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Winter sun adventures at Zambezi Sun in Zambia.
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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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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.

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.

JA Ocean View Hotel

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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort

Dubai
An upmarket all-inclusive resort with two hotels, a private watersports beach and a floating waterpark.