Schools have barely started after the long summer holidays and its time to start planning for another holiday. Yay! With most schools closing for a half-term break from the 17th October for a full week, we’ve got some lovely family time on the cards! But that means that we’ll need to start planning from now, so we don’t break the bank with last-minute expensive bookings.
Good thing is that the weather is getting better, and with that, we can spend the days outdoors again.
Here’s our list of things to do this half-term, all from going to the Zoo, to water parks to a visiting a wildlife reserve right here in the UAE. And because we don’t like cutting short the fun, we’ve got the perfect hotels to stay at so you can continue the activities the next day!
With 3 outdoor temperature-controlled swimming pools this is a great resort to enjoy the water. It’s got one of the largest leisure pools in the city, a children’s pool with water games and slides and a shaded toddler’s pool. There is also a 20-metre indoor temperature-controlled pool with underwater music speakers if you fancy getting your exercise on while the kids are playing. Take advantage of the Getaways Exclusive offers which has unbeatable rates for all-inclusive or if you prefer an upgraded room with discounts of Spa and F&B outlets.
Any fan of Disney’s Moana will be thrilled to come to this French-Polynesian themed resort. As will anyone else for that matter! We love the restaurants Moana, Maui and Manava, and there’s plenty more to choose from. With no less than 3 children’s pools, one with slides the little ones will be entertained no end! And if they fancy fun on dry land, you’ll have a hard time picking them up from the fun-filled kids club!
With a dedicated kids’ club, pool and playground your kids will love it here. You’ve got the beach with its beach club, and water sports activity keeping the older kids happy. You can make yourself Zen in the Zen spa, and then indulge in any of the 12 eclectic world-class restaurants, cafés and lounges offering a diverse range of cuisine and dining experiences, from fun and laid-back to sophisticated and elegant.
If you fancy venturing out of Dubai, we’ve got a great day planned for you. Visit the biggest Zoo in the UAE and end it with a staycation in a lovely 5-star hotel in Al Ain. The Zoo provides a chance to see endangered species preserved and taken care of within habitats like their own in the wild, as well as a chance to interact with them. There is a lot to explore in Al Ain so place yourself here and go for day trips to the Wadi Adventure park or drive up Jebel Hafeet for unbelievable views!
Stay at Atlantis and get free access to Aquaventure and Lost Chambers Aquarium. Thrilling water slides, pool fun, sharks, all kinds of fish, dolphins and tired and content family, that’s what’s on offer! A stay at the Atlantis is the ultimate staycation. There’s plenty for the kids to do, but there’s also plenty for you to do. With a 1 km pristine beach, 18 restaurants, and spa and a salon you’ll have the best of both worlds.
Your kids will love this unique staycation! Stay a night or two inside a Zoo! Yes, you heard that right, you can stay inside the Emirates Park Zoo and be the first to feed the giraffes, zebras, elephants and many more animals. And with an exclusive pool for resort guests, your kids will have the time of their life!
Stay at the iconic Jumeirah Beach Hotel and get free Wild Wadi Access which promises hours of fun for the whole family. If your kids are between 2-10 they’ll have a great time at the kids club where they can see colourful tropical fish, find a submarine to explore, spot a whale, jump into a soft play area, splash about on the slides and then catch a movie. Meanwhile, you’ll have the fab time soaking in the sun at the big pool with a view of Burj Al Arab Infront of you.
It’s a two-hour drive from Abu Dhabi to Sir Bani Yas Island, but boy is it worth it! Sir Bani Yas is home to the Arabian Wildlife Park nature reserve where you can find 13,000 free-roaming animals including Arabian Oryx, gazelles and giraffes, hyenas and cheetahs. Stay in a villa in Anantara Al Sahel and wake up and see gazelles and Arabian Oryx roaming around your accommodation, how amazing is that?
The resort includes a kid’s club with climbing wall, Arcade Zone and an extensive outdoor playground. The Pirate Boat Aqua Zone is guaranteed fun for the whole family as well as the bouncy castle, inflatable water trampoline, football pitch, and inflatable climb. And for older children the Tarzan boat has two slides going into the sea, two high dive boards, and a large rope swing, so you’ll truly have the whole family covered for activities! In addition, you can swim in any of the 7 temperature-controlled pools, including an indoor pool with whirlpool, sauna and the steam room, or relax on the 650 metres private beach.
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