10 of the best hotels in Fuerteventura for families
Looking for the best family hotels for a holiday in Fuerteventura? We’ve rounded up 10 of the best family-friendly hotels on this popular Canary Island for a fantastic holiday with the kids, whatever your budget
Fuerteventura’s sun-kissed white powder beaches and array of family-friendly attractions are a major draw for holidaymakers with young children. The second largest of Spain’s Canary Islands, Fuerteventura may be known for its winter sun, but the destination’s fabulous beaches, balmy climate and extensive range of accommodation options mean it’s one of the best spots for an easily accessible family break all year-round.
Boasting 120 miles of beautiful beaches, from secluded black volcanic shingle coves to expansive stretches of white sand, there’s plenty of choice for bucket and spade fun in Fuerteventura. Or, if you’re a family that loves to get active on holiday, the island is an absolute haven for sports like windsurfing – no surprise, when Fuerteventura literally translates as strong wind!
The beaches might be spectacular, with the watersports to match, but there’s tons more to keep young families occupied on this rugged island, which was declared a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 2009.
Lively promenades, cute cobbled villages and sand dunes are spread across the island, and measuring just 62 miles long and 19 miles wide, you’ll never have to travel too far on the island to enjoy attractions like its water park and zoo.
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10 of the best Fuerteventura family hotels at a glance
- Best for beach access: Hotel Riu Oliva Beach Resort, Corralejo, Booking.com
- Best for large family groups: Alua Suites Fuerteventura, Corralejo, Booking.com
- Best hotel with waterslides/waterpark: Pierre & Vacances Village Club Fuerteventura Origo Mare, Lajares, Booking.com
- Best for short transfers: Barceló Fuerteventura Mar, Caleta de Fuste Booking.com
- Best for families with babies/very young children: Elba Sara Beach & Golf Resort, Caleta de Fuste, >Booking.com
- Best luxury family break: Sheraton Fuerteventura Beach, Golf & Spa Resort, Caleta de Fuste Booking.com
- Best budget hotel: Elba Castillo San Jorge, Caleta de Fuste, Booking.com
- Best for kids' activities: Hotel Club Jandia Princess, Esquinzo, TUI
- Best for kids of all ages: Iberostar Playa Gaviotas Park, Jandia, Booking.com
- Best for spacious rooms: Occidental Jandia Playa, Morro del Jable, Booking.com
When is the best time of year to visit Fuerteventura?
Fuerteventura has around 300 days of sunshine a year, but late spring and early summer is considered the best time to visit, when temperatures are in the mid-20s, rainfall and humidity is low and it's the sunniest time of the year. Average sunshine is about 9 hours a day during this time of year, and there’s more room on the beach if you can get away outside the main school holidays.
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From June to August, the average peak temperature is around 27C with nights in the low 20s. The average water temperature is a comfortable 22C, ideal for fun on the beach.
If you decide to get away in winter, Fuerteventura’s weather is unlikely to disappoint, with days still averaging 6-7 hours of sunshine, and temperatures just over 20C – a few degrees warmer than the water.
What is the flight time to Fuerteventura from the UK?
Fuerteventura is around a 4hrs 15 mins flight from the UK. Flights go from London airports including Gatwick, Stansted and Luton, as well as from regional airports including Manchester and Edinburgh (around 4hrs 50 mins).
Which are the biggest attractions in Fuerteventura?
Fuerteventura’s stunning beaches are naturally its main highlight, with water babies sure to enjoy the vast range of activities on offer, including boat trips, surfing lessons and paddleboarding for families with older children.
Acua Park in Corralejo is the island’s major water park and features 14 different water-based activities, from a 220m lazy river and giant jacuzzi to mega spiral flumes and its Kamikaze slides for daredevils. There’s even a kids’ club, splash lagoon and mini versions of the Kamikaze slide and water racetracks for teeny visitors. It’s open from April to the beginning of November.
Animal lovers can explore the Oasis Wildlife Park Fuerteventura, which started life as a camel farm back in 1985 but is now home to more than 1,500 species from lemurs and birds of prey to sea lions and giraffes. Special experiences at the zoo include camel trekking around the site’s desert setting with views of the sea – it’s suitable from 18 months. There’s a free bus service that picks up from many of the hotels in Jandía, Costa Calma, Caleta de Fuste and Corralejo in the morning, returning around teatime.
For indoor activities, there’s an escape room and go kart track for speed demons from age 6 in the island’s capital Puerto del Rosario. The city also prides itself on its artistic heritage and has around 150 sculptures dotted around the streets including giant sea creatures along the harbour. Definitely worth a scavenger hunt to find them – and tire out the little ones.
Just off the coast of Fuerteventura, a boat trip out to Lobos Island is well worth the 15-minute journey from Corralejo. The crystal-clear waters off the island are perfect for snorkelling and there’s walking trails around the volcanic landscape too.
Here's our pick of the best hotels for your family holiday to Fuerteventura, for a range of budgets…
1. Hotel Riu Oliva Beach Resort, Corralejo
— Best for beach access
Price: Family room from £2,087 for 4 in August 2023 (all-inclusive) | Star rating: 3 | Number of bedrooms: 814 | Board: All-inclusive | Number of swimming pools: 2 plus kids’ pool | Kids club: 4-7 and 8-12 years | Fuerteventura El Matorral Airport 21.3 miles | 15-minute local bus to Corralejo resort centre
As holiday locations go, the Riu Oliva Beach Resort is hard to beat – it’s right on Fuerteventura’s Grandes Playas, the island’s largest stretch of golden sandy beach. A whole 7 miles of blissful beach fun is on the hotel’s doorstep, a huge selling point for many of the families staying at the resort.
One mum, who travelled with her 3 sons and another family, raved about the beach access in her TripAdvisor review: “The beaches are stunning and literally on your doorstep, and you have a choice of pools to relax by.” Another holidaying with her daughters loved being able to swim in the sea so easily, a great option for those who want a change from the hotel’s pools. “Literally one of the most beautiful beaches I've ever been on (and I have been all over the world on lots)… Swam in the sea every single day, it is absolutely, unbelievably stunning,” she wrote.
Given the island’s name – meaning strong wind – the beach can be a little breezy, but one family’s handy tip is to rent a car and take a mini road trip: “Some days are more windy than others. We visited another beach in El Cotillo (Concha beach), about a 30-min drive, which is perfect to visit, especially with younger children, as there are no waves and you can swim better there.”
The hotel’s kids’ clubs also got a tick from families, with one reviewer praising the activities on offer for older children, including volleyball, table tennis, water polo, and the “fantastic” staff. There’s 2 pools, plus another one for children that is heated in winter, along with a playground and multi-use sports court for football, basketball and tennis. Riu Oliva Beach Resort’s facilities got the thumbs up from families online, who rated it 9.3 on Booking.com.
This hotel is a whopper – its 814 rooms are spread across 7 storeys and an annexe of low-rise apartments with terraces among lush gardens – but that does mean there’s a fair choice on the dining front. As well as 2 main buffet restaurants with the usual pasta, salads, burgers and fish dishes, there’s also 2 bookable restaurants serving Asian and Canarian food like paella and grilled meats, plus a poolside snack bar open in summer.
The location on the beach means it’s a short hop into Corralejo’s main centre, but there’s a public bus stop 200m from the hotel with the journey taking around 15 minutes to reach the town’s shops, craft markets and cafes.
Pros: Next to beach, spacious rooms, activities and entertainment for all ages, close to town
Cons: Only all-inclusive board available, large resort to get around
2. Alua Suites Fuerteventura
— Best for large family groups
Price: Family room from £1,722 for 4 in August 2023 (all-inclusive) | Star rating: 4 | Number of bedrooms: 383 | Board: All-inclusive | Number of swimming pools: 8 including 2 kids’ pools | Kids club: 4-6 and 7-12 years | Fuerteventura El Matorral Airport 24.9 miles | 20-minute walk to Corralejo resort centre or local bus stop 300m from hotel
With its whitewashed walls and low-rise construction giving a village atmosphere, the Alua Suites Fuerteventura sends out all the right Spanish holiday vibes. Every one of the suites has its own balcony or terrace out onto the wraparound gardens, and there’s loads for little ones to do including 2 children’s pools (one heated) and a fenced playground with several climbing towers, slides and hideaways amid towering palm trees.
The Astro children's club is a hit with online family reviewers, who describe it as excellent. With clubs for 4-6yrs and 7-12 years, it packs in arts and crafts, small team games, sports, water-based activities, story time, drama, kids’ yoga, Chef and Detective days. Phew. “They loved the face painting, cooking and games and begged to go daily!” explained one family reviewer writing on TripAdvisor, adding the “mini discos went down well”. They’ll be building up a good appetite after all that, ready for tucking into the dedicated kids’ menu and buffet.
Less than 50 metres from Corralejo beach and walking distance into town (although a nearby local bus or taxi might save little legs the 20-minute walk), the hotel is really well located for exploring the area. “We stayed for 14 nights in a one-bedroom suite which was perfect for us and our 2 children,” explained one reviewer on TripAdvisor. “The sofa bed was very comfortable for the kids, ample space in the room, good sized balcony and very clean!” If you want more space to spread out, a suite with 2 bedrooms is priced from £2,176 in August 2023.
The hotel is a great option for large family groups with a range of ages as the total 8 pools, 3 tennis courts, mountain bike hire and roster of daily events mean there’s a wide mix of activities for all.
If you can manage to steal a bit of time to yourself, there’s an adults-only wellness centre packed with two saunas, its own outdoor pool, beauty salon and gym. One thing to bear in mind is that 2 of the pools are reserved for guests staying in the adults-only zone, but the other pools – including an activity pool, tropical pool, relaxation pool and the kids’ pools – are open to all.
Pros: Close to beach, lots of pools, great kids’ club, activities for all ages, close to town
Cons: Restaurants can get very busy during peak season, some pools are adults-only, only all-inclusive board available
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3. Pierre & Vacances Village Club Fuerteventura Origo Mare
– Best hotel with waterslides/waterpark
Price: One-bedroom villa from £1,949 for 4 in August 2023 (all-inclusive) | Star rating: 4 | Number of villas: 323 | Board: Room only, B&B, Half board and All-inclusive | Number of swimming pools: Crater Park water park, heated children’s pool plus separate adults’ pool | Kids club: 4-11 years plus activities for up to age 17 | Fuerteventura El Matorral Airport 27.8 miles | Free shuttle to the beach, Baby Kit can be booked for 40 euros a week including travel cot with fitted sheet, changing mat, pushchair and high chair (both from 6 months).
Tucked away in Fuerteventura’s volcanic landscape near the laid-back village of Lajares, the Pierre & Vacances Village Club Fuerteventura Origo Mare is a gem for families.
The onsite volcano-themed water park – the Crater Park – is 5,000sqm of fun, comprising a wave pool, slides and flumes, a climbing wall, paddling pool and even a water tree. Families sharing their reviews on TripAdvisor loved the water park, with one family travelling with 4 children explaining: “The kids adored the water park, climbing wall was a big hit. Small toddler pool was lovely and warm, our 4-year-old pottered here for hours on end.” Another family also loved the climbing wall and wrote: “The pools are fantastic, something for all ages at the Crater Park.” Reviewers also praised the ‘brilliant’ lifeguards, keeping an eye on every pool and slide across the water park.
If you fancy doing something different than splashing about in the water park, there’s also a games room with a pool table, air hockey, and video games, as well as a kids’ club from age 4 and activities including football, basketball, ping pong, mini golf, and volleyball.
The villas can be booked as all-inclusive – with food and drinks from the Mauna Loa buffet restaurant at mealtimes and the snack bar throughout the day – but there’s also the option to book room only, B&B or half board for a bit more flexibility. Be prepared for the fact the onsite supermarket is described as a bit pricey by families online, but there is a daily shuttle bus to the town of Corralejo for more choice of shopping.
The more remote location of this resort means it’s definitely worthwhile hiring a car to explore Fuerteventura’s beaches and beauty spots, as well as getting to other attractions.
There is a daily shuttle bus to the nearest beach, Playa de Majanicho, which is just over a mile away.
Larger families are well-catered for here, as the village also includes 3-bedroom villas which can sleep up to 7.
Pros: Water park on-site, range of accommodation board options, choice of board options, variety of activities for all ages, shuttle bus to town and beach, choice of accommodation styles
Cons: Adult pool can be chilly, on-site supermarket pricey, beach not walking distance, car hire recommended for getting around
4. Barceló Fuerteventura Mar
— Best for short transfers
Price: Family room from £2,703 for 4 in August 2023 (all-inclusive) | Star rating: 4 | Number of rooms: 486 | Board: B&B, Half board and All-inclusive | Number of swimming pools: 2 plus children’s pool | Kids club: 4-12 years | Fuerteventura El Matorral Airport 4.8 miles | Guests can also use the pool and restaurant at Barceló Fuerteventura Castillo, 700m away.
Renowned as one of the top spots in Fuerteventura for families, Caleta de Fuste – also known as Costa Caleta – is the closest resort to the airport so it’s ideal for holidaymakers travelling with very young children.
The Barceló Fuerteventura Mar is one of a plethora of hotels in this purpose-built resort and a complete makeover in 2021 means its revamped facilities get a double thumbs-up from visiting families. With its location right by Caleta de Fuste beach, it’s no wonder that families rated the hotel 8.9 for a stay with kids on Booking.com. It’s also ranked as the best value family hotel in Fuerteventura on TripAdvisor, with reviewers loving the facilities, location and enthusiastic staff. The 486 rooms feature a private balcony or terrace with views of the sea, garden or pool and at less than 5 miles from the airport, the transfer time to get into them (or into the pool!) is minimal.
There are 2 pools plus a children’s pool – although it is saltwater so definitely pack goggles for the little ones – and a huge, wooden, pirate-themed climbing frame in the mini club area. According to one family reviewer on TripAdvisor, it’s “a great hotel for young children and teens alike as there is a laidback, fun yet organised atmosphere”. “The pool areas are nice and well kept, and lifeguards are visible during the day,” added another, pointing out “there is lots of music and family activities going on around the pool which is nice.”
From the hotel, it’s a few minutes’ walk down to the sandy beach, which families describe as “really clean and well kept”. “The water is clear and the waves are nice and small, ideal for small children. The sand can be a bit sharp and stony, but near the water it’s lovely and makes great sandcastles! The beach is very windy, but it makes it feel nice and cool,” explained one mum on TripAdvisor.
Frazzled parents might also enjoy the resort’s thalasso spa while the little ones are being entertained at the mini club. There’s a discount for guests staying at the hotel (and it’s free if you’re in a superior room) and the spa is packed with relaxing activities from a whirlpool bath, sauna, and Turkish bath to indoor and outdoor pools with hydro-massage jets.
Pros: Short transfer time from airport, by the beach, lots of family-centred activities, recently refurbished, choice of board options, can use nearby resort’s facilities too
Cons: Children’s pool is saltwater and can be cold, sunbeds can get very busy, expensive
5. Elba Sara Beach & Golf Resort
— Best for families with young children/babies
Price: Family room from £2,202 for 4 in August 2023 (all-inclusive) | Star rating: 4 | Number of rooms: 266 | Board: B&B, Half board and All-inclusive | Number of swimming pools: 2 plus children’s pool | Kids club: 4-12 years | Fuerteventura El Matorral Airport 5.4 miles | Book baby kit including cot, baby bath and bottle warmer in advance
Overlooking the island’s super family-friendly La Guirra beach, the Elba Sara resort is a great place for a break with teeny tots.
On the east coast of Fuerteventura, the 700m stretch of soft, white sand is one of the island’s most popular beaches for small children, as the sea is calm enough for them to safely splash around all day. There are lifeguards at the beach and, for families with accessibility needs, there’s amphibious chairs, allowing people with reduced mobility to enjoy the sea to the full.
The hotel itself is a couple of minutes’ walk from the beach and families are full of praise for the attention that staff pay to little ones. According to reviewers writing on TripAdvisor, the kids’ club is an absolute haven because of the extra effort and enthusiasm of the team there. “Our little one went to the kids club every day and absolutely loved it. They were amazing with her. I'd say it's the best kids’ club I've seen so far from different hotels we have stayed in,” explained one family reviewer.
The hotel might be close to the beach, but the resort’s pool area is a big draw for families too.
There’s 2 huge lagoon-like outdoor pools criss-crossed by wooden bridges, and an island in the middle with a built-in hot tub. The shallow children’s pool is heated and has a mini slide and a waterfall fountain in the centre, perfect for tiny water babies. “The kids pool was nice and shallow with a small slide very safe and pleasant to sit around and watch or join the kids,” said one TripAdvisor reviewer.
Older children can test out their putting skills on the 9-hole mini golf circuit by the beach, and there's a sandy volleyball court and a tennis court in the grounds too. Families rated the hotel 8.7 for a stay with kids on Booking.com, highlighting the friendly staff and fabulous beachfront location.
The food got a thumbs-up too, with reviewers loving the freshly-made fruit smoothies and range of dishes in the buffet restaurant.
Pros: Heated children’s pool, close to beach, great kids’ club, good choice of activities for all ages, large pool, choice of board options, short transfer time from airport
Cons: 25-minute walk into town, expensive
6. Sheraton Fuerteventura Beach, Golf & Spa Resort
– Best luxury family break
Price: Family room from £2,070 for 4 in August 2023 (B&B) | Star rating: 5 | Number of rooms: 266 | Board: B&B, Half board and Full board | Number of swimming pools: 3 plus children’s pool | Kids club: 4-12 years | Fuerteventura El Matorral Airport 5.6 miles | Two à la carte restaurants open alternate days
Rising from the eastern coast of Fuerteventura like a sprawling terracotta hacienda, the Sheraton Fuerteventura Beach, Golf & Spa Resort is the place for a more luxurious family break on the island.
It’s a 5-star hotel but children are made to feel more than welcome, with loads of facilities designed especially for them.
The hotel’s Yambaland Kid's Club opens 10am to 5pm and features arts and crafts, a ball pit, bowling, mini darts, football, aqua splash, minigolf, basketball, an aqua disco, Lego and Play-Doh contests, while the dedicated heated children’s pool has animal-shaped sprinklers and a mushroom fountain. Families rated the hotel 8.7 for a stay with kids on Booking.com, praising the customer service, spacious rooms and excellent entertainment.
One family writing a review on TripAdvisor explained: “We travelled with a 5 and 1 (nearly 2) year old and we were never made to feel a burden. I’ve found previously with young children you are looked at as a nuisance to the other guests and this was not the case here.” Other reviewers agreed, with one writing: “We have 2 young children and it really catered to families… the facilities, room, beach area and pool were really great.”
If you can tear yourself away from the lush, tropical-style grounds and family-friendly local La Guirra beach, it’s a 40-minute trip to Fuerteventura’s Acua Park in Corralejo for those wanting a water-based adrenalin rush.
The hotel’s main eatery is an international buffet restaurant, but there’s also 2 à la carte restaurants – a Spanish themed restaurant specialising in freshly-cooked meat and fish dishes, and an Asian-inspired spot that fuses cuisines from Thailand, China and India. Bear in mind if you want to book one of these that each is open on alternate days – so check ahead if you’ve got a craving for a particular cuisine.
True to its name, there’s an 18-hole mini golf course in the grounds, plus a thalasso spa with a hydro-massage pool, a steam room, and treatment rooms for hot stone and full body massages.
The hotel can also arrange a round of golf at the Fuerteventura Golf Club, which is just across the road.
Pros: Close to beach, short transfer time from airport, luxurious
Cons: Limited opening of à la carte restaurants, expensive, no all-inclusive option
7. Elba Castillo San Jorge & Antigua Suite Hotel
– Best budget hotel
Price: One-bedroom apartment from £1,489 for 4 in August 2023 (all-inclusive) | Star rating: 3 | Number of rooms/apartments: 272 | Board: Room only, B&B, Half board and All-inclusive | Number of swimming pools: 2 plus 2 children’s pools | Kids club: 4-12 years | Fuerteventura El Matorral Airport 3.7 miles | Free shuttle bus to shopping centre and Fuerteventura Golf Club
With its spacious apartments, sea views and short walk into Caleta de Fuste’s main centre, the Elba Castillo San Jorge & Antigua Suite Hotel is a great value option for families. It’s less than a 10-minute walk to the area’s popular Playa del Castillo beach – an 800m stretch of golden sand and tranquil water in a sheltered bay. Facilities like showers, toilets and cafes at the beach mean it’s super family-friendly, plus there’s lifeguards and places to hire sunbeds and parasols.
Animal-loving little ones will love taking a short walk to the nearby chipmunk viewing point, where the wild (but tame-natured) creatures congregate to collect nuts from visitors.
The hotel itself comes into its own with its 1 and 2-bedroom apartments, which can sleep 4 or 6. Ideal for large families, the 2-bedroom apartment is priced from £2,564 for an all-inclusive week-long stay in August. As each has a kitchenette with a fridge, microwave and kettle, there’s no need to worry about heating bottles or baby food – and you can make a cuppa too. The hotel has been recommended by MadeForMums families, and is also 1rated 8.7 on Booking.com by families staying with kids, who were impressed with the sea views, friendly staff and spacious, comfortable accommodation.
With 2 main pools, plus another 2 for children, there’s plenty of space to splash about and there’s a play area for little ones too. “Our 2-year-old loved the mini disco and kids’ club (we stayed with him). The play areas are fab, one overlooking the sea and one in the shaded area,” wrote one family on TripAdvisor.
The buffet restaurant serves a range of the usual fare, and puts on themed nights with Italian, Spanish and Asian dishes on the menu, while there’s a snack bar by the pool open from 10am to 6pm for feeding rumbling tummies outside of the main meal times. Another family reviewing the hotel on TripAdvisor loved having the kitchenette despite being on all-inclusive, writing: “Even though we were AI the kitchenette was very useful with a microwave, fridge, kettle, toaster and cups/glasses/crockery/cutlery.”
Pros: Great value, fridge, microwave and kettle in apartments, choice of board options, walking distance to beach, short transfer time from airport
Cons: Pools can be cold, not as many activities on offer for children as some other resorts
8. Hotel Club Jandia Princess
– Best for kids’ activities
Price: Family room from £2,369 for 4 in August 2023 (all-inclusive) | Star rating: 4 | Number of bedrooms: 512 | Board: All-inclusive | Number of swimming pools: 2 plus kids’ pool | Kids club: 4-12 years and 13-17 years | Fuerteventura El Matorral Airport 48.4 miles| On-site petting farm, free shuttle-bus to the wind and kitesurfing centre at Sotavento beach
If you have some animal-lovers among your family, then the Hotel Club Jandia Princess is a dream come true. How many hotels have their own small petting farm featuring a friendly goat, sheep, rabbits, hens and a vegetable patch after all?
If that wasn’t enough of a draw, the hotel is set just steps from the expansive and unspoilt Playa Esquinzo-Butihondom beach, with its shallow turquoise water and golden sand (plus lifeguards and facilities like toilets and showers). A word of caution though, the steps are steep so not ideal for anyone with reduced mobility. However, as one family reviewer wrote on TripAdvisor: “The beach was on the doorstep (yes there was a walk down but not the ‘million steps’ others have described– our 5 year old managed it fine).”
There are also 2 swimming pools at the hotel, plus another one for children that is heated up to 29 degrees, as well as daily kids’ clubs and teen clubs and even swimming lessons on offer during summer months at an additional charge. Archery, football, water polo and video games are some of the other activities on offer, while there’s a sports centre right across the street from the hotel with tennis courts, basketball and volleyball.
“The kids club was lovely, and our 4-year-old repeatedly asked to go even on days when we were planning to be in the pool together,” explained one family, writing a review of the hotel on TripAdvisor. “The petting farm is small but well cared for with a friendly goat called Oreo and some chickens, ducks and rabbits. Both of our girls thoroughly enjoyed playing with the animals.”
Families with older children wanting to try out some of the local sports can hop on the free shuttle bus to the wind and kitesurfing centre at nearby Sotavento beach, while there’s also a free shuttle to Oasis Wildlife Park.
The main buffet restaurant has live cooking stations, including a wok area and pizza oven, and children get to enjoy their very own mini buffet both in the main restaurant and at the Mini Club.
As part of the all-inclusive board, a meal at the Spanish and Canarian-themed El Lagar à la carte restaurant is included – ideal for taking advantage of the hotel’s babysitting service.
Being on the southern end of Fuerteventura, the hotel is a little further from the airport than the northern and eastern resorts of Corralejo and Caleta de Fuste, with transfer time around 1.5 hours.
Pros: Beachfront, petting farm on-site, great choice of activities for all ages, good food options for all ages and tastes, babysitting service, close to beach
Cons: Steep steps to beach, longer transfer from airport, expensive, only all-inclusive board available
9. Iberostar Playa Gaviotas Park
– Best for kids of all ages
Price: Family room from £2,160 for 4 in August 2023 (all-inclusive) | Star rating: 4 | Number of bedrooms: 206 | Board: All-inclusive | Number of swimming pools: 1 plus 2 kids’ pools and splash park | Kids club: 4-7 years, 8-12 years and 13- 17 years | Fuerteventura El Matorral Airport 49.6 miles | Pools heated November to April
On the very south eastern tip of Fuerteventura, the Iberostar Playa Gaviotas Park’s beachfront setting and plethora of activities mean it’s a good choice for families with children of all ages.
Not only does its kids’ club cater for tots up to teens in a trio of dedicated sessions, but it’s got unique activities like an escape room too.
There are 2 children’s pools and a tropical-themed splash park with slides surrounded by giant butterflies and palm trees, plus two tennis courts, archery, yoga and dance classes. One family sharing their review on TripAdvisor praised the pools: “The kids’ pools were great, perfect for younger children, 0-6 I’d say. There was a small, heated baby pool with 2 little slides. Then 3 bigger slides in a different pool for toddlers and young children. Parents could join their kids on the slides, so it was good fun for everyone. My son also enjoyed the big pool as it was very shallow at one end.”
Families have rated this all-inclusive hotel 9.1 for a stay with kids on Booking.com, loving how close it is to the golden sand beach and the clean and comfortable rooms. One feature picked up many reviewers is the great selection of food on offer in the buffet restaurant, and the pool and lobby bars. Several commented on how the hotel dealt with food allergies, praising the staff’s attention to detail. “Our first holiday as a family of 4 including a 4 month old and it was everything we had hoped for and more,” explained one reviewer. “My baby has an allergy to dairy, egg and soya which I needed to avoid due to breastfeeding and the team couldn't have gone out of their way more to accommodate this.”
It’s a couple of miles to the picturesque fishing village of Morro Jable, which is the departure spot for whale and dolphin spotting tours in the waters around the peninsula (although sightings aren’t guaranteed). And next door is sister hotel the Iberostar Playa Gaviotas (yes, we know it’s confusing!), which has even more activities including a bowling bar with pool tables, mini football and ten-pin bowling. One family, travelling with their 16 and 11-year-old sons, explained on TripAdvisor: “The daytime entertainment is a joy… table tennis, darts, archery, rifle shooting. My younger son joined in with the maxi club and met plenty of other children doing fun activities. We spent many nights in the games room in the sister hotel, where you can do ten-pin bowling as well as pool and air hockey.”
Pros: Beachfront, lots of activities for all ages, great food options, kids’ clubs for all ages, heated baby pool
Cons: Kids’ club can get busy, longer transfer from airport, only all-inclusive board available
10. Occidental Jandia Playa
– Best for spacious rooms
Price: Family room from £1,987 for 4 in August 2023 (all-inclusive) | Star rating: 4 | Number of bedrooms: 568 | Board: B&B, Half board and All-inclusive | Number of swimming pools: 2 plus kids’ pool | Kids club: from 4 years | Fuerteventura El Matorral Airport 50.2 miles | Shuttle to beach and town centre
Overlooking stunning Jandia beach and a 10-minute drive to the town of Morro Jable with its traditional eateries, harbour and lighthouse, the Occidental Jandia Playa hits all the right notes for its great location.
One standout aspect of this hotel for those who like a bit more space is that the family rooms are made up of 2 interconnected bedrooms, a feature that many holidaymakers absolutely loved.
“We had a family sea view room which was lovely – 2 rooms interconnected which was perfect for us with 3 children – and amazing views of the beach,” explained one reviewer, writing on TripAdvisor. Another family praised the spacious rooms: “We booked a family room with a sea view; this exceeded our expectations as both rooms were a good size with large, comfortable beds and balconies and bathrooms in both rooms.” The hotel has also been recommended by parents on the MadeForMums forum, while it’s rated 8.5 for a stay with kids on Booking.com.
As well as the Barcy mini club, which is for little ones from age 4, there’s a pirate-themed playground with climbing frame and slides, plus a figure 8-shaped pool for children by the play area. There are also another 2 outdoor swimming pools, 1 with a shallow area for children.
The main buffet restaurant is open for set times at breakfast, lunch and dinner, but there’s also a snack bar open 12-6pm for those little extras. Be warned, it does self-serve ice-cream! Foodwise, there’s the usual all-inclusive fare of pizza, pasta, salads, meat and fish, desserts and fruit, with families impressed with the selection of vegetarian food and meals that pleased even very fussy eaters.
Although the hotel overlooks the beach, the access means there is around a 10-minute walk to get onto the sand. But once there, the beach is spectacular with aquamarine water and golden sand that stretches for miles. There’s also wide walkway for walkers, joggers, cyclists, buggies and wheelchairs that runs parallel to the beach and heads into nearby Morro Jable. If you’re feeling energetic, walking from the hotel into the town takes around 45 minutes, or it’s a short hop in a taxi or by shuttle from the hotel.
Pros: Overlooking beach, large rooms, choice of board options, good choice of food
Cons: Longer journey from airport, sun loungers can get busy, restaurant only open at set times
How we tested
When evaluating our list of family-friendly hotels in Fuerteventura, we considered facilities, comfort, appeal, price, accessibility, star rating and value for money. Our 10 of the Best lists are compiled by qualified and experienced parenting journalists. They rely on a number of sources, including independent reviews and feedback from real families who’ve visited the hotels, to ensure we’re bringing you honest recommendations.
Our list is not an ordered ranking from 1-10; instead, it is a carefully selected group of tried-and-tested products, each of which we believe is best for a different situation or requirement. We don’t just tell you what is best, we help you discover what is best for your family.
Magda Ibrahim is a freelance writer who has written for publications including The Times and Sunday Times, The Sun, and the London Evening Standard, as well for MadeForMums.
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