Kempinski Mall of the Emirates earlier this month unveiled its extensive $100m refurbishment which started back in 2012 and we took to the hotel itself to see what had been done to make this already fabulous hotel even more fabulous.
Included in the refurbishment was the overhaul of all 373 guest rooms and suites including the re-design of the luxury Aspen Chalets that overlook Ski Dubai, although these are currently in the last phase of completion, expecting to be ready to welcome guests early 2016.
In addition, the hotel boasts a new conference facility, three new dining outlets and a whole new look to the hotel lobby; quite the makeover for Kempinski.
Connected to Mall of the Emirates, the second largest and easily the most luxurious mall in Dubai, the Kempinski hotel here is the most successful hotel for Majid Al Futtaim properties and it’s easy to see why.
There’s nothing more special than a stay in one of our suites. With panoramic views over Dubai’s glittering skyline, guests can marvel at the city or invite friends over for a get-together on the Presidential Suite’s private terrace. With luxurious freestanding bathtubs and elegant personal dining salons in all suites, there is space for everyone to relax in luxury. Guests staying in one of these lavish suites can also enjoy access to the Executive Lounge located on the 11th floor.
Of course, one of the unique aspects of Kempinski Mall of the Emirates are the Ski Chalets, which as mentioned are due to be completed early next year. A sneak preview showed that you can still take in the powdery piste of neighboring Ski Dubai whilst relaxing in a cosy interior with a log fire you really are transported to the mountains of Switzerland behind your closed doors. With private butler services and personalized check-in, these chalets really are a completely different take on luxury Dubai hotel accommodation.
In keeping up with Dubai’s ever-changing dining scene, Kempinski Mall of the Emirates has introduced brand new dining concepts to its portfolio.
Levantine is the signature restaurant where not only breakfast but dinner is also served. Breakfast is standard buffet style with a strong focus on catering towards Arabic guests and dinner comes in the form of an a la carte menu serving up outstanding Levant cuisine. Try traditional hot and cold mezzes and savor dishes such as Kebdet Dajaj (chicken liver with pomegranate to you and i) and Lebanese Fatoush (vegetables marinated with sumac) before you devour main dishes such as the excellent mixed grill or the oriental-spiced spit-roasted lamb as you dine al fresco on the terrace or in the pleasant surroundings of the inside restaurant.
The night doesn’t have to stop there however for this hotel houses one of Dubai’s newest and most sought after hotspots; Noir. This cocktail lounge boasts a seductive jet black interior that leads out onto a fire-pit lit terrace where you can take advantage of the unrivalled cocktail menu under the glow of the moonlight.
Other notable parts of this hotel include the Softouch Spa complete with state-of-the-art fitness center, tennis court and two swimming pools. This is a hotel that deceives from the outside, boasting more facilities than your average beachfront property. Treat yourself to a host of Softouch treatments from massages to facials as you make the most of all that it has to offer.
This hotel, regardless of the vast amount of money that has been spent on transforming its interior, is a game changer for Kempinski, easily one of, if not the flagship Kempinski property worldwide for its impeccable attention to detail, unrivaled service and the fact that it offers so much that so many other hotels in the region and beyond, simply cannot.
Is this a family hotel? Not really.
Is this a property for business travelers? Potentially.
Is this a property for travelers to the region (or indeed residents themselves) looking for a unique luxury property that takes the stress away from shopping by being right next door? Absolutely.