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Winter Sun Family Holidays in Africa and the Middle East

North Africa and the Middle East can make an excellent winter sun destination with kids, with temperatures more bearable than at other times of year - important if travelling with younger children. Africa itself can be very hot, depending on where exactly you choose to go – if heading there with smaller kids, do check you’ll have air-conditioning, swimming pools to hand and perhaps a crèche or kids’ club where they can be entertained out of the heat.

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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Winter Sun places to stay in Africa & Middle East

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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.

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.

JA Ocean View Hotel

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

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.

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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.

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.

Kempinski Hotel Ishtar

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

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.

Mövenpick Petra

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

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.

Serena Beach Hotel & Spa

Kenya
The Serena Beach offers exceptional service and standards.

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.

Voyager Beach Resort

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

Al Areen Palace & Spa

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