Winners announced

Best Family Hotel

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.

And the winner is...

Previous winners

Winner

Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort

If you're going to introduce the kids to the world beneath the waves, there's nowhere better than this South Pacific resort, founded by the son of legendary diver Jacques Cousteau. An excellent free kids' club and dawn-to-dusk nannies bring families flocking to this island sanctuary, where indulgence, cultural immersion and eco-friendliness aren't mutually exclusive.

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Runner-up

Marbella Club

‘What discerning parent wouldn’t want their children to enjoy cookery, gardening, art and dance lessons at a fully staffed 5,000sq m kids’ club designed by Minimec?’

– Juliet Kinsman, Mr & Mrs Smith

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Runner-up

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley

This previous award-winner is set in the Blue Mountains in Australia – such a magical area. I love the eco aspect of this hotel as well. And I'm a sucker for horses’

– Courtney Adamo, Babyccino Kids

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Winner

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.

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Runner-up

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

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Runner-up

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

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Winner

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.

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Runner-up

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

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Runner-up

Martinhal Sagres

'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 Family Hotel award criteria