I love scrolling around travel blogs,
getting great ideas of places to go, things to do, people to see.
One that I really love is Hotel Belle.
Annie Fitzsimmons is a travel writer with a passion for hotels.
Her blog takes you inside all kinds of interesting places to stay,
and I love it for for it’s personal tone – it feels like Annie
is chatting to you about her experiences rather than
giving you some completely un-animated review.
When you cruise her blog make sure you read her About Me section.
She is nothing if not fascinating.
Today’s Saturday blog re-post is about Annie’s trip to Jordan.
I have tons of friends from Jordan,
so it is high on my list of places to go.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
This photo above gives you the best look at where the Intercontinental Aqaba at the Red Sea
in Jordan sits, right on the bright blue waters of the Red Sea and
nestled in between two hotels under construction and the Kempinski Red
Aqaba & the Red Sea is where Jordanians go to vacation, akin to
the beach towns of Florida or California-the royal family has a home
here and as beautiful Queen Rania says, “If you want to cool down, you can take a dip in the Red Sea, diving coral reefs and old wrecks.”
I liked visiting the Red Sea, though it’s definitely a place where you
come to kick back and get your tan on. There’s not a great downtown or
restaurant scene, so your hotel choice is very important. The
Intercontinental has beautiful public spaces, a fun pool area, nice if
slightly chaotic restaurants and you can easily access the water. I
took a boat tour and dove in to swim-very salty but if you come here,
you have to leave saying you swam in the Red Sea!
The rooms are nice though not unique, and I’d recommend booking one
with a full water view. My room had a partial water view and seeing the
massive, empty hotel being constructed next door was a little odd. I
definitely didn’t lounge on the balcony to catch the warm nighttime
breeze with that eery view!
Lovely flowers in the lobby
View of construction from my balcony
Great View of Eilat, Israel
Love seeing the Jordanian Flag
You can find Annie on facebook at Facebook.com/hotelbelle
And you can follow her travels on twitter @ Anniefitz