Where to stay in Jordan
Jordan’s well-established tourist industry offers a fantastic range of first class hotels, luxurious desert camps and spa resorts along with more budget-friendly places. Whatever your choice, the famous Jordanian hospitality always makes for a warm welcome, particularly where children are concerned. Staff will greet all ages with open arms – but the younger ones will certainly get all the attention. Before you know it your offspring will be whisked off to the kitchen to share mint tea and sweet, sticky baklava with the chef or be shown how to wear the traditional Arab headdress or ‘kaffiya’ (brilliant for both protecting them from the fierce sun and making them feel like a true desert explorer) by the waiters.
So what is a typical Jordanian hotel like?
Although there is a wide range of hotels, most of these are quite large and perhaps a little lacking in character. You can get luxury but it is more difficult to find somewhere that oozes Middle Eastern charm… Jordan seems yet to discover the joy of the boutique hotel.
That said, there is the occasional exception such as the fantastic Eco-Lodge at Feynan. Situated in a peaceful spot at the bottom of a valley but surrounded by craggy mountains, the location of this hotel alone is fabulous. With nothing around and only solar power, there is no light pollution anywhere nearby so the views of the night sky are literally out of this world. The hotel capitalises on this with a roof top telescope and the children will be mesmerised by glimpses of Mars and other planets.
Rooms are thoughtfully decorated with local touches although don’t expect to be able to read your book at night as the solar powered lighting means you only get a gentle glow in the evening. Food is plentiful and delicious although vegetarian so avid carnivores should be prepared!
There is also more interesting accommodation available in Wadi Rum, from wild camps in the remote desert to high-end tented camps which are really more like hotels. One of our favourites is the Wadi Rum Night Luxury Camp – the clue is in the title! This is a magical place deep in the heart of the desert yet offering hotel facilities – not as much 5 star accommodation, more like 5 million stars! You will enjoy your own private Bedouin-style tent replete with silk furnishings and traditional hand-made furniture. Each tent has its own verandah with fantastic views over the dramatic desert and mountain scenery. Modern toilet and shower facilities (shared but very luxurious) and a dining tent beautifully decorated with Arab furnishings complete this incredible setting. This is glamping at its best!
How do high-end and mid-range hotels compare?
When we prepare an itinerary for you in Jordan we will take into account your budget and will be able to suggest a range of hotels to suit. Families who want to splash out can enjoy luxury hotels with a range of facilities whilst those on a tighter budget can enjoy clean and comfortable accommodation in simple, often family-run hotels.
Aqaba provides some much needed R&R at the end of a busy family holiday to Jordan. It is the perfect contrast to the sightseeing, ruins and desert so is the ideal place to illustrate different levels of accommodation. Those on a tighter budget will enjoy staying at My Hotel, a really fantastic find and one that garners consistently great reviews from our travellers. Located near the beachfront, it offers extremely pleasant surroundings, wonderful service and most importantly a rooftop pool (to keep children happy) and bar (for the ‘older’ ones…).
There are family suites/inter-connecting rooms and a restaurant – or staff will recommend one of the many fabulous options for dining out in Aqaba. Guests can make use of the sandy beach at the nearby Intercontinental Hotel for a small fee and snorkelling/diving trips can also be arranged.
Those looking for more comfort have a variety of choices along the beachfront here – we think that the Radisson Blu Tala Bay Resort offers the best all round top-notch facilities one would expect from this first class chain. A 5-star experience on the shores of the Red Sea, the Radisson has its own private sandy beach, no less than five swimming pools (including a kids’ pool), numerous bars and restaurants and each room or family suite has a balcony with sea views.
There is also a gym, an outdoor fitness area and a kids’ club offering an exciting array of fun activities. For water sport fanatics there are endless options – from the usual coral reef snorkelling expeditions to banana boat rides, inner tubing, parasailing, sailing, windsurfing and so on, this hotel is the perfect climax to any family holiday to Jordan.
These are just a few examples of places to stay in Jordan that past travellers have loved. All our holidays are tailor-made, so once we have found out a little more about you and your family, we will suggest a range of properties that we think will suit you best.
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