If you are looking for the perfect active family staycation, look no further than Hatta!
Hatta is a 1.5 hour drive from Dubai – which even for kids that hate being in the car, can just about tolerate (and the adults too), and it’s an easy and scenic drive with the last half hour through the beautiful red sand dunes and the spectacular Hajar mountains.
Book your stay at the Hatta Fort Hotel or the Wadi Hub Eco Lodges – the new (and more exclusive) arrival on the Hatta scene. The Hatta Fort Hotel has absolutely everything that a family with kids could want with a combination of paid and free activities. Activities include a pool, mini golf, petting farm, wall climbing (it’s so much more difficult than it looks!), a maze (with hints and clues to find the letters), a zipline etc… There is enough on site to keep you busy but if you want to leave the hotel, then only 5 mins from the hotel is the Hatta Dam – and it is stunningly beautiful.
Not only is it beautiful, you can do a variety of paid activities on the Hatta dam including pedalo-ing (more tiring than it looks too), biking on the water (would not know how else to describe it) – but effectively a bike on a platform that glides over the water with you pedaling hard, Hatta kayaking, a donut for a larger group and an actual boat that takes you around. So there really is something for every age and every level of energy!
Top tip – Stop at the Mountain Burger on the way back – a cute little food truck that serves burgers and fries, for a chilled and nice simple meal.
The next day, wake up early and head to Wadi Hub (unless of course, you stayed in the Eco Lodges which look amazing and are definitely unique) and enjoy the activities on offer there. You can go on a guided mountain biking trip (bikes for hire there), or a hiking trip, or enjoy all the activities on site including – a HUGE trampoline net (which is FREE), swings, climbing wall and a whole host of other activities that are available or soon will be available. There is also the possibility of horse riding although we were not able to find out the costs for that while there.
We did not manage to visit the Hatta Heritage Village which is also full of cultural and historical information – so we will keep that for our next visit as we will definitely return to Hatta again. It is the perfect balance of a chance to relax, reconnect with nature, be active as a family and try out some new activities and things!
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