Aqaba signs on two Starwood properties

19th Dec 2006

Saraya Aqaba Real Estate Development and Starwood have officially signed an agreement to operate two hotels in the Saraya Aqaba project in JordanUnder the agreement Starwood will operate The Westin Aqaba Resort under the ‘Westin’ brand and Al-Manara hotel under ‘The Luxury Collection’ brand; in addition to operating the adjacent ‘boutique’ hotel.

‘We’re thrilled to be part of this highly-regarded resort development with the Westin and the Luxury Collection brands, which will make their debut into Jordan.’ said Roeland Vos, President of Starwood Hotels & Resorts in Europe, Africa and Middle East.’ The Westin focus on renewal, personal and instinctive services, will set a new level of experience through its signature products, style and design while the unparalleled attention to guest needs and preferences and the exceptional and distinctive Luxury Collection properties will provide guests with the most enriching hotel experiences’.

‘Saraya Aqaba, a world-class premium travel destination, showcasing uniqueness and distinction, from inception to creation, by choosing an exceptional natural environment that can be enhanced through outstandingly conceived developments. The project includes a selection of the finest hotels, retail, entertainment, leisure and sport facilities in addition to luxurious residential units; that meet customers and business needs and expectations” said Mr. Ali Kolaghassi, Vice Chairman & CEO of Saraya. ‘Partnering with brands such as Westin and the Luxury Collection comes as a manifestation of our pioneering vision’, Ali Kolaghassi added.

Located on the shores of Saraya Aqaba’s man-made lagoon, the Westin Aqaba Resort is a picturesque beachfront resort built in a traditional Middle Eastern architecture. The Westin will offer 300 elegant rooms including 23 suites, four main restaurants with terraces overlooking lush gardens and waterfront views, health and fitness club, world-class day spa, specialty shops, children’s club and teenager’s activity center, and outdoor recreation facilities with two swimming pools and a private beach.

The Luxurious Al-Manara Hotel, distinguished by its rich and unique traditional architecture, is ideally positioned at the mouth of Saraya Aqaba’s lagoon, stretching along a sandy beachfront and protected with a Breakwater with a lighthouse.


The Al-Manara Hotel will offer 200 guestrooms, including 18 suites, three main restaurants with waterfront views, specialty shops, health club, spa and recreational facilities access, swimming pools and private beaches facing both the Gulf of Aqaba and Saraya lagoon.

The exclusive build contractor for Saraya Aqaba project is Saudi Oger Ltd, ensuring the delivery of the highest specifications and construction standards.


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