The Best Family-Friendly Hotels in the Canary Islands

Lopesan Baobab Resort, on Gran Canaria, has an African theme
Lopesan Baobab Resort, on Gran Canaria, has an African theme | Courtesy of Lopesan Baobab Resort /
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27 October 2020

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’ve scoured the seven main islands of this volcanic archipelago in the Atlantic and picked out a selection of the best places to stay with nippers in tow.

The Ritz-Carlton

The Ritz-Carlton, Abama, Canary Islands
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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 Tenerife. The Ritz Kids club introduces the little ones to the natural world, as well as offering a wide range of immersive and exciting activities seven days a week. The complex comprises 10 restaurants, so everyone’s tastes are catered for, including specially designed kids’ menus and two Michelin-starred options (though it’s best to take advantage of the hotel’s babysitting service for these).

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Gran Meliá Palacio de Isora

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Gran Meliá Palacio de Isora
Gran Meliá Palacio de Isora | Courtesy of Melia Hotels

Combining palatial opulence with touches of Morocco and the Far East, this high-end option qualifies as one of the more stylish family-friendly options. Family villas offer gardens with heated pools complete with pool toys and games for the kids, while Meliá’s signature luxury RedLevel 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 complete the child-friendly package.

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Barceló Castillo Beach Resort

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Barceló Castillo Beach Resort, Canary Islands
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This upscale beachfront resort offers a whopping 380 bungalows and apartments, perfect for families 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 a free mini-club, ice-cream parlour and evening entertainment geared towards younger guests.

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Hotel Jardín Tecina

Hotel Jardín Tecina, Canary Islands
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Perched on a clifftop overlooking the Atlantic, this family-friendly hotel surely features some of the finest sea views on La Gomera. The property is in the style of a Canarian village, comprising low-rise whitewashed buildings scattered around 70,000sqm (753,474sqft) of beautiful gardens. Facilities are impressive, with no fewer than four restaurants and a whopping five pools, plus a kids’ club to keep the little ones happy while parents enjoy the adults-only spa.

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  • Lopesan Baobab Resort

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    Lopesan Baobab Resort, Canary Islands
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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 children (one with slides). Facilities include a lazy river, popular with older children, while buffet dining offers a special kids’ corner, plus a restaurant serving African specialties.

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    Seaside Los Jameos Playa

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    Seaside Los Jameos Playa, Canary Islands
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    At 530 rooms, Seaside Los Jameos Playa is 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.

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    Radisson Blu Resort and Spa Gran Canaria

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    Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Gran Canaria Mogan, Canary Islands
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    Unrivalled sea views, luxurious rooms, activities and restaurants can all be found in the coastal town of Arguineguín at the Radisson Blu Resort Gran Canaria. Begin the day with breakfast on your private terrace before hitting the tennis courts for a game, or maybe heading to the pool or beach to cool down. Meals at the onsite Canaria Restaurant and the swish 222ºSW Bar & Grill will make eating on your holiday a truly special experience. There’s also a spa to indulge in, and the resort is near the Maspalomas Dunes, part of the island’s Unesco Biosphere Reserve.

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    These recommendations were updated on October 27, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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