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Al Raha Beach Hotel
Parents will love: The beautiful indoor swimming pool (perfect during humid September), the Jacuzzi and spa, the beautiful spacious rooms, as well as the tennis and squash courts. The private beach is lush too.
Kids will love: Monkeying around at the playground right next to the outdoor pool (there’s a bouncy castle here too!), making sand castles on the beach and scoffing all the sweet treats on offer as part of the Friday family brunch.
The overall experience: It’s difficult to get a room at Al Raha unless you plan well in advance and it’s easy to see why as there’s enough to keep both the tots and grown-ups happy. The hotel has a very chilled out, friendly vibe. Check out the brunch options which provide a balloon-bending clown for the kids, who can have their faces painted while you listen to the karaoke-ish live music being played for your entertainment. Watersports can be arranged but pampering is also a must-do while the nippers are entertained for a few hours by the baby-sitting services available, or at the Gazelle Kids Club, where they can paint, watch TV and make new friends.
How far from Dubai: 45 minutes.
Cost: Rates start from Dhs810, including breakfast. Al Raha Beach district, next to the Abu Dhabi International Airport
www.danathotels.com, (02 508 0555).
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