It took us a little over an hour to drive from Petra to Aqaba. As we entered the seaport city, one could notice that it’s a walkable small town. I was eager to leave the car in the Al Manara Aqaba hotel parking for the next 3 days and enjoy the seaside property.
Al Manara Aqaba is located in the Ayla Oasis district, a new high end coastal residential and leisure development. in the western end of the city. It’s a short 10 to 15-minute walk to the Ayla Circle where the city centre starts.
The property was quiet as we made arrived a little after noon.
The lobby is beautifully decorated with a Jordanian bedouin theme: red carpets, sofas and pillows with Bedouin motifs. Carved wood octogon coffee tables, metal vases and plants made for warm multiple lounging areas across the lobby.
The staff was young and efficient. I was granted an upgrade to the Superior room which is a large corner suite. I was glad my Marriott Bonvoy Platinum status did its job.
Al Manara Superb Superior Room
The suite is at the end of the hallway. A very spacious suite with a large living room and bedroom with a king size bed.
Al Manara Business Centre
The business centre is huge and luxurious. It features 3 work stations, a printer and a boardroom. I used it to print my PCR test results.
Al Manara Gym
Al Manara Pool and Beach Side
Al Manara Aqaba is my top pick in the Luxury Collection portfolio. The property adds a lot of charm to a stay in Aqaba.
The architecture and design brings a sense of peace and relaxation. The staff was amazing: well-trained and forthcoming. I tipped generously both poolside waiters and housekeeping ladies. The property plays in the league of the Ritz-Carlton Doha I reviewed.
This is a sweet spot for Platinum and higher elites: upgrade and complimentary breakfast.