By Lubna Hamdan
Where else can you wake up to snow in the desert?
Our first impression when we entered our one-bedroom Aspen Ski Chalet was ‘are we still in Dubai?’
Picture this: wooden flooring, stone walls, antler chandeliers, faux fireplace and a floor-to-ceiling window overlooking stunning snow views.
Of course, the views were of Ski Dubai and the chalet was in Kempinski Mall of the Emirates – but it really felt like Aspen.
Everything in the room was ultra-luxurious – we are talking black velvet slippers, fresh red roses, pine cone decorations and a marble bathroom filled with amenities by luxury French brand Hermes.
The room featured an iPad control system, flat-screen TV and numerous thoughtful details you only find from truly high-end hoteliers.
One thing we especially loved about the room was a chaise longue alongside the window overlooking the snow – a great spot for our morning coffee.
We had dinner in the hotel’s Levantine restaurant Olea, where we tried three types of differently-cooked hummus (all delicious) and a smoked mutabal dish served with a smoke-filled glass enclosure to preserve flavours. For the main course, we enjoyed the Palestinian dish comprising tender white Hamour fish with regional vegetables and a tasty and light tomato broth.
For desert, our friendly and attentive waiter Haris suggested the Arabian ‘Halawet Eljibin’ cheese and dough dish served with cotton candy – pleasantly chewy and just sweet enough.
Our verdict? The Aspen Chalets are a chic and cosy Dubai must-try. Prices per night start at $549 and the chalets are available in one, two and three bedrooms as well as duplexes.