InterContinental Aqaba, Jordan

by Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Salah Mehdawi is Chief Concierge at the InterContinental Aqaba Resort, a dive resort in Jordan. He was born in Jordan’s capital city, Amman, and raised in Aqaba. Salah started his hotel career in the Concierge department at Aqaba in 2012 but his hospitality career started earlier than that. Passionate about sharing his recommendations, Salah enjoys creating unique stays for his guests. And he must be doing that right because his talent, knowledge and professionalism were recognised by Les Clefs d’Or Greece which appointed Salah as a Les Clefs d’Or member in 2016. Let’s take an armchair journey to Jordan and find out what Salah has in store for us…

Salah Mehdawi.


Most popular request…

Aqaba is known for having well-equipped diving centers that are easy to access and offer well-trained and qualified diving instructors and a variety of diving experiences, from the sample trial dive, to the highest levels of professional diving courses. Diving requests are definitely the most popular; the beautiful weather makes Aqaba a suitable place for diving year round, as water temperatures reach an average of 22.5-degrees Celsius in the summer and 20-degrees Celsius in the winter. Another advantage is the increased amount of daily sunlight, which allows you to see to a depth of 150 metres.

Favorite locale when enjoying a day off…

My favorite place is Tala Bay village which is on the south coast of Aqaba, where I can enjoy an idyllic setting and relax on a private beach. And you can find many activities that suit all ages.

Best coffee…

Tche Tche café is very popular. Relax on a sofa in this comfortable setting and enjoy a coffee, ice cream or cake. This coffee shop is on two floors and has outside seating as well as a Hubbly Bubbly [hookah or shisha pipe] service.

Where we must go for lunch…

Ali Baba restaurant located just 10 minutes by foot from InterContinental Aqaba Resort. No longer quite the star draw with locals that it once was, this evergreen restaurant still pulls in the tourist crowd. The outdoor seating area is a good vantage point for people-watching, though you’ll need to sit inside if you want to have alcohol with your meal. The food is traditional Jordanian, with a heavily seafood slant.

It’s a rainy day outside but we want to explore, what we should do…

This aquarium is part of the Aqaba Marine Science Station, although its location in the shadow of the ferry terminal doesn’t make you feel particularly close to Nature. Over a series of large and small tanks, you’re introduced to the variety of fish and corals in the Gulf of Aqaba, and get a good picture of what you might see when snorkeling or scuba diving, from colourful parrotfish to reef sharks.

An absolute must-do or must-see before leaving Aqaba…

Make your way to the Aqaba Archaeological Museum, which lies adjacent to Aqaba Fort and is housed in the historical residence of ash-Sharif al-Hussein Bin Ali, leader of the Great Arab Revolt, and the great grandfather of King Abdulla II. You can see the Hashemite Coat of Arms over the entrance as it was added after the Ottomans withdrew from Aqaba during World War I. The Museum displays an important collection from different sites in the Aqaba region, especially those found in the site of Islamic Ayla, indicative of the Caliphate, Umayyad, Abbasid and Fatimid periods.

What he loves about the hotel…

InterContinental Aqaba Resort location is perfect for Red Sea holidays and business, this five-star Aqaba resort has a private, white-sand beach lapped by turquoise waters. Luxury guestrooms with balconies overlook a lagoon-style pool. Chic restaurants and a full-service spa help you stay refreshed and relaxed. Explore this magical region with the help of our concierge, who can arrange Red Sea snorkeling and diving, as well as day trips to Petra and Wadi Rum. Downtown Aqaba is a short stroll away, and King Hussein Airport can be reached in 15 minutes.

Anything else we should know when visiting Aqaba…

THE MARTIAN EXPERIENCE….

Unbeknownst to many, Jordan’s Wadi Rum is home to the location for the blockbuster movie ‘The Martian’. To give movie buffs and adventurous guests a chance to ‘walk the red earth’, InterContinental Aqaba Resort is offering an excursion to Wadi Rum with a Bedouin guide and camel ride before heading back to the hotel for a traditional oriental dinner cooked to the guests’ tastes specifically, overlooking the resorts’ sandy beaches.

For more information, or to book, click here.