Fun family escapes for the half term break

Four staycations to try with the kids

Fun family escapes for the half term break

Glamp at Longbeach Campground
If a night under the stars appeals, but putting up your own tent in the desert doesn’t, then a stay at Longbeach Campground in Ras Al Khaimah could be for you.

Re-opening for the cooler months, this authentic glamping experience, which offers a range of deluxe tents on the pretty shoreline of Ras Al Khaimah, has upgraded its on-site facilities with kid’s activities now including a petting zoo, karate classes, junior chef classes, kite flying, pottery, painting competitions, plus fun and games at the on-site kid’s club and splash park.

Older kids can take to the water on sea scooters, kayaks or stand-up paddleboards and hit the inflatable aqua park.

The price, which is based on a family of two adults and two children under six, includes breakfast and a beachside barbecue. Best of all, there’s not a sandy sleeping bag in sight.
From Dhs599. Thursdays and Fridays. www.binmajid.com (800 5700).

Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort
Stay in one of the Deluxe Family Lagoon Access Rooms – complete with a child-friendly space that little staycationers will love – for two nights and get 20 percent off your food and drink (excluding grape and hop), plus breakfast at Crescendo for two adults and two children up to 12 years, a trip around the Palm on a Thai longboat and access to both the Tuk Tuk Kid’s Club and Chill Teen’s Club.
From Dhs1,925. Until Dec 31, East Crescent, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, www.anantara.com (04 567 8888).



Lapita, Dubai Parks & Resorts
Let mini Disney fans channel their inner-Moana at the Polynesian-themed Lapita when you book a Family Room for three nights, but only pay for two. Sleeping a family of four, the room price includes breakfast as well as tickets to LEGOLAND, LEGOLAND Waterpark, Bollywood Parks and motiongate Dubai, which are all right on your doorstep. Don’t fancy venturing out? Encourage the kids to splash around in the resort’s lagoon-style swimming pool, drift around the lazy river or hit the kid’s club. Older children can hang out in the teen’s club, which boasts a dedicated games room.
From Dhs3,000. Until Nov 30. Dubai Parks & Resorts, www.marriott.com (04 810 9999).

Meliá Desert Palm Dubai
Lush, serene and sophisticated – Meliá Desert Palm is the perfect place to escape the city, without actually leaving the city. And the 160-acre polo estate, just a 20-minute drive from Downtown Dubai, is giving staycationers even more incentive to visit with a 20 percent discount on the best available rate, complimentary breakfast and an additional 15 percent off not only your food and drinks bill, but on a treatment at the resort’s luxurious Samana Spa where therapists are referred to as gurus or experience guides and can tailor treatments to your particular needs – spot of mummy-time anyone? One child under three years stays for free in the suite, which offers views over the retreat’s main championship polo field, while families looking to host a barbecue party in the villa are offered a special discounted rate.
Dhs795 for a Palm Suite including breakfast. Al Awir Road, Dubai, www.melia.com (04 323 8888).

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