The brood and I (including my husband) had a spectacular weekend over at the Ritz-Carlton in Abu Dhabi. It played host to a very fun-filled weekend for both adults and children. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company recently launched a new and exclusive Ritz Kids Children’s Program through an expanded partnership with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society.
You may recall the phenomenal Jean-Michel Cousteau in the Nemo movie here:
They have created a fun, rewarding program for our children exploring: water, land, culture and environmental responsibility.
The Kids Club is open from 10am-6pm Sunday-Thursday and 10am-10pm on Friday and Saturday.The timetable is extensive, they have activities that change on a daily basis, which is always nice to keep things fresh for these ever changing tots!
I dropped Ruby off at the “Kids Club”. After giving it a thorough inspection (what parent wouldn’t). I did not feel bad leaving here there, I knew she would be having a super time with all the kids and staff. Inside there were many tables with funky pods for the kiddies to sit on while doing arts and crafts activities. A nook to chill out and watch movies on the big screen. Very clean and child friendly toilet/amenities. Lot’s of nice toys. And outside, what got me most excited was the colorful and lively splash pads! Not something you find very often in the UAE, and children just LOVE them!
The kids spent the afternoon doing crafts; they painted sharks out of recycled paper rolls, went on a scavenger hunt across the resort and had a lavish lunch at Dolce: cotton candy, candy apples + candies!
While the kids were busy having a heck of a good time, I was too! We met in the stunning Asian restaurant “Li Jiang” where we were taught how to “pull noodles”. When I first heard we were doing this, I could only picture “pool noodles” from the swimming pool…surely we were not doing that hahaha! What a fun experience I had, the chef rolled out bits of dough and taught us the famous Asian trick in creating fine, handmade noodles. I can’t wait to try this out at home now!
We later lunched at the beautiful contemporary “Mijana” Arabic restaurant enjoying QUITE the feast! Nate the “Machine” *he earned this nickname on our trip* ate everything 🙂
Following lunch, golf buggies took the press and I along to the spa where we sampled massages. Just what I needed, my masseuse kept asking me “too much office work?” I said “no…carrying babies!”
It was nearing to 4pm, and I was worried about Ruby (because I am way too overprotective) but when I snuck into the Kids Club, everything was A-Okay! She was sitting with Charlotte, sorry to name favourites here, but Ruby just loved her. A nice young English girl was helping her along with her coloring. Ruby was quick to show me her new body paintings on her arm, and everything she did while there without Mommy + Daddy. I felt content, and happy. It was nice hearing stories from her later about how much fun she had on her hunt, and apparently how they goofed around with balloons?
The most heart-warming thing I heard the next morning was Ruby saying
“Mommy, PLEASE can I go back to the Kids Club”
Staying at the Ritz with kids is right up there on my list of “Must-Dos” in UAE. What a GREAT place for children and parents! By far the very best service offered when staying at a hotel with kids!
“The new global brand standard for children’s programming includes robust activities for resorts, in addition to multiple touch points for children at city and urban properties (they have 84 locations Worldwide). The refined luxury experience for young guests aged four to 12 provides a differentiated program which engages children to explore the world around them. “