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Best TUI Blue family hotels in Spain: top resorts for your next holiday with the kids

Planning a well-deserved holiday with the kids? Here’s our pick of the best TUI Blue family resorts in Spain - including the Canary Islands and the Balearics - as recommended by Mumsnet users. 

By Lucy Cotterill | Last updated Feb 15, 2024

TUI Blue Tarida Beach Ibiza

Whether you’re making the most of a short flight to the Balearics or mainland Spain, or want guaranteed out-of-season sunshine in the Canary Islands, TUI Blue has a variety of family-friendly resorts to choose from for your next family holiday.

TUI Blue holidays are all-inclusive so flights, transfers, accommodation, entertainment, kids’ clubs and food and drink are all included in the price, taking the stress out of planning so you can focus on the important part - spending quality time with your family. 

Whether you’re looking for a budget-friendly holiday, a beachfront hotel, a hotel with impressive pools or a resort with a short transfer from the airport, we’ve rounded up the best TUI Blue resorts in Spain that Mumsnet users love and have recommended on our holiday forums

Looking for an all-inclusive break? We've also got the lowdown on the best TUI all-inclusive resorts to consider for your next break plus the best TUI Blue resorts in Greece and Turkey, all featuring top tips from Mumsnetters. 

1
Best overall

TUI Blue Aura, Port Des Torrent, Ibiza

What we like
  • Baby and kids’ clubs with age-appropriate activities 

  • Short walk from a sheltered beach with shallow waters 

  • Choice of pools and free access to the water park next door 

  • Recently refurbished hotel 

What we don't like
  • Complex is smaller than some other TUI Blue resorts

  • Less choice for active families (e.g. no tennis courts)

  • Japanese a la carte cuisine may not appeal to all

What Mumsnet users say
UsernameIsAlreadyTaken · Stayed + rated
"TUI Blue Aura in Ibiza - highly recommend it and perfect with young kids"
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Afterfire · Stayed + rated
Tui Blue Aura in Ibiza has consistently brilliant reviews. Worth a look.”
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Our verdict

Completely renovated in 2019, TUI Blue Aura is a popular choice for families with young children. Just a few minutes’ walk from the shallow waters, sheltered coves and soft sands of the beautiful Port des Torrent beach, it’s the perfect base for those first tentative paddles in the sea. There’s a convenient boardwalk leading down to the shore, so even heading down to the beach with a buggy in tow is relatively simple and fuss-free. 

In addition to the large outdoor family pool, indoor pool, shaded children’s pool and splash park, guests can use the waterpark - with tube slides and rapids - next door for free. 

While the Aura’s buffet restaurant and its dedicated area just for kids caters well for fussy eaters, the a la carte Japanese Teppanyaki restaurant with live cooking stations makes a great alternative for those who fancy being a little more adventurous during their stay. 

Guests speak highly of the TUI Blue kids’ clubs at Aura, which run six days a week and are split into distinct age groups with tailored activities led by dedicated activity hosts. Younger children can expect regular appearances from TUI Blue mascot Captain T Dog, while teens will enjoy the more relaxed socialising at The Hangout. 

Nearest airport: Ibiza Airport (11 miles)

2
Best budget

TUI Blue Flamingo Beach, Lanzarote

What we like
  • Lots of pools including a fun splash pool for children 

  • Choice of three restaurants 

  • Tennis, football and multi-sports courts for active families

What we don't like
  • Some reviewers feel that parts of the hotel would benefit from a refresh 

  • The hotel is set across multiple levels, with some slopes and steps that are less suitable for those with mobility issues

What Mumsnet users say
Kwackerly · Stayed + rated
“Playa Blanca in Lanzarote. Tui Blue Flamingo Beach is a lovely low-rise all-inclusive resort right next to a beautiful white sand beach, took my son there for a few very easy holidays when he was small.”
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harrumphs · Stayed + rated
“We love this place, highly recommend and can't wait to go back! Lanzarote is a beautiful island, as well.”
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Our verdict

If you’re looking for a family-friendly hotel that has all the benefits of a TUI Blue resort without the hefty price tag, Flamingo Beach is one of the more affordable Spanish TUI Blue resorts. A short 35-minute transfer from the airport, TUI Blue Flamingo Beach is located on the sandy bay at Playa Flamingo, just a short walk from Marina Rubicon and Playa Blanca. You can even catch a ferry to nearby Fuerteventura should you wish to explore more of the Canary Islands during your stay. 

With plenty of loungers and parasols for soaking up the almost guaranteed sun, you can switch between the large family pool, activity pool or the more relaxed pool depending on your mood. Children will love the shade of the dedicated children's pool, as well as the brightly coloured splash park with a waterfall palm tree and fun tipping bucket.

There are four restaurants, with the main buffet restaurant offering regional, Mediterranean and international dishes as well as a children’s menu. For true Canarian cuisine, guests can enjoy one all-inclusive visit to the a la carte Taverna or tuck into fresh fish, meat and grilled delights directly on the beach at the Green & Grill El Duque. 

With kids' clubs six days a week and an impressive entertainment programme including live early evening shows, younger children will love the kids' parties, mini-disco and character meet and greets. 

Nearest airport: Lanzarote Airport (21 miles)

3
Best for pools

TUI Blue Tarida Beach, Cala Tanda, Ibiza

What we like
  • Loads of pools 

  • Five on-site restaurants 

  • Peaceful location a short drive from busier resorts

What we don't like
  • Some reviewers found long queues for the buffet restaurant 

  • This four-star plus hotel is more expensive than some of the other highly-rated Spanish TUI Blue resorts

What Mumsnet users say
Ricekrispie22 · Stayed + rated
"At Sensatori Ibiza (now Tui Blue Tarida Beach), babies get their own multi-sensory nursery, which comes with the likes of flashing lights, tactile panels and a Little Land of Nod sleeping room. It’s designed for little ones aged up to 4 years and is available seven days a week, all year round"
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Our verdict

On the bay of Cala Tarida on Ibiza’s west coast, TUI Blue Tarida Beach offers a peaceful setting for families while also being just a short drive away from the hustle and bustle of San Antonio and San Jose. 

If you love soaking up the sun and spending time in the pool, you’ll be spoilt for choice at Tarida Beach. In addition to the indoor pool and adults-only pool for calm swim sessions, you’ll also find a spacious family pool, children's area with slides and an entire pool reserved for activities, so there's no need to navigate around the water aerobics while trying to cool off from the late afternoon sun. For the ultimate luxury, Tarida Beach even has a small number of swim-up rooms - ideal if you want to ‘splash out’.

It’s not all about swimming. You’ll also find two outdoor playgrounds where children can burn off some energy before bed, as well as access to tennis, archery and football at the nearby ‘Retreat’ centre just a five-minute walk from the hotel. The fine golden sand of Cala Tarida beach is also nearby - with shallow water perfect for paddling with younger children.  

The kids’ clubs at Tarida Beach (for children aged 3-12 years) focus on arts, crafts and team games and you’ll find a variety of live shows in the evenings from the talented TUI entertainment team. 

Mealtimes are a real family affair, with the main buffet restaurant offering a children’s buffet, live cooking stations and fun themed nights. You also get access to three a la carte restaurants during your stay, with a choice of Mediterranean, Italian and international cuisine. There is only one complimentary a la carte visit included in your all-inclusive package, however, and some recent guests experienced long queues at the main buffet restaurant. 

Nearest airport: Es Codolar airport (11 miles) approximately 40-minute transfer 

4
Best for entertainment

TUI Blue Grupotel Mallorca Mar, Cala Bona, Mallorca

What we like
  • Kids’ water park with slides 

  • Well maintained grounds

  • Good entertainment programme 

  • The outdoor terrace at the main buffet restaurant 

What we don't like
  • While the sea is accessible via a jetty, this is less suited to younger children as there is no direct beach access

  • The nearest beach is a short shuttle bus/drive away (1 mile)

  • Road (with zebra crossing) passes through the centre of the complex

What Mumsnet users say
Bluebellsbells · Stayed + rated
We have just returned and had the most amazing time at Tui Grupotel Majorca Mar in Sa Coma. The accommodation was some of the best I've stayed in, grounds well kept, entertainment excellent, food excellent, directly on the coast. The only downside was transfer from the airport (I would advise a private transfer as it took nearly two hours for a 50-minute journey)"
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Our verdict

Mallorca is a popular holiday spot for Mumsnetters and the TUI Blue Grupotel Mallorca Mar is rated highly. Located in Cala Bona on Mallorca’s northeast coast, it boasts well-maintained grounds dotted with beautiful palm trees and spacious lawns where children will love to run around and play. We love the covered outdoor terrace at the main buffet restaurant, allowing you to make the most of epic coastal views while the kids tuck into familiar dishes from the children’s buffet.

Younger children will love the resort’s small water park, with its brightly coloured whale and crocodile slides, while the shaded baby pool means even the youngest guests can have a paddle, protected from the midday sun. 

While the hotel does have direct access to the sea via a jetty, this is only recommended for confident swimmers. If you prefer the reassurance of shallow waters (or your children simply want to build a sandcastle), you’re better off heading to the local beach Cala Millor, a 10 -minute bus ride away.

The TUI Blue kids’ clubs run six days a week and are a great place for your children to make new friends while you head to the on-site spa. There’s also plenty of day and night entertainment from the TUI entertainment team including the BlueFIt for Families sessions, which are sure to get the whole family up on their feet. Little ones will love the mini disco each evening, with the chance to meet the loveable TUI mascots Barnse and Captain T. 

Nearest airport: Palma de Mallorca Airport (45 miles) 

5
Best by the beach

TUI Blue Alcudia Pins Playa, Mallorca

What we like
  • Themed party evenings 

  • Great kids’ club activities

  • Beachfront location

  • Five restaurants  

What we don't like
  • 1.5 to 2-hour transfer time (private transfer recommended) 

What Mumsnet users say
SconNotScone · Stayed + rated
"We went to Alcudia Pins in Mallorca. They had Bamse Club, which was for 3-5-year-olds. She didn’t end up going many times but did enjoy some of the other activities that were put on around the pool, and she also went to an evening chocolate-themed party, run by the kids' club, which she enjoyed. They also did theme party evenings, like pirate theme, and chocolate theme. They also had an event where the kids could go into the restaurant and cook pizza with one of the character mascots"
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SurvivingJust1 · Stayed + rated
“Alcudia Pins is amazing for children”
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Our verdict

Set right on the seafront of the stunning Blueflag Playa de Muro, Mallorca’s largest sandy beach, Alcudia Pins offers some pretty epic views across the sun-soaked coast of Alcudia Bay. 

You’ll find a wide choice of pools at this family-focused resort, including a large central pool with a waterslide, a smaller children’s pool and an animal-themed splash park with chutes for preschoolers and young children. Guests with babies and toddlers will love the partly shaded shallow pool, while adults can escape to the quiet pool for a more relaxing swim while the kids enjoy some fun and games at the resort's popular kids’ clubs. 

The kids’ clubs run six days a week and cater from toddlers to teens, with early evening entertainment, games and shows to entertain the entire family. If sitting on a sun lounger doesn’t appeal, you can challenge the family to a game of table tennis or work up a sweat at the BlueFitforFamilies sessions.

There’s a choice of five restaurants with the main buffet restaurant offering a dedicated children’s section. Younger children may even be motivated to try new foods by participating in the TUI Healthy Eating Challenge, with the chance to win stickers and prizes. You also get one all-inclusive visit to the a la carte Taverna during your stay for some local Spanish cuisine.

Nearest airport: Palma Airport (38 miles)

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Best for exploring

TUI Blue Grupotel Tuquesa Mar, Cala’n Bosch, Menorca

What we like
  • Great location with a relatively short transfer time 

  • Beautiful marina nearby 

  • Two beaches within a 10-minute walk from the hotel 

What we don't like
  • Fewer restaurant options compared to some other TUI Blue resorts

What Mumsnet users say
Lockdownmummy · Stayed + rated
“Have a look at Tui Blue hotels. I just came back from an AI week in Menorca with two preschool children and it was better than I was expecting! AI took the stress out of meal times, good entertainment for the kids and even got my son at kids club for a few sessions.”
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Our verdict

Based near the delightful Cala’n Bosch Bay, TUI Blue Turquesa Mar boasts a great central location, just 500m from the sandy Son Xoriguer Beach and a short stroll from the beautiful marina with a host of bars, restaurants and shops. As well as having a bus stop directly outside the hotel for trips to the historic town of Ciutadella, Turequesa Mar is ideal for families who want a lively hub to explore in the evenings 

There are three large outdoor pools including a family pool and large pool divided into quiet and activity zones. Younger children will love the fun kids' splash zone with water fountains, tipping buckets and slides.

While there are fewer restaurants at Turquesa Mar than at some of the TUI Blue hotels, you can choose from the main buffet restaurant serving international local and family favourites or the a la carte Taverna for traditional Spanish and Menorcan cuisine.

There’s plenty at this resort to keep children entertained too. From the multi-sports courts and playground to the kids’ clubs with structured activities for children aged 3-11. Even teens can make new friends at The Hangout and enjoy some independence during their stay. At the end of a fun-filled day, families can enjoy party nights and West End-style shows from the talented TUI entertainment team.

Nearest airport: Menorca Airport (35 miles)

7
Best for a short airport transfer

TUI BLUE Orquidea, Gran Canaria

What we like
  • Option to use facilities at two other TUI Blue resorts next door

  • Located opposite a popular shopping market 

  • Short transfer from the airport

  • Bahia Feliz is easy to explore on foot

What we don't like
  • Nearest beach is rocky

  • Recent reviews report that a lack of air con in the entertainment complex make it hot during peak season 

What Mumsnet users say
juddyrockingcloggs · Stayed + rated
“The resort of Bahia Feliz is small. Tiny even and opposite the hotel is the 'town centre' which is a small town square with restaurants all around, a couple of shops, a mini supermarket and a chemist a bit further up. The restaurants here are really nice. The pools in the main part of the hotel are large and there is a splash pool. For a quieter afternoon, there is also a large pool if you go through to the Play Feliz apartments so obvs plenty of sunny play areas. The kids club is good and you can choose from mornings or afternoons and my little boy who was then five really enjoyed it.”
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If you’re travelling with young children, there’s nothing worse than a tedious transfer when you touch down at your destination. If you’re looking for the convenience of a short transfer time, the TUI BLUE Orquídea could be the ideal choice as it’s just a 25-minute drive from the airport. 

One of three TUI BLUE For Families hotels in the small and quaint resort of Bahia Feliz, the hotel is sandwiched between TUI BLUE Las Pitas and TUI BLUE Playa Feliz and with the option to use the facilities at all three, you’ll have plenty of choice when planning how to spend your days with the kids. 

There are three restaurants to choose from including the all-inclusive buffet and a choice of two a la carte restaurants. The Taverna provides local Spanish cuisine or you can enjoy a shared tapas experience at the speciality restaurant El Sultan.

Children will love the central splash park and family pool, while early risers can enjoy some lane swimming in peace at the start of a busy day. It’s worth noting that the beachfront location is sand and shingle, so if you’re seeking softer golden sands, you may prefer to take the short trip to nearby Playa del Inglés.

Nearest airport: Gran Canaria Airport (14 miles) 

8
Best for food

TUI Blue Sensatori Bio Mar Mallorca

What we like
  • Choice of seven restaurants including five a la carte options 

  • Luxury room options include swim-up rooms and rooftop pools 

  • Kids’ pool with jets 

  • Choice of pools

What we don't like
  • The beach is around a 15-minute walk away

What Mumsnet users say
BeeYellowMumma · Stayed + rated
“We went to "the holiday village" in/near Sa Coma, which was brilliant and ideal for families, we would go back”
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Our verdict

If one of your favourite parts of a family holiday is the food, it’s worth considering a TUI Sensatori Blue hotel, which offers superior surroundings and a wider choice of food included in your all-inclusive package.

The five-star TUI Blue Sensatori Bio Mar is located on the east coast of Mallorca. It’s easy to explore on foot, with a traffic-free promenade of shops and restaurants and it’s around a 10-15 minute walk to the beach.

With luxury surroundings, perfect for chilling and playing games around the pool, families can choose to take a splash in the main family pool or be more energetic in the activity pool. Younger guests will have a whale of a time with the hippo and turtle jets in the children’s pool. 

For dining, you really are spoilt for choice and it’s particularly good if you’re vegan, vegetarian or have specific dietary requirements. From grilled meats and vegetables at the Italian trattoria to more fiery Indian cuisine, you’re sure to find something to suit everyone’s taste buds, including children’s menus featuring familiar dishes like pizza and pasta. With a choice of seven restaurants, you can dine at three of the à la cartes once per week as part of your all-inclusive package.

Dance shows, cabaret acts and live music run daily from the professional TUI Blue entertainment team, while the TUI kids’ club (for kids aged three to 12) can offer a change of scenery and the chance to meet other guests.

Nearest airport: 43 miles (Palma de Mallorca Airport) 

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What is a TUI BLUE hotel? 

TUI Blue hotels are designed with families in mind and offer a variety of facilities and activities to help families spend quality time together during their holidays. With large pools, extensive entertainment packages and varied dining options, they also include complimentary kids’ clubs (grouped by age) for children from 3-12 years.

For those looking for slightly more luxurious surroundings with children in tow, the five-star TUI Blue Sensatori hotels offer all the benefits of a TUI Blue resort with more sophisticated dining options.

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What’s included in the price of a TUI BLUE hotel stay? 

The exact package will vary depending on the resort, however, most TUI BLUE packages are all-inclusive, including meals and snacks at the main buffet restaurant, as well as soft drinks and a selection of alcoholic options. Most TUI Blue stays also include one complimentary visit to the on-site a la carte restaurant, and depending on the resort, this could be one other choice (usually the Taverna) or a selection of cuisines to choose from. Reassuringly, responsible drinking is encouraged at these family resorts, so you can expect some limitations on alcoholic drinks. 

Most TUI Blue resorts offer an extensive entertainment package including kids' clubs, sports facilities and evening entertainment free of charge, although some specific activities (such as sports and equipment hire)  may incur an additional charge.

Read next: The best family-friendly hotels in Ibiza, according to Mumsnetters

Do all TUI BLUE hotels feature kids’ clubs?  

While TUI Blue hotels are designed for families, they also understand that grown-ups deserve a bit of a break too. With each resort offering a range of childcare options, from a baby creche (chargeable) to free kids’ clubs for children aged 3-11, they are a great way for adults to get some alone time while children make friends and enjoy age-appropriate activities. 

Teenagers aren’t ignored either, with a less structured Hangout for children aged 12-16 providing some independence and the chance to meet other teens during their stay. 

Read next: The best resorts with kids' clubs for your next family escape

What’s the best TUI BLUE hotel for families in Spain

While you’re fairly spoilt for choice for TUI Blue resorts across Spain, the Balearics and the Canary Islands, our top pick for a family holiday, particularly if you’re travelling with younger children is the recently refurbished TUI Blue Aura. With a great location and excellent kids’ clubs, it provides easy access to a child-friendly beach for paddling, while the pools and water park next door will keep the whole family entertained for hours. 

How we chose our recommendations

We know that there’s nothing like a personal recommendation so we first headed to the Mumsnet forums to find tried and tested recommendations of TUI Blue family resorts in Spain, the Balearics and the Canary Islands. We then did some online research, looking at the family hotels that had won awards or featured in ‘best choice’ lists, reading expert and customer reviews. Having collated all that information, we then narrowed our list down to the best TUI Blue family hotels in Spain right now.

About the author 

Lucy Cotterill is a Mum and Content Writer at Mumsnet, specialising in baby/child and lifestyle product reviews and roundups. Having written product reviews on her own blog Real Mum Reviews since 2012, Lucy loves to research and explore the pros and cons of products, scrutinising reviews and consumer feedback to help people make confident purchases.

Loving nothing more than a well-earned holiday with her children, Lucy can regularly be found scrutinising the Mumsnet holiday forums and TripAdvisor to seek out the best deals on family holidays.

Originally from a HR background with a degree in Business Studies, Lucy developed a real passion for blogging and writing when her children were young and went on to write for several online publications including US parenting site Pregistry and the Evening Standard. When she’s not manically tapping the keys of her laptop, Lucy loves nothing more than to cosy up with her Kindle and enjoy the latest thriller, or compete in Nintendo Switch rallies with her daughters aged six and 10.

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