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Where to stay in Tenerife: the best family-friendly resorts, apartments and all-inclusive hotels

Year-round sunshine, volcanic sand beaches, giant waterparks and a host of hotels geared up for families, Tenerife is great for kids of all ages. We round up the best family hotels to suit your brood and budget.

By Claire Stapleton | Last updated Nov 2, 2022

Family on holiday in Tenerife

When it comes to all-year-round family-friendly holiday destinations, one island immediately springs to mind: Tenerife. Offering tropical temps without having to board a longhaul flight, stunning sandy beaches and activities for all ages, the largest Canary Island is hard to beat. 

But where's best to stay with kids in tow? We've tracked down a selection of hotels, apartments and all-inclusive resorts that have the Mumsnet seal of approval. By scouring the Mumsnet forums we've put together recommendations from parents that have been there, done that and bought the souvenir t-shirt. From buzzy beach resorts to secluded spots, here are the best places for families to stay in Tenerife.

What are the best family hotels in Tenerife?

1. Best overall family hotel: Sheraton La Caleta Resort & Spa

Sheraton La Caleta Tenerife

Sheraton La Caleta Resort & Spa | Check availability

The key to a successful family holiday is finding something that each family member can enjoy and at the Sheraton La Caleta Resort & Spa there's plenty of fun to be had. Luxurious but laidback, the palm-studded grounds are home to freshwater and saltwater pools, a pirate-ship playground, a tennis court, a basketball court and a mini golf course. 

With epic sea views from an elevated position on Tenerife's southwest coast, the resort offers direct access to a promenade that leads all the way down to Los Cristianos. 

There are two kids clubs: the Guanchito Kid's Club is for children aged 4-12 and typical activities include painting and group games; over 8's can attend the Magma Club and make use of the DJ booth, games consoles and a giant screen for movie evenings.

And there's a spa to sneak of to when the kids are having all the fun. Treat yourself to a facial or massage or make use of the sauna, steam room and ice igloo.

What Mumsnet users say: 

"We're going back for the 3rd time (unheard of for us)... laid back and not at all stressful" - swedishmum 

"It has a lovely kids club that you could either leave them or stay, a separate kids pool away from the rest and lots of room around the resort... Lovely restaurants if you turn right out of the back of the hotel and head for La Caleta across the sea front" - VickyA  

Min price per night: £134

2. Best all-inclusive hotel: Tagoro Family & Fun Costa Adeje

Tagoro Hotel Tenerife

Tagoro Family & Fun Costa Adeje | Check availability

Travelling with kids can be stressful and expensive, which is why going all-inclusive is so appealing. Knowing that everything has been pre-paid and having the flexibility to dine when it suits your schedule can really put your mind at ease on a family holiday.

Located in a quiet, residential area of Costa Adeje, the all-inclusive Tagoro Family & Fun Costa Adeje has been specially designed for families with brightly coloured rooms (some with built-in playrooms), each with its own private balcony or terrace. 

There are four outdoor pools (two for adults and two for children) and a brilliant kids' club with a ball pit and a craft area for younger kids and an interactive zone for teens with TVs, games consoles and a projector screen. There's also a mini football pitch and a tennis court.

If you want to leave the hotel and explore, then Fañabé Beach is a 10-minute walk away and the Gran Sur Shopping Centre is right next door. 

What Mumsnet users say: 

"It was lovely, you can even get child-friendly rooms that have games and toys in" - ineedaholidayandwine

Min price per night: £125

3. Best budget hotel: Royal Sun Resort Apartments

Royal Sun Resort Tenerife

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If you're on a budget, it's worth considering staying in an apartment so that you can keep costs down by cooking the occasional meal yourself and the Royal Sun Resort in Los Gigantes is a great shout according to Mumsnetters. Each apartment is kitted out with a fully equipped kitchen and there's plenty of space for families with a lounge area and a private terrace. 

The complex has its own pool, bar and restaurants as well as a gym and a squash court so you get the facilities of a hotel combined with the space and privacy of an apartment. There's plenty going on in the evenings too including live entertainment.

What Mumsnet users say: 

"It's a fairly small resort away from the noise and crowds of the main Los Gigantes area… The pool is small, but quiet and the entertainment team are brilliant at keeping children occupied" - HPandTheNeverEndingBedtime

Min price per night: £92

4. Best hotel with waterslides: Adrián Hoteles Roca Nivaria 

Adrian Hotel Roca Nivaria Tenerife

Adrián Hoteles Roca Nivaria | Check availability

If your kids spend most of their holiday time in the pool, a stay at the Adrián Hoteles Roca Nivaria might just blow their mind as they'll have access to a water and adventure park within the grounds. RoniAventura features heated pools, waterslides, a sunken ship, climbing walls and suspension bridges.

But there's more to this hotel than slides. Overlooking Playa Paraiso Beach, it also has its own spa (with a heated infinity pool, a hot tub and a mud bath), plus a tennis court, a giant chess board and archery facilities. 

What Mumsnet users say: 

"Adrián Hoteles Roca Nivaria  is perfect for families. It has a really super free crèche, kids pool, playground, indoor soft play and rooms with a separate living area" - Fivemoreminutes1

Min price per night: £138

5. Best family hotel for teens: Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife

Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife

Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife | Check availability

If you're trying to convince your teen that going away with mum and dad is a good idea, then booking a stay at the Hard Rock Hotel should make it easy to entice them. The buzzy beachfront resort is home to no fewer than four pools (including a saltwater lagoon), a choice of restaurants, a spa and a beach bar that plays host to live bands and DJs. Each room is kitted out with surround sound systems and rain showers. 

While kids' clubs are usually centred around activities for younger children, the Hard Rock Hotel has a dedicated club for teens that's aptly called Teen Spirit. Here you'll find games consoles, simulators, drum kits and guitars as well as a full sports programme. 

What Mumsnet users say: 

"A bit more teen-friendly than the family-oriented hotels" - CeeceeBloomingdale

"The Hard Rock in Tenerife was lovely" - Forgothowmuchlhatehomeschoolin 

Min price per night: £126

6. Best luxury family hotel: Hotel Baobab Suites

Hotel Baobab Suites

Hotel Baobab Suites | Check availability

If you ask us, nothing says luxury quite like the words 'private swimming pool' and if you stay at Hotel Baobab Suites in Costa Adeje, then it's possible to book a pad with your own pool. 

Mumsnetters think that having the option of a private pool makes all the difference if you're travelling with testing toddlers. But if your budget can't quite stretch to it then don't worry, there are two heated outdoor pools for everybody to use. 

Each suite has a living area and a fully-equipped kitchen. If you don't fancy making your own breakfast, but you'd like to eat in the privacy of your suite, then you could get one of the hotel's breakfast boxes delivered. There are sports and fitness activities available including spinning, pilates and beach volleyball. There's a sports and leisure centre too, where you can play squash, tennis and boules. This property has its own kids club as well, plus a wellness and beauty centre. 

What Mumsnet users say: 

"You can get a lovely apartment with its own pool, which is brilliant with young kids as you can use your pool while they are napping and don't have to take all the kit to the shared pool" - Minipie

Min price per night: £188

7. Best family hotel in Los Cristianos: Paradise Park Fun Lifestyle Hotel

Paradise Park Fun Lifestyle Hotel

Paradise Park Fun Lifestyle Hotel | Check availability

Los Cristianos is a popular resort for families and if you've set your heart on this part of Tenerife, then you should consider staying at the Paradise Park Fun Lifestyle Hotel. This place is affordable, it has five swimming pools and it's close to the beach. There's also a waterpark close by and the Golf del Sur golf course is a short drive away. 

The hotel has a mini club for kids aged 4-12 and a club for teens as well. The evening shows will entertain the whole family. 

Min price per night: £66

8. Best beach hotel: Hotel Cleopatra Palace

Hotel Cleopatra Palace

Hotel Cleopatra Palace | Check availability

With soft sand and calm waters, El Camisón Beach is ideal for families and Hotel Cleopatra Palace sits right by it in the popular resort of Playa de Las Americas. The grounds may be plush with plenty of marble and a statue-lined pool but it's a laid-back family-friendly retreat home to a kids' club with a soft play area, an indoor adventure playground and a puppet theatre. There's loads for kids of all ages to get involved with including a children's pool, tennis courts, mini golf and an evening entertainment programme featuring magic shows, music and dance. Beyond the resort, the Safari Shopping Centre is less than a 5-minute walk away and the Las Americas Golf Course is a 5-minute drive away. 

What Mumsnet users say: 

"It was in a good location, right on the beach and very central but we weren't disturbed by any noise. There's some lovely bars and restaurants really close by too" - Urglewurgle 

Min price per night: £66

9. Best family hotel in Costa Adeje: Iberostar Las Dalias

Iberostar Las Dalias

Iberostar Las Dalias | Check availability

If you're looking for a great all-inclusive hotel in Costa Adeje, then it's worth considering the Iberostar Las Dalias. It's a 10-minute walk from Playa del Bobo beach and around the corner from the San Eugenio Shopping Centre. There's a children's swimming pool and a kids' playground on-site as well as a kids' club boasting 140+ activities for kids aged four to 17. All rooms come with a balcony and the interconnecting suites are handy if you're staying with teens. Live shows provide evening entertainment and as it's an all-inclusive hotel, you won't have to worry if the kids are asking for yet another packet of crisps, or their fifth Fanta Orange.

What Mumsnet users say: 

"I would absolutely recommend Iberostar Las Dalias in Tenerife. Great for kids, lovely pool area, gorgeous food" - Curlybrunette

Min price per night: £120 

10. Best hotel with kitchen facilities: Hotel Suite Villa Maria

Hotel Suite Villa Maria

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Looking for the flexibility of an apartment but don't want to do away with the services and amenities that come with a hotel stay? The Hotel Suite Villa Maria on the Costa Adeje is well worth a look. Each villa is kitted out with a kitchen and an outdoor terrace and some come with a hot tub or a private pool. The sea views from here stretch to the neighbouring island of La Gomera. 

If you don't want to cook every night, there's a restaurant that serves traditional Canarian dishes and hotel-style facilities include two swimming pools, a spa and the Pispita Kids' Club for children aged 4-12. 

What Mumsnet users say: 

"Perfect for the kids. We had an apartment which has a small kitchen and a living room/terrace so we had somewhere to hang out in the evenings. We did bed and breakfast, the breakfasts are amazing, but having the kitchen meant we could do simple meals and not eat out every meal. Family pool is heated (worth checking as many aren't), kids activities were great, local beaches all really nice" - RNBrie

Min price per night: £174

What is the best area in Tenerife for families?

The best area will depend on the age of the children you're travelling with and what you're all looking to do on holiday. Playa de Las Américas is the liveliest area with a buzzy strip lined with bars, clubs and restaurants while neighbouring Los Cristianos is a little more upmarket with some lovely laidback beaches. Costa Adeje on the southwest coast is blessed with a string of sandy beaches, including the family-friendly Playa la Pinta, as well as two giant waterparks (Siam Park and Aqualand). 

Is Tenerife good for a family holiday?

Lots of the hotels in Tenerife are geared up for families, so it's a great place to visit with the whole gang. You'll find something for everyone on the island including waterparks, golf courses, shopping malls, family-friendly beaches and an active volcano surrounded by a stunning national park. 

Where can I get cheap flights to Tenerife?

Ryanair, easyJet and Jet2 all fly to Tenerife from the UK. If you're savvy and travel off peak, you should be able to find fights for less that £60 return, per person.  

Do I need to hire a car?

If you just want to hang out in the vicinity of your hotel for a week soaking up the sunshine, then you won't need a car. However, as Lonely Planet points out, Tenerife is "an island of extraordinary beauty and diversity with remote mountain-ridge villages, cultured port settlements and charming ancient towns". If you want to explore the island's best bits then it's well worth hiring a car. It may be the largest Canary Island but you can drive round it in around four hours so it's easy to navigate with a family.

How we chose our recommendations 

We spent several hours sifting through Mumsnet's forums for recommendations from our users on the family hotels in Tenerife they rate most highly. We were also on the lookout for poor reviews of hotels to avoid.

We consulted recommendations from experts, consumer websites and print media and made sure we included hotels that regularly appeared in top 10 lists.

We then looked at reviews for each of our longlisted family hotels to check that previous visitors were satisfied with their stay.

By doing this, we whittled our longlist down and chose a selection of hotels that we think offer something for everybody.

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