Best family holiday resorts and locations revealed at the World Travel Awards

Best family holiday resorts and locations revealed at the World Travel Awards

The best places to take your children have been unveiled at the World Travel Awards

The top resorts and locations for family travel have been recognised at the World Travel Awards with success for Greece, Portugal and the UK.

The Algarve in Portugal has won Europe’s Leading Beach Destination for the sixth time.

And the top family resort in Europe has been named as Sani Resort in Greece.

Mriya Resort and Spa in Crimea has won the luxury family resort title.

The top theme park in Europe was Legoland Windsor. Walt Disney World in Florida was named best theme park in North America.

João Fernandes, president of Algarve Tourism Bureau, said it was an historic win for the area in the best beach category.

He said: “We are delighted to win the award for the sixth time, and to make history in this way.

“The Algarve is blessed with a wide variety of beaches from small secluded bays to sweeping expanses of white sand.

“The calmer beaches are perfect for younger children who love to pick clams in the wet sand, or play in the small waves, whilst older children adore all the watersports on offer such as surfing and bodyboards.

“And parents appreciate the great restaurants on the beaches, medical help points and serviced sunbeds.”

Here is a list of the top family travel winners:

Europe’s Leading Family Resort – Sani Resort, Greece

Europe’s Leading Family and Wellness Resort – Pullman Timi Ama, Sardinia

Europe’s Luxury Family Resort – Mriya Resort and Spa, Crimea

Europe’s Leading Theme Park Resort – Legoland Windsor

Europe’s Leading All-Inclusive Resort – Pestana Porto Santo

Europe’s Leading Beach Resort – Quinta Do Lago, Portugal

Europe’s Leading Beach Destination – The Algarve

North America’s Leading Theme Park Resort – Walt Disney World, Florida

North America’s Leading Family Resort – Four Seasons Resort, Whistler, Canada

Middle East Leading Family Resort – JA Beach Hotel, Dubai

Caribbean’s Leading All-Inclusive Family Resort – Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort Villages and Spa.

Africa’s Leading Family Resort – Leopard Beach Resort and Spa, Kenya

The World Travel Awards were launched in 1993 to recognise the the best destinations, hotels and resorts across the globe.

Visit their website for a full list of winners.

A UK beach is hailed the best in the UK and 20th greatest in the world

A UK beach is hailed the best in the UK and 20th greatest in the world

Bournemouth beach is declared the UK’s best for the second year running

Bournemouth has been hailed the best in the UK, the sixth greatest in Europe as well as 20th in the world.

It scooped the accolades in TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice awards.

Bournemouth has a seven-mile stretch of golden sand beneath a coastline of cliffs, dotted with the area’s unique chines – narrow ravines that are found in Dorset and the Isle of Wight.

Chris Saunders of Tourism Services praised hard work from the town’s Seafront Team to help Bournemouth realise its ambition to be a world-class seafront.

“The beaches are raked and cleaned daily to the highest standard and rangers work in and out of season to ensure the safety and comfort of visitors,” he said.

Bournemouth, which has eight Blue Flag beaches and 10 Seaside Awards, launched a successful campaign in 2018 called Leave Only Footprints to encourage people to be more environmentally conscious.
“We want nothing more than for people to come and enjoy our stunning beaches and we just ask that visitors help us to maintain these award-winning standards by clearing up after themselves, putting rubbish and recycling in the bins provided,” added Mr Saunders.

Bournemouth is an archetypal British seaside town but many flock to the area for adrenaline-fuelled adventures, including walking, cycling, watersports and the world’s only pier-to-shore zip line.

Bournemouth councillor Pat Oakley said the award was very exciting.

“Tourism makes a £1 billion contribution to the local economy here in Bournemouth,” he said.

“The popularity of Bournemouth’s beaches translates into visitor spend that’s invested back into the town. We’re extremely proud of this achievement.”

The town also works hard to ensure Bournemouth is a year-round family-friendly destination.

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Pictures credit: Bournemouth & Poole Tourism