DISCOVER DUBAI WITH A LUXURY FAMILY STAYCATION
For visitors and UAE residents, the arrival of Spring isn’t necessarily marked by an obvious change in season, but April is still a great month to get out there and make the most of Dubai’s fantastic line-up of outdoor activities. And where better to begin, than with a luxurious Nasma staycation.
Kids on Easter holidays? Avoid the inevitable cries of ‘mum, we’re bored!’ and hit the city with a stay in a stylish family-friendly apartment in the vibrant urban City Walk enclave, buzzing Dubai Marina community or upgrade to a luxurious villa on Palm Jumeirah for an escape from everyday reality.
We’ve put our thinking caps on to cherry pick the most fun-filled family activities on offer around town to get you out of the house, into the fresh air and making sure that every member of the family has an unforgettable stay in this dynamic city.
An Emirates A380 made out of flowers? Only in Dubai. A short drive from Mall of the Emirates end of town, Dubai Miracle Garden, is both a calming retreat from the frenetic pace of city living and a rainbow-hued tribute to the ingenuity of its green fingered gardeners. Millions of floral blooms have been used to shape iconic figures and breathtaking structures. Check out the A380 or, our personal favourite, the supersized Mickey Mouse made out of around 100,000 flowers. The adjacent Butterfly Garden is also lots of fun. dubaimiraclegarden.com
BESIDE THE SEASIDE
The latest beachfront destination to take shape, La Mer on Jumeirah Beach Road, is from the same team that designed The Beach at Jumeirah Beach Residences. Decked out in a vaguely piratical style with wooden boats and rope ‘n’ bucket showers this 100% family focused area is fronted by shallow Gulf waters, making it ideal for small children. It’s also dotted with play and splash areas, while grown-ups will love the sea hammocks, and a wealth of causal eateries means there’s no need to pack sandwiches. lamerdubai.ae
Part of the Dubai Parks and Resorts development, Legoland Dubai and Legoland Water Park offer a double dose of interactive al fresco fun for those with younger children. Colourful edutainment awaits plus plenty of entertaining rides including the Lego favourites – Rescue Academy and Legoland Driving School. End the day with a dip and splash in the waterpark. dubaiparksandresorts.ae
HIGH WIRE ACTION
One of our top picks for adventurers of all ages, Aventura Park in Mirdif is home to 35,000 square metres of adrenaline-inducing activities with no less than 85 tightrope walks, ladder climbs, log crossings and high wire zip lines to enjoy. Located in the Al Mushrif Park forest, there are six circuits available with options to suit all ages and abilities (the family-focused Explorador course is super fun but we dare you to brave the Xtreme circuit with its 25-metre leap of faith). aventuraparks.com
A perennial favourite any time of day, Kite Beach is a community hangout with sun, sand and fun guaranteed. But it’s more than just a beach and 14-kilometre-long promenade with XGrounder skate park, tons of watersports action (think kitesurfing, wakeboarding and stand-up paddle boarding) as well as some of the city’s coolest food trucks and casual cafés. Kids are lining up to check out the new XPark Jr., a forest themed adventure playground populated with trees to climb, streams to splash in, more climbing nets, wooden forts and its own petting zoo. kitebeach.ae
Take a road trip out of town to the foothills of the Hajar mountains for a kayaking session at Hatta Dam where you can rent anything and everything from a single kayak to a pedal boat, floating doughnut or water bike (life vests included). Alternatively, the Hatta Trail Centre is the place for mountain biking adventures and suitable for both beginners and experienced trail riders. hattakayak.com, hattamtb.ae
THE NASMA LUXURY TOUCH
We know that taking a family trip, even if it’s just a staycation in another emirate, can be a challenge when it comes to packing the kids up for a few days away. Our team is on the ball as always, and part of the Nasma Luxury Stays check-in experience is a welcome basket filled with baby or kids’ essentials – just to get you started.
Every mum and dad also deserves a night off, and with on-call babysitting services part of the Nasma added extras collection, we promise to keep your little darlings safe and sound while you enjoy an evening for just the two of you. We also offer newborn baby care courtesy of our highly qualified neonatal team from Emirates Home Nursing.
And even a night in can have some added magic with our on-call catering service on hand to rustle up a romantic dinner for two, a laidback family barbecue, or a basket of fresh-baked goods delivered to your door for a lazy breakfast.
Just call your Nasma Luxury Stays hostess 24 hours in advance and you’re good to go.
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