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It was an incredible night, so thank you to everyone who nominated and voted across our categories and to those who attended, especially to our wonderful and witty hosts, musician and singer, Ronan Keating and TV and radio presenter, Charlotte Hawkins. And a special thanks to our sponsor, Italian Hospitality Collection and their charming director of sales & marketing, Marcello Cicalo who flew all the way from Milan to be with us.

Congratulations to all of our finalists and to our worthy winners, chosen by the public vote and our panel of travel experts.

The winners of the Family Traveller Awards 2018


Best UK Day Out

Winner: National Trust

Andrew Dent (Family Traveller), Tate Greenhalgh and Anita Stevens (National Trust), Jane Anderson (Family Traveller)

Highly commended: Longleat, Wiltshire

Best Family Theme Park

Winner: Alton Towers Resort, Staffordshire

Charlotte Hawkins, Julia Murray (on behalf of Alton Towers), Ronan Keating

Highly commended: Dubai Parks and Resorts

Best Family Festival

Winner: The Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Anthony Alderson (Edinburgh Festival Fringe & The Pleasance), Jo Humphries (Family Traveller)

Highly commended: Camp Bestival, Dorset

Best Family Ferry Operator

Winner: Brittany Ferries

Highly commended: Wightlink

Best Family Cruise Line

Winner: Norwegian Cruise Line

Charlotte Hawkins, Claire Nelson (on behalf of Norwegian Cruise Line), Ronan Keating

Highly commended: Royal Caribbean International

Best Family Airline

Winner: Qatar Airways

Andrew Dent (Family Traveller), Alexandra Schmitt & Mike Clarke (Qatar Airways), Jane Anderson (Family Traveller)

Highly commended: Jet2

Best UK Hotel For Families

Winner: Watergate Bay Hotel, Cornwall

Charlotte Hawkins, Joe Davidson, Jo Weintrop & Henry Ashworth (Watergate Bay Hotel), Ronan Keating

Highly commended: Gleneagles, Perth and Kinross

Best Short Haul Hotel For Families

Winner: Sani Resort, Greece

Charlotte Hawkins, Lucy Bennett (on behalf of Sani), Ronan Keating

Highly commended: The Peligoni Club, Greece

Best Long-Haul Hotel For Families

Winner: Carlisle Bay, Antigua

Charlotte Hawkins, Emma Howard-Smith & Lottie Crease (on behalf of Carlisle Bay), Ronan Keating

Highly commended: Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa, Malaysia

Best All-Inclusive Hotel For Families

Winner: Beaches Resorts, Caribbean

Andrew Dent (Family Traveller), Annabel Edney & Emily Smith (Beaches Resorts), Jane Anderson (Family Traveller)

Highly commended: Suite Hotel Atlantis Fuerteventura Resort, Canary Islands

Best Kids Club

Winner: Sun Gardens Dubrovnik: Marco Polo Kids Club

Highly commended: Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel Resort, Lanzarote: Kikoland

Best Family Villa Operator

Winner: Oliver’s Travels

Charlotte Hawkins, Natasja Ramussen (Oliver’s Travels), Ronan Keating

Highly commended: Villa Plus

Best Holiday Rental For Families

Winner: Airbnb

Charlotte Hawkins, Annie Back & Cat Parkinson (Airbnb), Ronan Keating

Highly commended: Tresco Estate, Isles of Scilly

Best Family Ski Operator

Winner: Peak Retreats

Andrew Dent (Family Traveller), Xavier Schouller (Peak Retreats), Jane Anderson (Family Traveller)

Highly commended: Powder Byrne

Best Adventure Specialist For Families

Winner: Activities Abroad

Andrew Dent (Family Traveller), Sue Ockwell (on behalf of Activities Abroad), Jane Anderson (Family Traveller)

Highly commended: Families Worldwide

Best Luxury Tour Operator For Families

Winner: Kuoni

Andrew Dent (Family Traveller), Rachel O’Reilly (Kuoni), Jane Anderson (Family Traveller)

Highly commended: Elegant Resorts

Best City Breaks for Families

Winner: Amsterdam

Highly commended: New York City

Best Short-Haul Destination For Families

Winner: Cornwall

Charlotte Hawkins, Francesca Thomas (Visit Cornwall), Ronan Keating

Highly commended: Menorca

Best Long-Haul Destination For Families

Winner: Florida

Andrew Dent (Family Traveller), Dru Bryan & Hannah Mulvey (Gosh PR on behalf of Visit Florida), Jane Anderson (Family Traveller)

Highly commended: South Africa

Family Traveller Special Contribution Award

Winner: Chitra Stern of Martinhal Family Hotels & Resorts

Andrew Dent (Family Traveller), Chitra Stern (Martinhal Resorts), Jane Anderson (Family Traveller)

Event imagery by Doug McKinlay

Click here to see our 2015, 2016 and 2017 winners!