Travel: Best family hotel revealed


If finding for the perfect family-friendly resort, you’ll be delighted to hear that award-winning hotel website Mr & Mrs Smith has just revealed its best family hotel

The winners of this year’s Smith Hotel Awards were announced last night at glitzy ceremony at Bankside Vaults, with Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort in Fiji carrying off the crown on the night.

The South Pacific resort, which was founded by the son of legendary diver Jacques Cousteau, triumphed for the opportunity it gives kids to explore the world beneath the waves, its excellent free kids’ club and dawn-to-dusk nannies. An island sanctuary, the hotel perfectly mixes indulgence, cultural immersion and eco-friendliness to give the whole family a fabulously unique experience.

Public votes were gathered before the hotels were whittled down to three by a team of industry experts and a winner chosen. In the family category, the judges were looking for a resort that excelled with its warm welcome for kids, excellent childcare, great kit for the kids, happy mealtimes, bags of fun for children and, just as importantly, for the grown-ups.

Judge Courtney Adamo, co-founder of Babyccino Kids and Instamum, said of the winning resort: “This looks like such a dreamy place, both for kids and grown-ups. My sea-creature-obsessed kids would absolutely love to visit here.”

Runner-ups the Marbella Club in Spain and Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley in the Blue Mountains, Australia, also wowed the judges with the unique and well-rounded activities on offer.

The fabulous Minimec-designed kids’ village at the Marbella Club, which combines Scandi-chic with a wonder-packed to-do list, will keep the little ones amused, while grown-ups entertain themselves at the stylish beach club, golf course, elite equestrian centre and Thalasso spa.

Adventure-orientated families should set off for the Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, which set in 4,000-acre of pristine natural wilderness and delivers an unforgettable eco-adventure of a lifetime. Last year’s winner, the hotel offers mind-boggling bush safaris suitable for children of all ages, while a world-class spa, restaurant and lap-of-luxury suites keep parents happy.

With such amazing hotel experiences on offer, finding your family the perfect memory-making getaway just got a whole lot easier.

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