The Best Family-Friendly Hotels on Lanzarote, Spain

The Iberostar Selection Lanzarote Park sits right on the seafront of Playa Blanca
The Iberostar Selection Lanzarote Park sits right on the seafront of Playa Blanca | Courtesy of Iberostar Selection Lanzarote Park / Expedia
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5 May 2021

As one of the Canary Islands, Lanzarote is one of the most loved Spanish destinations. It is home to spectacular volcanic landscapes, year-round warm weather, postcard-worthy beaches, fresh fish and the peculiar papas arrugadas (wrinkly potatoes).

The otherworldly outcrop certainly has plenty to offer in terms of resort-style hotels, but how do you choose which is best when you have children in tow? From kids’ clubs and playgrounds to sports facilities, spas, mini-discos and quiz nights, we have the lowdown on which hotels are best geared up to please everyone in the family. Book your stay now with Culture Trip.

Iberostar Selection Lanzarote Park

Hotel, Resort, Luxury
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When it comes to location, the Iberostar Selection Lanzarote Park gets top marks. The resort, designed by the renowned Canarian architect César Manrique, boasts a convenient location right on the seafront of Playa Blanca, where there’s lots to do and see. But you won’t need to venture far to find fun, as this hotel will keep the whole family busy for days. Amenities include two children’s pools with eight slides, a kids’ club, tennis courts, a fitness centre and a state-of-the-art spa. And, to refuel, there are two restaurants and five bars to skip between.
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Elba Lanzarote Royal Village Resort

Resort, Hotel
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This suite-only hotel has everything thought out when it comes to travelling as a family, with specially tailored rooms and services. For families with little ones, choose the Elba Magic Kids room, which comes decorated with fun cartoon animals. The focus on kids doesn’t stop at the rooms; the Elba Lanzarote Royal Village Resort is also home to Pepeland, a kids’ club for children aged four to 18, which goes above and beyond to keep everyone entertained. Here, the features include a park with swings and games, a cinema room, a ball pond and video games, and there’s even a mini-amphitheatre for budding thespians. If you can drag the kids away, the hotel is ideally placed to explore the nearby Timanfaya National Park.
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Los Zocos Club Resort

Resort, Hotel
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There’s no room for boredom at Los Zocos Club Resort. With multiple swimming pools, a kids’ club, live music and a range of sports activities, this resort has something to keep all members of the family happy. Older kids will enjoy the hotel’s location close to Las Cucharas Beach, great for windsurfing and kitesurfing, while younger kids can try their hand at football, archery, minigolf or beach volleyball, to name just a few of the activities on offer. Parents get to enjoy their own range of activities, from relaxing at the spa to working on their handicap on the golf course. Keep things stress-free by choosing a suite complete with a mini-kitchen, so you can rustle up treats as you go.
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Club La Santa

Hotel, Resort
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If you’re a sports-mad family, this hotel is for you. With more than 80 sports and 500 activities on offer, this resort is the perfect getaway for restless kids and parents of all ages. Try beating your personal best on the resort’s own athletics track, make the most of island life with beach tennis or volleyball, or channel your inner diva with ballroom dancing lessons. Kids not only have endless activities to choose from but can also enjoy face painting, crafting and even treasure hunting at the kids’ club. One of the best things about the resort is that most sports activities are included in the price, leaving you free to challenge yourself by trying something new. 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 well-equipped spa with a steam room, a Jacuzzi, a sauna and several treatment rooms.
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Hipotels La Geria

Resort, Hotel
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Guests rave about the warm and friendly service at this four-star resort. There is an all-inclusive option available at check-in, so you can focus on family time instead of worrying about the bill. Once you’ve settled into one of the smart rooms – all of which have balconies – head out to explore what the hotel has to offer. The beachside Hipiclub can keep younger kids amused all day long, and, in the evenings, family-friendly entertainment is on offer six nights a week. Older kids can make the most of the hotel’s seaside location and learn to scuba dive at the hotel’s very own diving school. Parents can take it easy at the spa and by relaxing poolside, or, for something a little more active, tennis and golf are also on offer.
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Costa Calero Hotel Talasso & Spa

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At the Costa Calero Hotel, the activities aren’t just for the kids. This hotel, on the far southwest of the island, takes the adults’ club just as seriously as the kids’ club. Parents can find inner peace with yoga and Pilates classes, dust off their dancing shoes for salsa and bachata or soak up the sun with a game of beach volleyball. All adult activities are held at the same time as the kids’ club – making sure the whole family is entertained. In the evenings, the stage is set for live music, theatre and comedy, while, at La Magdalena Restaurant, it’s the Canarian cuisine that takes centre stage with live cooking shows and theme nights.
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Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel Resort

Resort, Suite Hotel, Hotel
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With a full wing dedicated to family suites and a separate area with its own family pool, restaurant and outdoor snack bar, this five-star resort hotel has thought of everything for a relaxing family holiday. The family suites are decorated and furnished in Canarian colonial style, with two bedrooms, a living area, two bathrooms and a balcony. Getting to the main area of the hotel is quite a fun exercise, as the connecting passageway features giant tropical-fish tanks. On the amenities side of things, this hotel impresses, too. Parents can enjoy the extensive spa and choose from nine different restaurants, while, for the kids, the highlight is the 10,000sqm (107,639sqft) kids’ club. Kikoland serves up sports courts, crèche services, a mini-disco and a children’s theatre. Older kids can learn to DJ or have a go at bowling. The water sports are also worth checking out.
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Gran Castillo Tagoro Family & Fun, Playa Blanca

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Indulge in a little decadence at this castle-style hotel in the vibrant Playa Blanca area. The property was modelled after a Moorish fortress, and the luxurious feeling continues through to the rooms, with golds and creams running throughout. Most have balconies or terraces for those all-important sea views. When it comes to the family, this hotel has you covered. The Castleland kids’ club will keep tots busy, and it also features babysitting services for the tiniest members of the family. Adults can take their pick of several different swimming pools or a trip to the spa, while the kids get their very own aqua park complete with slides. On the food front, the property offers a variety of restaurants, including international buffets and Italian cuisine, plus an adults-only restaurant. There are also four bars in the complex, including an adults-only and a sports bar.
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  • H10 Suites Lanzarote Gardens

    Bed and Breakfast, Garden Hotel, Hotel
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    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 a small spa, tennis, football and volleyball on offer and the beach being a mere 3-minute walk away. The fun carries into the evening, with mini-discos, followed by a full family-friendly entertainment schedule of quizzes and shows. Accommodation includes a range of family suites, bungalows and apartments.

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    Seaside Los Jameos Playa

    Resort, Hotel
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    At 530 rooms, this is certainly one of the larger family-friendly hotels on the island of Lanzarote, with plentiful facilities to boot. The architecture is Spanish hacienda-inspired, and there’s a distinctively Iberian feel to this sprawling resort and its palm-dotted sub-tropical gardens. A kids’ club caters for 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.

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    Occidental Lanzarote Playa

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    An all-inclusive resort with plenty for adults and kids alike, this hotel has a whopping five pools, three of which are just for the 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 12. 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.

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    Hotel Rural Finca de la Florida

    Boutique Hotel, Hotel
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    Budget but not too basic, the 16-room Hotel Rural Finca de la Florida is located in the heart of the island and 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 also only a 15-minute drive from the capital. It has enough to keep the whole family entertained, too, with a swimming pool, a kids’ splash pool, a playground, a 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).

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    Hotel Riu Paraiso

    Hotel
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    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 (aged four to 12) can burn off steam at the kids’ club, on one of two playgrounds or at the disco, while adults get to enjoy the swim-up bar, spa and extensive sports facilities, as well as the art classes and nightly entertainment programme. Meals are included, and there is a choice of an international buffet and three other restaurants (Mexican, Asian and Canarian).

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    Relaxia Olivina

    Hotel
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    A short walk to the beach, three pools, a colourful kids’ playground, a 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 at the main restaurant, with options available for kids, but, if you fancy something different, there are also countless restaurants within easy walking distance of the hotel.

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    Leon Beckenham contributed additional reporting to this article.

    These recommendations were updated on May 5, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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