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Family Travel Awards Shortlist

We are thrilled to announce who has made the cut for our third annual a&u travel awards...

Our panel of family travel experts have carefully curated our shortlist of travel companies and destinations rated as the best of the best for family holidays. Whether it's a specialist ski operator, safari company, a wonderful five-star resort or the perfect self-catering accommodation right on the beach, everyone on our shortlist has a passion for giving families the best holiday ever.

The full a&u Travel Awards 2019 shortlist is below. Click on the links to find out more about each shortlisted entry. We will be finalising our deliberations next week so please do email us to let us know who you think should win.

Winners will be announced in our Travel special in the Spring edition of a&u which is out on 24th February. Subscribe here to have your copy delivered direct to your door.

a&u 2019 Travel Awards

Best Family Travel Operator


Audley Travel


Mr & Mrs Smith / Family

Original Travel

Powder Byrne

Tots Too



Best Family Resort


Ikos Dassia, Corfu

Koyao Island Resort, Thailand

LUX* South Ari Atoll in the Maldives

Paradis Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa, Mauritius

Martinhal, Sagres, Portugal

Paws Up, Montana, US

Peligoni, Zakynthos, Greece

Sani Resort, Halkidiki, Greece

Yelloh! Village Camping, Yacanau, France

Best Family Hotel (non-UK)


Capitan Suizo, Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Sao Lourenco do Barrocal, Portugal

Schloss Elmau, Bavaria

Wild Coast Tented Lodge, Sri Lanka


Anantara, Bangkok, Thailand

Gritti Palace, Venice, Italy

The Roxy, New York, US

Best Villa Providers 


CV Villas

Just Sicily

Oliver's Travels

Red Savannah

Scott Dunn

Scott Williams

Son Bunyola, Mallorca

The Thinking Traveller

Best Kids' Club 


Country Kids, France

Marbella Club, Spain

Scott Dunn Explorers Kids Clubs, The Anassa, Cyprus

Soneva Fushi, Maldives 

Stanglwirt, Austria

Six Senses, Zighy Bay, Oman

Westin, Costa Navarino, Greece

Best Family Kids' Ski Operator


Club Med

Camel Snow


Peak Retreats

Powder Byrne

PT Ski

Ski Famille

Adventure Specialists


Aardvark Safaris

Activities Abroad

Black Tomato

Cookson Adventures


SCIC (sailing)

The Slow Cyclist

Yellow Zebra Safaris

Best UK Family Hotel


Another Place, Ullswater

Beaverbrook Hotel, Surrey

Chewton Glen, Treehouses, Hampshire 

Fowey Hall, Cornwall

Gleneagles, Perthshire

Heckfield Place, Hampshire

The Pig Near Bath

Watergate Bay, Cornwall

Best UK Self-Catered


Barefoot Retreats, Norfolk

Beach Retreats, Cornwall

Bruern Holiday Cottages, Cotswolds

Perfect Stays, Dorset

St Mawes Retreats, Cornwall

Unique Home Stays, UK

Venn Farm, Cornwall

If you have a favourite to recommend from our shortlist, please email us at to tell us why. We will be announcing the winners next month (to coincide with our Travel Special Spring edition).