There are a few basic rites of passage when it comes to summer holidays – you’ve got to have the beach, you’ve got to have the sun, and you’ve got to have a waterpark. These hotels have cut out the middle man and brought the waterpark straight to your door, making hitting the slides and the lazy river just about as easy as easy comes. And they’re not just your run-of-the-mill accommodations either – there are party hotels, family-friendly spots and luxury complexes all with their own waterparks or ones very nearby.
If your European holiday needs a man made wave, try on these waterpark hotels for size.
Laura Beach & Splash Resort, Paphos, Cyprus
This 4* resort is right on the beach in Paphos, just shy of the city’s famous Tombs of the Kings archaeological site. Most importantly, it’s privy to its own onsite waterpark, equipped with mat slides, a high-flying body slide and something ominously known as the Tornado Bowl, in addition to a wave pool and kiddie spot. Unless you go all-inclusive, the waterpark has a daily admission rate that spikes slightly in the summer.
Aquashow Park Hotel, The Algarve, Portugal
This mega park takes the cake as far as summer accommodations go, as it’s more waterpark than it is hotel. That, and a theme park with its very own rollercoaster and reptile, parrot and birds of prey show. But back to the waterpark. You’ve got a full-blown menu here, at the ready with tall racing slides, tube slides and the Twin Space Shuttle, which features two opposing slides with special effects along the way. The park is only open from May to September, but staying at this hotel will get you unlimited access to both attractions.
Aqualand Resort, Agios Ioannis, Corfu
Aqualand Resort is a cluster of traditional Greek villas adjacent to Corfu’s popular Aqualand Waterpark. You’ve got the option of a standard double room here, family rooms with an extra living space and maisonette, or even one-bedroom apartments. As for the waterpark, there are kamikaze slides, tube rides, family slides and free falls, plus a wave pool, lazy river and splash park for kids.
BH Mallorca, Magaluf, Majorca
As if Magaluf weren’t party-forward enough, the BH Mallorca is a self-proclaimed party hotel, and with good reason. Its pool parties and main stage attract world-renowned DJs like Steve Aoki and David Guetta, while the beach it sits on attracts relaxation-seekers alike. The waterpark features a tangle of ice cream-coloured slides and a wave pool, in addition to the hotel’s already expansive – and always busy – pool scene.
Fodele Beach & Water Park Holiday Resort, Fodele, Crete
Usually the attached waterpark steals the show at a hotel, but in this case, the Fodele Beach & Water Park Holiday Resort is a tough act to beat. It’s a massive luxury complex stashed right up alongside the waterfront, complete with its own private beach and a selection of designer rooms that come in all shapes and sizes. Make no mistake, the waterpark is nothing to be ignored – with a black hole slide, kamikaze slides, a freefall slide and rafting ones too, it’s well worth the departure from the beach.
BONUS – hotels with parks nearby
These hotels might not have their own waterparks onsite, but where there’s a will, there’s a way. Here,
the way leads to a waterpark that’s just on the horizon.
Parque Cristobal Bungalows, Playa de Las Americas, Tenerife
Modelled after a traditional Canarian village, this centrally-located hotel is a five-minute’s walk from the beach, but more importantly, it’s tucked up right alongside Siam Park, arguably one of the best waterparks in all of Europe. What’s more, because this is a First Choice venue, you have the option of booking the hotel and park together to get unlimited entry with your stay.
Siam Park is a Thai-themed super park with crazy fun slides like the Volcano and the Dragon – both of which come with a laser show and light show respectively – a river rapids ride and the Tower of Power, which whisks you past sharks and stingrays. It has more Thai buildings than any other place in the world, except for Thailand, of course. After this water-soaked hotspot, you won’t look at a waterpark the same way again.
Aquasplash Estival Resort, La Pineda, Spain
This massive hotel complex nudges right up alongside La Pineda Beach in Spain’s flashy Costa Dorada region. In addition to the pools onsite here there’s the Aquopolis waterpark just a 10-minute walk away along the waterfront. Stay at this hotel and you’ve got unlimited access. With Aquopolis, you’ve got a perilous black hole slide, a surf simulator and the popular boomerang, which starts high and sends you straight down and up again, a little like a skateboarding ramp but with water and an inner tube.