With a multitude of resort-style hotels, Lanzarote certainly has plenty to offer holidaymakers, but how do you choose which is best when you have children in tow? From kids’ clubs to playgrounds, sports facilities and spas, mini-discos and quiz nights, we’ve got the lowdown on which hotels are best geared up to please everyone in the family.
This 242-room hotel is packed with family-friendly facilities, including a pirate ship and slides in one of the main pools, a separate toddlers splash pool, two playgrounds, and a free kids’ club for babies right through to teenagers. Even the buffet restaurant has a pirate-themed section, as well as a make-your-own ice-cream sundae station. While the kids are being entertained there’s plenty for the adults to do, with tennis, football and volleyball on offer, a small spa, and the beach a mere three-minute walk away. The fun carries into the evening with mini-discos, followed by a full family-friendly entertainment schedule of quizzes and shows. A range of family suites, bungalows and apartments can accommodate families up to six.
At 530 rooms, this is certainly one of the larger family-friendly hotels on the island of Lanzarote, and with plentiful facilities to boot. The architecture is Spanish hacienda-inspired, and there’s a distinctively Iberian feel to this sprawling resort and palm-dotted sub-tropical gardens. A kids’ club caters to ages four to 11, and features its own playground, pool and sandpit, as well as daily activities that range from t-shirt painting to sand sculpting.
An all inclusive resort with plenty for adults and kids alike, this hotel has a whopping five pools, two of which are just for young ‘uns. Parents will undoubtedly enjoy the beachfront location, sports facilities, bars, and sun terraces, while staff entertain your nippers in the kids club if they’re between the ages of four and twelve. There are both daytime and evening programmes on offer for kids, as well as organised teen activities. Family Suites are your best bet if you have more than one child, and babysitting services are available for a fee.
Budget but not too basic, the sixteen-room Hotel Rural Finca de la Florida is located in the heart of the island surrounded by vineyards. Don’t be fooled by its seemingly remote location – the hotel is not only well positioned for exploring the Timanfaya National Park, but it is only a 15-minute drive from the capital, and has enough to keep the whole family entertained with a swimming pool, kids’ splash pool, playground, tennis court, and mini-golf on-site. Most rooms facilitate extra beds and cots, and there is even a babysitting service (for an extra charge).
With four pools, plus two separate kids pools, this vast (598-room) all-inclusive resort, has plenty of space for everyone in the family to enjoy themselves. Young ones can burn off steam at the kids club, in one of two playgrounds, or at the disco, while adults enjoy the swim-up bar, the spa, extensive sports facilities, as well as art classes and nightly entertainment programme. Meals are included and there is a choice of the international buffet, or three other restaurants (Mexican, Asian or Canarian). While this is an excellent hotel for families with older kids, the lack of kids’ club for those under four years old, and the absence of cribs in family rooms makes it less appealing for those with babies or toddlers.
A few minutes’ walk to the beach, plus three pools, a colourful kids playground, tennis court, and a kids club, make this hotel the perfect base for a family holiday. All three of the pools are outdoor and heated in the winter, and for the adults there is a solarium and fitness centre. Rooms are bright and reasonably spacious, with family rooms accommodating four (extra beds and cribs available). All inclusive meals are served buffet style in the main restaurant, with kids options available, but if you fancy something different, there are countless restaurants within easy walking distance of the hotel.
Away from the main resorts on the island, this part-hotel is the perfect destination for active families and bills itself as a sports resort. Along with the pre-requisite kids’ club, playground and splash pool, there are a multitude of sports facilities and organised activities on offer, with the unusual addition of child-size sports equipment and baby joggers for hire. If all that activity takes its toll on your body (or you just want to escape the kids for a bit), the hotel also has a very well-equipped spa with a steam room, jacuzzi, sauna, and a number of treatment rooms.