The family getaway ...

The Metropolitan beach club ... easy escape from the city.

Just 20 minutes out of Dubai city centre, the Metropolitan Resort and Beach Club offers "a feeling of fabulous escape and tranquility".

The 103-room resort is a low-rise building, inspired by the distinctive Andalusian architecture of Spain, offers full range of facilities "greatly ideal for a family vacation or for honeymooners", said a hotel spokesman.

Nestled in tropical lushness facing the Arabian Sea, the resort features four fine dining restaurants, three cocktail bars, a large temperature controlled swimming pool, a stretch of private beach, a health club and a sports centre.

It is just the place for a sport enthusiasts with plenty to choose from indoors or outdoors.

Besides the Olympic size pool, the resort offers Jacuzzi and children's pool, three floodlit tennis courts, two squash courts, sauna and steam room, massage parlour, water sports, water slide and a gymnasium.

For the water sports enthusiast, the hotel's Watersports Centre offers water skiing, wake boarding, knee boarding, banana ride, donut ride, kayaking and jet skiing.

The hotel also arranges boat excursions for fishing, snorkeling or just a relaxing cruise. Sailing activities are also arranged.

The resort is just five minutes away from Emirates Golf Club offering golfers the chance to try their skills on the club's two 18-hole championship courses.

"We have enjoyed 90 per cent occupancy for the last three years and guests prefer our property not only because it is family oriented but they consider it as their home away from home," said the spokesman.