7 UAE kid-friendly staycations for half term
Published on October 19, 2020 at 19.21
Study hard, play hard
It's a perennially family-friendly property and this week DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island in RAK is making holidays with the kids even easier. Study Hard, Play Hard offers families a three-night stay alongside a daily complimentary breakfast and healthy snacks in the room for Dh999 for two adults and two children. In your downtime wander over to the kids' club which has a climbing wall, arcade games and outdoor playground. The Pirate Boat Aqua Zone is also guaranteed fun for the whole family, as well as the bouncy castle and water trampoline.
Stay and safari
Situated opposite the newly reopened Dubai Safari Park, which is a day out in itself, the Melia Desert Palm Dubai offers its own animal-themed fun alongside the opulent suites, outdoor activities and five-star food. Set beside a working polo club, the sights and scents of equestrian pursuits make for a wonderful atmosphere, though given it’s a serene family retreat you’re probably going to be more interested in the stunningly peaceful massive rooms and enormous pool. While away the hours away from the bustle of the city surrounded by crisp fresh greenery before sitting down to South American inspired cuisine or a slap up breakfast the following morning. Rooms start from Dh680 B&B.
If you’re looking for activities to fill the day, JA The Resort in Jebel Ali is letting you redeem your resort credit on activities like horse-riding, spa, golf and memorable meals. In addition to relaxing in four chilled swimming pools, on an 800 metre stretch of private beach and experiencing a choice of restaurants including the new Ellora by Vikas Khanna, book a Junior Suite at JA Palm Tree Court or book Sea View Rooms or Resort View Junior Suites at JA Beach Hotel and receive resort credit worth Dh200.
Life’s a rollercoaster
A themed hotel always keeps little minds entertained. Throw rollercoasters into the mix and you’re in for at least a day of peace. The Polynesian-inspired deluxe rooms and three-bedroom villas at Lapita, Dubai Parks and Resorts, Autograph Collection are obviously fun and is actually inside Dubai Parks and Resorts. The hotel boasts four F&B outlets, two lagoon-style pools with a lazy river, spa and health club and a dedicated kids club and, if you book a deluxe room package at Dh530 per night you can also take advantage of free Motiongate access.
The third season of Hatta Resorts and Hatta Wadi Hub, one of UAE’s most popular eco-friendly adventure destinations, is on right this second, so get glamping, hiking, mountain biking, ziplining and kayaking to explore the heritage of Hatta and indulge in authentic Emirati culture. Try two distinctive accommodation types, Hatta Sedr Trailers and Hatta Damani Lodges, or camp under the stars at the main activity centre, starting from Dh129 midweek.
Put it on the Rix
Need a break from the little ones? Don't want to worry about totting up a massive bill on check-out? Rixos The Palm Dubai Hotel & Suites offers an ultra all-inclusive staycation and the Rixy Kids Club where you can leave your bundles of joy with trained professionals to enjoy games and activities, while you eat and drink as much as you want around the lively pool for no more than you’ve already paid to get in. Peace of mind? Yes please.
Yas we can! Celebrating the re-opening of Yas Island, which is home to attractions such as Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and Yas Waterworld, the ‘Stay and Play’ packages combine one, two, three-night stays or more across 20 Abu Dhabi hotels with theme park tickets. There are also optional add-ons to visit some of Abu Dhabi’s most exciting attractions including Louvre Abu Dhabi, Qasr Al Hosn Abu Dhabi and Yas Marina Circuit. Prices for a one-night stay with one park access start from Dh325.25 per person.