10 of the best family hotels in Ibiza with swimming pools
Which are the best family hotels for a holiday in Ibiza? Our pick of 10 of the best family hotels with swimming pools across the island, from Port d’es Torrent and Playa es Canar to Playa d’en Bossa and Santa Eularia del Riu
Ibiza might be best known for its legendary nightlife, but the island’s safe beaches, huge range of accommodation and plethora of activities mean it ticks all the boxes for a family holiday.
The third largest of Spain’s Balearic Islands after Majorca and Menorca, Ibiza is blessed with amazing weather. Think 3,000 hours of sun each year, balmy temperatures and Insta-worthy sunsets, and it’s easy to see the island’s appeal.
With around 130 miles of beaches around its Mediterranean coastline – many in sheltered bays – there’s so much sand and sea to explore on this beautiful island.
Known as the White Island because of its traditional lime-washed architecture, it’s got loads of family-friendly sights to see beyond the beach too. There’s festivals galore, history to uncover in Ibiza Town with its fortress which is a UNESCO world heritage site, and charming Mediterranean towns that come to life with street markets throughout the summer months.
If you're in holiday planning mode and like the look of the Balearic Islands, check out our roundup of the best family hotels in Majorca. We've also picked the best hotels for families in in Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Tenerife. Alternatively, for somewhere completely different, take a look at the best family-friendly accommodation in Crete. And if you're staying in the UK this year, don't miss our pick of the best Devon family hotels and best family-friendly accommodation in Cornwall.
10 of the best Ibiza family hotels at a glance
- Best hotel with waterslides/waterpark access: TUI Blue Aura, Port d’es Torrent, TUI
- Best for kids of all ages: Barcelo Occidental Ibiza, Port d’es Torrent, On The Beach
- Best for foodies: Grand Palladium Palace Ibiza Resort and Spa, Playa d’en Bossa, Love Holidays
- Best budget hotel: Invisa Ereso, Playa Es Canar, Expedia
- Best for large family groups: Hotel Atlantic by LLUM, Playa Es Canar, On The Beach
- Best for beach access: Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza, Playa d’en Bossa, Love Holidays
- Best for a tranquil family retreat: Agroturismo Ca Sa Vilda Marge, Portinatx, Expedia
- Best for kids' activities: TUI Magic Life Cala Pada, Santa Eularia des Riu, On The Beach
- Best luxury family break: ME Ibiza, S’Argamassa, Expedia
- Best for families with babies/very young children: Playa Bella Apartments, San Antonio Bay, Love Holidays
When is the best time of year to visit?
Ibiza has around 3,000 hours of sunshine a year, with 10-11 blissful hours each day in July and August. These are the months when the thermometer reaches its highest point too, clocking in at up to 31°C.
With its Mediterranean climate, the summers are long and the winters mild, rarely dropping below 16°C. If you are able to travel outside the main school summer holidays it’s still t-shirt weather, with temperatures between 23-27°C in May and June and similar in September-October.
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The warm weather in Ibiza in the spring and autumn makes it a great destination at those times, although it’s worth bringing a brolly as there’s more chance of rain.
What is the flight time from the UK?
Around 2hrs 25 mins is the approximate flight time into Ibiza from London airports. Flights ranging from 2hrs 25 mins to 2hrs 45 mins also go from regional airports including Bristol, Birmingham, East Midlands, Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle and Cardiff. If you’re flying from Scotland or Northern Ireland, it’s around 3hrs from Glasgow, Edinburgh or Belfast.
Which are the biggest attractions in Ibiza?
There’s a wealth of attractions in Ibiza that fit the bill for a family break – starting with its stunning beaches that extend to every part of the island.
Water babies will feel right at home on Ibiza’s most family-friendly beaches, which include Cala Bassa on the west of the island, Cala Llonga, Es Canar and Santa Eulària on the east coast, and Portinatx in the north.
These safe and popular spots are geared towards family fun, with water sports and pedaloes on offer and lifeguards keeping a watchful eye during the summer season. Regular boat trips set sail from the major resort centres and are a chance to explore the coastline and discover its marine life.
If your kids are keen climbers, the Acrobosc Ibiza Climbing Park will get hearts racing. Not far from Es Canar, the pine forest-based treetop adventure has got a range of climbing and zip slide circuits, with 2 specially designed for children aged 3-5 and 6-10.
In the same area, you can get the original Ibiza vibe at the Es Canar True Hippie Market held every Wednesday from May to October. Its dedicated “Hippie Kids” hut hosts fun workshops especially for little ones on recycling, T-shirt designing, face painting and making flower crowns.
The Aquarium Cap Blanc in San Antonio is set in an eerie underground cavern that was formerly a smugglers' hideout and has sea creatures from octopus and rays to brightly coloured fish. It’s even home to a rehabilitation centre for injured sea turtles before they are released back into the wild.
And history and culture are in abundance in the capital, Ibiza Town, which has a cathedral, castle and quaint narrow lanes within its fortified ancient walls.
If you’ve got time, it’s worth hopping on a ferry over to the idyllic island of Formentera, taking between 30 minutes and an hour depending which service you take. The boat trip through the crystal clear waters is an activity in itself and, once at Formentera, its miles of golden, sandy beaches are the perfect spot for snorkelling or just watching the little ones have fun while you relax.
Check out our guide to some of the best family hotels in Ibiza with swimming pools
1. TUI Blue Aura, Port d’es Torrent
– Best hotel with waterslides/waterpark access
Star rating 4-star | Price Family room from £2,990 for 4 in August 2023 (all-inclusive) | Number of bedrooms 230 | Board All-inclusive | No. of swimming pools 2 plus kids’ pool | Kids' club for 3-5 and 7 to 11-year-olds, plus baby club for 0 to 3 years and Hangout for 12 to 15-year-olds | Ibiza Airport 11.7 miles | Free entry to Sirenis Aquagames waterpark
Close to a sandy beach with safe, calm waters and with free entry to the Sirenis Aquagames waterpark next door, the TUI Blue Aura is a great choice for families wanting to make the most of the water.
It’s a couple of minutes’ walk to Port d’es Torrent beach – a small beach on the outer edge of San Antonio Bay. Its quiet bay location means there’s plenty of calm, shallow pools for paddling, while lifeguards patrol in summer too.
Family reviewers on TripAdvisor loved that the hotel is so close to such a great beach for smaller children, with one commenting: “The water starts shallow and is ideal for smaller children with lots of fish swimming around.”
The low-rise, whitewashed village-style hotel had a complete refurb in 2019 and reviewers love the spacious, modern rooms and quiet location.
At the hotel itself there’s an indoor swimming pool, outdoor pool, baby pool and shaded children’s pool.
“The pools were varied and offered something for all age groups. A covered separate baby and toddler pool, and 3 conjoined pools offering shallow entry areas leading to deeper spots,” explained one reviewer. “Floats and inflatables are allowed and [there’s] a friendly-family atmosphere.”
There’s also a soft play area and playground, plus kids’ clubs for all ages. Tiny tots are well catered for in the air-conditioned baby lounge, with microwaves and bottle warmers on hand.
If you are in need of some baby-free time, there’s even a baby club which can be booked in 2-hour slots for an additional charge for kids aged 0-3. Families also loved the range of food on offer – especially the Japanese teppanyaki restaurant which guests can book once as part of an all-inclusive stay.
The real draw for this hotel has got to be free entry to the waterpark next door. It’s got a 9m high tower with 2 slides plus a 12m high tower with multi-lane slide, a high-speed open slide and a free-fall slide.
It also has a pirate themed children’s area with 10 children’s water slides and 4 splash barrels, and a swimming pool with animal statues and water sprinkler for younger children.
Pros: Free entry to water park, choice of food, close to beach
Cons: Loungers can get busy in the waterpark as it’s shared with another hotel
Book at: Sirenis Hotels, TUI
2. Barceló Occidental Ibiza, Port d’es Torrent
— Best for kids of all ages
Star rating 4-star | Price Family room from £2,452 for 4 in August 2023 (all-inclusive) | Number of bedrooms 346 | Board All-inclusive | No. of swimming pools 3 plus kids’ pool | Kids' club for 4 to 12-year-olds, plus activities for 13 to 17-year-olds | Ibiza Airport 10.7 miles | Around 20 minutes by public bus into San Antonio
It might be set in a quiet part of Ibiza, but the Barcelo Occidental Ibiza packs a punch with its range of activities and entertainment for all the family.
The low-rise resort has 3 pools plus a kids’ pool and it’s a 10-minute walk to the beautiful beach at Port d’es Torrent.
The Barcy kids' club for ages 4-12 includes arts and crafts, competitions and costume parties plus there’s a playground with a slide, playhouse and a ball-pit.
But it’s not just primary school aged children who are catered for as activities for teens include video games and film nights, plus loads of sports.
Families sharing their experiences on TripAdvisor raved about the enthusiastic animation team, with one parent writing: “Animation team are just brilliant, they never stop! They are all really friendly and provide activities throughout the day, including aqua gym, water polo, volleyball, poolside games.”
There’s loads to do at the Occidental Ibiza, including beach volleyball, tennis, and a multi-sports court, while reviewers loved the kids’ club and mini disco.
One family of 5 on their first holiday to Ibiza highlighted how much their boys “loved the sports and games every day”.
If you want more space and the little ones are happy to sleep by themselves, it can be well worth paying extra for one of the superior family rooms rather than a regular family room with sofabed. These are 2 connected rooms with 2 bathrooms and a terrace overlooking the pool. Working out around £400 extra a week for a family of 4 in August, families reviewing the hotel found them spacious and modern.
If you fancy exploring beyond the hotel and local beach, there’s a public bus stop a few metres from the hotel that takes around 20 minutes into bustling San Antonio, where you can pick up a boat trip, walk the promenade or stay for the sunset.
Pros: Range of pools, excellent kids’ club, public transport links to San Antonio
Cons: Sunbeds can get busy in high season
Book at: Barceló, On The Beach and Love Holidays
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3. Grand Palladium Palace Ibiza Resort and Spa, Playa d’en Bossa
– Best for foodies
Star rating 5-star | Price Family room from £5,776 for 4 in August 2023 (all-inclusive) | Number of bedrooms 411| Board All-inclusive | No. of swimming pools 2 plus 2 kids’ pools | Kids' club for 4 to 12-year-olds, plus baby club from 12 months | Ibiza Airport 2.4 miles | Spa and wellness centre, 6 restaurants
At the quieter southern end of Ibiza’s longest stretch of beach, Playa d’en Bossa, the Grand Palladium Palace Ibiza Resort & Spa combines its fab location and luxurious look with a family-friendly vibe.
Lush gardens surround the low-rise hotel, so there’s plenty of space to relax in tranquil surroundings. The hotel underwent a makeover during winter 2022, so it’s feeling fresh for the 2023 season.
Families sharing their views on TripAdvisor loved the mini club and entertainment – there’s a whole range of shows, including performances of The Lion King and the Greatest Showman that have received rave reviews from guests.
The focus is very much on children at this luxury resort, which explains its rating of 8.5 on Booking.com by families who’ve stayed here.
There’s a baby club for tiny tots from 1-3, plus a mini club and a junior club for older kids that includes a cinema, DJ classes, crafts, games, a dedicated garden space and a 0.45m deep kids’ pool with slides.
The main pool has an area for children, while the hotel’s second oval-shaped pool has its own 0.4m deep splash area for children.
If you can get some time away from the little ones, the hotel’s Zentropia spa is the perfect spot for a bit of me-time and enjoying the sauna, jacuzzi, bubble beds and Turkish massage area.
“A special mention should go to the staff at the crèche (baby club) who looked after our 16-month-old daughter for 2 hours for us on a couple of occasions,” highlighted 1 mum, writing on TripAdvisor. “They were wonderful with her and when we went to pick her up she was too busy enjoying herself to even notice us and continued playing with the toys! I felt happy leaving my daughter there and it meant we could use the spa to celebrate my husband’s birthday and have a few hours to ourselves.”
Foodies will be spoiled for choice at the 6 restaurants, which are described as excellent by reviewers. Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean and Spanish tapas treats are on the menu at the hotel’s 4 à la carte eateries, while its buffet restaurants have show cooking displays alongside the usual international dishes.
“The food in every restaurant was very good with lots of vegetarian/pescatarian options all day long including lovely fresh salads,” explained one reviewer, while another was impressed with the attention to detail of the gluten-free menu.
Pros: Range of pools, amazing food, excellent kids’ clubs
Cons: Early booking essential for à la carte restaurants
Book at: Palladium Hotel Group, Love Holidays and On The Beach
4. Invisa Ereso Hotel, Playa Es Canar
– Best budget hotel
Star rating 3-star | Price Family room from £2,948 for 4 in August 2023 (all-inclusive) | Number of bedrooms 240 | Board All-inclusive | No. of swimming pools 2 plus kids’ pool | Kids' club for 3 to 11-year-olds | Ibiza Airport 15.8 miles | 5-minute walk to beach, close to Es Canar True Hippie Market
Families love returning to the Invisa Ereso Hotel year after year and, with its great location, energetic and friendly staff, and range of pools, it’s not hard to see why.
Around 5 minutes’ walk to the beach and set in the family-friendly resort of Es Canar, there’s loads to do here.
The hotel has a fantastic children’s pool with slides, tipping bucket and animal-themed water jets – plus another 2 outdoor pools.
And while it’s set in lovely gardens so feels quite tranquil, it’s a short walk to Ibiza’s weekly Es Canar True Hippie Market, which dates back to 1973. Masses of artisans and designers sell their handicrafts at the buzzing market each week, and there’s even a dedicated area for little ones.
At the hotel itself, the rooms are clean and comfortable, and the buffet restaurant serves up the usual seafood and salads, as well as hosting regular Mexican and Chinese-themed dining, and weekly gala nights.
Families rated it 8.6 for a stay with kids on Booking.com, highlighting the outstanding entertainment team, family-oriented vibe and lovely pools. One family, writing on TripAdvisor, explained: “I really think the entertainment team make this hotel a must if you have children; the team works so hard.”
“The entertainment was second to none,” agreed another parent, travelling as a family of 4 with 2 boys. “Plenty of daytime activities to join in with for both adults and kids. The animation crew were so lovely, fun and great at what they do. The evening entertainment was good too; magic shows, quizzes, karaoke and comedy shows.”
The hotel has a playground for children aged 3 to 12, and it’s impossible to get bored with games including giant Connect 4, table tennis, volleyball and football hosted by the entertainment team on the multi-sport pitch.
Reviewers praised the food too, highlighting the variety and the child-friendly treats such as a chocolate fountain.
If you fancy checking out a larger resort, it’s less than 10 minutes’ drive to nearby Santa Eularia des Riu and its urban beach, which is the first in the Balearics to be officially smoke-free.
Pros: Close to beach, great entertainment
Cons: Restaurant can get very busy at lunchtime
Book at: Invisa Hotels, Expedia and On The Beach
5. Hotel Atlantic by LLUM, Playa Es Canar
– Best for large family groups
Star rating 4-star | Price 2-bed apartment from £2,634 for 4 in August 2023 (all-inclusive) | Number of bedrooms 123 | Board All-inclusive | No. of swimming pools 1 plus kids’ pool | Kids' club for 4 to 12-year-olds | Ibiza Airport 16.5 miles | Kids’ club runs May to October
Large family groups will find plenty of space to everyone from tiny tots to the grandparents as it’s got a host of accommodation from studios through to 2-bedroom apartments – plus this well-located spot is 200m from the beach.
Although the hotel is all-inclusive, the beauty of the rooms is that they’ve all got a fridge, microwave, kettle and even cooking rings, so no worries about storing or heating baby food or sterilising bottles.
One family who travelled with their 3-month-old baby wrote on TripAdvisor: “The room was what we needed with the small kitchen area. We could sterilise bottles and make them up daily with no issue.”
There’s a large outdoor pool and a separate circular children’s pool, which is right by the kids’ club and playground.
The bright and cheerful kids’ club runs from May to October, with reviewers praising the ‘brilliant’ staff. “They did water balloons, dressing up, darts, mini disco, games, making lots of things with flowers,” explained one parent on TripAdvisor.
Another family, travelling with grandchildren, added: “Our grandsons enjoyed the planned activities during the day including water polo and archery.”
The safe, sandy beach is about a 5-minute walk away, and families loved heading out to Es Canar’s family-friendly activities, such as the nearby traditional Kentucky Derby race game and funfair. The hotel is also a 5-minute walk to the ferry point for getting the boat to Formentera island, if you fancy a day trip on the water.
Facilities like a wellness area with a sauna and hot tub, a games room with table tennis table, and a gym mean there’s plenty to do – and reviewers loved that they never had to rush to get sunbeds around the pool.
Pros: Large pool, kitchenettes in rooms
Cons: Lifts cramped for buggies
Book at: Llum Hotels, On The Beach and Booking.com
6. Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza, Playa d’en Bossa
– Best for beach access
Star rating 5-star | Family room from £5,674 for 4 in August 2023 (B&B) | Number of bedrooms 493 | Board Room only or B&B | No. of swimming pools 2 plus kids’ pool | Kids' club for 4 to 11-year-olds, plus hang-out for teens | Ibiza Airport 2.4 miles | Babysitting service/creche for 6 months to 3 years by request
A beachfront location on Playa d'en Bossa, Fender guitars delivered to your room, spa treatments especially for kids – it could only be the Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza.
For families wanting full rock star glamour during a break on the White Isle, this hotel ticks all the boxes – you can even take your dog along too.
There’s the Roxity kids’ club, with a host of activities for children aged 4-11. Teens have their own area with a cinema, though they might be too busy taking selfies with the music memorabilia spread throughout the hotel’s stylish spaces.
TripAdvisor reviewers loved the kids’ club, with one family travelling with their 4-year-old twins explaining: “We took the kids to the kids’ club on the first day not expecting them to stay but they absolutely loved it!
“They were so welcoming and did some brilliant activities with the kids, we couldn't get them to leave so it meant we actually got a bit of rest on our holiday too!”
Another noted: “Kids' club is pretty good, as teens can dip in and out, use the facilities like pool, table tennis, fussball and gaming.”
The hotel’s 2 main pools include one with a safe children’s area, plus there’s 3 more river-style pools for guests staying in swim-up rooms.
With its spot directly on the sandy Playa d’en Bossa, the longest stretch of beach in Ibiza, the Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza’s location couldn’t be much better, and at just a couple of miles from the airport it’s a great place for a short break when time is at a premium.
“Holiday was great and the kids (5 and 7) had a brilliant time,” highlighted another family on TripAdvisor. “This was because the pools were a good depth for them given their age, the beach was fantastic. The best part was kids' club, the team there were amazing.”
There’s a stunning spa – of course – with unique touches that make a stay here really memorable. They even have a spa menu just for kids, which includes the fruity Jelly Gum massage for boys and girls and the Cinderella’s Feet and Princess Hands treatments.
Although the hotel offers room only or B&B options, there’s 6 restaurants including a sports bar and rooftop lounge to choose from for dining, as well as a couple of pool bars and a coffee shop.
The wealth of beach bars along gorgeous Playa d’en Bossa means there’s no shortage of options for eating out though, and the shallow water makes it an ideal place for little ones to splash about and have fun.
Pros: Beachfront location, choice of restaurants
Cons: B&B only
Book at: Hard Rock Hotels, Love Holidays and On The Beach
7. Agroturismo Ca Sa Vilda Marge, Portinatx
– Best for a tranquil family retreat
Star rating 3-star | Price Family room from £3,092 for 4 in August 2023 (B&B) | Number of bedrooms 7 | Board B&B | No. of swimming pools 1 | Kids' club No | Ibiza Airport 18.7 miles | Babysitting service by request
Families wanting to enjoy the relaxing tranquillity of Ibiza’s stunning natural landscape will find a gem tucked away in the north of the island.
The 400-year-old finca – or country estate – Agrotursimo Ca Sa Vilda Marge has just 7 bedrooms, including a family suite for 4, a 2-bedroom suite that can sleep up to 6, plus a room for 3 and another for a family travelling with a baby that has a cot.
It’s got a pool set in stunning gardens and reviewers love the family-friendly, tranquil spot – highlighting how welcoming staff are with baby guests.
“We travelled with our nearly 2 year old and it was the perfect accommodation,” explained one family reviewer on TripAdvisor.
“Good condition travel cot with proper mattress in it. Toys available at the pool, high chair and the lovely lady at breakfast even gave our daughter her own special (baby) spoon.”
Fresh organic vegetables and fruit are picked from the lush 37-acre garden for breakfast – think fresh orange juice, ripe bananas, and even peppers straight from the stalk into your omelette.
The friendly team can organise spa treatments, yoga sessions and offer babysitting.
Families scored the spot 8.8 for a stay with children on Booking.com, rating the lovely pool, helpful staff, and gorgeous surroundings.
“We were traveling with a 1-year-old baby and felt most welcome and catered to all our (extra) needs,” added one family. “Genuine friendliness and hospitality makes this place shine. The rooms are great and have an Ibiza feel.”
Although the finca is set inland between Sant Joan de Labritja and Portinatx, you’re not far from a beach, with secluded bays such as Cala Xarraca and Cala Xuclar both within a 5-minute drive.
A bit further around the coast are the crystal clear waters at Cala Portinatx, which has roped off areas for swimming in the shallow bay. The nearby resort of Portinatx is super family-friendly, with another couple of sandy beaches including the lifeguard-patrolled S’Arenal Gran beach and loads of water-based activities.
The freedom around the beautiful farm was a particular highlight for one family reviewing on TripAdvisor, who wrote: “If you are travelling with young children, I particularly liked that once on site there is no road to worry about and your kids can freely roam about between the outdoor dining area, the pool and rooms.”
Pros: Organic produce grown on site, friendly staff
Cons: B&B only, not walking distance to beach
Book at: Ca Sa Vilda Marge, Expedia and Booking.com
8. TUI Magic Life Cala Pada, Santa Eularia des Riu
– Best for kids’ activities
Star rating 4-star | Price Family room from £3,381 for 4 in August 2023 (all-inclusive) | Number of bedrooms 316 | Board All-inclusive | No. of swimming pools 3 plus kids’ pool | Kids' club for 3-6, 7-9, 10-12 and 13 to 16-year-olds | Ibiza Airport 15.3 miles | Kids’ clubs open 6 days a week, teen club open May-October
The green surroundings of the pretty TUI Magic Life Cala Pada hotel are reflected in the local area, with its nearest beach edged by fragrant pine and juniper trees.
It’s less than a 10-minute walk to family-friendly Cala Pada beach, with its transparent waters, facilities including toilets and showers, and plethora of water activities.
Set between the 2 larger tourist centres of Santa Eularia des Riu (also known as Santa Eulalia) and Es Canar, the eastern resort of Cala Pada has a quieter vibe.
The family focus is apparent at the TUI Magic Life Cala Pada, which has separate kids’ clubs for every age group including teens, and a wealth of activities including tennis courts, mini football, archery, beach volleyball and even trampolining.
There are 4 pools, including a splash pool with 2 fun waterslides (1 covered and 1 open) for children aged 5 to 12.
One family writing on TripAdvisor highlighted the range of activities: “Our kids loved the swimming pools, play park, sandpit, crepe station, crazy golf and the evening entertainment.
“There was plenty of variety with a 3D cinema, foam party, silent disco, mini disco, dancers, funny acts, flamenco dancers.”
It’s impossible to get bored here as the schedule covers a whopping 120 activities each day. At night, the hotel’s outdoor amphitheatre comes alive with shows and events.
Plus, there's rotating weekly theme days ranging from La Vida Loca, with a line-up of flash mobs and foam parties, to the Sunny Breeze Festival, with activities specifically for children and teens, and family shows.
Families rate the hotel 8.3 for a stay with kids on Booking.com, loving the spacious, clean rooms, pool areas and entertainment.
Food-wise, the dedicated kids’ buffet and daily crepe and waffle station were a hit with families reviewing the hotel, who described the choice as fabulous, with plenty of gluten-free options.
“There’s so much for kids activity-wise,” explained one family on TripAdvisor, although noting that the quieter location means it’s a taxi ride or 15-minute walk into the larger resorts.
“The hotel is located between Es Cana and St Eulalia 15 minutes walk either way. It's a little bit isolated so if walking is an issue, you would have to get taxis.”
Pros: Loads of family activities, 4 pools
Cons: 15-minute walk to larger resorts
Book at: TUI, Booking.com and Expedia
9. ME Ibiza, S’Argamassa
– Best luxury hotel
Star rating 5-star | Price Family room from £8,298 for 4 in August 2023 (B&B) | Number of bedrooms 205 | Board Room only, B&B, half board | No. of swimming pools 2 plus kids’ pool | Kids' club for 4 to 12-year-olds | Ibiza Airport 16.2 miles | Babysitting available on request
Want laidback Ibizan luxury with a beachfront location, but are travelling with the little ones in tow? The ME Ibiza strikes the balance between being a family-friendly haven, while also oozing luxurious boutique hotel charm.
With its interconnecting rooms, the beach accessed through the hotel gardens, and an infinity pool and spa, there’s plenty of space for relaxation overlooking the gorgeous turquoise waters.
Families rated the stunning hotel 8.1 for a stay with kids on Booking.com – plus reviewers on TripAdvisor highlighted the incredible staff in the kids’ club.
One family writing on TripAdvisor took full advantage of the colourful and airy kids’ club, which is well-stocked with games, books, a whole wardrobe of dressing up costumes, and tons of activities to keep little ones busy.
“The kids’ club plus kids’ dedicated swimming pool is a major plus; the staff there are fantastic and they even organise babysitting at night (we used it to go out for dinner),” they explained.
Another raved: “The thing that impressed us was the kids’ club! Super good, our son didn’t want to leave it – even for ice cream.”
The separate children’s pool means everyone can have fun, as adults have their own dedicated pool in the spa area, plus an infinity pool. The kids’ pool is tucked away, but it’s large and surrounded by its own sun loungers and Bali beds – perfect for topping up your tan while the little ones play.
“For families with young kids, the children's pool is ideal for letting the little ones have some peace away from the main hotel pool area,” explained one TripAdvisor reviewer.
Located on S’Argamassa beach and immediately next to the renowned Nikki Beach Club, the hotel is not far from the resort of Es Canar, with its weekly Hippie Market, and around a 7-minute drive to Santa Eularia des Riu.
The beauty of the small and quiet S’Argamassa beach is its sheltered and shallow waters, which make it an ideal spot for children to while away the hours.
At the beach, there’s a watersports centre offering fun activities and boat excursions, while a couple of minutes’ walk away is the Acrobosc assault course and climbing park, which has treetop trails suitable from age 3.
Two á la carte restaurants serve up Mediterranean specialities, including fresh fish and local, organic ingredients. If you’re travelling with older kids or teens, you’ll find it hard to drag them away from the pool bar with its burgers, pasta and salads, while a DJ spins tunes from 11.30am-6pm.
It could be the ideal moment to sneak off to the spa for a treatment, including massages, body scrubs and facials.
Pros: Beach access, dog-friendly
Cons: Food and drinks pricey
Book at: Melia, Expedia and On The Beach
10. Playa Bella Apartments, San Antonio Bay
– Best for families with babies/very young children
Star rating 3-star | Price Family room from £1,901 for 4 in August 2023 (self-catering) | Number of bedrooms 155| Board Self-catering or half board | No. of swimming pools 2 plus kids’ splash pool | Kids' club for 4 to 12-year-olds | Ibiza Airport 10.9 miles | Kids’ club open 20 May to 20 September
You can practically touch the sand from the pool, that’s how close the Playa Bella apartments are to the beach.
The location of this great value aparthotel complex is second to none – right on Punta Xinxo beach and just over 2 miles from busy San Antonio, for families that want a lively place to visit.
There’s a large main pool, which has its own dedicated shallow toddler pool attached. The separate children’s splash pool is right next to the other pools, and is complete with a novelty shark, shipwreck, showers and chutes.
“The pool is unbelievable for kids,” highlighted one family reviewer on TripAdvisor. “They could spend hours in there. It was cold but we soon got used to it. The pool area is clean and there is a lifeguard. The staff are so lovely. They can’t do enough for you. All amazing with children.”
Families writing on TripAdvisor have described the spot as a “hidden gem”, with many returning year after year for the great value accommodation in a relaxing area.
One mum, travelling with her husband and 2-year-old for her first trip abroad, explained: “The kids splash pool was a fantastic shallow area for them to play and also a small separate baby pool and deeper pool for swimmers with lifeguard always on duty.”
As it’s an apartment-centred complex, the rooms all have kitchens with a kettle, toaster, electric hobs, microwave and fridge – making a stay with a baby or little kids a doddle.
The 24-hour reception with English-speaking staff, twice-weekly housekeeping service, and option to go half-board in the Playa Bella’s 2 restaurants mean it feels more like a hotel.
“We were half board and food is served in La Bahia restaurant,” added another online reviewer. “Evening entertainment took place in Playa Bella restaurant with good variety and face painting/balloons which my daughter loved.”
The apartments sleep between 4 and 8, with cots, highchairs and baby baths all available free of charge on request.
Families who’ve travelled to the Playa Bella recommend getting the water taxi from outside the complex over to San Antonio. The journey takes around 10 minutes and costs a reasonable 4 euros each way – definitely a fun way to see the sights around San Antonio Bay.
Another handy tip is to take a 5-minute walk to the nearby Playa Pinet, AKA Reggae Reggae Beach, or Playa es Pouet, a little further along the coastline towards San Antonio. Fabulous sunsets are guaranteed!
Pros: Fun children’s pool area, close to San Antonio
Cons: No all-inclusive option, beach a bit rocky
Book at: Playa Bella Ibiza, Love Holidays and On The Beach
How we tested
When evaluating our list of family friendly hotels in Ibiza, 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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