Luxury Dubai Resorts with the Best Family Services
In the family playground that is Dubai, luxury hotels and resorts stand out with a competitive selection of services to match extensive amenities. I have previously profiled both the greatest overall properties in this city (The Four Seasons Dubai Jumeirah Beach and One&Only Royal Mirage), as well as those with some of the best amenities for younger guests (Le Royal Meridien and Fairmont The Palm). This profile highlights two luxury Dubai resorts with the best family services
The beauty of these two properties is that their plentiful services come with an equally generous offering of amenities. The two properties that stand out in a sea of the greatest luxury in Dubai are Rixos The Palm Hotel & Suites and Al Wadi Ritz Carlton Ras Al Khaimah Desert Resort. These represent two distinct styles of hospitality across iconic landscapes (beachside at Rixos and the desert at Al Wadi).
The significance of the offerings and high luxurious standards of both the Rixos The Palm Hotel & Suites and Al Wadi Ritz Carlton Ras Al Khaimah Desert Resort is such that they were near the top of the Stay Someday shortlist for the very best properties in Dubai (the accolades won by The Four Seasons Dubai Jumeirah Beach and One&Only Royal Mirage).
Rixos The Palm Hotel & Suites
Rixos The Palm Hotel & Suites is a 10-acre property at the very tip of the east crescent in The Palm Jumeirah development. There are two outstanding rarities here for guests to consider. It is one of the only Dubai luxury resorts to offer ultra-all-inclusive packages, a convenient way for families to enjoy every part of this memorable destination. Rixos also has a dedication to young guests with some exclusive and hard to find amenities and services.
There is a dedicated kids club for children from toddlers to 12 years old. Here young guests will find professional daily programs, indoor activities like magic shows, cooking classes, arts & crafts, and talent shows.
Outdoors, Rixos runs treasure hunts, beach and pool games, and a variety of sports. The kids club includes areas such as Toddler Town, Nap Rooms, Baby Chambers, and Junior Town. There are shaded pools with water fun activities, indoor and outdoor playgrounds, a Lego Brickland, seascape painting, and archaeological beach digs. Rixos has a rare amenity, their children’s amphitheatre, where talent shows, and other performances are held.
At night, young guests can enjoy the Rixy Disco, as well as the Rixinema for some of the latest and old favourite cinema releases. Children are also well looked after with many restaurants including kids meals and menus, and there is a speciality baby chef service for custom creations tailored to individual needs. It is the personal touches, the specialty services, and the rare amenities that makes Rixos The Palm Hotel & Suites one of the great luxury stays in Dubai.
Al Wadi Ras Al Khaimah by the Ritz Carlton
Al Wadi Ras Al Khaimah is one of the world’s great desert resorts. This bedouin style property by Ritz Carlton is an all-villa retreat, perfect for families. Using the surrounding wonders of the Al Wadi Nature Reserve, there is a treasure trove of amenities and services that provide young guests with insight to the natural world and cultural traditions. These include care for the environment with tree planting, catch and release fishing, pony riding and pony splash activities, cooking classes, bedtime stories under the stars, and a delicious selection of children’s menus and meals.
The Ritz Kids Club and Ritz Kids Program are two excellent services that are well designed and cover a large group of ages. The Kids Club is a beautiful playground space with board games, electronic games, arts & crafts, books, and toys. This resort also participates in unique programs like the rangers program where children learn all the key skills to becoming a nature reserve ranger. These integrated cultural programs offer insights to the valuable work of local staff and are some of the most inspiring and entertaining services that young guests can participate in.
Further to these activities, Ras Al Khaimah also offers stargazing, bird watching, falconry, dessert bike riding, safari tours, horse riding, camel riding, a selection of refreshing pools, and wildlife feeding. These are available to a limited amount of guests dependant on age.
Both Rixos The Palm Hotel & Suites and Al Wadi Ras Al Khaimah Ritz Carlton Desert Resort are some of the most rich and engaging cultural experiences of any luxury property in Dubai. Their selection of unique and exclusive offerings guarantee a memorable family vacation.
The Rixos is particularly suitable for children ages 12 and under, with the Ritz Carlton an oasis of activities for children aged 10 years and over. These two resorts are delightful surprises to find in a city most travellers expect is only pools, palace-style structures, and the most opulent details, all of which can be pleasing but often tend to exclude younger guests.
Though my research, I have found Dubai to have something for all travellers, particularly for families looking to experience a memorable slice of luxury with thoughtful and caring hospitality. You will find these and much more at Al Wadi Ras Al Khaimah and Rixos The Palm.