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5 to try: Family beach clubs

Beach clubs can be a wonderful way of keeping kids busy in Dubai

The Pavilion Marina & Sports Club, Jumeirah Beach Hotel: This beach club is jam-packed and action-packed, with separate spaces for all ages and desires, including three beaches (top for tots is Marina beach with its shallow waters and free non-motorised watersports) and four pools including the family pool with fountains and a water chute. There are lots of loungers – get one by the shallow end, so tots can toddle in and out while you lie back and lick free ice lollies. Kids will love the huge novelty ship that is Sinbad’s Kids Club, providing morning, afternoon and evening sessions where tots as young as two can play in the toy-laden play area, huge indoor sandpit, art room, movie room, and ball area or enjoy sing-a-longs, dancing, painting and aqua fun in the shaded pool. Older kids (5-12) can play squash and dodgeball and get competitive with limbo and sandcastle building. You can even book them in for lunch, and if you plan to stay for dinner, the hotel lays on evening parties, discos and talent shows, with movies and storytime for little ones. For adults, there’s the gym, squash and tennis courts and free aerobics classes.

Conclusion: Pricey, but there’s enough thrown in to keep kids active all week.
Cost: Dhs66,938 per couple with one child, Dhs78,188 with two kids, Dhs11,250 for each extra child. 20 per cent off F&B and spa, 50 per cent off motorised watersports, 10 per cent off Seawings and Wild Wadi discounts.
(04 406 8800).

Time Out Dubai,

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