Monday, February 10, 2014

Fun family day at the Ritz Carlton - New Ritz Kids program launched

This weekend, we ventured out of Dubai to Abu Dhabi to visit the recently opened Ritz Carlton, GrandCanal. The beautiful resort located at the waterfront consists of ten stately buildings arranged in a crescent formation, overlooking the 1,600 square meter pool. The amazing backdrop of the hotel is the majestic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Stunning. The reason behind our day trip was the launch event of the new exclusive Ritz Kids program. A fantastic partnership with Jean-Michel Cousteau Futures Society. A program for children aged 4 to 12 years old engaging little guests to explore the world around them.

We were escorted to the Kids Club, 10 minutes for Luella to settle in and make new friends, we said bye, and let her in the hands of the very kind and professional staff. She had a busy program ahead of her and seemed excited about it all. The content of the Ritz Kids programming was created by Ocean Future Society exclusively for The Ritz Carlton, with experiences in mind based on Water (emphasizing the importance of sea life), Land (encouraging exploration and discovery), Environmental responsibility (promoting environment health), Culture (exposure to art, music, local customs, history, food…)

How do you translate those concepts to young children in a fun way? Divided in age groups, the activities are designed to intrigue and thrill the young minds. The exciting adventures like treasure hunt, exploring the garden, searching for birds, playing games to learn about different types of fishes and sharks, related arts&craft activities, learning about myths and legends… create memories to take home.

From a distance, once in a while we could see the children with their "guide" looking for "something" through the resort, skipping through the pathway of the garden… Later on Luella mentioned a map and stickers. All very mysterious and exciting. Back indoor at the Kid Club, my little spy told me, the excitement continued while watching funny educational videos about friendly sharks and different type of fishes...

The children were served lunch at Dolce, the very cute italian-style café. The bright, friendly and colorful venue offered a large selection of sweets for desert, a real treat for children.

While Luella enjoyed herself we had fun playing master chef at the Asian restaurant Li Jiang. Behind the open kitchen we practice the art of pulling noodles! Then we had a lovely lunch at Mijana, Contemporary Arabic restaurant. Classic lebanese food served very well. Everything from homemade mezzos, hummus, kibbeh, falafel, moussaka, baba ghannouj, grape leaves and tabouleh to hearty grilled meat and hombaked pita breads was delicious. All very tasty and served in an elegant and warm atmosphere.

The Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi would be a nice weekend destination for the whole family. The dining venues, the beautiful resort, the location, the stunning spa and the children facilities make The Ritz Carlton a nice option for weekend get away from Dubai. To see more of the resort and all its facilities visit

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