Going Above and Beyond - Family Traveller Excellence Awards 2019

14 Nov 2019

Winners of the Family Traveller Excellence Awards crowned at celebrity hosted event

14.11.2019 Last night saw 50 of the top travel experiences and attractions
including game reserves, theme parks and interactive museums crowned winners in
the newly formatted Family Traveller Excellence Awards, hosted by renowned
singer songwriter, Sophie Ellis-Bextor.

In a pioneering new approach to the awards to make them more meaningful and
relevant to how British families are travelling, Family Traveller moved away
from the traditional set award categories such as best hotel for families to
adapt to the emerging and changing travel trends. This bold move gave their
readers and subscribers the freedom to nominate the most unique, unusual and
family friendly travel brands and experiences. These were then grouped into ten
clear and well-defined themes which naturally occurred through the nominations.

It's clear from the award themes including sustainable intentions and inclusive
wellness that Family Traveller readers are much more focused on the impact to
the world their holidays have. Pester power from children has become less about
materialistic things and more about climate change and world events. Family
Traveller has found that their readers children are much more aware of their
environment thanks to climate change leaders such as Sir David Attenborough and
Greta Thunberg. Greta's ongoing media presence has made children realise that
they do have a voice and are able to use it to make a change.

Over 110,000 votes were cast by Family Traveller readers and subscribers to
find the 50 Excellence Award Winners, double the number of votes cast for the
2018 awards.

Sophie Ellis-Bextor, the host for the evening said "The outstanding calibre of
the award winners really shows what's important to Family Traveller readers
when choosing and booking their holiday experiences. As a mum of five boys it's
important to me that they not only have a wonderful time, but they are also
educated by other cultures and experiences."

Jane Anderson, editor, Family Traveller said "It's vital to us that we are
constantly evolving with the times and offering our audience choice. We know
their holidays are precious and we have seen from the awards that
sustainability and environmental impact is a real deciding factor when they
choose to book an experience or holiday. We want to support those intentions
and will continue to raise the bar with the content we create and make sure
it's topical and informative to help them make those informed decisions."

The winners are as follows:

Sustainable Intentions.

Morukuru at Madikwe Game Reserve
MalaMala Game Reserve, South Africa
Six Senses Laamu, Maldives.
Feadon Farm Wildlife and Education Centre,  Landal Gwel an Mor Resort
Forest Holidays, Thorpe Forest, Norfolk

Cool Innovations

Le Massif Resort, Courmayeur, Italy
The Core at Domes of Elounda
Royal Caribbean Cruises
Anantara Layan Phuket Resort,  Thailand
Hillside Beach Club, Turkey

Awesome Thrills and Spills

Norwegian Cruise Line
Canopy Park at Jewel Changi Airport, Singapore
Disneyland Paris for Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain and Marvel Season of Super
Diggerland, UK
Sani Adventure Park, Sani Resort, Greece

Immersive Experiences.

Crans-Montana, Switzerland
The Acropolis, Athens
Cite de l'espace, Toulouse, France
Visit Jamaica, Bob  Marley Museum.
Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
Pure Fun
Santa's Lapland, Lapland
Hever Castle & Gardens, Kent, UK
Shangri-La, Singapore
Dubai Parks & Resorts
Camp Bestival

On Your Marks Active

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, Canada
Quinta do Lago, Algarve
The Esplanade Hotel, Cornwall
Hard Rock Hotel, Woodward, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Learning and Enrichment.

Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, Cheshire, UK
ZSL London Zoo, UK
Peak Retreats
Woolley Grange, near Bath, a member of Luxury Family Hotels
Les Villages Nature Paris, France

Accessible and Specialist Initiatives

Morgan's Wonderland in San Antonio, Texas
Beaches Resorts
Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center
Intrepid Travel
Virgin Atlantic's Hidden Disabilities Scheme

Inclusive Wellness

Chablé Resort and Spa, Yucatan, Mexico
Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, Switzerland
Evian Resort, France
Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi, Maldives
Cocoon & Bloom at Marbella Club, Spain

Going Above and Beyond

Best of South Africa Travel
Ikos Resorts, Greece and Spain
Original Travel
Kuoni's Family Collection

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