With a dash of clever planning, you can make the most of Jordan’s most alluring attributes while squeezing in some relaxation time to ensure you return home feeling refreshed. Here’s how to spend a fabulous five days in Jordan, and make every second count.
Located just a short flight from Europe, the sunny coastal city of Aqaba is the perfect gateway to Jordan and offers a laidback introduction to Middle Eastern life. Check into the impressive, five-star resort Ayla to begin your adventure, where luxurious accommodation and a wide range of facilities create an idyllic base for your stay. Step out into Aqaba to explore the colourful souks and meet the local people, before making the most of the convenient and varied dining options at Ayla as you tuck into all your favourite foods onsite.
A highlight of any Jordan itinerary, the Lost City of Petra will take your breath away. Situated a less than two hour drive from Ayla, you can indulge your inner culture vulture with these majestic desert ruins and iconic Greek-style facades on your first full day in the country. Combine your Petra experience with a visit to the neolithic ruins of Al-Beidha, and you’ll be set up for an enriching and visually-spectacular history lesson you won’t soon forget.
After a dusty day amongst the ancient ruins, it’s time for a rejuvenating and refreshing dip in the notoriously salty Dead Sea. The high level of sodium means it’s nigh on impossible to sink, so you can relax, lie back, and float with minimal effort while the minerals work wonders on your skin. If you want to take your pampering one step further, simply slather yourself in the nutrient-rich mud to give your skin some serious TLC.
There’s no place on earth quite like the UNESCO World Heritage site Wadi Rum, and a visit to this red-hued desert is an essential addition to any Jordan itinerary. Boasting A-List credentials from featuring in films like Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and most recently Aladdin, the endless dunes and fascinating rock formations create an otherworldly vista that lends itself well to sci-fi and fantasy movies. Why not make the most of the magic and book an early morning balloon ride over the desert? Watch the sunrise over the timeless sands as you embrace the power of nature.
Don your flippers and adjust your masks as you head off to discover the very best reefs of the pristine Aqaba coast. Dive beneath the unspoilt waters to explore vivid coral, teeming with marine life, and introduce the kids to their first snorkelling experience at these safe yet beautiful sites. Once you’ve finished floating with the fishes, book yourself into the Ayla spa for a massage or treatment that will leave you on cloud nine as you prepare to return to reality.
Whether you only have a short break to play with or plenty of time on your hands, Ayla makes the ideal base to hit the highlights of Jordan while treating yourself to the luxe life. Add Ayla to your Jordan itinerary and book your dream trip today.