A Middle Eastern country, Jordan is a fascinating place to visit.
It’s full of spectacular historical sites, like the ancient city of Petra, and natural attractions, like the Wadi Rum desert.
So what are the absolute best hotels in Jordan for a luxury trip?
We stayed at four luxury Jordan hotels, reviewed below.
Luxury hotels in Jordan
The Kempinski hotel group has invested big time in two 5-star hotels in Jordan – the Kempinski Hotel Aqaba on the Red Sea and the Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea, inland on the large salty lake of the Dead Sea.
Both of these luxury hotels in Jordan offer travelers a seaside resort experience near some of the country’s top attractions.
In Amman, the country’s capital, we stayed at the Four Seasons Amman.
And to visit Petra, the Movenpick Petra was our base.
Kempinski Hotel Aqaba
There was no bumping into Nicole Kidman, also holidaying at the Kempinski Hotel Aqaba, Jordan.
But we could peer down at Nic’s Royal Suite.
With its artful crescent-shaped design, slate infinity pool shaded by bamboo trees, and hi-tech rooms, the Kempinski Hotel Aqaba raised the bar on where to stay in Aqaba, a small developing resort in Jordan – attracting celebrities as well as luxury-loving Jordan visitors.
All 201 rooms and suites have dramatic views of the Red Sea.
Huge balconies with marble floors have slatted wood screens you can slide open or shut, depending on the position of the sun.
Inside, the ultra-modern room décor is all white walls, blonde wood floors and chrome lamps, and white leather headboards highlight comfy beds with plush linens.
The glass-walled bathrooms aren’t for the modest, however – your room-mate can still see you through the pull-down translucent shade.
But with free in-room Internet, a mini-bar stocked with complimentary Amstel beer and soft drinks, and convenient North American electricity plugs, we couldn’t complain too much.
The hotel features a delightful seafood restaurant called Fish In (the menu comes rolled up in a glass bottle), along with other restaurants and bars.
Aqaba is only an hour away from the red sand dunes of the Wadi Rum desert (Lawrence of Arabia’s stomping grounds).
Perhaps ride a camel in the desert, or take a jeep tour with a local Bedouin guide?
Kempinski Hotel Aqaba: Check rates and availability
Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea
Over on the Dead Sea – actually an inland salty lake – the Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea has been designed to resemble the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.
With nine pools and gardens dotted with lagoons and waterfalls, it’s a beautiful and visually stunning resort.
But perhaps because of its sprawling size (over 300 rooms and suites), we found the service to be less spiffy than at the Aqaba property.
The main neon-lit buffet Obelisk restaurant (where many half-board guests eat) doesn’t do the hotel justice.
But its à la carte Italian grill restaurant is excellent and more than compensates.
For a unique experience, don’t miss slathering your body with black Dead Sea mud at the resort’s beach and floating in the super buoyant sea water. (The mud is said to ease rheumatic pain and be good for your skin.)
Also treat yourself at the resort’s spa, the largest in the Middle East.
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Four Seasons Amman
When in Amman, there really is no better place to stay than at the Four Seasons Hotel Amman – it’s simply the best.
The top choice for government dignitaries and corporate executives, the sophisticated 192-room hotel appeals to discriminating leisure travellers too.
We shared the elevators with both the president of Brazil, who was travelling on business, and an Abercrombie & Kent group of tourists.
Once past the airport-like security at the outside gates, you enter a creamy gold, Jordanian stone and marble, high-rise oasis. The airy lobby has several smaller parlors, where guests may take afternoon tea or a light lunch.
Large rooms and suites are done in gold, camel and soft blue colors and have expansive hilltop views of the city, both modern and Bedouin-traditional.
Through one window, we looked out across a field of sheep, a shepherd and even a donkey, right beside a busy highway.
Luxury touches include Bulgari Green Tea bath amenities, Italian linens and flat-screen TVs.
For dinner, order from a menu of always-popular burgers, steaks and pizza on the outdoor terrace of the casual grill and lounge.
Or go French at La Capitale, featuring foie gras with mango chutney, duck breast in a citrus sauce, and sea scallops with fresh truffle.
Either way, you’ll toddle off to your comfy bed, sated and content.
The Four Seasons is an ideal base for making a daytrip to the ancient Roman city of Jerash, followed by a visit to the Crusader castle of Ajloun – about an hour’s drive from Amman.
One of the best preserved Roman cities in the world, Jerash’s theaters, fountains, temples and colonnaded streets are still so magnificent they impress even travelers who are “ruined out.”
You can also watch gladiator contests and chariot racing, staged in the ancient Hippodrome.
At the end of the day, the hotel’s spa area is particularly welcome.
We swam laps in the large indoor pool, which has a domed ceiling with star-shaped blue glass skylights.
There’s also a beautiful outdoor pool surrounded by columns, open in warmer weather – magical at sunset when the city is bathed in a golden glow and the call to evening prayer resonates over the hilltops.
Four Seasons Hotel Amman: Check rates and availability
Movenpick Resort Petra
There’s no better hotel for exploring Petra than the 5-star Movenpick Resort Petra.
Carved from rose-red rocks, the ancient Nabatean city of Petra is one of the world’s most stupendous archaeological sites.
The 183-room resort is located right by the entrance to the historic city – the closest resort to Petra. This location is a huge plus because it means you can be one of the first visitors to enter Petra in the morning when it opens.
Inside, the hotel blends an Arabesque décor with clean modern rooms. You’ll also find a roof-top garden with swimming pool, along with several restaurants and bars.
Movenpick Resort Petra: Check rates and availability
Our stays were supported by the Jordan hotels reviewed here. But as always, hosts have no editorial influence on our articles.
Photo credits: 2, 8 © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase | Other hotel photos courtesy the respective hotels