Winners announced

8 November 2013

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The Smith Hotel awards:Showcasing the world's
most stylish stays

Best for Families

Best for Families

A truly family-friendly hotel or resort rolls out the red carpet for even the youngest of guests – without compromising on style, space, or quality time for grown-ups.

The winner of Smith's Best for Families award has everyone's best interests at heart. It knows how precious family holidays are and makes room for relaxation with thoughtful restaurant timings, fantastic facilities and plenty of parent-pleasing extras: evening crèche sessions, fun activities, and dedicated spaces where kids and adults can share time together – and apart.

1st

Winner Soneva Kiri

Koh Kood, Thailand

 Winner Smith Hotel Awards 2013 Soneva Kiri

With a breathtaking jungle-meets-ocean setting, switched-on service and fun-loving attitude, eco-friendly Soneva Kiri takes luxury family holidays to a new level. The free kids’ club the Den is beyond impressive: Dutch eco-architect Olav Bruin asked groups of children to design their dream play area – and then built on that. His fun, elegant bamboo construction resembles a manta ray swimming through the treetops. There’s a drawbridge entrance, a slide exit and rooms dedicated to art, music and fashion. Activities focus on creativity and nature, so there’s not a games console in sight, and they'll get a flavour of their destination, too: kids can learn the Thai alphabet, create a local toy, learn a Thai instrument, or try their hand at traditional batik.

2nd

Runner up Borgo Egnazia

Puglia, Italy

 Runner up Smith Hotel Awards 2013 Borgo Egnazia

'Italy is such a great place for kids to explore. This hotel offers cooking classes for children and, in the evenings, the kids get to put on plays'
Jessie Randall, Loeffler Randall creative director

3rd

Runner up Martinhal Resort

Algarve, Portugal

 Runner up Smith Hotel Awards 2013 Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel

'I love this stylish hotel... and the beaches are not over-run: the area's a surfers paradise and perfect for active families' 
Tamara Lohan, Mr & Mrs Smith co-founder

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Best for Families Award Criteria

A warm welcome

Do staff make families feel truly welcome? Can children stay free in parents' rooms, are they greeted by name? The best child-friendly hotels cater for kids as well as they do their parents.

Plenty of kit

As well as cots, can the hotel help lighten your luggage by providing some of the paraphernalia, from bottle-warmers to buggies? Maybe there's a playground, a well-stocked games room or watersports centre, or a welcome basket of toys in your room.

Fun for kids…

Keeping them occupied requires more than a few PlayStations. Are there lots of opportunity for play, supervised activities or bikes to borrow? Is the pool family-friendly, the beach perfect for paddling? We love a kids club that embraces local culture, with edutational pizza-making, bug safaris or language lessons.

Excellent childcare

Is there a bullet-proof baby-listening system? Is babysitting available day and night? Is there a fantastic crèche that nurtures and inspires? Qualified staff? Your peace of mind – and their wellbeing – is paramount.

Happy meals

Mealtimes can be stressful with little ones – especially in a hotel where you're always on show. Is there a stash of highchairs? Some crayons to keep them occupied? Does the kids' menu exceed expectations? Is it available via room service? Are staff happy to help?

…and for grown-ups

Here's the crucial bit: parents must feel they're on holiday, too. Adults-only spa time, a romantic meal for two and decor that doesn't scream 'Wipe me!' or 'Don't touch!' all play a part in making the perfect family hotel.

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  • Mariella Frostrup

    Mariella Frostrup

  • Maria Pieri

    Maria Pieri