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Kempinski Aqaba

Address: King Hussein Street

Neighborhood:

City: Aqaba

Phone: 011-962-3-209-0888

Website: www.kempinski-aqaba.com

Expert Review

Opened in June 2009, this chic 201-room resort is the area's first new hotel in recent years, and its distinctive crescent-shaped design sets it apart from the competition. Like its sister hotel in the Dead Sea, all of its crisp, designer rooms enjoy seaviews and complimentary minibars; here, however, they embrace a Miami-worthy vibe thanks to an all-white decor, blond-wood floors, glassed-in bathrooms, and sliding wooden shutters. Outside, a bamboo-shaded pool scene replete with a sunken water bar leads to Aqaba's only white-sand beach (the sand isn't local, but imported from northern Jordan) and a dock from which sunset cruises head out onto the Red Sea. Look for a spa and nightclub to open here in fall 2009.

Tags: luxury | beach | spa | smart splurge | swimming pool | jim's pick

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