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Kiwi32 Fri 24-Feb-17 07:18:34

Hi there

Can anyone recommend a mid-range hotel in Dubai that's suitable for a holiday with a 1 year old? Not bothered about kids clubs but would love a good pool, with a separate kids pool if possible? Google is bringing up 5 star places with infinity pools, possibly this is all there is available given the location (hard times) but it's not quite what we're after...

Stayed on Jumeirah Beach before which was seemed a good spot but happy to try elsewhere...

Any tips gratefully received!

Kiwi32 Fri 24-Feb-17 12:58:10

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KatyBerry Fri 24-Feb-17 13:02:43

if you're prepared to take an hour's cab ride out of Dubai to Ras al Khaimah, there are a bunch of great hotels which are replicas of their Dubai counterparts but 1/3 cheaper. The Waldorf Astoria is superb and has a family pool / adults only pool / brilliant kids club / nice beach (tho' not huge) and is utterly luxurious

Artandco Fri 24-Feb-17 13:03:14

We have stayed at the Atlantis Hotel with kids. They were 1 and 2 at the time. It was newly built at the time so all shiney and new and clean, but assume it's similar still as that was only 5 years ago.

Has a couple of pools, beach right there and the water park onsite is free to guests. Mine toddled in small kids water fountains etc. It's expensive if not on site as small ones don't want to stay all day but good if in Hotel as can go in unlimited for however long.
Also has onsite aquarium

Have you considered Oman? We prefer to Dubai and it's also been nice with kids. You have the desert, mountains, muscat city and beaches all accessible

MollyHuaCha Fri 24-Feb-17 13:07:42

Dubai has poor a human rights record. Maybe think of going somewhere nicer? (sorry)

Kiwi32 Fri 24-Feb-17 14:55:49

Thank you for the replies!

Katy I hadn't considered looking outside Dubai itself so I will def check that out, many thanks.

Art Atlantis (I assume you mean Atlantis Palm?) is the one that keeps coming up but I was hoping to find somewhere less expensive. It may be the best option though with the added extras so thanks for that info.

Molly fair point but this is an allocated R&R spot for my DH (military) so we have no choice.

Thanks again, any other suggestions would be fab...

MollyHuaCha Fri 24-Feb-17 15:25:10

Fair enough smile

Sunnie1984 Fri 24-Feb-17 16:14:34

The mina seyahi is great for kids, and can be a little cheaper than elsewhere.

Kiwi32 Fri 24-Feb-17 16:22:07

Great, thanks Sunnie will check it out!

scaryteacher Sat 25-Feb-17 14:33:28

There are three Premier Inns in Dubai.....I've stayed at one on a flying visit from Oman with my db (Brit mil posted to Oman). It was fine, food good, free bus to malls, and there was a pool. The difference from UK Premier Inns was the bidet in the bathroom, and the phone in there too.

Kiwi32 Sat 25-Feb-17 15:14:07

Hi scary that's good to know, I'll look at those too. Many thanks

ihearttc Sat 25-Feb-17 18:35:36

The Mina Seyahi is amazing!

We've been there 4 times since DS2 was 2.5 and we are going again in April.

Lovely friendly staff and a fantastic pool/kids club with huge shaded playwark (its under an awning so nice and cool for them). You can also use all the amenities in the sister hotel next door which is the Westin.

There is a metro stop just outside the hotel as well.

ihearttc Sat 25-Feb-17 18:37:44

Thats supposed to say play park by the way...

Feel free to PM with any questions!

If you read the reviews it says it gets noisy because of the Barasti Bar next door...we have never really heard any noise at all apart from some background music while we were in the pool!

Bloggybollocks Sat 25-Feb-17 18:43:53

Another vote for Mina seyahi here too, we are going in may and for a change staying at le meridien in Fujairah, looks great and very well priced too.

WhisperedLoudest Sat 25-Feb-17 18:48:19

molly I'm always fascinated on these threads when people say don't go to Dubai because of human rights where they holiday themselves.

Where is an appropriate holiday destination?

Bloggybollocks Sat 25-Feb-17 18:51:17

I would never go to Indonesia because of their human rights record, particularly with reference to the death penalty, I think it depends on the individual, I've been to Dubai 6 times and would never not go despite a lot of people saying it's deplorable. There is exploitation everywhere in my mind.

Kiwi32 Sat 25-Feb-17 18:53:31

Sounds like Mina seyahi going to be a strong contender! Great to hear more good experiences iheart and bloggy many thanks.

iheart I'll definitely let you know if I think of any smile

ihearttc Sat 25-Feb-17 18:58:19

We always go to Dubai in May half term but it's Ramadan then this year so have moved it forward to Easter.

It's my safe haven...I absolutely love Dubai and so do our boys.

Bloggybollocks Sat 25-Feb-17 19:01:41

We are going during Ramadan iheart not much changes except it's half the price!

ihearttc Sat 25-Feb-17 19:08:15

My DH works in the Middle East hence why we go to Dubai a lot as we can't get into KSA (not that I'd want to go anyway!) and he said the same thing that nothing much changes. It actually ended up being less the week we are going than it did in May otherwise I would have just booked May again. I'm hoping it might be a bit cooler in April...I love heat but 46 degrees is a little too hot even for me!

Bloggybollocks Sat 25-Feb-17 19:14:41

Yes you take your chances going in may! I've been and it's been pleasantly hot but not too much, then again I've been in may and it's been so bloody hot it's impossible to leave the shade! The thing I love is how geared up for warm weather it is. Shaded kids pools/playgrounds etc. Air con everywhere, handing out ice lollies by the pool. Perfect!

Kiwi32 Sat 25-Feb-17 20:35:34

Oh god...there's a chance we might be back out there at the end of June! Thank goodness for air con and ice lollies!

Kiwi32 Sat 25-Feb-17 20:37:36

Do you mind me asking what sort of room you both get at Mina seyahi with kids? Also does the hotel do airport transfers with kids seats or do you use a taxi firm?

Starface Sat 25-Feb-17 20:40:43

I also came on to say Westin / mina seyahi. We stayed at the Westin and the service was amongst the best I've ever experienced, our girls (3 and 8 months) loved it and we had to drag the older one out of the hotel. Quite a bit of variety within the complex itself we found.

Kiwi32 Sat 25-Feb-17 20:52:00

Great to hear, thanks starface, it certainly looks excellent, crossing fingers we can afford it!

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