Team shortlist13 Feb 2017 AT 04:12 PM

REVIEW: Kempinski Ajman

A beach resort with a bowling alley
Team shortlist13 Feb 2017 AT 04:12 PM
Ajman, Kempinski Ajman, Travel, Staycation
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Ajman, Kempinski Ajman, Travel, Staycation
Ajman, Kempinski Ajman, Travel, Staycation
Laguna Suite Bedroom
Laguna Suite Bedroom
Friday Garden Brunch
Friday Garden Brunch
Ajman, Kempinski Ajman, Travel, Staycation
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Deluxe Suite
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Deluxe Suite
Deluxe Suite Dining Room
© Reinhard Westphal
Deluxe Suite Dining Room

The UAE’s smallest emirate is also often the most forgotten. While Ras Al Khaimah enjoys a regular flow of tired office workers from Dubai for regular staycations, Ajman is less frequently part of the weekend plans. But that’s all changing.

Thanks to its quiet beach, great value brunches and small museum, it’s becoming an attractive place to take some time out from busy city life.

We checked into the Kempinski Ajman for that very reason. While the hotel is one of the older properties along the beach, it’s got one of the best positions, making it great for those who like to spend plenty of time with the sand between their toes.

The Hotel
We stayed in the Laguna Suite – one of 182 rooms and suites at the hotel, which all have their own balcony. There’s plenty of space, a huge bath and an extremely comfy bed. If you’re the sort of person who enjoys a daytime nap, it’s probably best to get a room on a higher floor, as these open right out onto the pool. Seeing as every hour of sunlight is an opportunity to be outside, this was a bonus for us.

The Beach
The highlight of the whole resort is the beach. There are plenty of sun loungers and beach beds on the 500 metres of private sand, all of which have buzzers for lounger service. We spent hours relaxing with the sound of waves lapping at the shore. Speaking of waves… when we visited they were pretty high, making for the most extreme game of catch we’ve ever had. Hours of fun.

The Brunch
The Friday Garden Picnic brunch offers live cooking stations with Indian, Italian, Chinese and Arabic dishes. There’s also a big BBQ and plenty of fresh seafood. The magician and balloon animal artist are meant to entertain the kids, but we were just as amused. The food is fantastic, showcasing some of the hotel’s 12 restaurants (a great way to decide where you want to eat in the evening). It’s also very reasonably priced at AED185 for the brunch, AED250 for beach and brunch and AED290 for beach, brunch and select beverages.

The Extras
Despite everything mentioned above, one of the highlights of the resort is the cosmic bowling. In the evenings the six-lane alley is the perfect place to work off all the food you ate at brunch. There’s also two pool tables, in case you fancy turning it into a multi-event competition.

www.kempinski.com, +971 6 714 5555

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