When I found out they were going to be building a waterpark to replace the much beloved Mina Seyahi Amphitheatre – I was not very happy at all. We’ve spent a lot of time there over the years – Ripe Markets, Pik Nik and just letting the kids run around. Well well, green space never really brings in revenue, does it? 😉 Here comes Jungle Bay – the new waterpark in town. Took the girls there this morning, accessing it via our Privilee membership*.
Thoughts? Here’s my two cents.
Sorry, where is it again ?
Within the grounds of the Le Meridien Mina Seyahi / Westin Mina Seyahi. You self-park (weekends), or valet (weekdays, if they are not so busy) at Le Meridien and go from there. For the neighbourhood locals, get off at Mina Seyahi Tram station, cross the bridge and ta da, you’re in Le Meridien!
How on earth did they manage to fit a waterpark there?
Hello, you’re in Dubai. Look it’s no Aquaventure, it’s no Wild Wadi. It’s not even Laguna. BUT, it’s perfect for families. I can only speak as someone with toddlers – an almost 3 and 5 year old so if you’re on the same boat at me then you will like it.
Good for toddlers, you say? What’s the minimum height?
There is nothing wrong with your eyes. The photos below are all blur because that’s what happens when you’re trying to take photos with your phone and your hand is still covered with suncream you’ve been trying to cover your kids with.
A section of the slides – over three tiers – is suited for toddlers which are at least 91cm tall. We didn’t go to the middle part which I believe is 105cm – that part is like all the other waterparks with the giant water bucket. Then it’s 122cm for the big slides. There’s a wave pool right at the bottom
Why I like it?
- Quick to get to. It’s a 5 min stroll from when you get out of the car, to getting into the waterpark. With other waterparks, some require that you take a shuttle bus – that’s Atlantis and Legoland Waterpark for you, unless you bought the annual pass. With Jungle Bay, if you live in the marina – hooray for you – you can cycle or walk over. Even if you drive, it’s easy in, easy out.
- Lots of slides for the younger ones. Well, to be fair we were just at one section where all slides were suited for 91cm and above. My almost 5 year was happily going up and down again and again. My almost 3 year old was tall enough to do them by herself as well….. if… she wanted to.
- You can go down with them. They have these very wide slides where you can pop them on your lap, or go down with them side by side.
- You can bring your own water in.
- It’s not that big. So you won’t really lose your child in there.
- Within the Mina Seyahi grounds – lots of good food options. So once you’re hungry, you don’t have to buy a 80 AED burger and fries and coke combo. You can pop back to the hotel and go to Bounty Beets for some healthy food. There’s Horizon by the Le Meridien pool. Or walk over to Westin – so many other choices.
- Accessible with Privilee.
What could be better?
Even at 10am in the morning, the beanbags facing the slides are all lit. It’s so hot already and it’s only end of February. Going forward they will have to get some umbrellas there, otherwise there’s no shade for parents who are just ‘chilling’ while the older kids do the slides.
Is it busy?
They just opened a few weeks ago, and it’s school holidays so it was quite busy this morning. I would suggest you get there at opening time which is 10am.
Is the water cold?* (Note : This review was written in February 2021)
Yes, it is! But so nice 😉 Most of the waterpark is under the sun by 10am so it is quite hot (the air temperature) – it’s nice that the water is cold.
Mar2022 Update : We have been back to Jungle Bay many times since the original post. There is no chiller in Jungle Bay which means that in Summer the water was really warm for us, and in the middle of winter it was too cold. Best to go when it’s in between seasons to be honest – i.e Mar-June, then Sep-Nov? Update me if you go.
How much would it cost for a day pass?
Click here to see my Pool & Beach Day pass listing – scroll down to Westin 😉
- Check Groupon for any available offers that included pool access
- Privilee members have access to Jungle Bay. If you are not a member, get a Privilee Guest Pass from a friend that is. It’s 269 AED for a week (weekdays only), and gives you and up to 2 kids (ages 4-17) access to Jungle Bay (as well as other resorts, of course). If you have little ones ages 3 and under you can of course bring them in as well, it’s just not counted as the “2 kids” limit
Well, we better go more often now before it gets scorching hot !
- Jungle Bay Waterpark
- Mina Seyahi
- Non-sponsored. We accessed Jungle Bay using our Privilee membership, which we have paid for.
- This review was written February 2021. For any changes to rules and regulations of the waterpark, please check the official website for details.