After the past couple of years of travel chaos, you’d be forgiven for wanting to give it all a miss and remain in the UAE over the summer. Now that many of us have done just this – whether we wanted to or not – we actually realised that staying in the sandpit isn’t too bad after all, it’s a lot quieter on the roads and at many of the indoor activity centres plus as long as you’re near a chilled pool you can enjoy your own holiday right here in the desert.

Escape to paradise at Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman

If you’re looking for an indulgent escape to reward yourself after all the early morning school runs and taxiing your little people around all term, then just a two-hour drive from Dubai you’ll discover paradise – or at least the closet thing to it – at Six Senses Zighy Bay Resort, Oman. This luxury resort has everything from lagoon pools, stretches of white sandy beach and incredible dining options, plus you’ll be treated like royalty throughout your stay. If you’re thinking this is just one for the adults, think again, as they have a dedicated kids club and teens club onsite too and lots of different activities to keep everyone occupied.

To book: Please call +968 2 673 5555 or email reservations-zighy@sixsenses.com.

For memorable family time stay at the Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah

Discover an idyllic oasis that combines family-friendly fun with serene relaxation on the iconic Palm Jumeirah this summer. Book one of the Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah’s spacious family rooms or suites to enjoy the Family Time package complete with a lavish daily buffet breakfast and a 2pm late checkout. Make a splash at the temperature-controlled pool where your little ones can enjoy hours of endless fun or build sandcastles with your family on the pristine private beach. In addition to the dedicated Coco’s kids club, the whole family can enjoy an array of leisure activities. In the evening, tantalise your taste buds at one of the distinctive dining venues.

Price: Staring from AED 1,300 per night.

Validity: Offer available until 30th September 2022.

To book: Please visit the website email dxbpd.reservations@waldorfastoria.com or call 04 818 2222.

It’s all about the kids at the Centara Mirage Beach Resort

Experience a summer to remember at Centara Mirage Beach Resort Dubaia themed destination resort on a prime stretch of the Deira Islands waterfront, inspired by mythical Thai and Arabian adventures. Spend your days exploring the lush property’s water attractions, including a kids’ fun water play area and cliff jumping points, then wine and dine at seven different enticing dining venues catering for every palate from Lebanese, Thai and International cuisines. Designed with family fun in mind, the resort offers stunning city or sea views and option for bunk beds, there’s even a sweetie themed kids Candy Spa for the little ones to enjoy – if you can tear them away from the lazy river and waterslides that is.

Price: Starting from AED 499 and up to 2 kids go free (based on no further beds being required and children eating from the kid’s menu only, breakfast is also included).

Validity: Offer available until 30th September 2022.

To book: Please visit the website or call 04 522 9999.

For a thrilling stay head to Lapita, Dubai Parks and Resorts Autograph Collection Hotels

There’s no better way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city this summer than to take a trip to a theme park, and there’s no better hotel for this than Lapita, Dubai Parks and Resorts Autograph Collection Hotels. Stay at this Polynesian paradise and gain complimentary access to the theme park of your choice, including Legoland, Bollywood, Motiongate and to cool off in the summer heat, Legoland Waterpark. In addition to this great offer on your Summer Staycation, Lapita are also offering some fantastic deals on day passes to enjoy their beautiful Ola spa or laze by one of their three swimming pools before enjoying a cold beverage at Ari Pool Restaurant during their poolside happy hour.

Price: Rooms starting from AED 549++ per night.

Validity: Offer available until 31st July 2022.

To book: Please call 04 449 0868 or email Lapita.dubai.reservations@autographhotels.com.

There’s something for everyone at JA Resorts & Hotels

Make the most of the summer with this unmissable offer from JA Resorts & Hotels and book an exclusive stay offer for UAE Residents. Redeemable at any of their seven resorts, the deal includes a buffet breakfast and a one-night free stay voucher. From city escapes and relaxing beach getaways to mountain retreats, there is something for everyone to discover at JA Resorts & Hotels in Dubai.

Guests can choose from the three award-winning hotels in JA The Resort, Dubai’s largest experience resort, offering a wide range of activities along the 800 meters of private beach or the UAE’s first mountain resort at JA Hatta Fort Hotel. For city-centric getaways, there are the options of JA Oasis Beach Tower and JA Ocean View Hotel in the heart of buzzing Jumeirah Beach Residence, or The Manor by JA, a stylish address just minutes from Festival Plaza and Ibn Battuta Mall.

Price: Prices vary dependent on resort, but guests can redeem 10% off the Best Available Rate.

Validity: Offer available until 30th September 2022. *Free night stay voucher is applicable for GHA JA Discovery members and you can sign up here.

To book: For bookings, please click here or email reservations@jaresorts.com.

Drive up the coast to Movenpick Resort Al Marjan Island

The newly opened Movenpick Resort Al Marjan Island in RAK is set to become a firm favourite amongst families, and to introduce us to their 5* resort they’ve some sizzling Summer Staycation promotions. With a choice of different room options including suites and chalets you’ll find the perfect accommodation to suit your family. As well as a private beach and wellness hub for those looking to find their zen, they have a fantastic Starfish Adventure Kids club which provides programmes for three age groups and a floating water park to stay cool through the hotter months. There are six restaurants and bars to choose from and the Power Bites menu offers some fun and healthy options for the little ones.

Price: Exclusive British Mums Dubai offer of AED 600 on bed and breakfast per room per night for two adults and 2 kids (up to 12 years sharing parents’ room).

Validity: Rates available up until the 30th September 2022 and do not include public holidays.

To book: For more information and to book your stay, please visit their website.

Head to the mountains and stay at the InterContinental Fujairah

If you like it slightly cooler why not head to the mountains of Fujairah and enjoy everything the InterContinental has to offer including chilled pools, 25% savings on food & beverages at their award-winning restaurants, 15% savings at the O spa by L’Occitane or head out of the hotel and tackle a mountain hike or go turtle spotting at Snoopy Island. Treat yourself to extra space and comfort with the Stay 3 Pay 2 Offer on Club Rooms and Suites, and receive a complimentary extra night for every 2 nights booked. What’s more, up to 2 children under 6 years old can eat and stay complimentary on existing bedding whilst children 6-12 years old can eat and stay at 50% off the full price.

Price: Starting from AED 750 per night.

Validity: Summer offers are valid until 31st July 2022.

To book: Please email reservation.fjrae@ihg.com or call 09 209 9999.

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