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Top 5 affordable luxury destinations for families in 2021

This post explains the top 5 affordable luxury destinations for families to visit during school holidays because school holidays in the UK are a mixed bag of emotions and parents around the country worry about school holidays, especially because they seem to be frequent. Straight after a lovely two weeks of Christmas holidays, they throw you another week for February half-term, and just after that, there are another two weeks for Easter holidays and as you are gearing up for some time for yourself, you have the May half-term holidays and then the six weeks off for the Summer holidays. The options are to book a luxurious getaway where you can recharge during these school holidays. There are five luxurious destinations for families that will take the pressure off and ease you through your relaxing time.

The secret to a great and relaxing getaway with kids is what the hotel and destination have to offer. The last thing you want is to worry about preparing meals or keeping the kids entertained. With an array of hotels that promise fantastic kids’ clubs and all-inclusive services, it can get difficult to determine which destinations truly offer value for money and meet their promise of professional services and family-friendly activities.  This guide provides 5 top luxurious destinations for families with information on how to get there, the best school holiday to visit, where to stay, and a 7-day kid-friendly itinerary for a stress-free holiday.


Top 5 affordable luxury destinations for families

  1. Dubai

  2. Greece

  3. Cyprus

  4. Turkey 

  5. Portugal

Top 5 affordable luxury destinations for families #1. Dubai

How to get to Dubai

Several flights ply the UK to Dubai routes. Although there are direct flights and connecting flights, when travelling with children, direct flights are the best option because they provide less time on the plane with disgruntled children. In addition, there are fewer chances of having missing baggage and a low chance of missing connecting flights, especially with high demand children. 
There are two popular direct flights from the UK to Dubai.  British Airways and Emirates. British Airways takes about 7 hours, and 15 minutes and Emirates offers a direct flight of about 6 hours, and 55 minutes.
With Avios credit, you can get a free or low-cost flight ticket with British Airways because they offer a frequent flyer program, where you earn more Avios points and redeem them for your flights. Avios is a reward system designed for frequent travellers of British Airways and Iberia. you can collect them from qualifying partners like rental cars with Avis, where you get three points per £1, Tesco Shopping and petrol also offer the collection of Avios. Partner hotels like Hyatt, Marriott, Langham, Shangri-La, Best Western, and Mandarin Oriental offers Avios points.

What you need for your travel to Dubai

Passport – International Passport with at least six months validity to enter Dubai
Visa – there is no advanced visa arrangement required for UK passport holders. They stamp passports with a 30-day visit Visa-free.

The best school holiday period to visit Dubai

Dubai is best experienced in Dubai’s Wintertime, which is from October to March. Therefore, Visit Dubai during the October half-term, the December school holidays, or the February half-term holiday. The most favourable time to visit is the December school holiday time because it offers a longer period if you wish to combine a visit to Dubai with a visit to Abu Dhabi and Ras Al Khaimah.

Top Dubai Hotels with Creche Services and Kid’s Club

There are several fantastic hotels in Dubai with a professional kid’s club service. Some hotels provide creche services for children from a month to 15 years. 

1. Burj Al Arab Jumeirah

The Burj Al Arab Jumeirah has a Kids club located on the 18th floor of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah.

It offers:

  • Places for children aged 3 and above.
  • A spacious playroom with soft toys, books, and creative activities.
  • Complimentary access to Madinat Jumeirah Kids Club.

Madinat Jumeriah Kids Club is sub-divided into different sections.

  • Sinbad’s Kids Club – an aquatic wonderland with play areas and pools for different planned activities.
  • Visit Wild Wadi Water park  – a fun must-visit water park with over 30 rides and attractions.
  • Kids at Al Naseem – located on the ground floor, where fun activities take place.

Medinat Jumeriah offers a structured timetable program that will meet the needs of all children.

The activities include:

  • Yoga for Kids
  • Abra Tours
  • Baking and Pastry Class
  • Football Billards
  • Gardening for kids
  • Junior lifeguard program at Al Qasr swimming pool
  • Cinema night
  • Arabic theme kid dinner
  • Chinese theme kid dinner
  • Italian Theme kid dinner
Burj Al Arab Kids Club
A spacious playroom with books, board games, and craft activities.

2. Atlantis the Palm, Dubai

Staying at Atlantis the Palm, Dubai comes with a complimentary visit to Aqua venture Water park but you can also enjoy a relaxing time by using the kids club at Atlantis the Palm, Dubai. The kids club offers top services for children aged 3 to 12 years and children aged 13 to 17 years in a dedicated space called The Zone. You can rest assured that your children will be well looked after because of the range of services on offer. 

The kids club activities are divided into the morning, afternoon, and evening sessions. There is a detailed timetable for children aged 3 – 7 years old and another for children aged 8 to 12 years old. They show 5 legends which are the activities the children will be doing at different sessions. 

Legend 1: Explore nature activities

  • Trip to The Lost Chamber Aquarium
  • Sandcastle building on the beach
  • Beach games on the private beach
  • Little pirate adventure
  • Beach football and volleyball

Legend 2: Fitness and Movement activities

  • Basic fitness
  • Ball-handling skills
  • circuit training
  • balance and coordination skills
  • Junior Yoga
  • Jumping training 

Legend 3: Arts and Crafts activities

  • Nature arts and crafts
  • Drawing 
  • Necklace making
  • Card creation
  • Newspaper craft

Legend 4: Active Play activities

  • Mini football
  • Dodge ball
  • Basketball
  • Indoor football
  • Circuit game
  • Tag tall challenge
  • Cross the river challenge
  • Lifesize tic-tac toe.

Legend 5: Mindfulness

  • colouring
  • music
The Lost Chambers Aquarium at Atlantis the Palm Dubai
The Lost Chamber Aquarium: part of the activities at the kids club.

Kids-friendly 7 day itinerary for a school holiday to Dubai.

These 7 days kids-friendly itinerary is a guide to enjoying the best of what Dubai has to offer. Dubai is great for everyone. From enjoying the breathtaking architecture and changing landscapes to massive shopping malls and impressive souks. You will thoroughly enjoy Dubai because they are things to see and do for every member of the family. Read my post on the top ten things to do in Dubai and my post on Dubai with kids for a comprehensive guide to the things to do in Dubai.

Suggested 7 days itinerary for Dubai

Day 1: Recover from the Jet lag – Dubai is four hours ahead of the UK. Stay at the hotel and enjoy the complimentary access to onsite water parks.

Day 2: Visit old Dubai, the Museum, and the gold souk.

Day 3: Go on a Desert Tour.

Day 4: Visit Dubai Parks and Resorts – Legoland, Bollywood, and Motiongate.

Day 5: Visit Dubai Miracle Garden and Global Village.

Day 6: Visit Dubai Frame, Burj Khalifa, and Dubai shopping Mall.

Day 7: Prepare to return, and relax in the hotel ahead of flights.

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