Experience the wonders of the desert with a stay at Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert
Experience the wonders of the desert with a stay at Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert

Luxury Family Holidays in the Sun in Africa and the Middle East

For families who truly enjoy the heat and/or are travelling with older kids, Africa and the Middle East can be an interesting choice for the UK summer holidays. They also make an excellent winter sun destination with kids, with temperatures more bearable than at other times of year - important if travelling with younger children.

We’ve hand-picked our favourite family-friendly accommodation and organised trips in the region, whether you’re looking for all-inclusive beach resorts in the likes of Morocco, Tunisia or the Red Sea in Egypt, perhaps with their own waterpark, or have your heart set on a swanky hotel in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Oman or Jordan, where luxury exists hand in hand with desert adventure and cultural treasures. Or how about an upmarket safari lodge in South Africa, perhaps combined with a five-star city break in Cape Town? Whatever your dream holiday in Africa in the Middle East, we can make it a reality for you.

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Luxury Sun places to stay in Africa & Middle East

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Six Senses Zighy Bay

Oman
Stand-out luxury resort offering adrenaline-fuelled adventures, family activities and childcare for 4-18 years.

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.

Madikwe Game Reserve

South Africa
Luxurious game lodge in South Africa with walking safaris and great facilities for families, even the youngest of guests.

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.

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.

The Cove Rotana Resort

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

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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.

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.

Jumeirah Beach Hotel

Dubai
A luxurious beachfront option with kids' clubs and unlimited free access to Wild Wadi Waterpark next door.

Breezes Beach Club & Spa

Zanzibar
Set on a pristine white beach and one of the top hotels in Zanzibar, Breezes has a lot to offer - from water sports and a dive centre to cultural activities for the whole family.

The Ritz-Carlton Dubai

Dubai
A beautifully situated luxury hotel with plenty of activities including junior lifeguard tuition.

Zambezi Sun

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

The Palace at the One&Only Royal Mirage

Dubai
A luxury resort with great facilities for all the family and impeccable service.

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.

JA The Resort at Jebel Ali Beach

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

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.

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.

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.

Kempinski Hotel Ishtar

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

The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain

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