An iconic landmark along Dubai’s Sheikh Zayed Road, Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates marks the halfway point between the city’s Downtown and Marina neighbourhoods, each of which are just 15 minutes away. The hotel is also attached to Dubai’s second largest mall, making it the ideal location for a shopping spree. But I’m here to check out the hotel’s Aspen ski chalets, an exclusive collection of one- to three-bedroom suites with views over an actual indoor ski slope: a truly fantastical experience even by Dubai’s standards.
Inside the one-bedroom Aspen Ski Chalet the mezzanine level creates a great sense of space. Looking straight ahead, the floor-to-ceiling windows peer out over Ski Dubai’s snow-covered slopes. Moving through the hallway, the living area boasts a large dining table and a sunken lounge level with sofas next to a window: a picture frame showcasing the winter wonderland below.
Images of snowflakes adorn the walls and a large TV screen hangs above the fireplace, a nice touch for added cosiness.
The space is a mixture of old wood with marble furnishings and all of the modern additions you would expect from a five-star hotel. The flickering fireplace calls for a hot chocolate while you watch the world go by in what can only be described as a human snow globe. It is also worth noting for those who are travelling with children that the sofas can pull out to form a sofa bed for the kids.
The beautiful marble bathroom boasts a freestanding oval tub as its centrepiece, in addition to a spacious walk-in shower. Flowing seamlessly through to the large bedroom space, fur-style throws and wooden beams add to the cosy Alpine vibe, and the chalet theme continues throughout.
Little touches make all of the difference and Kempinski understands this better than anyone. A wide range of Hermès soaps and amenities guarantee a lavish bathing experience and a generous portion of hand-made sweets and chocolates are left on the table upon arrival to inject some sweetness into your stay. When you factor in the 24-hour butler service and the option to order private in-suite dining, each stay is truly unique.
While you’re enjoying all of the traditional vibes of a chalet, the modern touches really help bring the suite together: iPads control lighting and the curtains, and there’s a Nespresso machine to recover and keep your energy levels high for a round of shopping.
Guests staying in the Aspen Chalets or Suites also have access to the Executive Lounge on the upper levels. Open from early morning to late evening, it’s just the spot for a relaxed coffee or something stronger in the evening, with food available throughout the day. There’s also an adjoining private room available on request, should you have any meetings scheduled during your trip or need a more private space for the family.
Being attached to one of the world’s largest malls, this hotel is the perfect base for those seeking or planning a luxury shopping escape, and offers children limitless activities with Ski Dubai, a VOX Cinema, and Magic Planet play area on your doorstep. It’s no surprise the property is a hit among affluent shoppers, Dubai residents and international tourists alike, who flock to stores for some of the most exclusive international brands from around the world.
Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates is a truly unique property appealing to a variety of different audiences including families, business travellers and enthusiastic shoppers looking for luxury accommodation during an extended stay. And thanks to the exquisite Aspen Chalets, it’s also a cosy hideaway, perfect for a winter retreat.
WHAT: Aspen Chalets
WHERE: Kempinski Hotel, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, UAE
TEL: +971 4 341 0000