Perfect Eid Beach Getaways for Middle East Travellers

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The Eid break is fast approaching in 2024; a celebration marking the breaking of the fast after Ramadan, and also a moment for families to spend some time together over what is usually a 5-day break in the UAE – but can last anything up to 9 days if the Government call for a longer public holiday!

Eid-al-Fitr now falls in mid-April, perfect spring weather for heading to the tropics. So what can you expect, and most importantly, where can you go this year for a unique family vacation?

After a long period of no travel, we’re getting ready to spread our wings beyond the UAE and the Middle East and look to international destinations abundant in sunshine and fun family activities.

Here is our pick of the top 3 beach destinations from Dubai to try this April:

1. The Philippines

Average Temperature in April: A warm and sunny 33°C and 29°C in the water

Flight Time from Dubai: The fastest direct flight from DXB to Cebu is 8 hours 55 minutes

Although the best weather for the Philippines is typically over the cooler winter months, Middle East travellers will no doubt be very used to the heat and find the temperatures in the south, particularly Bohol and Boracay, pleasant still in early April.

white sandy beach in the Philippines

Need to Know: All passengers at present need to obtain a One Health Pass, and UAE citizens will need a Philipines eTA before they set off.

With over 7000 islands, choosing where to head on a vacation in the Philippines can be hard. Some of the best places to stay for a unique family beach vacation in the Philippines include:

  • Boracay – The perfect place for tempting turquoise waters, scuba diving, and snorkeling through to kite surfing, the family that loves to mix a few sports and recreation activities with their relaxation will fall in love with Boracay.
  • El Nido, Palawan – home to some of the whitest sand and prettiest beaches in the world, this is the perfect location to go island hopping for those who love to explore by water with utterly instagrammable vistas as far as the eye can see.
  • Bantayan Island – a little less crowded than other beaches but easy to reach from Cebu, explore the saltwater lagoons and native charm of this little slice of island paradise.

2. The Maldives

Average temperature in April: Expect daytime highs around 33°C and a water temperature of 30°C

Flight Time from Dubai: DXB to Male is 4 hours, but don’t forget to add connection time to your resort

In April, you perfectly sneak in before the start of the rainy season in the Maldives, making the chances of rain low and plenty of sunshine days almost guaranteed for your overwater bungalow dreams.

Need to Know: It’s Visa on Arrival for all nationalities, and passengers will need to complete a travellers declaration.

The choices seem almost endless when it comes to luxury resorts, but which one do you choose? The huge drawcard of resorts in the Maldives is access to sensational kids’ clubs that include all your family’s entertainment while you’re at your chosen island resort. Ones we consistently see as highly recommend for families include:

  • JW Marriott Maldives Resort and Spa – from the wonderful villas to The Little Griffins kids’ club and a choice of 8 restaurants – 24/7 babysitting availability is also a massive plus; it’s easy to see why this is a popular choice with UAE travellers.
  • Soneva Fushi – combining high-end luxury with rustic charm, this is one gorgeous eco-resort. Guests are invited here to enjoy the SLOW LIFE – Sustainable, Local, Organic, Wellness, Learning, Inspiring, Fun, and Experiences. Sound like your sort of ideal island retreat?
  • Hard Rock Hotel Maldives – found on Emboodhoo Lagoon, this one gets a huge thumbs up from families with older kids for the sheer variety of what’s on offer. Whether it’s diving and water sports or squeezing in some me-time at the spa, kids will be happy with Roxity Club and Teen Spirit. 

With the Maldives, it really all comes down to budget. Those resorts that can easily be reached by boat from Male tend to be a little more pocket-friendly than those you need to connect with by light plane.

3. Seychelles

Average Temperature in April: Fairly consistent year-round 28°C to 32°C

Flight time from Dubai: DXB to Mahe is 4 hours 35 minutes

Another great idea for a beach escape from the Middle East in April is Seychelles. Weather-wise, sitting south of the equator, April is a prime season for Seychelles. The rainy season has all but dispersed, and days are mostly dry and sunny.

Need to Know: You’ll need proof of vaccine plus booster and must be able to show you’re staying at accommodation certified by the Public Health Authority

A beautiful tropical beach in Seychelles

You’re truly spoilt when it comes to fun family things to do in Seychelles and places to stay! You may want to split your time near the two main islands (there are over 100!) Mahé and Praslin. During your trip, some of the top things to enjoy include:

  • A visit to Vallee du Mai (Mai Valley Nature Reserve). A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this natural palm forest is home to the world’s largest population of endemic coco-de-mer, a species of global significance as it bears the largest seed in the plant kingdom.
  • Day trip to the island of La Dingue and go cycling on this dreamy island with the famous picturesque granite boulder beach Anse Source D’Argent.
  • Meet the Aldabra Giant Land Tortoise on Curieuse. These incredible gentle giants can grow to in excess of 600lb and 200 years of age! A truly memorable family travel moment.

More Beach Vacation Ideas from the Middle East

This is just a smaller taster of ideas easily accessible from the UAE on direct flights. You may also want to consider for a beach-focused vacation from the Middle East:

  • Thailand – Getting towards the hot and humid season, but like the Philippines, pick and choose your destinations for milder, more manageable weather in April.
  • Sri Lanka – Always a great idea for a short break, April can be getting hot and humid, so we’d stick the the beaches on the south and west coast. U
  • Goa – Still a great idea in April; you’re not quite in the rainy season yet so add this one to your bucket list, too as one of the best beaches in India!
  • Zanzibar – Often seen as a great budget alternative vs the other Indian Ocean beaches we’ve discussed here. Being in the southern hemisphere, you’re still coming out of their tropical wet season in April. This may be a better choice to consider for Eid-al Adha in June.

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