With fantastic hospitality, great food and excellent leisure facilities, the Hilton Kuwait is in a class of its own in the city. It’s easy to understand why the resort is so popular with long term visitors (staying in the villas and studios) as well as many corporate and leisure guests. It may be the biggest resort in the country but with well trained staff taking a personal interest in my comfort I always felt welcome and at home.
My two days at the Hilton Kuwait started before dawn. By the time the the sun was gently rising from its resting place in the waters of the Arabian Gulf I was wandering along the hotel’s empty 1.7km private beach. I listened to the waves break on the shore and watched crabs scuttle back and forth. All the while the sun climbed further above the horizon, readying itself to bake this brown, parched land once again. What a beautiful, peaceful way to start each day
I stayed in a standard room which was large, with a sofa and desk and plenty of space as well as complimentary, fast wifi. The room had a great view of the beach and the Gulf and was serviced twice-daily and when I made specific requests (extra water, extra towels) these were remembered on subsequent days. There were decent-sized bottles of toiletries rather than fiddly little ones which is something I always appreciate.
If you need more than just one room there are also suites and plenty of multi-bedroomed villas available within the complex; ideal for families who value privacy but still want the the services of a five star hotel.
I was very happy to find that the excellent gym was open 24 hours a day which meant I could be in there working through my jet lag at 4am. In addition to the well equipped gym, there are fitness classes, tennis courts and a water sports centre. I tried the water aerobics class one morning which was a lot of fun.
You can massage your aches away in the large ‘hydromedic’ pool where various water jets will pummel you to perfection; or try out the steam room, dry hot room, jacuzzi, or ice room for the truly brave – which definitely doesn’t include me! The spa facilities are free for hotel guests and are for ladies only in the mornings. I also had a fantastic body scrub and massage. My session over-ran significantly because the therapist spent so long working through the knots in my shoulder, the result of an overdone gym session that morning. I felt so much better afterwards.
If gym, classes, tennis etc sounds too energetic for you then you can simply relax on the private beach or by the pool. The only thing I didn’t like about this resort was the music around the pool but, to be fair, I could have escaped that if I’d chosen a lounger on the beach instead.
Breakfast was taken from a large buffet selection with juices made to order, an egg station, healthy options and hot and cold selections. Teatro, the resort’s international restaurant has regular theme nights – such a seafood night. I ate one night at Naranj restaruant and had a fantastic feast of Levantine food, definitely not to be missed!
Only a 20 minutes drive from the airport and close to many of the oil company offices, the Hilton Kuwait is ideal for business travellers who want convenience coupled with top class facilities. It’s also perfect for families looking for a quick getaway with plenty to keep everybody in the family entertained.
The Hilton is Kuwait’s playground in the nicest possible way.
Hilton Kuwait website
Price – from $300 for the standard room
Liked – airport transfers in a wifi-enabled BMW; top class massage treatments at the spa; spacious room with stunning sea view; excellent well-equipped 24 gym; great food; superb hospitality from friendly staff
Disliked – music around the pool