20 of the Best Family Friendly Resorts in Europe

To help you plan your next holiday overseas I have compiled a list of 20 of the best family-friendly resorts in Europe. These are 20 hotels we would love to visit as they look great for families. Below I will list the name, location and main facilities at these hotels. Sometimes it can be a tough job wading through hundreds, if not thousands of choices, hopefully, this will eliminate the time-consuming searching. All of these hotels have amazing swimming pools and/or waterparks on site or nearby.

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Happy Holidays (In no particular order ….)

1. Sol Nessebar Mare – Bulgaria

Address: кв, ul. “Aurelia”, 8238 Nessebar, Bulgaria – Bourgas Area
About – “The Sol Nessebar Mare is a vision of family fun. Especially since there’s a waterpark in Sol Nessebar Resort where you can brave the challenge of the space hole slide, ride a rapid river and play the day away at the kidsʼ castle and slides. The rooms at Sol Nessebar Mare have a fresh new look and the reception, lobby bar and Japanese corner have also been refurbished. You’ll also find together-time easy to come by with the gorgeous little sandy beach on the doorstep. Plus Nessebar’s delightful Old Town is close at hand.”

Main Facilities – 50m from a sandy beach. Waterpark with bodyslide, spacehole, turbolance and rapid river ride open June-September (weather dependent). Kid’s pool with waterslide and castle. Hotel-run kids’ club (4-12yrs) and playground. Water polo, French bowls, table tennis and more.

2. Fodele Beach & Waterpark Resort – Crete

Address: Fodele 715 00, Greece
About – Set on the beach, with an amazing waterpark and stylish rooms, the Fodele Beach & Waterpark Resort makes any holiday special. You’ll enjoy breathtaking views and beautiful Renaissance-style architecture with low-rise buildings, creating an exclusive vibe across the resort. You can choose from some fantastic activities, with plenty on offer for water-lovers too, or simply relax by the pool with your favourite drink.”

Main Facilities – On the beach. A small ‘train’ runs regularly to take guests up the hill to the waterpark. Plus there is two outdoor pools, Kid’s pool, beach section and a covered outdoor pool. On site there is water sports, archery, mini-golf, games room and more. There is a Hotel-run kids’ club (4-12yrs) and a mini-disco.

Fodele Beach


3. King Evelthon Beach Hotel & Resort – Cyprus

Address: Chlorakas, Paphos, Cyprus
About – “A scenic seafront just outside Paphos provides the setting for the King Evelthon. This stylish hotel comes with all the trimmings, from palate-pleasing menus to plenty of fun for the kids. The on-site waterpark is great for water lovers, zoom down one of the seven slides or bob along the lazy river. Relax in a local taverna after a walk to the Tombs of the Kings.”

Main Facilities – Waterpark with seven slides and lazy river (Apr-Oct, weather permitting) and a outdoor pool with whirlpools. Plus a splash pool in the waterpark with waterslides and water games for small children. Just for kids there is a Hotel-run kids’ club (4-12yrs, Apr-Oct), mini-disco, playground and playroom. There is also tennis and a gym on site.

King Evelthon – Photo courtesy On the Beach

4. Olympic Lagoon Resort – Cyprus

Address: Ayia Napa 5330, Paphos, Cyprus.
About – “Get ready for the incredible Olympic Lagoon Resort Paphos, where every day is different. You can choose to unwind at one of the five pools, enjoy sparkling evening entertainment or tuck in to a delicious meal under the stars. This amazing hotel is a sister property to one of our most popular hotels, the Olympic Lagoon Resort in Nissi Bay, and brings together everything that’s great about a holiday in Cyprus. This hotel’s All Inclusive concept offers the next level of luxury with tailored accommodation, facilities and services for families and couples.”

Main Facilities – Next to a blue flag beach. Four themed outdoor pools with whirlpool, kids pool, paddling pool and more. Large indoor free-form pool (heated Nov-Mar). Daily daytime activities can include aquaerobics, archery, darts, football, French bowls, tennis, table tennis, volleyball and waterpolo. Evening family entertainment including mini-disco, character shows, music quizzes, vocal cabarets and main shows. Hotel-run Little Monsters Kids’ Club with a two-week programme which includes themed days and event.

Olympic Lagoon resort – Photo courtesy On the Beach

5. Tsokkos Marlita Beach Hotel – Cyprus

Address: Afroditis 26 Protaras, Paralimni 5296, Cyprus.
About – “Sample apartment-style living at its best with a holiday at the Tsokkos Marlita Beach Hotel. This apartment complex is in one of the top spots on the Cypriot coast, so you can enjoy picturesque bay views and access to the scenic coastal footpath. Whether you’re a sunworshipper or a water baby, you’ll find plenty to enjoy. From the laid-back sun terraces, to the waterpark at the sister hotel, Anastasia Beach.”

Main Facilities – Set on Marlita Bay. With a Lagoon-style outdoor swimming pool and waterpark with slides and lazy river. Just for kids there is a mini-disco, playground and games area.

Tsokkos Marlita Beach

6. Las Marismas – Fuerteventura

Address: Calle Huriamen, s/n, 35560 Corralejo, Las Palmas, Spain.
About – “A fantastic combination of stunning pools, pretty gardens and comfortable rooms make Las Marismas a popular choice, all in a great location. The pool is great for relaxing by or if you fancy venturing out, thereʼs a lovely beach within walking distance.” The Acua Waterpark is located nearby.

Main Facilities – 800m from the nearest sandy beach. Two outdoor swimming pools (one climatised in winter) plus a kid’s pool. There is beach volleyball, squash, tennis, bowls, mini-golf and more. Just for kids, there is a hotel-run kids’ club (4-12yrs), mini-disco, playroom and playground.

Las Marismas

7. Mirador Maspalomas by Dunas & Aqualand – Gran Canaria

Address: Calle Einstein, s/n, 35100 Maspalomas, Las Palmas, Spain.
About – “Set in Sonnenland the Mirador Maspalomas by Dunas enjoys a family orientated atmosphere, with plenty for all the family, including a couple of pools. There’s shops and restaurants nearby, plus the complimentary shuttle bus to Maspalomas beach is great. This hotel has recently been refurbished giving a fresh new look for rooms and the pool area.”

Main Facilities – Waterpark tickets are included. 3km to the sea. There is two interlinked outdoor swimming pools (one climatised Nov-Apr) plus a kid’s pool. Plus waterpolo, French bowls, whirlpool, table tennis and more. Just for kid’s there is a hotel-run kids’ club (4-12yrs), playground and playroom.

Mirador Maspalomas

8. Paradise Costa Taurito – Gran Canaria

Address: Calle Alcazaba, 4, 35138 Taurito, Las Palmas, Spain.
About – “Enjoy a fun-packed stay at Paradise Costa Taurito. In a beachside setting in a quieter area there’s still plenty to enjoy, with the Lago Oasis waterpark on the doorstep. It’s perfect for families, with fun and games at every turn, and there’s plenty for grown-ups too, from pools to a spa to sports. This hotel has won a GOLD Travelife Award. Hotels with a GOLD award display a strong commitment to sustainability, taking great care of their environmental and social impacts within their business and local communities.”

Main Facilities – 200m to the beach. There is a swimming pool and kids pool plus additional large pool with slides and a pirate ship (Lago Oasis). On site, there is a gym and just for kids there is a hotel-run kids’ club (4-12yrs) and play park. The hotel has evening entertainment.

Paradise Costa Taurito

9. Paradise Island – Lanzarote

Address: Calle Francia, 2, 35580 Playa Blanca, Las Palmas, Spain.
About – “If you’re looking for a fun-filled family, value-for-money holiday, look no further than Paradise Island. There’s a great range of things to do, including a dinosaur-themed waterpark with everything from kamikaze and multi-lane slides for thrill-seekers to an activity pool for younger kids. Once the lights go down, the curtains go up for the evening show. After some fun entertainment, head back to your bright, spacious apartment; and get ready to do it all again tomorrow.”

Main Facilities – 1.5km from Paya Flamingo beach. There is a waterpark with seven slides for adults and four for kids, lazy river for children and kids’ splash pool (splash pool climatised in winter). Plus two outdoor swimming pools (one climatised in winter) and two kids’ pools. There is tennis, gym and table tennis and just for kids there is a kid’s club, teens club, playground and mini-disco. They have regular daytime activities and evening entertainment.

Paradise Island

10. Club Mac Resort – Majorca

Address: Av. Tucà, s/n, 07410 Alcúdia, Illes Balears, Spain.
About – “It’s a non-stop fun-filled family extravaganza at the Club Mac Resort. This lively complex is made up of three large hotels, there’s so much to do you’ll be constantly on the go from morning to night. Make a splash in one of the eight pools or try your hand at a new sport – there’s plenty to keep you busy. We’ll even throw in unlimited access to the waterpark next door for you, plus there’s tons for the kids to keep them happy! This hotel has won a GOLD Travelife Award. Hotels with a GOLD award display a strong commitment to sustainability, taking great care of their environmental and social impacts within their business and local communities.”

Main Facilities – Next door to the waterpark and 1.3km to the beach. There is use of the waterpark with seven adventure slides, wave pool, beach pool and kids’ splash area. Eight outdoor pools in the hotel complex, two kids’ pools and a kids’ dragon pool splash park in hotel grounds. Just for kids there is hotel-run kids’ activities (4-8yrs) and maxi club (9-13yrs), playground, kids’ village, cinema and mini-disco. There is frequent evening and daytime entertainment.

Club Mac – Photo courtesy On the Beach

20 of the Best Family Friendly Resorts in Europe

11. Aquashow Park Hotel – Portugal

Address: Aquashow Park Hotel Quarteira, Semino, Estrada Nacional 396, 8125-303 Quarteira, Portugal.
About – “The Aquashow Park Hotel is a modern, contemporary hotel that’s perfect for splashers and thrill-seekers as it’s right next to the Aquashow Waterpark & Theme Park. And, when you stay here, you’ll get free passes to both! Float along the 250m-long lazy river, join in the fun on the racing slides or experience the adrenaline rush of the ‘White Fall’ ride… and when you’re done, the rollercoaster awaits!”

Main Facilities – As well as access to the water park and theme park the hotel has an outdoor and indoor swimming pool. There is a gym, whirpool, games room, outdoor and indoor playground and more.

Aquashow Park Hotel – Photo courtesy Hotels.com

12. Evenia Olympic Park Hotel – Spain

Address: Mainland Spain, Costa Brava, Lloret de Mar.
About – “This one’s a big hit with families, there’s tons of fun waiting for you at Olympic Park Hotel. As the kids have the time of their lives on the hotel’s four full-size waterslides or pirate ship, you can get in shape with an aerobics class or head to the spa for a head-to-toe pampering. Colourful rooms represent the lively atmosphere of this large hotel, which sits in pretty gardens with lots of swimming pools and plenty of areas to enjoy the sun.”

Main Facilities – 800m to the beach. So much water fun with two outdoor lagoon-style swimming pools, kids’ splash pool with pirate ship and a selection of smaller slides. Plus four slides plus multi-lane slide (May-Sep, weather dependent), two kids’ pools and an indoor pool. There’s football, a fitness centre, aerobics and more. Plus for the kids hotel-run kids’ club (4-12yrs), playground and a mini-disco.

Evenia Olympic Park

13. Zoraida Resort – Spain

Address: Av. Mariano Hernández, 133, 04740 Roquetas de Mar, Almería, Spain.
About – “The bright and bustling Zoraida Resort is a great choice for water babies and beach lovers alike. Formed of the Zoraida Garden and Zoraida Park hotels, whatever your age, you won’t have any trouble finding something to love at this colourful complex. There’s a pirate ship with kids’ slides and a range of restaurants and bars serving up tasty treats throughout the day. Best of all, the beach is only steps away, so relaxation’s right on your doorstep.”

Main Facilities – The hotel overlooks a shingle beach. There is an outdoor swimming pool with four waterslides, lagoon-style pool (salt-water). Plus a kids’ splash pool with pirate ship and a selection of smaller slides, smaller kids’ pool and an indoor pool. They have daytime sports activities and for the kids there is a hotel-run kids’ club (4-11yrs, Jun-Sep, subject to numbers), playground and mini-disco. There is also entertainment in the evenings.

Zoraida Park Hotel

14. Playa Olid & Siam Park – Tenerife

Address: Av. Ernesto Sarti, 8, 38660 Adeje, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain.
About – Siam Park is located close to this hotel. “With its great location, two outdoor pools and modern rooms, it’s no wonder Playa Olid is so popular. Ideal for families you’ll be entertained both day and night with their newly refurbished party room, kids’ cooking classes and tonnes of games to get involved in. And the best bit, when booking you’ll get unlimited access to the world’s best waterpark, Siam Park (available only for bookings made up to 21st September 2019). Ride the largest artificial waves, have a blast on the Volcano or simply relax on the world’s biggest lazy river.

This hotel has won a GOLD Travelife Award. Hotels with a GOLD award display a strong commitment to sustainability, taking great care of their environmental and social impacts within their business and local communities.”

Main Facilities – 800m from the nearest beach. As well as booking with access to Siam Park the hotel has two outdoor swimming pools (climatised in winter months), whirlpool and kids’ pool. There is a hotel-run kids’ club (4-12yrs) plus aerobics, table tennis and more.

Playa Olid

15. Crystal Sunset Luxury Resort & Spa – Turkey

Address: Bingeşik Mevkii, Kumköy Cd., 07330 Manavgat/Antalya, Turkey.
About – “The Crystal Sunset is a brilliant choice for those seeking fun, relaxation and the best of Turkish hospitality all in one place. Just 250m from its own private stretch of beach, and there’s a lot to keep everyone happy back at the hotel too. With its own aquapark, a huge spa, health and beauty centre and a variety of entertainment and dining options, adults, teenagers and children will all feel right at home.”

Main Facilities – 250m from its own sandy beach. There is an aquapark (open at selected times, weather permitting), including black hole, free-fall, flying boats, kamikaze and children’s slides. Plus an outdoor pool, indoor pool and two kids’ pools (one outdoor and one indoor). They have canoes, tennis, gym, yoga and more. For the kids there is a hotel run kid’s club and teens club plus frequent entertainment.

Crystal Sunset

16. Eftalia Splash Resort – Turkey

Address: 17 Cumhuriyet Cad Turkler Kasabasi Merkez Mah, 07407 Alanya/Antalya, Turkey.
About – “Head to Eftalia Splash Resort for a fun sunshine holiday with waterslides. There’s a great beach nearby, or you could go exploring in Konakli or Alanya. And while it’s a brilliant hotel for a family break, you’ll also find a section of the beach for indulgent chill-out time.”

Main Facilities – Only 600m from Eftalia Island and the beach. Waterpark with eight slides and a separate slide pool for kids (May-Oct), outdoor pool, indoor pool and three kids’ pools. There is football, tennis, gym and more. Plus a hotel run kid’s club.

Eftalia Splash Resort

17. Pine Bay Holiday Resort – Turkey

Address: Bayraklıdede Mahallesi, Camlimani Mevkii, 09400 Kuşadası/Aydın, Turkey.
About – “The Pine Bay Holiday Resort is a great choice for families looking for some fun. It ticks all the boxes, with a fabulous location on a Blue Flag beach, a variety of dining options and a thrilling waterpark that’s got something exciting for all ages. The centre of Kusadasi is a bus ride away, but with so much available at the hotel including three restaurants and a host of watersports, youʼll find it hard to tear yourself away!”

Main Facilities – The hotel is directly on a man-made sand and shingle beach. There is an on-site waterpark (usually open May-Oct at selected times, weather permitting), outdoor swimming pool, kids’ pool (May-Oct) and Indoor pool. Plus a gym, beach volleyball, table-tennis and more. For kids there is a hotel-run kids’ club (4-12yrs), mini-disco, toys and games and a playground. The hotel also has an animation team, daytime activities and games. Evening shows and entertainment.

Pine Bay Holiday Resort

18. Rixos Sungate – Turkey

Address: Başkomutan No:153-1/1Kemer, Atatürk Caddesi, 07985 Kemer/Antalya, Turkey.
About – “Set in huge grounds and overlooking the sea, the Rixos Sungate has so much to offer. Brave the aquapark with its 11 breathtaking waterslides or simply relax in one of the numerous swimming pools. There’s any number of sporting activities to try too, or you could be transported to the Far East in the spa centre with its wide range of revitalising treats. This is a great five-star choice that has something for all ages to enjoy.”

Main Facilities – The hotel is next to the shingle beach of Beldib. There is an aquapark (open 1 May-15 Oct, weather permitting), numerous outdoor pools, including a quiet pool (all usually open from 7 Apr), two indoor pools and a kids’ pool (open 1 May-15 Oct). There is tennis, yoga, a gym and more. Plus for the kids there is a two hotel-run kids’ clubs (4-12yrs), playground, playroom and toys and games.

Rixos Sungate – Photo Courtesy on the Beach

19. Royal Dragon Hotel – Turkey

Address: Sahil Mh, Fulya Sokak, Cumhuriyet Blv., 07620 Manavgat/Antalya, Turkey.
About – “Experience the thrill of free-falling or body sliding at this beachfront complex with adventure slides, a huge lagoon-style pool and kids’ slides on-site, the Royal Dragon Hotel is a fierce choice for the whole family. Inspired by oriental themes, this welcoming hotel near Side has spacious rooms and modern public areas that will appeal to all.”

Main Facilities – The hotel overlooks a sandy beach from a slight incline. There is a on-site shared waterpark (open selected times, 15 Apr-31 Oct weather permitting), large outdoor swimming pool (Apr-Oct). Plus a heated indoor swimming pool and whirlpool (Nov-Mar). There is a shared funfair (weather permitting), year round daytime activities, evening entertainment and more. For kids there is a hotel-run kids’ club (4-12yrs, six days per week), kids’ pool (usually Apr-Oct), playground and mini disco.

Royal Dragon Hotel

20. Caretta Beach – Zante Greece

Address: Kalamaki 291 00, Zante, Greece
About – “With the bars, shops and restaurants a short walk away, while the beach is a stone’s throw from the hotel, Caretta Beach is in a great location. Add to it a private waterpark and a host of other activities for an action-packed holiday.”

Main Facilities – 850m from the beach. The hotel has five outdoor swimming pools and a waterpark with six adventure slides, six kids’ slides, wave pool and lazy river. There is daytime activities and evening entertainment. Just for kids there is Lollo & Bernie Kids’ Club (3-7yrs), Junior Club (8-11yrs), kids’ pool in the waterpark with six slides, two kids’ pools in the hotel grounds and a mini play area.

Caretta Beach – Photo courtesy Thomas Cook

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