Travel: Best Family Hotels

    Smith & Family round up the best family hotels nominated in the Best For Families category at the Smith Hotel Awards 2015


    The boutique hotel experts at Smith & Family know a thing or two about the top destinations for holidaying with kids – the holy grail of a hotel where the children are entertained from sunrise until you can relax in style at sunset. Here we round up five of the best, which are nominated in the Best for Families category at this year’s Smith Hotel Awards. Vote for your favourites from now until 30 September at

    Le Jardin des Douars, Morocco

    A chic, kid-friendly kasbah with stunning gardens and interiors of warm Moroccan hues, Le Jardin des Douars is perfect for a chic family holiday. Morocco is also a year round hot-spot so this dreamy destination is ideal for October half-term. Kids will love splashing in the pretty jade-green pools, taking camel rides and cookery lessons, while adults indulge in the heavenly hammam and delicious locally sourced food.

    Domes of Elounda, crete
    Domes of Elounda, Crete, Greece

    With stunning manicured grounds, a private beach and a delectable tasting menu, Domes of Elounda is a warm and welcoming family retreat loaded with luxury. A favourite among younger guests are the kids-only Disney decorated rooms, where you’ll also find mini bath robes, slippers and no-tears bath products. The hotel has two saltwater pools, a glittering Soma spa and four tempting restaurants to choose from, and inside, rooms are decorated in cool, calming tones, some with breathtaking ocean vistas.

    Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco, Tuscany
    Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco, Tuscany, Italy

    A palatial Tuscan retreat set amongst 4,000 acres of protected countryside, Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco is comprised of sumptuously designed suites and villas, glittering outdoor pools, a Brunello di Montalcino winery, a golf course and an organic spa – as well as an impressive itinerary of fun family activities. Babysitting is available, and the kids club times (until 9pm, or 11pm on request) give you every excuse to slip out for a romantic dinner à deux…

    Paraiso de Los Pinos, Spain
    Paraiso de los Pinos, Balearic Islands, Spain

    Paraiso de los Pinos on the small Spanish island of Formentera has all the credentials for a perfect family holiday: two swimming pools, stylish apartments, relaxed but totally delicious dining and a sandy beach just minutes away. Don’t forget to pack goggles – the waters are incredibly clear so there’s lots of sea life to spy on, and on land, there are bikes to borrow for exploring the island, tennis courts at the hotel and a poolside jacuzzi.

    Bovey Castle, Devon
    Bovey Castle, Devon, UK

    Adventurous kids will love Bovey Castle – it’s packed with fun activities from archery and canoeing to camp-fire building, and there’s even a Lego room service menu so kids can order selected boxes to the room. While the juniors get worn out at the stellar kids’ club, linger in the Oak Bar and sample the whiskey selection – or try your hand at cocktail making – then while away the hours in the calming spa, or hit the world-class golf course.

    Vote in the Smith Hotel Awards by 30 September at Smith & Family gives you the best prices, guaranteed, and a little something extra on arrival. Book online at or by calling the Smith24 Travel Team on 0330 100 3183.