It can be a tough task to take a moment of calm during December – no less difficult than when in a city as dynamic and buzzing as Dubai. Imagine then waking up in a luxurious hotel suite so familiar to the region, cup of coffee in hand, and looking out of your window to a sheet of soft, powdery fresh dusting of white snow, bright and gleaming ready for children to play in. A soothing vision, no? And surely not possible when you consider the heat of the UAE.
Think again – at Kempinski Mall of the Emirates’ beautiful Aspen Chalet rooms, views capture both snow and sand, spanning across the Ski Dubai slope and out across to the Burj Al Arab alike. Each luxury chalet, of which the largest boasts three bedrooms, offers the warmth of an authentically ultra-cosy alpine lodge. Equipped with luxurious Hermes amenities (yes please) and state-of-the-art in-room digital technology, this is as intimate a winter retreat you can possibly imagine in the Middle East. Snuggle up in front of a stone (faux, but nonetheless warming) fireplace, and with their spacious marble bathrooms, individual kitchenettes and exclusive access to a dedicated butler service and the hotel’s signature Executive Lounge (think first class breathing space away from the busy holiday crowds in the mall, up on the 11th floor). It’s clear why these discreet, chic rooms are frequented by the A-List and VIP local clients.
Should you feel the urge venture out however, may we suggest taking the little ones to see Kempinski’s life size gingerbread house and a civilised trip to see Santa in one of the most elegant grotto situations we’ve seen, followed by a Sugar And Spice And All Things Nice afternoon tea at the Aspen café on the ground level. Match this with a plethora of events running throughout the following weeks at restaurants Salero, Noir and Olea, and quite frankly you never need to leave for the duration of the festive party season, morning to night. With enough on offer for friends and family of any age, listen carefully enough and you may even hear sleigh bells disappearing over the slopes once the stars come out…
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