Gather up the kids, it’s time for a break. And this time you won’t need to worry about getting everyone to the airport on time. Here are five family staycation deals and hotels in Dubai for you to check out this summer. For more staycations click here.
The popular resort on Palm Jumeirah has a “stay and play” package starting at Dhs549 on week-nights and Dhs649 and the weekend. You’ll get breakfast, access to Aquaventure and The Lost Chambers Aquarium and Dhs200 credit to spend at the resort.
From Dhs549. Ongoing. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, www.atlantis.com/dubai/uae-resident
Hilton Dubai The Walk in JBR is offering special rates for UAE residents until Friday August 31. There are deals for both couples and families and the summer staycation offer also includes access to the hotel’s private beach and a set breakfast menu. If you’re looking for a weekend away with your offer half, rates for studio rooms start from Dhs350 per night, while families of up to four can book themselves a spacious two-bedroom apartment from Dhs700 per night.
From Dhs350 per night. Until Fri Aug 31, www3.hilton.com (04 374 7999).
InterContinental Dubai Festival City has a cool family staycation from Dhs399 per room per night that includes plenty to keep the little ones entertained. The Suite Playcation package, which is in partnership with Toys R Us meaning kids can expect to find lots of fun surprises when they open the doors to their family room, includes a free upgrade to an InterContinental Suite, as well as breakfast either in your room or in all-day dining restaurant Anise. Lunch or dinner is also included and you can choose to have room service (a good option with little ones) or to book a table for the fam in Anise, and early and late check-ins are also an option. In addition, kids under 12 eat for free during your stay and baking activities with the hotel's chefs are on the menu too.
From Dhs399 per room per night. Ongoing. InterContinental Dubai Festival City, Dubai Festival City, www.ihg.com (04 701 1111).
Rates at the five-star beach hotel start from Dhs396 per night and staycationers will also receive the full price of the stay back in credit to spend in the resort’s restaurants, bars and across se-lect activities and experiences. While some facilities remain closed for now due to government di-rectives, experiences include horse riding, tennis, squash, badminton, clay pigeon shooting at the JA Shooting Club and golf on the 9-hole, par 35 championship standard golf course with floodlit driving range. The deal is valid for UAE residents only so don’t forget to pack your Emirates ID. When booking on www.jaresortshotels.com, just punch in the promo code ‘UAESTAY’ and the offer is all yours.
From Dhs396 per night. Ongoing, www.jaresortshotels.com.
Nomadic desert experience Nara Escape is offering desert retreats to UAE staycationers. Open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday for reservations, travellers and families in small groups can head to the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve to take on a unique ‘safari experience’. Along with unin-terrupted views of the Arabian desert from the Nara campsite, guests can expect to tuck into a fu-sion menu.
Dhs550 (adults), Dhs350 (kids under 16 years old). Open Thu-Sat (reservations required). Ongoing. Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, Al Ain Road, www.nara.ae (050 336 7909).