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Red Sea: SAS Radisson Aqaba on the Red Sea

Reviewed by: French Toast from France, review #1190

When: July 2005

Nice rooms, good service.

Intercontinental Aqaba Hotel, photo by

We went from the Dead Sea to the Red Sea. Aqaba is surrounded by rugged mountains that subtly change color as the day unfolds. It is Jordanís only port city. Its crystal clear waters, abundant marine life and pleasant climate, make it an ideal location for the year-round water sports and diving. The Red Sea has some of the best diving in the world, I think; I spent a week on the Red Sea in 2001 near Hurgada, Egypt.

The hotel can arrange day trips for you. Aqaba is also ideal for history enthusiast with sites reflecting human habitation back to 4000BC, resulting from the city's strategic location at the junction of trading routes between Asia, Africa and Europe. Petra is only 110 kilometres north of Aqaba and Wadi rum is 50km away.

Radisson SAS Aqaba is a 4 star hotel right on the Red Sea with a private beach. Good place for kids as there is lots of fun at the pool side. The 9 dollar buffet dinner was excellent as was the breakfast on the patio. Super nice, helpful staff. 70 dollars a night for a double room. Nicely appointed rooms and very good service from all.

The newly opened Intercontinental is next door if you want to see a superb 5 star hotel complete with 5 tier Baccarat chandeliers and rooms with decks over the pool -- for a higher price, of course. If we had a bigger budget, I would have stayed at the Intercontinental because it was just so fabulous!!

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