Kempinski must have found a workable way of putting the often empty vision of "our staff are our greatest asset" into practice. What remains as the main impression of our 2-week stay is the superb service and the very many memorable encounters with friendly, helpful, "knowing your wish before you do yourself", competent staff.
So when you have that and a good location, wonderful beach, the most amazingly soft bedlinen - it's a really good holiday. Ajman is the smallest emirate and half an hour by taxi (about 80-100 dirham) from the airport. We preferred not being in the bustle of Dubai - the hotel has several shuttle runs to the Blue Souk (Sharjah) and onto Dubai (Gold Souk, Dubai Mall etc) per day (free of charge) but it's a hop on hop off affair and so the circuit will take you ages. (we rented a car instead for a full day and did the obligatory stuff at our own pace).
The hotel facilities are good - the fitness has a good range of equipment, the spa area is nothing too special, the beach is glorious, the pool area tends to be busy (and is great during these hot months as you can sit by the pool bar), there are good wellness services. What we loved most however was the coffee lounge. Nothing beats going there after dinner, sampling the various shisha flavours (try the mixes that the shisha guy makes - we loved the mint/grape one), drinking a Marroccan tea or a whisky (though not a great range here) and observing the great range of folk ( locals in all manner of dress from burka to jeans with skyscraper killer heels) while esconced in the most comfortable chairs and sofas. Loved it.
We didn't explore much - because the aim had been to vegetate and relax - but actually there are quite a few things to do. Renting a car is an option (unless you want to go to Dubai - the signposting is terrible, misleading to non-existent) and costs next to nothing, roads are great, and there are loads of places around the coast and inland to explore. Or in Ajman the public beach in the evening is fun, and of course if you're in the market for some tourist goods, you can get them there for much less than in the malls etc. (And if you go to a mall and are not interested in the overwhelmingly huge Dubai one, there's the new Mirdif - close to the airport - which we found was just the right size for us). (Another small tip - there is a small mall in Ajman with a huge Carrefour and a cinema - great tip if you want to while away the really hot afternoon hours - many films are shown in English).
Most of our friends felt we were mad to go there in the middle of summer. Let them think so :-) For us, a few weeks of real sunshine and warmth after the long European winter, at a top hotel at an affordable price - it's their low season so it's bargain time - in a quiet location was just perfect.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kempinski Hotel Ajman is situated in the United Arab Emirates right on the shores of the Arabian Gulf, 25 km from Dubai. Offering 182 sea or pool view rooms and boasting a private white sandy beach, which is classed by many as the best private beach in the UAE. Dining options range from traditional Indian and rustic Italian cuisine to themed international buffets. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ajman Kempinski Hotel
- Kempinski Ajman