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Best family hotels in Tenerife: resorts, apartments and all-inclusive stays, reviewed by parents

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 Feb 15, 2024

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 holiday forum 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.

Best family hotels in Tenerife at a glance

  • Best overall: Adrián Hoteles Roca Nivaria | Book now

  • Best budget: Royal Sun Resort Apartments | Book now

  • Best for waterparks: Villa Mandi | Book now

  • Best all-inclusive: Tagoro Family & Fun Costa Adeje | Book now

  • Best for luxury: Hotel Baobab Suites | Book now

  • Best villa: Hotel Suite Villa Maria | Book now

Best overall family hotel
What we like
  • Awesome on-site waterpark

  • Lift access to Playa Paraiso beach

  • Shuttle service to Playa de Fañabé

What we don't like
  • Not a huge amount to do around the hotel but Playa de las Americas is a 15-minute taxi ride away

What Mumsnet users say
Fivemoreminutes1 · Tried & Tested
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.
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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.

Best budget hotel
What we like
  • Stunning clifftop views

  • Five-minute drive from a Blue Flag beach

What we don't like
  • No kids' club or activities

  • Local roads are steep

What Mumsnet users say
HPandTheNeverEndingBedtime · Tried & Tested
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.
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Our verdict

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.

Best for waterparks

Villa Mandi and Siam Park, Playa de Las Americas

What we like
  • Free unlimited access to Siam Park waterpark

  • Four pools on site

  • Free shuttles to the beach and waterpark

  • Low-rise village-style resort

What we don't like
  • Kids' clubs run May to October only

  • Just one restaurant on site

What Mumsnet users say
NoKnownAllergies · Stayed + rated
"We went to Villa Mandi in Tenerife. They had a kids club but wasn't AI. It was amazing. DD loved it. They even provide swimming lessons for ages 4+ in the pool for free."
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Our verdict

For active kids and water babies, Villa Mandi in Playa de Las Americas is hard to beat. It's within a five-minute drive of Siam Park - offificially rated as one of the world's best waterparks - and by staying at the hotel you get unlimited access throughout your holiday. There's a free (five-minute) shuttle ride down to the beach and you're right next door to a top golf course if you want to practice your swing in the sunshine.

The low-rise terracotta blocks feel more like a Mediterranean village than a resort hotel and palm trees dot the grounds. You'll likely spend A LOT of time at the waterpark but there are also four pools on site, including a baby splash pool, and a kids' club operates between May and October. The main restaurant serves classic buffet dishes and there's a traditional bar and a poolside bar.

Best all-inclusive hotel
What we like
  • Quiet residential setting

  • Bright fun rooms for kids (some with playrooms)

  • Kids' club features a ball pit and a craft area

What we don't like
  • 20-minute walk to the beach is quite steep

  • Some areas feel a little tired

What Mumsnet users say
ineedaholidayandwine · Tried & Tested
It was lovely, you can even get child-friendly rooms that have games and toys in.
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Our verdict

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.

Best family hotel for teens
What we like
  • Dedicated kids' club for teens

  • Contemporary rooms with surround sound systems

  • Private beach club

What we don't like
  • Better suited to older kids than toddlers and babies

What Mumsnet users say
CeeceeBloomingdale · Tried & Tested
A bit more teen-friendly than the family-oriented hotels.
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Forgothowmuchlhatehomeschoolin · Tried & Tested
The Hard Rock in Tenerife was lovely.
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Our verdict

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.

Best luxury family hotel
What we like
  • Large modern suites - perfect for families (some with pools or hot tubs)

  • Mountain and sea views

  • Breakfast can be served in your room at no extra cost

What we don't like
  • Nearest shops are a steep walk away

What Mumsnet users say
Minipie · Tried & Tested
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.
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GettingTooOldForThis · Tried & Tested
Baobab Suites are brilliant - you get your own pool or hot tub too.
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Our verdict

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.

Best stylish hotel
What we like
  • Set in lush landscaped gardens

  • All rooms have a balcony or terrace

  • Siam Park waterpark is less than a 5-minute drive away

What we don't like
  • Quite a few steps to manage

What Mumsnet users say
CovidCorvid · Tried & Tested
I’ve visited the Dreams Jardin Tropical hotel (but not stayed there), great pool. Dd made me promise we’d stay there if we went back. Very close to the beach.
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QuebecBagnet · Tried & Tested
Dreams jardin tropical resort is great.
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Our verdict

Smarter than your average concrete hotel block, the Dreams Jardin Tropical resort is made up of low-rise Moorish-style buildings with lush landscaping and grotto pools. There are cosy nooks slung with hammocks as well as chunky daybeds for lounging by the pool. It's a 10-minute walk from the nearest beach (popular Puerto Colon) and a minutes' walk from the San Eugenio shopping centre for a mid-holiday retail fix. There's a kids' pool and child-friendly entertainment on-site and bike hire and watersports can be arrange for an additional fee. The hugely popular Siam Waterpark is a 20-minute walk away.

Best family hotel in Los Cristianos
What we like
  • Mini club for kids aged 4-12

  • Free bus to the beach

What we don't like
  • Rooms are pretty basic

Our verdict

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.

Best beach hotel
What we like
  • Great kids' club and soft play area

  • Right by El Camisón Beach

  • Loads of evening entertainment options

What we don't like
  • Some rooms are a little dated

What Mumsnet users say
Urglewurgle · Tried & Tested
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.
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Our verdict

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.

Best family hotel in Costa Adeje
What we like
  • 10-minute walk from Playa del Bobo beach

  • Kids' club for children aged 4 to 17

  • All rooms have a balcony

What we don't like
  • Located on quite a steep hill

What Mumsnet users say
Curlybrunette · Tried & Tested
I would absolutely recommend Iberostar Las Dalias in Tenerife. Great for kids, lovely pool area, gorgeous food.
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Our verdict

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.

Best hotel with kitchen facilities
What we like
  • Villas are well equipped for families

  • Kids' club for children aged 4 to 12

What we don't like
  • Some of the decor is a little dated

What Mumsnet users say
RNBrie · Tried & Tested
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.
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Our verdict

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.

Best for facilities

Hotel Best Jacaranda

What we like
  • Separate clubs for kids and teens

  • A 10-minute walk from Fanabe Beach

  • Loads of pools, activities and entertainment on-site

What we don't like
  • It's lively and buzzy but may be too big for some (550+ rooms)

What Mumsnet users say
HowFastIsTooFast · Tried & Tested
I've stayed at the Jacaranda; it's a big hotel but never felt too crowded, food was good and loads to do in the area :)
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ReginaGeorgeous · Tried & Tested
The hotel had great pools and lots of activities like volleyball during the day and you could hire bikes from reception fairly cheaply.
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Our verdict

Mumsnetters have lots of positive things to say about the Hotel Best Jacaranda, which undoubtedly lives up to its name. Located on Tenerife's southwest coast between Costa Adeje and La Caleta, this massive (550+ rooms) resort offers a huge array of fun stuff for families to do. There's a theatre bar for entertainment and shows, a piano lounge, separate kids' and teens' clubs (with obligatory discos and foam parties), sports facilities including tennis courts, volleyball and boules, and no fewer than six pools, one with its own waterfall. It's a 10-minute walk from Fanabe Beach and for aqua adventures, you're a 10-minute drive from not one but two waterparks (Siam Park and Aqualand).

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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.

About the author

Claire Stapleton is a writer, editor, blogger, and mum of two from Greater Manchester. She is passionate about helping others to make and save money, by making simple tweaks and positive changes. You will find her over at Stapo’s thrifty life hacks. She is experienced in writing about hotels and destinations having previously worked as a Producer at travel deals publisher, Travelzoo.

How we chose our recommendations

We spent several hours sifting through Mumsnet's holiday forum 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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