Insider Tips on the Best Luxury Family Friendly Hotels in Tenerife (Canary Islands)

Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands.  At just over 4 hours flying time from the UK and all year round sunshine, no wonder it’s a popular destination.  In recent years Tenerife has upped its game and now offers some fantastic five star family friendly hotels.  To get the inside scoop, we asked Lisa Roberts from Tenerife Childcare to share her top tips on hotels and her childcare services.

Lisa Roberts - Tenerife ChildcareLisa has lived in Tenerife for 5 years and runs Tenerife Childcare (qualified British nannies with many years experience).  Lisa, or one of her team, will come to the hotel and look after your children during the day and/or evenings to give parents a well deserved break.

Lisa has been a nanny for 16 years and a maternity nurse for 8 years.  If the families are in an apartment, she is happy to take children out and about to parks, the beach, play centres etc.

Tenerife Childcare charges 12 Euros per hour for up to 4* hotels and 15 Euros per hour for the 5* hotels.  The hotels charge extortionate amounts for babysitting and often the staff they have are untrained/unqualified.

Here are Lisa’s picks for top Tenerife family hotels:

Iberostar Anthelia (5*)

  • Wonderful Kids Club with fantastic staff.  Pirate pool, baby pool, sand pit, small playground area and small ball game area on the outside of the Kids Club.  Inside there is a small ball pool and lots of organised games and activities.  They also have a room for teenagers with X-Box, Playstation etc
  • The hotel is right on the beach and in a great location with shops, bars and restaurants within a 5 minute stroll along the sea front in Fanabe
  • The buffet restaurant is fab with different themed evenings and a kids corner with meat/pasta stations
  • Nightly kids discos and the presentation of medals/certificates for children who entered into the games in the Kids Club that day.
  • Magic show, band, acrobatic show that follows on from the disco
  • Freshwater pool and a good sized heated pool
  • Adult only area (like a different hotel within the grounds)
  • Spa

Bahia Del Duque Hotel (higher end of 5*)

  • Beachfront location
  • Spa
  • Nightly kids disco and shows
  • Great buffet with good selection of fine foods
  • Good Kids Club with inside & outside facilities
  • Spa
  • Villas with private pool for those who want a taste of real luxury

Mare Nostrum Resort – Las Americas (5*)

This hotel is made up of 3 or 4 hotels.  The 2 that I know are the Cleopatra and Mediterranean Palace

  • The hotel is central Las Americas but far away from the party side of Las Americas
  • It is surrounded by local and designer shops, fab restaurants and lovely bars.
  • It is situated on a beautiful golden sandy beach with loads to do and only 20 min stroll to Los Cristianos where you have more bars, restaurants and shops
  • The Kids Club is fantastic as it has a large soft play area for the children.  There is a baby room too and they take babies from 6 mtgs.  There is a sleep room with proper cots, a good sized baby changing room and an accessible kitchen with chair, microwave, steriliser and dishwasher.
  • The hotel has several pools, some heated.
  • Nighly kids disco followed by a parrot, eagle, snake or tropical show then a band or acrobat show.

Sheraton La Caleta (5*) in La Caleta

  • A good Kids Club although it is outside
  • Good play area and kiddies swimming pool which is lovely and warm
  • Nice location, right on the sea front but approx 15 min walk on the coast to a sandy stretch with shops, bars and restaurants

Ritz Carlton Abama Golf & Spa Resort (5* very popular)

This is the hotel I work the most in. It is very luxurious and families will return time after time.

  • Great Kids Club with large ball pool, science area and cinema area
  • Lovely pools including an infinity pool
  • Stunning rooms (best I have seen) and luxury villas
  • Beautiful gardens
  • Large green for children to play on, just outside of the Kids Club


  • Expensive for food & drink e.g. 5 Euros for small bottle of coke
  • No kids disco or evening entertainment except in school holidays (a 30 min show with animals)
  • No dinner buffet except in school holidays
  • Need to book hotel restaurants in advance as popular

Sensatori / Gran Melia (5*)

  • Very popular and wonderful for families
  • Great kids pool with pirate ship and playground
  • Wonderful rooms and suites
  • Kids disco and entertainment nightly (Broadway quality!)
  • Breakfast and evening buffets of great quality


  • Not for beach lovers as beach is a 10 min taxi ride away
  • Airport transfer is 50 mins


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  1. Ally T

    Tenerife Childcare is the BEST! All your children’s holiday needs will be taken care of, giving parents much needed down time x

    1. Lisa Roberts

      Thanks Ally. xx

  2. Sasha

    No good non 5* hotels then?

    1. Lisa Roberts

      Hi Sasha.
      There are many hotels and holiday apartments on complexes of all standards in Tenerife. There are some fantastic private villas too.

  3. Nicola

    Hi Sasha, I think that’s a whole new post in itself!

  4. Melissa Brook

    We used a similar group of nannies called Carebear Nannies, they were fantastic too, but its nice to know that there is more than one service. Wish I´d seen this website before we came away as the reviews on the hotels are very interesting read.

  5. Tom

    Any chance you can recommend some specific private villas as referred to above, or villa websites with central enough locations for travelling with 4 and 6 year olds?

    1. Nicola

      Hi James unfortunately I don’t know any Tenerife villa sites to recommend – probably best to do a google search and then cross reference with Tripadvisor reviews

    2. Nicola

      and sorry for calling you James – I meant Tom!! One of the villa sites I came up with for you was this, hence the confusion in my response:


  6. Sara Perceval

    Hiya, great blog! We are travelling to Teneriffe inDec and staying at the Sensatori for 2 weeks. First time travelling with our very little active 13 month old boy! He do we need to take a car seat with us? And anything else you can recommend? Thanks Sara

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