Tenerife, Spain is a magical place for a family vacation. Blessed with incredible natural beauty, endless miles of beaches and a wide variety of theme parks and attractions, you’ll never forget a family trip to Tenerife. Being such a family-friendly destination in the Canary Islands, it’s no surprise that there are plenty of family hotels in Tenerife to choose from.
We spent a week on Tenerife with kids and loved every minute of it. While on Tenerife, your family will enjoy top-notch dining, natural beauty, mild climate, and spending quality time together on a new adventure. Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands and the most populated, so there are plenty of kid-friendly things to do that adults love as well.
However, what is a family vacation without the perfect hotel or resort? Rest easy – we’ve done all the leg work for you. Below are the top 12 family hotels in Tenerife.
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Best Hotels for Kids in Tenerife
Whether your kids want to chill by the pool, lounge on the beach, or run around a waterpark, Tenerife has something for everyone. Beaches, museums, archaeological sites, wildlife, fishing, mini-golf courses, zoos, parks, kids pools, and resorts await your family in Tenerife.
If you’re visiting Tenerife on a budget, don’t worry – sites like Booking.com often have exclusive deals to save you money and still enjoy a luxury resort experience. Most of the family hotels in Tenerife below offer discounts through 3rd-party sites, so check them continuously for the best deals!
Our top pick for the best family hotel in Tenerife describes itself as, “A Hotel Full of Magic“. When you discover the long list of amenities and attractions for families, we’re sure you will agree!
A new Canary Islands all-inclusive resort, the Bahia Principe Fantasia Tenerife first opened its doors to families in 2018. Being a newly built hotel, they were able to design this all-inclusive from the ground-up with families in mind.
The main attraction at the Bahia Principe Fantasia Tenerife is the beautiful white castle, which is sure to ignite your children’s imagination. If you’re lucky enough, you can even stay in the Castle Suite inside the castle!
Nearby is the Drago Milenario, a replica of a 1,000 year old dragon tree (an icon of Tenerife). Both the castle and dragon tree are central to the evening light show.
The list of family-friendly amenities at this all-inclusive Tenerife resort impressive. Your kids can play at the children’s water park, the splash pool or the kids club (which features innovative activities like expeditions and kids’ games, fancy dress workshops, crafts and even cooking).
There are playgrounds, baby stations, 5 heated swimming pools (2 of them are especially for kids) and a Teens Club. There’s even a kids playroom in the lobby.
When staying at a family-friendly all-inclusive resort, we believe the food makes-or-breaks a hotel. If the kids don’t like the food, then what’s the point of staying at an all-inclusive resort? Your kids will have no trouble finding something they enjoy at the buffet restaurants, but what about the a la carte restaurants? Not to worry – each of the a la carte restaurants (a steakhouse, Japanese and Italian) has a children’s menu!
The Royal Hideaway Corales Suites is the ideal resort for families that want it all. This amazing hotel is the definition of vacation, with indulgent private pools, ocean views, and 2 kid-centric clubs.
If you opt for a suite without a private pool, have no fear – you can swim in 3 heated saltwater pools (although 2 are adults-only). As the resort is ocean-front, you can walk directly onto sandy paradise from your door, or access one of the swimming pools within walking distance.
One of the best parts of the Royal Hideaway Corales Suites is its plethora of restaurants. Having variety is essential with kids! One day they may like pizza, and next, they decide they never want it again. The options available at the Royal Hideaway accommodate all palates while incorporating locally-inspired cuisine.
La Trattoria de Il Bocconcino is the most family-friendly restaurant, with wood-fired pizzas, or burgers (and other more refined options!) available, while Il Bocconcino and Starfish also welcome patrons of all ages.
What makes the Royal Hideaway stand out from other Tenerife destinations are its kids clubs. One club, called the Barcy Club, accommodates children ages 4-12. Your kids learn through activities such as water conservation, music, and even magic.
13-17-year-olds can enjoy the One Club, a resort libation dedicated to teens only. They offer interactive and engaging activities so teens can make new friends and connections with other guests.
Overall, the Royal Hideaway Corales Suites is a Tenerife resort with something for every member of the family. Whether you want to sip a cocktail, explore the Tenerife beaches, or take a dip in the children’s pool, you’ll be in paradise.
3. Roca Nivaria
If your kids love adventure, look no further than Roca Nivaria. One of the finest family hotels in Tenerife, this tropical paradise offers a heated child-friendly pool, countless activities for kids, and dining options. In fact, you’ll barely need to leave the hotel grounds, as this is a beachfront, all-inclusive Tenerife hotel!
For lodging, 3-room selections suit families. Parents with one child can book the Superior Double Room, and families with multiple kids should go for the Junior Suite with sea views or the Superior Suite. The latter also works well for older kids that want privacy.
The Roca Nivaria has several kid-and-toddler-friendly dining choices, too. From the buffet-style Garoe to the casual but still-classy Verona and Burgos, your family can enjoy cuisines from around the globe. Burgos serves carefully curated Spanish grub, while Verona cooks up delectable Italian dishes that kids love (you can never have too much spaghetti, right?)
After a dip in the pool and a snack, your kids can venture to a Roca Nivaria kids club. The Miniclub, designed for kids ages 4-12, is open daily from 10am – 6pm. Activities range from the playground to fun in the children’s area.
The most exciting offering for kids is the brand new RoniAventura water park, which welcomes visitors of all ages and has dry and wet options. The dry activities include a jungle-inspired obstacle course, zipline, and suspension bridges. The water park side has multiple heated pools, a volcano and waterslides (including one for young children!), and a sunken ship stocked with games and sea-worthy fun.
If you’re concerned about bringing your baby to Tenerife, don’t be. Roca Nivaria also has a Baby Club open from 10am-1pm and 3pm-6pm for babies 10 months and older. Your baby will have dedicated nap time, naps, playtime, and all the essentials.
Hotel Cleopatra Palace is one of the best family hotels in Playa de las Americas. The beachfront resort certainly has adult nightlife, but it is also a family-oriented resort with lots of family activities and a heated infinity pool.
The Hotel Cleopatra Palace has rooms specifically for families called Family Suites. These can accommodate groups and provide reasonable privacy for everyone with a 2-bed and 2-bath layout.
Onsite restaurants range from a Snack Bar to the Cleopatra Palace buffet, which caters to nearly all preferences and tastes. The Snack Bar makes for excellent refueling after your kids spend the morning running around the kids’ pools with pizzas and subs, while the buffet restaurant provides a more traditional dining experience with plenty of variety.
Hotel Cleopatra has several age-based tiers of their Club Mare Kids activities:
- 6 months to 3 years
- 4 to 7 years
- 8 to 12 years
- 13 to 16 years
The younger your children, the more supervision they have – the first tier even offers babysitting services. Activities include a ball-pool park, indoor playground, obstacle course, and an 800-meter pool for kids only.
This all-inclusive resort is ideal for travelers on a budget that still want a luxurious, relaxing vacation with younger children. The Iberostar Bouganville Playa hotel offers free lodging for your first child under 6, depending on the time of year!
Bouganville Plaza has a stellar children’s club. Their Star Camp club has 3 age groups with unique activities and excursions associated with each. For children ages 4-7, they offer Monkey Camp, 8-12 attend Dolphin Camp, and 13-17 enjoy Eagle Camp. Activities range from cooking tutorials and science experiments to arts and crafts.
The fun does not stop there, either. After a day of exploring, the fam can dive into the splash park and grab a meal at the Barbacoa Snack Bar, or swim in the kids pool. For dinner, stop by the Main Restaurant for global fare, and watch your chefs cook delicious meals for the entire family.
Iberostar Bouganville Plaza recently launched its Aquafun feature, a child-friendly activity park on the water with splash pools.
Indulge, unwind, and play at Gran Melia Palacio de Isora, a water-front five-star hotel and spa. With sweeping Atlantic Ocean views, multiple kids clubs, swimming pools (including a kids pool), and elegant rooms, your Tenerife stay will be unforgettable. The Gran Melia is one of the few 5-star family hotels available in Tenerife.
There are a few accommodation options at Gran Melia. Families with kids 16+ can opt for the luxurious and private RedLevel Villa, which features exclusive access to the Family Lounge, free drinks for kids, welcome gifts for children, and kid-sized bathrobes and amenities. You also get a private pool! Babysitting service is an option upon request.
Other lodging options are 1 and 2-bedroom master suites and RedLevel suites. After you leave your comfy beds, stroll down to seemingly countless restaurants for multiple cuisines. Some restaurants are only for ages 16 and over, but most accommodate all ages.
For a unique dining experience, try the Pangea Food Market. Families with pizza-loving kids should visit the L’Olio Trattoria and Pizza Bar, and of course, check out Oasis for Mediterranean-inspired fare.
The Gran Melia Palacio de Isora resort has a miniclub for children ages 4-11. Activities include an outdoor cinema, arts and crafts, minor excursions, outdoor games, and enjoying the swimming pool. The other recreational option for your kids is the Infant Park, which has rocking horses, small slides, and a mini climbing wall.
If you want a remarkable Tenerife family holiday, Barcelo Tenerife is perfect for you. As one of the best family hotels in the Canary Islands, this seafront resort has natural beauty and contemporary charm. Constructed amongst a volcanic region and shimmering blue waters, this resort underwent premium renovations and is officially reopening in July of 2022.
Although the rooms are fully-equipped and stunning, there are not as many options for family lodging as with some of the other hotels on this list. Barcelo Tenerife has family rooms, which hold 4 adults and 3 kids, or you can book adjoining rooms for additional children.
Some family hotels make it tricky to figure out dinner plans, but finding a meal at Barcelo Tenerife is a breeze! Check out Arrozante for rice dishes on the seafront, or Drago Buffet for global cuisines. The resort has 2 all-inclusive options, and most restaurants have a reserved area for all-inclusive guests – convenient for ensuring your kids have somewhere to sit for every meal.
After you finish your feast, take an excursion to the nearby San Blas Nature Reserve, where there are plenty of trails accessible to small children. Back at the hotel, your kiddos can enjoy a kids-only outdoor pool or get their energy out at the adventure playground.
Outfitted with 2 kids’ pools and sea views, the Landmar Playa La Arena resort is among the best family-friendly hotels in Tenerife. Perfect for the active family, you can purchase excursion tickets directly from the hotel to get the most out of your Tenerife family vacation.
Whether you want to visit the iconic Siam Park or the world-famous Loro Parque zoo, your family will never have a dull moment. And, don’t forget your appetite – Playa La Arena has multiple dining options, including a buffet restaurant, for all ages. With an available all-inclusive option, it is among the top family hotels in Tenerife for dining and its surroundings.
If your kids get hungry after hours of playing in the swimming pool, have a snack at the Arena Snack Bar or get dinner at the Basque-inspired La Taberna De Pepe. Your kids can try cuisine from all over the Spanish region and then play a round of mini-golf on the well-manicured lawn.
Another HOVIMA property in Costa Adeje, La Pinta, is exclusively for families searching for a relaxing-but-fun vacation. Designed with comfort and entertainment in mind, your kids will love the unique activities at La Pinta. Family hotels in Santa Cruz de Tenerife can be expensive, so if you’re on a budget, this hotel has your back.
This property offers apartment-style lodging with 1 or 2-bedroom floor plans at excellent prices. If your kids love marine life, this hotel will amaze them – every corner, wall, and room has decorative touches and murals of finned friends.
So, what makes HOVIMA La Pinta one of the best family hotels in Tenerife? All of the activities for kids! This super kid-friendly hotel is one of the few designed for children, and it shows. You will love watching your children play on their inflatable obstacle course, splash in the outdoor swimming pools, or meet other young guests at the kids club.
This resort is ideal for families with children of differing ages, as there are special activities and kids clubs for 4-year-olds up to age 15. Colorful, family-friendly rooms and maritime-themed decor make La Pinta one of the beachiest family hotels in Tenerife!
10. H10 Conquistador
Conquer your family holiday at the H10 Conquistador! Sporting 3 swimming pools (1 is a children’s pool) and multiple programs for children, this resort has just as much for you as it does for your children, making it one of the best family hotels in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
The Conquistador offers the following kids club options:
- Baby club – 0 to 3 years
- Mini club – 4 to 8 years
- Junior club – 9 to 12 years
- Teen club – 13 and older
While every program is different, they all offer fun, area-specific activities. Teens can enjoy beach parties, a mini-golf course, and outdoor tennis courts, while your little ones express their creativity with paints or play water games in the swimming pool. Don’t worry about safety – trained Blue Team members supervise and monitor the programs for all ages, and there is no alcohol served to teens during the evening entertainment.
And of course, no vacation is complete without top-notch dining. The kid-friendly offerings at the Conquistador include a boulangerie, Italian fare, an American steakhouse, and a pool bar surrounding the outdoor swimming pools. Sakura, an Asian restaurant, requires its guests to be 6 and above.
Your kids will make a splash at H10 Costa Adeje Palace. This all-inclusive hotel has a water park exclusively for children, a designated swimming pool for kids, and welcoming rooms for the best family holiday ever.
The family rooms at Costa Adeje Palace are relatively standard, but they provide services for families like welcoming gifts for kids, a TV equipped with child-appropriate channels, and even a laundry service for their sandy clothes! Every detail is scoured to ensure every member of your family has the perfect Tenerife holiday.
Also of note are the dining options at Costa Adeje. They have a Daisy (Daisy is their mascot) themed beach club restaurant with child-centric offerings like nuggets and fresh fruit – plus options for sensitive tummies to avoid any unwelcome upset on vacation. The whole family can also enjoy a sit-down meal at one of 4 onsite restaurants, ranging from locally-sourced snacks to hearty Spanish dishes with sea views.
You will love playing with your kids at the new Jungle Park water park, which has multiple slides and a splash park for fun in the sun.
12. Hotel Riu Buenavista, All-Inclusive
The staff, accommodations, activities, and excursions available at the beachfront Hotel Riu Buenavista are one-of-a-kind and sets them apart as one of the top family friendly hotels. Tucked within the expansive Playa Paraiso resort in Costa Adeje, the hotel has 500 family-friendly rooms and a kids club.
With their Fun 4 All program, Riu Buenavista ensures every guest has an amazing Tenerife holiday. There are 2 swimming pools for children at the hotel – one swimming pool is for infants, while the other suits older children with waterslides and a splash park.
RiuLand hosts daily fun programs for kids up to age 12. Live performances, arts and crafts, and dancing with Calu, the resort mascot, will occupy your kids while you take a refreshing dip in the infinity pool, sip a beverage, or watch your children have the time of their lives.
Hotel Riu Buenavista is all-inclusive, with live-cooked breakfasts (your little ones will love it), grills by the pool, themed buffets, 24-hour snack service, and non-alcoholic drinks at your disposal.
Rich with natural beauty, exquisite cuisine, and friendly locals, Tenerife is an ideal vacation spot for families. Whether you want to sit back and relax by the swimming pool on your holiday or embark on non-stop adventures, the above hotels offer it all. Your kids will love getting to go abroad and meeting other children from all over the world. We are confident your family will love any of these 12 family hotels in Tenerife!
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