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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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.
Leon Beckenham contributed additional reporting to this article.