[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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Six Senses Zighy Bay

Oman
Luxury resort between the mountains and sea where adrenaline-fuelled adventures await as well as relaxation options, family activities and childcare for 4-18 years.

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.

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.

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.

The Cove Rotana Resort

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

Lapita Hotel

Dubai
A five-star hotel within the Dubai Parks & Resorts themepark complex, with family fun including a lazy river.

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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.

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.

Robinson Club Agadir

Agadir
An all-inclusive resort in Morocco with something for all ages, whether you want to relax or play - or a bit of both.

St Regis Saadiyat Island

Abu Dhabi
A luxury resort in Abu Dhabi, with childcare, spa, a golf course and even butler service.

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.

Zaya Nurai Island

Abu Dhabi
A boutique resort on a private island in Abu Dhabi that can only be reached by private boat; with childcare for kids and plenty of luxury for adults.

Fellah Hotel

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

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.

Four Seasons

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

Zambezi Sun

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

Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort

Zanzibar
A wonderfully luxurious all-inclusive family resort on the island of Zanzibar.

Kempinski Hotel Ishtar

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

Anantara Desert Island

Abu Dhabi
Ideal for active families with tennis, cycling routes and even a safari or nature drive at this luxury hotel in Abu Dhabi.