Don’t be fooled by Ibiza’s world-famous clubbing status, although DJs and nightlife are aplenty, this beautiful Balearic Island is home to paddle-friendly waters, standout waterparks and adrenaline-filled activities – making Ibiza a winner holiday destination for families.
With a convenient flight time of two hours, your little ones won’t even have time to feel restless. Rubber rings and bucket and spades at the ready – you’re one step closer to creating memories that will last a lifetime.
Away from the neon-lit party towns, there’s an abundance of family-friendly resorts to fill any generation with delight. Explore Ibiza’s epic terrain, from trekking on horseback across stretches of toe-sinking coasts to floating in the calm, azure Mediterranean ocean.
The question is, which are the best family resorts in Ibiza?
Playa D’en Bossa
Why Visit: Coming in at number one with a top-rated waterpark to challenge any adrenaline-seeker, the longest stretch of beach on the island and an abundances of secluded caves ready for your exploration, say hello to Playa D’en Bossa.
Best for: The ideal holiday hotspot for teens and active families alike, younger children will also find this vibrant resort a playground of fun.
- Toddlers: Let your mini holidaymakers enjoy lazy days on the beach, this idyllic resort and its shallow waters are perfect for splashing about. Pair this with sandcastle building and a bounce on the nearby inflatable castle and you’ll win over any infants heart. This Balearic Island treasure also boasts a wealth of playgrounds, splash zones and carousel rides to tempt any tiny tot.
- Small children: Ibiza Horse Valley is an activity that all ages will fall head over heels for, but younger ones will especially love this horseback trek through Playa D’en Bossa’s surrounding nature reserve. As for flumes, slides and lazy rivers, Aguamar waterpark is the ultimate day out.
- Teens: If banana boats, jet skis and parasailing weren’t already enough, 4×4 safaris and jungle zip-lining will have thrill seekers covered. Your older clan can indulge in beach barbecues with new-found friends. Or, venture further afield and lose themselves in remote caves.
Location: Situated 33 minutes away from the airport, you’ll be poolside before you know it. Based on the southern coast of Ibiza, Playa D’en Bossa is home to the longest beach on the island, at almost two miles. And if that wasn’t enough, you’re only 10 minutes from Ibiza Town, where you’ll be lured in by ancient landmarks and sophisticated sights.
Food and drink: When it comes to cuisine, the children can fill their faces with restaurants serving up pizzas, burgers, chicken nuggets and pasta. Whilst you feast on hearty paella dishes or a steak fresh from the grill. With that in mind, here are a few of our top restaurants in Playa D’en Bossa.
- Rona’s Deli: Specialising in American classics
- Anima Ibiza: Experts in all things Italian
- Cas Costas Grill: Sample Mediterranean dishes and home favourites
Top family-friendly hotels in Playa D’en Bossa:
All Inclusive hotels are certainly the most cost-effective in the area with entertainment, food, drink and activities at your disposal. However, for those wanting to soak up their surroundings, there’s a mix of accommodation types catering to all budgets and characters – here’s a few of our favourites –
- Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza: This 5 star hotel combines luxury with first-class entertainment. An All Inclusive paradise, the Hard Rock features five different restaurants, lagoon-style swimming pools and a first-class kids club.
- Grand Palladium Palace: Wi-Fi access, endless eateries, splash pools and sporting events – the kids are covered at this beachfront establishment.
- Ibiza Sun Apartments: Voted one of the best hotels in the area for families by TripAdvisor – do we need to say more? This quiet, ultra-modern hotel has everything you need for a laid-back break.
- Secure yourself a Bali bed on the beach, offering parents pure relaxation and the kids protection from the sun.
- Head to Punto G for some of the best ice cream on the island, Ferrero Rocher and Kinder are a few of our top picks.
- Hire your own 4×4 to explore the island’s hidden coves and secluded beaches.
- Pop in Fiesta Club Don Toni for free family-focused entertainment day and night.
Why Visit: Nestled on the east coast of Ibiza, discover the culture-rich town of Santa Eulalia. As the island’s third largest resort, this Balearic charmer will see all ages deep in pine forests, tackling obstacle courses and zip-lines, before exploring lushest landscapes safari-style. Your next adventure awaits.
Best for: Combining art galleries with beach days and designer boutiques with dirt track explorations – let your imagination run wild with this family-focused resort.
- Toddlers: Tiny travellers you’re in luck! The Santa Eulalia tourist train is a must-visit for scenic sights of the historical village of San Carlos, not to mention it’s one of the easiest way to get around the island. Make a stop at one of Ibiza’s iconic beaches along the way for shallow water fun and picnics with a view.
- Small children: It would be rude to come to Santa Eulalia without tackling the 49 aerial courses at Acrobosc Ibiza Adventure Park, where hours of fun and adrenaline are guaranteed. When it comes to chill days, you’ll find plenty of pedalo boats and playgrounds to keep your younger ones content.
- Teens: Between go-karting and climbing walls, Santa Eulalia is notorious for its coastal cycling paths, taking roughly two hours to reach Cala Nova beach. The local ferry will take you and the kids directly into Ibiza Town for a spot of shopping or sightseeing.
Location: Although Santa Eulalia is the third largest resort, this family favourite allows you to escape the hustle and bustle of the busier tourist areas. Instead, you can enjoy peaceful palm-lined promenades, secluded stretches of sand, as well as an exclusive yacht marina.
However, with a quick 30-minute transfer from the airport, a 20-minute journey to the historical Ibiza Town and footsteps from the resort of Playa Es Cana – you’re never far from all the action.
Food and drink: Famous for being the island’s gastronomic centre, finding a bite to eat for even the smallest mouths has never been easier. Our favourite restaurants include traditional Spanish eateries, together with beloved British dishes.
- Royalty Restaurant: The oldest restaurant in the resort, full of Mediterranean specialties
- Punta Carretas: This steakhouse has your kids completely covered
- San Martino: Scoring top marks on TripAdvisor, this Italian gem will drive your tastebuds wild
Top family-friendly hotels in Santa Eulalia:
Satisfying any beach-lover, this striking resort has a hotel to suit all types. Whether you’re looking for a fun-filled All Inclusive featuring kids clubs, a wealth of swimming pools with a hefty food and drinks selection, or a peaceful Self Catering retreat. Here’s a few of our front-runners –
- Iberostar Santa Eulalia: Boasting sports facilities, endless entertainment and nightly show cooking, it comes as no surprise that this 4 star hotel is top of the list.
- Sirenis Hotel Club Siesta: Well-equipped with playgrounds, childcare and an irresistible All Inclusive buffet, adults can head to the bar knowing their kids are in expert hands.
- Insotel Fenicia Prestige Suites & Spa: The sea views, gourmet restaurants and 5 star reviews will lure any holidaymaker in.
- Hire baby equipment and take advantage of childcare from the island’s well-established babysitting group, Kids in Ibiza.
- If you run out of supplies, your local supermarket Eroski Santa Eulalia will supply pasteurised and UHT milk for your tiniest children.
- Want the best deal? Head to this luxurious resort in the months of May, June or September.
Playa Es Cana
Why visit: Small but vibrant and home to the island’s oldest and largest hippy market, Punta Arabi – Playa Es Cana is the ultimate beach break. You’re just footsteps from magical Mediterranean boat trips with a chance to snorkel coral reefs and paraglide over the coastline – any water fanatics paradise. The question is, why wouldn’t you visit Playa Es Cana?
Best for: This watersport haven will have any generation jumping for joy, from low-key pedal boats to exhilarating jet ski rides. And when you’ve had enough of playing in the sand, get lost down cobbled streets and discover UNESCO World Heritage sites – enough to captivate any curious holidaymaker.
- Toddlers: Created with your toddlers in mind, most beach clubs provide dedicated play areas and carefully crafted kids’ menus, all securely monitored allowing parents to sit back and relax. Playa Es Cana is also renowned for its iconic crescent shaped beach, where the waters are low and lifeguards are on duty.
- Small children: Explore the great outdoors with a jeep safari and get up close and personal with nature’s finest. Tick a boat excursion off your must-do list and let the kids jump into clear sapphire waters as you sail around the islands finest stretches.
- Teens: For live music, street foods and stalls full of authentic jewellery, clothes and handmade goods – don’t miss the hippy market held every Wednesday. Venture to Dalt Vila for castles and ancient ruins – a fun take on Spanish history. Don’t forget to make a pit-stop at the mystical Atlantis Beach, a city sunk beneath the waters.
Location: Another beloved east coast hotspot, this lively ibiza resort is a quick 20-minute jaunt from the airport. You’re never short of beaches to choose from with several dotted around the scenic seafront, each bursting with their own unique character. To top it all off, you’re just a stone’s throw away from the historical city centre.
Food and drink: When it comes to eating out in Playa Es Cana, sea views are abundant. Menus range from Italian to Chinese and everything in between. This tapas-eating resort even offers a helping of Sunday roasts and English chippies. Mouthwatering? Here’s our top picks –
- Charlie’s Bar: Serving up entertainment and international cuisine, it’s a win-win.
- The Bulls Head: Did someone say sausage, chips and gravy? You’ll feel right at home.
- Bahia Es Pins: Dishes covering all your Mediterranean favourites.
Top family-friendly hotels in Playa Es Cana:
Budget-friendly accommodation isn’t hard to come by in Playa Es Cana, that’s why families have been choosing to holiday here for over 40 years. The diversity of All Inclusive, luxury and Self Catering escapes, will have holidaymakers spoilt for choice. We’ve narrowed down some of our top choices –
- Intertur Hotel: With everything from mini clubs, family rooms and splash areas, the Intertur Hotel is perfect for the little ones. And with any board basis available, you can personalise your holiday like never before.
- Caribe Hotel: You’ve got a whole host of bars and restaurants on your doorstep, as well as perfect stretches at Es Cana beach with this 3 star accommodation.
- Azuline Coral Beach Hotel: Parents can have just as much fun as the kids with this family retreat offering secluded adult only areas.
- Take a boat to the remote island of Formentera, the clear waters make it an excellent snorkeling spot.
- Find two small fun fairs by the beach in the summer months, the resort’s best-kept secret.
- Taxis and buses don’t provide child seats, but if you hire a rental car you can request one in advance.
The best beaches, resorts and activities covered for you and your mini travellers. Family holidays to Ibiza have never been easier.