December 7, 2022

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13 of the best family hotels in Ibiza

Hippies banging bongos at flea markets. DJs spinning records at exclusive beach parties. Clubbers necking god-knows-what until the sun flares over the Mediterranean. Hardly the sort of scene for parents and the nippers, but Ibiza has far more family-friendly nooks than most visitors think. Yes, the White Island is a boogie wonderland, but it’s also the realm of groovy kids’ clubs, discoing fish, body-popping paddle boarders, and service-savvy resort hotels as good as anywhere in Spain. Need some ideas about where to take your brood this summer? We’ve got loads.

Main photo: ME Ibiza, Santa Eulalia des Riu (uk.hotels.com)

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Ibiza Gran Hotel is one of the best family hotels in Ibiza
Family activities include diving and fishing boat trips (Ibiza Gran Hotel)

1. Ibiza Gran Hotel, Ibiza Town

Best for activities
Think of a hotel where the Michelin-star restaurant, swimming pool, or wellness complex aren’t even the main event. At this glamourpuss overlooking the Ibiza Town marina, it’s the all-thrill family activities on tap. Namely, diving with a National Geographic marine expert, picnicking by traditional llaut fishing boat on a hidden beach, and, for little ones, helping out on a local farm before breakfast. To be fair, the spa is still a talking point, and now includes all-ages yoga classes and mini wellness days for older children.

Spa Y
Pool Y
Price £££

Grand Palladium Palace is one of the best family hotels in Ibiza
Grand Palladium Palace Ibiza Resort & Spa (Booking.com)

2. Grand Palladium Palace Ibiza Resort & Spa, Playa d’en Bossa

Best for beach time
Ibiza’s longest beach plus beat-bursting clubs are the main draws of Playa d’en Bossa, the 2km sand strip south of Ibiza Town. But it’s also where this sprawling resort with four freshwater pools, multiple restaurants, and baby and children’s clubs has long been banked on by fly-and-flop tribes. Family suites come in all shapes and sizes (some with a Jacuzzi, too) and the complex is close to both the airport and Ses Salines Natural Park — ideal for watching all sorts of birds, big and small. If the hotel is full, the equally polished Grand Palladium White Island Resort & Spa is right next door.

Spa Y
Pool Y
Price £££

Invisa Ereso is one of the best family hotels in Ibiza
Invisa Ereso Hotel (Booking.com)

3. Invisa Ereso Hotel, Playa de Es Canar

Best for young families
Throughout Ibiza, the name Invisa is shorthand for dependable, family-friendly accommodation and with a dolly mixture of five all-inclusive hotels to pick from, it’s no wonder. The one that satisfies every holiday craving is the Invisa hotel on Playa Es Canar, located on the quieter east coast and where kids stay free and days fill with time at the children’s splash park and strolls to the beach two minutes away.

Spa N
Pool Y
Price £

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Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza is one of the best family hotels in Ibiza
Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza (Booking.com)

4. Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza, Playa d’en Bossa

Best for music fans
Turning the volume up to 11, Spinal Tap-style, is the name of the game at this beachfront resort with exclusive private beach club and open-air stage home to weekly gigs. That’s hardly soothing for stressed-out parents with little ones, but for those with older children this boho-chic beachfront hotel is almost a Reading-on-Sea. As is now expected from the international hotel and restaurant brand, Bowie, Beatles and Stones memorabilia provides the decor and there’s an entertainment room for teenagers and activities for younger kids. 

Spa Y
Pool Y
Price £££

7Pines Resort Ibiza is one of the best family hotels in Ibiza
7Pines Resort Ibiza (Booking.com)

5. 7Pines Resort Ibiza, Cala Codolar

Best for Mediterranean views
Existing in its own bubble on the island’s west coast near San Antonio, this all-suite resort hotel-cum-village wows with sugar cube villas, sea views and a great location overlooking cliffs and sea stacks. There are three pools — one solely for families — water sports galore and the Kio House of Kids, a children’s club with an iron-clad focus on sustainability and environmental protection. Along with all the usual keep-em-busy activities, this is a place for beach cleans, upcycling and gardening. And for parents, how about a morning of daredevil cliff jumping?

Spa Y
Pool Y
Price £££

Atzaro is one of the best family hotels in Ibiza
Atzaro (Booking.com)

6. ATZARO, Santa Eulalia des Riu

Best for the finca experience
Everyone disappears behind the magic curtain at this family-run agroturismo finca amid the orange groves of the island’s hinterland: it’s the true Ibiza that everyone looks so hard to find. The spa with Moroccan hammam is adults-only, but one of the pools is families-only and the vegetable garden and rustic farmhouse vibe challenge the idea that beach is best. If bringing bigger kids, then the open-air cinema under the stars with popcorn and beanbags hits the sweet spot.

Spa Y
Pool Y
Price ££

Hotel Riomar Ibiza is one of the best family hotels in Ibiza
Hotel Riomar Ibiza (Expedia)

7. Hotel Riomar Ibiza, Santa Eulalia des Riu

Best for families with teens
Dipping its toe into the boutique end of the pool, this 116-bed lifestyle hotel is a worthy splurge if your clan is into the idea of beach bootcamps, cycle tours and morning yoga. The pool deck is one of Ibiza’s prettiest, while there’s a so-called “secret garden” for acoustic gigs at night. Location-wise, the beach is front and centre, just beyond the sea-breezy balconies. 

Spa Y
Pool Y
Price ££

ME Ibiza, Santa Eulalia des Riu is one of the best family hotels in Ibiza
ME Ibiza, Santa Eulalia des Riu (uk.hotels.com)

8. ME Ibiza, Santa Eulalia des Riu

Best for added value 
This glam resort occupies an enviable location overlooking the beaches and bay of Santa Eulalia, but it’s the family-friendly perks that turn heads. First up are free baby and kids’ clubs, plus all sorts of top-drawer service standouts (baby monitors and strollers, menus for youngsters and a shuttle service with — get this — children’s seats). Connecting family rooms are a given, and if you think this place is only about bed-wetters and baby baths, then know that the rooftop infinity pool and bar are adults-only.

Spa Y
Pool Y
Price £££

Six Senses Ibiza is one of the best family hotels in Ibiza
Six Senses Ibiza (Mr & Mrs Smith)

9. Six Senses Ibiza, Sant Joan de Labritja

Best for barefoot thrills
Six Senses was part-responsible for the original barefoot luxury shtick that swept the Indian Ocean decades ago, so it’s no surprise its northern Ibizan outpost outside Portinatx retains the same loosey-goosey, shoes-off vibe. The deal is wellbeing isn’t just for grownups and activities run the gamut from smoothie-making and floral art to kids’ yoga and tending the herbarium. The deals on offer are just as impressive — under-fives eat and stay for free, while B&B is on the house for those under 12. Design-wise, the orchard-fringed resort is rustic to the max, with thatched awnings, whirring ceiling fans, and a cherry-red tractor parked in the centre of the Farmers’ Market restaurant.

Spa Y
Pool Y
Price £££

Mirador De Dalt Vila is one of the best family hotels in Ibiza
Mirador De Dalt Vila (Mr & Mrs Smith)

10. Mirador De Dalt Vila, Ibiza Town

Best for world heritage culture
For families who like freedom to roam beyond prison-like resort walls, this historic 19th-century townhouse in the heart of Dalt Vila, Ibiza’s Unesco-protected hillside, is the one to brag about. The fortified Upper Town merits world heritage site status because of its influential Renaissance military architecture and the hotel is hunkered in the shadows of the ramparts, with a restaurant terrace in the thick of things. While the lap pool is a pipsqueak, the suites are big enough for any family combo and cots are provided for free.

Spa N
Pool Y
Price £££

Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay is one of the best family hotels in Ibiza
Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay (Mr & Mrs Smith)

11. Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay, Playa de Talamanca

Best for foodies
No, it’s not Los Angeles, New York, or Las Vegas, but the vibe of sushi master Nobu Matsuhisa’s US-born restaurant and hotel empire remains the same at this beachfront resort. Unsurprisingly, food remains a priority and families can learn the art of sushi rolling, join a tapas tour, or kick back at Chambao restaurant, a beach club playground. Activities aplenty for kids include e-bike tours, snorkel tours, mermaid and pirate days, and trips to the island’s once counter-culture hippie markets. Babysitting is also handy for parents yearning for date night. Not with each other, obviously, but with Nobu’s signature miso cod. 

Spa Y
Pool Y
Price £££

12. Portinatx Beach Club Hotel, Portinatx

Best for water babies
This is where families go to get hotdog leg tans and spend more time in the water than ticking off guidebook sites. What it does for most is one of the island’s most terrific coves — cue salt-tanged days of kayaking, snorkelling and pontoon jumping off Cala S‘Imatge beach — a mini water park, and plenty of shaded areas in which to play. Even though the cliff bar is adults-only, there’s no real party scene here as such — but there is all-day and evening entertainment. And how about a disco for dancing tots?

Spa Y
Pool Y
Price £

Can Curreau is one of the best family hotels in Ibiza
Can Curreau (Booking.com)

13. Can Curreau, Sant Carles de Peralta

Best for country living
The warts-and-all farmhouse chic of this rural finca isn’t going to win any design awards, but it creates a homely feel for families away from the resorts and dance palaces that Ibiza’s more famous for. The bones of the family-run estate are more than 200 years old and suites have gorgeous balcony terraces with views of orchard tangled greenery. For kids, there’s a stables for pony treks, which can be timed perfectly for parents to complete a wellness circuit in the spa. To explore farther afield, Dalias Market, one of the most famous tie-dye hang-outs, is a hop, skip and jump away, while there are a dozen assorted beaches within a ten-minute drive. You’ll definitely need a rental car. 

Spa Y
Pool Y
Price ££

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