Our expectation of what a family resort can deliver in the UAE has significantly changed over the years. Gone are the days when simply having a pool and a kids club was enough. Discerning UAE staycationers and overseas visitors are seeking out more from their resort hotels, including playgrounds, kids slides, splash parks, even lazy rivers!
Today we are looking at our top hotel resort picks in each of the Emirates that will deliver far more than just a hotel stay for your family.
Please note due to Covid-19 not all facilities mentioned may be open in each Emirate at this time. Please call ahead to the hotels to check before booking in 2020.
If you have a particular Emirate in mind you can quickly jump to the link here, or read on to choose between them all!
- Abu Dhabi Hotels with water parks and slides
- Ajman with water parks and slides
- Dubai Hotels with water parks and slides
- Fujairah Hotels with water parks and slides
- Fairmont Fujairah Beach Resort
- Ras al Khaimah Hotels with water parks and slides
- Sharjah hotels with water parks and slides
- Umm al Quwain Hotels with water parks
- Best UAE Resorts
Abu Dhabi Hotels with water parks and slides
Abu Dhabi arguably has the best selection of family hotels that include extra features for kids (yes, even more than Dubai!). Our favourites are:
The undisputed winner in Abu Dhabi when it comes to a water park within a hotel. Kids (and big kids) can enjoy not only a lazy river but slides within the expansive hotel grounds of Emirates Palace. The hotel enjoys it’s own 1.3km stretch of private beach and offers two swimming pools.
**This summer a family can stay from 990 AED with kids staying free as part of their Summer at the Palace deal – though note it’s only one extra bed permited per room – you may want to take advantage of their 50% off second room offer).**
The St Regis Abu Dhabi
Next up, Nation Riveria at The St Regis on the Corniche. There is a small kids zone attached to the main pool, Treasure Island. It is better suited to younger kids as the slides are only small but the supervised kids club is a great retreat while parents enjoy the pool and beach facilities in one of Abu Dhabi’s most exclusive beach clubs.
InterContinential Abu Dhabi
An oldie but a goldie, still plenty of fun to be had at the InterContinental Abu Dhabi. A great choice for a family day pass or an overnight stay, the Bayshore Beach Club offers a pool, playground and beach frontage all in one. Kids can enjoy a slide in the kiddy zone.
Another family favourite, sitting in what used to be called the Tourist Club area of Abu Dhabi. The Beach Rotana has a great family line up with pools, lawn and a small beach frontage overlooking Al Maryah Island. It’s become somewhat built in over the years but makes a great value city stay.
If it’s a mini-aqua park you want, then the Rixos delivers! This all-inclusive offering on Saadiyat Island is perfect for those looking to balance parent relaxation time at the beach with family entertainment. Kids 4 to 12 years can enjoy the Rixy Kids Club offering, they even have a wave pool!
Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas
A popular family choice with a great range of family-sized rooms as well as access to Aladdin’s Cave, the kids club which has a lazy river, splash pool, cinema zone, water slide and entertainment for your younger kids.
The St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort
Another superb family choice on Saadiyat is The St Regis. There are 5 swimming pools including dedicated kids pool and the Sandcastles Kids Club is a real hit with it’s water splash area.
What about Yas Island and Yas Waterworld?
At present, there is no hotel directly attached to Yas Waterworld, however, many of the Yas Plaza hotels offer theme park ticket packages with overnight stays.
Ajman with water parks and slides
Sadly, none of our favourite Ajman hotels come with a water park or slides included, but you can see a selection of our favourite Ajman hotels and things to do with kids in Ajman here.
Dubai Hotels with water parks and slides
What a choice!
We’ll open by pointing out that some of the largest hotels in Dubai offer complimentary access to Dubai’s biggest water parks with your overnight stay. These include:
- Atlantis the Palm – with complimentary access to Aquaventure
- The Jumeirah Group Hotels – with complimentary access to Wild Wadi. This includes attached Jumeirah Beach Hotel as well as all their Jumeirah properties across Dubai.
- Lapita – with complimentary access to your choice of Dubai Parks & Resorts theme parks, including Legoland Water Park Dubai
Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
This deserves a separate mention to the Jumeriah hotels above as it has a large water play structure as well within the resort, making it one of the family favourites on the Palm Jumeirah.
Habtoor Grand Resort
Arguably the biggest water slide within a hotel in Dubai. The lush gardens of this JBR resort give way to several amazing features families will love.
Grand Hyatt Dubai
Unlike most of the UAE’s expansive resorts, this incredible family hotel is stretched along Dubai Creek. It offers the choice of three pools including one with a play structure and slides and one of the largest pools in the country, as well as an indoor pool and plethora of dining options, and residency suites for larger rooms.
Others worthy of a mention include Sofitel Dubai the Palm Resort & Spa which includes a kids waterslide (currently running some great value Summer Staycation deals), the Address Boulevard which not only offers spectacular Downtown views but a family pool with a slide and you really can’t go past the duo of Le Meridien & the Westin Mina Seyahi that access the extensive facilities of Mina Club.
For an unexpected lazy river within a hotel, check our Dukes The Palm, A Royal Hideaway
If you are simply seeking a day on the deckchairs, don’t forget to check out our collection of the most family-friendly beach clubs in Dubai
Fujairah Hotels with water parks and slides
The east coast of the UAE can make a brilliant espace year-round. Facing onto the Gulf of Oman rather than the Arabian Gulf on the other side of the Hajar Mountains, it’s usually a few degrees cooler than Dubai and Abu Dhabi. You’ll find a great selection of family hotels, here are our favourites with extra pool facilities worth mentioning.
Le Meridien Al Aqah
There’s so much packed into one family resort here. From the extensive kids’ splash playground, and indoor kids club to the largest swimming pool on the east coast. There are eight onsite dining choices along with half board and all-inclusive options.
If you’ve not tried Le Meridien Al Aqah yet, get it on the top of your UAE Bucket List!
Fairmont Fujairah Beach Resort
The special offering at Fairmont Fujairah is the wibit water park in the sea, a fabulous extra adrenaline activity perfect for your older kids (though admittedly a little too hot in the peak of summer). This is in addition to a great range of water sports and the Sun Family Kids Club.
Also worthy of a mention for their family-friendliness and extras such as kids slides or splash playgrounds:
Ras al Khaimah Hotels with water parks and slides
Ras al Khaimah is an absolute family paradise when it comes to extra facilities at your hotel resort, be it additional kids clubs, pools, playgrounds… and water parks!
Doubletree by Hilton Resort and Spa Marjan Island
We’d have to argue this is up there with the best waterparks in the UAE. There we said it! The pirate ship waterpark at Doubletree was a magnificent addition to the already stellar family line up at this popular RAK resort. Along with spaciously sized family rooms, a great playground, kids club and beach frontage with plenty of water sports on offer, it’s a family winner.
You may also want to give a try:
Waldorf Astoria – often offers some serious good value summer specials with large spacious family rooms and an exceptional recreation program
Sharjah hotels with water parks and slides
Although there are many large family hotels in Sharjah, we’ve not found any yet that go over and above when it comes to water parks and slides – but we’ll keep you posted!
Umm al Quwain Hotels with water parks
Last but not least, Umm al Quwain, and perhaps one of the UAE’s forgotten water parks Dreamland! There are no resorts immediately attached to Dreamland, but you can stay at the park itself in onsite cabins, glamping style or try the adjacent Barracuda Beach Resort – on a different level to most of the resorts we’ve mentioned here but a great value choice weekender!
Best UAE Resorts
If you’ve enjoyed this post, don’t forget to check out our further UAE resort guides, hand selected by actual parents!
- Our complete guide to UAE Staycations
- The UAE’s top 10 best family beach resorts
- The best desert resorts in the UAE
- Best hotels in the UAE with private swimming pools
Think we missed a top resort in the UAE that has a little something extra? Drop it in the comments below we will get our listing updated!
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