Jordan | Aqaba


aqaba, jordan, red sea, kempinski, babymoonAfter two years of living in Jordan, I finally made it to Aqaba, a city in southern Jordan on the Red Sea. Kail and I had talked about going for a long time. There are a lot of nice resorts and scuba diving centers.It’s been almost three years since we went diving (since our trip to Cebu) so we’re definitely out of practice and need to take a refresher course. Obviously we didn’t go diving on this last trip, which was in late December, because I was pregnant, but we took the opportunity to celebrate a “babymoon” and enjoy one last vacation alone together before we become parents.aqaba, jordan, red sea, kempinski, babymoonSeven months pregnant.We left Amman around 12:30 p.m. on a Thursday afternoon, and made it to our hotel, the Kempinski Hotel Aqaba, within four hours, including stops for gas and bathroom breaks. Kail had been to Aqaba a couple times for work, and we chose the Kempinski over the resort area in Tala Bay because it is closer to “downtown” Aqaba and walkable to many restaurants and shops.aqaba, jordan, red sea, kempinski, babymoonAfter resting for a bit and taking in the sunset from our balcony, we went on a walk to explore the area, buy some nuts (Aqaba is known for its nuts), and eat dinner. We settled on Syrian Palace, which had a nice courtyard with a fountain and a good selection of regional food.aqaba, jordan, red sea, kempinski, babymoonThe next morning after breakfast at the hotel buffet, we relaxed and read by the pool for a few hours. It was warm — around 80 degrees — and the pool was supposedly heated, although I found it a bit chilly. We went to the gym and then got ready for the real highlight of the day: Christmas tea in the hotel lounge.aqaba, jordan, red sea, kempinski, babymoonI didn’t think chicken wings were the best fit for “Christmas tea” (or any afternoon tea for that matter) but otherwise everything was delicious. Instead of tea, the hotel offered hot chocolate or mulled wine (we opted for the hot chocolate).aqaba, jordan, red sea, kempinski, babymoonBelly full of savory and sweet treats, I took a nap until it was time to start thinking about dinner. Ah, pregnant life. We walked around town again and found a street market called Souk by the Sea with vendors selling different crafts and knickknacks before deciding to return to the hotel for dinner.The next morning, we had breakfast and relaxed by the pool again until it was time for checkout. We enjoyed our babymoon to Aqaba and hope to return one day, diplobaby in tow.Did you go on a babymoon?

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I'm Natasha -- writer, runner and wife to a Foreign Service Officer with USAID. Current location: Frankfurt, Germany.

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