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The best resorts across the UAE ensuring fun for all the family.

Atlantis The Palm

Where: Dubai

As the crown of Dubai’s famous The Palm, this hotel is also the crowning jewel for families to enjoy quality time together. With the Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark, Dubai’s largest aquarium and the chance to swim with some friendly marine mammals, there’s no shortage of activities for the kids. Food-wise there’s plenty of family-friendly choices including Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen & Bar, Ronda Locatelli or the Seafire Steakhouse & Bar. For parents to have a night away from the children enjoy a meal at Nobu, Hakkasan or Ossiano. To make the most of your stay, opt for one of the Atlantis’ luxurious Club Suites – there are both one and two-bed options – to ensure you have space for the whole family.

The details

 

Situated at the top of the Palm Jumeirah, the resort is just a 30-minute drive from Dubai International Airport. Suite rates begin at Dhs980 per night. For reservations call +971 4 426 2000.

Ritz-Carlton Dubai

Where: Dubai

With one of the most fabulous stretches of beaches in all of the emirate, The Ritz Carlton Dubai houses a total of eight restaurants and six pools – two of which are for families and two more are just for children. To get some alone time away from children, drop the kids off at the Ritz Kids club which offers a programme with four concepts – water, land, environmental responsibility and culture – for guests aged four to 12. Meanwhile, parents can spend some relaxation time in the spa or enjoy a leisurely lunch together.

The details

Located near Dubai Marina, the resort is a 30-minute drive from the airport. Room rates start from Dhs920 for a bed and breakfast rate. For reservations call +971 4 399 4000.

Anantara The Palm

Where: Dubai

Immerse yourself in a five-star resort experience at the Thai-themed Anantara resort in Dubai. There’s something for everyone of all ages with a whole host of in-resort activities including kayaking, waterskiing, paddleboarding, tennis and beach volleyball. In addition, there is also a teen and kids club. You can also embrace new adventures with your family with a world-class fishing trip or take an adventure underwater diving. Family-friendly in-resort dining options include Revo Café, The Beach House and Bushman’s Restaurant & Bar.

The details

Thirty minutes from Dubai airport, the luxurious resort is located on the iconic Palm Jumeirah. Standard room rates including bed and breakfast start from Dhs757. For reservations call +971 4 567 8888.

Four Seasons Dubai on Jumeirah Beach

Where: Dubai

This Dubai resort likes to make their youngest guests feel just as special as the adults. The resort’s free-form outdoor pool makes it the perfect gathering for kids to make friends and it’s only meters away from the beach for children to enjoy fun in the sand. The five-star hotel’s concierge is also on-hand to help arrange any activities little ones may be interested in. The Four Seasons Jumeirah also has a complimentary kids’ programme which is for children aged four to 12 and is designed to both educate and entertain. For parents wanting a late-night out without children, the centre is open until 11pm on Thursdays and Fridays.

The details

Just 20 minutes from Dubai International Airport, this resort ensures you’ll experience the best of Jumeirah Beach. For a deluxe city-view room rates start at Dhs1,300. For reservations call +971 4 270 7788.

Ritz-Carlton Al Hamra Beach

Where: Ras Al Khaimah

Enjoy the secluded oasis of the Arabian Gulf at the Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach. The resort’s kids programme perfectly immerses young travellers in the natural wonders and the cultural traditions of Ras Al Khaimah. One notable activity that the whole family can enjoy is the resort’s nature walk where guests can connect with Mother Nature.

The details

Just under an hour’s drive from Dubai airport, it’s the perfect place to go to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. For a one-bedroom beachfront villa rates start from Dhs3,720 per night. For reservations call +971 7 204 8888.

Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas

Where: Abu Dhabi

For families making a trip to Abu Dhabi, the luxurious Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas suits everyone. Young guests aged four to 16 can enjoy the fun at Aladdin’s Cave, the resort’s kids club. Activities include fun on the lazy river, splash pool, cinema zone, teen zone and a water slide. Meanwhile, parents can let their cares drift away at the resort’s in-house spa aptly named Zen.

The details

Located 30 minutes from Abu Dhabi Airport, enjoy the tranquil surroundings of Saadiyat Island. Rates for a classic king room start from Dhs850 per night. For reservations call +971 2 697 0000.

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