2015 Awards

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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.

Winner Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley

Blue Mountains, Australia

Best for Families - Smith Hotel Awards 2014 Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley

Zoos are one thing; 4,000 jaw-dropping acres of pristine natural wilderness (with a world-class spa and restaurant) are quite another. At Wolgan Valley, families are in for the eco adventure of a lifetime, spotting wallabies, wombats and cockatoos, in jeeps, by bike, on foot or even horseback. Lap-of-luxury suites with unbeatable views complete the out-of-this-world picture.

Runner-up Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort

Fiji Islands, Fiji

 Runner up Smith Hotel Awards 2013 Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort

‘The stunning location and endless list of activities – from trampolining to reef kayaking – means kids of all ages can spend every day outside in a beautiful natural setting’
Tamara Heber-Percy, Mr & Mrs Smith co-founder

Runner-up Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco

Tuscany, Italy

 Runner up Smith Hotel Awards 2013 Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco

‘Great food and culture, a friendly welcome, things to do with a local theme, and the chance to relax with a superb glass of wine. Italy at its best’
Maria Pieri, National Geographic Traveller


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.

Previous winners

Best for Families 2013

WINNER SONEVA KIRI, Koh Kood, Thailand

RUNNERS-UP Borgo Egnazia, Puglia, Italy Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel, Algarve, Portugal

BEST OF THE REST Liss Ard Estate, County Cork, Ireland Fellah Hotel, Marrakech, Morocco Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire, United Kingdom Almyra, Paphos, Cyprus Calcot Manor, Cotswolds, United Kingdom Amirandes, Crete, Greece El Lodge, Sierra Nevada, Spain

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  • Faye Toogood

    Faye Toogood

  • Mariella Frostrup

    Mariella Frostrup

  • Maria Pieri

    Maria Pieri