Dubai’s Best Family Amenities
In the wonderland of resorts and hotels of Dubai, it is difficult to stand out. At Stay Someday, it is my mission to separate the luxury properties of the world, to find the very best family-friendly accommodations. As a major city with resort geography, Dubai is in a privileged position to provide excellent hospitality across many specialties, including family offerings. These are Dubai’s best family amenities.
I have found that of the 131 luxury hotels and resorts, there is a considerable 31 properties that offer significant family options, earning them a Stay Someday recommendation. As a comparison, the closest city to Dubai, with a significant number of Stay Someday recommendations is London with 27 out of a possible 124 luxury properties. Considering the history and tradition of grand hotels in London, this is quite a significant achievement for a ‘new’ city that has only attempted to build its tourism within the last 25 years.
The Two Resorts With The Greatest Amenities for Families
Previously, I have discussed the ultimate family resorts in Dubai (The Four Seasons Dubai Jumeirah Beach and the One&Only Royal Mirage). These are hotels that excel in every aspect of hospitality at the highest levels of luxury. However, from the 31 Stay Someday recommendations, there are also stand out hotels and resorts with specific offerings (amenities, special services) that are noteworthy. For sheer scale and size, both Fairmont The Palm and Le Royal Meridien offer amenities for young guests that are world-class in this grand city.
Fairmont The Palm
Fairmont The Palm has welcomed guests to its location on the Palm Jumeirah development since 2012. This Arabian palace near the entrance of the Palm (and within close distance to the city) is a series of three grand structures overlooking tropical gardens, pools, and an expanse of private beachfront (a total of 37 acres).
What Fairmont The Palm does well is to provide a generous selection of amenities to families with children of all ages. This includes in-room amusements and objects such as games, arts & crafts supplies, children’s toiletries and bath time toys, baby proofing room amenities, and extra bedding or changing facilities for infants and children. Bespoke in-room amenities can be arranged based on guests’ individual needs, including custom kids minibars.
Fairmont The Palm also offers excellent indoor and outdoor facilities for children of all ages, including their Fairmont Falcons Kids Club, selections of children’s movies and books, a wide variety of resort pools, a dedicated children’s pool, water fun and water activity amenities, beach sports and water spots for kids, and an indoor climbing wall. This is an excellent environment for families to enjoy, and all at a reasonable price, considering the level of luxury and the services provided.
Le Royal Meridien
Le Royal Meridien is another shining star for families looking to Dubai for an unforgettable holiday. Like Fairmont The Palm, the Le Royal Meridien is a beachfront resort that offers an outstanding array of family amenities. This is one of the original beach resorts, having opened in 1995, and has stayed popular through its family programs and extensive renovations. Le Royal Meridien is close to the Palm Jumeirah, with neighbouring (and Stay Someday recommended) resorts Habtoor Grand Autograph Collection and the Ritz Carlton Dubai.
This resort excels with amenities for a wide range of children, and provides a complete stay experience, starting with a memorable check-in. Age-specific welcome amenities are provided to young guests (a great way to start an exciting holiday for children). There is both a kids club and a teens club on offer.
Inside, guests will enjoy a games room and playground. Outdoors is where most of the fun happens, with pools, kids pools, a private beach, playgrounds, mini-golf, beach sports, water sports, football, volleyball, and tennis. The kids and teen clubs are some of the best in Dubai.
The teens club has dedicated performance spaces and a jam studio with guitars, drums, keyboards and microphones. There is also a games arcade, hangout spaces, bar seating, entertainment areas, and electronic gaming consoles. The kids club is a spectacular space with indoor and outdoor playgrounds, tv’s, toys, instruments, dress ups, pets, soft play areas, computers, books, arts & crafts, and imaginative play areas.
Both Fairmont The Palm and Le Royal Meridien are some of the best resorts in Dubai if you are a family looking for luxury and a treasure trove of amenities for busy playful kids. It is not only the number of offerings but also the excellent quality that sets them apart. These are some of the best play spaces and active amenities of any property around the world.