Family Staycations

Staying in Dubai this summer? Give the brood a change of scenery by booking a family-friendly staycation in the UAE…

Ritz Carlton Dubai  When kids check in to Ritz Carlton Dubai, they are handed a VIK (Very Important Kid) Passport, which contains an ice cream pass to redeem in any restaurant, along with a T-Shirt, wristband, colouring book and crayons to use throughout their stay and keep as souvenirs. The fun doesn’t stop there, as Ritz Carlton has recently revamped the Ritz Kids programme and rolled it out across all hotels globally, with the kids club open from 10am to 6pm (kids under four need adult supervision, while those between five and 12 can spend a full day in the club). There’s also a children’s pool, a play area, and a changing monthly activity schedule that aims to engage little guests in the world around them. Pool, beach, kids clubPrice: From Dhs3,300 per nightTo Book: Ritz Carlton Dubai, JBR, Dubai. www.ritzcarlton.com/Dubai (04 399 4000).
Ritz Carlton Dubai
When kids check in to Ritz Carlton Dubai, they are handed a VIK (Very Important Kid) Passport, which contains an ice cream pass to redeem in any restaurant, along with a T-Shirt, wristband, colouring book and crayons to use throughout their stay and keep as souvenirs.

The fun doesn’t stop there, as Ritz Carlton has recently revamped the Ritz Kids programme and rolled it out across all hotels globally, with the kids club open from 10am to 6pm (kids under four need adult supervision, while those between five and 12 can spend a full day in the club). There’s also a children’s pool, a play area, and a changing monthly activity schedule that aims to engage little guests in the world around them.
Pool, beach, kids club

Price: From Dhs3,300 per night

To Book: Ritz Carlton Dubai, JBR, Dubai. www.ritzcarlton.com/Dubai (04 399 4000).

Banyan Tree Al Wadi    No need to drag the kids down to the pool at this hotel - just open your back door and they can jump into the private villa pool! Each villa can accommodate up to two adults and two kids, with a stunning desert vista. If you can drag yourself away, there’s lots outside the villas to keep smaller members of the family happy too, including a fun-packed kids club, falconry and nature shows, camel riding, play area, bike riding, archery, and desert safaris. No need to be concerned about running up extra costs at mealtimes, as kids under six eat for free at Banyan Tree Al Wadi when dining with their parents.Pool, babysitting, kids club, residents rates, kids eat freePrice: From Dhs1870 per nightTo Book: Banyan Tree Al Wadi, Ras al Khaimah. www.banyantree.com/en/al_wadi/ (07 243 5000).
Banyan Tree Al Wadi

No need to drag the kids down to the pool at this hotel - just open your back door and they can jump into the private villa pool! Each villa can accommodate up to two adults and two kids, with a stunning desert vista. If you can drag yourself away, there’s lots outside the villas to keep smaller members of the family happy too, including a fun-packed kids club, falconry and nature shows, camel riding, play area, bike riding, archery, and desert safaris. No need to be concerned about running up extra costs at mealtimes, as kids under six eat for free at Banyan Tree Al Wadi when dining with their parents.
Pool, babysitting, kids club, residents rates, kids eat free


Price: From Dhs1870 per night

To Book: Banyan Tree Al Wadi, Ras al Khaimah. www.banyantree.com/en/al_wadi/ (07 243 5000).
Holiday Inn Al Barsha   It may not have the glitz and glamour of some of the larger hotels in the region, but Holiday Inn Al Barsha offers an affordable staycation option that the whole family will enjoy.The main pull is that under-tens are invited to stay and eat for free – but with a large pool and baby pool on site and Mall of the Emirates within walking distance for trips to Magic Planet and Ski Dubai (skiing for older kids and penguins for the youngest) there’s plenty to keep little guests happy throughout their stay. And while there isn’t a beach on site, a complimentary bus service will whizz sand angels to Jumeirah Beach within five minutes. Along with interconnecting rooms and suites, a babysitting service, and cots on request, the hotel has three restaurants to choose from, where kids can eat as much as they like for free!Pool, babysitting, residents rates, kids eat freePrice: From Dhs600 per nightTo Book: Holiday Inn Al Barsha, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, www.hialbarshadubai.com (04 323 4333).
Holiday Inn Al Barsha

It may not have the glitz and glamour of some of the larger hotels in the region, but Holiday Inn Al Barsha offers an affordable staycation option that the whole family will enjoy.

The main pull is that under-tens are invited to stay and eat for free – but with a large pool and baby pool on site and Mall of the Emirates within walking distance for trips to Magic Planet and Ski Dubai (skiing for older kids and penguins for the youngest) there’s plenty to keep little guests happy throughout their stay. And while there isn’t a beach on site, a complimentary bus service will whizz sand angels to Jumeirah Beach within five minutes.

Along with interconnecting rooms and suites, a babysitting service, and cots on request, the hotel has three restaurants to choose from, where kids can eat as much as they like for free!
Pool, babysitting, residents rates, kids eat free


Price: From Dhs600 per night

To Book: Holiday Inn Al Barsha, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, www.hialbarshadubai.com (04 323 4333).
Atlantis The Palm     You might see it as a weekend break, but your kids will see it as a couple of days in the best theme park in Dubai! Prepare for wrinkly fingers and toes, as they won’t want to get out of the water at Aquaventure Water Park, with free unlimited access throughout your stay. If you can prise them away, there’s also unlimited trips to The Lost Chambers Aquarium, plus the chance to snorkel through a vast marine habitat at The Ambassador Lagoon or even swim with dolphins!If you fancy a bit of time on your own, Atlantis also offers a Kids Club, with a daily supervised activity programme. While you laze by the pool or head to the spa, little ones can tackle climbing walls, watch movies underwater, or create an arts and crafts masterpiece! Teens won’t be disappointed either, as Club Rush is a place where they can hang out and play on games consoles, grab snacks and smoothies, surf the internet, and listen to the latest tunes! And once the younger family members have crashed out in the evening, the resort offers an in-room nanny service so you can head down to eat alone. This is one staycation none of the family will forget in a hurry…Pool, beach, babysitting, kids club, residents ratesPrice: From Dhs1870 per nightTo Book: Atlantis The Palm, Crescent Road, Palm Jumeirah, www.atlantisthepalm.com (04 426 2000).
Atlantis The Palm

You might see it as a weekend break, but your kids will see it as a couple of days in the best theme park in Dubai! Prepare for wrinkly fingers and toes, as they won’t want to get out of the water at Aquaventure Water Park, with free unlimited access throughout your stay. If you can prise them away, there’s also unlimited trips to The Lost Chambers Aquarium, plus the chance to snorkel through a vast marine habitat at The Ambassador Lagoon or even swim with dolphins!

If you fancy a bit of time on your own, Atlantis also offers a Kids Club, with a daily supervised activity programme. While you laze by the pool or head to the spa, little ones can tackle climbing walls, watch movies underwater, or create an arts and crafts masterpiece! Teens won’t be disappointed either, as Club Rush is a place where they can hang out and play on games consoles, grab snacks and smoothies, surf the internet, and listen to the latest tunes! And once the younger family members have crashed out in the evening, the resort offers an in-room nanny service so you can head down to eat alone. This is one staycation none of the family will forget in a hurry…
Pool, beach, babysitting, kids club, residents rates

Price: From Dhs1870 per night

To Book: Atlantis The Palm, Crescent Road, Palm Jumeirah, www.atlantisthepalm.com (04 426 2000).
Fairmont The Palm     Fairmont The Palm’s 6000 square foot kid’s club will keep a smile on the face of younger guests all day long. Managed by a team of qualified teachers, the club is suitable for kids between three and 15 years old, with activities including arts and crafts, relay races, a climbing wall, and sandpit competitions. Evening entertainment for teenagers includes Wii and Playstation competitions, movie nights, and scavenger hunts.That’s not all this luxury hotel offers families. Quality time can be spent on the beach or at any of the four outdoor swimming pools, which also boasts a splash area for the smallest guests.And when it comes to feeding hungry kids, parents will be pleased to discover healthy dishes from renowned UK parenting author and nutritionist Annabel Karmel on the menus – and better still, kids under the age of five eat for free throughout your stay!Pool, beach, babysitting, kids club, residents rates, kids eat freePrice: From Dhs799 per nightTo Book: Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah. Dubai. www.fairmont.com/palm-dubai/ (800 7256).
Fairmont The Palm

Fairmont The Palm’s 6000 square foot kid’s club will keep a smile on the face of younger guests all day long. Managed by a team of qualified teachers, the club is suitable for kids between three and 15 years old, with activities including arts and crafts, relay races, a climbing wall, and sandpit competitions. Evening entertainment for teenagers includes Wii and Playstation competitions, movie nights, and scavenger hunts.

That’s not all this luxury hotel offers families. Quality time can be spent on the beach or at any of the four outdoor swimming pools, which also boasts a splash area for the smallest guests.

And when it comes to feeding hungry kids, parents will be pleased to discover healthy dishes from renowned UK parenting author and nutritionist Annabel Karmel on the menus – and better still, kids under the age of five eat for free throughout your stay!
Pool, beach, babysitting, kids club, residents rates, kids eat free

Price: From Dhs799 per night

To Book: Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah. Dubai. www.fairmont.com/palm-dubai/ (800 7256).
Rosewood Abu Dhabi  It’s the little details that make all the difference when you travel with a family – and Rosewood Abu Dhabi has it spot on. From baby proofing in the rooms, to mini robes and baby skincare products in the bathrooms, to changing tables and wireless baby monitors available on request. That’s not all, as The Children’s Center will keep them busy throughout your stay, with an arts and crafts area, games room, and reading center.If your stay falls over a weekend, make time for Friday brunch. While you feast, the kids will be entertained in a supervised play area, with activities on offer including doughnut decoration in little chef uniforms!While there’s no beach at this city hotel, there’s a large pool for family time (with shallow areas for little ones to splash in) and ample choice of dining options for mealtimes. A real home away from home!Pool, babysitting, kids clubPrice: From Dhs501 per nightTo Book: Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Sowwah Square, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi. www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/abu-dhabi (02 813 5550).
Rosewood Abu Dhabi

It’s the little details that make all the difference when you travel with a family – and Rosewood Abu Dhabi has it spot on. From baby proofing in the rooms, to mini robes and baby skincare products in the bathrooms, to changing tables and wireless baby monitors available on request. That’s not all, as The Children’s Center will keep them busy throughout your stay, with an arts and crafts area, games room, and reading center.

If your stay falls over a weekend, make time for Friday brunch. While you feast, the kids will be entertained in a supervised play area, with activities on offer including doughnut decoration in little chef uniforms!

While there’s no beach at this city hotel, there’s a large pool for family time (with shallow areas for little ones to splash in) and ample choice of dining options for mealtimes. A real home away from home!
Pool, babysitting, kids club

Price: From Dhs501 per night

To Book:
Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Sowwah Square, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi. www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/abu-dhabi (02 813 5550).
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