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Family Holidays in Dubai

For an exotic taste of Arabia, blue waters and endless beaches, the Middle Eastern countries of United Arab Emirates are becoming an increasingly popular choice for families looking for year round sunshine and luxury accommodation not too far from home. Perfect for those seeking winter sunshine, the best time to visit is between October and April when the region basks in pleasant warm weather, and the Arabian Gulf is blissfully calm and warm. Temperatures often rise above 40°C during the hot and hazy summer months of June, July and August which can be a little too hot to fully enjoy the multitude of activities available.

Perhaps the best known of the Emirates, Dubai remains a firm family favourite. This majestic city was once a quiet fishing community known for its alluring pearl industry, and is now considered as one of the most cosmopolitan Islamic hubs in the world. Perfect for families of all ages, the luxurious lifestyle, glorious sandy beaches, world’s largest shopping malls, championship golf courses and a grand selection of world-class hotels, offering fantastic family rates, make Dubai hard to resist! Kids love the fabulous waterparks, swimming with Dolphins and theme park attractions.

The waters, which surround the coastline of Dubai, are both calm and clear making it a perfect destination for water sports, fishing and sailing fanatics. Perfect for families there is something to occupy all ages; from championship golf courses, exciting water and theme parks, desert safari’s, camel racing and even sand skiing – no one in the family is at risk of being bored or without something to do!

For a more authentic experience of Dubai, plan a trip into the desert to learn about traditional Bedouin lifestyle, ride camels and surf the vast expanse of sand dunes by buggy or board. At night, when sitting around a bonfire under antique lanterns, a moment of One Thousand and One Nights can easily be relived.

Our Top Family Hotels & Resorts

  • Atlantis The Palm

    Enjoying an enviable location on the peninsula of Dubai’s Palm Island, Atlantis, The Palm is a multi-award winning resort that prides itself on being the perfect choice for any family holiday, by delivering exceptional levels of activities, facilities and dining options that are suitable for all ages. Most of the beautifully furnished guest rooms interconnect, making them perfect for families looking for space and privacy.

    Madinat Jumeirah

    Created in true Dubai style to represent ancient Arabia, Madinat Jumeirah is a clever blend of accommodation and a plethora of restaurants and experiences. This authentic resort is home to two stylish hotels; Mina A’Salam and Al Qasr. Dar Al Masyaf is a charming complex of summer houses and Malakiya Villas feature two and three bedroom private villas.

    One&Only Royal Mirage

    Exemplifying the splendour of old Arabia, this magnificent resort (considered the most stylish resort on Jumeirah Beach), comprises three equally distinctive places to stay – the original hotel ‘The Palace’, and two new additions – ‘Arabian Court’ and ‘Residence & Spa’. What’s more, as a guest, you can enjoy the extensive dining and leisure facilities offered at all three properties (with a few exceptions such as the pool at The Residence & Spa which is for residents’ use only).

    Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa

    Al Maha is the ultimate desert retreat where privacy and seclusion are paramount. Designed to echo the romance of a traditional Bedouin encampment, this idyllic and exclusive ‘oasis amidst the dunes’ is a favourite with honeymooners and romantic couples – and enjoys a high percentage of repeat guests too.

    Desert Palm

    Per Aquum (the innovative and visionary luxury resort, spa and residence management company behind the world-renowned Huvafen Fushi in the Maldives) opened their newest resort in May 2008. Just 20 minutes outside Dubai city, Desert Palm is located on a private estate that was originally created as a haven for owner, Ali Albwardy’s personal enjoyment of polo.

     
     

The Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah

Situated on the iconic Palm Jumeirah Island, the Waldorf Astoria offers a beach front location and is the perfect relaxing getaway. This elegant and luxurious hotel is perfect for families and couples looking for a high end Dubai break with guaranteed sunshine and fabulous service.

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Guana Island, British Virgin Islands

Guana Island is a rainforested bolthole that offers the ultimate in tropical seclusion. It has seven (yes, seven!) pristine beaches and acres of island wilderness that you can explore and enjoy almost all to yourself, bar a few inquisitive rock iguanas and migratory birds. Bliss!

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Guana Island, British Virgin Islands

Guana Island is a rainforested bolthole that offers the ultimate in tropical seclusion. It has seven (yes, seven!) pristine beaches and acres of island wilderness that you can explore and enjoy almost all to yourself, bar a few inquisitive rock iguanas and migratory birds. Bliss!