If your kids spend most of every family holiday in and out of the water, it's worth considering booking a hotel with with easy access to a waterpark to keep them entertained all holiday long. And while there are plenty of epic waterparks that you can visit for a full day of fun, having on-site access to slides, pools and wave machines is pretty hard to beat and will no doubt set you up for a holiday to remember.
We've highlighted a mix of properties with on-site wave machines, flumes and free-fall slides as well as hotels that offer free tickets to popular nearby waterparks.
Who better to recommend top hotels with waterparks in Spain than families that have hit the slides themselves? We've scoured the Mumsnet holidays forum to uncover the best hotels and resorts that get the Mumsnetter seal of approval.
From the Costas to the Canaries, here are the hotels that deliver the fun alongside the sun.
At a glance: Best hotels in Spain with waterparks
On-site waterpark with kamikaze slides and a pirate ship
Separate kids’ pool for younger children
Beachfront location on Gran Canaria’s southwest coast
Pirate ship and mini slides have a height restriction of 100cm
Guests can’t use the waterpark on the day of checkout
A beachfront location AND an on-site waterpark? Hotel Livvo Lago Taurito ticks two important family holiday boxes. On Gran Canaria's southwest coast, this fun resort is home to waterslides, tube chutes, an activity pool with a pirate ship and a huge lagoon-style pool. There's also a separate kids' pool for calm toddler dips. It's a saltwater waterpark so you can get a beachy feel without having to head down to the sand but if you want to splash in the sea, the beach is just steps away.
There's an on-site kids' club for children aged 4-12 and there are tennis, squash and paddle tennis courts for active families. The buffet restaurant has a show-cooking area and a pizza station and regularly hosts Canarian themed evenings.
Price includes unlimited access to Siam Park
Free five-minute shuttle to the waterpark
Siam Park is one of the world’s best waterparks
Kids’ club and pools on-site
It’s a 25-minute walk to the beach (there’s a free shuttle though)
Regularly voted one of the world's best waterparks, Siam Park is a Thai-themed waterpark on Tenerife's Costa Adeje. It draws visitors from far and wide for day trips throughout the year but because of its sheer size, it's well worth looking into hotels that offer free access so you can make the most of it over the course of a week or longer. There are areas for younger kids including a water playground, funnel slides and water mat slides as well as epic water coasters, river rapids and huge kamikaze slides for older children and adults (top tip: wear a one-piece swimsuit).
Villa Mandi is a five-minute drive from the park and offers free unlimited access throughout your stay. There's a shuttle bus to the waterpark and also to the beach and you're right next door to a top golf course too.
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.
Free access to the on-site wildlife park and waterpark
Wooden lodges are great for families
Choice of six restaurants for all-inclusive guests
Note: the waterpark is open April to October
Some restaurants incur an extra charge
Go on safari in… Benidorm! A wildlife park dotted with Polynesian-themed lodges might not be the first thing you’d expect to see on the Costa Blanca but this sprawling all-inclusive resort is a great choice for kids. Set within Benidorm’s Terra Natura Wildlife Park, a stay here includes access to the park itself where you can expect to see elephants, rhinos and tigers as well as unlimited entry to the waterpark complete with huge slides and a wave machine.
The hotel’s lagoon-style pool features fun animal sculptures and the wooden bungalows are geared up for families with small kitchen areas and terraces. Evening entertainment includes mini discos and themed nights.
Port des Torrent
Free access to neighbouring waterpark
Pirate-themed splashpark for younger kids
Kids’ clubs run six days a week
No tennis or football courts on site but the hotel offers yoga and aqua aerobics sessions
Part of the TUI BLUE collection (luxurious family-friendly hotels with kids’ clubs and a bunch of on-site activities), this beachfront retreat on Ibiza’s west coast is great if you’re travelling with kids of different ages. It’s right next door to a waterpark which features rapid slides, tube chutes and racing slides and it has a pirate-themed splash zone for younger children. It’s completely free to use throughout your stay so you’ll likely pop in on a daily basis.
Away from the slides, there’s a large outdoor family pool, an indoor pool and a shaded children’s pool for non-stop dips. And there’s a handy boardwalk that leads down to the Port des Torrent beach - perfect if you need to drag a pram down to the sand.
The kids’ clubs run six days a week and are split into different categories where activities are tailored to specific age groups. Younger children can expect regular appearances from TUI Blue mascot Captain T Dog, while teens will enjoy the more relaxed socialising at The Hangout.
The buffet restaurant has a dedicated kids’ section and there’s an a la carte Japanese Teppanyaki restaurant with live cooking stations for a fancier alternative.
Splash park with a pirate ship
Slides and chutes cut into a rock
Pirate-themed kids’ club
Rooms are pretty basic
In a quiet part of Benalmadena on the Costa del Sol, Globales Los Patos is a great all-rounder for the whole family. A short stroll from the beach, it's easy to explore the area but there's lots to keep kids busy and entertained on site including a pirate-themed kids' club and a playground. The star attraction is the pool area though - it features a splashpark with mini slides for younger kids as well as a small waterpark with slides and chutes built into a rock.
It's much smaller than a standalone waterpark but there's more than enough to keep kids happy for a week of water-based fun.
There’s a buffet restaurant and a couple of bars plus an all-important snack bar to keep kids (and grown ups) happy.
On-site waterpark is good for kids of all ages
Splashpark area, chutes and a kamikaze slide
Football pitch and tennis courts for non water-based fun
Evening entertainment in a circus-style tent
It’s a 20-minute walk to the beach (although you can board a fun mini train to get there)
On the east coast of Mallorca, this family-friendly all-inclusive resort has its very own waterpark on site. It's geared up for kids of all ages with a splashpark area and small slides for toddlers and a 12-metre-high kamikaze slide, a black hole ride and a multi-lane race slide for older (braver) kids.
There's a choice of pools alongside the rides as well as a mini football area, tennis courts and a games room. Crowd-pleasing food options include a pizzeria and a BBQ grill restaurant and in the evening you can kick back with family-friendly shows in a circus-style tent. All rooms come with a balcony or terrace.
Arenal d’en Castell
If the thought of huge free-fall slides, epic chutes and crowded wave pools feels overwhelming, this all-inclusive retreat on Menorca’s north coast is worth a look. There are slides and a splashpark on site so there’s plenty to keep small kids happy but it’s a manageable size so you can keep tabs on your water babies and according to Mumsnetters, it doesn’t get too busy.
It has three pools for standard splashing and the hotel is a 15-minute stroll from Arenal d'en Castell with its large sandy beach.
There's a kids' club and classic family entertainment in the evening like karaoke, bingo and mini discos, and the buffet restaurant serves early dinners from 6.30pm.
Free unlimited access to PortAventura Park
PortAventura Park is open until midnight in peak season
A stay here includes a one-day pass to Ferrari Land per week and discounts at Caribe Aquatic Park
Closest hotel to Caribe Aquatic Park
PortAventura Park gets extremely busy in the school holidays and queues are long (visit after 5pm to avoid the crowds)
Note that you’ll need to pay extra to visit Caribe Aquatic Park although guests receive a discount
For non-stop family fun, a trip to PortAventura World is hard to beat. On the Costa Dorada, it's Spain's biggest and most popular entertainment attraction and is home to a theme park, an epic waterpark and Ferrari Land. Staying at Hotel PortAventura puts you right in the middle of the action as it's located within the park itself and room rates include unlimited free access to the theme park rides and daily shows, parades and fireworks.
And by staying at the hotel you’ll also get discounted tickets to Caribe Aquatic Park, a tropical waterpark that features an amazing array of slides (including Europe's highest free-fall water slide), a six-lane racing slide, a toddler-friendly splashpark and a lazy river.
While waterpark tickets aren’t included in the price of a stay, Hotel PortAventura is the closest hotel to the slides so it’s very easy to access.
Back at the hotel, the grounds are studded with palm trees and there are two pools on site (plus a separate kids' pool) if you want to kick back away from the crowds. Double rooms are on the small side but sleep four and interconnecting rooms are available on request.
What's the most popular waterpark in Spain?
Spain does waterparks VERY WELL and there are two strong contenders for the most popular title: Siam Park in Tenerife regularly features on 'world's best waterparks' lists and is one of the Canary Island's most-visited attractions. But in terms of numbers, PortAventura's Caribe Aquatic Park attracts 4+ million visitors a year and is the country's most-visited waterpark.
Do you have to pay to access waterparks in Spain?
If you're booking into a hotel that has an on-site waterpark, access will typically be included in the price of your stay so you won't have to pay extra for tickets. It also means that it should be reserved for hotel guests so you won't see the kind of crowds that descend on standalone waterparks, especially in peak season. Hotels near Siam Park in Tenerife often offer free unlimited access while you're there. However, note that if you're staying within the grounds of PortAventura you'll need to pay extra for tickets to the Caribe Aquatic Park (you'll get discounted rates by staying on site though).
What's the best hotel with a waterpark for families in Spain?
There's a LOT of love for Tenerife's Siam Park on the Mumsnet holiday forum. Families return year after year and there's plenty of fun to be had for kids of all ages (although older kids, or least children taller than 120cm will get the most out of it). Given that Villa Mandi offers unlimited access throughout your stay and is a five-minute shuttle bus ride away, we rate this resort as a top pick for families heading to Spain.
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