Tenerife with kids: an action-packed holiday for all

With flight times just over 4 hours, average winter sun temperatures of 22 degrees and zero jetlag to contend with, it is easy to see the appeal of Tenerife for families.

With many main and regional airports flying from the UK to Tenerife’s South Airport, there shouldn’t be too long of a journey to reach your departure airport, making it a very relaxed travel day for kids.

Tenerife family holidays

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Tenerife is the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands, sitting just off the coast of West Africa. Dominated by Spain’s tallest peak, Mount Teide, a dormant volcano, this island boasts many beautiful beaches (with sands from imported yellow to the native volcanic black), rocky, dry countryside to sub tropical greenery in the north, and lots to see and do as a family!

But this popular island has more than beaches and abundant good weather to offer.

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Some of the best family resorts in Tenerife include those with a plethora of activities and ample pool fun … so parents can relax too! Here are some suggestions for your next family holiday to Tenerife.

Stay in an eco-friendly family resort in Tenerife

This recently refurbished and popular family resort in Tenerife operates a ‘Wave of Change’ eco programme; no paper cups, straws etc, and toiletries such as shower gel, shampoo, soap are all refilled to reduce plastic waste.

The cheerful sounding Smiley Kids’ Club is available for tots over 4 years old and there is a Teens’ Club for older kids. Kids can indulge in soap making, t-shirt painting and perfume making workshops.

Younger kids will enjoy the evening mini disco, whilst there is plenty of daytime fun with the kids’ pool having slides and a pirate ship plus a sand pit in the children’s club area.

Family rooms are co-joining with a connecting door in the middle, providing ample space and privacy for the grownups. No more hiding in the bathroom talking quietly whilst the kids sleep!

If you get tired of lounging around by the pools (including a saltwater pool and heated pool), adults can join in with aqua bike, spinning aqua fit and aqua pole dancing.

Iberostar Selection Anthelia

Top rated
Costa Adeje
9.5 Excellent (3590 reviews)

Experience one of the best family resorts in Tenerife

This hotel is already bringing in the ‘wow’ factor, with its Disney-esque castle by the pool! Rooms range from swim-up junior suites to family suites with a bedroom separated by a partition to the lounge with a sofa bed. Kettles and a minibar are provided for convenience.

The kids can let off some steam in the lobby plus a supervised play area in the restaurant area so parents can enjoy a relaxed (and warm!) meal. The kids can enjoy a jam-packed schedule from enjoying the splash park to spending time at the kids’ club with costume workshops, crafts, cooking, expeditions and children’s games. Teens will love the Teens Club including DJ workshops!

To top this all off, there are 7 pools including a small infinity pool, a kids’ pool with slides and a splash pool! Ready to book your Tenerife family holiday yet?

Bahia Principe Fantasia Tenerife - All Inclusive

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San Miguel de Abona
8.9 Excellent (1006 reviews)

Enjoy self catering or all inclusive accommodation

The budget-friendly Aparthotel El Duque offers studios and apartments, which have a separate bedroom and a lounge area with a fully equipped kitchenette, making it very convenient for families to rustle up a quick meal or snack (although an ‘all Inclusive’ option is also available). A Hiper Dino supermarket is situated just outside the complex in the shopping centre. The apartment buildings are set in lush green gardens around a central water fountain which meanders from one end of the complex to the other.

Younger kids will not only enjoy the kids’ club and pool but also the playground with slides and climbing frame plus the evening circus acts and magic shows!

Hotel El Duque

Costa Adeje
7.5 Good (3334 reviews)

Enjoy a relaxing family holiday in Tenerife with plenty to keep the kids occupied

The GF Gran Costa Adeje is just a few metres from the golden sandy El Duque beach. The standard rooms have double beds plus a sofa bed and are kitted out with a kettle, tea and coffee … plus a fridge! This ideally located hotel offers several pools, including a kids’ pool and a glass-bottomed pool! Also included is a playground and a kids’ club onsite.

Families can choose to play various sports ranging from the ever-popular football to petanque. We love this game as even tiny tots can enjoy and play with the rest of the family!

From the hotel, it is just a short walk down to Adeje promenade which has several bars and restaurants, all nestled along the coastline.

GF Gran Costa Adeje

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Costa Adeje
8.6 Excellent (11337 reviews)

Stay relaxed on holiday in a vibrant area of Tenerife


Located in the vibrant Playa de Las Americas, the Spring Hotel Bitacora family resort in Tenerife is surrounded by a sub-tropical garden and is only a short stroll from the shopping centres and entertainment areas. A sandy beach is just a few minutes walk away as are the popular dancing fountains.

The resort boasts two pools … one with a slide, and a children’s park with a football pitch. Other child-friendly activities include a kids’ club; soft play area; games room; and a separate teen area.

Spring Hotel Bitacora

Playa de las Américas
8.1 Very good (749 reviews)

Never be bored with plenty of things to do in Tenerife’s family friendly accommodation

If it’s entertainment galore you need then the Landmar Costa Los Gigantes may be the hotel for you! There is a kids’ club for young children, whilst other facilities include: games throughout the day, should you want to join in; an amazing high ropes experience; mini golf; beach volleyball; tennis courts; and a 3G football pitch – all for free! For the little ones, there is a small splash park and a little soft play area … so certainly enough to keep even the toughest crowd busy!

Hotel Landmar Costa los Gigantes

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Puerto Santiago
8.6 Excellent (3933 reviews)

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