Area: Al Barsha, Dubai
The Kempinski Hotel consists of approximately 400 rooms and 15 chalets attached to Ski Dubai, and has the same wintry theme. Not only does it overlook the slopes (highly entertaining at times), the Kempinski also has the popular Mall of the Emirates, one of the world's largest shopping malls, on its doorstep.
The greatest thing about the Kempinski Hotel is the direct access it offers to so many amenities. As well as Mall of the Emirates, there is DUCTAC – Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre – adjacent to the Kempinski Hotel. This boasts a theatre, an art gallery, classrooms, dance studios and a comprehensive timetable of creative classes.
Magic Planet bills itself as the largest indoor entertainment centre in the UAE, offering amusement machines, fun rides, games, bowling, bumper cars, a pool and much more. And finally, there is the icing on Dubai’s proverbial cake, Ski Dubai, the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East. It offers the largest indoor snow park in the world, five different ski runs of varying difficulty, snowboarding and tobogganing.
For the less athletic, there are many themed cafés and restaurants at the Kempinski Hotel – try Avalanche, halfway down the slope, which offers fantastic views, delicious hot chocolate and fake log fires!
Price rating: $$$