We might be privileged to have an almost endless supply of relaxing beach resorts in Abu Dhabi, but few can match the very obvious charm of a jewel just over two hours up the coast.
It’s nigh on impossible to find fault with the luxurious Kempinski Hotel Ajman. Not everyone will be a fan of its exterior, but the minute you walk through the door, it is clear to see why this place is so adored by its regular guests.
The warmest of welcomes awaits as you enter the Arabian-inspired lobby before you pitch up in one of the rooms or suites, almost all of which have a sea view.
Of the hotel’s restaurants, Bukhara is the standout, serving sumptuous Indian dishes that are some of the finest we’ve tasted and enjoyed sans cutlery.
Although there is plenty to love about what lies within the Kempinski’s walls, the biggest allure lies outside. A short walk down to the shore will bring you to the heartbeat of this hotel – its clean, spacious beach. Not only does it offer unhampered vistas of the stunning Arabian Gulf, the scattered layout means you never feel cramped in one place like many other hotel resorts.
And once the sun goes down, don’t pass up the chance for a meal at the beachside Zanzi Bar. The barbecued surf platter is the perfect accompaniment to a laid-back soundtrack of waves lapping against the shore.
If such serenity hasn’t left you a little sleepy, finish the night with a few frames at Cosmic Bowling. And if you put your back out, you can always enjoy a treatment at the spa.
From Dhs350 per room, per night. GCC residents get 15 percent off, plus you can stay three nights for the price of two during the summer season. Kempinski Hotel Ajman, www.kempinski.com/en/ajman/hotel-ajman/special-offers/gcc-nationals-rate-save-15/ (06 714 5555).
Three UAE Summer Deals
DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island
Kids under six can stay and dine for free.
From Dhs700 per room, per night. www.doubletree3.hilton.com.
The resort has a number of offers for UAE residents, including free meals.
From Dhs850 (two nights).www.jumeirah.com.
Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island
This new hotel has a summer package, offering a fourth night for free.
From Dhs668 per room, per night. www.fourseasons.com/abudhabi.