Looking at a family stay in Dubai but would like a little more space and privacy than what’s offered in a hotel room? We don’t blame you. Having a big family ourselves we know how important it is to be able to have your own space on a holiday, and especially somewhere as beautiful and beach-focused as Dubai a villa is a superb way to enjoy the city. Adding your own private pool is just the icing on the cake!
If you are still not sure and can’t decide between a resort stay or the luxuries of your own villa, we also recommend you check out these Dubai family accommodation guides:
- 12 Incredible Family Hotels in Dubai
- Best family holiday apartments in Dubai
- Best resort hotels in Dubai with slides and waterparks included
- Lavish Dubai Hotels with Private Pools
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What should I know before renting a short-term holiday villa in Dubai?
You can find family villas to rent all over the city of Dubai, but you will find varying reviews for these villas. Certainly not all have temperature controlled pools, nor highly responsive hosts.
In order to be an AirBnB host in Dubai, there are numerous check villa owners must go through. We do regard AirBnB to be a reliable place to hire your villa from in Dubai – but do always check the details of what you’re getting. In particular, inclusions such as housekeeping services should be checked to avoid any nasty surprises.
You can also hire private villas that sit within hotel resort complexes. We have included a selection of both AirBnB properties and private hotel villas in our round-up as I know many have a preference for one style of family accommodation over the other.
Which areas of Dubai can I rent a villa?
There are many locations around Dubai that offer villa properties for short term let. The most exclusive can be found on the Palm Jumeirah and in the beach side suburbs.
Don’t entirely dismiss properties that are not immediately adjacent to the beach in Dubai. You can still enjoy the luxury of your own private villa pool, then make day trips to one of Dubai’s many free public beaches, or enjoy a day out at one of Dubai’s exclusive family beach clubs.
There’s a quick and easy reference map here to Dubai’s major tourist areas and attractions so you can see where everything in Dubai sits, in relative terms!
If you are still unsure about which areas may be best, we recommend you pop over to our complete guide on where to stay in Dubai
Our favourite villas for vacation rental in Dubai – AirBnB
All of the following properties can be booked on AirBnB.
- Price Per Night: from $1,167 USD
- Superhost: Yes
- AirBnB Plus: Yes
- Bedrooms: 4 (max 10 guests)
- Best for: A luxury family stay on the beach
We love it because: This property is an outstanding example of a Dubai beachfront villa, also offering its own private swimming pool. Few villas for short-term rent in Dubai have such refined fittings and direct beachfront access. An AirBnB Plus and Superhost property, it is managed by Stella Stays who have a strong reputation in Dubai.
Guests in this villa can expect to enjoy both indoor and outdoor entertainment areas, uninterupted views of the JBR skyline and little extras kids will love including a ping pong table. 3 of the bedrooms are equipped with king size beds plus a bedroom with twin beds and a fold out bed allowing a maximum of 10 guests in this 4 bedroom villa property, located on the exclusive Palm Jumeirah.
You will find all the family amenities you could possible wish for here including a washer and dryer, and the host is able to help you with family equipment too including a baby crib and high chair to make your family stay in Dubai as comfortable as possible.
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- Price Per Night: From $480 USD
- Superhost: Yes
- AirBnB Plus: No
- Bedrooms: 3 (Max 8 guests)
- Best for: Fabulous location
We love it because: Unusual for the JBR/Dubai Marina area, a complete family villa! You’re just a 5-minute walk to the beach, tram and restaurants. Set out over three floors overlooking Dubai Marina, the villa has a huge family room area, and 3 bedrooms offering double beds and twin beds.
Not only do you have your own private pool, you can also access a gym and communal pool with sauna and jacuzzi. This villa comes with a 24-hour housekeeper on call and private parking on-site if you’d like to hire a car. A great spacious set up in a prime location.
- Price Per Night: From $624 USD
- Superhost: Yes
- AirBnB Plus: Yes
- Bedrooms: 4 (Max 9 guests)
- Best for: A community feel in a luxurious and comfortable family home
We love it because: This beautiful and unique contemporary Dubai property is a sumptuous sanctuary with every family-friendly amenity you could think of! Clearly owned by a family who cares for other families needs, you will find everything in this property from beautiful kitchen to personal bathrooms, and of course your own private swimming pool.
Villa properties in Dubai don’t come much better presented than this; luxury homely touches can be found throughout from the huge bathtub to cosy 4-poster beds. Kids will adore the bunk bedroom and cosy up to the giant teddy bears. A travel crib and high chair are available on request, and even games and pool toys are made available for guests.
Located in The Lakes area of Dubai, enjoy use of the community park, playground and access to restaurants and boutique shops.
- Price Per Night: from $1633 USD
- Superhost: No
- AirBnB Plus: Yes
- Bedrooms: 4 (max 9 guests)
- Best for: Families who love luxury
We love it because: Another absolutely stunning Dubai Villa Property for a luxurious family stay. This 3 story residence with its own private temperature-controlled pool is perfect for year-round enjoyment. The property is brimming with luxury touches from a rainfall shower to glittering chandeliers – if it’s opulent Dubai you want, you’ll get it!
It is nestled away in a high-end suburban part of Dubai City, so you will be best arranging your own transport for getting around. The property does, however, have limited availability as we understand it’s the hosts own home.
- Price Per Night: From $1528 USD
- Superhost: Yes
- AirBnB Plus: No
- Bedrooms: 5 (11 guests)
- Best for: Larger family groups
We love it because: Although this property sits within the luxurious Jumeirah Zabeel Saray hotel complex, this Royal Residence Villa is privately run through AirBnB by Superhosts. You will find this huge 7000 square foot property on the West Crescent of the Palm has everything a family could possibly need for a luxurious family stay in Dubai.
Not only does your villa come with a full-time butler and access to all the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray amenities (one of our favourites for kids with its giant play structure and Sinbad Kids Club), your villa has its own sun deck and access to the large lagoon pool (shared only with the villas).
With enormous shared living spaces and beds for up to 11 guests, it’s ideal for that larger family get together. A top choice for VIPs in Dubai, this is where you come for exclusivity and tranquillity.
Our favourite Dubai villas with private pool inside hotels
So on to our selection of best private villas you will find attached to resort hotels. This sort of luxury doesn’t come cheap, but if it’s daily housekeeping you prefer and all the luxury touches of your favourite hotel chains, then these private villas with pool in Dubai are the best option!
Beit Al Bahar – Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Stay at one of Dubai’s premier family hotels but enjoy your own private villa and pool! With one and two-bedroom options, sleeping up to 5, Beit al Bahar villas enjoy luxury touches from a private butler service through to complimentary access to Talise Spa, the resorts private beach, Executive Pool if you want some laps and the Kids Club.
As an added bonus, you’ve got Wild Wadi Waterpark right next door for complimentary family entertainment. This is the perfect luxury family stay in Dubai.
One&Only The Pam Dubai
Enjoy the luxurious touches of the One & Only Resort on Palm Jumeirah whilst soaking in the rays with your own private garden and pool with terrace.
Looking out on to the azure Arabian Gulf waters, this is one of Dubai’s most blissful private paradises. Your private villa includes two master bedrooms covering a staggering 325m2, a sensational deep bathtub in each bedroom, large open plan living space, bar, dining space and kitchen. Villa properties have their own entrance to the resort’s private beach.
Anantara the Palm Dubai
We are squeezing this hotel villa option in even though the Anantara Villas are only one bedroom as we absolutely adore this one-of-a-kind location for Dubai – beachside and overwater bungalows! They can fit a maximum of 4 guests.
Watch the sunset from the Palm Dubai from your own private poolside terrace in the beach villas, or admire the waters beneath in the overwater bungalows with glass floor and huge tub – certainly one of Dubai’s more exquisite villa experiences.
A note on tourism taxes in Dubai
It’s important to note, whatever type of accommodation you select in Dubai, be it a single hotel room or a family-sized villa, there is a “tourism dirham fee” to be paid – aka Hotel Tax or City Tax. The exact rate you pay per night depends on the number of rooms and the quality of the property. A cheap hotel room may only be levied 7 AED per room per night whereas a large luxury villa in a hotel will incur 20 AED per night. This fee is to help fund Expo 2020.
We’d love to know if you have any more family villa recommendations in Dubai – drop us a comment below or email email@example.com if you have any further suggestions
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