Are you planning a family vacation for this summer’s Eid break? The perfect places to spend Eid Al Fitr are locations where one can relax with beautiful scenery, recharging after Ramadan and enjoying quality time with the family. If you need ideas of family friendly resorts in easy to get to destinations from the Gulf, here are five suggestions for you. Each of these locations offers a unique kind of experience.

Maldives

A picture perfect island paradise which is just a five hour direct flight away from most of gulf region’s capital cities including Riyadh. Maldives is often perceived as a honeymoon destination, but there are resorts which specialize in accommodating the little guests! Our favorite family resort in the Maldives, the Sun Siyam Iru Fushi, is the perfect choice for families with small children. The beauty of the island is captivating; everything is just a walk away. Children get special treatment everywhere at Iru Fushi. At the buffet restaurant there’s a separate family section where children have the option to play in a safe area. Not to mention that kids under 12 stay and eat for free with adults.

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Cyprus

It sounds like a faraway destination, but in reality this Mediterranean gem is just a 3+ hour direct flight away from Bahrain, Doha and Dubai. The island is divided to the Turkish and Greek side. Both sides have beautiful landscape, history and culture. Located in one of the most stunning locations on Greek side of Cyprus, cliffs and crystal clear waters surround the Anassa resort. The entire resort is designed to make traveling as smooth as possible with children. Complimentary water sports at the watersport center. Kids club with an onsite restaurant and a professional nanny service. Anassa has a heated kiddy pool, family rooms and offers excursions to the nearby Paphos, which is the European Capital of culture in 2017.

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Oman

Nestled between majestic mountains and emerald green waters of the sea of Oman, only 30 minutes’ drive from Muscat is the Shangri-La Bar Al Jissah resort. This resort is like a hidden oasis, with its palm trees, several pools, a waterpark and green gardens. Children will love the kids club with its activities and while they stay there parents can relax at the world class spa, enjoy watersports and go for dolphin and turtle excursions . A cool zone is designed to provide activities for the entire family to enjoy together.

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Sri Lanka

This destination is perfect for nature lovers. The island is full of rich history and vibrant culture and interesting things to do for the entire family. The Uga Jungle Beach resort is situated in a jungle next to the beach, surrounded by a lagoon with crocodiles. This exotic location is perfect for more adventurous families. The great food and friendly service will offer a very unique and affordable experience. There are direct 6 hour flights from most Gulf capitals to Colombo.

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Sharm El Shaikh, Egypt

World-class diving spot at the beautiful Red Sea city on Sinai Peninsula. Novotel Sharm El Sheikh in Naama Bay has a kid friendly beach (no reef with sharp corals on the shore). The resort has five pools, plenty of kid’s activities and a kids club which will help keep the kids active and busy all day. Free accommodation and food for 2 children under 16 and family rooms make this a very economical choice.

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Eid is just around the corner! Now’s the time, pick a destination, pack your suitcases and gear up for your summer adventure.