A family holiday in the sun to Spain – be that the mainland, or the family-friendly islands of Majorca, Menorca or Gran Canaria – is always livened up by a visit to a water park.
But did you know there are some family hotels in Spain that have water slides attached to the pool at the complex, or provided unlimited access to neighbouring waterparks?
In this article, we list some of the most highly-rated picks with details of what’s on offer.
Here are some family-approved Spanish hotels with water slides, available to book…
Where is it? In a town named Benalmadena, on the Costa Del Sol, which is in Southern Spain. It’s an 8-minute drive to the area’s largest theme park, Tivoli World.
Gibraltar Airport and Seville Airport are both a couple of hours away in the car.
What water activities it offers: For younger kids, there’s an on-site splash park in the pool at the hotel, which comes with slides, a pirate ship and even a water cannon.
We also spy a few more challenging slides for slightly older kids and dare we say, even mums and dads!
What families have said about it: The hotel was awarded a ‘2018 Travellers’ Choice’ seal of approval by TripAdvisor.
We’ve seen lots of praise for the pool and the slides on-site, and the general entertainment options for kids. One mum wrote:
“We arrived on the 2nd May for a week with our 21-month old, being our first family holiday abroad and slightly anxious how it was going to go. This hotel didn’t disappoint.
“It’s fantastic for families there is so much to do from the amazing pools to the park – your kids will not get bored.
“The entertainment at night I thought was the best I’ve seen in a hotel, pleasant enough to watch with a few cocktails. It kept our son amused and even one night sat in his pram for an hour which was bliss lol.
“The only few issues I had and after speaking to several parents all agree there should be a gate in the park. My little boy ran everywhere and few times was close to the steps and I couldn’t relax for fear of him falling down them.”
Another mum agreed: “Stayed for 10 days with a 4 year old and an 8 month old. The hotel really is a heaven for kids.
“Not sure I would come here if I travelled without children though as there are kids EVERYWHERE.
“The only couple things missing that would make it a 5* hotel for me was a small area for babies, like soft play area.
“Most families I saw had babies and it would really help if there was some soft floor, soft play area where they can have some tummy time.”
Where is it? Magaluf, on the island of Majorca, Spain.
What water activities it offers: Katmandu is a family park filled with tons of activities and there’s a dedicated park exclusively for water-based fun.
Expect several twisty slides, a water fortress and more than 150 interactive water games and things to do.
The hotel is part of the park’s resort, so super-close by.
What families have said about it: “Absolutely perfect for children, so much to do within the resort,” writes one dad.
“Wristbands for most of the park attractions were included in the booking price but you could also upgrade for 20 Euros each for the whole stay.”
Concerned about Magaluf’s infamous party rep? One non-parent had this to say about the hotel: “The hotel is for families really but we found it good because most people were in bed at a reasonable time.
“You didn’t get the younger generation coming back at stupid o’clock making loads of noise.”
Where is it? Salou, Costa Dorada, in the Catalonia region of Spain.
What water activities it offers: There’s a large family pool in the hotel itself, but buy the right room package and you’re guaranteed unlimited entry to Aquopolis, Costa Dorada’s giant waterpark.
Aquopolis offers 12 main slides varying in extremes: from the Kamikaze, Boomerang and Hurricane for daredevils and older children, to the simple, straight-forward Treasure Island slide for younger children – and a bunch of fun, themed slides in between.
Aquopolis is 8 mins away from the hotel in the car, or 30 mins away on foot (realistically, probably way longer if you’re trying to get kids to walk in the heat ?)
Where is it? Alcudia, on the island of Majorca. It’s approximately 1 hour 15 mins away from Palma Airport via car, and 20 mins away by car from popular family resort Can Picafort.
What water activities it offers: This hotel’s got a few pools on site, but staying here provides you unlimited use of the next door Hidropark waterpark (pictured).
In addition to a 6-lane racer slide and a swirly corkscrew slide, the park also has floating balls, inflatable castles, trampolines, and even a 54-hole golf course mum or dad can sneak away to.
When we say next door, we really mean ‘next door’, too. It’s a 6-min walk to the park from the hotel.
What families have to say about it: “We went to the Hidropark and it was fab,” says one parent reviewer.
“Again, lots to do for children and adults if they love the slides etc. All areas appeared to be clean and in good condition.”
Another mum says her kids were never bored, though did note that some optional activities carry an extra charge.
“Some things are chargeable but they are optional e.g pony rides, cars, fun world. They put on daily activities from ages 4-11, teens and adults.
“The kids club put on a magic show one day and a master chef junior class another day which both my boys enjoyed. The kids club staff are friendly and great with kids.
“The only down side is that they could of been a little more organised so that they are ready at the time stated, eg, we were told to get the boys to master chef at 10.30am.
“It was gone 11am by the time they were ready by which point the children waiting are restless. Club mac have a daily newsletter that states which activities are on, where and when along with other information.”
Finally, we do get the vibe that this is a pretty busy hotel. Lots of kids running around, and a fair few rowdy drunken people from time to time.
So, make sure you’re prepared for general holiday mania!
Where is it? Benidorm, Costa Blanca, Spain. About 40mins away from Alicante airport in the car.
What water activities it offers: The Aqua Natura waterpark comes with slides, wave pools and even a mini lighthouse. Slides include a twisty slide, a 4-person racer slide and a ‘death drop’ style slide – all pictured above.
This hotel also gives you unlimited entry to Terra Natura Wildlife Park – where you can enjoy a daytime or night time safari.
What families have said about it: “The location near the zoo is great. The fact that you can come in and out the zoo from the hotel is very comfortable. The kids club is good,” wrote one mum.
On the flip side, she found some of the family entertainment a bit loud. “The noise is unbearable. The animation show is till 23:30-00:00 and you just can’t go to sleep before – doesn’t matter how far from the stage your bungalow is.”
Another family suggested waiting for the on-site transport to the slides: “Was a huge trek to the water park and the zoo on a hot day but there are buggies and transport if you time it right.”
Where is it? Albir, Costa Blanca in the province of Alicante, Spain. Alicante airport is about 45 mins away from the hotel in the car.
What water activities it offers: Albir Garden Aqua Park is in the same complex as the hotel, so you won’t have far to go for water fun.
The park has 16 slides, colourful water playgrounds, 2 spacious outdoor pools, a kids’ splash pool and a heated pool (available in winter months).
There’s also a regular playground and a mini kids club, too.
What families had to say about it: “A wonderful week’s holiday,” said one. “Overall the hotel was perfect, we were located directly opposite the aqua park, the room was spotless and had everything we needed.”
Keep an eye out for the opening times of the waterpark, though, off-season.
“The opening hours of the waterpark are changed to a few hours a day,” one parent wrote. “But still perfect for kids.”
Where is it? Benidorm, in the province of Alicante, Spain. The hotel is about 50 mins away in the car from Alicante airport.
What water activities it offers: The hotel is African-themed and on site, they have a waterpark called ‘African Emotion’.
There are numerous slides (pictured above), a colourful children’s pool with splash zone, and a water playground with mini slides for younger children.
Slides are only open from May – October, and sometimes during Easter. Even during the open period, you may find that the weather affects whether or not the slides open.
What families have said about it: “The kids had a lovely time, aged 6 and 8, the pool is absolutely freezing cold and hardly anyone was in it apart from the kids who mainly use the hot tub,” wrote one dad.
“Just a word of warning… you do not get much sun around the pool as by afternoon the hotel casts shade over the whole area.”
Another parent agreed: “We stayed here for 7 nights. The holiday would have been”perfect” if not for the freezing water in the main pool and slides pool.
“But even the freezing water did not stop our 9 year old son to enjoy the slides and pool. Almost all the kids in the resort were brave enough to enjoy the pools.”
Where is it? Salou, on the Costa Dorada in Spain. It’s about 1 hour and 10 mins away from Barcelona’s main airports by car.
What water activities it offers: This Mexican-themed hotel offers 1-day access to nearby Ferrari Land, as well as unlimited entry to the PortAventura Park, which has plenty of water rides, flumes and rollercoasters to choose from.
If you’re after a full-on waterpark, your main draw will be the PortAventura Caribe Aquatic Park, which features indoor and outdoor pools, a floating river, a challenging wave pool, slides older kids will love and junior activities for littler ones.
Just to name a few. We have to say the variety of slides (everything from free fall slides to twisters and racers) truly looks awesome.
What families had to say about it: Interestingly, it seems like many families opt for a ‘roulette’ of PortAventura hotels when booking their visit to the park.
So, keep in mind that if you choose that option – you may not get this exact hotel.
“Perfect location for PortAventura theme park or aquatic park – come out of hotel reception turn left and wait for shuttle bus that runs regularly or walk 5-10 mins up a straight road,” says one mum.
You do need to check the opening times for the waterpark because sometimes, due to bad weather, it may not be open.
There’s also no inflatables allowed in the hotel pool, and according to recent visitors, there are no real kids club to speak of.
Where is it? Playa Taurito, near Las Palmas. Las Palmas is the capital of Gran Canaria, which is one of Spain’s Canary Islands. The hotel’s about 35 mins in the car from Gran Canaria Airport.
What water activities it offers: The hotel itself has a number of outdoor pools, as you’d expect – but the on-site Lago waterpark is the key attraction.
There are 5 big slides including a Space Bowl, a Kamikaze death drop-style slide, a 4-person racer slide, twister slides and the Roller Coaster, which is almost like a shuggy boat!
You get the same benefits from other hotels in the Paradise chain, including Paradise Valle and Costa Hotels.
What families had to say about it: Generally, it seems like activities and entertainment for little ones are really brilliant. The waterpark has largely been touted as “excellent”!
But one mum noted that – though she could access the waterpark for free – she had to pay extra for food and drink while in the park itself.
“When in the water park you have to pay for food and drinks,” she wrote. “Where as the Paradise Hotel over the road got their food and drinks free within the waterpark. Why can one of the hotels have it free and the other can’t?”
The hotel says you need to double check what your ‘all inclusive’ deal actually covers – just to be sure you can enjoy its benefits in the waterpark, too.
The Lago waterpark is also the only park in Gran Canaria to use seawater. So, prepare to bring your goggles!
“We mostly used the waterpark as we felt the hotel pool was to small for us (we like lots of space),” adds one mum.
“The pool here is large and split up into several sections, it is salt water and some days it was very salty but we just put goggles on and carried on having fun.”
Where is it? Roquetas de Mar, Costa Del Almeria, in south east Spain. The hotel’s about 40 mins in the car from Almeria Airport.
What water activities it offers: A swimming pool for all, plus a separate pool for kids which includes a pirate ship and some water slides.
There’s also a Chinese Dragon feature, a water umbrella, as well as a bigger racer slide and a few flumes older children will enjoy.
What families had to say about it: It seems the pool and slides are a big hit with children.
“The children’s pool is amazing and my daughter had hours of fun in here,” says one mum.
“The pools and grounds were perfect and spotless. We got sunbeds easily, although we didn’t want poolside loungers so that’s probably why,” added another.
“Pools are lovely and clean. Plenty of lifeguards around pools. Never ran out of anything for kids,” said another parent.
For pricing and availabiliy: visit Trivago or Thomas Cook Holidays
Where is it? Cala’n Bosch, on the island of Menorca, Spain. The hotel’s about 50 mins away from Menorca Airport.
What water activities it offers: There’s a pool at the hotel, but all guests get free entry to the nextdoor Aquarock Menorca.
Aquarock is just 7 mins on foot away from the hotel, and has a variety of fun water activities for children:
What families had to stay about it: “Water park next door to the hotel is fab,” says one mum – and that just about sums up the general consensus.
You might find that you need to wear a wristband to get your free entry, though. Something one dad wasn’t having…
“Staying at this hotel allows you free access into the water park but this requires a wrist band from the hotel.
“The hotel however requests you wear this wrist band from the moment you check in. Erm I’m sorry this isn’t Glastonbury it’s a water park and I’m not wearing a bright pink wrist band my whole holiday. We said we’d pick them up if we needed them.”
Another parent added the sunbeds at the park might cost a little, too, so don’t forget your change:
“Free access to the water park next door was a nice extra. It was €3.50 for a sunbed. We would just take one for all the towels and bags as we never spent all day there, just in for three or four hours to use the slides and wave pool.”
For pricing and availability: visit Booking.com or Thomas Cook Holidays
Images from hotel/waterpark/booking websites unless otherwise stated