WINNER: PLATINUM BEST FAMILY TRAVEL BRAND
WHO: Martinhal Family Hotels & Resorts
WHAT: A collection of luxury hotels in Portugal designed with families in mind. With stylish resorts in the Algarve and Lisbon, parents can opt for a family beach escape or introduce little ones to the wonders of the city break. With children at the forefront of their brand identity, Martinhal offer the little design touches other hotels overlook, like puree menus in every restaurant and furniture with rounded edges to avoid bumps and scrapes.
WHY: This company’s incredible attention to detail and intrinsic understanding of what families away from home need really stood out to our judges who were all so impressed with welcoming touches such as an extra set of child-height bannisters, booster steps for the bathroom sinks and washing machines in every apartment as well as the Baby Concierge service which allows guests to book all manner of baby essentials, from sterilisers to potties , ahead of their stay and find them ready and waiting in their room on arrival. Their Kid’s clubs, catering for babies from 6 months to teens are another huge benefit for parents who need a little rest and relaxation. All in all, our judges felt this was the perfect mix of luxury accommodation, a stunning setting and the practical side of childcare seamlessly covered. Our judges said:
WHERE: Martinhal Resorts
WINNER: GOLD BEST FAMILY TRAVEL BRAND
WHO: Oliver’s Travels
WHAT: A luxury villa holiday provider specialising in unique family holiday homes. With a portfolio of hand-picked family friendly properties chosen for their exclusive design, location and most importantly, value. Oliver’s travels can provide Child-safe Pools, toys, games and facilities at your villa or chateau on request and chef, maid, spa and babysitting services are all available.
WHY: Our judges loved the concept of unusual, off-the-beaten-track properties for family time away from the crowds with the option of every possible requirement being fulfilled by the concierge service. The pledge to make sure their properties are all good value was another big point scorer. Our judge wrote in their notes:
WHERE: Oliver’s Travels
WINNER: SILVER BEST FAMILY TRAVEL BRAND
WHO: Scott Dunn Tailor-made Luxury Travel
WHAT: A luxury family holiday tour operator that has been creating tailor-made holidays for over 30 years. With an exceptional range of villas and hotels on their books, they also provide their own Scott Dunn Explorers kids clubs at 11 hotels around the world, offering expert childcare to our youngest of guests from 4 months to incredible activity programmes for older children.
WHY: If you’re looking for a bespoke holiday that ticks all your boxes this is the company to organise the trip of your dreams. Our judges were super impressed with Scott Dunn’s extensive knowledge about family travel all around the world and wrote in their notes:
WHERE: Scott Dunn
WINNER: BRONZE BEST FAMILY TRAVEL BRAND
WHO: Royal Caribbean International Cruise Brand
WHAT: The world’s largest global cruise line, with a fleet of 26 innovative ships that sail to over 260 incredible destinations around the world. With activities on offer like sky diving and surf simulators, and bumper cars as well as exciting entertainment and mouth-watering dining options as standard this is a holiday of a lifetime experience.
WHY: If you want to do something a little different and see a lot more of the world on your travels, a cruise could be just the ticket! Our judges loved the idea of setting sail with the family safe in the knowledge that all entertainment, food and drink were all covered with the backdrop of the ocean and several port stops to keep things varied and exciting.