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Africa and the Middle East have some of the world’s most extraordinary luxury hotels, and many of them actively welcome families with all sorts of child-friendly facilities and services. Whether you want to stay in the bustling heart of Marrakech, in one of the Red Sea’s many diving resorts, in a beachfront tower in Dubai or in an upmarket game reserve in South Africa – to name just four suggestions in this compelling region – we have it covered.

With a trip to the Middle East or Africa a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many of us, we’ve sifted through the options to bring you our top hand-picked options, representing the very cream of the luxury hotels and resorts in this part of the world. They differ in size and amenities, but you can generally expect to find officially accredited childcare with English-speaking staff, spas, excellent sports facilities, a choice of gourmet restaurants, daily maid service and in-room games consoles. You may also find separate kids’ pools or full-blown waterparks, playgrounds, movie-screening rooms and other top-notch facilities.

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Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf

Dubai
A luxury boutique hotel in a lively resort with a private beach, lots of places to eat, a free kids' club and waterpark access.

Zambezi Sun

Zambia
A lively resort in Zambia, traditionally styled, with free-roaming animals and a kids club offering tours and days out.

Club Med Djerba La Douce

Djerba la Douce
A perfect combination for active and relaxing family holidays in Tunisia, with kids clubs for up to 17 year olds and all-inclusive facilities and services.

JA Ocean View Hotel

Dubai
A modern property perfect for families with young children, with award-winning service and eco credentials.

Emirates Palace

Abu Dhabi
An unparalleled Gulf resort on a private beach with hand-crafted cabanas and a beach club, offering water sports, a kids' club and an award-winning spa.

The Residence Tunis

La Marsa
This superb luxury hotel in Tunisia is the ideal base to experience the magnificent sightseeing opportunities of this fascinating country.

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Lapita Hotel

Dubai
A five-star hotel within the Dubai Parks & Resorts themepark complex, with family fun including a lazy river.

Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara

Abu Dhabi
An intimate luxury retreat where adventure reigns, from wildlife drives and horseback treks to ancient ruins to learning to cook Middle Eastern food.

Mazagan Beach Resort

El Jadida
A luxurious Moroccan-style beach resort, an hour from the city and loads going on for kids, plus sporting academies for all the family.

Kempinski Hotel Ishtar

Jordan
A luxury family-friendly hotel with its own beach on the Dead Sea.

Zaya Nurai Island

Abu Dhabi
A private-island boutique retreat with villas for all sizes of family, a fabulous kids' club and a water's-edge spa.

Kasbah Tamadot

Atlas Mountains
A beautiful hotel that combines luxury with a taste of Morocco in a stunning location, with activities for the whole family.

Mövenpick Petra

Jordan
A luxury hotel at the very gates to the historic archaeological site, with an outdoor pool.

Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara

Abu Dhabi
A luxurious five-star desert resort in Abu Dhabi, with activities and relaxation high on the agenda for all the family.

The Cove Rotana Resort

Ras al Khaimah
A luxury beachfront hotel with a kids' club, kids' pool, watersports and top-notch fitness/wellness facilities.

Serena Beach Hotel & Spa

Kenya
The Serena Beach offers exceptional service and standards.

St Regis Saadiyat Island

Abu Dhabi
A luxury resort in Abu Dhabi, with childcare, spa, a golf course and even butler service.

Al Wadi Desert (a Ritz-Carlton partner hotel)

Ras al Khaimah
The ultimate desert experience, staying in luxury villas with private pools – some tented – and taking part in unforgettable activities.

Voyager Beach Resort

Kenya
Popular All Inclusive resort offers comfort, a wide range of facilities, activities.

The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain

Bahrain
A luxury hotel with private beaches, gardens, children's pool and club