Just four hours from the Middle East, Sri Lanka offers idyllic palm-fringed beaches, ancient temples, historic cultural sites and plenty of wildlife. Stay at the Why House, a family-friendly boutique hotel just two minutes from the beach with cottage-style cabanas and a huge pool.
The Main House has pool toys, board games, volleyball and badminton and a great kids’ menu. Experienced babysitters are available, and the hotel is just a 15-minute drive from the Unesco world heritage-listed fort at Galle, where whale and dolphin-watching cruises are on offer from November to April. Day trips to safari in Yala and Uda Walawe national parks can also be arranged.
The low-down: Six nights in a Main House Suite (sleeps two adults and two children) on a half-board basis cost from Dh9,181, including taxes, airport transfers and a Sri Lankan cultural show (whyhousesrilanka.com). Flights from Dubai to Colombo cost from about Dh1,180 with Sri-Lankan Airlines. A two-hour train journey takes you from Colombo to Galle.
Whale and dolphin-watch during a cruise from the Galle Fort, then head to the Yala national park to meet the Sri Lankan leopard
The family-friendly boutique hotel Why House’s cottage-style cabanas are sure to impress