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Best TUI Blue family resorts: find your next TUI Blue for Families holiday

We take a look at what TUI Blue means, what’s included, and the best TUI Blue family resorts to book for your next holiday with the kids.

By Karen Basnett | Last updated Nov 29, 2023

Best TUI Blue for Families resorts

The concept TUI Blue for Families might be familiar to you, but you’d be forgiven for not knowing exactly what it means when it comes to family holidays.

Plus, with other options including TUI Sensatori, TUI Blue for all, and TUI Blue for two - which one is the right one to choose for your next family trip abroad? And what does TUI Blue actually mean? 

Well, TUI Blue stands for "the new hotel experience designed for you". Formerly known as TUI Family Life, TUI Blue for Families is a selection of hotels and resorts that are specifically designed with families in mind.

Each hotel offers spacious family rooms, splash pools, kids’ clubs, child-friendly cuisine, non-stop entertainment for kids of all ages, and even babysitting services that help parents to enjoy some relaxation.

Child-friendly restaurants offer nutritious dishes, including local and international options and parents have access to the always-open baby lounges equipped with everything you could need to take care of your little ones.

To help you plan your next holiday, here's our guide to the best TUI Blue for Families hotels and resorts, as loved by Mumsnetters.

Looking for an all-inclusive break? We've got the lowdown on the best TUI all-inclusive resorts to consider for your next break, as well as hotel roundups in popular spots including Tenerife, Lanzarote, the Algarve, Croatia, Marrakech and Greece, all featuring top tips and recommendations from the Mumsnet holiday forums.

The best TUI Blue family resorts at a glance


Best overall

TUI BLUE Atlantica Caldera Beach in Crete, Greece

What Mumsnet users say
whoruntheworldgirls · Stayed + rated
"We stayed at the Atlantica Caldera in 2020 and it was lovely, great staff, very clean, tasty food and the kids pool was fun."
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Our verdict

This stunning resort offers a peaceful plot that’s fronted by a sand-and-pebble beachfront, and offers all the trademarks of a TUI Blue for Families hotel. During your stay here, you’ll find a bumper entertainment programme that’s suitable for the whole family, plus restaurants with show-cooking stations and buffets for little ones.

There are four pools at this place – one is pitched a stone’s throw from the beach, while two host a waterside bar. Small kids have plenty of paddle space in the children’s pool, plus there’s a shaded spot for babies to make a splash.

The main buffet spot offers themed dinners, show-cooking stations, and separate areas for little ones to pick their meals. During your stay, you can visit the Taverna once per week of your stay – it’s the place to head for authentic Greek meals. Plus there’s the Green and Grill Restaurant where dishes are grilled on stones - just watch out for little fingers!

There’s a list of activities for the whole family to enjoy throughout the day, and the evening’s entertainment is kicked off by a mini-disco and a show suitable for all ages.


Best resort for waterparks

TUI BLUE Tropical in Dalaman, Turkey

What Mumsnet users say
Phos · Stayed + rated
"Another vote for Tui Blue Tropical!"
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Our verdict

Located on the beachfront of Sarigerme, Tui Blue Tropical is surrounded by pine woods and offers spectacular views.

The hotel offers a variety of activities for all ages. The kids will have a lot of fun at the water park with water slides and splash pools, as well as three kids pools and professional swimming lessons available.

The resort provides both daytime and evening entertainment for children and adults with pool games and many different sports activities, comedy, sketch nights and live music.

For something a little different, the TUI Blue Tropical offers the perfect family holiday in Turkey.


Best beach resort

TUI BLUE Lagoon Princess in Halkidiki, Greece

What Mumsnet users say
SomethingAboutNothing · Stayed + rated
"We stayed at the TUI Blue Lagoon Princess in Halkidiki in a swim up room. It was a beautiful hotel, although in the middle of nowhere with nothing to visit nearby."
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Our verdict

Nestled on the powdery shores of Kalives in Halkidiki you will find the TUI BLUE Lagoon Princess. In this family-friendly resort, luxury and comfort are combined. You will be split for choice with swimming pools, children's leisure facilities, sophisticated accommodation, and dining options.

Try a game of tennis in the sunshine whilst the kids can make new friends in the mini-club, playground, or splash water park. As evening draws you will be entertained with live music and a choice of restaurants and bars.

TUI Blue for Families: Editor's Picks

TUI BLUE Flamingo Beach
TUI BLUE Flamingo Beach in Lanzarote, Spain

Best budget option
Prices from £583 per week

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TUI BLUE Atlantica Aeneas Resort
Atlantica Aeneas Resort in Larnaca, Cyprus

Best all inclusive option
Prices from 1104 per week

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TUI BLUE Alcudia Pins
TUI BLUE Alcudia Pins in Mallorca, Spain

Best for young children
Prices from 325 per week

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Best budget hotel

TUI BLUE Flamingo Beach in Lanzarote, Spain

What Mumsnet users say
foobio · Stayed + rated
"We love Tui Blue Flamingo Beach in Lanzarote."
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Our verdict

The TUI BLUE Flamingo Beach is a superb choice if you’re looking to spend quality time with your family. Daytime activities include yoga and football, with a kids’ club on hand to give parents some chill-out time.

Three restaurants serve up a mix of local and international cuisine and the evening entertainment is geared towards families and features live shows and mini discos.

Look no further than TUI BLUE Flamingo Beach for a budget friendly resort in Lanzarote.


Best for hotel entertainment

TUI BLUE Aura in Ibiza, Spain

What Mumsnet users say
UsernameIsAlreadyTaken · Stayed + rated
"TUI Blue Aura in Ibiza - highly recommend it and perfect with young kids."
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Our verdict

Newly refurbished, the TUI BLUE Aura enjoys a prestigious position on the calm, turquoise waters of Port d’es Torrent Bay situated on the quieter, more secluded western side of Ibiza.

There is a split-level pool at the hotel with spectacular views of the sea. Next door, you will find a water park with rapid slides, tubes, plus a pirate-themed zone for little ones. Hotel guests receive free entry to the water park!

For all day entertainment take your pick from table tennis, darts, pool, billiards, a soft play area, aerobics, a swim school, and multi-purpose sports court. The entertainment team arranges a variety of family-focused games, activities, and sports seven days a week.

TUI BLUE Aura is sure to win over your family if the white isle has captured your heart.


Best for scenic views

TUI BLUE Atlantica Aegean Park in Rhodes, Greece

What Mumsnet users say
ArabellaPilkington · Stayed + rated
"Atlantica Aegean Blue in Rhodes has a big water park on-site."
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Our verdict

The Atlantica Aegean Park with magnificent views is on the east coast of Rhodes nestled between the Mediterranean Sea and Mount Tsambika.

If you’re looking for a fun-filled holiday this hotel ticks all the boxes. There's plenty to keep the kids occupied whilst you take a dip in the pool or relax with a cocktail in hand. There's an adventure playground, a waterpark with slides and splash areas, along with sports such as football, basketball, and tennis to keep the whole family entertained.

The hotel’s rooms are spacious with the option to upgrade to a swim-up premium family room.

The Atlantica Aegean Park's serene beachfront and mountain-side location offers everything and more for your dream family holiday.


Best all-inclusive hotel

Atlantica Aeneas Resort in Larnaca, Cyprus

What Mumsnet users say
Grange · Stayed + rated
"I've been to Alcudia Pins and have rebooked for this year. We went all inclusive with a 4 and 2 year old. Accommodation suited us as the apartments have a separate bedroom and kitchen area despite it being all inclusive. Excellent pools, kids club and on the beach."
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Our verdict

TUI Blue Alcudia Pins is a wonderful 4-star hotel for families with young children! The hotel has a beautiful white sandy beach that toddlers will love right outside. Toddlers can let off steam in the soft play area and playground. The hotel also has an animal-themed splash park and kids’ swimming pool with a waterslide and a separate shaded Baby Pool.

Thers also a dedicated Baby Lounge for use by parents and a Baby Club that looks after babies aged zero to three years old.

You will find everything you need for a stress-free enjoyable holiday with a baby or toddler at TUI Blue Alcudia Pins.


Best small resort

TUI Blue Grupotel Turquesa Mar in Menorca, Spain

What Mumsnet users say
Maydayredalert · Stayed + rated
"Menorca itself is lovely. Perfect for families, nice and chilled and friendly people."
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Our verdict

Located between Son Xoriguer and Cala n Bosch, this resort is one of the largest in the area. The Hotel Grupotel Club Turquesa Mar is the perfect place to stay if you are traveling with your family.

With four pools, a kids' paddling pool and Son Xoriguer Beach close by, you’ll have everything covered when it comes to entertaining your water babies. Back on dry land there are plenty of facilities and sports games for all the family to take part in.

A kitchenette is included in the one-bedroom apartments, which is convenient for families with small children. Additionally, the hotel offers baby equipment upon request.

There are a wide variety of activities for children of all ages between the ages of 0 and 15. The excellent entertainment team ensures everyone has fun throughout the day and night.

You will make memories that will last a lifetime when you stay at the TUI BLUE Grupotel Club Turquesa Mar on the beautiful Balearic Island of Menorca.


Best for pools

TUI BLUE Nevis in Bourgas, Bulgaria

What Mumsnet users say
ElvisPresleysSideburns · Stayed + rated
"Probably the easiest holiday we've ever had. The Aqua park is huge (if your DC are into that) and kept ours occupied all week. The shuttle bus was very regular and meant you were away from the bustle unless you wanted to."
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Our verdict

Stunning beaches, a fabulous Mediterranean climate and ancient landmarks make holidays to Bulgaria a wise choice. Located on Bulgaria's popular Sunny Beach, TUI BLUE Nevis is an ultra-modern, family-friendly complex.

With family entertainment and comfort in mind, the hotel has been designed to provide a memorable stay. A huge focus is on water in the extensive pool area, which includes a baby pool, and a water park with slides.

You'll find everything you need and more at TUI BLUE Nevis for an action-packed family adventure.

Childcare at TUI Blue for Families

Despite being designed for families, these hotels offer plenty of opportunities for parents to enjoy some all-important adult time.

Each hotel in the collection offers excellent childcare options. Find a baby creche for children under three, fun kids’ clubs for those aged 3 to 11, or if you have youngsters aged 12 to 16, they can visit the hangout, chilled-out areas where they can make friends and play games.

Non-stop entertainment at TUI Blue for Families

Keeping the kids entertained during a holiday can often be a challenge. When it comes to TUI Blue for Families, they offer a variety of entertainment for children of all ages, from babies to teenagers. There’s so much to do from sunrise until bedtime. Family entertainers will get kids involved in games, sporting tournaments and interactive classes. In the evening, the whole family can enjoy night-time entertainment with something different every day of the week.

Whatever resort you choose, a TUI Blue for Families hotel will not disappoint you. Our guide to the best TUI Blue for Families resorts will help you pick which one will suit your family and help create lasting memories with your loved ones.

About the TUI BLUE app for your holiday

When booking a TUI BLUE hotel, your booking provides you with access to the helpful and practical TUI BLUE app.

On the app you'll find information about your hotel, excursions, restaurant opening hours, and the full activities programme available. You can also easily contact the hotel and connect with other holidaymakers with the community section.

Depending on your hotel, you can book certain experiences in the app, such as reserving tables in a restaurant, registering for a fitness class or signing your kids into childcare. Plus, all the TUI BLUE hotels are equipped with free WiFi so you can access the app at any time.

What is the difference between TUI Sensatori and TUI Blue?

TUI BLUE Sensatori Hotels are the premium level hotels. They are ideal if you want a real indulgence holiday with lots of sun and sea. They are designed for couples or families and are the same concept as a TUI BLUE family hotel but provide a more exclusive and luxurious holiday.

About the author

Karen Basnett is a Freelance Writer and Marketing Director. She is mother to a very energetic toddler, and has recently had a baby. She has a passion for travel, live music, fashion and food, and loves nothing more than having a good time with family and friends... and chasing after her crazy Golden Retriever, Alfie. She has written travel guides for Mumsnet on everything from the best family hotels in Bath to the best destinations for October half-term.

How we chose our recommendations

Our recommendations are based on feedback from real parents, Mumsnet forums, customer testimonials, and review sites. Being parents ourselves helps us to understand what families need when booking a holiday, and we always offer unbiased, independent advice you can trust.

After we’ve collated our hotel picks, we then turn to the experts and consult the likes of TripAdvisor, and Expedia to see what their recommendations include for family holidays with TUI BLUE.

Here we’ll also check what travellers are saying on these sites, taking into consideration both the positive and negative points of their trip to bring you a well-rounded and honest guide.

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