Le Royal Meridien
One of Dubai’s biggest beach resorts, this five-star playground is perennially popular for its range of activities and waterfront location. Often confused with Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort, make sure your taxi knows which one you really want. The hotel is particularly good for families because it caters to all ages and pursuits. Kids can go off for a day of adventures at the Penguins kid’s club while mum can escape to the Caracalla Spa and dad can go for a round of golf at nearby Emirates Golf Club. As befits a beach resort, there is a wide range of watersports, including sailing and kayaking. Rooms are pleasant and traditionally furnished, with views of the Arabian Gulf. Don’t miss Maya, a stunning, award-winning contemporary restaurant with easily the best Mexican cuisine in the UAE.