With our partner easyJet holidays, these are the best seaside hotels and family-friendly resorts on the Costa del Sol
Palladium Costa del Sol
Best for… a sunny stay
More than 320 days of sunshine, fabulous food and the warm, southern Mediterranean: this large, family-friendly resort on the beach at Benalmadena has to be one of the best places for a summer holiday. Rent a bike to explore the nearby beaches and caminos, or just soak up sun at its sea-view pool or on the terrace. Restaurants specialise in everything from Andalusian food and wine to South East Asian flavours, all served with a dazzling, uninterrupted view of the ocean.
Best for… a family holiday
Play football by the sea or indulge at the spa at this modern resort on the Costa del Sol. Its bright, spacious apartments look out over the town or towards the ocean, with everything you need for a luxury self-catering stay. Or give yourself a break, and check out its range of vibrant buffets, bars and poolside BBQs. From sports facilities to jacuzzis, mini clubs to discos and diving, there’s plenty to do between soaking up the region’s legendary sunshine.
Sentido Benalmadena Beach
Best for.... ultimate luxury
A gorgeously secluded enclave in one of Spain’s most popular summer spots, the balconies at this hotel have some of the best views of the Med on the south coast. From the spa to the terrace bar, you’re surrounded by Instagram-worthy views of the ocean or the forested mountains. Family-friendly, with kids’ pools and clubs, there are plenty of adult-only areas to retreat to after bedtime: bag a hammock on the rooftop chillout terrace in time for sunset.
Santos Gran Hotel Miramar
Best for… a five-star stay
One of Malaga City’s most iconic landmarks, this converted palace is one of the most luxurious stays in Spain. Ideally placed for exploring Malaga’s shops, beaches and museums, it’s a monument to refined Mediterranean luxury. Rooms are plush and elegant, with outstanding views, and the restaurants promise fine dining with an international spin. As well as pools (kids and adults), a sun terrace and chill-out area with jaw-dropping views of the Med, the destination spa, Moorish style with starlight ceilings and quiet pools, is spectacular.
Medplaya Pez Espada
Best for… foodies
Manicured gardens, marbled hallways and views out to sea: this smart hotel in Torremolinos is a must-stay for gourmets. Sat right on the beach, it adjoins 'La Carihuela', just along the pretty promenade and among the best places for seafood on the Costa del Sol. That’s if you can be tempted away from the hotel’s own plush bars, sea-view terraces and outdoor pool, where an Andalusian delicacy is only a few steps away at the garden food truck.
Best for… active families
A brilliantly bustling, family-friendly resort right on the seafront in Torremolinos. From its big, balconied rooms to the kids’ clubs to its sports facilities – everything from tennis to horse riding – and cycle club, it’s guaranteed to keep your family busy. If it’s downtime you’re craving, the town stretches over seven kilometres of palm-lined coast, with serene, sandy beaches to explore within minutes of the hotel. Don’t miss the region’s speciality snack, 'pescaito frito', sold along the seafront.
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