20 best family hotels in Spain, the Balearics & Canary Islands
Spain has been a hotspot for British families for years and it’s easy to understand why. With mainland Spain, the Balearics and the Canary Islands to choose from, there’s something special waiting for every family. With over 440 family-friendly hotels in Majorca alone, we have handpicked the best hotels across the entire Spanish region for your next family holiday to Spain.
1/20 Ritz Carlton Abama – Tenerife ★★★★★
The Ritz Carlton Abama in southwest Tenerife overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. Moorish in design, it’s a beautiful spot to enjoy a holiday in the Canaries with your family. Family suites feature complimentary baby items, children’s mini bar and bath amenities. Kids can play in the Ritz Kids Club while parents relax by the pool, enjoy the tranquil spa or play a round of golf. The Ritz Kids Club programme was developed by renowned oceanographic explorer and environmentalist Jean-Michael Cousteau, so expect lots of fun with developmental coastal and nature activities. Foodies will love the two Michelin-starred restaurants. Dining is well suited to families, with family-friendly dining areas, new menus and outdoor dining terraces.
2/20 Hard Rock Hotel – Tenerife ★★★★★
Go rock and roll at Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife with its fabulous high energy facilities and activities. Get in a sweat at the Body Rock fitness centre or in Rock Om, with a dance yoga class before chilling out in the resort’s famous Rock Spa, boasting indoor and outdoor areas and a range of treatments. The Hard Rock Roxity Kids Club for kids aged four to nine gets kids dancing out their dreams as their favourite pop star or learning how to do their bit for the environment. Qualified staff in the Lullaby will care for babies as young as six months and teens will be in heaven with Xbox Kinect, Guitar Hero, music mixing competitions, tablets, giant chess and table football.
3/20 Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa – Majorca ★★★★★
Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa sits between the Mediterranean Sea and world heritage Tramuntana Mountains in Mallorca. Families can enjoy either sea or mountain views from large rooms or suites. Fitness addicts will love the Rafa Nadal Tennis Coaching Academy, bike hire, 24-hour gym and three outdoor pools. There’s a children’s pool too. The Barbaroja Kids Club (complimentary for two hours a day) has board games, crafts, drawing and computer games. Jumeirah Port Soller organises plenty of interesting excursions around the island suitable for families too including a sunset boat trip, Soller Valley orange fields visit and helicopter ride.
4/20 Jardin Tropical Hotel – Tenerife ★★★★
This seafront hotel in Tenerife is a stylish but laid-back easy breezy resort, with pools shaded by palm trees and views over the sparkling ocean. Rooms are a Mediterranean white, cream and blue. Interconnecting rooms or larger suites are available for families. There is an excellent kids club for four to 11-year-olds plus splash pool and a games room for children. The gym should feel more appealing with its open views out over the sea. There’s also a spa and saltwater pool to relax in afterwards too. Hotel Jardin Tropical makes the most of its location, with an overwater restaurant to dine in, alongside four other restaurants.
5/20 Ibiza Tropic Garden – Ibiza ★★★★
All-inclusive Aparthotel Ibiza Tropic Garden in Santa Eulària des Riu sits just 900m from the beach and a short drive to Ibiza Town. The four-star resort features a large free-form swimming pool, pretty gardens and a wellness centre with gym, sauna, Jacuzzi and heated indoor pool to relax in. The splash pool with water jets will keep kids happy, as will the mascot-led mini club for four to 11-year-olds. The club runs innovative themed days such as an environment day with workshops in the organic garden and a cowboys and Indians day, with gymkhanas and make-up classes. Adults aren’t forgotten as there’s plenty of sports to try plus organised entertainment from musical performances to cooking classes.
6/20 Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real – Fuerteventura ★★★★★
Five-star Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real in Fuerteventura is a beachfront resort, sitting near to the Corralejo Natural Park. The resort has 170 rooms and 72 suites styled with Moorish and colonial influences and with views over either the sea or tropical gardens. Family rooms have special touches like mini bathrobes and slippers and bottle warmers. Kids will love petting the animals in Oasis Park and splashing about in the Aquatic Park of Corralejo. Other activities for families to enjoy include hiking, taking a Jeep tour, diving and sailing around the calm Fuerteventura waters. On site the resort has a children’s park, pool, children’s menus and homemade baby food plus kids club Mini Club Arlequin. Mini Club Arlequin takes children from four and up. It organises various activities for kids plus pulls out the stops in the evening with mini disco. Babysitting can also be organised so parents can relax in one of the six fine dining restaurants or enjoy the spa, gym or a pilates class.
7/20 Lopesan Villa del Conde Resort & Thalasso – Gran Canaria ★★★★★
Luxury Lopesan Villa Del Conde Resort & Thalasso is Canarian in style with balconies, manicured gardens, fountains and facades plus Atlantic Ocean views to die for. The resort feels more like a small town than a hotel with a central square and mock church as reception. There’s plenty here too, with poolside dining areas, restaurants, cafes and cocktail bars. Active families can participate in many sports including windsurfing, surfing, waterpolo, football, beach volleyball and tennis. There are also six swimming pools, including one saltwater one, a gym overlooking the garden and spa looking out over the sea. The mini club caters for four to 12-year-olds, with many games and activities, children’s pool, play park and mini disco. Evening shows are often family-friendly too and teens can chill out in the games room with board games, pool and darts. Babysitting is available for younger guests.
8/20 Gran Castillo Tagoro Family & Fun – Lanzarote ★★★★★
All-inclusive Gran Castillo Tagoro Family & Fun was built for families. The resort has a separate family area with all the childcare, activities and food you’ll need. There are four pools here plus a baby pool, with a pirate ship, water slides and jet sprays. The Camelot Club has four different brightly coloured areas, a ball pool, interactive corner, mini football pitch and craftwork area, for four to 13-year-olds. Kids can enjoy a pizza party at the weekend too. Babies are also cared for in the baby club crèche (six months plus), with sleep room, outdoor shaded playground and activity area. Some bedrooms even have a special touch and are decorated as a make-believe world with a special kids’ bed. Parents are not forgotten here either. With 11 pools, adults-only area, gourmet restaurants and lounge bars, spa and wellness centre and 5D cinema there’s plenty for adults to do here too.
9/20 Hotel Mediterraneo – Benidorm, Costa Blanca ★★★★
Hotel Mediterraneo is a good value all-inclusive hotel 900m from Levante Beach in Benidorm. Mediterraneo is also just 250m from Aqualandia and Mundemar theme parks, for scream-inducing days out for all the family. Hotel Mediterraneo is not far from the centre of Benidorm, but comes alive during the evening with a programme of entertainment from live music to karaoke should families not want to venture too far. The resort caters well for families, with a separate play area for children, mini club, playground and spacious rooms with a kids’ TV channel. The resort has a huge outdoor pool with fountains and bubbles, plus water games like zorbing and aqua aerobics. There’s a quieter heated indoor pool and gym plus pretty gardens and outdoor games to enjoy too.
10/20 Grand Palladium White Island Resort & Spa – Ibiza ★★★★★
The Grand Palladium White Isle is a large all-inclusive resort well located at the end of Playa d’en Bossa; far away from the hectic centre but near enough should you want to enjoy some of the action. It’s also a hop and a skip away from the pretty salt flats of Ses Salines Nature Park for a day out. There are 430 contemporary rooms here. Families should go for the superior room with a large sitting room or suite. Splash out for a room with hot tubs overlooking the sea. The resort is centred around a lagoon-style pool shaded by palm trees. On site there’s a mini golf course, two pool and beach bars, kids pool, gym, tennis courts and spa with indoor and outdoor circuit plus an array of bars, restaurants and evening entertainment to enjoy, shared with sister resort Grand Palladium Palace next door. White Isle runs three kids clubs for kids aged between six months to 16 years with age-appropriate games and activities in each. There are also plenty of family-friendly activities to try out here such as beach volleyball, archery, watersports and yoga as well as classes including a cocktail and food workshop.
11/20 Sol Katmandu Park & Resort – Majorca ★★★★
Sol Katmandu Park & Resort is a high energy resort, offering a unique ‘play and stay’ concept in the Katmandu Theme Park in Magaluf. The theme park has 10 attractions to enjoy including a splash park and soft play, hair raising rides and lifelike 4D encounters. Pristine family-friendly beaches are just moments away too, should you want a break from the adventure parks. A range of bright and airy rooms are available for families, many of them with themed children’s beds. Outside, there’s a large lagoon pool and a children’s pool, both surrounded by gardens and sunbeds. Sol Katmandu Park & Resort also has three kids clubs; ‘dreamers’ for children aged eight months to four years, ‘explorers’ for children aged five to eight and ‘rangers’ for children aged nine to 12. All clubs are open for morning or afternoon sessions.
12/20 Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel Resort – Lanzarote ★★★★★
Award-winning Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel Resort sits next to Dorada beach in Playa Blanca, Lanzarote. With sweeping sea views, direct beach access and well-equipped rooms with kitchenettes, families will have a holiday to remember. The resort is a shopping mecca with two miles of stores with designer brands. There are eight restaurants including three buffets plus one of Lanzarote’s best restaurants, Isla de Lobos, a huge spa with steam room and hamman, tennis courts and outdoor pools in well-tended grounds. Kids can let their imaginations go wild in the fantasy world of Kikoland, a special age-appropriate children’s entertainment area with mascots and games galore. Children also have free rein in two pools, playground with soft floors and ball pool. Babies from four months can play in their own BabyKikoland, a quieter area with heated baby pool and teens will be pleased with their own lounge area with video and board games, DJ table and bowling.
13/20 Aguas De Ibiza Lifestyle & Spa – Ibiza ★★★★★
Aguas de Ibiza is a five-star eco-hotel with buckets of style based in the quiet town of Santa Eulalia, in southeastern Ibiza. This boutique hotel has 112 feng-shui inspired rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, separate living area, terrace and spa access. Some rooms have views over the sea to Formentera Island. The excellent spa has hot and cold experiences and Clarins treatments. There are no specific children’s pools, but kids are allowed to use the two large pools in the garden. In the kids’ fun corner children of all ages can enjoy cartoons, storytelling, crafts, dressing up and games. Aguas de Ibiza can provide cots, baby equipment and babysitting and kids under ten stay for free.
14/20 Alua Suites – Fuerteventura ★★★★
Families will love this four-star all-inclusive resort next to the stunning sand dunes of Corralejo in Fuerteventura. The resort has eight swimming pools including a splash pool for babies and a children’s pool. The tropic and activity pools are also suitable for younger visitors. Fun water games are often held at the activity pool such as aqua aerobics and water polo. The resort also runs the ‘Dolphin Swim School’ – a swimming There are three kids clubs to suit different ages. The mini club looks after four to six-year-olds and Alua Kids Club caters for six to 12-year-olds, and there’s no shortage of novel entertainment from swimming with mermaids to planting a vegetable garden. Teens can kick back in the Atlantis Teen Lounge, which is filled with computer games, videos and DVDs on a big screen. Families can also take advantage of the huge range of activities on offer at Suite Hotel Atlantis Fuerteventura. There’s surfing, mountain biking, tennis coaching, beach volleyball, sailing and quad biking.
15/20 Iberostar Selection Anthelia – Tenerife ★★★★★
Five-star Iberostar Selection Anthelia prides itself on being a family hotel where children are warmly welcomed. Rooms are elegant and Canarian in style, designed with children in mind. Families can choose from interconnecting rooms or suites, many of which are near the heated pool. The Star Camp is divided into age groups, four to seven, eight to 12 and 13 to 17, so youngsters can enjoy age-appropriate games. Other family perks include a kids park, babysitting service, kids menu and kids’ pool with a pirate ship and water slides. For parents, there’s a smart spa with the focus on Asian treatments, the Mayr Kur Space therapy with cleansing and detoxing treatments including colonic irrigation and a thermal circuit with active pool, jets and waterfalls, Finnish sauna and Hammam.
16/20 Zafiro Tropic – Majorca ★★★★
The Zafiro Tropic Hotel is just 200m away from the beautiful Alcudia Bay in Majorca. It’s a mecca for sports and fitness lovers, with excellent cycling routes close by, a cycling workshop and indoor cycling facilities, sports court and gym, tennis courts and nearby golf courses. The Zen spa has a sauna and Turkish bath as well as treatments and a chill-out area to relax in post workouts. Zafiro Tropic has three outdoor pools too, one for swimming, one cocooned by Bali beds to chill out on and a ‘wet bubble’ pool for kids. The mini club is divided into age-appropriate areas for four to seven-year-olds, eight to 11-year-olds and 12 to 15-year-olds. An extensive activities programme includes workshops, crafts, dancing and sports. The kids club also boasts a playground with bouncy castle and pool with a pirate ship.
17/20 Sandos Papagayo Beach Resort – Lanzarote ★★★★
All-inclusive Sandos Papagayo Beach Resort in Lanzarote on Las Colordas Beach has three outdoor swimming pools, a spa with hydrotherapy circuit and treatments and gym. Fitness fanatics may like beach yoga, Zumba and dance classes, aqua gym and water polo which are all available at the four-star resort. To chill out, head to one of the stylish bars or sea-view terrace. There are two kids clubs here, a mini club with themed days and junior club with plenty of sports to keep older ones occupied. Kids can bop away at a mini disco every evening too while parents enjoy some live music or a theme night and the inflatable slides and foam are brought out during the summer for all to enjoy.
18/20 Bahia del Duque – Tenerife ★★★★★
Award-winning Bahia Del Duque in Tenerife is a beautiful resort set on the island of Tenerife. Luxury rooms are decorated in restful colours and tones, and children are welcomed with a set of mini slippers and a bathrobe. The resort has a five-star wellness programme, where personalised plans can be created by an experienced team of therapists, nutritionists and personal trainers. There’s also a 24-hour gym, fitness classes, tennis and squash courts plus outdoor thalassotherapy circuit should you want to up your fitness game further. Guests are invited to enjoy direct beach access plus five swimming pools in the tranquil garden grounds. On the water, there’s kitesurfing, paddleboarding, flyboarding, windsurfing, parasailing and diving. The Duqui Club caters for kids aged three and up. Babysitting is available for younger visitors and there is a teen lounge for older kids to retreat to, with board games, PlayStation, Wii, and television.
19/20 Parque Santiago III – Tenerife ★★★
Parque Santiago III sits beachside, in buzzy Playa de las Americas, with direct access to a soft, sandy beach and watersports in the sea. Apartments are stylish and comfortable, Canarian in style with wooden furniture and whitewashed walls. Families can choose from a studio up to three bedrooms. There are 10 a la carte restaurants including those at sister resort Santiago IV, plus a British-style pub. The resort even has a shopping centre on site with over 160 shops. Parque Santiago III is home to one of southern Tenerife’s largest swimming pools plus three other outdoor saltwater pools. Kids can lark about in the playground and small water park with slides, chutes and a splash zone. There’s mini golf, table tennis and gym and fitness room should you want to peel yourself away from the sun terrace by the pool.
20/20 Belmond La Residencia – Majorca ★★★★★
Belmond La Residencia lies between the Tramuntana Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea on Mallorca’s northwestern coast. It’s a stunning, artistic resort with twin manor houses and an award-winning spa. Rooms mimic the peaceful surroundings of the resort and are tranquil and calm. There’s a dedicated club for kids from the ages of four upwards, which has been recently renovated. Activities for kids include pottery workshops, t-shirt painting, cooking classes, tennis coaching and tours on the resident donkeys. There are also plenty of activities for adults too, with art classes, hill hiking, private photography class, wine tours and Vespa excursions, and families might like to spend time together with a spa treatment or boat trip along the island’s coastline.