I have just had the privilege of staying in a fabulous hotel, the Radisson Blu
, in a fascinating place, Kuwait City. Sad to say, I had never visited Kuwait before, but I made up for lost time on my recent trip.
I could not have been made to feel more welcome by the hotel, starting with an excellent meet and greet service at the airport. After an extremely solicitous greeter flagged me down in the bustling airport arrival hall (which apparently often hosts whole families dancing in welcome!) I was ushered to a complimentary limousine taxi. Inside, I found blissful air conditioning and mineral water, but necessary when it’s still 36 degrees in the evenings. The welcome from the hotel front desk was equally friendly and efficient.
The rooms at the Radisson are nothing short of stunning, many with views out to sea or of the lovely dhow that houses one of the hotel’s fine dining options. They’re really spacious with the signature high spec Radisson bathrooms and toiletries, and gigantic plasma screen TVs where I even I could have my fill of the global news channels. The beds are vast and restful, and the large writing desk was a boon for me.
There are several restaurants to choose from, including the aforementioned high end option on the boat, Al Boom, and what’s said to be Kuwait’s best Chinese restaurant, The Peacock. During my tasty meal at The Peacock there seemed to be an extraordinary number of different parties celebrating birthdays, clearly a very special occasion venue. Breakfasts in the Al Bustan are sumptuous and justly renowned.
My very favourite, however, was the Sly Lounge rooftop restaurant and bar. Serving one of the best dragon rolls I’ve ever eaten and a surfeit of other tempting sushi and mezze, it has to be one of the city’s top spots to enjoy sunset with a mocktail.
There’s not so much a hotel pool as a whole spa complex area. Both indoor and outdoor swimming are available, with plenty of sun lounging opportunities available as well as an excellent sauna and steam room, a set for each gender. Snacks and fresh juices are always available as is an excellent fitness suite. At weekends The Shack serves appetising beachside grills.
I will be writing about my external meanderings in another piece but for now suffice to say the hotel
runs a brilliant shuttle service for free to many key attractions and that for an unaccompanied woman it was the perfect way to get out and about and enjoy the lovely coastal vibe of downtown Kuwait City.