Which Canary Island is best for you?

Which Canary Island is best for you?


If you’re looking to book a holiday to the Canary Islands, but you’re unsure on which island is best for you, then let us help! We’ve written this helpful guide that gives you the low down on each Canary Island to help you find the one most suited to your holiday style.

The Canary Islands are the perfect place to travel to, whether you’re looking for a sizzling summer holiday or want to soak up some much needed winter sun.

Though there are Canary Island covid restrictions in place, don’t let that hinder your travel plans! There’s plenty of information online regarding entry requirements when travelling to Spain, but here’s a quick overview. If you are travelling to Spain or one of its islands from the UK, upon entering you must show your pre-travel declaration form and either proof of full vaccination or a negative covid test.

Tenerife

Tenerife

Tenerife is a great, all-round destination, with plenty to keep the whole family entertained. One of the island’s most popular resorts is Playa de Las Americas, located on the southwest coast. The area is very lively, making it super popular for tourists, with plenty of bars, restaurants and cafes to enjoy in addition to the ones you’ll find in your hotel.

In Costa Adeje, you’ll find one of the island’s main attractions, Siam Park. The water park is one of the best in the world, and has plenty of slides and activities to enjoy – whether you’re looking for an adrenaline fix or just want to relax. Why not test your nerve on Tower of Power, a near vertical slide, or float along the Lazy River through a shark tank!

Here’s some of our favourite hotel choices with a range of board options:

Colon II Apartments – Self Catering

Colon II Apartments, Tenerife

Apartment living is ideal if you’re looking for an all-round holiday experience and the Colon II Apartments provide just that! They are based right in the heart of the hustle and bustle, with fantastic nightlife just a few minutes’ walk away.

You’re right in the middle of Playa de las Americas meaning shops, bars and restaurants are all in close proximity. Your apartment has a kitchenette which is perfect for rustling up a home-cooked meal if you’re feeling like a quiet night in. 

The apartment complex has a figure-of-eight shaped pool with a picturesque bridge crossing the middle and a black-sand beach is less than a 5-minute walk away.

Royal Sun Suites – Half Board

Royal Sun Suites, Tenerife

The cliff-top Royal Sun Suites offers breathtaking views and a touch of class to your holiday. The two-tiered pool area is one of the hotel’s best sea-view lookout points. There’s a big pool on the lower level with a built-in whirlpool, and a waterfall cascades from the children’s pool on the upper tier. 

Your half board holiday provides your breakfast and evening meal, with daily themed menus in the main buffet restaurant. You’ll find floor-to-ceiling windows and an al fresco terrace, so you can always dine with one of the best views on the island.

Each apartment boasts a well-equipped kitchen and a 40-inch plasma TV. 

Vincci Tenerife Golf Hotel – All Inclusive

Vincci Golf Hotel, Tenerife

The Vincci Tenerife Golf Hotel is based on the resort of Golf Del Sur. It’s a two minute walk from the pebble beach and a five-minute walk from the closest bars and restaurants. The Vincci Tenerife Golf Hotel has great facilities for families – including a kids’ playground and large pool with separate kids splash pool.

For activities, you can enjoy volleyball and 5-a-side football, while dining is taken care of with buffet spreads in the minimalist-style restaurant. The buffet offers options for everyone, perfect for kids and fussy eaters!

If you’re interested in a spot of golf, then you’re in the right place! You’ll find a 27-hole course 500m away and if you’re happy to travel, then Amarilla Golf’s 18-hole course is around 1km away. 

Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria is a beautiful island holiday destination for couples and families alike. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing, all-inclusive holiday or a fun-filled adventure break, you will find an abundance of things to do in Gran Canaria.

Believe it or not, Playa del Inglés has achieved an honours degree for being the ‘best bathing destination’…yes, really! This certification means you’re sure to find the perfect spot for soaking up the rays no matter what time of year you visit, thanks to the glorious Canary Islands weather. 

Check out these amazing hotels:

Jacaranda Beach Apartments – Self Catering

Jacaranda Beach Apartments, Gran Canaria

If you want somewhere to kick-back and relax after a long day of fun, the Jacaranda Beach Apartments offer the perfect base. The quiet complex is great if you want a no-frills holiday and your fully equipped kitchenette means you can cook up a storm whenever you fancy.

For those days you want to relax, you’ll find a terracotta-coloured sun terrace with a sunken pool. If you fancy a change of scenery, then Playa del Ingles Beach is only five minutes’ walk away. 

Nearby, you can find Yumbo Shopping Centre where you can head for some dinner on an evening you don’t fancy cooking. To help keep your fridge topped up with tasty treats, there’s a mini-market just five minutes away.

Eugenia Victoria – Half Board

Eugenia Victoria, Gran Canaria

Eugenia Victoria is a great place for the water babies among us. There’s a large main pool, with accompanying separate children’s pool, as well as an on-site spa. Head up to the hotel’s roof to find a sun terrace with an abundance of sun loungers and parasols. 

The hotel’s gardens are filled with activities and games including a gym, mini golf course and children’s playground. The buffet restaurant serves a wide variety of dishes from around the world, and the pool bar offers light snacks throughout the day.

Playa del Ingles is a ten minute stroll away from the hotel, and for the days you don’t feel like walking, there is a free shuttle bus to and from the beach.

TUI BLUE Orquidea – All Inclusive

TUI BLUE Orquidea, Gran Canaria

A firm favourite among families, TUI BLUE Orquidea is a knock-out hotel choice. The hotel has top entertainment for kids but also plenty of quiet spots for adults. There’s a focus on wellbeing at TUI BLUE Orquidea, and the Healthy Eating Challenge encourages youngsters to try new foods. 

There’s a beach right on your doorstep here, and the hotel is in a great location. Opposite the hotel you’ll find a shopping bazaar, and a five minute drive away from the hotel is a go-karting track.

There are three restaurants at this hotel. The go-to spot is the buffet restaurant, which comes with a section specifically for kids’ dishes. There are big tables designed for groups, plus quieter, adults-only areas.

Lanzarote

Lanzarote

Lanzarote is a great choice for a family holiday at any time of year. The island caters for young children, teenagers and adults alike, with a wide range of hotels with plenty of facilities for all ages. 

Puerto del Carmen is a popular resort for tourists looking to travel to Lanzarote. The town has a lively side and you’ll find lots of exciting nightlife if you’re looking to dance the night away. 

If you’re hoping for a more relaxing break, then don’t worry! Puerto del Carmen offers a range of peaceful restaurants and bars to choose from, great for a romantic meal for two, or a treat with the whole family. 

Do you need some help picking the ideal hotel for your family? Here’s our Lanzarote favourites:

Club Santa Rosa – Self Catering

Club Santa Rosa, Lanzarote

If you’re looking for a great, family-friendly location with lots of facilities suitable for kids, then Club Santa Rosa is the perfect choice. There are two outdoor pools, an indoor, olympic sized pool and a children’s heated indoor pool.

There’s lots here to keep little ones entertained including a kid’s club, soft play and bowling alley. The grown ups can enjoy the on-site spa and even a fitness centre if you like to exercise on holiday!

In your room or apartment, you’ll find a kitchenette which is kitted out for self-catering meals, featuring 2 hobs, a microwave, fridge, toaster, a coffee maker and kettle.

Aequora Lanzarote Suites – Half Board

Aequora Lanzarote Suites, Lanzarote

The Aequora Lanzarote Suites are perfectly placed opposite Los Pocillos beach and have plenty of family friendly activities and entertainment. The trio of restaurants is made up of two buffet places – Neptuno and Poseidon – and one Spanish à la carte called Don Paco, all of which have great choices for adults and children alike.

Days here can be spent lounging by one of the many pools, relaxing in the wellness centre or taking part in one of the many activities on the jam-packed programme.

Evenings can go at whatever pace you fancy. The adults-only cocktail bar is the perfect setting for quiet sundowner drinks, while the hotel’s theatre puts on lively music and dance performances for all the family. 

TUI BLUE Flamingo Beach – All Inclusive

TUI BLUE Flamingo Beach, Lanzarote

TUI BLUE Flamingo Beach is an exciting complex with an abundance of facilities. Playa Flamingo Beach is only a couple of minutes’ walk away and with a paved promenade it’s definitely pushchair-friendly.

You’ll be spoilt for choice here with three outdoor pools, a splash park and dedicated swimming spots for children and babies. There’s also a pool bar to keep everyone hydrated!

There are three restaurants at this hotel. The go-to spot is the buffet restaurant, which comes with a section specifically for kids’ dishes. In the early evening, there are games and shows dedicated to little ones – they feature our loveable TUI BLUE For Families mascot, Captain T the dog.

Fuerteventura

Does an adventurous, action-filled holiday sound like the perfect break for you? Fuerteventura is the perfect place for an adrenaline fix with your other half or your friends, whoever you choose to travel with!

Fuerteventura is known as the ‘beach capital’ of the Canary Islands, and there’s no wonder, since it has 150km of beaches to explore! Many of the beaches have a variety of water sports and activities to take part in or you can pick a quiet spot to lay out your towel to relax, if that’s more your style!

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Buendía Corralejo – Self Catering

Buendia Corralejo, Fuerteventura

Buendía Corralejo was opened towards the end of summer 2019, so it still feels like a very new apartment complex! The place has a modern feel, with a sunken pool and orange sun loungers. 

There’s a supermarket less than five minutes walk away which is ideal for keeping your kitchen topped up throughout your holiday. The complex is located in close proximity to local bars and restaurants, perfect for the days you want to treat yourself to a meal out.

All rooms come equipped with a TV and Wi-Fi as well as a private terrace. If you want some added space and luxury, why not upgrade to a duplex 2 bed apartment. 

Elba Sara Hotel and Golf Resort – Half Board

Elba Sara Hotel and Golf Resort, Fuerteventura

If you’re looking for a beachfront resort with plenty of facilities, then look no further than Elba Sara Hotel and Golf Resort. One of Fureteventura’s best golf resorts is just across the road and you’re in close proximity to shops, bars, restaurants and even a nightclub.

The huge outdoor pool is criss-crossed by wooden bridges, and there’s an island in the middle with a built-in hot tub. There’s also a shallow pool for kids, which comes with a mini slide and waterfall fountain. 

Food wise, there are two main options. The Albatros restaurant lays on fruit smoothies, made-to-order omelettes and pancakes for breakfast. At lunch and dinner, the food is centred around a theme – cue Canarian and Spanish spreads. If you fancy tucking in to your meals by the pool, head to the Tucan Grill, where pizza, burgers and snacks are on the menu. At night, it switches to become an Italian à la carte.

Riu Oliva Beach Resort – All Inclusive

Riu Oliva Beach Resort, Fuerteventura

Based on miles of soft sand, the Riu Oliva Beach Resort oozes tranquility. The hotel has a pair of pools that both come with their own snack bars. As for dining, the Canarian and Asian restaurants are supported by weekly theme nights at the two main buffet places.

The town of Corralejo is a 15 minute bus ride away, and there is a bus stop right outside the hotel gates. In the town you’ll find plenty of shops and restaurants if you feel like venturing out of the hotel. 

If you don’t want to leave the hotel, then there are an abundance of activities and facilities right on your doorstep. There’s a multi-use sports pitch, fit for tennis, basketball and 5-a-side football, and you can play volleyball on the beach. Evenings kick off with a mini-disco for the little ones, and they’re followed by live music and cabaret shows. After that, you can sip drinks in the lounge bar. 

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