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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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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.

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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.

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.

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.

Jumeirah Beach Hotel

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

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.

Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa

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

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 Ritz-Carlton Dubai

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