[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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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

Melia Tortuga Beach Resort & Spa

Cape Verde
An all-inclusive beach hotel on the main island of Sal, with kids' club plus daily activities and entertainment for all the family.

Club Med Yasmina

Morocco
An all-inclusive resort in Morocco, well suited to older kids with plenty of activities on offer, but also ideal for all the family.

Al Areen Palace & Spa

Bahrain
An all-villa resort with five star facilities, plus children's club.

The Colonial Guest House

Cape Verde
A family-run hotel in the Portuguese style, full of history and charm and within walking distance of the beach.

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Jumeirah Beach Hotel

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

Jardin des Douars

Morocco
Luxury laid-back and small resort on the Moroccan coast, with heated pools, day and night babysitting service and a must-try spa.

Movenpick Resort

Red Sea
A spacious property amidst gardens and lagoons on a private beach directly on the Red Sea, with a kids' club and a stunning spa.

Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa

Dubai
A family-friendly four-star property with a private beach, kids' club and luxurious spa.

Al Bustan Palace - a Ritz-Carlton Resort

Oman
An atmospheric luxury beach hotel in Oman with plenty of opportunity for relaxation and outdoor activities alike.

Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh, Hurghada

Hurghada
An exclusive resort on the Red Sea in Egypt, offering a balance of luxury and activity whilst being very child-friendly.

The Ritz-Carlton Dubai

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

Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah Resort

Oman
Luxurious resort in a sandy bay, with whale- and dolphin-watching, camel-riding and the chance to see turtles nesting.

Four Seasons

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

The Palace at the One&Only Royal Mirage

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

Six Senses Zighy Bay

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

Fellah Hotel

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

Atlantis The Palm

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

Madikwe Game Reserve

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