To reinforce Jordan’s position as an up-and-coming tourist destination to UK travellers, major hotel groups Hyatt, Jumeirah, Starwood Hotels and Resorts and Ritz Carlton are opening nine five-star properties.
The hotels will open in the city of Aqaba – which is undergoing a billion-dollar expansion with the launch of two distinct resorts: Ayla Resort and Saraya Aqaba – and Jordan’s bustling capital city, Amman. The exciting new developments showcase the growth of tourism in Jordan with UK visitors 9.1 per cent higher between January – August 2017 compared to the same period in 2016.
Aqaba – Ayla Resort
Hyatt Regency Aqaba Ayla 5*
Hyatt’s second hotel in Jordan – Hyatt Regency Aqaba Ayla – is scheduled to open in quarter two of 2018 and will offer business and leisure facilities in the heart of Ayla’s buzzing marina. The 286-room property including 43 suites will feature five food and beverage outlets, a private beach club, two pools, state-of- the-art fitness centre, a resort destination Spa, which will be the first to have an authentic Turkish hammam, plus Camp Hyatt for junior guests and conference facilities with an 1,870-foot ballroom ideal for social events and meetings. The hotel will be situated on Aqaba’s largest development Ayla and home to Jordan’s first 18-hole Championship golf course.
Aqaba – Saraya Aqaba
Once completed in early 2018, Saraya Resort will be home to four five-star hotels, a marina, the country’s first water park, plus shopping and dining facilities. A 60,000-square metre man-made lagoon will provide a central focal point for the development, along with an additional 1.5km of coastline added to Aqaba.
Jumeirah Qasr Al Aqaba 5*
Qasr Al Aqaba is one of two new hotels operated by Jumeirah that is set to open in Jordan in 2018. It will offer 285 guestrooms and suites, as well as swimming pools with a private beach on the Saraya Lagoon. Guests will have access to a luxurious spa and fitness centre and a lively kids’ club.
Jumeirah Al Qala’a 5*
The Al Qala’a will be Jumeirah’s second hotel, expected to open in 2018. In addition to an array of guest rooms and suites, it will offer an all-day dining restaurant and two speciality restaurants -Lebanese and seafood, spa and fitness facilities and a kids’ club.
Al Manara Saraya Aqaba 5*
Reminiscent of a majestic palace, Al Manara, a Luxury Collection Hotel, guards the mouth of Jordan’s Saraya Lagoon, embracing more than 6,000 years of the region’s enigmatic history. Located on the shores of the Red Sea, the hotel features 207 rooms inclusive of 38 signature suites overlooking Saraya Aqaba lagoon or Negev and Sinai mountains. Guests have a range of culinary venues to choose from, offering waterfront views, casual dining and exceptional cuisine. The Seafood restaurant, with its casual atmosphere, introduces smoked flavours of the freshly-caught fish by local fishermen, smoked cocktails and the unique Meduse Shisha. Throughout the day, guests are welcome to savour a specially designed a la carte menu artfully presenting hearty cuisine from around the Mediterranean Sea, while at the Middle Eastern restaurant mixing traditional art and modern design, offer culture, hospitality and entertainment alongside a contemporary menu giving a new look to traditional Levant flavours. It is set to open in Q1 of 2018.
Westin Aqaba Hotel 5*
Nested at the heart of Jordan’s Saraya lagoon, The Westin Saraya Aqaba marks the debut of the Westin brand in Jordan. With a combination of modern design, local textures, olive tree wood and stones reminding the mountains of Wadi Rum, the hotel is a tranquil yet energising retreat on the shore of the Red Sea in Aqaba. Featuring 298 rooms, The Westin Saraya Aqaba is the perfect destination for a family escape offering an array of activities for children at the Westin Kids Club and a combination of different spa treatments at Heavenly Spa by The Westin. It is set to open in Q4 of 2018.
The St. Regis Amman 5*
St. Regis will make its debut in Jordan with the opening of The St. Regis Amman. The St. Regis Amman will become a landmark attraction in the city’s affluent Abdoun district, an area already noted for its boulevard cafes, high-end shopping, lively restaurants and vibrant nightlife. The St. Regis Amman will feature 260 luxuriously appointed guest rooms, including 40 branded residences, restaurants, a fitness centre, signature spa, and St. Regis’ iconic Butler service. The St. Regis Amman will also feature a 1,300 sqm ballroom which will be largest ballroom in Amman. It is set to open in May 2018.
W Hotel Amman 5*
The W Hotel Amman is set to open in February 2018 and will be a vibrant urban sanctuary styled in contemporary luxury and nestled in Amman’s financial district, amid traditional markets and ancient ruins. It will feature four restaurants, 280 rooms including 44 suites, a state-of- the-art FIT gym where guests can enjoy yoga on the sun terrace, an AWAY® Spa and a WET® outdoor heated pool.
Fairmont Amman 5*
The newly opened Fairmont Amman is a five-star luxury hotel, centrally located; within walking distance of Amman’s most affluent neighbourhood of Abdoun and a five-minute drive from the new Abdali downtown urban centre. The hotel features 317 elegantly appointed guestrooms and suites, a range of gastronomic restaurants offering a diverse range of dining options from local food to Japanese cuisine, a luxurious 2,200 square metre spa and a state-of- the-art fitness centre. Award- winning Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo (WATG) has designed the hotel’s contemporary interiors.
Ritz Carlton 5*
In 2017, Ritz Carlton broke ground on a new development in the Fifth Circle. To be completed in 2020, the hotel will feature 230 guestrooms, a fitness centre, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, spa and 1,000 square-metre ballroom.
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