Kidding Around: 10 family hotels loved by you

LONDON, August 25th 2017 – Free-form pools, sprawling kids clubs and family tree-climbing are just some of the hotel extras that make for happy families, according to accommodation expert™.

The prestigious Loved by Guests Awards is an annual awards program where guests take the role of judges.  It celebrates and recognizes those hotels that have achieved the best average guest review rating, from over 25 million genuine and trusted reviews from guests who have actually checked in and spent the night.

100 hotels worldwide have received the ‘Best for family’* 2017 award and here’s the pick of the litter, each with its own family-favourite features.

Take a Tour

5 star The Westin Dragonara Resort, Malta

Review Rating: 4.4 out of 5 on
Explore Malta from this perfect base camp with trips for the whole family including the Marine park, Splash and Fun Water Park, Wildlife Park and Harbour cruise. The SuperChefs Eat Well menu gives kids the nutritious meals they need to adventure through the whole holiday where they can splash about in the two outdoor pools, get crafty in the Westin Family Kids Club and explore the exclusive sandy cove in the Reef Club. Even better, two children can stay free of charge on the same board basis when sharing the room with two paying adults. Rooms available from £224 per room per night*.


Scandi Safari

4 star Bandholm Hotel, Denmark
Review Rating: 4.6 out of 5 on

Denmark is known for its stylish European cities but there’s plenty to enjoy for all the family. At this hotel go wild in the neighbouring Knuthenborg Safari Park or hit the slides in Lalanda, an aqua and activity park for kids and adults. Stay in a holiday apartment here and enjoy the Scandinavian summer nights overlooking the sea. In the day enjoy the warm waters off the bathing jetty, the floating pontoon and the small slide for the kids. For the adults, don’t forget the spa, nearby museums and the beautiful quaint town of Bandholm. Rooms available from £93 per room per night*.


All around entertainment

5 star JA Jebel Ali Beach Hotel, Dubai

Review Rating: 4.4 out of 5 on
Unwind on the beautiful beaches of Dubai or fill the family itinerary with a round of golf at the resort’s 9-hole golf course, the spa, three kids clubs, horse riding, tennis courts, yoga and an aqua park. Nearby to Legoland, Legoland Water Park, Motion Gate, Bollywood Park and Riverland, there is no end to the entertainment on your doorstep. Rooms from £100 per room per night*.


Get gaming

5 star Wish Resort Golf Convention Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil
Review Rating: 4.5 out of 5 on
Wish Resort Golf is the perfect place to do a South American tour, located 20 minutes from the Iguaçu Falls on the border between Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina. Within the resort get your game on with soccer, basketball, volleyball, canopy climbing and mini golf. If that isn’t enough, little travellers can enrol in one of the biggest kids clubs in Brazil with 500m2 of covered area complete with games room, video games and cinema. For parents, relax at the one of the10 pools around the resort, go on a nature trail or test your big kids’ sporting prowess on the 18-hole golf course. Rooms from £100 per room per night*.

Adventure Playground

5 star Fairmont Mayakoba, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Review Rating: 4.5 out of 5 on

Where better for the whole family to relax than in 240 acres of tropical forest intersected by beautiful waterways. There are five swimming pools including a 10,000 sq ft free-form pool and waterslide, a children’s play pool and an adults-only infinity edge pool overlooking the lagoon – something for everyone. For the activity seekers, there are nature trails, scenic boat tours, non-motorized watersports, outdoor tennis and for little ones, the Discovery Club awaits with a host of adventures on offer. Rooms from £244 per room per night*.


Splash About

5 star The Andaman, a Luxury Collection Resort, Langkawi, Malaysia
Review Rating: 4.6 out of 5 on

With a lagoon-style swimming pool alongside the beach and sky-high rainforest trees, this resort is pure paradise. There’s a plunging waterslide for the young and young at heart and the wading section for toddlers.  And if your little ones want a mini adventure, there is the Young Explorers’ Club where they can participate in educational excursions that revolve around nature and exploration. Rooms from £154 per room per night*.


Ball Pool

5 star Fleur de Chine Hotel, Yuchi, Taiwan
Review Rating: 4.6 out of 5 on

Set in the middle of Yuchi, this hotel is a wonderland for adults and children alike with a rooftop terrace, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, free water park and kids club. For the parents, the hotel is a 20 minute stroll from Xuanzhuang Temple and Sun Moon Lake Peacock Park or relax in the full-service spa. Rooms from £235 per room per night*.


Minions Sleepover

5 star Universal Port Hotel, Osaka, Japan
Review Rating: 4.6 out of 5 on
Located right next to Universal Studios Japan, this is a hotel that’s both relaxing and fun-filled. Stay in a Minions-themed room, visit the Universal Studios store and dine in themed restaurants Rex Cafe and Port Dining Ricorico. An added bonus, children (6 years old and younger) stay free when occupying the parent or guardian’s room using existing bedding. Rooms from £125 per room per night*.


Scavenger Hunting

5 star Stein Eriksen Lodge, Park City, Utah, USA
Review Rating: 4.7 out of 5 on
Explore the wilderness in this adventure resort all year round. From skiing, snow tubing and bobselding in winter to boating, ziplining, hiking, horseback riding and river rafting in summer. Close to the Utah Olympic Park, test your sporting skills or challenge yourself within the resort itself. The kids can go on a scavenger hunt by picking up their very own passport book, complete stops, win stamps and get the gold medal if they complete all ten, along with a complimentary one-night stay for your return visit. Little explorers can even set up camp in your room with a tent, plush moose toy, National Geographic starry lantern and guide book. Rooms from £218 per room per night*.


Park Explorers

3 star Ninepipes Lodge, Charlo, USA
Review Rating: 4.0 out of 5 on
Perfect for adventure lovers, Ninepipes Lodge in Charlo is the ultimate retreat for families looking for activity-based holidays. You will be treated to a true Montana experience with spectacular views of the Mission Mountains and the Ninepipes Reservoir. Located 20 minutes from Flathead Lake and a stone’s throw from Glacier National Parks, all the family can get back to nature, hiking in the surrounding forests or fishing in the lake. Rooms available from £8 per room per night*. 

All of these award-winning family hotels, plus hundreds of thousands more, can be booked online via or through the mobile app available for IOS, Android and Amazon Kindle devices, where customers will also have access to special Secret Prices*** to help them save even more on their next stay away.

For more information on all the winners in the Loved by Guests Awards 2017, click here.


Notes to editors: guest review ratings are as at the date of publication and are subject to change.

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