I'm now looking at the Canary Islands for October half term. Can you recommend a resort for me? We are a family of four. Two teenagers who like being by the pool not the beach. We'd like somewhere to relax and a nice place to stroll around in the evenings.
Costa Adeje in Tenerife. I took 3 teens there and they loved it. Lots of decent hotels, nice restaurants and a few bars with live music. There is also Siam Park which is the best water park we've ever been to.
Sorry posted to soon, we loved Tenerife. Again Siam Park which is local to this area was the best water park we've ever been. There is plenty of things to do, we went to Loro Park as well which is a coach journey away but worth it.
Your kids would love Siam Park. If anyone considers going to Loro Park please be aware they have captive Orcas there. The Blackfish documentary is well worth a watch to see the awful conditions they’re kept in.
Plays Blanca in Lanzarote is nice for small children but I wouldn't take teenagers. Corrallejo in Fuertaventura is a beach lovers paradise and a great resort for teens, but I wouldn't go in October as it's too windy. Tenerife definitely meets all your criteria but please don't go to Lori park.
We stick with Gran Canaria as we find the weather there the best out of all the islands (I hate wind!)
In GC I'd recommend Mogan if you're looking for somewhere quieter. The marina area is lovely with really good restaurants & bars but it's definitely quieter than other resorts. We've stayed in this hotel and it's fab. We booked direct with the hotel and requested a family suite which is basically two large rooms on the corner with a hall-way between them. So you get two balconies, two bathrooms etc and lots of space but with one front door.
If you want something a bit more lively, Maspalomas is really lovely too. We've stayed here and they have been the best apartments we've ever holidayed in. We had a 2-bed apartment and it has everything you need. Huge and spotlessly clean (maid cleans every day) and the pool areas are lovely. Again we booked direct.
If you'd like something really upmarket then Meloneras is fabulous. It's a newer extension of Maspalomas and has a promenade lined with gorgeous hotels and restaurants/bars. We've stayed here and it is really good but pricey and our kids preferred the Palm Oasis. Personally I prefer self catering with the kids but I'd still recommend this hotel (and the one in Mogan) if its a hotel you're looking for.
You'd need to book asap though, October is a very popular time of year there.