Ajman is the smallest of the U.A.E.'s seven emirates and 35 minutes yet a world away from Dubai. The centerpiece of Ajman is the Corniche which is a 16km stretch of beach overlooking the Arabian Gulf. The Corniche boasts a wide variety of shopping options, including souks, markets and malls as well as restaurants, cafes and shops. The beaches are idyllic with wide spaces of soft white sand, warm waters and gentle waves. You’ll find expats and locals strolling along the beach or families enjoying their beach side holiday. At the end of the Corniche tucked away in a secluded cul de sac, you’ll find a jewel of this Emirate, the Kempinski Ajman.
As you enter the resort, you’ll find a grand foyer with high ceiling, sparkling chandeliers and marble floors. This is the grand dame of Ajman hotels and you feel its gravitas as you enter. It was the first five star hotel in Ajman when it opened its doors fifteen years ago. Ever since it has been welcoming guests from around the world and you’ll often hear Russian, German or English with Australian and British accents. You’ll find couples on a romantic getaway or families there for an extended stay of two weeks. You’ll also find locals and expats from nearby Dubai and Abu Dhabi on a “staycation” taking the short trip to feel as if far they are away on a tropical island. They do vacations right at the Kempinski Ajman and many of their guests are repeat guests coming year after year to escape the bitter winters in Europe or for special occasions.
After you get past the opulence of the hotel, you’ll then be amazed by the picturesque setting out of doors. The Kempinski Ajman is at the end of the Ajman Corniche and you could not dream of a better beach. The Palm tree lined beach is wide and expansive and never a feels crowded The sand is soft white and powdery and the water is refreshing with waves perfect for frolicking with the children. You’ll often find couples strolling while holding hands along the flawless beach after breakfast or under the moonlit night.
The grounds of the hotel are beautiful as well with the large free form pool with swim up bar, Cabannas and lounge chairs for a day of relaxation. There are manicured grass areas, tennis courts, play areas for the children and even a putting green.
The accommodations are exactly what you would expect from the Kempinski brand and a five star hotel experience. The rooms are a blend of Arabian architecture and contemporary style with the Bedouin décor with Moroccan lamps and tent canopy bed. The bathrooms were nicely decorated and had a separate shower and bath and luxury amenities. The terrace outside was comfortable and another living space with excellent views of the sea and the spectacular sunsets.
I also had a chance to enjoy the K Lounge, which is their executive lounge. It was a comfortable environment to read, relax, use the internet or watch TV. Each day they had a selection of canapés, sweets and beverages. At night there was a cocktail hour where vacationers mingled and chatted about the day’s adventurers.
The Kempinski hotel chain began in Germany in 1897 as a restaurant. Ever since, noteworthy cuisine has been part of the company’s DNA and the Kempinski Ajman is doing its part to uphold the tradition. There were numerous dining options from Italian, to Chinese, to Indian, and continental. The dining experience was fantastic starting with the lavish breakfast buffet. A room full of dishes from omelets to dim sum to Arabic dishes in an imaginative offering of dishes to satisfy every palate. Guests dined indoors or alfresco on the terrace overlooking the manicured grounds and the beach beyond.
Another great dining option was the waterfront restaurant Zanizibar overlooking the ocean and beach. They offer a full seafood menu as well as a selection of steaks and Arab BBQ dishes. I had the mixed grill platter with lamb chops, beef, and chicken. It had an excellent presentation and was fresh off the grill which was just a few feet away. At night Zanaibar is a romantic seaside restaurant with flickering candles and stars and moonlight setting the mood.
I always love to experience something new when traveling. One of my unexpected delights at the Kempinski Ajman was the Bukara Restaurant. From the moment you enter, you know that you are not in a typical Indian restaurant. On the walls there are copper pots and tapestries as you dine on rustic wood block furniture. Off to the side you’ll see the open kitchen as chefs prepare fresh breads and other Indian dishes before your eyes. Bukara is not the typical Indian restaurant of predictable briyani or curry dishes. This is northern Indian cuisine so although flavorful, it is not the typical spicy Indian food. You’ll find the hotels guest there, but also Indians from around the area with families as a testament to the authenticity and deliciousness of the meals.
My feast began with the Tandoor Jhinga which was Jumbo prawns marinated in a rich blend of spices, masalas and yoghurt. Next I sampled the Dal Bukhara, which is a combination of black lentils, tomatoes, ginger and garlic simmered overnight on slow charcoal fire and the restaurant’s signature dish. I really enjoyed the Gosht Anjeeri Mahitawa Champ which was baby lamb chops marinated in fig juice, ginger-garlic, yoghurt and spices, cooked on a flat griddle and with pomegranate sauce, and served with pickled caramelised onions. I also sampled the Paneer Tikka which is fresh cottage cheese marinated with salt, yellow chillies, carom seeds, cream, and slow cooked in an earthen oven. The service is very good; from the host who welcomes you to your servers. Even the award winning Chef Manoj went out of his way to welcome us and ensure that everything was to our liking.
There is so much to do and see in on the property and in the Ajman area from the malls, shopping and spending time in the Corniche. For those who want to go to the “big city” they provide a complimentary shuttle to Dubai Mall and Mall of Emirates as well. Back at the resort, they have a number of bars and lounges with sports bars with big screen TVs, to a music lounge with nightly entertainment. They’ve even got a full size bowling alley with neon lights for a fun night out.
In short, the Kempinski Ajman is a destination resort that is passionate about providing their guests with the perfect vacation. It is a full service resort where you’ve got it all there on the property. From the location on a wonderful beach, to the pool and other facilities, the dining experience and rooms; the Kempinski Ajman is a vacation experience you will cherish.
Sheikh Humaid Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi Street
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