The best family hotels in Dubai

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Dubai is designed to keep kids enthralled. Its family-friendly hotels feature mini check-in desks, crèches and kids’ clubs, dedicated children’s menus and restaurants without curfews for youngsters, spa treatments for little ones and big-ticket facilities that stretch far beyond basic playgrounds. The best water parks are directly linked to hotels. Hit the slides at Aquaventure at Atlantis, The Palm, Wild Wadi at Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Jungle Bay at The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina.

Most of Dubai’s other family attractions are within easy reach, rarely more than a 30-minute cab drive away. Children will feel like all their Christmases have come at once at the permanently festive Ski Dubai, an indoor snow park with an 85-metre slope and chair lift, and KidZania allows them to role play in a miniature version of the world, complete with a supermarket, petrol station and medical centre. Other theme parks have been created around comic-book heroes, cartoon characters, tree-top rope courses and Lego building blocks. These are the best family hotels in Dubai.


How we review

Every hotel in this curated list has been visited by one of our expert reviewers, who are usually hosted on a complimentary basis. They stay for a minimum of one night, test at least one meal and trial other experiences that the hotel might have to offer.


At a glance, the best family hotels in Dubai

 

Atlantis, The Palm

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

8
Telegraph expert rating

What could be perceived as gaudy to the grown-up eye, must seem glorious to a child: Atlantis’ tower-topped, red-brick façade recalls Disney fairy tales, its iconic central arch hinting at gateways to mythical kingdoms; inside, every detail seems exaggerated. There are shops selling toys, art, perfume, clothes, jewellery and souvenirs, and guests get free access to Aquaventure water park and The Lost Chambers Aquarium. With so many guests losing themselves in the avenues, enduringly polite staff must feel as though they’re forever herding cats, but they never show it. Besides Disneyland, there probably isn’t a more magical resort for children, and all family facilities and services are available.


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214

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Jumeirah Beach Hotel

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

8
Telegraph expert rating

One of Dubai’s original beach hotels – cleverly designed so all rooms have sea and Burj views – offers guests complimentary access to Wild Wadi Waterpark, the excellent fun zone next door (where an 18-metre waterfall flows every 10 minutes), plus there are watersports, tennis and squash courts, and a climbing wall. It is an easy and relaxing place for children: the kids’ club is a large building with different play areas that escapes the sun and is open (without a charge) from 8am to 8pm (for guests aged two to 12). Families may prefer to stay in ground-floor garden suites, with a kitchenette, and child-safe locks on the sliding doors.


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JA Palm Tree Court

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

9
Telegraph expert rating

With a string of low-rise buildings set among gardens with streams, waterfalls and a pride of peacocks, this resort feels incredibly relaxing. All suites can accommodate two adults and two children under 16. There are two shaded children’s pools, a kids’ club (four to 11 years) and teens’ club and camel rides. For even more activity, guests can opt for the Wibit inflatable waterpark, donut rides and watersports. Adults can try the challenging nine-hole golf course, which has hosted the likes of Tiger Woods and Nick Faldo.


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128

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Lapita

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

8
Telegraph expert rating

This family-oriented, Polynesian-themed resort – a little odd in the Emirates, but nevertheless stylishly done – is located within walking distance of Dubai’s theme park complex (Motiongate, Legoland and Bollywood Parks), and the buildings are set around lagoon-style pools and a lazy river. There are two children’s clubs for different ages with climbing walls and activities such as henna painting, while parents can escape to the spa that offers massages and traditional hammam treatments. Interconnecting rooms, cots and rollaway beds make stays comfortable for all ages and family-friendly events include the Friday brunch.


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£
106

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The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

8
Telegraph expert rating

This palatial property features neoclassical architecture, muted desert tones and
sophisticated interiors, but despite the grandeur is social and fun, as well as family-
friendly. There’s Jungle Bay water park with looping slides and a wave pool, a shaded children’s pool and the huge kids’ club (free for children aged over four). Playground and daily activities include soft archery, sensory games and face painting. For little ones, there are high chairs and children's menus in the restaurants; cots, bottle warmers, sterilisers and baby bath amenities in rooms; and babysitting services. The resort has its own watersports centre for water skiing, windsurfing and wakeboarding.


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£
153

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Jumeirah Mina A’Salam

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

8
Telegraph expert rating

This family-friendly resort is located at the heart of the vast Madinat Jumeirah complex, arranged around Venetian-style waterways and on a private stretch of beach. The complimentary Sinbad’s Kids Club has play areas and pools with activities such as face painting and crafts, restaurants cater to young guests with children’s menus and highchairs, and cots and interconnecting rooms can be arranged. Free unlimited access to Wild Wadi Water Park next door and rides around the resort on the abras will banish boredom. The Mall of the Emirates is also a 10-minute drive away (home to a bizarre indoor ski slope).


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191

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Rixos The Palm Dubai Hotel & Suites

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

7
Telegraph expert rating

Rixos may lack the architectural pizzazz typical of many of The Palm’s hotels but scores big for its fabulous kids’ club (not to mention authentic Turkish hammam and great restaurants). There are two outdoor pools, a separate kids’ pool, motorised and non-motorised water sports, basketball and tennis courts, and staff members are friendly and attentive without being overbearing. While parents indulge in a treatment using products by spa brand Alissi Brontë, younger guests are occupied with a full schedule of activities. The hotel is one of Dubai’s few properties to offer all-inclusive packages.


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311

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The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

9
Telegraph expert rating

One of Dubai’s most-sought after stretches of sand is occupied by this expansive low-level property, home to eight restaurants and six pools – a week is hardly long enough to experience it all. Two of the pools are for families, with another two reserved just for children; if splashing about gets old, the Ritz Kids club offers a programme of daily activities and a dedicated playroom. Some of the accomodatation interconnects, cots are complimentary for infants up to two years old and a rollaway bed can be provided. Dubai Marina, with its mall, zipwire and yacht-lined waters, is within a few blocks.


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206

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Contributions by Lara Brunt & Jenny Johnson

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