The Best Family-Friendly Hotels in the Canary Islands
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It’s no secret that the Canary Islands have more than their fair share of family-friendly resorts, but which hotels cater best to couples with kids? We took a look around the seven isles of this volcanic Atlantic archipelago and picked out a selection of the best places to stay with nippers in tow.
This five-star Ritz-Carlton property excels on most fronts, but particularly stands out as one of the best high-end, family-friendly hotels on the island. The hotel’s Ritz Kids club introduces the little ones to the natural world, as well as a wide range of immersive and exciting activities seven days a week. The complex also offers a total of 10 restaurants, so everyone’s tastes are catered for, including everything from specially-designed kids’ menus to two Michelin-starred options (though best to take advantage of the hotel’s babysitting service for these).
Combining palatial opulence with touches of Morocco and the Far East, this high-end option definitely qualifies as one of the more stylish family-friendly options. Family villas offer gardens with heated pools and pool toys and games for the kids, while Melia’s signature luxury Red Level experience has been crafted for families, with perks such as access to private sunbed areas around the family pool. Children’s bathroom amenities, a kids’ spa, and outstanding mini-club for all ages also complete one super child-friendly package.
The Hotel Cordial Mogán Playa is set in the picturesque valley and just minutes away from the beach in Puerto de Mogán – a charming resort on the sunny south side of Gran Canaria dubbed ‘Little Venice’. The hotel itself is more like a small village, distinctly Canarian in style with various accommodation blocks, four restaurants, two pools and – most importantly – an excellent kids’ club for ages four to 12. It’s all set in tropical gardens with over 450 different plant species, plus for budding Indiana Joneses there’s an archaeological park on-site, part of an ancient necropolis that the hotel is built on.
This upscale beachfront resort hotel offers a whopping 380 bungalows and apartments, perfect for family groups with fully-equipped kitchen-diners and outside space. The six outdoor pools are split three each between adults and children, with one of the kids’ pools located conveniently next to a bar so parents can supervise while enjoying a drink. There’s also a free mini-club, ice-cream parlour, and evening entertainment geared towards the younger guests.
Perched on a clifftop overlooking the Atlantic, this family-friendly hotel surely features some of the finest sea views on the island. The property is also in the style of a Canarian village, comprising low-rise whitewashed buildings scattered around 70,000 square metres of beautiful gardens. Facilities are certainly also impressive, with no fewer than four restaurants and a whopping five pools in all, plus a kids’ club to keep the little ones happy while parents enjoy the adults-only spa.
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Set on the sunny southern coast of Gran Canaria, this hotel has African-themed fun all over it. From its Africa-inspired architecture to huge elephant statues presiding over one of the seven pools, kids really feel like they’ve been transported on safari. There’s always plenty going on too, with a kids’ club, daily activities, and two pools just for the little ones – one with slides. Facilities also include a lazy river, popular with older children, while buffet dining offers a special kids’ corner, plus a restaurant serving African specialties.
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.