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The Sensatori by TUI BLUE hotels that Mumsnetters love: luxury resorts that get the family seal of approval

Luxurious accommodation, 5-star service, all-inclusive dining and fun kids’ clubs, Sensatori by TUI BLUE hotels are fully geared up for fab family holidays. But which resorts do Mumsnetters rate and return to? We’ve rounded up a selection of the best.

By Rachel Erdos | Last updated Apr 18, 2024

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If you’ve researched luxury family resorts in popular destinations like Greece, Turkey and Spain, it’s highly likely that you’ve come across a Sensatori by TUI BLUE hotel or two. These high-end hotels bring together all the classic elements of a fun family escape with luxurious touches throughout: think swim-up rooms, gourmet restaurants, premium bars and gorgeous spas. 

They’re the kind of hotels that you imagine are out of reach when you have kids - the preserve of glamorous kid-free couples. But children are VERY much welcome at Sensatori by TUI BLUE hotels with family-friendly and adults-only zones clearly mapped out. Each resort features kids’ clubs that cater to babies, toddlers, tweens and teens, you’ll find paddling pools and splash parks in close proximity to the main resort pools, and handy items like sterilisers and bottle warmers can be pre-booked ahead of your stay, helping to lighten the load. 

Sensatori by TUI BLUE hotels are perfect if you’re seeking somewhere fun for the kids but don’t want to sacrifice on the kind of stylish surroundings and fancy extras that can really make a holiday feel indulgent.

We’ve consulted our popular holiday forum to highlight the Sensatori by TUI BLUE hotels that Mumsnetters have personally tried and tested. These are the resorts that members of our well-travelled community have recommended to fellow family travellers looking for inspiration. 

TUI BLUE Sensatori Akra Fethiye, Turkey

Fethiye, Dalaman Area, Turkey

What we like
  • 24-hour all-inclusive dining 

  • Beachfront cabana daybeds (with waiter service) 

  • Swim-up rooms available

What to know
  • Board basis: All inclusive

  • Nearest airport: Dalaman (24 miles) 

  • Number of pools: Six

What Mumsnet users say
checkedcloth · Stayed + rated
“Hands down our favourite is the one in Fethiye - we’ve been twice. It’s a beautiful hotel, the rooms are clean, modern and spacious. Great food and lovely touches such as being able to hire a cabana on the beach with butler service.”
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Skyrain · Stayed + rated
“We have been and loved it. The food was amazing, so much variety and great service. The whole resort is lovely and you can get a ferry into Fethiye easily or jump in a taxi.”
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Our verdict

With 3,000+ positive reviews on TripAdvisor and high praise on the Mumsnet holiday forum, the TUI BLUE Sensatori Akra Fethiye is a top choice for a Turkish family holiday. Set in Fethiye on Turkey’s aptly-named Turquoise Coast, this beachfront retreat offers direct access to its own sandy spot where you’ll find cabana daybeds complete with waiter service. 

Children are well looked after here with access to a range of kids’ clubs and a baby creche plus a choice of pools, slides and splash areas. And the whole family can make use of sporting facilities including football pitches, tennis courts and fitness classes. 

Guests get 24-hour access to all-inclusive dining and you’ll be spoilt for choice with six restaurants and seven bars (serving premium drinks). Make time to pop up to the rooftop bar for cocktails and sunset views during your stay. 

Areas are split neatly into adults-only and family-friendly zones and there are a range of accommodation options including swim-up rooms and two-bedroom family suites - perfect if you’re travelling with older kids that appreciate a bit of privacy. 

“We have loved all the [Sensatori by TUI BLUE] hotels. Perfect for families plus spa etc for adults. Our DD aged 4 really enjoys the kids club and entertainment.”

-Mumsnet user, KenDoddsDadsDog

TUI BLUE Sensatori Atlantica Caldera Palace, Crete

Lyttos Beach, Heraklion Area, Crete

What we like
  • Direct access to Lyttos Beach 

  • Swim-up rooms available 

  • Eight restaurants to choose from 

  • Kids’ treatments available at the spa

What to know
  • Board basis: All inclusive

  • Nearest airport: Heraklion (12 miles) 

  • Number of pools: Five

What Mumsnet users say
whoruntheworldgirls · Stayed + rated
"We stayed at the Tui Sensatori Atlantica Caldera and it was lovely, great staff, very clean, good food and the kids pool was fun."
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salsamummy · Stayed + rated
"We went when ds was 5 and loved it."
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Our verdict

In a prime position on Crete’s north coast, TUI BLUE Sensatori Atlantica Caldera Palace is a gorgeous Greek retreat with direct access to Lyttos Beach. 

With chunky loungers lining the pool, sleek rooms (some with swim-up pools) and a modern spa, it has the look and feel of a grown-up luxury resort but it’s incredibly welcoming to families and there are loads of fun amenities for children of all ages. 

The kids' clubs are staffed by qualified childcare experts and offer activities to suit everyone from babies to 12-year-olds, and in the evening, there’s dancing and games to join in with, or tribute acts and professional shows to watch.

Foodie families will love the variety of restaurants on offer (there are eight!) with traditional Greek, Japanese, Thai and Tex Mex dishes to try. And there's a cafe to keep snack fans happy throughout the day. 

Take a dip in one of five pools. Kids will love the splash pool with water jets, slides and tipping buckets. It’s well worth checking out the adults-only pool (with in-water loungers) when the kids are happily distracted at the kids’ club. Or book a slot at the spa for an indulgent treatment (it also offers treatments for kids including mini massages and teen facials).

TUI BLUE Sensatori Biomar, Mallorca

Sa Coma, Mallorca

What we like
  • Secluded setting 

  • Choice of seven restaurants 

  • Spa features a Hydrothermal circuit

What to know
  • Board basis: All inclusive

  • Nearest airport: Palma de Mallorca (43 miles) 

  • Number of pools: Six

What Mumsnet users say
Chubbywubba · Stayed + rated
"We’re off to the Tui Sensatori Biomar in Sa Coma again this year. We went last year with the two kids (5. & 9) and we had such a lovely time we’re happy to do it all again! Great hotel, with adults-only areas, a lovely swim-up bar in the main pool, kids clubs, delicious food and drink."
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Our verdict

On the northeast coast of Mallorca, TUI BLUE Sensatori Biomar sits in a secluded spot overlooking the sea. Despite its quiet setting, it’s a 15-minute stroll to Sa Coma’s car-free promenade and beach making it easy to explore the area on foot.

The resort is geared up for luxurious lounging. In addition to six on-site pools, you’ll find a Hydrothermal circuit at the spa which features waterfalls, massage jets and micro bubble beds. There’s also a Turkish bath, and treatments available for adults as well as kids aged 4-16. 

Children can join one of the age-appropriate kids’ clubs for a fun lineup of activities (six days a week) or head to the tennis or volleyball courts to work up an appetite before dinner. There are also 45-minute family activity sessions on offer for parents with kids under 3 including pool play and baby wellbeing classes. 

On the food front, there’s a choice of seven restaurants spanning everything from Italian to Indian cuisine and there’s a good range of vegan and vegetarian options. Dance shows, cabaret acts and live music dominate the evening entertainment schedule. 

TUI BLUE Sensatori Atlantica Dreams, Rhodes

Gennadi, Rhodes

What we like
  • Built around the ruins of an ancient Greek village

  • Balinese daybeds on the beach

  • Fun splash park on site

What to know
  • Board basis: All inclusive

  • Nearest airport: Rhodes (43 miles) 

  • Number of pools: Six

What Mumsnet users say
stclair · Stayed + rated
"Stayed with TUI Sensatori in Rhodes 3 years ago. Was a brilliant holiday (we don’t usually do all inclusive) and my 10 year old still talks about it. Flights, transfer all went without a hitch. Hotel was lovely, lots of pools, restaurants, night entertainment, good beach with water sports. Would use them again."
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Our verdict

Built around the ruins of an ancient Greek village, this charming resort offers direct access to a pretty pebble beach on the southeast coast of Rhodes. 

As well as four outdoor pools, an indoor pool and an activity pool, there’s a dedicated splash park for kids, complete with waterslides and a tipping bucket. And if your kids can’t get enough of the water, you can book a swim-up room or push the boat out and opt for a beachfront suite with a private pool. 

Loungers and Balinese daybeds dot the beach or you can kick back at the spa which is home to a sauna and a steam room. For something a little more active, there are football pitches, tennis courts and an archery range to try out. And children up to the age of 15 can join one of the excellent kids’ clubs - there’s an on-site amphitheatre for fun and games. 

With seven bars and six restaurants, families get lots of variety at mealtimes. In addition to the main restaurant with its child-friendly buffet station (set lower to the ground), guests can dine at three specialist restaurants each week. Options include Italian cuisine at Caprice, traditional Greek food at Kuzina and tasty American classics at Liberty. 

TUI BLUE Sensatori Akra Sorgun, Turkey

Side, Antalya Area, Turkey

What we like
  • 24-hour all-inclusive dining and an overnight dinner service

  • Revamped in 2024 

  • Beach cabanas come with waiter service

  • Cinema screenings for kids

What to know
  • Board basis: All inclusive

  • Nearest airport: Antalya (43 miles) 

  • Number of pools: Five

What Mumsnet users say
ReadyForActionRyderSir · Stayed + rated
"We've just come back from Sensatori Turkey Side, was fab. Laziest holiday I've ever had. Prices are good to for an AI. Beach 2 mins walk away and fab pools and entertainment."
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Aztectrousers · Stayed + rated
"I can recommend the Tui Sensatori Barut Sorgun in Side which is excellent, lots of families there."
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Our verdict

This super stylish beachfront spot received a revamp in 2024 so it’s looking its best for the summer season. Set between a forest and a golden sand beach, it offers easy access to the resort town of Side on Turkey’s southern Mediterranean coast. 

There’s an impressive array of food options here and you’ll get 24-hour all-inclusive dining access. There’s even an overnight dinner service for indulgent late night snacking. Kids will love the freshly made waffles and pancakes at breakfast and guests can visit three speciality restaurants during their stay, including the Ocean Restaurant set right by the beach.

Children can expect a lively lineup of activities at the kids’ clubs and there are regular cinema screenings for a laidback alternative. Sporty families can make use of the beach volleyball courts, football pitches and archery range. 

For a luxurious treat while the kids are being entertained by the resort’s childcare experts, consider reserving a beach cabana and making use of the waiter service while you kick back with a good book in the sun. 

What is a Sensatori by TUI BLUE hotel? 

Sensatori by TUI BLUE is a collection of luxurious 5-star all-inclusive properties in popular resorts. Each hotel features sleek accommodation, gourmet dining options, on-site activities and access to kids’ clubs staffed by qualified childcare experts. Geared up for families and couples, there are dedicated adults-only and family-friendly zones to keep everyone happy during a stay. Expect quality service and high-end amenities throughout. 

How many Sensatori hotels are there? 

There are eight Sensatori by TUI BLUE hotels in total in destinations including Greece, Turkey, Spain, Cyprus and Egypt. Note that the Residence at TUI BLUE Sensatori Akra Fethiye is an adults-only resort.

Are all Sensatori hotels 5-star?

Yes, all Sensatori by TUI BLUE hotels are luxury properties with a 5-star rating. 

About TUI

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About the author

Rachel Erdos is an Editor at Mumsnet where she commissions, edits and writes content with a focus on family travel.

She has written hotel reviews, features and destination guides for top publications including the Guardian, Four Seasons Magazine, Travelzoo, Visit Britain and Visit London and loves nothing more than researching and writing about fun things for families to do in destinations near and far, as well as trawling the Mumsnet holiday forum for inspiration for her next trip away with her husband and two kids.