[copyright]Family summer holidays at Club Med Djerba La Douce, Tunisia.[/copyright]
[copyright]Family summer holidays at Club Med Djerba La Douce, Tunisia.[/copyright]

Summer Sun Family Holidays 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. If you’re intent on heading there with younger kids, you will certainly want to choose a hotel or resort with a kids’ club or crèche where they can seek refuge from the intense daytime heat. In general, but not exclusively, this is a part of the world where five-star and/or all-inclusive hotels tend to dominate the family market.

Clearly, water is a good thing when it comes to holidays in this region – hence the popularity of properties with their own splash parks. Good beaches are also key, as are waters suitable for those keen to snorkel or scuba-dive – the Red Sea being a prime spot for family diving holidays.

Some destinations, including Dubai, offer very good packages and discounts for those travelling in their hottest months, when there are fewer visitors.

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Summer Sun places to stay in Africa & Middle East

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The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina

Dubai
An elegant resort with five pools, a kids' club and a spa, close to the beach in Dubai.

Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort

Zanzibar
A luxurious all-inclusive resort with scuba-diving, water polo and beach volleyball.

Jaz Lamaya Resort

Marsa Alam
Luxury all-inclusive family holiday resort on Egypt's Red Sea, with clubs for kids and teenagers, plus a baby play room and pool.

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.

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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.

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
Luxury hotel in Morocco, an hour from the capital, in a stunning setting with spa and kids club.

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.