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It’s still not too late to plan your family’s summer getaway… and chances are that you’ll be looking for a place with enough activities to keep everyone entertained. After so much time at home, you might even be looking for family holiday ideas to spread out and get some time – and space – to yourself.

In addition to boasting a prime location within one of Dubai’s most exciting retail, leisure and entertainment havens, the InterContinental Hotels Group at Dubai Festival City is the ideal destination for a family holiday this summer.

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Encompassing the InterContinental, InterContinental Residence Suites, Crowne Plaza, and Holiday Inn & Suites, plus almost 10,000 square metres of diverse event space, including the Festival Arena and 16 restaurants and bars, the IHG Hotels at Dubai Festival City have launched campaigns that offer integrated packages of exclusive hotel offers.

From indulgent staycations to spa offerings and special culinary delights, here are ten of the best summer bundles by the InterContinental Hotels Group at Dubai Festival City that is perfect for the entire family.

Create the ultimate summer story with these staycations

1. Shop, Stay and Dine package at InterContinental Dubai Festival City

InterContinental Dubai Festival City - Shop, stay and dine

The special package includes a two-night stay with breakfast and dinner at all-time favourite restaurant Anise for two guests. Sun-seekers can enjoy access to the temperature-controlled pools or head to the beach with the complimentary shuttle to La Mer Beach. While parents shop at Dubai Festival City Mall, kids conquer the Planet Trekkers kids’ club, where they can learn and explore new things with fellow little adventurers. Starting from AED700 per night, the package includes a complimentary Dubai Festival City Mall Gift Voucher of AED200.

2. SpaCation package at InterContinental Dubai Festival City

Summer really is the time to be spoiled, so take advantage of InterContinental Dubai Festival City’s SpaCation package. After a stress-free shopping experience or an activity-filled day at La Mer beach, guests can relax with a 60-minute signature massage for two in a private couple’s suite, followed by a romantic Afternoon Tea at CHOIX. In addition, guests can indulge in an authentic Parisian culinary experience with Dubai’s finest afternoon tea, enjoying signature scones, pastries, and the finest tea selection, all whilst appreciating the astonishing views of the city’s skyline. Starting from AED700 per night, the SpaCation package also includes breakfast for two at Anise with a minimum of a two-night stay.

3. Stay and Play Family Fun package at Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City

Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City -Stay & Play Family Fun

Perhaps this is the package that will finally convince your kids to put down their phones. The fun begins with the little ones embarking on fun-filled adventures at Planet Trekkers, the signature children’s club for young explorers. Designed to inspire creativity and curiosity, the activity program offers safe and supervised ways for kids to learn and experience new things with unique climbing walls, arts and crafts sessions, cooking classes and many more. The ‘Very Important Kid’ (VIK) amenities include ice cream from the Pool Bar, a cooking class in Zaytoun or another summer activity at Planet Trekkers, as well as unlimited popcorn. Priced at AED500, the package consists of a one-night stay, breakfast and dinner for two adults and two children up to the age of 12 years at Zaytoun or Belgian Café, access to Planet Trekkers kids’ club, VIK amenities, pool access and complimentary shuttle to La Mer Beach.

4. Beach Family Fun package at Holiday Inn & Suites Dubai Festival City

Holiday Inn & Suites Dubai Festival City

Make family time a top priority this summer. Guests who book one of the Standard Rooms get a complimentary upgrade to the next category (subject to availability) and enjoy even more space. As part of the package, families can enjoy breakfast in Sirocco for two and two kids up to 12 years, dinner for two and two kids up to 12 years at Zeste or Sirocco, access to the kids’ club and temperature-controlled pool, as well as a complimentary shuttle to La Mer Beach. Did we mention how affordable it is? The package starts from AED371 per room per night.

5. Ultimate Luxury Staycation package at InterContinental Residence Suites Dubai Festival City

InterContinental Residence Suites Dubai Festival City - The Ultimate Luxury Staycation

Enjoy 25 per cent off your stay in a two-bedroom apartment, welcome drinks at Level 17, and an F&B credit of AED200 per day to explore and try the 16 restaurants and bars at InterContinental Hotels Dubai Festival City. The little ones can enjoy access to Planet Trekkers kids’ club, including the special ‘Very Important Kid’ amenities. A complimentary shuttle to La Mer and AED200 shopping voucher at Dubai Festival City Mall are the icings of the cake for 7-night stays and longer. The package starts from AED1,160 per room per night.

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6. Sweet Summer Sensation package at SPA InterContinental, InterContinental Dubai Festival City

We’re all in dire need of some me-time and a little indulgence, so a spa day at SPA InterContinental at InterContinental Dubai Festival City is a welcome reprieve. For the ultimate summer glow, we recommend the Sweet Summer Sensation package (AED859 per person for 120 minutes), which includes unlimited pool access and three steps to detoxify and help restore the skin’s natural glow. It starts with a 30-minute body scrub, followed by a 30-minute body wrap and then finishes with a 60-minute signature massage, leaving one feeling deeply relaxed and recharged. The therapist will help you choose a signature oil blend – best adapted to emotional and physical needs – to be used in your massage treatment. You can find more information on SPA InterContinental here.

Enjoy the culinary delights to the fullest

7. Afternoon Tea at CHOIX Patisserie

Afternoon Tea

Dubbed as “Dubai’s finest afternoon tea”, Afternoon Tea at CHOIX InterContinental Dubai Festival City is a real treat. While enjoying the impressive views of the city’s skyline, guests can indulge in an authentic Parisian culinary experience, accompanied with a premium collection of delicacies from Chef Pierre Gagnaire, who helms the three Michelin star Pierre Gagnaire restaurant in Paris. Try the signature scones, pastries and the finest tea selection all whilst enjoying the ambient setting with your friends or family.

CHOIX Patisserie & Restaurant, Lobby Level InterContinental Dubai Festival City, noon to 6pm daily. AED125 per person on weekdays, AED150 per person on weekends, and AED195 for a takeaway set.

8. Brunch at Belgian Café 

Embrace the essence of Brussels in the heart of Dubai with the city’s original Belgian Café, from the vintage-style two-floor wooden decor, large bar counter with a variety of favourite hops on tap, to an outdoor terrace overlooking the city skyline. At the all-you-can-eat brunch, guests can indulge in their favourite hops and pub grub, including a selection of premium mussel dishes, juicy burgers and an array of desserts.

Belgian Café, Lobby Level Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City, every Sat 12.30pm to 3.30pm. AED175 per person with unlimited soft beverages, AED295 per person with unlimited house beverages, and AED345 per person with unlimited draft beers, house spirits, wines & bubbly.

9. Happy Hours at Vista Restaurant & Terrace

Happy hour plans at InterContinental Dubai Festival City should include a visit to the sophisticated Vista Restaurant & Terrace. From its vibrant atmosphere and a large outdoor terrace, offering 180-degree views over the creek to the Dubai city skyline, to its bespoke collection of beverages and an international à la carte selection, the restaurant’s happy hour deal runs daily with 50 per cent off on selected drinks.

Vista Restaurant & Terrace, Lobby Level InterContinental Dubai Festival City, 6pm to 8pm daily.

10. Asian Street Fest at Sirocco

Intercontinental Asian Street Fest

From Thai and Vietnamese to Japanese and Chinese specialities, sample the finest flavours of the Southeast Asian delicacies at Sirocco. The buffet also offers welcome drinks and unlimited soft beverages as you soak up the restaurant’s lively surroundings.

Sirocco, Lobby Level Holiday Inn & Suites Dubai Festival City, every Fri 6.30pm to 11pm. AED149 inclusive of unlimited soft beverages and chilled juices while children below 12 dine for free.

The room rates do not include taxes and fees. Further terms & conditions apply. For reservations, call +971 (0) 4 701 1111 (rooms) or +971 (0) 4 701 1127/28 (restaurants) or e-mail [email protected].

Visit: www.dubaifestivalcityhotels.com/summer

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