Unbelievable UAE hotels & resorts with water parks

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, and even lazy rivers!

UAE hotels and resorts with water parks and slides

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.

If you have a particular Emirate in mind you can quickly jump to the link here, or read on to choose between them all!

We also have a guide to daycation passes to top Dubai hotel beach clubs for families, or if you are seeking a day pass only to the top UAE water parks without a hotel stay, check out this guide here.

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 favourite family hotels in Abu Dhabi are:

Emirates Palace

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 its own 1.3km stretch of private beach and offers two swimming pools.

Emirates Palace Water Park

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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.

St Regis Nation Riveria Abu Dhabi Corniche

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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.

Intercontinental Abu Dhabi kids pool at Bayshore Club

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Radisson Blue Hotel & Resort

Based on the Abu Dhabi Corniche, a stay at Radisson Blu Hotel & Resort Abu Dhabi will earn you access to West Bay Abu Dhabi beach club (formerly the Hiltonia) – renovated and reopened with a huge new range of features.

As well as the private beach and three swimming pools, guests enjoy slides, a wave pool, zip line and a children’s playground. There’s also an adventure park and additional beach water sports at a charge.

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Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi

Another family favourite, sitting in what used to be called the Tourist Club area of Abu Dhabi. The Beach Rotana has a great family lineup with pools, a 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.

Beach Rotana Pool

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Rixos Premium Saadiyat Island

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!

Kids pool area at Rixos Saadiyat Island Abu Dhabi

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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 has a lazy river, splash pool, cinema zone, water slide and entertainment for your younger kids.

Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas

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The St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort

Another superb family choice on Saadiyat is The St Regis. There are 5 swimming pools including a dedicated kids pool and the Sandcastles Kids Club is a real hit with its water splash area.

St Regis Saadiyat - Sandcastle Club Kids pool 2

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We have a detailed guide here to all the best Saadiyat island resorts for families

Al Raha Beach Hotel

Sitting inconspicuously on the side of the freeway into Abu Dhabi, Al Raha Beach Hotel is a bit of a hidden gem for families with young kids. The calm beach waters and fun toddlers & kids play pool has a large water playground. There’s also an indoor swimming pool and a wide range of water sports on offer (some seasonal).

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The WB Abu Dhabi, Curio Collection by Hilton

Situated in between Yas Waterworld and Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi on Yas Island is the newly opened WB Hotel. It’s all location, location! The hotel itself only has one swimming pool and a small kids’ play area, but you will get theme park tickets included with your stay to access everything on offer at Yas Waterworld.

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Ajman Hotels 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.

The Oberoi in Ajman is a family favourite

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:

  • The Jumeirah Group Hotels – with complimentary access to Wild Wadi. This includes the attached Jumeirah Beach Hotel as well as all their Jumeirah properties across Dubai.
Legoland Dubai Hotel Swimming pool
Legoland Dubai Hotel swimming pool – you can choose tickets to Legoland Water Park with your stay

Jumeirah Zabeel Saray

This deserves a separate mention from 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.

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Centara Mirage Beach Resort Dubai

This Thai-Arabian themed hotel is one of only a handful of all-inclusive offerings you’ll find in Dubai. Located on the waterfront at Deira Islands, the property boasts a lazy river, kids’ water play area, waterslides and cliff jumping points – even a roped course! Top this off with 7 different dining venues, even a kids’ spa, none of you will want to leave!

Centara Resort Water Park

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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.

Habtoor Grand Resort

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The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi

With a prime location along Jumeirah Beach, this 5-star family offering got a whole lot more exciting with the opening of Jungle Bay Waterpark, complimentary as part of your hotel stay. Guests can enjoy not just 5 resort pools and a 500 m private beach, but endless hours of sunshine fun at Jungle Bay with slides, a pneumatic wave pool, aqua play and kiddy slides area.

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Grand Hyatt Dubai

Unlike most of the UAE’s expansive beachfront 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.

Grand Hyatt Dubai Creek

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Other Family Hotels in Dubai with Water Parks & slides

Other family hotels in Dubai worthy of a special mention include Sofitel Dubai the Palm Resort & Spa which includes a kids waterslide, and the Address Boulevard which not only offers spectacular Downtown views but a family pool with a slide.

For an unexpected lazy river within a hotel, check our Dukes The Palm, A Royal Hideaway

Dukes lazy river
The serene kids’ lazy river at Dukes

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 escape year-round. Facing 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 Beach Resort

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.

Le Meridien Al Aqah Children's Play Area

If you’ve not tried Le Meridien Al Aqah yet, get it on the top of your UAE Bucket List!

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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.

Aqua Bounce at Fairmont Fujairah

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Also worthy of a mention in Fujairah for their family-friendliness and extras such as kids slides or splash playgrounds:

We have a much more detailed review of Fujairahs’s best family hotels & resorts here

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.

Doubletree Marjan Island Pirate Ship

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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

Hilton Ras al Khaimah Resort & Spa – not the same impressive pirate ship offering but nonetheless a great family choice with loads of pool options, one with a slide.

We have a full review of the best family resorts in Ras al Khaimah here

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!

You can learn more about Sharjah’s best family hotels & resorts along with things to do here

Umm al Quwain Hotels With Water Parks and Slides

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!

Dreamland Aqua Park

You can learn more about Umm Al Quwain and it’s family resort offering here.

Best of the rest – UAE Family Resorts

If you’ve enjoyed this post, don’t forget to check out our further UAE resort guides, hand-selected by actual parents!

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