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 will open nine five-star properties throughout 2018.
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 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-star
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 marina. The 286-room property including 43 suites will feature five food and beverage outlets, a private beach club, two pools, 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.
AQABA: SARAYA AQABA
Jumeirah Qasr Al Aqaba 5-star
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-star
The Al Qala’a will be Jumeirah’s second hotel, expected to open in 2018. In addition to 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-star
Al Manara, a Luxury Collection Hotel, is set by Jordan’s Saraya Lagoon. 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. It is set to open in Q1 of 2018.
Westin Aqaba Hotel 5-star
At Jordan’s Saraya lagoon, The Westin Saraya Aqaba marks the debut of the Westin brand in Jordan. The hotel is a retreat on the shore of the Red Sea in Aqaba. Featuring 298 rooms, The Westin Saraya Aqaba is suitable for a family escape offering 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-star
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. The St. Regis Amman will have 260 luxurious guest rooms, including 40 branded residences, restaurants, a fitness centre, signature spa, and St. Regis’ iconic Butler service. It is set to open in May 2018.
W Hotel Amman 5-star
The W Hotel Amman is set to open in spring 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-star
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 guestrooms and suites, restaurants offering diverse dining options from local food to Japanese cuisine, a luxurious 2,200 square metre spa and a state-of-the-art fitness centre.
Ritz Carlton 5-star
Ritz Carlton will complete its Fifth Circle development in 2020. The hotel will feature 230 guestrooms, a fitness centre, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, spa and 1,000 square-metre ballroom.