If you’re not one for hanging around airports followed by long-haul flights, jet lag and overtired kids, it’s time to change your holiday plans and opt for a staycation in and around the UAE. Here, we bring you 50 incredible offers featuring ski trips (yes, that’s right), beach villas, all-inclusive suites and free theme park passes. All without having to leave the region…
Millions of people come to the UAE for holidays every year. So why look any further?
25% off! Al Raha Beach Hotel
The 25 percent off food and beverages isn’t the greatest thing about a staycation here. Nor is the 20 percent saving on all spa treatments. It’s the fact that this is a sub-Dhs400, five-star hotel deal on the attractive Raha beachfront that lets you have everything you could want from the perfect staycation, including a babysitter if needed.
From Dhs395 per room, per night. Until August 31. Channel Street, Abu Dhabi, www.danathotels.com (02 508 0555).
Does this deal constitute a free holiday? We genuinely can’t work it out, so we’ll just tell you the facts and you can figure it out for yourself. Pay the Dhs500 for a one-night stay and you’ll get a Dhs500 voucher back to spend in the hotel while you’re there. Not bad at all.
Dhs500. Until September 3. 10th Street, Al Zahiya, Abu Dhabi, www.rotana.com (02 697 9302).
Capital Centre Arjaan
A budget option that comes with a handful of activity passes and some onsite discounts – could you want more from a local escape? The hotel itself is not the swishest, but we really can’t fault the free tickets to Ferrari World and Yas Waterworld, buffet breakfast at Tamarind and a collection of further money-off promos on spa treatments, food, beverages and even theme park merchandise.
From Dhs375 per room, per night. Ongoing. Capital Centre by Arjaan, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street, Abu Dhabi, www.rotana.com (02 495 4444).
15% off! Emirates Palace
Abu Dhabi’s plushest hotel is offering a 15 percent saving on rooms if you stay for at least two nights. As well as nosing around the palatial property, guests signing up for a summer staycation can do so on a half-board basis, meaning a daily breakfast for two and either lunch or dinner is available for a little stay-in-the-city pampering.
From Dhs1,425 per room, per night (minimum two nights). Until September 30. West Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi, www.kempinski.com (02 690 9000).
30% off! Danat Jebel Dhanna Resort
Because it is a couple of hours outside of Abu Dhabi a trip to this beachfront hotel feels like a proper getaway. But what makes it all the more sweet is the fact that there are no flights involved and your stay comes with a free buffet breakfast at Tides and 30 percent off watersports, spa treatments and food and beverages.
From Dhs399 per room, per night. Until August 31. Dhafra Beach, Abu Dhabi, www.danathotels.com (02 801 2222).
Radisson Blu Hotel, Abu Dhabi Yas Island
They’re calling this a playcation and it’s easy to see why. The Radisson’s summer offer is bundled with Yas Waterworld and Ferrari World access. You can also bag major parent brownie points with their Harry Potter in concert package which includes a weekend stay and tickets to see the movie live on stage.
From Dhs410 per room, per night. Until September 30. Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.radissonblu.com (02 656 2000).
Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort
We quite like the idea of putting down roots and staying more than just a night or two in a city hotel, so the Sheraton’s Linger Longer for Less offer is a campaign we like. Stay for three nights and you’ll be given a fourth free. Or, in real terms, five days and four nights for as little as Dhs267 per night. During weekdays the Superheroes Kids Camp keeps children entertained with beach activities and crafts.
Dhs1,070 (four nights). Ongoing. Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi, www.sheratonabudhabihotel.com (02 677 3333).
Free dining at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi
If you’re staying in the UAE over the hotter months, you probably like a little sizzle with your summer. So, a special offer that gives you Dhs555 credit at one of Abu Dhabi’s finest steakhouses should be right up your street. When not eating in 55&5th, The Grill, you can use the spa, pool and watersports facilities while the little ones go wild in the kids’ club.
From Dhs699 per room, per night. Ongoing. Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, www.stregissaadiyatisland.com (02 498 8888).
Less than Dhs250! Tilal Liwa Hotel
You must have noticed that there is very little you can do for Dhs249. So, when you find a hotel that lets you stay overnight, have breakfast for a family of four and try a resort activity such as desert cycling or sandboarding and still give you change, albeit negligible, from Dhs250, you should take note. Especially when it also offers 25 percent off food, drink and massages.
From Dhs249 per room, per night. Until August 31. Madinat Zayed, Abu Dhabi, www.danathotels.com (02 894 6111).
Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi
Why travel abroad when there’s a spaceship in Abu Dhabi where you can stay. Well, perhaps not strictly a spaceship, but a very futuristic hotel. The kids will love it. There are a few offers, with a great UAE residents’ deal being one of the best. Splash out a little bit more and there you get a choice of free tickets to either Yas Waterworld or Ferrari World, or dining credit worth Dhs300 for use in the hotel’s restaurants.
Dhs515 (residents’ offer), Dhs624(dining offer) Dhs924 (parks offer). Until September 30. Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com (02 656 0700).
Ajman is a lot closer than the Seychelles, Maldives and Mauritius. It also won’t be experiencing a rainy season any time this summer, so a Dhs388 a night stay here, with sea-view rooms, fancy breakfast and discounts at the spa and restaurants is an offer you should try harder to convince yourself to take.
From Dhs387.60 per room, per night. Until September 30. Sheikh Humaid Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi Street, Ajman, www.kempinski.com (06 714 5555).
40% off! Ajman Saray
Everything we said in the last paragraph about Ajman. Except this time round, there’s a 40 percent discount at the spa, a buffet breakfast and a themed dinner. Wow kids with stays in treehouses (seriously) and dolphin spotting.
From Dhs649 per room, per night. Until August 26. Ajman Saray, Sheikh Humaid Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi Street, Ajman, www.ajmansaray.com (06 714 2222).
20% off! Address Dubai Mall
UAE residents are well looked after by Address Hotels + Resorts. Staying in this Downtown property, you’ll get quite the goodie bag. Two complimentary tickets to Reel Cinemas and Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo should be enough to keep your little monsters happy! You also get 20 percent off any of all Emaar Hospitality Group restaurants, which is an extra bonus.
From Dhs899. Until September 30. Downtown Dubai, www.theaddress.com (04 438 8888).
Address Dubai Marina
A holiday really should include something special. It’s all well and good camping in the hotel room and enjoying room service and TV for a few days (no, really, that sounds great) but an amazing experience makes it all the better. When you stay for three or more nights at this Dubai Marina spot, you get free tickets to Dubai Parks And Resorts, plus free transportation to and from the theme park.
From Dhs600. Until September 30. Dubai Marina, www.theaddress.com (04 436 7777).
40% off! Atlantis The Palm
It might just be the ultimate UAE staycation resort. A true holiday environment that’s cut off from the real world (an underwater kingdom theme will do that for a hotel) but close enough that you don’t need to bother with all the faff of actually leaving the country, Atlantis The Palm throws in plenty of freebies, too. Rooms are large enough for two adults and two kids, and come with free access to Aquaventure Waterpark and The Lost Chambers Aquarium. Pay with a MasterCard and get 40 percent off the best available room rate, a further 25 percent off Atlantis’ restaurants, plus ShuiQi Spa deals, too.
From Dhs1,054 per room, per night. Until October 15. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, www.atlantisthepalm.com (04 426 1000).
Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa
The desert tends to be a few degrees cooler than the city, so head out to this luxury hotel. From now until the end of September, every day comes with Dhs350 of credit to spend at the spa or restaurants. It’s a great time to visit one of the nation’s most truly luxurious
From Dhs850 per room, per night. Until September 30. Al Qudra Road, www.meydanhotels.com (04 809 6100).
20% off! Conrad Dubai
This Sheikh Zayed Road property is close enough to Dubai’s most popular tourist spots making it a great hub from which to explore the city. Take the kids to Sky Dubai to indulge in a spot of tobogganing! Though surrounded by skyscrapers, it still feels like an urban oasis. It has good relaxation facilities, and with its long-running summer deal (right up until Sunday October 8) offering 20 percent off the best available rate, it’s a good choice for city dwellers wanting a familiar break.
From Dhs464 per room, per night. Until October 8. Sheikh Zayed Road, www.conraddubai.com (04 809 6100).
20% off! DUKES Dubai
One of the vanguard of new hotels popping up on the Palm, this decidedly British hotel (but with year-round sunshine) is the kind of place James Bond would stay if he were visiting Dubai. And if you’ve yet to pitch up at one of the restaurants, this is the time to visit, with 20 percent off food and drinks during your stay.
From Dhs550 per room, per night. Until September 30. Palm Jumeirah, www.dukesdubai.com (04 455 1111).
Fairmont The Palm
Highly Commended in the Family Hotel category at the 2016 Time Out Dubai Kids Awards, we can’t think of any reason not to staycay at this hotel. A half-board package means you get a big breakfast at Flow Kitchen and a choice of either lunch or dinner, too. What’s more, a couple of hours’ free play at the Fairmont Falcons Kids’ Club is thrown in for the little ones for good measure.
From Dhs585 per room, per night. Until August 30. Palm Jumeirah, www.fairmont.com (04 457 3388).
Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach
Okay, so it might not be the cheapest staycation option, but it’s still cheaper than a peak season stay. And it comes with some choice add-ons. With an afternoon tea at Shai Salon, breakfast at Suq and a discount of 15 percent on spa treatments, why not to splash the cash? Suq also has a kids’ play area.
From Dhs2,170 per room, per night. Until August 3. Jumeirah Beach Road, www.fourseasons.com (04 270 7777).
20% off! InterContinental Dubai – Festival City
The swimming pool at this Festival City hotel is one of the great hidden gems of Dubai. Glass bottomed, thrust out over the side of the hotel and looking down on the Dubai Creek, it is a very cool spot many have admired from afar before. Check in during the summer so you can sample for yourself and discuss how great it is while enjoying 20 percent discounts at the hotel’s restaurants later that evening.
From Dhs646 per room, per night. Until August 31. Dubai Festival City, www.ihg.com (04 701 1111).
30% off! JA Hatta Fort Hotel
Up in the Hajar Mountains, you’ll feel like you’re in another country, just without all that hassle of airports, visas and having to change currency. The popular – and recently revamped – border retreat has 30 percent off mountain-view rooms and 20 percent off food and beverages during your stay. Oh, there’s free wi-fi, too, so pack the kids’ smart tablet.
From Dhs469 per room, per night. Until September 30. Sharjah Kalba Road, Hatta, www.jaresortshotels.com (04 809 9333).
30% off! JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort
We defy anybody to get bored at this activity-packed resort. It’s summer so you won’t be competing for space at the Wibit Waterpark or for the fitness centre with European football teams. You will, however, experience 30 percent off rooms, 20 percent off spa treatments and 15 percent off food and drinks. Families are very welcome here with a free kids’ club and teen zone activities. too.
From Dhs459 per room, per night. Until September 30. Jebel Ali, www.jaresortshotels.com (04 814 5555).
Jumeirah Al Naseem
The name means sea breeze and that’s what you can expect at the final piece in the Madinat Jumeirah jigsaw. The upmarket hotel will set you back around Dhs3,500 during high season, but this summer, UAE residents can stay for as little as Dhs1,100 per room, per night. Not bad considering you’ll be staying in one of our favourite properties in Dubai and will be able to claim a complimentary dinner at one of more than 60 restaurants, have unlimited access to the nearby Wild Wadi, scoff breakfast at The Palmery and enjoy use of the Talise Spa or Sinbad’s Kids’ Club.
From Dhs1,100 per room per night. Until September 30. Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim, www.jumeirah.com (04 366 8888).
Jumeirah Beach Hotel
UAE residents can stay at the iconic hotel this summer half-board, meaning free buffet breakfast and either lunch or dinner at any of Jumeirah’s hotels – and there is a choice of more than 60 restaurants. Added to that, you’ll get free access to Wild Wadi while the kids can play at Sinbad’s Kids’ Club without you having to shell out any extra dirhams. All this for just Dhs900 per room, per night, excluding taxes. The savings are well worth considering.
Dhs900 per night room, per night (minimum three nights). Until December 30. Jumeirah Beach Road, www.jumeirah.com (04 348 0000).
Jumeirah Creekside Hotel
For a budget stay at a Jumeirah hotel, pack the family a weekend bag for this Garhoud property. A starting rate of Dhs400 per room, per night is admirable value, considering the price includes Wild Wadi tickets, the opportunity to use Jumeirah Zabeel Saray facilities and even a buffet breakfast and refill of your room’s mini-bar. Perfect for snack fans.
From Dhs400 per room, per night. Ongoing. Garhoud, www.jumeirah.com (04 230 8555).
Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates
What better way to combat the summer heat than checking in for a ski holiday? It really makes perfect sense. Stay in an Executive Junior Suite level room or above and you get free access to Ski Dubai and daily breakfast. And if you book for five nights, you’ll also get 25 percent off, or three will get you 20 percent off.
From Dhs1,499 per room, per night. Until September 30. Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha, www.kempinski.com (04 341 0000).
Under Dhs500! Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
This beach hotel is declaring madness this summer in the form of 50 percent off all food, beverages, spa treatments and watersports when you stay at the hotel.
From Dhs499 per room, per night. Until August 31. King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street, www.lemeridien-minaseyahi.com (04 511 7771).
40% off! One&Only Royal Mirage
The Arabian-style hotel with private beach and pretty gardens is the kind of place holidays are made of. And when you book a three-night stay, you get a 40 percent discount. While we’ve always liked the peace and quiet of this hotel it packs in some holiday thrills by handing over complimentary access to Aquaventure waterpark at Atlantis The Palm.
From Dhs1,275 per room, per night. Until September 30. King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street, www.oneandonlyresorts.com (04 399 9999).
Add a touch of opulence to your summer at this swanky hotel boasting Versace-designed rooms. You’ll get breakfast, lunch and dinner for two adults and two kids, and you can claim discounts on spa treatments bringing the high-end property into the realms of the more affordable.
From Dhs1,210 per room, per night (family of four). Until September 30. Al Jaddaf, www.palazzoversace.ae (04 556 8888).
Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa
Make a booking at this Palm Jumeirah resort this summer and as well as 20 percent off room rates, you’ll get 25 percent off at all its restaurants and buy-one-get-one free on spa treatments. A massage for Mum? Now that’s the true spirit of a staycation.
From Dhs950 per room, per night. Until September 30. Palm Jumeirah, www.sofitel-dubai-thepalm.com (04 455 6677).
The Meydan Hotel
There are decisions to be made on this staycation. Decisions like whether you’ll use the free Dhs250 per night room credit on dining or at the spa. Tough call, but maybe one to make after you’ve spent the days with the kids. If they’re good, burgers! If not...
From Dhs600 per room, per night. Until September 30. Nad Al Sheba, www.meydanhotels.com (04 381 3231).
25% off! Towers Rotana
This Sheikh Zayed Road hotel offers swimming lessons to teach little water babies to swim. There are also adult classes for anyone wishing to brush up on their front crawl. Check in and get 25 percent off the usual room rates and enjoy somebody else’s air-conditioning
for a change.
Dhs825 (new one-bedroom apartment). Until September 3. Towers Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.rotana.com (04 343 8000).
50% off! Five Palm Jumeirah Dubai
Does it count as escaping from it all if the hotel you’re staying at looks directly back at your home? It does if, like this swanky new property, it also provides fun for the family and the coolest hotel vibes. Cross your fingers for complimentary room upgrades (depending on availability at check-in) and make the most of a guaranteed 50 percent off spa treatments and 20 percent off at BLVD on One restaurant.
From Dhs680 per room, per night. Until September 30. Palm Jumeirah, (04 455 9988).
If you’ve never made the trek to Dubai’s highest viewpoint this is the summer to correct your mistake. When you check into a room at the low-rise Vida Downtown, you’ll get a couple of free passes to At the Top at the Burj Khalifa to complement your stay, along with a pair of Reel Cinemas tickets, too, so plenty to see.
From Dhs599. Until September 30. Downtown Dubai, www.vida-hotels.com (04 428 6888).
50% off! The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
Thanks to attractions such as a stunning lagoon-style pool, restaurants including Bussola, El Sur and a prime stretch of beachfront, The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi has become one of the city’s most popular beach hotels. There’s a good chance that you’ve visited the hotel before, but maybe not to stay over. Its Summer Madness promotion means that when you stay overnight, you’ll get 50 percent off food, beverages, spa treatments and watersports.
From Dhs630 per room, per night. Until August 31. King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street, www.westinminaseyahi.com (04 399 4141).
Up to 50% off! XVA Art Hotel
In a city of superlatives, it takes a stay at a humble art hotel in the historic neighbourhood to truly show Arabian charm and boutique style. Minutes from Dubai Museum, we love just about everything about the hotel, and when you stay this summer, you get almost 50 percent of the usual room rate, plus free bike rental and 10 percent off at the café and off the cost of art for sale.
Dhs300. Until August 31. Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Bur Dubai, www.xvahotel.com (04 353 5383).
Le Méridien Al Aqah Beach Resort
It’s only a couple of hours’ drive from Dubai, but any stay on the East Coast feels like a proper holiday escape. We like this upmarket hotel near the top diving spots of Al Aqah and with a buffet breakfast and buffet dinner at Views it’s a resort you won’t need to stray far from.
The rates are cut-price and for every two nights booked there’s a third free.
From Dhs695 per room, per night. Until September 30. Al Aqah, Fujairah, www.lemeridien-alaqah.com (09 244 9000).
Millennium Hotel Fujairah
This is simply great value. Close to attractions such as the historic fort and cool castles that are popular in the east coast Emirate, as well as having an outdoor pool and spa on site, this is an interesting base for exploring a new part of the UAE. But, best of all, it is really friendly on the wallet.
From Dhs210 per room, per night. Until September 15. Haleefat Area, Hamad Bin Abdulla Road West, Fujairah, www.millenniumhotels.com (09 201 2000).
Radisson Blu Resort, Fujairah
Have a local stay with a difference when you book into a two-bedroom suite in Fujairah. With not one but two kiddies swimming pools to choose from plus free wi-fi, this is a chance to enjoy a weekend away with loved ones without the stress of airports.
From Dhs1,49 per room, per night. Ongoing. Al Aqah, Fujairah, www.radissonblu.com (09 244 9700).
Ras Al Khaimah
Acacia By Bin Majid
The hotel’s all-inclusive offer could be one of the best value promotions in the UAE this summer. Particularly for anyone who likes buffets and kayaking. The Ras Al Khaimah resort manages to shoehorn in three buffet meals, free kayaking and beach access, all for less than Dhs400. With early check-in you can stretch a single night here out to a lot of entertainment.
Dhs399 per room, per night. Ongoing. Al Jasirah, Al Hamrah, Ras Al Khaimah, www.binmajid.com (07 243 4421).
50% off! Al Wadi Desert, Ras Al Khaimah
We’re not going to try and pass this off as a budget stay, but boy is it swanky. And cheaper than it would normally be, so we’re still calling it a deal. Get 20 percent off the room rate, a daily breakfast at Al Waha, 30 percent off food and drinks and a voucher for future discounts at any Marriott hotel in the Middle East and Africa. With the price comes knowledge that you’re staying in a private pool villa in one of the most luxurious desert resorts in the land.
Dhs1,764 per room, per night. Until August 31. Al Mazraa, Ras Al Khaimah, www.ritzcarlton.com (07 206 7777).
25% off! Cove Rotana
You could travel a very long way to find a beach significantly less impressive than the 600 metres of the Cove’s. Outdoor infinity pools, watersports and a few restaurants are enough to keep families, groups of friends and single travellers busy and entertained throughout their stay. And to celebrate its 25th anniversary, guests will get 25 percent off the best available rate this summer.
Prices vary. Until September 3. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Salim Road, Al Dhaith South, Ras Al Khaimah, www.rotana.com (07 206 6000).
DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island
Make your kid feel like a VIP. Children stay free and get free breakfast, lunch and dinner at this resort. The little ones will also be able to use the kids’ and arcade zone or just play about on the extensive beach and in the outdoor playgrounds.
From Dhs599 per room, per night. Until October 8. Marjan Island Boulevard, Ras Al Khaimah, www.hilton.com (07 203 0000).
Hilton Garden Inn Ras Al Khaimah
It only opened mid-May so the lush new Hilton in Ras Al Khaimah still has the feel of excitement about it. We’re partly impressed by the verdant waterfalls, shrubbery and rock garden in front of the hotel, but more than anything, it’s the bargain Dhs280-a-night price tag that has us singing like a myna bird in a flower patch. (We’re assuming that those little guys do that a lot.)
Dhs280 per room, per night. Until October 8. Bin Daher Street, Ras Al Khaimah, www.hiltongardeninn.com (07 228 8888).
Marjan Island Resort & Spa
Ras Al Khaimah’s archipelago of man-made islands will be central to its tourism for many years to come, and if you’ve yet to visit Marjan Island, this summer could be your chance to catch up. Not only are kids being well catered for with a packed evening schedule, there’s also nightly cinema and events for young ones, to let you simply relax.
Dhs395. Until September 30. Marjan Island Boulevard, Ras Al Khaimah, www.marjanislandresort.com (07 203 5555).
20% off! Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah
For so long a penguin-themed waterpark was the greatest highlight out in these parts. But the past few years have seen some top-notch resorts open that make short breaks in RAK all the more enjoyable. The Waldorf Astoria is an excellent recent addition, with 350 metres of private beach and impressive mountain and sea views. This summer, the hotel is offering 20 percent off room rates and both breakfast and dinner at its restaurants that make a trip to RAK more sense than ever before.
From Dhs1,020 per room, per night. Ongoing. Vienna Street, Ras Al Khaimah, www.rotana.com (07 203 5555).
The Sultanate is just next door and really is rather nice. Take a road trip this summer...
Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa
If you’re going to go on holiday, you may as well go all inclusive. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. All the food and drink you can squeeze into your gut. If that sounds good you’re probably going to want a lagoon-style pool with a lazy river to, well, laze around in afterwards. And before. But not during. There are also complimentary watersports and spa discounts as well.
Dhs1,288 (per night. Minimum two-night stay). Until September 30. Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort, Muscat, Oman, www.shangri-la.com (+968 2477 6666).
Six Senses Zighy Bay
The private villas and luxury accommodation of the Six Senses resort in Zighy Bay are, we’re entirely convinced, exactly the sort of place we will holiday when we’re billionaires. It just makes perfect sense. Dangling feet into the personal infinity pool, lazily dozing in the summer house alongside the large and cool villa and perhaps a spot of outdoor snacking after sunset are high on the list of things we want to do with our spare time and this special summer offer doesn’t require billionaire finances. Especially as there are scheduled activities and children eat for free.
Dhs2,185. Until August 30. Six Senses Zighy Bay, Musandam Peninsula, www.sixsenses.com (+968 2673 5888).
The Chedi Muscat
The understated elegance, tranquil spa and Arabian charm make this hotel a winner and a summer deal means now is a good time to visit. Rooms cost from Dhs1,150 per night, and when you pay for two, you’ll get a third free. Chuck in additional savings with a minimum Dhs480 resort credit (rising to Dhs770 with suites) per stay, Dhs290 room service credit and buy-one-get-one free spa treatments, and this is probably the best deal you’re going to get at the Chedi this year, so if you’ve been thinking of seeing what all the fuss is all about, now is the time.
Dhs1,150. Until September 30. Muscat, Oman, www.ghmhotels.com (+968 2452 4400).
* Most prices subject to additional taxes. Call to check before booking.
While we might love to lounge by the pool turning and reading, for kids that sedentary sort of holiday can be a thing of utter doom. Which, in turn, will make your hol a nightmare. Stave off pangs of boredom with these tricks...
1. Create a treasure hunt in and around the hotel. Leave small clues leading to the eventual prize (fresh fruit or chocolate depending on how nice you want to be).
2. Pack your Kindle with interesting reads then set a snappy quiz based on the chosen book. Host the quiz pre-dinner with a decent prize for the winner.
3. Seek out hotels with excellent kids’ clubs to help keep little minds occupied while you sunbathe.
4. Encourage kids to get creative in the sand. Spending a few hours carving the perfect puppy out of beachy grains will help keep them schtum.
5. Hold a UAE’s Got Talent-style show. During the holiday kids can rehearse their talent before having to audition for the panel (you). The audition process can be as long-winded as you wish. It could take the whole vaycay...
Choosing a hotel with a ready-made team of entertainers is a must.
Here are some of our faves...
Aladdin’s Kids’ Club, Bab Al Shams, Dubai
Face painting and games will help tire even the most energetic of children out.
9am-6pm, ages five-12*
Generation V Kids’ Club, Five The Palm, Dubai
Featuring a soft play area and PlayStations, we doubt little ones will want to leave.
Mon 11.30am-9pm Tue-Sat 10am-9pm, ages two-12*
Sandcastle Kids’ Club, St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort
Set in a faux cave, this has an indoor and outdoor play area.
Weekdays 9am-7pm, weekends 9am-8pm, ages one-12*
*kids aged four and below require adult supervision