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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 hotel on the best beach in the Canary Islands? We stay at the Club Hotel Riu Oliva Beach in Fuerteventura with children

A hotel on the best beach in the Canary Islands? We stay at the Club Hotel Riu Oliva Beach in Fuerteventura with children

Five reasons to book a family-friendly all-inclusive holiday at this hotel on Corralejo beach

Location

The location is the big selling point of this hotel. The Riu Oliva Beach sits on one of the best beaches in the Canary Islands – the Grandes Playas de Corralejo.

The sweeping beach has perfect white sand and the warm sea has rolling waves ideal for playing and a bit of bodyboarding.

It’s a great beach where you can take a camel ride or a stroll. But a word of warning if you do walk – turning right eventually  takes you to a naturist section!

Oliva Beach in Fuerteventura

Rooms

The hotel is soon to be refurbished. When we stayed, the rooms were a bit dated but a good size and kept clean.

a hotel room at Club Hotel Riu Oliva Beach

A family room at Club Hotel Riu Oliva Beach

Our family room had a double bedroom, two single sofa beds in the lounge, a kitchen table and fridge plus a good sized balcony.

Refurbished room at Club Hotel Riu Oliva Beach

The hotel is being refurbished to look like this

Swimming pools

The hotel is split in two, the original high rise section and a low rise villa area better suited to families.

The villa area has a lovely pool shaped like a fish, with an island in the middle and varying depths.

The main hotel section has an older, oblong-shaped pool and small toddlers pool.

a swimming pool at Club Hotel Riu Oliva Beach

The pool at the main complex of Club Hotel Riu Oliva Beach

Food

There are four restaurants and it is all-inclusive.

The two main restaurants – one in each area of the hotel – serve the same food.

We preferred the one in the villa section which felt less of a canteen.

There is also a Canarian restaurant which does tasty steaks and an enjoyable Chinese restaurant. You have to book both of these in advance.

Activities

The RiuLand club for children wasn’t the best we have seen but the staff were great. There is a small playground, and they do an outdoor show at 5pm every day.

There was an excellent magician who visited and the evening shows for all are good fun.

The only complaint was the lack of a children’s disco around 7pm which we have seen at other Riu hotels.

*For a full review of the holiday, see here.

(We stayed as guests of the hotel for this review. For prices and information visit the Club Hotel Riu Oliva Beach website).