Kempinski Travelling in Style magazine, issue 53

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Travelling in Style is published by ARTO

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Elaine Swift, Jaclyn Thomas, Antoine Gauvin, Joe Mortimer


Cover - Claes Bech-Poulsen

Table of contents - Kempinski

Editorial - Kempinski

What's new? - Kempinski, Claes Bech-Poulsen

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Cover image: Adorned with treats including chocolate-dipped strawberries, fruit tartlets and a salted caramel macaron, this delicate golden stand is an example of the amenities that welcome guests to Kempinski Palace Engelberg in the Swiss Alps.




The Ludwig Suite at Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich


A message from our CEO

It seems like only yesterday we were marking 120 years of Kempinski, but here we are celebrating our 125th anniversary! And no fewer than eight of the hotels in our constellation have important anniversaries too.

Each milestone is a chance to reflect on our journey so far as well as to look forward to the future. Kempinski was born into a world in which the luxury hotel was a new phenomenon –a reaction to the growth in travel by wealthy families taking The Grand Tour. Our feature on page 45 charts the significant events in our history alongside the evolution of luxury travel.

Our story began with gastronomy when Berthold Kempinski opened his small delicatessen in Berlin and began to delight customers with exceptional food and drinks from further afield.

Wherever we’ve ventured since, gastronomy and European influences have remained at the heart of Kempinski while we have evolved to meet the demands of a changing world. The culinary feature on page 29 shows how our talented teams are responding to the challenges of sustainability and the environment with creative and innovative approaches. By championing local produce and rediscovering ingredients from days gone by, they are taking important steps to reduce waste as well as our carbon footprint, helping to protect the environment.

In the immediate future, we have exciting new openings to unveil, including a spectacular beach-side hotel in Cancún. Set on a 400 km stretch of white sand next to the Caribbean Sea, this is the ultimate beachfront break. We introduce you to the hotel on page 11, with more details to come in our next issue.

Few places on earth epitomise the term ‘futuristic’ quite like Dubai. Over the last 20 years it has morphed from a small port into a thoroughly modern, dynamic city that’s as open for leisure as it is for business. In our article ‘Building A City For The Future' (page 65), luxury travel writer Joe Mortimer shows us how Dubai is looking ahead with a greater awareness of wellbeing for residents and visitors alike.

Elsewhere in the magazine we take to the slopes in the charming Bulgarian resort of Bansko – a warm and welcoming option this winter (page 15). And as usual we give you the first look at what’s new in the world of Kempinski.

I hope this issue tempts you to visit us again soon and be part of the next chapters in the Kempinski story.

Bernold Schroeder Chairman of the Management Board Chief Executive Officer

WHAT’S NEW? Berchtesgaden

When in the mountains

Thinking of snowy mountains often conjures up images of cosy log fires, simple wooden furnishings, and warming homemade dishes. After a day of exploring, Kempinski Hotel Berchtesgaden has just the treat! Against an authentic Bavarian backdrop, make your selection from the fondue menu, served with local vegetables, fresh bread and select wines. The fondue’s unique blend of six cheeses, including Gruyère and Mountain Cheese, is topped off by a secret ingredient – a cherry brandy from the local gentian distillery. In fact, regional produce is the mainstay of this mouthwatering menu, so every dish guarantees a true taste of Berchtesgadener Land.



Opening of Brew House

A fusion of local influences and the culinary roots of Kempinski, Brew House is the latest addition to Kempinski Hotel Chongqing. Striking the perfect balance between Chongqing favourites, German classics and spicy Sichuan dishes, the menu moves with the seasons to offer creative dishes all year round. Add the home-brewed beer, made with the finest ingredients imported from Europe, plus creative cocktails and bottles from family-operated wineries, and you have something for every taste. Live music and flexible seating make it perfect for gatherings of all kinds.


Step into the salon

Accra residents and visitors now have the answer to all their wellness needs at Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City. Resense Spa has just unveiled its dedicated ladies’ and gentlemen’s salons, as well as a stylish café, enhancing its existing facilities. Colours, cuts and beard trims now complement the popular spa menu, which includes bespoke massages, facials, and express treatments for those on the go. Extending over three floors, the spa features saunas, an authentic hammam, and extensive fitness facilities. You’ll be inspired to dedicate an entire day to some precious ‘me time’.


Escape the city

When the relentless pulse of the city leaves you craving nature, fresh air and complete relaxation, Kempinski Hotel Frankfurt awaits. Conveniently located just outside the city, this country house-style urban retreat is set in a 15-hectare park with a sparkling lake and private Country Club & Spa. Wellbeing is the priority here so rent an e-bike, go horseback riding, or enjoy an alfresco picnic. And with a tempting selection of indoor and outdoor dining venues, you’re sure to leave feeling nourished and revitalised.



Four-legged VIPs

Choose from cod served with noodles, asparagus, and a touch of trout caviar, or perhaps cornfed chicken with greens and fluffy rice… all served with a bowl of water. Dinner just got a lot more interesting for four-legged friends at Kempinski Hotel Riga! Following rigorous taste tests by Zorro, the resident canine, the pet menu is now ready to order in the hotel’s restaurants, or in your room for pooches who prefer a more comfortable dining experience. They’ll never want to leave!

Dead Sea

Harnessing nature’s power

On the shores of the Dead Sea, at 434 m below sea level, magical minerals take centre stage. In this idyllic setting, Kempinski Hotel Ishtar has placed wellbeing at the heart of the guest journey with the introduction of Panoramic Rooms by Resense Spa. With direct access to all the luxurious and relaxing facilities of The Ishtar Spa by Resense, harmony and peace are within easy reach. Tailored room features, delicious yet nutritious food, and a dreamy hammock terrace are the finishing touches for this exceptional wellness experience.


Let’s set sail

There’s an adventurous new bar menu for guests to enjoy at The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore. The team at The Bar at 15 Stamford have created a transoceanic journey across the Austronesian islands through expertly crafted cocktails inspired by the tales of trade and discovery that defined the region. From the gin and mezcal Endeavor 1769, named after James Cook's ship, to the special tea blend in Ilha Formosa 1542, there's a captivating story behind each sip.


A match made in heaven

Is it possible to have a picture-perfect wedding that also respects the environment? The Apurva Kempinski Bali believes it is. Through strategic sourcing and collaborations with partners who share the hotel’s vision of a sustainable celebration, couples can now tie the knot in picturesque surroundings while being gentle to the planet. Every detail is carefully considered including recycled paper, handmade local crafts, potted plants, locally-sourced ingredients, and even an eco-conscious dress for the beautiful bride. The result is a celebration that is as memorable as it is environmentally considerate.


Hotel Cancún: Timeless elegance by the sea

On the edge of a 400 m stretch of pristine white sandy beach, with seemingly endless views of the clear turquoise Caribbean Sea, stands Kempinski Hotel Cancún.

With 363 stunning rooms and suites looking out over the sea, an indulgent spa offering ancient Mayan-inspired therapies, a fitness centre, tennis courts, two swimming pools, and a choice of six restaurants, you’ll not want to move too far.

But if you can tear yourself away, and head inland, you’ll discover one of the Americas’ largest rainforests, along with fascinating ancient Mayan ruins. Or stay by the sea and take a day trip to one of the delightful remote islands.

Choose indoors or out; enjoy sophisticated Mediterranean fine dining or the grill; a lively, casual Mexican café or a relaxed beachside venue – the hotel’s six restaurants cover a range of cuisines and settings to suit your mood at any time of day.

Located on the eighth floor, The Club Lounge is for the exclusive use of guests in club rooms and suites. Services include a separate reception and concierge, a dedicated Lady in Red, and five exclusive meals with a selection of fine wines served throughout the day.

The hotel also has extensive indoor and outdoor events spaces which provide a stunning environment for any occasion. When it’s time to restore balance to body and mind, KAYANTÁ Spa is an idyllic choice and the backdrop of the Caribbean Sea adds to the blissful relaxation. With eight treatment rooms, and therapies inspired by ancient traditional remedies, the spa offers a variety of wellness experiences adapted to modern needs.

Cancún is one of Mexico’s premier resorts with the best beach in the country.

Kempinski Hotel Cancún embraces its essence and offers the ultimate five-star luxury beach holiday.


Each of the 363 rooms and suites has a balcony or terrace from which to admire the crystal-clear waters. The private patio and infinity pool of The Saasil Suite (main image) are an impressive sight.


Gran Hotel Bristol La Habana, managed by Kempinski: Cuba with a contemporary twist

Just steps away from El Capitolio (the National Capitol Building) and within easy walking distance of Havana’s hotspots and hidden gems, you’ll find Gran Hotel Bristol La Habana, managed by Kempinski.

The building itself has over 100 years of history as a hotel. A symbol of the city’s old bohemian life, it was a magnet for Havana’s thriving social and artistic scene in the 30s and 50s. It was where people came to dance, drink and enjoy music. The original hotel also offered some very modern comforts for the time, such as private bathrooms and telephones in each room.

Imbued with the spirit of its past, the Gran Hotel Bristol of today is cool and contemporary with a laid-back ambience and a subtle Cuban touch.

While the building’s original façade has been retained, the interior has been given a modern twist, combined with local influences inspired by 1930’s Art Deco.

Each of the 162 rooms and suites, including the 136 sq m presidential suite, are stylishly decorated with bright blue and orange accents, clean lines and contemporary furnishings.

Venture to the ninth floor for a spectacular surprise – a stunning rooftop infinity pool and breathtaking panoramic views over most of the city’s historical landmarks including El Capitolio, the Spanish fortress, the port, and Old Havana.

As you’d expect from a hotel in the heart of the city, the selection of dining experiences features vibrant cuisine and lively entertainment. As well as welcoming guests from afar, the hotel is also a place for locals to socialise, in a relaxed and easy-going atmosphere.

On the ground floor, with direct street access, La Muralla Club serves globally inspired cuisine, paired with an extensive variety of beers and crafted cocktails. At night you can enjoy live Cuban music performed by talented local artists.

The hotel offers affordable, relaxed luxury in a prime location and perfectly complements existing Kempinski properties in Cuba. Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski is just two blocks away, and the idyllic Cayo Guillermo Resort Kempinski is perfect for anyone dreaming of a Cuban road trip.

The rooftop infinity pool offers a panoramic view of Havana’s most famous historical sights - the perfect spot to relax while making plans to discover the city. Bansko ski resort in the distance, seen from the snowy slopes of 2746-m Mount Togopka.


Powder snow and merry evenings: in just a few years, Bansko in southwest Bulgaria has become one of Europe’s most popular winter destinations. Yet the resort has managed to remain the size of a large village. Lying at the foot of the Pirin mountains, which have UNESCO World Heritage status, it is surrounded by a wilderness of natural beauty.


A snowy sensation

After the warmth of a friendly welcome, we are comfortably settled beside a crackling fire, sipping a hot chocolate as warming as the flames leaping in the fireplace, with a sensation of intense and relaxing cosiness. We’re at Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko, a superb resort at the foot of the Pirin mountains in Bulgaria.

The Pirin range lies 160 km to the southwest of the capital, Sofia. Its wild beauty has earned it UNESCO World Heritage status –picture deep forests, vertiginous peaks, over 180 glacial lakes… and bears. Their presence demonstrates the unspoilt nature of this awe-inspiring region. From the terrace of our room, we see that the hotel straddles the edge of the great mountain forest and the snowfield and the position makes us feel we are up there among the ski runs. The view is captivating.

Award-winning Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko is the most luxurious hotel in Bulgaria’s trendiest resort. Families and couples come from Sofia and further afield for the ski slopes or the cafés, depending on the time of day. One thing is sure – Bansko creates a powerful impression and stirs the emotions.

The 75 km of ski runs include slopes for all skill levels and regularly play host to the ski and snowboard world cup competitions. The most daring free-riders can hurl themselves at dizzying speeds down the stately Togopka, which peaks at 2,746 m. The area’s climate – continental with Mediterranean influences – creates excellent powder snow with which the slopes are clad from December to April. As we negotiate the labyrinth of ski tracks from the top, one of the most striking sights is the size of the conifers. The Bulgarian fir, named Abies borisii-regis in honour of King Boris III who first identified the species, can grow to a height of 55 m, making it one of Europe’s tallest firs. Standing like cathedral spires and laden with fresh snow, these majestic trees form a powerful yet delicate decor, sparkling like diamonds in the sun. But it’s time to head downwards. The long slope to the resort is a pleasant descent among streams, rivers, and woodland, with small café terraces where you can stop for a warming drink on the way. Then before we know it, we arrive at the hotel door.

Off with our skis and in we go, to be enveloped by the gentle warmth. The hotel comprises a row of large white chalets, which stand side by side to form one large building. The attractions are located throughout: the lobby bar, a selection of restaurants and a

spa. All tastes are catered for by their talented chefs, from Japanese specialities to Italian fine dining, and themed buffets with live entertainment in the main restaurant.

Kempinski The Spa is the perfect place to indulge your senses, tone up, and revive your energy levels. It embraces the contrasting sensations of heat and cold that infuse Bansko, with a dynamic fitness programme that’s not for the faint-hearted! First you plunge into a steaming jacuzzi in the -5°C open air, then run to the enveloping warmth of a large pool heated to 28°C where your muscles relax. Next come the herbal and infrared saunas, the aromatherapy steam bath and crushed ice body rub, followed by the cold snow room. Entering this small cave, hung with stalactites of ice and snow, is the ultimate wake-up experience after a hot sauna.

As well as fitness, Kempinski The Spa offers a range of authentic Thai massages and beauty procedures, plus a lounge where you can enjoy a cup of herbal tea by the fireside.

The early evening brings a relaxed, happy mood to Bansko. The resort has been built around a typical small town which has retained all its charm. Bansko prospered for centuries thanks to its position on a major trade route between the Aegean Sea and Central Europe. Stunning examples of its past remain, such as some fine fortified houses and the impressive Holy Trinity Church with its three naves. It was the country’s largest church until St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral was built in Sofia.

It's time to head to a 'mehana', one of the town’s traditional inns, to immerse ourselves in the Bulgarian spirit! The Obetsanova mehana is perhaps the most authentic of all. Coming in from the cold night air, we’re greeted by the warmth and atmosphere of an old town house and cheerful music from a live folk group. We start with sizzling local cheese and sour cherries, accompanied by homemade garlic bread, before tucking into a game stew. Authenticity guaranteed!

Bansko is a place where you truly feel the Slav soul and can surrender to the wild, majestic landscape. Throughout our time there, we're reminded that Perun, the highest and most powerful of the gods in Slav mythology, gave his name to Pirin, the mountain range whose image will be imprinted on our memories forever.

Top: Kempinski The Spa features saunas, infrared cabins, experience showers, a digital detox area, a vitamin bar, aroma steam bath, snow room, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, jacuzzis, as well as a range of seasonal massages and beauty treatments. / Bottom: Entrance to Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko.
Free-riding on Mount Togopka. The resort has almost 75 km of ski runs. Clockwise from top left: Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko set against a clear blue sky; a moment of fireside relaxation; the terraces looking out onto the Pirin mountains; the vitamin bar and indoor pool at Kempinski the Spa.
Left: The luxurious, recently renovated Presidential Suite has a contemporary spirit with exposed beams and a cosy fireplace. / Top: View of the hotel and the foot of the slopes. / Bottom: The welcoming bedrooms all have terraces with stunning views.

Bansko's Michelin-starred gourmet event

March 2022 saw a real celebration of gastronomy at Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko. Their Mediterranean restaurant, Come Prima, welcomed five legendary chefs with a total of six Michelin stars between them, who delighted connoisseurs with their unforgettable flavours. The award-winning restaurant’s gourmet experience was the first of its kind for Bulgaria, combining the vast experience of the French chefs with exceptional wines and champagne that complemented each dish, revealing yet another side of this charming destination.

Right: Gastronomy is a key part of the guest experience at Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko. Our focus on traditions and locally-sourced ingredients is integral to our commitment to local development. In Malta, age-old Mediterranean crops and produce have stimulated a remarkable culinary repertory.


Our commitment to sustainability is far-reaching. Aware of our responsibility as a leading player in the hospitality trade, we strive to create a luxurious guest experience that’s also sustainable and eco-friendly. Fine dining is a sector with major challenges and daily commitments involving food waste, CO2 emissions, and animal welfare. We are continually pushing forwards to craft unparalleled gastronomic experiences in harmony with the environment.

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Wherever possible, the ingredients our chefs use are sourced from local producers or local markets. They pay close attention to product quality and production conditions and often visit farms to compare experiences direct with the producers.

Sustainability: a source for culinary creativity

Times have changed since Berthold Kempinski opened his first small wine shop in Berlin. New eras bring new challenges and call for a different philosophy. Always attuned to fresh thinking, and with an eye on the future, we are taking steps towards sustainable development, working in ways that are gentler on the environment, and rediscovering the taste of yesterday’s products.

Gastronomy has always been at the core of Kempinski. Ever since we opened our themed restaurant Haus Vaterland in Berlin in the 1920s, we have taken an innovative approach to cuisine and have embodied each era. Rather than impose one style worldwide, we embrace the traditions and flavours of each destination. We are taking this same approach to sustainable development, sharing our vision with restaurant teams then encouraging them to infuse it with their own culture and local history. In each region, the chefs share our concern for product quality and local sourcing. They know their producers better than anyone and seek out the hidden treasures of their location.

Our teams choose partners for their ethics as well as their excellence and proximity. These producers care about the environment, animal welfare and sustainable development. We champion a global ethic and want to share it without compromising product quality. For example, we encourage our chefs to use only free-range eggs or to have their own kitchen garden – even in the middle of a city.

Kempinski chefs are inventive and innovative, constantly seeking new approaches drawing on the creativity for which they are renowned. For example, the culinary team at Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea confronts the challenges of its desert location by sourcing fresh organic vegetables that give due care to scarce water resources. In many of our hotels, traditional local dishes are cleverly reinvented to make them lighter and more modern, using organic or seasonal products straight from the local farmers’ markets.

There are surprises in the Alps too, where chefs at Kempinski Palace Engelberg in Switzerland have created the Cattani Collection, an innovative menu celebrating Swiss produce. Small

local producers and kitchen teams work hand-in-hand to develop quality products made at farmhouse scale which are suitable for gastronomic menus, each complemented by wine pairings from a local vineyard. These month-long collaborations position a local ingredient at the centre, and are kicked off by a masterclass winetasting event with the local artisan as the star of the evening. In Kempinski hotels worldwide, the history of each destination, along with its customs, is important from an ethical aspect and is also a rich source of inspiration. A million miles from the rootless recipes of an ever more uniform, globalised world, local traditions provide an open book of wonderful stories.

In Malta, the L-Istorja restaurant at Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz pays tribute to Gozo's rich past. For centuries the island was an important base for controlling the Mediterranean and its trade routes. Consequently, Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, Spaniards, Italians, French, Normans, and the British, have left their mark on Maltese cuisine. This incredible history has left centuries-old treasures to inspire the hotel’s chef who creates unique recipes such as cuttlefish tagliatelle, in which the ‘pasta’ is made from the fish itself.

At Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay Bodrum, the keen involvement of the staff has led to the creation of the Barbaros Farm. The farm is seriously committed to sustainable development, practicing natural, chemical-free agriculture on land that hadn’t been farmed for 70 years and was therefore unpolluted. Barbaros Farm uses only local and ecological seeds, and practices permaculture, combining crops of different species that benefit each other when grown together. Hotel guests are encouraged to visit the farm where they can help with the harvest or enjoy artistic, musical and gastronomic events.

With the enthusiastic commitment and creativity of our teams around the world, we are combining responsibility with new experiences and fresh discoveries that will delight our guests.

Cuttlefish tagliatelle, served at Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz. It might be in the pasta section of the menu but the ‘tagliatelle’ is made from cuttlefish meat. The lemons and potatoes are harvested directly from the hotel’s kitchen garden – a farm to table approach of which the hotel is rightly proud. The cuttlefish comes from small fishing harbours on Gozo island.
At Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay, guests can take a tour of the hotel’s farm where they’ll get up close with natural agriculture and can harvest their own products. And they’ll see for themselves that the ingredients used in the two-Michelin-star Mammadrau restaurant are organic and eco-friendly. Kempinski Palace Engelberg, Switzerland, has created a restaurant concept called the Cattani Collection - a changing set of special menus that spotlight local suppliers who have been sought out by the culinary team. They collaborate very closely with local artisans, vis iting them to discuss working together, and how the hotel would like to use their products. Contemporary Chinese artist Ding Li in his studio at Songzhuang Artist Village, Beijing. Ding Li will show you around his workspace and discuss contemporary Chinese art, on this exclusive tour of China’s largest artists' community.


Wherever you go, our loyalty programme offers exclusive opportunities to immerse yourself in the local culture and explore the hidden secrets of your destination. With a rich history dating back thousands of years, there is much to discover in China, from ancient traditions and crafts, to unexpected serene places in the middle of busy modern cities. With KEMPINSKI DISCOVERY membership you can experience this captivating country in unique ways such as by visiting a tea plantation or learning to make your own incense.

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Meet a contemporary Chinese artist

What better way to understand China’s flourishing contemporary art scene than by visiting Songzhuang Art Colony, China’s largest artists’ community, and talking to one of the artists in his studio?

A local art collector will accompany you on a tour of the village which is a 50-minute drive from Beijing. The community is home to more than 2,000 artists including painters, sculptors, poets, writers, photographers, and art critics. The artists are famous for their contemporary and radical artworks, not only in China but in Europe and the US too.

The tour includes a visit to the Artist Village Gallery – one of the largest exhibition spaces in Beijing to focus on contemporary art. The gallery has brought international attention to Songzhuang and consequently, many of the village’s artists have exhibited their works outside of China.

In addition to visiting the gallery, this exclusive experience includes a private tour of conceptual artist Ding Li’s four-floor art studio.

Born in ZhangJiakuo, HeBei province, Ding Li is an original and independent artist whose work covers a diverse range of art forms including painting, sculpture, and photography.

The artist will show you around his workspace and will talk to you about his work, his influences, and what inspires him. After the tour, you can join him in his private lounge bar for a discussion on the contemporary Chinese art world.

Suzhou Biluochun tea plantation tour for two

With its floral aroma and mellow flavour, and a history stretching back 1,000 years, Suzhou Biluochun is one of China's top ten most famous teas. On this three-hour tour of the Biluochun tea plantation at Dong Ting, Jiangsu Province, a local tea master will show you how to choose and pick the delicate curly leaves. At the plantation’s tea house, you’ll learn how to brew the perfect pot, before sampling the freshest green tea you’ve ever tasted.

Hangzhou tour and incense-making workshop

Discover ancient Hangzhou on this fascinating tour of the area, taking in famous sites such as Xiangji Temple, Dadoulu History Street, and Gongchen Bridge. Located by the famous Grand Canal, Xiangji Temple was originally built in 978 and holds an important place in Hangzhou’s Buddhist culture. After the tour you’ll get hands on experience of a centuries-old craft as a professional incense maker teaches you how to create your own fragrance.

Ancient history and a tranquil space in a busy city

Take some time out from lively, non-stop Nanjing on a private tour to Nanjing City Wall and Xuanwu Lake. Your host for this exclusive tour by car for two people will be a Lady in Red from the hotel who will make the experience even more special with her inside knowledge of the area.

Nanjing is one of the few cities in China to have its ancient walls remaining. Built during the reign of the first Ming Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang, its history dates back 600 years and it is the largest of its kind in the world.

The Nanjing City Wall is an important cultural relic because of the inscriptions on its bricks which provide an indispensable record of Nanjing’s past and show how Chinese characters developed. Then it’s time to really unwind with a visit to the 472-hectare Xuanwu Lake – a beautiful, tranquil space where you can wander in peace and forget you are in the middle of a large, busy city. The lake’s five islands are interconnected by arched bridges and the park is home to temples, pagodas, pavilions, gardens, teahouses, restaurants, and entertainment venues – there’s even a small zoo.

After a boat trip on the lake, it’s time to enjoy the picnic hamper provided by the hotel’s talented culinary team, which comprises delicious regional specialities that change from season to season.


Treat yourself and your space to luxury. With our exemplary linens, robes, and more, your home will become the ultimate escape. Whether you choose to enjoy the evocative scents of the Italian countryside or the deep sleep you’ll experience within layers of luxe bedding, the Kempinski home collection can provide you with the everyday indulgence you deserve. Scan this QR code to enjoy 20% off Kempinski exclusives.
Daredevil skiers are pulled across the frozen surface of Lake St. Moritz in the annual skijoring tournament, in the early 20 th century. Originally from Scandinavia, skijoring remains an important part of the social calendar in the Swiss town. Resorts like St. Moritz were built to accommodate members of the European aristocracy searching for winter sun, giving birth to Europe’s grand Alpine hotels.



When Berthold Kempinski started his business in 1897, he tapped into the zeitgeist of the era. Innovations and special touches not seen in other Berlin restaurants made Kempinski stand out from the crowd. With this pioneering spirit in mind, Kempinski expanded into the hotel business and, over the last 125 years, has grown into Europe's most respected hospitality company with a constellation of beautiful havens around the world.

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Top: Haus Vaterland on Potsdamer Platz was a culinary emporium and social hub with 12 themed dining rooms serving food from all over the world. / Bottom: Models dressed in Nina Ricci designs pose with a Kempinski chef during a photoshoot at the Interchic fashion fair in Paris circa 1970.

125 Years of Kempinski: travelling the world since 1897

Inns and guesthouses have provided weary travellers with shelter since time immemorial. But the luxury hotel as we know it today is a relatively modern concept. When the aristocratic classes developed a taste for travel in the 17th Century and the Grand Tour of Europe became a rite of passage for noble households, shrewd investors seized the opportunity to create sumptuous hotels fit for kings and queens.

Many of the great hotels of the late 19th century boasted modern conveniences like electric lighting and mechanical elevators, innovations that were rarely seen in private homes. Many were embellished with elaborate architecture and interior design reminiscent of the great palaces of Europe. They offered the kind of service standards seen in the most prestigious private members’ clubs and gastronomic dishes usually found in Europe’s best restaurants.

Luxury hotels became places to meet like-minded people and forge social and business connections while enjoying the finer things in life, and in that sense, they had a lot in common with their modern-day descendants.

It was during these heady days, when luxury hospitality was in its infancy, that Kempinski was born. Since 1897, the Kempinski name has been associated with classic European luxury, from the early ventures of wine merchant and restaurateur Berthold Kempinski, to the world-class hotels that make up our constellation of remarkable havens today.

The Kempinski journey has been told through countless defining moments. While our company celebrates 125 years of timeless elegance, eight individual Kempinski hotels are also celebrating major milestones. Though they are spread across the globe, in cities as diverse as Havana, St. Moritz, Beijing and Berlin, it is the common bonds that make them remarkable.


Long before Kempinski entered the hotel business, our Berlin restaurants were the talk of the town. At M. Kempinski & Co., affluent Berliners queued up to savour local and international delicacies like lobster and caviar. Though the dining was fine, it was also fair: Berthold and his wife Helene introduced half portions for diners who didn’t want a full meal and offered wines by the glass, which was an innovative concept in the 1920s.

By 1928, Haus Vaterland on Potsdamer Platz was a cultural and social phenomenon, a culinary emporium with 12 themed dining rooms dedicated to cuisines from different parts of the world. International travel was still prohibitively expensive for most, but Berthold Kempinski brought the world to Berlin, with elaborate décor, live music and entertainment typical of each destination. Today, Kempinski hotels continue to provide a platform for cultural and culinary exchange.


With our pioneering spirit, Kempinski introduced classic European cuisine to discerning diners in Asia when Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center opened in 1992, the first international luxury hotel to open in the Chinese capital. For many years, the hotel’s brewpub Paulaner Bräuhaus has delighted locals and visitors with a flavour of Bavarian hospitality in the heart of Beijing’s diplomatic district and always sells out for Oktoberfest celebrations. The hotel’s restaurants tend to book up ahead of Western holidays like Christmas and Easter, and Kempi Deli’s Black Forest Cake was recently voted the best in the city by popular Chinese restaurant rating app Dianping, testament to the enduring appetite for European flavours in Asia’s most populous city.

Gastronomy continues to be a source of inspiration and innovation for our hotels. Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest, which celebrated 30 years of excellence on 1 July 2022, brought legendary Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s modern Asian dishes to Central Europe for the first time when it unveiled Nobu Budapest Restaurant and Sushi Bar in 2010, mirroring the West-to-East culinary exchange we saw in Beijing. The team from Hungarian-Viennese restaurant ÉS Bisztró have also transformed the hotel rooftop into a lush organic garden bursting with fresh produce that’s used daily in the kitchen - an innovation linked not only to our gastronomic leadership, but the quest to find sustainable solutions to Kempinski hotel operations.


Around the world, the Kempinski flag flutters above a collection of magnificent buildings, many of which echo with fascinating histories that pre-date our own. When Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana opened in the summer of 2017, it was the first luxury hotel in Cuba, and a year later, it became the first hotel in the country to offer free Wifi to guests. But the building itself already held a special place in the hearts of Habaneros.

In the 130 years since businessman Julian de Zulueta began developing the site in Havana’s historic centre, the Manzana has grown from a single-storey shopping arcade to the glorious Belle Époque building you see today: a masterpiece of classical European design expertly restored by architect Jose Antonio Choy, before the Kempinski flag was hoisted, setting new standards of luxury in Cuba. The elegant colonnades and pillars that circle the ground floor have framed restaurants, cafés and fashion boutiques over the years, while the upper levels have housed all manner of businesses, from a cinema and a theatre to a primary school and consulates. Today, the hotel wears its history on its sleeve: a living tribute to the evolution of Cuba’s dynamic capital.

Around the same time, German restaurateur Lorenz Adlon commissioned architects Carl Gause and Robert Leibniz to create what he hoped would become the most beautiful hotel in the world, steps from the Brandenburg Gate. On the day Hotel Adlon opened in 1907, the first guest to walk through the doors was Emperor Wilhelm II. Impressed with the hotel’s facilities – hot and cold running water, gas heating, electric lights and a cooling system powered by a fountain – the emperor agreed to pay an annual retainer to reserve a suite of rooms for his personal guests.

Though it was destroyed during WW2, the Adlon was rebuilt by architect Rainer Michael Klotz and reopened on 23 August 1997 as Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin. On this occasion, former German Federal President Roman Herzog was the guest of honour, making the Adlon perhaps the only hotel in the world to have been opened twice by a head of state. To this day, it is still regarded as the most beautiful hotel in Berlin.

It is stories like these that make us unique. As Europe’s oldest hotel company, we have a wealth of experience woven into our 125-year history. But while we are mindful of the past, we are focused on the present and committed to the future. The next chapter of the Kempinski story is waiting to be written.

“Around the world, the Kempinski flag flutters above a collection of magnificent buildings, many of which echo with fascinating histories that pre-date our own.”
Clockwise from top left: The Manzana Y Gomez store pictured at the end of the 19th century on the ground floor of the building that is today home to Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana; chefs plan a special menu at Villa Rosa Kempinski Nairobi; gastronomy is a powerful source of inspiration at Kempinski; a vaulted dining room at Hotel Adlon in 1907; a 1920s advertisement for Haus Vaterland; Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin today; officials at the opening ceremony for Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center in 1992.

A shared history: Kempinski milestones around the world



The Adlon was rebuilt by architect Rainer Michael Klotz and reopened as Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin on 23 August 1997. It remains the most prestigious address in the city.




The first Kempinski hotel in the Americas opened its doors in Havana in June 2017, bringing new levels of luxury to the Cuban capital.



Kempinski breathed new life into one of St. Moritz’ original grand hotels when it took over management in December 2002.



Once the central telegraph office for the Lithuanian capital, Grand Hotel Kempinski Vilnius opened in its current form in 2012. The original building dates back to 1893.



As the first luxury hotel in the Hungarian capital, Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest has been known as a social hub and source of culinary innovation since it opened in July 1992.



When it opened in 1992, our Beijing hotel was one of the first international luxury brands in China. Today, it remains a cherished social and business hub for locals and visitors.



Our first residences-style concept to open in mainland China raised the bar for long-stay accommodation in Shanghai, with apartments starting from 62 sq m.



For the last decade, this Indian Ocean hideaway has dedicated time to environmental protection and social integration through conservation programmes and community support.


Kempinski icons: Lady In Red

Timeless. Elegant. Exquisite.

The Lady in Red is a Kempinski icon. Ever since she made her debut in 2009, her striking red uniform has been seen in Lobby Lounges across the Kempinski constellation, extending a warm and heartfelt welcome to all our new arrivals. A Lady in Red is a local expert who knows everything there is to know about our hotels and destinations. She can draw upon her passion for craftsmanship, gastronomy and local culture to help create unforgettable experiences, acting as both host and trusted companion during your stay. The Lady in Red is a brand ambassador who embodies the verve, passion and spirit of Kempinski.

Defining moments: Concertini

Nurturing young musical talent

Step into the elegant Lobby Lounge of any Kempinski hotel and you will likely be serenaded by beautiful music. As part of our 120-year anniversary celebrations in 2017, we accelerated our commitment to the arts with the launch of Concertini, a programme of classical music events that provide a platform for young musicians to gain experience performing for international audiences. Since then, countless guests have been enchanted by beautiful performances staged in partnership with local music schools and community groups. As a luxury hotel company, our job is to stimulate all the senses. These talented individuals play an important role in helping us deliver that experience.

Pioneering Innovationsspirit:

Setting new standards in luxury

As Europe’s oldest luxury hotel company, Kempinski has always led from the front, innovating with new technology and original concepts that set us apart. In Budapest, we introduced urban farming with the addition of a rooftop herb garden and installed the city's first public electric vehicle charging station. Our hotel in Havana was the first in Cuba to offer free Wifi to guests and Grand Hotel Kempinski Vilnius delighted locals when it debuted ‘24 Like Never Before’, a special package offering a full 24-hour stay from the time of check-in. From Cancún to Shanghai, and everywhere in between, culinary innovation is evident across our portfolio. Berthold Kempinski would be proud.


Treat yourself and your space to luxury. With our exemplary linens, robes, and more, your home will become the ultimate escape. Whether you choose to enjoy the evocative scents of the Italian countryside or the deep sleep you’ll experience within layers of luxe bedding, the Kempinski home collection can provide you with the everyday indulgence you deserve. Scan this QR code to enjoy 20% off Kempinski exclusives.
Beautifully designed bottles make it easy to create a stunning display for your home bar.


Cocktails are enjoying a resurgence in popularity as expert mixologists around the world become ever more creative, giving new twists to old favourites, and inventing captivating new drinks. But you don’t have to be a professional to entertain your guests with cocktails at home. With a little knowledge, the correct ingredients and the right tools, you’ll soon be on your way to becoming a home mixologist and the perfect host.

A refreshing Italian drink with slices of black truffle

Create your own signature drinks

Wherever you travel, it’s always fun to try out favourite local drinks. And who better to ask for inspiration than the bartender? Our talented mixologists are always delighted pass on their knowledge, so when we asked them for their top tips to inspire you to create your own signature drinks at home, they were delighted to help.


Whether you’re a beginner or have a bit of experience in mixing cocktails, start by setting up a special space in your home to inspire you and help you to become the perfect host. Next, scour the many cocktail books and websites available to find what you need to begin your bar. Here are some of the basic ingredients, tools and techniques you’ll need to get started.


Mixers and sodas: High quality tonic water, lemonade and ginger beer are essentials for any bar, as are still and sparkling water. A soda syphon makes a real difference to drinks and it will impress your guests when you serve them scotch sodas or highballs.

Juices: For the best tasting sours use only freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice. A simple hand squeezer is all you need. Other basic juices include orange, cloudy apple, pineapple, and tomato which can all be bought ready-prepared. Choose the best quality ‘not from concentrate juices’, which are without added sugar.

Fruit: Remember, a cocktail is not a fruit or vegetable salad! Garnish your drinks simply and elegantly with peel or a slice of fresh fruit.

Syrup: It’s easy to make a simple syrup using a ratio of 1-1 water and granulated sugar. Boil the water and add the sugar, stirring until it dissolves. Stored in the fridge, it will last 5-7 days. Use the same method for syrups made from fresh juices like orange, lemon, and pomegranate. When you don’t have time (or you’re feeling lazy!) buy bottled syrups.


Bar tools are like good kitchen implements: they’ll help you mix your drinks correctly and efficiently. Start with the key tools and build when you become more confident. These are the minimum you'll need:

· Cobbler shaker – 500ml capacity

· Mixing glass – 500ml capacity

· Hawthorne strainer

· Teardrop bar spoon – 300mm

· Jigger (measurer) – 30/60ml

· Muddler (to extract the oils and juices from your fruits)


Ice is essential, whether you're mixing a drink on the rocks, shaking or stirring. For most drinks use 2.5cm cubes. For cocktails use 5.4cm cubes.


To achieve perfection, be prepared to practice over and over again. Measure all your drinks with a jigger for consistency.


Shaking a cocktail: Pour your ingredients into the shaker, add ice, close and shake for 10-15 seconds. Remember: shake the shaker - not yourself! Strain the drink into the glass.

Stirring a cocktail: Pour the ingredients into the mixing glass, add ice and stir clockwise for 15 seconds, keeping the spoon at the bottom of the glass, until the drink is diluted and cooled.


Let's shake it for our th anniversary

What could be more fun than watching a virtuoso cocktail artist perform their frenzied dance to the rhythm of rattling ice cubes? It’s almost like a samba or a cha-cha, but there’s no music here, just the mysterious alchemy created by our rather special mixologists. They are rejuvenating the art of the cocktail by exploring new flavours and sensations, and taking the great classics to new heights. Carefully crafted to mark our milestone anniversary, these two mixological masterpieces can be enjoyed in Kempinski hotels around the world. And if you're feeling adventurous, why not try shaking one up at home?

The Everlast

A cocktail that combines bubbles with subtle aromas of red fruit plus an ingredient from past: oleo saccharum. Invented in 1827, this syrup, made by crushing citrus rinds to release their oil and macerating them overnight in sugar, is back in fashion. Summery notes of raspberry and strawberry are added to this sweet and tangy mixer. The result is lively and wonderfully refreshing.

Golden Sparkle

This refreshing drink is based on grapes and apple shrub - a mixer that’s all the rage in the world of mocktails. Originating in the Middle East, apple shrub is made from a combination of fruit, aromatics, vinegar and sugar which is then macerated for a long period. Its balance of sweet and acid notes is pitch perfect. Here it is combined with fresh pink grapefruit juice for a thirst-quenching citrus flavour, and served with soda water.

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Kempinski meets Thomas Henry for cocktails

Together with our partner, Berlin-based premium mixer brand, Thomas Henry, we have created a suitcase-style bar trolley that perfectly captures the spirit of travel and adventure. There are few things more luxurious than truly personal service and that’s exactly what you’ll experience at this unique bar in a suitcase which can be found at several of our properties. Our highly trained bartenders will expertly prepare your drinks in front of you, from classics to aperitifs along with some tempting new creations. It’s a wonderful opportunity to witness the craftsmanship behind a perfectly mixed drink as your mixologist tells you about the ingredients and techniques. And hopefully you’ll pick up some tips that will inspire you to impress your guests by mixing your own cocktails at home.

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A new adventure for the Bathyscaphe

The latest Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe is a worthy heir to Blancpain's lineage of dive watches. It takes the company into uncharted waters with a metal that's rare in watchmaking: grade 23 titanium.

Blancpain, founded in 1735, is among the names that count in the history of luxury watchmaking. One of its iconic achievements is the Fifty Fathoms dive watch collection, whose frequent new versions bring much joy to watch lovers.

The Bathyscaphe, launched in 1956, has become a mainstay of the collection. In line with its sporty-chic heritage, this avant-garde timepiece is named after the deep-sea submersible designed by Auguste Piccard. The new grade 23 titanium version was launched in 2021. This isn't the first time Blancpain has used titanium, having experimented with its properties in a special series of the MIL-SPEC II model, made for US Navy mine-sweepers in the early 1960s. Titanium's high resistance to shock, pressure and corrosion made it an ideal choice for that purpose. Another advantage of titanium is its low density, making the watch light and comfortable to wear. Nonetheless, working with grade 23 titanium posed a challenge for Blancpain because this tough metal takes a lot of milling.


Blancpain has won that challenge hands down with this 43mm watch, water-resistant to 300m and made of satinfinished grade 23 titanium. The charcoal-grey dial sports a sophisticated, hand-made vertical grain finish which gives the watch an ultra-modern look. Other features are rectangular hands, the Bathyscaphe's traditional luminescent geometrical hour markers, a satin-finished titanium bezel with a satin-finished ceramic insert, and a Liquidmetal time scale. The good looks are matched by technical excellence in the movement: the self-winding Blancpain 1315 calibre, a 5-day power reserve and a silicon balance spring that makes the watch completely antimagnetic. Through the sapphire case back you can see the snailed, bevelled bridges and the snailed, satin-finished, sandblasted gold rotor. To perfect the sporty look, watch lovers can choose between a charcoalgrey sailcloth strap, a grey Nato strap or a satin-finished grade 23 titanium bracelet. The new titanium Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe breaks new ground while keeping faith with the collection's identity.

Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, is a symbol of Dubai’s global ambitions and indomitable spirit.


From a sleepy port town on the edge of Arabia to a global metropolis that’s home to some of the most desirable real estate in the world, Dubai has come of age. Twenty years ago, it was still a fledgling city: a new Wild West in the scorching Middle East. Today, Dubai attracts residents from all over the world, lured by the prospect of life in a sun-soaked land of opportunity.

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Top: Dubai started life as a busy port where traders selling gold, spices and textiles gathered. Al Fahidi Fort (bottom left of the image) is the oldest building in Dubai. / Bottom: Tireless growth and investment has seen Dubai develop into a futuristic metropolis.

Building a city for the future

Business titans and intrepid entrepreneurs alike are tuned into the beat of Dubai 2.0, where wellness, sustainability and forward-thinking technology are shaping future development, and a virtually limitless supply of dining and entertainment options make life exceptionally comfortable for those who live there. Dubai set out to transform itself into a world-class travel destination in the 1990s. When I first visited in 1996, the skeletal outline of Burj Al Arab was beginning to take shape, soon to become the symbol of ‘Brand Dubai’. Its completion just before the dawn of the millennium marked the beginning of a new era in more ways than one.

Twenty years later, things look very different. The ensuing decades saw a wave of construction, new openings and innovation. Free trade zones dedicated to finance, media, IT and healthcare were established, glamorous sporting and cultural events were born, and projects like Palm Jumeirah and Palm Jebel Ali reshaped the city’s coast. Mall of the Emirates and Ski Dubai opened in 2005, followed a year later by Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates. By 2010, Dubai Metro and Al Maktoum International Airport were up and running, and the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, had once again drawn the world’s imagination to unstoppable Dubai, where anything was possible.

In a city as dynamic and fast-paced as Dubai, 'work hard, play hard' will always be the guiding philosophy. But today, the city has a much gentler side that’s increasingly sensitive to the wants and needs of its residents.

Much greater emphasis is placed on personal wellbeing and holistic wellness than it was 20 years ago, and people spend more time doing the things they love as well as the things they must. Dubai has kept up with the shifting priorities. As well as world-class hospitals, the city’s spas and wellness centres cater to residents’ physical, mental and nutritional wellbeing, and the year-round sunshine means Dubai’s beaches, parks and the inviting waters of the Arabian Gulf provide a playground for sports and outdoor activities.

Active expats spend their weekends under the stars amid the rolling desert dunes, hiking in the sublime Hajar Mountains or sending golf balls down the driving range, while the ever-growing collection of spas, beaches and yacht clubs provide plenty of opportunities for luxury-laced wellness.

From the recently minted selection of Michelin-starred restaurants in the region’s first Michelin Guide, to food trucks, pop-ups and casual beachfront dining, the city offers a smorgasbord of delectable dining offerings. Dubai’s shopping malls are filled with everything from independent designers and emerging regional labels to stores bearing the names of the world’s leading fashion houses.

Art aficionados will find a wealth of galleries and studios in Dubai International Financial Centre and the Al Serkal Avenue cultural district, and unsurprisingly for a city with an affluent population, there’s a huge choice of boutiques specialising in bespoke home furnishings and decor.

Dubai’s location makes it an incredibly convenient hub for travel to Asia, Africa, the Indian Ocean and Europe, served by the multiple award-winning Emirates airline, which has played a crucial role in Dubai’s meteoric growth.

For foreign residents, it is the more subtle changes of the last 20 years that have made the biggest impact. New rules introduced in 2006 meant non-nationals were permitted to own real estate on a freehold basis, providing investment opportunities for long-term residents for the first time. Special economic zones created to lure foreign enterprises have made the process of starting a business much more straightforward and affordable in the last few years, and as of 2021, companies can be incorporated without any local ownership.

The Golden Visa and Green Residency programmes designed to attract more skilled workers to the UAE have made it possible to live and work in Dubai without a corporate sponsor, making

* Joe Mortimer is a UK-based writer and editor who specialises in luxury travel. He works with a collection of magazines and publishers stretching from New York to Hong Kong. Clockwise from top left: The spectacular Museum of the Future is a unique addition to the Dubai skyline; Emirates Golf Club is a green expanse in the heart of the city; architectural detail of a pavilion at Dubai Expo 2020; the buildings of Dubai Marina, seen from Palm Jumeirah.

it easier for entrepreneurs and the self-employed to do business, while the Job Exploration Visa means skilled workers can enjoy residency without a local host while looking for employment.

Worldwide, the way we live and work has evolved significantly in the last two decades: changes accelerated by the recent pandemic and the worldwide lockdowns that ensued. We’re all digital nomads now, in one form or another. Doing business remotely is easier than ever, and whether you’re the CEO of a global brand or the founder of a fledgling start-up, the world is your workplace. Transforming our homes into workplaces caused many to reassess the importance of indoor and outdoor space, and the need to juggle private and professional lives in a single location saw the invention of concepts like flexible working hours. Mindful of the shifting priorities of discerning investors,

developers are also changing the way they look at residential real estate and borrowing elements from the luxury hospitality industry to make homes where residents and their families can live to their full potential. Intentional and sustainable design and architecture is also finding its place in the city, with a growing collection of buildings and mixed-use projects being developed with these principles in mind.

As new ways of working unshackle us from offices, more professionals are looking at the world map and wondering where to write the next chapter of their lives. After years of whirlwind growth, Dubai is rolling out the red carpet for those prepared to take the leap.

Five minutes with: Karim Adi, Chief Executive Officer, Swiss Property Development, developer of Kempinski Residences The Creek Dubai, and Dubai resident since 2014.

What has changed in Dubai since you relocated there?

The quality of life has really improved. There’s a lot of emphasis on outdoor lifestyle, things like cycle routes, places to walk and sports like padel tennis, which is extremely popular.

Has it become easier to set up a business?

A lot of processes have been digitised, so setting up a business is easier and more affordable today than a few years ago. And now you can be the 100% owner of your business. The UAE government has also introduced the Golden Visa, which grants residency to investors and skilled professionals.

Are you seeing more start-ups and new arrivals appearing? There are plenty of start-ups and various incubators for certain fields like fintech. Events in Europe are also encouraging people to look at alternatives. If you want to relocate and have a good quality of life, and set up a business, where do you go? There aren’t many places with this dynamic or so many opportunities.

Why is it a good place for families to thrive?

Firstly, it’s a very safe city – in fact, the whole UAE is very safe. Education for kids is good. Also, you have all the help that you may need, for example if you need a nanny or someone to help you on a daily basis. We’re quite spoiled here to be honest with you!

The 274 apartments at Kempinski Residences The Creek Dubai boast outdoor spaces overlooking some of the most spectacular scenery in Dubai.

Feeling inspired?

Kempinski Residences The Creek Dubai are designed for owners who want to balance luxury living with a healthy lifestyle.

Designed to reflect the status and aspirations of owners, Kempinski Residences The Creek Dubai is a collection of 274 elegant apartments overlooking some of the most spectacular natural scenery in Dubai. Interiors of the generously proportioned residences reflect the desire of developer Swiss Property to create a sanctuary where residents find the space and time to balance life, work and wellbeing, with soaring ceilings and expansive views. Surrounded by lush, landscaped gardens dotted with intimate corners, shaded pavilions and meandering walkways, residents also have access to a fitness centre overlooking the green gardens, a private cinema and a clubhouse that will act as a hub for the community.

Get to know the city

If you're planning a shorter break, these two havens can provide the perfect base.


Unique in every way, Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates offers European elegance in one of the world’s most famous retail emporiums.


Nestled amid five acres of manicured gardens on the West Crescent of Palm Jumeirah, this beachfront escape invites you to linger longer over dreamy sunsets and indolent afternoons.

Right: Life, work and wellbeing finds the perfect balance at Kempinski The Residences The Creek Dubai. Luxury living in Dubai Scan this QR code for more information on the project


"As the sun was setting, we'd sip our aperitivo in the calm of San Clemente island before taking one of the hotel's boats to Venice to explore the fascinating winding streets.”


San Clemente Palace Kempinski Venice

My husband and I had been to Venice before for day trips, but it had always been my dream to see Venice at night when there are fewer tourists, and to spend some more time in this amazing city. An absolute standout memory is of us enjoying an aperitivo sitting next to the water on the private island where the hotel is located, followed by a boat trip to Venice at sunset. Wherever we went, Italian warmth and friendliness created such a great atmosphere. But my recommendation to anyone visiting Venice is to just walk around this magical city, soak up the atmosphere, eat gelato, and lose yourself in the captivating small streets. For our next Kempinski moment, we'd love to stay at the new hotel in Tel Aviv and get to know that area a bit better.

“This was a true bucket list experience for us both! From sunrise to sunset, we soaked it all up and lost count of all the wildlife we spotted.”

Of course, safaris are known for the abundance of animals, but it was the people who really shaped our experience. From the guide who took us to his favourite spots, to the chef who introduced us to tree tomato jam for breakfast, they made everything so special. The highlight for us came on an afternoon game drive. The sun was about to set and we stopped to watch it. Wildebeest and zebras were everywhere, and behind an acacia tree in the distance there was an absolutely huge, glowing red sun. We all just sat there quietly soaking up the entire experience. Definitely a memory we will treasure forever. We have a soft spot for island life, so for our next Kempinski moment, we want to tick the Seychelles off our list!

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