Top family-friendly staycations in the UAE

Go on holiday closer to home with the kids this summer

Top family-friendly staycations in the UAE

Dubai

Budget stays
Aloft Me’aisam FREE CHICKEN WINGS!
With a kid-friendly pool and close proximity to Mall of the Emirates, Dubai Parks and Resorts and Miracle Gardens. Book a room for Wild Wings Wednesday and they’ll throw in a platter of wings and unlimited beverages. This hotel also offers residents ten percent off the best available rate, plus a 20 percent discount on F&B.
Dhs340. Ongoing. Dubai Production City (04 248 7070).

Mövenpick Hotel & Apartments Bur Dubai
The Mövenpick is offering a Go Weekend package with 30 percent reduced rates, a buffet breakfast and a 4pm checkout so you can explore the city’s old town. Book a family room online via Mövenpick Family and you’ll get a 25 percent discount with the breakfast buffet while kids up to 6 years eat for free and kids 7-12 years get 50 percent off in restaurants. Their Little Birds Clubs offer a busy programme of fun activities for children.
From Dhs385. Ongoing. Mövenpick Hotel & Apartments Bur Dubai, Oud Metha (04 336 6000).

Al Seef Heritage Hotel

Been meaning to take your kids to the Museum of Illusions for ages? Why not make a staycation out of it and throw in a spot of shopping at the souk by booking bed and breakfast at the Al Seef Heritage Hotel.
From Dhs450 (prices vary). Until Dec 31. Al Seef, Dubai Creek (04 707 7077).

Rove at The Park
For just Dhs199 per night you’ll be able to stay at the brand-new park in the heart of Dubai Parks and Resorts, and they’ll give away two free tickets to the theme park itself.
From Dhs199. Until Sep 30. Rove At The Park, Dubai Parks and Resorts, www.rovehotels.com.

Rove Downtown THEME PARK TICKETS!
Fans of theme parks listen up, summer deal Rove at the Park means you can book a night at any Rove hotel for Dhs199 and they’ll throw in two free tickets to Dubai Parks & Resorts. What a bargain. Offering interconnecting rooms for families, a late check out of 2pm and free breakfast for kids up to 15 years.
From Dhs199. Until Sep 30. Downtown Dubai  (800 7683).

Sheraton Mall of the Emirates Hotel, Dubai FREE BREAKFAST!
The hotel is offering UAE residents 20 percent off best available rates, including a free room upgrade, breakfast, shopping vouchers and a fruit basket.
From Dhs420. Until Sep 17. Mall of the Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 377 2000).

The H Dubai FREE BREAKFAST!
Dig into a free breakfast as part of a package that also includes a free extra bed. Book directly to save up to 25 percent and enjoy early check in and late check out.
From Dhs495 (prices vary). Until Dec 31. Sheikh Zayed Road (04 501 8888).

Towers Rotana KIDS EAT FREE!
A two-night stay for two adults and two kids in connecting rooms, plus a buffet breakfast. Children under 12 years will dine free plus you get a free extra bed.
From Dhs499. Towers Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 343 8000).

Splashing out
Address Hotels
A dose of virtual reality or a massive aquarium and underwater zoo filled with creatures from the deep blue sea? Both are activities that make for a fun family staycation, especially when they can be enjoyed at no extra cost. Those looking to experience some of Downtown Dubai’s best features can book a stay at one of three Address hotels and receive free access for two people to the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo in The Dubai Mall, as well as two Super 7 passes to the VR Park. All three hotels are five-star resorts in the heart of Dubai, so you’re never far from the main attractions.
From Dhs1,500 (prices vary). Until Dec 31 at various locations, including Address Downtown, Address Dubai Mall and Address Boulevard, www.addresshotels.com.

Atlantis The Palm WATERPARK ACCESS!

A summer sale at Atlantis The Palm offers up to 35 percent off rooms and suites, including unlimited access to Aquaventure Waterpark, filled with more than 30 slides and rides including the scream-inducing Leap of Faith, along with The Lost Chambers Aquarium where more than 65,000 marine animals can be observed.
Prices vary. Ongoing. Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2000)

Dukes The Palm, a Royal Hideaway Hotel
From relaxing on a private beach, to daily breakfast at the Great British Restaurant and tickets to a theme park, this sister hotel to the London’s Dukes The Palm, a Royal Hideaway Hotel has a ‘stay and play’ staycation deal you don’t want to miss. Guests receive two free tickets to Dubai Parks And Resorts, presenting you with a difficult choice between Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai, LEGOLAND or LEGOLAND Water Park for a day of fun. Kids can enjoy access to an innovative Kids Club as well an indoor swimming pool and infinity pool.
Prices vary. Ongoing. Dukes The Palm, a Royal Hideaway Hotel, Palm Jumeirah (04 455 1100).

Jumeirah Beach Hotel KIDS EAT FREE!

For a four-night stay at this five-star resort, guests will be treated to unlimited access to one of the region’s best waterparks, Wild Wadi. The hotel is also offering residents a 20 percent discount on its best available room rates, including a choice of breakfast or half board, access to its Kids Club (two to ten years), fitness and spa facilities plus children aged 16 or under will dine for free.
From Dhs1,394 per night. Until Dec 19. Umm Suqeim (04 406 8500).

One&Only Royal Mirage FREE YOGA!
The One&Only Royal Mirage Resort is promising a ‘Legendary Staycation’ with its package that includes free daily breakfast for two adults and one child (less than 12 years), late check out of 6pm, 20 percent off all F&B, 50 percent off a second treatment in its spa plus a free yoga session every Monday, Friday and Saturday (family yoga). As if that’s not enough, it will also throw in one Aquaventure Waterpark pass pas person (only valid for a two-night stay) plus free water sport activities.
Savings from Dhs1,500 per day. Until September 29. Al Sufouh (04 399 9999).

Raffles Dubai FREE BREAKFAST!
This five-star hotel in Oud Metha, blessed with an incredible view of the city skyline, is offering guests a special extended staycation deal. Stay from four to six nights and benefit from 20 percent off the daily rate. Extend your stay to 7 nights or more and the discount increases to 25 percent. Includes free use of the pool and fitness facilities, breakfast and lounge benefits.
Ongoing. Oud Metha (04 324 8888).

The Meydan Hotel Dubai
Looking for something super swanky? You’re in luck. The Meydan Hotel is dishing out a whopping 50 percent discount on all wellness therapies and meals in its restaurants.
From Dhs349. Until Sept 30. Al Meydan Road, Nad Al Sheba (04 381 3111).

V Hotel Dubai, Curio Collection by Hilton
This hotel is prompting you to ‘expect a better summer’ if you book before August 19 when you can get a 30 percent off room rates that can be enjoyed until January 6, 2020.
Al Habtoor City, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 436 6666).

Beach getaways
Aloft Palm Jumeirah
This funky hotel is offering a second room for families at a 50 percent discount for kids up to 21 years. Not only that, kids under 12 years will eat for free (with the purchase of an adult meal in the restaurant).
From Dhs250-2,500 per night. Until Sept 11. Palm Jumeirah (04 247 5555).

Anantara The Palm Dubai BOAT TRIP!
Book a minimum of two nights or more at this family-friendly resort in a room or villa and enjoy free breakfast (for two adults and up to two kids under 12 years), a family outing on Dubai’s first Thai longtail boat around Palm Jumeirah, a 20 percent saving on F&B for two adults and free access to entertainment, games, arts and crafts for youngsters at Tuk Tuk Kids’ Club or Chill, a teens’ club.
From Dhs950. Ongoing. East Crescent, Palm Jumeirah (04 567 8999).

Fairmont The Palm

Fairmont The Palm is offering the ‘Ultimate Family Getaway’ with a second room at a 50 percent discount plus free buffet breakfast and one hour of play daily at Fairmont Falcons Kids’ Club for youngsters aged three years and up. Includes watersport and beach activities, as well as entry to a health club and leisure facilities.
Ongoing. Palm Jumeirah, www.fairmont.com.

JA Ocean View Hotel FREE MEALS!
Stay two nights or more at JA Ocean View Hotel to get the Dubai Parks and Resorts package with 25 percent off best available rates. Kids stay for free. The deal includes access to Jumeirah beach (plus free sun umbrellas and towels for guests), the infinity pool and The Walk at JBR, plus a buffet breakfast and dinner daily. The package also includes a free welcome drink and access to CoolZone (for kids four-12 years), the children’s pool and a playground and parents can enjoy free entry to the gym, steam room and sauna at Calm Spa.
Prices vary. Ongoing. The Walk, JBR (04 814 5599).

JA Palm Tree Court THEME PARK TICKETS!

How tempting is this? Book two nights or more at JA Palm Tree Court and save up to 40 percent on the best rate, plus free passes to Dubai Parks and Resorts. Children can access a crèche, three kids’ clubs (four months to 17 years) and three swimming pools. The package includes breakfast and dinner daily plus access to leisure and sports facilities as well as more than 12 restaurants and bars.
Prices vary. Ongoing. Mina Jebel Ali (04 814 5555).

Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa
Bring the whole family and get 50 percent off your second room. Kids up to 12 years eat for free when accompanied by a dining adult.
Prices vary. Until February 29, 2020. Dubai Marina (04 399 5555).

Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach
A family ‘Happinest’ offer at Mövenpick Hotel JBR invites you to enjoy 25 percent off a family room (two adults and two kids) plus free meals for kids under six. Youngsters from seven-12 years will also get 50 percent off in restaurants and room service. If you’ve got a baby or toddler in tow, the hotel has an on-demand baby essentials service so you can borrow all the accessories you need, including a baby crib, stroller, portable baby bath, bottle warmer, car seat and more.
Promotion code: HAPPINEST. From Dhs511. Ongoing. The Walk, JBR (04 449 8888).

The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
Room prices start at Dhs900 for all UAE residents at The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi including a 15 percent discount as credit to spend at the resort.
Dhs900. Until September 17. Al Sufouh (04 399 4141).

Top deals
Towers Rotana
Escape to this family-friendly hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road from Dhs499 per night for a two-night stay for two adults and two children in connecting rooms – kids under 12 years stay and dine for free. The offer includes a free extra bed per room and a buffet breakfast.
From Dhs499 per night. Towers Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 343 8000).

Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah DHS5 MEAL!
Book a one night staycay at this luxury hotel and you’ll be able to eat at one of its swanky restaurants for an additional Dhs5 only as part of the Five Years Celebratory package. Choose breakfast, lunch, high tea or dinner at Mezzerie, Peackock Alley, Serafina or Social by Heinz Beck. Alternatively, invest your Dhs5 in a 30-minute spa treatment at Waldorf Astoria Spa, with free access to all spa facilities including the Himalayan salt stone sauna.
From Dhs1,200. Until Dec 31. Waldorf Astoria Dubia Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jumeirah (04 818 2222)

Abu Dhabi

Aloft Abu Dhabi FREE BBQ MEAL!
It’s hard to beat a backyard barbecue, especially when someone else is doing the cooking. Aloft Abu Dhabi’s ‘BBQ and Stay’ package offers a night’s stay plus a free meal at the Backyard BBQ. Just use the promo code YX1 when booking a room. All kids under 12 years can stay for free if using existing beds and all kids under two years can stay in a crib for free. An extra bed for older kids or adults will cost Dhs100 per person per night.
From Dhs285. Ongoing. Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (02 654 5000).

Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi

Plan an exciting weekend escape with your family at five-star hotel Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi. Their family package includes a family room (for two adults and two children) and up to four free tickets to Warner Brothers Abu Dhabi as well as a breakfast buffet and one free extra bed per room. Kids under 12 years stay and eat for free. What a bargain. The deal is valid for check-in on Thursday or Friday only.
From Dhs750. Ongoing. Al Zahiya Area, Abu Dhabi (02 697 9000).

Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island

From shopping at upscale centre The Galleria, to swimming in a pool with unobstructed views of the Abu Dhabi skyline, there are plenty of reasons to stay at the Four Seasons Hotel at Al Maryah Island. Stay two nights or more and you’ll get 20 percent off your room rate thanks to its ‘Abu Dhabi Getaway’ offer.
From Dhs1,126 (prices vary). Until Dec 31 2022. Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi (02 333 2222).

Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi
Located in the heart of the UAE capital with plenty of sand to laze on and endless shopping on your doorstep, Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi is a perfect weekend stop with deals from Dhs350. Bring the whole family and enjoy 50 percent off your second room. Relax even more as kids up to 12 years eat free in restaurants when accompanied by a dining adult.
Until Feb 28 2020. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Street, Abu Dhabi (02 674 2020).

Radisson Blu Hotel, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi THEME PARK TICKETS!

Plan an incredible family holiday on Yas Island with the Radisson Blu ‘Adventure Package’ that includes a hotel stay (for two adults and two kids) plus free tickets to Warner Bros World, Yas Water World and Ferrari World, along with a free daily breakfast buffet and access to Yas Beach. Save even more when you stay two nights or more. 
From Dhs525. Until Sep 30. Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. (02 656 2000)

Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri

Escape from the city and recharge your batteries with Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi’s family suite package, including a suite for two adults and up to three children (under 18 years) with an additional free room, daily buffet breakfast for the whole family, a 25 percent discount on spa treatments, a children’s special room and a host of fun-filled activities and games at the hotel.
From Dhs2,050 (prices vary). Minimum stay of two nights. Ongoing. Qaryat al Beri, Abu Dhabi (02 509 8888).

Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort THEME PARK TICKETS!
If you’re up for a splash-tastic day at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Waterworld or speedy fun at Ferrari World after a hearty buffet breakfast, then just punch in the promo code 2MP to book a ‘playcation package’ at Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, including a one, two or three night stay for two adults and one child under three years.
From Dhs575. Valid Thursday-Saturday until Sep 30. Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi (02 677 3333).

St. Regis Saadiyat Island
The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi is offering families an attractive staycation package that includes a 50 percent discount on a second room plus a 20 percent discount on the best rate with breakfast daily when online booking is made for two nights using the code SUM. The deal also includes a one-hour free rental of water sports equipment, a 60-minutes spa treatment at the award-winning Iridium Spa and access to the Sandcastle Kids Club and sports club group classes.
Prices vary. Until Oct 2. The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi (02 498 8888).

Tilal Liwa Hotel FREE SANDBOARDING!
There’s a desert escape in Abu Dhabi filled with adventure activities and family discounts and it’s calling your name. Tilal Liwa Hotel’s ‘Danat Weekend Escape’ offers a buffet breakfast for the whole family, 20 percent off food and massages and access to desert cycling and sandboarding activities.
From Dhs449. Ongoing. Madinat Zayed, Abu Dhabi (02 894 6111).

Other Emirates

The Ritz-Carlton, Al Wadi Desert Resort, RAK PRIVATE POOL!

Explore the beauty of the desert and immerse your family in a Bedouin lifestyle at this 1,235-acre nature reserve. Its ‘Family Adventure’ package includes accommodation in a luxury villa (for two adults and two kids under 12 years) with a private pool, daily buffet breakfast, a choice of two Al Wadi activities such as archery, camel riding, a nature walk and more. The deal also includes a one-hour owl and falcon show, access to the Ritz Kids Club, bicycles to explore the reserve and beach access. Minimum three-night stay.
Prices Vary. Until Dec 30. Other offers include a Nature Reserve Weekend Escape and a Land to Sea Family Explorer. Al Wadi Desert, Ras Al Khaimah (800 4789).

Hilton Al Hamra Beach & Golf Resort, RAK
An all-inclusive staycay package that offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and house beverages. Kids under six years will stay and eat for free and youngsters aged six-12 years stay for an extra Dhs200 per night. The deal at this five-star hotel in Ras Al Khaimah also includes free meals at Al Shamal, along with up to Dhs60 food vouchers per adult and Dhs25 per child as well as late check out at 4pm. Kids can also enjoy a children’s pool and a programme of fun activities.
From Dhs535 (prices vary). Ongoing. Vienna Street, Ras al Khaimah (07 244 6666).

Wyndham Garden Ajman Corniche
The UAE’s tiniest emirate proves that the best things come in small packages. Book a stay at the Wyndham Garden Ajman Corniche and enjoy free access to a private beach club, a Kids Club, swimming pool and a 25 percent discount at Seascape restaurant.
From Dhs249. Ongoing. Ajman (06 701 4444).

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