 00962977683681

My original plan was to hire a car and self drive but I discovered the night before my trip that my driving licence had expired!  So that was the end to that! One of my famous ‘blonde moments’ …regular readers are familiar these moments!

Safety:  I travelled alone and felt perfectly safe at all times.  Jordanians are polite and respectful to women travellers.  I received so many messages from followers concerned for my safety during my road trip, but it is a very safe country.

WHEN TO GO:

I travelled in November, the weather was perfect, sunny days but not too hot around 24 degrees.  Evenings were a little cooler and I needed a shawl to keep warm.  November and December are high season at Petra.

Entrance to Petra: I bought a 2 day ticket and this cost me 55 JD

CONTACT: Movenpick Resort Petra  

Telephone: +9623215711

Jordan Tourist Office: http://www.visitjordan.com

After Petra I drove to Movenpick Resort DeadSea

Read my review of Movenpick Resort Dead Sea

 

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