I don’t know about you, but I love to make a splash on holiday; whether it’s a quick dip in the sea or just chilling in the pool with my new inflatable flamingo. One thing I enjoy even more is a splash-tastic waterpark. When I get to a park, I’m always trying to decide what my favourite slide is and repeatedly go on it until my skin goes all wrinkly!
To help you make the most of your holiday, I’ve put together the ultimate guide on where to stay for all thrill-seeking waterpark lovers and splashing family getaways.
#1. Aquashow Park Hotel: Quarteira, Portugal
If you’re looking for great quality fun for all ages, then the Aquashow Park Hotel in Portugal is perfect for you. It includes free entry to the Aquashow Park for all hotel guests. The park is only a four-minute walk away where you’ll be greeted with water flumes, a lazy river, a wave machine and even fairground rides. Spend as little or as much of your time here with your family, just don’t forget to try the lazy river, where you’ll have lots of giggles trying to stay in the rubber ring at the end like I did!
#2. Playa Olid & Siam Park: Costa Adeje, Tenerife
Siam Park in holiday hotspot Tenerife, is hands down the best European waterpark for me. Playa Olid is a great hotel to choose, and although it’s not actually joined to Siam Park, it’s just over a mile away from it. Fast Pass tickets are perfect for skipping the queues, but don’t worry, there’s plenty of shade for when you’re waiting in line. Whether it’s getting soaked on the Singha, splashing around in the wave machine or flowing down the Siam River complete with a shark tank; it’s guaranteed you’ll have a great day out. What’s even more brilliant is with selected Tenerife hotels, such as Playa Olid, unlimited access to the park is included.
#3. Jungle Aqua Park: Hurghada, Egypt
When it comes to in-resort waterparks, the Jungle Aqua Park in Hurghada is hard to beat. With 35 water slides and 14 outdoor pools, you won’t know where to start. The tube free-fall, flying boat and wave slide will keep even the young at heart entertained. Do what I did and get the whole family on the multi-slide for a splashing race! When you’re looking for more of a chilled-out vibe you can kick back and relax around the pool side on one of the luxurious four-poster sunbeds. If you’re not able to get one of these, don’t worry because the resort also has lots of traditional sunbeds available too.
#4. Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort: Florida, USA
No guide is complete without mentioning the new waterpark at Volcano Bay in Universal Orlando Resort. Stay at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, which also has two pools, a lazy river and a waterslide. If you stay here, you’ll have access to Volcano Bay one hour before it opens. Only a short walk from the hotel, the park has everything you could wish for, from the speeding raft ride Honu of the Honu ika Moana™, Kopiko Wai Winding River™ and even a four-person canoe water rollercoaster: Krakatau Aqua Costa™. Not to mention the big volcano at the heart of the waterpark. What’s great for me is the Tapu Tapu wristband system, so you can lock away your valuables and use this to pay for food when your tummies start rumbling.
#5. The Grand at Moon Palace Cancún: Cancún, Mexico
Although not quite complete, the water park at The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun will get you rushing to the poolside in the morning. It boasts the largest pool in Cancun, a fantastic water flume, a splash park and even a surf simulator. Forget the cold shores of Cornwall, you’ve got to get a surfboard and hit the FlowRider. The team are so helpful and will even teach you a new trick or two. This resort is great fun for all the family. Parts of the waterpark are open now, and if you’re staying at The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun, you’ll have free access.
Just remember, don’t run but have loads of fun! Comment below and let me know which waterpark you’re visiting this summer.