A popular seaside resort town frequented by the Jordanian royal family for decades, Aqaba is one of the region’s most storied and ancient cities. A destination in its own right for its thousands of years as a Red Sea port, it’s also a base for exploring southern Jordanian sites like Wadi Rum and Petra.
As an important Red Sea port city, Aqaba dates back to prehistoric times, when it was known as Ayla. In the historic Aqaba Castle complex, an ancient royal residence has been converted into the city’s archaeological museum, displaying a collection of artifacts from throughout the area’s history, in particular focusing on the Rashidun, Umayyad, Abbasid and Fatimid periods.Learn More
A crumbling mud-brick ruin in the heart of historic Aqaba, Ayla church is believed to be the oldest – or, at least, one of the oldest – remaining churches in the world, dating to the third century. Immerse yourself in the ancient Red Sea port’s history and explore the surrounding Aqaba Fort complex, as well.Learn More
One of the world’s most awe-inspiring wonders, the prehistoric city of Petra – a Nabataean caravan city – is carved out of the red cliffs and mountains of southwest Jordan. Enter on camel-back or on foot, and marvel at the ornate façades and complex mountain passageways that have lasted for millennia. Be sure to visit Al-Khazneh, the treasury, whose Hellenic-inspired façade is one of Petra’s enduring images.Learn More
Just outside the city, along the Red Sea coast, sits the Royal Diving Club, a Jordanian holiday institution. For decades, Jordanian elite, aficionados, and novices alike have flocked here for watersports, especially snorkeling and scuba diving in the Red Sea’s famous waters. With access to 14 different dive sites and a dedication to eco-conscious practices, the Club offers one of the area’s best dive experiences.Learn More
A sandstone-and-granite valley east of Aqaba, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Wadi Rum is home to one of the most magnificent desert landscapes in the world. In addition to dramatic gorges, natural rock arches, and caverns that have provided shelter to the region’s native Bedouins for millennia, the Valley of the Moon is also home to petroglyphs and archaeological remains documenting 12,000 years of human existence.Learn More
Modeled on an ancient Middle Eastern city, Souk Saraya creates a luxury shopping experience – complete with top-tier designer brands – with inflections of old-world Arabia.Learn More
The Beach Club at Saraya Aqaba offers expansive sandy beaches on the Saraya Lagoon and the Gulf of Aqaba, in addition to swimming pools, an amphitheater, and gourmet dining.Learn More