[copyright]Stylish surroundings on a city break at the Four Seasons Marrakech.[/copyright]
[copyright]Stylish surroundings on a city break at the Four Seasons Marrakech.[/copyright]

Family City Breaks in Africa and the Middle East

You’re unlikely to go much further than Morocco for a city break lasting a long weekend, but many family holidays in Africa or the Middle East may well include a few days in a city, seeing the sights.

Unlike in Europe, in most cities in the region, including Cape Town, Marrakech and Dubai, you’re unlikely to choose self-catering accommodation – hotels tend to be less hassle when you’re far from home and the food and shops less familiar. While more expensive, hotels also leave you more time to enjoy everything that cities have to offer for families, from museums to malls and playgrounds, and to enjoy their family-friendly restaurants.

When choosing a city hotel for a family, things to particularly look out for are room/suite size and promixity to major sights and to easy public transport options.  It’s often handy to choose a hotel with a pool when staying in a city too, particularly in warmer climes – they can be very useful after a sweaty day out exploring.


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JA The Resort at Jebel Ali Beach

An upmarket resort with three hotels and over 40 experiences, including watersports and a floating waterpark.

Four Seasons Resort Marrakech

A luxury hotel in the heart of the city, with a kids' club, kids' pool, tennis courts and spa.

Fellah Hotel

An eco-friendly hotel in rural Morocco with an educational farm and art centre, both with kids' activities.

Mövenpick Petra

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

Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf

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

Mount Nelson Hotel

Cape Town
With its olde world style and excellent service you can have high tea and explore the large gardens while children run around enjoying themselves.

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Bantry Bay Luxury Suites

Cape Town
Friendly and attentive staff can't do enough to make your stay as enjoyable as possible in this luxury Cape Town accommodation.

Atlantis The Palm

A famous luxury resort with a choice of beaches, a vast waterpark, an aquarium and even underwater suites.