Revealing the WINNERS of this year's Junior Design Awards...
Junior Design Awards 2017 for Best Family Hotel (UK & worldwide)
Where you stay on holiday can make or break your time away: when you're going to be far from your home comforts you want to be ... well, comforted.
And, these luxury family hotels, villas and resorts offer this and more.
From catering for young children to keeping the older kids entertained, to supplying those baby essentials to a night-time babysitting service, these hotels put family friendly customer service above all else.
Here's who got the 2017 seal of approval...
As part of the Martinhnal Family Hotel and Resorts brand Martinhal Lisbon Chiado Family Suites opened as “The World’s First City-Centre Elegant Family Hotel” to ensures families do not have to compromise on a luxury hotel when travelling with children.
Martinhal Chiado offer the perfect hotel for families right in the heart of Lisbon, Portugal, allowing the option to enjoy the city as a family or as a couple safe in the knowledge kids will be entertained.
The Kids Club is the centrepiece of the hotel’s child-friendly offering. The facility provides a stimulating and fun environment for youngsters aged from 6 months too early teens.
The welcoming and friendly Family Concierge Team is also happy to plan day trips for families taking another worry away.
Located in the naturally unspoiled Greek region of Messinia, in the southwest Peloponnese, The Westin Resort Costa Navarino is an idyllic family hotel set against a backdrop of rugged mountain peaks, rolling Mediterranean hills carpeted with olive groves, and pristine sandy beaches that extend for miles with unparalleled views of the Ionian Sea.
With families in mind it offers two signature-designed golf courses, a spa and wellness centre, Anazoe Spa, and a range of facilities specially designed for children including two new programmes; the 'Young Archaeologists in Action programme' (discover ancient Greek history through excavation) and 'Young Gardeners programme' (encourages children to plant their own seeds, becoming involved in the culinary tradition of the region.)
Other specially tailored activities on offer for children include wakeboarding, go-karting, diving, sailing or cycling.
Mini-tennis and mini-golf classes are also available, before cooling off with a splash at the aqua park complete with slides, waterfalls and other attractions.
THE SILVER AWARD FOR BEST FAMILY HOTEL (UK & WORLDWIDE) IS... SUN GARDENS DUBROVNIK
Sun Gardens Dubrovnik (a member of The Leading Hotels) is Croatia's premier five-star resort, located near the Old Town of Dubrovnik offering an exquisite choice of luxurious hotel and residences accommodation overlooking the crystal clear sea.
Replicating the ambience of a traditional Dalmatian village, the resort offers a perfect getaway from daily life, allowing couples, families and groups of friends to relax and reconnect in a Mediterranean oasis.
Upscale facilities make it the ultimate traveller destination, while the stunning location provides the perfect spot from which to explore and enjoy everything the region has to offer.
THE BRONZE AWARD FOR BEST FAMILY HOTEL (UK & WORLDWIDE) IS... TOTS LOVE FUN RESORT, TENERIFE
With 10 years experience of providing the best family friendly holidays, Tots To Travel have devised a unique concept taking family holidays to a whole new level with the opening of its first ‘Tots Love Fun Resort’, in Tenerife.
With 10 two-bedroom villas which have been designed and refurbished specifically for families with children aged 0-5 years in mind.
Offering beautiful children’s bedrooms, carefully thought out toys, safety checked and fully equipped and ready for relaxed family time you can guarantee this is a family holiday with no other.
The 10 Tots Love Fun Villas are located on a Tots Boulevard, featuring specially commissioned play zones with surprises to delight and entertain young children.