1. Meet the Easter bunny at St. Regis Saadiyat Island
Head to Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island, where Easter brunch will be offered on both Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 March on the outdoor terrace of Olea, the Mediterranean restaurant overlooking the crashing ocean. And we hear the Easter bunny will be there!
INFO: Dhs250 (adults, soft drinks) Dhs100 (children), St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi, 02 498 8008, www.stregis.com.
2. Brunch at Pergolas
Live cooking stations, BBQs, Arabic dishes, Indian cuisine and an Italian pasta station are all lined up for this special Easter celebration at Al Murooj Rotana in Downtown Dubai. Kids will be kept entertained with face painting, balloon bending and their very own buffet.
INFO: Dhs249 (adults), Dhs125 (children), 31 March, 12pm to 4pm, Al Murooj Rotana, Dubai, 04 321 1111, www.rotanatimes.com.
1. Posh picnic on the lawn of Al Badia Golf Club
This is a picnic with a difference. On arrival at the Al Badia Golf Club you’ll receive a sumptuous picnic basket bulging with goodies. Spread your blanket on the lawn and tuck in – along with the offerings served up at the three food stations. Kids’ entertainment, including an Easter egg hunt, is all on tap too.
INFO: Dhs265 (soft drinks) Dhs363 (house beverages), Sunday 31 March, 1pm to 4pm, Al Badia Golf Club by Intercontinental Dubai Festival City, 04 701 1111, www.diningdifc.
4. Full family fun at Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach
A family-friendly brunch to mark Good Friday on 29 March will include plenty of fresh fish and seafood, as well as a kid’s corner including an Easter Egg hunt. Live entertainment is also planned.INFO: Dhs280 (with bubbly), Dhs310 (selected drinks), Dhs220 (soft drinks), 1pm to 4pm, Friday 29 March, Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach, 04 448 4848, www.sofitel.com/dubai.
5. Have fun at the fair at One & Only Royal Mirage
For Easter week the team at this luxury hotel have arranged a host of family-friendly activities including an Easter fair on Sunday 31 March. It will kick off with a kid’s Easter egg hunt from 11am, followed by an Easter lunch at 1pm. Afternoon activities include horse and camel rides, plus a chance to whack the Easter Piñata! INFO: Dhs140 (adults’ lunch) Dhs90 (kids’ lunch), Sunday 31 March, 11am to 4pm, One&Only Royal Mirage, Dubai, 04 399 9999, Royalmirage.oneandonlyresorts.com.
6. Pick of the brunch at One & Only The Palm
Four of this luxury hotel’s restaurants have special Easter dining offers over the weekend. At Zest you can enjoy a sumptuous three-course lunch or dinner, while a four-course dinner is on offer at Stay. A lovely lobster lunch has been prepared at 101 Dining Lounge and Bar, along side free-flowing sangria and tapas.
INFO: Zest: Dhs390, Dhs490 with one glass of bubbly, Stay: Dhs450, Dhs550 with one glass of bubbly, 101 Dining Lounge and Bar: Dhs390, Dhs490 including one glass of bubby, Dhs390 tapas and sangria, 04 440 1010, www.thepalm.oneandonlyresorts.com.
7. A hunt with a difference at the glam Emirates Palace
The capital’s uber luxurious hotel has a host of events running from Thursday 28 to Sunday 31 March. Though there’s an egg hunt on Saturday 29 March at 11am, we’re most excited about the pearl diving, which will see adults stage their own hunt. Prizes hidden around the resort include hotel stays and dinner.
INFO: Dhs50 (kids), Dhs100 (adults), 28 to 31 March, from 2pm, Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, 02 690 9000, www.kempinski.com.
8. Tea with a turkish twist at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
A very English Easter spread – complete with clotted cream and hot cross buns – is served with a selection of English and Turkish teas in the Sultan’s Lounge of this Ottoman-themed hotel.
INFO: Dhs155, 30 and 31 March, 3pm to 6pm, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 453 0000, www.jumeirah.com.
9. Escape for the weekend with the Pullman package
Stay for three nights at Pullman Dubai Deira City Centre, sample Easter brunch at Medley on Friday 29 March, plus get a lovely late check-out. All rooms are available, including a junior suite.
INFO: From Dhs675, 29 March, Pullman Dubai Deira City Centre, Dubai, 04 603 8080, www.pullman-dubai-deiracitycentre.com.
10. Easter Family Fun Day at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club
Take kids – big and small – to this family event, which will include an Easter egg hunt, bouncy castle, face painting, balloon bending and kid’s golf. There will also be a BBQ.
INFO: Dhs90 (adults) Dhs45 (children), Saturday 16 March, 11am to 3pm, 02 557 8000, www.sbgolfclub.ae.
11. Evening buffet at Medzo
Enjoy the perfect end to Easter Sunday at the Medzo evening buffet, with a delicious selection of cured Meats, authentic antipasti, a chef to prepare your favourite pasta dishes at a live pasta station and a selection of homemade Italian desserts!
INFO: Dhs250 per person; Sunday 31 March, 7pm to 11:30pm; Pyramids at Wafi, Wafi Mall, Oud Metha Road, Dubai, 04 324 4100, www.pyramidsrestaurantsatwafi.com.
12. Easter Egg-Stravaganza Brunch at Fairmont The Palm
As adults enjoy grilled barbeque favourites including steaks and shish kebabs as well as a dedicated dessert station, the kids can participate in an egg and spoon race, arts and crafts, and meet some real bunny rabbits. There's also an Easter Egg hunt at 1pm!
INFO: Dhs 445 per person (with alcohol), and AED 295 (without alcohol), Dhs150 (for children including the Easter egg hunt) and Dhs210 (for children including a three-hour pass to Fairmont Falcons Juniors’ Club); 12pm to 4pm, Sunday 31 March; Fairmont, The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 457 3388, www.fairmont.com/palm-dubai.
13. Easter Sunday Brunch at Yalumba
It's going to be a lavish buffet at Yalumba with seafood, roast turkey, gammon ham and other Easter faves on the menu. There’s also Easter fun for adults who join a ‘Guess the number of eggs’ competition and prizes including dinner and lunch at the restaurant as well as a 1 kg chocolate cake from Gourmandises (we’ll happily help you finish the cake!). They'll also have an Easter egg hunt for the kids!
INFO: Dhs199 per person (children under 6 eat free and beverages aren’t included); 12:30pm to 3pm, Sunday 31 March; Le Meridien, Airport Road, Dubai, 04 702 2455, www.yalumba-dubai.com.
14. A skydiving Easter bunny at the Grand Friday Brunch at Mina A’Salam
Yes, the Easter Bunny will be skydiving from thousands of feet and parachuting his way down to Shimmers beach at 2pm, where he’ll greet guests and hand out chocolate, before making his way to the Grand Friday Brunch. The brunch will feature international cuisines, live cooking stations, and a wide choice of beverages for all age groups. It will be spread across three, yes THREE restaurants - Zheng He’s, The Wharf and Al Muna. Adults can also head to the Bahri Bar after for 2-for-1 drinks until 8pm.
INFO: Dhs495 (including rose bubbly), Dhs410 (without alcohol), Dhs240 (Children from 8 to 12) and children under 8 are free; 12:30pm to 4pm, Friday 29 March; Mina A’Salam, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 366 6730, www.jumeirah.com.