Pretty beaches, striking buildings, and markets full of local culture make Dubai an excellent spot for a vacation. There’s plenty to do and see in Dubai for travelers of all ages, though some hotels cater more to families. We visited the city’s top hotels to see which were the best of the best in amenities offered, range of services, 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 kid-friendly hotels in Dubai and start planning your getaway.
Dar al Masyaf is a destination unto itself. This exclusive hotel is part of Madinat Jumeirah, a massive, one-of-a-kind beachside resort home to over 40 restaurants and bars, three outdoor pools, several miles of waterways and jogging trails, a traditional shopping center, a turtle sanctuary, and a theater. Rooms are large and luxurious, with top-notch amenities and large balconies offering serene views. With an impressive array of on-site activities (rock climbing, fitness classes, a swimming academy, water sports, live shows.. you name it) and a beautiful private beach, kids and parents have plenty to stay occupied.
The 294-room Al Qasr is a seriously upscale, Arabian palace-style hotel with stunning interiors set in the exclusive Madinat Jumeirah resort in central Dubai. Comprising of lovely canal-like waterways and manicured tropical gardens that lead to a mile-long beach, the grounds are particularly impressive, as is the almost innumerable selection of facilities (a rock climbing wall, spa, playground for kids, and fitness center among them). Families also have free access to the Wild Wadi Water Park, which can be access directly by one of the resorts many water taxis.
The Sheraton is a small family-friendly resort located on the southernmost part of famous Jumeirah Beach. The Sheraton is one of the most kid-friendly hotels in this part of town. It is not only on a quiet beach with no waves but also features a kids’ club with activities and a playground directly on the sand; large rooms that can fit an extra bed; several restaurants -- including a buffet; and water sports for teens.
Part of the Jumeirah chain, this gigantic waterfront resort is oriented toward families on vacation and offers a plethora of activities to keep guests of all ages occupied. A private white-sands beach with chairs and sun umbrellas sits directly in front of the hotel and is accessible via tree-lined pathways through the grounds. A working marina is adjacent to the property with a bar that offers DJ nights and panoramic views. Additional facilities include tennis and squash courts, a youth activity center with musical instruments, a kids’ club with a small water play area, and a climbing wall.
Despite its luxury amenities and five-pearl resort experience in the heart of Dubai's commercial city center, the Grand Hyatt Dubai is not as expensive as might be expected. Rooms are large and comfortable, with luxury linens and amenities; the luxury spa offers every imaginable pampering service; and there are large indoor and outdoor pools, a sprawling indoor garden, and 13 restaurants that range from an American-style steak house to an authentic Lebanese eatery. For children, the hotel has a kids' club with a variety of daily activities and an outdoor kids' pool, as well as babysitting services.
Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa is a high-end, family-friendly hotel with over 500 rooms situated in Dubai's popular Jumeirah Beach Residence. Its huge grounds contain three swimming pools and extend to a large stretch of white-sand beach. While some room decor feels a little dowdy, renovated rooms are fresh and contemporary and many open to furnished balconies with sea views. Numerous dining options are top-class while an excellent kids' club keeps the little ones happy. While tourists wanting to see the sights might want to consider a more central hotel, those happy to stay put are unlikely to want to leave.
A real highlight of the hotel is its huge range of activities available with an emphasis on water sports. Children are very well catered for with a kids' club and two shaded children’s pools -- one with a waterslide -- and games on the beach. The hotel's main free-form swimming pool has a swim-up bar and jetted tub section, while there's also a separate pool for laps. There are two on-site restaurants, a cafe lounge, and a poolside bar, however the main event is the now renowned and hugely popular Barasti Beach Bar that has live music and weekend clubbing until late. Guests also have free use the facilities of the large and slightly more luxurious Westin hotel next door.
While the Rixos The Palm Dubai is a perfectly pleasant, upscale resort hotel with an enviable Palm Jumeirah setting, there's not much in the way of real wow-factor or glitz found at comparable hotels. That said, views from the private beach and pool are certainly impressive, family-friendly facilities are excellent, and rooms are generally top-grade, many with furnished terraces and sea views. A particularly noisy beach club is turn-off for many visitors, however, and the location is awkward for exploring Dubai
The Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa is an upscale, Thai-style hotel located on the secluded east crescent of the Palm Jumeirah, one of Dubai's two artificial palm-shaped archipelagos. Arranged around several lagoon pools and extending to a white sand beach, the Anantara is certainly one of Dubai's prettier resorts, and it caters well to both romancing couples and families with kids. Over-water villas are particularly impressive, though all of the rooms come with excellent amenities