Junior Design Awards 2017 for Best Family Travel Brand
Family holiday time is precious and often needs careful planning to ensure the whole family is entertained, looked after and above all happy.
For some families this means lots of activities and entertainment, for others it may mean kids clubs and classes, babysitting and concierge services or booking excursions and equipment hire.
Whatever your needs, these family friendly travel brands put family-friendly to the top of the list when it comes to booking the perfect holiday.
In fact this category was so close and tough to call we gave some joint awards to really highlight the travel brands and companies that help you get from A-B seamlessly and, of course, stylishly.
THE PLATINUM AWARD FOR BEST FAMILY TRAVEL BRAND IS... KID & COE
Kid & Coe is a luxury family travel platform with over 1,000 hand-picked places to stay around the world: it provides inspirational places to stay that suits parents and that have the amenities and space to suit children too - it's a win-win for families!
From Hollywood Hills mansions to beachfront villas in Bali, exceptional kids clubs in rural France and city apartments in the world's most exciting metropolises, all the properties are curated to offer parents space and convenience, kids somewhere to play and a family an easy base for a vacation to remember.
The Kid & Coe site is designed for family travellers and design is at the core of what they offer - realising that parents don't have to compromise on their design and style values to find a holiday that suits their children too.
Interior guru, owner of Edit 58 and Junior Design judge Lisa Mehydene said:
"LOVE Kid & Co. Just the perfect travel brand. I feel like I'm experiencing luxury travel pre-kids, but with every child requirement taken care of. Wonderful properties and brilliant service."
THE GOLD AWARD FOR BEST FAMILY TRAVEL BRAND IS... I-ESCAPE KIDS COLLECTION
i-escape Kids Collection is the go-to website for stylish family-friendly hideaways, featuring everything from boutique hotels to city apartments, jungle lodges and seaside cottages.
Launched in 2011 by the same team that created award-winning boutique hotel booking website i-escape.com - it features 900 hand-picked properties worldwide that actively welcome families.
All properties are carefully hand-picked and personally reviewed to make sure they’re genuinely family-friendly, but also offer the 'wow' factor for parents.
And it's these beautifully presented, signature in-depth reviews and tips that are always accompanied by masses of honest photos that set the brand apart.
i-escape have also developed a booking system that actually accommodates family bookings – with details on room occupancy and bed configuration, so you know exactly what you're getting helping to emulate pre-holiday stresses and last-minute surprises.
THE JOINT SILVER AWARD FOR BEST FAMILY TRAVEL BRAND IS... SCOTT DUNN
Scott Dunn is a luxury tour operator who has been creating tailor-made holidays to amazing destinations all over the world for more than 30 years.
Their tailor-made approach means it will be crafted to suit everyone. And at Scott Dunn they seem to understand that when kids are happy and entertained, parents tend to have the best opportunity to relax and unwind - meaning everyone wins.
At chalet and villa holidays private nannies are on hand to entertain little ones with arts and crafts sessions, treasure hunts, swimming and sandcastle/snowman building.
Whereas in the Alps, Mediterranean and Maldives they run the Explorers kids clubs - where a structured programme of age-appropriate activities are led by teams of UK-qualified professionals - and designed to provide the best care and fun for our younger guests.
THE JOINT SILVER AWARD FOR BEST FAMILY TRAVEL BRAND IS... ST MAWES RETREATS
St Mawes Retreats is a portfolio of five luxury holiday houses all located in St Mawes, Cornwall. All houses are within 5-10 minutes walking distance of St Mawes harbour, the beaches, village shops and restaurants making them the perfect base to explore the Cornish coast and countryside.
Privately owned and managed by Amanda Selby - a mother who cares about each and every one of her guests and their children - she tailor makes each holiday to suit the individual requirements, offering a 5-star holiday experience in the privacy of their luxury holiday house without the restrictions of a hotel and worrying about upsetting other hotel guests!
Each homes has comfortable, contemporary interiors with space, privacy, beautiful gardens for children to play in and parents to sunbathe and barbecue in!
Each home has magnificent sea views and are large enough enough for two or three families to stay under one roof. Making them perfect for family and friend reunions, family parties and multi-generation holidays.
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With family needs at the heart - a bespoke concierge service where nothing is too much trouble is available from organising private chef for adults and children meals, ready made meals on arrival, in-house spa treatments, babysitters with DBS, daily housekeeping, laundry, ironing, shopping and even local restaurant bookings.
For children there is a play tent, cupboards filled with both indoor and outdoor games, a games console, and the icing on the cake a magical dressing up wardrobe making a stay at St Mawes Retreats a memorable holiday that you may never want to leave!
THE JOINT BRONZE AWARD FOR BEST FAMILY TRAVEL BRAND IS... TOTS TOO
Tots Too is best known for its completely bespoke, hand-held service for young families seeking the best holiday experience.
Still a family-run company that ensures the best family holiday experience with a personal touch as the founders, sisters Emma and Deborah, maintain all client relationships and still run the business day to day.
The properties and product selection remains tightly scrutinised, as only once a property has been vetted is it allowed to go into the portfolio. Proving why their trust pilot rating and 50% repeat client ratio reflects just how serious they are about service and getting it right!
Now extending beyond just pre-school focused travel with the introduction of more adventurous family holiday experiences means they can continue to look after those clients who have been travelling with them from the start of Tots Too in 1997. This year they have also successfully launched a new ski collection.
THE JOINT BRONZE AWARD FOR BEST FAMILY TRAVEL BRAND IS... BUSHBABY TRAVEL
Launched in 2004 family-specialist Bushbaby Travel focuses on authentic and exciting long-haul family travel. Owned by Abi Shaw who has established herself as a key advocate for family-friendly travel throughout Africa and beyond.
As a mum of three, she draws on her own family holidays to ensure each Bushbaby adventure is packed full of fun and shared experiences.
Every holiday is tailor-made and designed for parents by parents, encompassing tots to teens, holidays with friends and family, and even ideas for those 'just us' times for couples looking to indulge, explore or celebrate.