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6 of the Best Toddler-Friendly Holidays

Pockets full of shells. Ice cream dripping onto sandy toes. And a suitcase crammed with toys, sippy cups and comforting bedtime snugglies. It can only mean one thing – you’re on holiday with a toddler!

Is choosing the right getaway for you and your tiny traveller feeling a bit of a challenge right now? Thomas Cook to the rescue! Here’s our guide to the best toddler friendly holidays within easy reach of home.

1. H10 Suites Lanzarote Gardens, Costa Teguise

Looking to grab some winter warmth or springtime sunshine? Lanzarote’s perfect any time of year! Head to fam fave Costa Teguise, where you can make the most of those Instaworthy sandy beaches. You want toddler-friendly holiday attractions as well? Costa Teguise does those too, from a stunning aquarium and huge waterpark to submarine trips and an array of dining options for fussy tots.

And it goes without saying you’ll have your pick of ‘kids welcome’ hotels. Like the 4 star gorgeousness of H10 Suites Lanzarote Gardens. A winner for young families, it’ll get the thumbs up from older children too. Yes, even tricky teens!

Toddlers will love:

Zooming down the pirate ship slides at the splash pool.

Helping themselves at the kids’ buffet corner.

Playing in the Babyclub creche (6 months to 2 years) or the Miniclub if they’re that little bit older (3 to 5 years).

Looking out for fishies in the shallow waters of El Jablillo beach.

Parents & caregivers will love:

The easy buggy-push to the nearest toddler-ready beach (Las Cucharas) – not too far to carry all your little one’s stuff!

The parent-friendly room options. From family suites with separate sleep spaces and a handy kitchenette for those non-negotiable snacks, to the fun Daisy suites designed for larger families.

Grabbing some time to yourself at the stress-relieving Despacio spa.

Exploring pretty Teguise, the old capital – it’s only half an hour away. Browse the market for souvenirs then entertain the kids at the Pirate Museum in the castle.


2. Pickalbatros Jungle Aqua Park Resort Neverland, Hurghada

Egypt’s Red Sea Riviera’s a real holiday paradise, even for toddler parents! Chill under a shady parasol on sunny shores. Indulge in world-class eats. And play in swish hotels with entertainment for all ages. If you want everything within easy reach, head for Hurghada.

As for where to take your little ones, we’re head over heels with the 4 star Pickalbatros Jungle Aqua Park Resort Neverland. Part of the all-singing, all-dancing Neverland ‘entertainment city’, this classy hotel has it all! Like 32 pools (no, not a typo!), plenty of tasty treats for fussy palates in nine restaurants, and a kids’ club for older brothers and sisters.

Toddlers will love:

Splashing about in the squeal-inducing pools full of fun slides and water features.

Boogying at the disco.

Playing on the white sand beaches and paddling in the shallows.

Looking for dolphins and colourful fish on a glass-bottom boat trip.

Parents & caregivers will love:

Snaffling a cheeky cocktail at one of the… wait for it… TWELVE bars!

Making the most of 24-hour room service while your little one snoozes.

The super short transfer from Hurghada airport. It’s less than 15 km away!

Shopping at Senzo Mall, with lots of pitstop options for coffee and cake.


3. Pierre et Vacances Village Club Fuerteventura Origo Mare, Corralejo

Sunshiney Fuerteventura’s got to be one of the best places for holidays with toddlers. Make your way to Corralejo, it’s the top family destination on the island.

Pack for fun at the nearby 4 star Pierre et Vacances Village Club Fuerteventura Origo Mare – just the ticket for family stays! Waterslides, water sports, choice of board packages, and even a baby kit for if you’ve got a little squish in the fam too. You’ll find it about halfway between Corralejo and the stunning beaches at El Cotillo. Hiring a car will give you all the freedom you want to explore those hot spots and beyond!

Toddlers will love:

All Inclusive ice cream! Need we say more?

Splashing about in the hotel’s own fab waterpark – think wave pool, swishy slides and more. And don’t miss Acua in Corralejo!

Flying kites at the Corralejo dunes.

Meeting cute donkeys and bunnies in the kiddies’ farm at Oasis Park. There are tons of more exotic animals too… and an awesome playground! Our top choice for a family day out.

Parents & caregivers will love:

Learning to surf or paddleboard, letting the kids win at air hockey, and lazing at the pool.

Finding your perfect match on the room list, from studios for families of three to villas with space for seven.

The free shuttle to the beach.

Exploring pretty Isla de Lobos, 20 minutes on the ferry from Corralejo.


4. Holiday World Polynesia Hotel, Costa del Sol

Always a popular one with us Brits, Costa del Sol brims with family-friendly energy. And as for sunshine? Well, that’s so good it’s in the name! No wonder this golden corner of Spain has long been a holiday haven for just about everyone. And yes, that includes tiny travellers!

Make your way to Benalmadena, where there’s an abundance of things to do with kids. Including an incredible 15 beaches! Settle in at the 4 star Holiday World Polynesia Hotel – our top pick of the resort’s kid-ready boltholes. Extra brownie points for giving you a totally tropical-style getaway a mere three-hour flight away!

Toddlers will love:

Watching koi carp, turtles and birds in the hotel’s lakes and gardens.

Meeting the Holiday World mascots and making friends with the animation team by the pool.

Playing make-believe at Colomares Castle – it’s straight out of a fairytale!

Spotting all the pretty flutterbies at Benalmadena Butterfly Park.

Parents & caregivers will love:

Treating yourself to a few moments’ peace in the swish Monoi Spa & Wellness Centre.

Lounging with a cocktail at the Holiday World Beach Club, just a few minutes away on the shuttle bus. It’s even part of your All Inclusive!

The cracking list of things to do at the hotel, from outdoor entertainment to bowling and a cinema.

The area’s impressive list of places to visit with kids. Like city sightseeing in Malaga, or walking through the ‘jungle’ at Bioparc Fuengirola.


5. Gran Castillo Tagoro Family & Fun, Playa Blanca

Looking for a luxurious base where you won’t feel out of place with your noisy little adventurer? It’s got to be the 5 star Gran Castillo Tagoro Family & Fun! With endless ways to keep them busy, a list of top-notch rooms designed specifically with family needs in mind (whoop!) and tons of tasty All Inclusive food and drinks, stays here are a dream.

Even better, you’ll be in one of the Canaries’ best toddler-friendly destinations, Playa Blanca. So, there are loads of great things to do really close by. It’s home to some of Lanzarote’s softest sands and calmest waters – plus rides and play areas on the beach for those times when digging holes and building sandcastles just isn’t fun enough.

Toddlers will love:

Kids’ Castleland at the hotel. There’s dragon waterslides! There’s a kiddy snack bar! And there’s Baby Club – a fab place to play while Mum and Dad do boring grown-up things, like lounging on a Balinese bed.

Staying up late to see the exciting shows (hurray for the good old siesta!).

Watching the boats bobbing on the water at Marina Rubicon.

Having a blast at Aqualava, Lanzarote’s best waterpark for toddlers.

Parents & caregivers will love:

The Family Area – four swimming pools. A toddler splash spot. Snack bar. Ocean views. We think we know where you’ll be laying your towels!

Sneaking off for yoga, a gym sesh, volleyball or a spot of spa time. Or how about the 5D cinema?

The vibrant resort centre with its tapas joints, taste-of-home fish and chips, plus plentiful shops and bars.

Catching the ferry from Playa Blanca to Fuerteventura. You’ll dock in the bustling seaside town of Corralejo, so take your buckets and spades!


6. Iberostar Club Cala Barca, Majorca

Ready to pack, fly and flop asap? With short flights and only an hour’s time difference, Majorca’s a top choice for last-minute summer holidays with a toddler. And that’s not to mention the gorgeous beaches, charming Spanish towns, and family-friendly way of life.

Check into a family room at the 4 star Iberostar Club Cala Barca and you’ll be mere moments from the nearest sandy stretch. Plus there are plenty more chill spots nearby, as Cala Barca’s one of a string of bays around stunning Cala d’Or. And, if you’re not already in the know, that’s a total charmer of a resort with a posh marina and plenty of ways to make memories with your toddler.

Toddlers will love:

Trying out all four kiddy pools and dragging you to the pirate ship splash park… again.

Diving into the ball pit!

Playing hide and seek among the pines on Cala Mondrago (one of Cala d’Or’s most postcard-perfect places).

Tucking into the local almond sponge cake, ‘gato de almendras’.

Parents and caregivers will love:

The no-effort All Inclusive plan. Brekkie by the beach? Yes, please!

Iberostar’s excellent Fit and Fun activities, from archery to zooming around on a mountain bike.

Strolling around medieval Pollensa with its Roman bridge and maze of quaint streets.

Taking the Orange Express train from Palma to the idyllic port of Soller – and what toddler doesn’t like trains?


Planning a holiday with a toddler in tow

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Lucy Roberts

About the author

Lucy blogs about all things holiday, with tons of Thomas Cook knowledge. And as a mum of two, she's always looking for ways to help you have family getaways that are memorable for all the right reasons!