Hotel from the outside really looks impressive with its arabic styling and sandy colors.A nice touch of colors is given by the many flowers and perfectly maintained green grass.The swimming pools were beautiful,clean and never to crowded. The main pool changes it's color at night, providing beautiful views.We always had room enough in and out of the pool. And if 1 of the pools is not good enough for you, you can still relax on the clean beach! There is even a "dock" to allow guest to jump straight in the water, so no worries to hurt your feet on the rocky sea bottom.
On the beach you an outdoor fitness, but it's not really designed for a good workout. But it's still good enough to get some exercise.
The rooms are clean and big enough.We had a room with a terrace-view towards sea, the gazebo and one of the smaller pools.Our room was located at the road side, but the road is not that busy so no annoying noises from cars passing by.
In overall very friendly staff, always willing to help you!I sprained my ankle during the descent from the monastery in Petra, and the staff were asking me every time how i was doing.At the dinner they arranged for me to sit closer to the buffet so i didn't have to walk so far...and this is just one the examples their kindness.Maria was one the nicest waitresses we had in a while, always smiling, helpful and good/quick at her job.Cleaning ladies were always present to make sure any spills at the buffet or at tables were cleaned fast.Many times cleaning staff is underrated, but in this way i want to thank Urufa again for doing such a good job...
Only downside to the hotel (but also for the surrounding hotels like Mövenpick) is that the location is a bit desolate. Good for tranquility of course, but some would require more possibilities for entertainment at night. Not many opportunities to go out for a drink or some shopping. Aqaba city is not so far away (and reachable with hotel shuttle or taxi).But don't expect a lot of entertainment there either.
Location is perfect to visit Petra (1hr45 driving) or Wadi Rum (about an hour). The drive to the dead sea is a lot longer (depending wich highway you take), but is well worth it and still can be done in a day.
So in overall the hotel was well worth staying in! I recommend it to anyone, except people looking for roaring nightlife...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideally located in the new and high luxury developed resort destination of Tala Bay, only 20 kilometres south of King Hussein International Airport (Aqaba) and 15 kilometres south of the city of Aqaba, stretching along the coast of Aqaba Gulf, Grand Swiss-Belresort Tala Bay Aqaba is the cornerstone of the most famous Bay. The hotel offers breathtaking views of the warm Red Sea and the golden mountains, with an impressive collection of alluring restaurants and bars, magnificent beachfront and modern stylish rooms as well as numerous leisure facilities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Radisson Blu Tala Bay Resort, Aqaba Hotel Aqaba