There’s no better feeling than looking forward to a holiday. But what if you could pair a sun-drenched escape with fun-filled waterparks where you’ll be quite literally, er, drenched, too? Luckily for you (and the kids, of course), all of our SplashWorld resorts come with their own splash zones, and some even give you free access to amazing local waterparks, like Siam Park. It’s the largest in Tenerife and the best in Europe, offering everything from giant wave pools, to nail-biting river rapids, and zero-gravity chutes where you’ll endure vertical drops and more. Talking of Europe’s best waterparks, another one that’s high up on the list is Tropical Islands Resort in Berlin, which is famous for its 27-metre-high waterslide which you’ll plummet down at 40mph – yikes. So, wherever you’re headed for this summer, we guarantee you and your brood are sure to make a splash…
Parque Cristobal Bungalows & Siam Park, Tenerife
The Parque Cristobal Bungalows & Siam Park is nothing short of a winner in terms of its great location. You’ll find it right in the heart of Playa de las Americas, where excellent nightlife and a whole portfolio of beaches will leave you spoiled for choice after you’ve towelled off. It doesn’t stop there, though. You’ll also be just a few minutes’ walk away from the coolest cafés, shops, and most importantly, Siam Park.
The best thing about this place is that you’ll be able to catch a free shuttle bus over to Siam Park, which is just a couple of minutes away from the hotel. Adrenaline-loving kids and adults will both love big-hitters, like the Tower of Power and The Dragon, which are famous for their white-knuckling vertical drops. The Mhai Tai River and the huge wave pool, meanwhile, are both great for all the family. Little ones get free run of the Lost City, a fortress packed with bridges, waterfalls, tipping buckets and nine different slides.
The Aqua Fantasy Aquapark Hotel & Spa is cloaked by pine-clad hills and its back garden leads you towards a sandy beach, making it ideal for your next family holiday. It’s got another winning card up its sleeve – and that’s its huge onsite waterpark.
The Aqua Fantasy Waterpark is jam-packed with speedy slides, and twisting chutes and flumes, so it’s ideal for family-friendly getaways. Little kids should head for Treasure Island, which has plenty of teeny slides to whiz down and sprays for them to soak under. Looking for something teen-friendly? Don’t worry, there are plenty of bigger slides here, including multi-lane flumes for racing, fast-paced snake slides and tube slides, to name a few. Want to take a break from all the madness? No problem, take a short stroll over to the wave pool or the lazy river. And relax…
Want to know the best thing about this place? You’ll get access to not just one, but two waterparks. The second sits next door to the hotel’s grounds. It comes with outdoor pools, a lazy river and 30 waterslides, so there’s something to suit the whole family. And just so you know, opening days can vary depending on the weather, and not all slides are open during the months of May and October.
Lanzasur Splash Resort, Lanzarote, Canary Islands
Lanzasur Splash Resort is just five minutes’ walk away from the white sands of Playa Flamingo Beach, which makes it the ideal place to stay if you and your brood like to swap between the pool and sea. And because the hotel sits in Playa Blanca, you’ll have unobstructed views of the island’s volcanic landscape for miles – which also means day trips exploring them are made easy, too.
It’s the hotel’s onsite waterpark that takes centre stage, though. It boasts a number of slides for thrill seekers, like the Black Hole and Hydrotube, which are both renowned for being super speedy and adrenaline-inducing. Plus, you’ve also got mellow options like the wave pool and lazy river if you’re after something more chilled out. Little kids also have their own section that comes with sprays, tipping buckets and twisting slides.
Water babies will love staying at the Atlantica Porto Bello Beach. As the name suggests, it’s nestled right next to a sun-soaked beach, and comes with its own fun-filled waterpark, too. The hotel resides in out-of-the-way resort Helona Beach, which is well-known for its bath-warm sea and stunning countryside views. Elsewhere, Kos Town is just a 40-minute drive away, where you’ll find Greco-Roman ruins, plus cafés and shops at the drop of a hat.
Back inside the hotel’s grounds, the waterpark is the life and soul of the party. It’s home to rides like Turbo Lance, Space Boat and Mini Tsunami – they’re all equally scary, so we’ll leave it up to you to decide which ones you try out. On the other end of the scale, there’s the Aqua Tower which comes packed with mini slides and a lazy river for little ones. And for when you want to escape the crowds and take a break from the pulse-raising rides, make tracks for the beach, where you can hire a pedalo and soak up the sunshine.
Are you a fan of Majorca? If you’re nodding, then you’ll love the Globales Bouganvilla. It’s set in the family-favourite resort of Sa Coma, which is set on the east coast, so those textbook Majorcan blue seas and white sands aren’t hard to come by. Plus, the hotel had a major revamp in 2016 – and its brand-new waterpark has more than just a few things to shout about.
Whether you’re after multi-lane numbers for competitive family races, or tube slides that drop into large swirly bowls, you can bet this place has it all. Thrill-seekers are well catered for here, too – you’ll get to test out the Black Hole tube slide with it’s sharp turns and surprises, and there’s also the Free-Fall and Kamikaze speed slides which are really popular among kids and adults alike. Looking for something to please the little ones? Look no further than the Kids’ Waterworld, which is perfect for paddling and splashing around in the shallow waters.