Plan a holiday the kids will never forget to unbelievable Dubai.
Looking at a short stopover with kids or a family holiday to Dubai? Dubai has an exceptional range of family hotels and resorts to offer visitors from all-inclusive beach escapes to handy city apartments to use as your site seeing base.
In this Dubai accommodation guide, we’re going to take you through all of our favourite Dubai hotels for families, from the incredible Atlantis the Palm to surprisingly cheap and convenient spots near Dubai Mall, as well as a desert favourite kids will fall in love with.
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All our favourite Dubai hotels for families unveiled
This guide is just for our selection of absolute favourite family hotels, tried and test by our own family.
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Atlantis, the Palm
Atlantis, The Palm is hard to top if you’re scouring for the best hotels in Dubai for kids. The endless experiences on offer make the 5-star resort feel like a playground for families, with new levels of fun.
Spectacularly situated at the end of Palm Jumeirah, the hotel’s Aquaventure waterpark (free to visit as a hotel guest) is a must for families visiting Dubai, it even features a slide through a shark tank! Their ‘Lost Chambers’ aquarium invites kids and adults alike into an underwater world and ‘Levels’ provides hours of entertainment with multi-level obstacle courses, 50 arcade games and the Surf’s Up wave rider.
Very young children are in good hands with the in-room babysitting, allowing parents to enjoy a choice of 23 restaurants. Teens can also hang out, socialize and dance at The Zone, a safe and adult-free space dedicated just to them. The two-bedroom Suites categories ensure families are close by.
Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Jumeirah Beach Hotel is one of the best hotels in Dubai for families with children, who make up the majority of the clientele. The 5-star hotel has private beach access and over 10 restaurants and bars offering international cuisine.
Rooms and suites are spacious and include floor to ceiling, ocean-view windows with studio-style family rooms and family two-bedroom suites available. All guests receive complimentary and unlimited access to to the very nearby Wild Wadi Waterpark, a favourite with kids.
Another nice feature for younger children is the on-site activity centre set up with a climbing wall, musical instruments and the kid’s club featuring a water play area.
Jumeirah Al Naseem Madinat Jumeirah
The best Dubai hotels for families include Jumeirah Al Naseem, the newest and most modern hotel within the huge Madinat Jumeirah complex. There’s easy beach access, upmarket dining and spa facilities, and fancy rooms which include family setups and interconnecting rooms.
The Wild Wadi Waterpark is under a 10-minute walk away and tickets are included with every guest’s stay. Jumeirah Al Naseem also runs a Kid’s Club with indoor and outdoor playgrounds and fun activities. A free shuttle service from DXB aids a stress-free arrival and departure, wonderful when travelling as a family.
Grand Hyatt Dubai
Unlike most of Dubai’s resort hotels which line Dubai’s beachfront, the Grand Hyatt Dubai has a central location at the edge of the city’s historic creek and overlooking the sparkling Dubai skyline. The hotel has an exclusive feel about it yet has features to cater to all ages, qualifying it as one of the best family hotels in Dubai.
The elegant accommodations with Arabic details include options for family suites and interconnecting rooms, with babysitting services available if adults fancy slipping out for dinner at one of over a dozen on-site restaurants on offer.
Kids will also love the free popsicles that are routinely handed out by staff. The Kid’s Club and outdoor pools for kids and adults provide plenty of daytime entertainment, plus there’s the interesting inclusion of an atrium. Children will love exploring the streams and bridges of this tropical indoor garden with their parents.
The Westin Mina Seyahi
The Westin Mina Seyahi is a 5-star luxury resort with its own 550-yard private beach nearby and views of Palm Jumeirah. As with many of the best hotels in Dubai for families, The Westin is located close to the exciting Wild Wadi Waterpark, though in house guests can now enjoy the incredible new Jungle Bay Water Park within the hotel grounds!
The hotel is adjacent to Le Meridien and shares many of the excellent facilities of Club Mina. Families can avail the kid’s pool and kid’s club, with daily beach games to get involved in.
Chic Deluxe rooms with 2 Queen beds and Family Suite Sea View Rooms can comfortably accommodate families. A choice of 8 restaurants make family mealtimes easy with special menus included for children. Jumeirah Beach Walk is just 5 minutes away by car for family strolls and further dining and entertainment options.
One&Only Royal Mirage
The One&Only Royal Mirage is the best Dubai hotel for families seeking an ultra-luxury 5-star stay. The property stretches along a pristine length of Jumeirah Beach and is made up of three gorgeous hotels; Arabian Count, The Palace and the Residences & Spa.
The immaculate gardens, dramatic Arabesque architecture and decorative Arabian details are stunning. Impeccable facilities include four swimming pools, a spa with hammam, Kid’s Club and two playgrounds. The Palace also provides children’s swimming, tennis and waterskiing lessons. Interleading rooms are available upon request for families – an unbeatable luxury favourite for families if budget will allow.
Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm
Another of the best hotels in Dubai for kids is the elegant Waldorf Astoria, situated at Palm Jumeirah’s eastern crescent. Families can enjoy 200 meters of palm-peppered private beach and a range of dining options from Arabian to International.
A shuttle runs for easy visits to nearby attractions; the much loved Aquaventure Waterpark is popular and only five minutes away. The brilliant facilities for youngsters include a kid’s pool, Coco’s Kid’s Club and babysitting services. Family Deluxe Suites and Deluxe rooms with 2 Queen beds both boast sea views.
Kempinski Mall of the Emirates
Kempinski Hotel, located within Mall of the Emirates is the best hotel in Dubai for families who like a bit of adventure with their vacations. It’s the venue of indoor snow and ski resort, Ski Dubai and located roughly halfway between the Dubai Marina area and Burj Khalifa for family exploring.
Within the hotel, enjoy the rooftop infinity pool, and check out the Chalet Lodge rooms that overlook the slopes of Ski Dubai!
In connected Mall of the Emirates, families will find ‘Magic Planet’ which includes brilliant family facilities like amusement rides, a bowling alley, kids’ pool, video games and a soft play area for little ones. Full board plans are available to take the pressure off at mealtimes and the ‘We Are Family’ package includes discounted entry to the kids’ activities in Dubai.
Roda al Murooj Residences
Each unit is self-catered with a kitchen including fridge and oven, and the facilities of a hotel such as a 24-hour front desk, fitness centre, sauna and hot tub. A buffet breakfast is also available as well as car rental for family trips out. Kids will love the garden, year-round outdoor pool and children’s playground – the good news for parents is they stay for free. Complimentary cots and infant beds are available.
InterContinental Festival City
Intercontinental Festival City is set up to be one of the best hotels for kids in Dubai. It’s located around 15 minutes out of Downtown Dubai and only 10 minutes from the airport – a super option if you are only on a short stopover to Dubai and want to stay near DXB Aiport.
The hotel offers exclusive access to the Dubai Festival City Mall that has over 500 retail stores for family shopping and the eye-catching IMAGINE water, laser, light and fire spectacle that will have kids’ eyes goggling.
The 30-yard outdoor pool is a highlight for kids with panoramic views of Dubai Creek. A children’s pool and babysitting or childcare service will allow parents to sneak in a spa session too. Don’t miss one amazing feature- if you dare! – an entirely glass infinity pool that dangles over the edge of the hotel!
Doubletree by Hilton Jumeirah Beach
Doubletree has a great location on Jumeirah Beach’s ”The Walk’ waterfront promenade. Spacious one, two and three-bedroom suites come with a balcony and some have fully equipped kitchens or sea views. Kids will be won over early on with the welcome DoubleTree Chocolate Chip Cookie upon arrival, not to mention the children’s pool, private sandy beach and kid-friendly menus in a choice of two restaurants.
Doubletree is (currently) the last hotel along The Beach waterfront of JBR, which puts it right next to the bridge over to Bluewater Island and all the eateries and entertainment on offer (including the soon to open Ain Dubai Ferris wheel). For convenience and facilities, this makes it one of the best beachfront hotels in Dubai for families.
Bab al Shams
Bab al Shams is a little different and the best hotel in Dubai for families craving a luxurious escape. The hotel is constructed around an oasis, encircled by natural landscapes and 50 minutes from the bustle of Downtown Dubai in Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve.
Despite a more remote location, there’s still plenty to do at this unique resort; three outdoor pools and a kid’s pool, the Aladin’s Kid’s Club (ages 4-12), and an adventure playground. Children under 12 stay for free and younger kids can enjoy Sinbad’s Kid’s Club and a separate shaded pool. Families can have an adventure exploring the surrounding desert by jeep, horse or camel. Cribs, rollaway beds and connecting rooms are available upon request.
Other family accommodation ideas in Dubai
If you are still not sure if a hotel is the right choice for your Dubai family vacation, we also recommend you check out:
- The best apartments for family short-stays in Dubai
- The best family villas with private pools in Dubai
Airbnb can work out to be a surprisingly affordable and convenient option for families staying in Dubai. We strongly recommend you take a look and see what value for money you can get before deciding on the best accommodation for your family trip to Dubai.
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