Imagine the smell of coconuts, turquoise waters touching your skin and the sound of palm trees swaying in the sea breeze. Or exploring a Mediterranean island off the beaten track…
Whether you’re planning an island escape in the Mediterranean or tropics, once we hit May and the temperatures start to rise in the desert city, all we can think about is escaping the heat. Here are some of the sassiest island holidays near Dubai with family-friendly hotels for the summer…
After Eat, Pray, Love, Bali has experienced a new level of popularity. And with local airline Emirates introducing Bali as its second location in Indonesia from the 3rd of June, it is the number one spot this summer for island fun. Bali doesn’t only offer white sandy beaches, but also lush jungles in Ubud and unique cultural experiences.
The weather in July and August makes it the best time to visit, although Ubud might be a bit cooler due to its location. Fresh fruit is also in abundance and it’s the perfect opportunity to challenge kids to try the unique fruits, or experience traditional noodle dishes.
Kids will love: A picnic among the rice paddies in Ubud observing the workings of indigenous insects and spotting ducks.
Stay for 4 nights at Westin Nusa Dua in a deluxe room, 3 nights at Kamandalu Ubud* in a chalet (both includes breakfast), transfers between airport and resorts and economy flights on Emirates. Packages start from AED 6,830 per person for a family of 4 sharing.
*Kamandalu’s design is not recommended for toddlers, but older kids. An alternative can be recommended if you travel with a toddler.
The island of Langkawi has been described as one of the prettiest in the Andaman Sea. With lush vegetation, beautiful sunsets and pristine beaches; it’s a paradise in its own right. July/August is mid-season – sunshine in the mornings and showers in the afternoons to cool the island. This is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the rates offered.
Langkawi has more than enough activities to keep the whole family busy. Take the family to cycle through the villages or do a canoe trip in the mangrove forests. Fly a kite on a beach with the local kids or visit the Underwater World.
Kids will love: The cable car with a 360 degree view of the island or walking on the Skybridge – not for the faint hearted!
Stay for 10 nights at Berjaya Hotel in a family chalet including breakfast, return airport transfers and economy stop-over flights. Packages start from AED 5,120 per person for a family of 4 sharing.
You might have never heard of Gozo, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised by what it has to offer. When you drive onto this small island north of Malta Island, it’ll feel like you’ve gone back in time to a forgotten era. The breathtaking scenery makes this island one of those gems off the beaten track. The cuisine is influenced by North Africa, Italy and Eastern Mediterranean tastes. Fresh seafood at Ta’ Karolina is known to be the best on the island.
There are numerous outdoor activities including hiking, canoeing, and cycling the rolling hills or horse riding on the beach. Snorkeling in the picturesque Blue Lagoon at Camino will surely leave an impression.
Kids will love: Segway tours are offered for numerous routes on the island, but only for kids from 12 years.
Stay for 7 nights at the Kempinski San Lawrenz in a junior suite with breakfast, 7 day car hire and return economy stopover flights from Dubai. Included as well is a half day Medina tour and a full day Comino cruise to the Blue Lagoon. Packages start from AED 4,790 per person* for a family of 4 sharing.
*Upgrade to direct flights additionally at AED 1,150 per person
One of the bigger Indian Ocean Islands, Mauritius is an ethnic melting pot, contributing to the rich heritage of the country. With a strong Creole, Indian and European influence, it offers a wide variety of hotels and accommodation to suit every taste. All travellers to Mauritius have one thing in common; to seek the natural beauty that the island has to offer.
The island that can be visited nearly year-round. The winter months of July and August (with temperatures rarely dipping below 20 degrees Celsius on the coast) is a good time to avoid the crowds and appreciate seasonal rates.
Kids will love: having a photo captured with a giant tortoise at The Crocodile & Giant Tortoises Park. Also keep an eye out for ICI’s serving homemade ice cream at the LUX* resort.
Stay for 7 nights at the newly renovated LUX* Belle Mare in a Junior Suite including breakfast, return hotel transfers and economy direct flights from Dubai. A complimentary excursion to Ile Des Deux Cocos is included. Packages start from AED 6,590 per person for a family of 4 sharing. You can also upgrade to a pool suite or half board dining option.
All packages are based on departures in July 2015 for a family of 2 adults and 2 children under the age of 12. Subject to availability at the time of booking. All prices quoted are subject to availability and correct at time of going to print.