The Luxury Collection debuts, more brands to follow suit

THE Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts made its Jordan debut with Al Manara, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Saraya Aqaba.

Al Manara is the second collaboration between Marriott International and Eagle Hills Jordan, following the debut of W Amman. Also, part of the agreement are The St. Regis Amman and The Westin Saraya Aqaba, set to open doors in the coming months.

Al Manara is located in the heart of beachside destination Saraya Aqaba and embodies sophisticated luxury and rich Middle Eastern heritage. Each of the 207 rooms at Al Manara, (including 43 suites and two villas), feature inviting balconies and floor to ceiling windows with views of the Red Sea and striking mountain ranges.

The main dining venue Taybeh Al Manara serves northern Mediterranean cuisine with an international flair; Kubba Levantin, is a casually elegant Middle Eastern restaurant; and waterfront bar and restaurant Amwaj will serve seafood from the Red Sea. 

Overlooking the picturesque and serene Saraya Aqaba Lagoon, the spa at Al Manara offers a diverse range of treatments with skincare products by Subtle Energies, Terres d'Afrique and Sodashi.

For the more outdoorsy, Aqaba offers variety of water sports discoveries such as scuba diving, snorkelling, fishing, parasailing and paragliding.

For those looking to discover destinations around Aqaba, Petra, the world's wonder is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. A 90-minute drive from Aqaba, Petra is where great natural, cultural and geological features merge. It holds more than 800 individual monuments, including buildings, tombs, baths, funerary halls, temples, arched gateways, and colonnaded streets, that were mostly carved from the kaleidoscopic sandstone.

Wadi Rum, a maze of monolithic rockscapes rise up from the desert floor to heights of 1,750m creating a natural challenge for serious mountaineers. Hikers can enjoy the tranquillity of the boundless empty spaces and explore the canyons and water holes to discover 4000-year-old rock drawings and the many other spectacular treasures this vast wilderness holds in store. ”