1. Oman

Shangri-La: Bar Al Jissah Resort and Spa 

A 68 minute flight separates you and your kids from a thrill filled stay in Muscat, Oman. Shangri-La Resort and Spa. This five-star hotel offers an array of activities including a Lazy river, a splash pad, a games centre, a children’s pool, a kids club and much more! Your kids can play all day for as long as their little hearts desire. Muscat also serves as a great tourist destination. There’s lots to explore from the mountainous landscapes, to the culture, food and city bus tours. 

Info: Flights from Dubai to Muscat start at Dh680. Night rates for family rooms start at Dh1300. Shangri-la.com

2. Italy

Borgo Egnazia 

Story time, dancing, face painting, treasure hunts and lots more are on offer for your little ones at Borgo Egnazia hotel in Puglia Italy. This fancy hotel makes a comfortable stay for you and your family, but most importantly, a lot of fun for the kids! Borgo’s Trullalleri kids club will keep the children busy and entertained through their educational and exciting daily programs. You can also enjoy the rustic southern Italian town full of great authentic restaurants. 

Info: Night rates for family rooms start at Dh2100. Flights to Bari Italy start at Dh2500.

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3. Norwegian fjords

Disney Magic Cruise 

Nothing screams a childhood dream come true more than a Disney-themed holiday, except perhaps if it’s on a ship! This year, Disney has launched a new Frozen-themed holiday. From movie-inspired characters, dining, activities, live shows and to Anna’s chocolate scavenger hunt. Your little ones will even get to see the village that inspired Arendelle from the movie. That’s all including the splash zones, waterslides, a 3D cinema, lots of beloved Disney characters to meet and more on board the ship. You start this Norwegian cruise in Dover, England, then sale to Copenhagen, Oslo, Kristiansand, Stavanger and back to Dover. The cruise ship has an on board 'It’s a Small World' nursery for the tots and a teens club.

Info: This holiday package starts at Dh14470 per person including fare and tax costs.

4. South Africa

The Palace of the Lost City

Here’s a wild family adventure your kids will surely not forget. Located in Sun City, a couple of hours from Johannesburg, this hotel is tailored precisely to family needs. The family friendly resort offers the Camp Kwena Creche, a kids club which has variety of supervised programmes. In addition, the hotel’s parameters holds an Animal World where kids can feed the animals, such as birds and baby lion cubs, and mingle with them at the petting zoo. This vacation spot can definitely allow your kids to bond with nature and have fun in a different and unique way.

Info: Nightly rates start at Dh895. The eight-hour flight to Johannesburg starts at Dh2000.

5. Dubai

Lapita Hotel

If you’re looking for a local attraction, head over to Lapita Hotel. This Polynesian themed resort is situated in the heart of all things fun for kids – right next to Dubai Parks. Lego Land and Lego Land Water Park, Riverland and Motiongate are all at your doorstep. The hotel offers a comforting and relaxing stay for you parents while your little ones can enjoy their time making friends and doing various activities at the Luna and Nova kids and teens club. 

Info: Rates start at Dh700 per night.

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