Pretty beaches, an incredible skyline, unfathomable luxury, and markets full of local culture have all made Dubai one of the world’s most famous vacation spots. And while there’s plenty to do and see in Dubai for travelers of all ages, choosing the right hotel if you’re traveling with kids can take some expertise. We visited the city’s top hotels to see which were the best of the best when it comes to amenities, exceptional service, and quality of rooms — all with kids in mind. So if you’re looking to take the whole family to one of the United Arab Emirates’ most fascinating cities, check out our picks for best family hotels in Dubai and start planning your getaway.
Few places are more fun to stay at than Atlantis, The Palm — and that goes for kids and adults alike. The Dubai edition of this famed Bahamas resort features more things to do than most travelers will be able to pack into a single vacation. That includes 23 restaurants, a huge aquarium, and one of the world's best water parks — there's even an Underwater Suite for travelers who want the experience of sleeping cocooned in an aquarium. The Atlantis, The Palm waterpark is the big highlight here, with numerous slides (one of which goes through a shark tank), a lazy river, and a zipline. Kids' and teens' clubs are also available, with special summer camp programs for children.
Part of the gargantuan Madinat Jumeirah, this hyper-luxurious property features big, beautiful rooms and easy access to a large array of indoor and outdoor restaurants. There’s plenty for families at the Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf, including a sandy beach and a kids' club with water features and a host of activities. Guests also receive free admission to Wild Wadi Waterpark nearby. Other highlights include a turtle sanctuary, rock climbing, a theater with regular live shows, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and even a jogging trail.
Part of the luxurious Madinat Jumeirah resort in the heart of Dubai, with its beautiful network of canals flanked by tropical gardens, Jumeirah Al Qasr is as attractive for families as it is for couples. Along with family-friendly pools, a gorgeous stretch of kid-friendly beach, and even a rock climbing walls, all Jumeirah Al Qasr guests receive free access to the Wild Wadi Water Park nearby. Sinbad's Kids' Club is another big perk, offering a variety of play areas and activities for young guests.
This resort is set on beautifully landscaped grounds that spill out onto a private stretch of beach. JA Palm Tree Court rooms are huge (and equipped with PlayStations) and facilities are extensive. On-site activities include water-skiing and diving, camel and pony rides, and even an inflatable water obstacle course. There's also a kids' club and a teens' club (CoolZone and ChillZone), and daycare is available for younger kids. It can be worth upgrading to the premium section, The Residence, which comes from a variety of additional family-friendly perks including unlimited mini-golf, three free hours of babysitting per week, and dinner cruise tickets.
On an isolated stretch of Jumeirah Beach, this gorgeous property features a great array of facilities for kids and adults. Of course, as part of the incredibly luxurious One&Only brand, you're getting extreme luxury here. Expect to find stunning amenities including four pools, 13 dining outlets, and a gorgeous spa with a hammam. All guests also receive access to facilities at the Palm Jumeirah. Water sports are available for guests at One&Only Royal Mirage's private beach, and The Palace offers swimming, tennis, and waterskiing lessons for kids. There's also a kids' club, KidsOnly, with supervised activities plus two playgrounds.
Families with children make up a large percentage of Jumeirah Beach Hotel guests, and they're well looked after. The resort's location near the Wild Wadi Waterpark makes it a good choice for guests who want to walk to the park. On-site perks for younger guests include an activity center with musical instruments, a climbing wall, and a kids' club with a water play area. The beach here isn’t bad, either, with shaded loungers and water sport rentals just a short stroll from the hotel.
Although at first glance it may seem that the centrally located Grand Hyatt Dubai is more suited to executive guests, it truly has something for all sorts of travelers. Adults can take advantage of the elegant spa or listen to live music in the jazz club and guests of all ages are likely to appreciate the free cold towels and popsicles that staff regularly pass out. There are plenty of dining options here, so even the pickiest of eaters is unlikely to go hungry, (and babysitting services make it possible for parents to slip away for a dinner). There’s also a kid’s club with all sorts of activities plus outdoor pools for kids and adults.
It won't take long after arriving at Rixos The Palm Dubai to notice that this low-rise property is geared toward families with kids. Not only are you likely to see plenty of families hanging out in the beachfront resort's common areas, but your kids may even be invited to take advantage of the Rixy Kids Club's dedicated check-in. Other Rixy activities include games, arts and crafts, and evening entertainment such as mini discos and magic shows. There's also a shaded kids pool with a bucket water feature and slides. Babysitting is available for a fee.
Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina is a great option for families who want to keep active during their Dubai resort vacation. It's on the largest private white-sand beach in Dubai and offers a huge variety of activities, from water sports to live music events. The kids’ club and games on the beach help keep younger guests entertained. There's also a gorgeous free-form pool with a built-in hot tub and a swim-up bar, plus two shaded kids' pools, one with a waterslide.
This beautiful beachfront resort features beautifully manicured grounds and polished common areas that attract couples, business travelers, and plenty of families with kids. The kids' club here is open seven days a week and doesn't cost extra, and there's a huge pool with kids' pools, waterfalls, and even waterslides. Guests can also use facilities at Le Meridien Hotel next door, where water sports are available
One of the smaller resorts on Jumeirah Beach, the Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort offers a laid-back, family-friendly vibe, with rooms that can accommodate extra beds and plenty of activities just for kids. The beach here is quiet and swimmable, with no waves to worry about, and features a beachfront playground and watersports. There's also a colorful kid's club with an indoor play area for when it gets too hot out, plus a spa with a hammam and a swim-up bar for adult guests.
Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa is a sprawling property in Jumeirah Beach Residence that’s likely to please kids and parents alike. It features a solid mix of restaurants, and three swimming pools (one with a swim-up bar), and a kids’ club. The beautiful white-sand beach here is a highlight for guests of all ages, with good conditions for swimming and all sorts of waters sports available, including water skiing and fishing.
Tucked away in the eastern crescent of the Palm Jumeirah, flanking a lovely stretch of white sand, this luxury property caters to couples and families alike with both romantic lodging and a great selection of activities for youngsters. The Anantara prides itself as being the only place in the UAE with overwater villas, but even the regular rooms are fantastic, with Thai-inspired decor. Guests of all ages here are well looked after, with all sorts of special activities for kids and teenagers at the Tuk Tuk Kids' Club and Chill Teens' Club.