With pretty-much guaranteed sunshine all-year-around, the Canary Island of Lanzarote which sits off the coast of West Africa has long-since shed its unsavoury image of being grotty. With its pristine beaches and out-of-this-world volcanic landscapes and seascapes, the tiny island, which can be covered in just over an hour, is perfect for families.
Lanzarote with kids: the best things to do and where to stay
Lanzarote family holidays
From paddling in the shallow waters of the gorgeous white sandy Playa Blanca beach, and getting the biggest ice-creams that any child could ever wish for, to people-watching at the Marina Rubicon or being wowed by the stunning emerald lagoon at Charco de Los Clicos, Lanzarote really is a haven for families – there are so many things to do in Lanzarote with kids. Playgrounds are plentiful, while the Spanish people are so welcoming particularly to kids. They just love little people!
Family-friendly resorts in Lanzarote
There is such an abundance of resorts in Lanzarote – and these hotels below really do hit the mark in terms of putting families first – from activities to waterslides, it might be impossible to make the kids leave. As all parents know, if the kids are happy, mum and dad are happy, too, so this pick of Lanzarote family resorts means all members are superbly catered for.
A super-luxe family resort set right on the beach
If you’re looking to combine luxury with first-class family-friendly activities, then the Princesa Yaiza should be on your list. For parents there is an exceptional Thalasso spa, as well as nine different eateries on-site, so date night is an option if you book the babysitting service in advance. The family suites are generous in size – and have separate living areas so when the kids go to bed, parents can still relax. Meanwhile, families have their own dedicated pool, family restaurant and snack bar.
However, it’s Princesa Yaiza’s Kikoland which is an adventure paradise for kids. Children from babies up to teenagers are catered for – drawing sessions, playground time, a dedicated games zone and soft play area and even a cinema, your kids will not be bored – and while they’re busy enjoying themselves you can relax by the six different pools.
Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel Resort
A five-star beach hotel close to Timanfaya National Park
Semi-circular walls of volcanic rock are called zocos, which is why the Iberostar Lanzarote Park takes the shape of three zocos, that look out over the spectacular Atlantic Ocean. And with Timanfaya’s volcanic landscape just half an hour away, and the picturesque village of Yaiza close by, there are plenty of things to do with the kids.
But that’s if you can tear them away from the Aquafun with a whopping eight water slides. The Star Camp is suitable for kids 4-17 and has a host of activities which are designed to inspire and educate – from cooking and art lessons to problem-solving and sports.
Parents can really kick back, and enjoy the luxe surroundings – from the choice of six fresh-water pools, the modern interiors and open spaces all the while being surrounded by the blue ocean. Meanwhile, the Spa Sensations has all the facilities to alleviate stresses and strains including a Hammam. And the food here is top-class, too. Having been voted as one of the top gastronomic hotels in Spain, you’ll marvel as chefs freshly prepare your dishes in front of you at the Star Prestige.
Iberostar Selection Lanzarote Park
Stay in a contemporary all-inclusive with a mountain backdrop
Kids can cry: “Ahoy, me hearties!” at the stylish H10 Lanzarote Princess. There is much adventure to be had on the Daisy Adventure pirate ship and slide. And if that isn’t enough fun in the children’s pool, there is an extensive list of activities for them at the Daisy Club including mini-golf and basketball. Young children have their own dedicated playground, while teens also have a separate space – with disco parties and karaoke. The Lanzarote Princess even caters for kids – with a range of favourite dishes just for young palettes.
Framed by palm trees with stunning mountain views, it’s the gargantuan lagoon pool that takes centre stage and snakes its way around the sun terrace. Grab a drink from four different themed bars, and find a spot by the pool and chill… Rooms are stylish and contemporary. Think high gloss, white and neutral – the family rooms come with partitions to offer privacy for parents. Fancy a romantic evening? Head to Dolce Vita, and choose from a sumptuous Italian menu.
Hotel H10 Lanzarote Princess
Feel the tropics in this superb seaside hotel
With its pretty beachside boulevard and sleepy fishing boats of Puerto del Carmen just a stone’s throw away, families will love the lush tropical ambience of Seaside Los Jameos Playa which has an awe-inspiring palm garden in its huge lobby. Dining in the pretty garden terrace is an experience to be savoured as is the highly-rated buffet restaurant – where you’ll be able to tuck into freshly caught fish daily. The bright and spacious family rooms have private balconies or terraces, while junior suites come with Nespresso machines, too.
The 18-hole mini-golf course will provide much fun for the whole family, while sports enthusiasts can play tennis, ping pong, volleyball and try archery. Kids won’t want to get out of the two kid’s pools and splash zones or the playground close by. Meanwhile, the mini-club offers fantastic activities for kids 4-12 from arts and crafts to dancing and outdoor play. The hotel even offers complimentary nanny services and laundry for all parents.
Seaside los Jameos
Be the king of the castle at this medieval-inspired family resort
The five-star all-inclusive Gran Castillo Tagoro in Playa Blanca really is the ultimate family-friendly hotel in Lanzarote. Designed exclusively for families in mind, the medieval-themed Castleland is the pinnacle of kids’ clubs – with a huge interactive area full of games consoles, beanbags, as well as Camelot Club’s indoor maze of ball pits and trampolines and daily workshops. But it will be the Dragon Pool with dragon slides, a pirate ship and fountains that will blow their minds!
While the kids are too busy having fun, parents can sneak off to the adult-only zones from some peace and quiet – lie on the Balinese beds and choose to lounge by five pools. Meanwhile, the Vitanova Spa offers plenty of wellness rituals as well as a thermal circuit, with hot and cold plunge pools, a steam room and a hot tub. With bookable babysitting during the evenings, why not head to the adult-only Sansofé, where you can enjoy sundowners and a relaxed beach vibe.